Get to know your therapist – Li Hoong
I am a functional trainer with Core Concepts, but what most people do not know about me is that before switching careers to working in the fitness industry, I was working in a bank for about 14 years. Even though I was working at a bank for so long, the jump to changing careers was because I enjoy helping people achieve their goals and because I like to see my clients getting happier as they get closer to their fitness goals. I am extremely motivated by goals – I enjoy the process of achieving my goals which also include helping my clients achieve theirs. I am a sporty person, and you can find me jogging, swimming or cycling during my spare time. Another interesting fact about me is that I am currently participating in a cycling challenge
where I will need to complete a distance of 2000 km (which is about the distance from Singapore to Vietnam) in 8 weeks
What inspired you to become a Functional Trainer?
Before switching careers, I engaged a personal trainer to help me in a bid to get fitter and strengthen my core muscles as I was suffering from various aches and pain in the back, neck and knee. I experienced these aches even though I was a marathoner at that time and was actively exercising. I felt that there was something wrong with the way I was training my body and that was how I decided to engage the help of a professional. Through the personal training sessions, I lost 7 kg in 3 months and came out feeling stronger and more positive about life. Through the experience, I understood how the process of training and strengthening myself actually helped me to see things in a positive light as I felt good from inside out.
This experience eventually led me to my current career path as I was inspired to help more people so that they can free their bodies from pain and experience the internal and external benefits of exercising and strengthening the body.
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I love having the capability to help my clients restore their confidence in themselves through exercises and seeing them being willing to try new things motivates me to learn more and share whatever new knowledge I obtain with them.
If there was one piece of advice you could share with people who wish to get fit and in shape, what would it be?
The journey to be fit and in shape is like a life time marathon, it is a unique experience and only you know what is deemed as therapeutic. You can consult professionals for help but eventually you are the one who will need to start the first step of this journey. This journey may not be smooth sailing but along the way you will learn and become better as you try and try again.
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