This week, we sit down with Zak Johari, the Director and Professional Fitness Coach of one of our popular and top-rated Singapore partners, Core Studio . He talks about how to begin transitioning to a healthier lifestyle.
Hi, Zak! Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a director/certified Professional Fitness Coach at Core Studio. I’ve always been interested in fitness and at a young age I was completely dedicated to learning as much as possible about training, nutrition, supplementation and helping others achieve their fitness goals. I was introduced to vibration technology (The Power Plate) back in 2007 and started to understand how vital core strength is to overall well-being. From there everything has sort of escalated – I’m now an enthusiast for core strength training, which in turn inspires me to combat fitness and wellness whenever I see it.
At Core Studio we work on various fitness concepts; from personal training, group exercises and even corporate boot camps. Our clients are from all walks of life and come to us for a customized workout programme as we believe that everyone has their own needs and targets and want to follow a fitness regime effective for them.
What is the one thing you would recommend about your studio?
Apart from offering our clients a customized experience towards their fitness goals, we also have Power Plate machines that we integrate into their programme. The clients fitness programme can be incorporated on the Power Plate along with TRX, ViPR, Sandbags and other equipment combined with outdoor training, circuit training, kickboxing and whatever else they need to achieve their goals. We take an active interest in all our clients progress and journey, which is why our clients stay with us!
What advice would you give someone who wants to transition to a healthier lifestyle?
Making the switch to a healthier lifestyle can feel overwhelming. There are virtually painless things you can do right now to help you get started.If completely changing your lifestyle is too overwhelming, then take it a step at a time. Start with taking your vitamins consistently. Instead of fried snacks or potato chips, why not supplement them with veggies and nuts? Start exercising slowly by going for walks first and then increasing your exercise intensity slowly.
Don’t force yourself to do exercises that you don’t enjoy. If you like being outside, start off with nature walks or if you like to dance, join a Zumba class. As long as you’re moving you can’t go wrong. Set goals and recognise that those small steps you’re taking are actually steps to achieving your goals!
Make sure you reward yourself for all the hard work! Perhaps a spa or massage day, a new outfit or even something sweet like dark chocolate just to keep you motivated. Make sure you take note of your portions. We can sometimes be blissfully unaware of how much extra we are putting on our plate or in our bodies!
What does your daily diet look like? Do you give yourself “Cheat Days”?.
Of course, I give myself cheat days! Life is meant to be enjoyed! However on a regular day, I usually start my day off with a bowl of greek yogurt or breakfast cereal with fresh cut fruits and nuts; sometimes it’s eggs on toast depending on what I fancy for the morning. My lunch usually consists of a high carb menu like chicken rice, pasta or noodles. If I get peckish in between meals I usually opt for a handful of nuts or a banana. I work late most nights so if it’s not too late I might just grab something light like a wrap or salad.
What do you think the biggest misconception about getting fit is?
Don’t skip meals or starve yourself to loose weight! It doesn’t work and it will kill your metabolism. In the long run, it will be unhealthy and you will find that you will struggle to lose weight as quickly as you did the 1st few times you did the diet.