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How Mun Started in Gym

August 2nd, 2007 · 10 Comments ·


This is a true story. To me, I will call it a revelation. I learn many of my lessons through the hard way.

I dare not claim myself to be the fitness expert. My definition of fitness goes beyond physical fitness. It includes nutrition which I have much to learn. In fact, mental fitness is important too, but let’s leave it out for now. Whether it is workouts or diet plans, keeping our weight in check and body in fit condition is imperative for good health.

Many of us take health for granted, especially when we were young. I was one too. Once started working, seldom I did any exercise. Fried food was a must in almost all my meals. Instead of breakfast, lunch was my first meal of the day.

Never appreciate the importance of health until I was sick during an assignment overseas. I remembered that I was having terrible fever for few days. Running nose and sore throat came at the same time. Lost my appetite too. Body temperature was high during that three days. Three days seemed to be three weeks for me. Though I have finally recovered, things did not improve.


My health got worse. I fell sick once every three months. I was so weak. Body weight was going down. The worst moment was when my weight has dropped…

Dropped all the way below 50 kilogram.

It was early of year 2003.

I knew that I have given myself too many excuses of not exercising. It was time to make a change. Enough is enough.

So, I signed up for a one-year gym membership with Clark Hatch Fitness Center. I paid the fee in one lump sum and I told myself, “No turning back”.

I picked up the weight, the lightest I could find in the gym.

I put my feet on the treadmill, the easiest cardiovascular exercise in the gym and I started to run. The feeling was great and I slept well that night though with sore muscles.

It is not really a rocket science. Neither is a black magic. It is all about discipline.


Going to gym is the first step I took. I started with two sessions a week before sticking with 3 to 4 times a week.

At the mean time, I started to make sure to have at least 8 hours of sleep.

When comes to food, I no longer avoid vegetables and fruits.

Also, I drink enough water.

Time flies. One year. Two years. Three years.

Today, four years later, I am glad with my decision and I never look back.


I hope that you will learn from my mistakes. I have paid for the price and I will share my workout experience with you in this blog. I shall pen down what I know about the subject.

Hopefully, this blog will help you. Read it, with a pinch of salt, with sense of humor. Gym is the place where I regained what I lost – my health.

How about you, how you started in gym?



Category: Motivation

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  • Angie Tan // Aug 2, 2007 at 1:51 AM

    Hi there! Just stumbled upon your post when I was “pinging” PPS. Hehehe…

    Anyway, I’ve just started going to the gym too.

    What was my catalyst? My baby sis announcing that she’ll be getting married in a year’s time.

    Prior to that I’m plagued by health problems relating to my weight. I’m terribly overweight.

    Anyway, after starting, I can report that I’m starting to feel much better healthwise.

    Like you said, enough of the excuses. Just do it… Don’t turn back.

    I hope that I have the willpower and discipline to keep going. :-)

    Thanks for the tips! It’s all about discipline! No pain, no gain.

  • stupe // Aug 2, 2007 at 10:32 AM

    Just like you, i grew up as a fat boy. No thanks to asian parenting where they think fat is cute and fat is prosperity.

    I grew up with monikers such as fatty bom bom to my name and fei chai after my surname.

    I started relatively late in sports, just like you, about 4 years ago.

    Even when i was actively playing rugby, i gave excuse to eat because i told myself i needed the “mass”, but it was nothing but fat that i was putting on.

    I touched 90kg and i thought it was all muscle. I use the weight lifting regime and the rugby game as my biggest excuse.

    What i see as BIG, others sees as FAT.

    The road to what i am, and what i want to become has been long. It has been filled with pain, uncertainties and challenges; i’m just glad i made the change.

  • kay // Oct 13, 2007 at 8:20 PM

    do u have personal trainer before??

  • J.K. // Jun 22, 2008 at 12:14 AM

    Great what you are doing. I have a similar intention when I set up my fitness blog, but you put it much more succinct & eloquently. I like the layout. I will definitely include your blog in my blog list so that my visitors can also benefit from more than one person’s experience with fitness & weight management. We need more fitness ‘converts’ to tell their story & debunk much of the health myths.

  • Jennifer // Sep 9, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    I can totally relate your story to mine. Once I get started to exercise, in my case, it’s yoga, I feel so good. I joined Yogazone two years ago and was so happy to enjoy my classes. I’m not a very active person. I don’t like sport but I get to love yoga. I would want to learn more but unfortunately, the situation does not permit me to do so. But I cannot give up, can I? Hehe!

    Thanks for sharing your story. It makes my day.

  • suddenlyslimmer // Oct 7, 2008 at 7:07 AM

    Your story is like mine. I was fatty chick before,lose weight and now very interested with fitness diet and exercise. Add my blog to your link?

  • Owen // Oct 25, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    I started working out 8 months ago (when I was 16 years old). I was 5 foot 8 inches, and about a hundred pounds. I was one of the skinniest kids in my high school, and got made fun of, and just had no self confidence. One of the hardest things for me was to get over my total lack of confidence and my crappy posture, and go to the gym to lift around massive muscular guys. It wasn’t even the difficulty of lifting the weights, but me, as skinny as I was walking into the gym, struggling to lift the bench bar.

    Now, 8 months later and still going to the gym 3-4 times a week, I have gained 33 pounds of muscle mass, (no supplements of any kind, just healthy eating) have at least doubled all of my starting weights from 8 months ago, and can actually run a mile with ease, and just have the confidence overall.

    I don’t mean to sound cheesy or anything, but working out really has transformed my life. I am confident now, actually considered attractive to the ladies, instead of a super skinny freak, and on top of that, most of the stress of high school is gone. The weeks no longer are dragging stressfully by.

    Without a question, the best thing I have ever done for myself.

  • Faisal H. // Aug 17, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    hey Mun, thanks for the great blog. I don’t even know what I was looking up when I stumbled across it, but your posts are great, plain and simple, and sometimes hilarious. Thanks for your contribution to the fitness world. Keep up the good work.

  • Katie // Nov 24, 2009 at 11:12 PM

    I ran across your web page some weeks ago by accident and was impressed at how simple it is. I’ve had a weird relationship with my health, body and eating all my life (but then, who hasn’t?). I was a solitary kid and I sprained my ankles a lot, and when I was nine, I was diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disorder which made a lot of physical activities impossible. When I was 14, I ran my first full mile and it was an incredible feeling for me. Ever since, I’ve been pushing myself to use my body as much as I can and keep it as healthy as possible. Because of my illnesses, this has been a huge concern for me. I now can run 10 miles if push comes to shove and push myself further every day.
    Your blog is very encouraging and helpful. Keep it up!

  • Nobel Andrew // Dec 15, 2009 at 10:38 PM

    hey mun, nice article you got here. thanks for the inspiration.

    btw, i actually new to your website, found it accidentely when i was looking for the 300 training regime. thanks for uploading it.

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