A DOZEN new workouts were introduced to 200 participants, including fitness professionals and enthusiasts,who attended the annual Reebok Resolution fitness convention.
Three master trainers - Jeffery Scott, Pierre Blouin and Irene Nazira Lee – revealed the latest training techniques and methods when they conducted the two-day workshop last weekend.
Participants were provided with manuals teaching them the best ways to optimise their workouts using body weight and training apparatus; namely Core Board, Step Board, resistance band and medicine ball.
Scott, 37, who flew in from South Korea to conduct the classes before heading home to Los Angeles, California, said he was impressed by the response from the energetic and physically fit participants.
“They were eager to learn. The fitness industry is growing rapidly in Malaysia and there is a demand for qualified experts in this field.
“Functional workouts incorporating multiple dynamic movements are now replacing conventional training methods.
“It is a great experience to help people become stronger by showing them the smarter way to work out.
“Working out is not only about looking better but also functioning better,” added Scott, who was on his third visit to Malaysia.
The youngest participant, Diane Lazaroo, 16, from Subang Jaya, said the sessions were informative and it was interesting to learn the correct way to use the fitness equipment.
The event turned out to be a family affair for one couple - Saw Siong Hian and Chin Foong Kiew, both doctors. They were accompanied by their seven-year-old son, Calvin Saw, and eight-year-old daughter, Stephanie Saw.
“Since young, we have been encouraging our children to be physically active,” said Saw, who exercises thrice a week with his family.
The couple said they were amazed by the systematic and practical workouts shown by the master trainers.
Blouin pointed out Malaysians were generally flexible but needed to improve their upper body strength.
“The training modules that we have outlined have been influenced by neuro-muscular science so as to help people move safely and efficiently. Understanding the concept behind the training is vital in preventing injuries,” added Blouin, 44, who hails from Quebec, Canada.
Free lance trainer Mohd Faizal Kamarulzaman attended the workshop with 26 of his fitness buddies.
“I have been attending the convention and upgrading my knowledge for the past four years. I am conscious about emphasising the need to strengthen core muscles such as the abdominal muscles and back muscles.
“Educating people to pursue a healthy lifestyle is a reward by itself,” said the 33-year-old Faizal, who has been in the industry for almost 10 years.
Participants were awarded certificates of attendance at the end of the workshop.