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All New Fitness First & Freestyle™ Group Training

11.27.2014


have you seen Fitness First lately?

Readers, I know I have lost some weight this year... about 20kg, not an easy feat. You know something? It's easy to lose weight, it's the maintaining the weight you have lost that's hard! *screams* so what's a city girl got to do to keep the weight from bouncing back?

go to gym lar

But going to the gym is soooo boring Tammy (my evil conscious is speaking). Well I do agree, I was a Fitness First member at Curve for a year and while it was fun exercising on the machines but I soon got bored and I didn't know what else to do since I could not afford the training sessions. 

However, recently things has changed in Fitness First. When I went back to Fitness First Curve with my friends for a blogger's experiential session, I was shocked (in a good way) how it has transformed from the club I once knew to this amazing brand new club. Splashes of red being used conveys energy, power and fiery passion. The colors that would make you do double duty at the gym *lol*.

hello Fitness First Curve, it's been some time!

eh what happened here? did I go to the wrong gym?

didn't use to look like this *shock*

wait is this the ladies bathroom?! love the bold red

the locker room looks like a hotel

so high tech one?! using key card to scan locker!!!

they even have a reality tv show called Fit For Fashion
(more info click here)

are you a social junkie? check out their "cyber" cafe haha

What else has changed since I last stepped into Fitness First?. Lovely member's lounge for work or to chill. The familiar beverage station said hello to me while I make a cup of hot tea and flipped through a magazine. What caught my attention next was the Internet stations had not computers but slim and appealing tabs waiting for me to get social. Not that I don't mind getting social on my phone with their free Wi-Fi access (only at selected clubs though).

And if you spot something different in the following pictures, large areas with markings on the gym floor was another surprise that caught me off guard. What is this sorcery? It looks like a playground. Surrounding this "playground" was weights and equipments for training. Of course, we were just in time to watch the trainers do their rounds here *lucky us*.

this playground is called the Freestyle™ areas where...

a qualified trainer will take groups of 4-8 fellow club members
through a fun, interactive 30 mins or more structured workout

(L - R) Mr. Ng Kah Wen (Assistant Manager), Mr. Kurts Stocks (Managing Director)
and Mr. Arun (emcee of the day)

With so many questions on my mind, I finally got the chance to hear the man speak. The man being Kurt Stocks, Managing Director of Fitness First. During a coffee chit-chat session, Mr. Stocks gave an inspirational speech about Fitness First's club transformation, their goals for the future and their stand as the leaders in the fitness and health industry. How serious are they? As serious as equipping their staffs (management to front liners) for training and staff fitness certification. Imagine from the time you walk in, you're greeted by their front liners who would be able to advise you on fitness concerns. I was pretty impressed with this.

Question 1:
Me: I love the new Fitness First makeover. How many clubs will undergo this transformation?.
Mr. Stocks: It will be by stages, currently there are five gym clubs - Curve, Avenue K, 1 Mont Kiara, & Gardens Mall (latest) follow by the rest of the outlets by end of this year. We have a total of 13 Fitness First clubs in Malaysia.

Question 2:
Me: I notice a change in the number of machines available compared to my last visit as a member.
Mr. Stocks: As we move forward as leaders in health and fitness, we move forward in understanding the human body is complex and designed to move with a purpose. The ultimate goal for Fitness First and it's members are to achieve their fitness target by going from here to there, efficiently which can be achieve through this new program called the FGT classes. The classes are supported by extensive training and delivered by fitness certified coaches. With FGT workouts, members will never need to train on their own again. Other new signature workouts besides FGT - Pro Cycling, Advanced Flow Yoga and Hardcore Max.

Also present at the session is Ng Kah Wen, the Assistant Fitness Manager who shared that the human body are designed to be flexible and not moved like robots. With Fitness First's introduction of the Freestyle™ Group Training (FGT) classes which combines the use of their specialised exercise technique, such as the Dynamic Movement Training (DMT), members can now explore new ways to challenge themselves.

Question 1:
Me: What is the "playground" that I see here?
Mr. Ng: It's our dedicated Freestyle™ areas and fitness experts can help you discover new training techniques and exercises that offer a dynamic and efficient full-body workout. The one thing you won't see in this area is machines. These areas are designed to focus on the movement, not on the machine, helping you get results 50% more than if you were using a fixed form machines!.

Question 2:
Me: What is the Freestyle™ Group Training (FGT)?
Mr. Ng: Called the Fitness First's Freestyle Group Training (FGT) these areas are used for FGT training workouts that create interactive, energetic experiences for groups of typically 4 - 12 members. You won't find this special programme anywhere else as it's unique to Fitness First. Freestyle training innovations such as Kettlebells and Suspension Exercise, offering variety to keep you motivated. 

the Dynamic Movement Training (DMT)

The core concept within Fitness Philosophy is the Dynamic Movement Training (DMT), it's more than exercise. It's fitness that suits our style and fits your life. DMT involves the entire body working together to challenge the cardiovascular, muscular and neural systems. Movements can be purely body weight, or can be loaded for even greater benefit. DMT gives three times the benefits of regular isolation training by improving overall strength, fitness and function all at the same time.

Scientifically, DMT increases muscle activation, is more energy demanding for accelerated weight loss, and enhances performance in life and in sport. Maximum results in minimum time.
  • ViPR
  • Suspension training
  • Kettlebells
  • Bosu balls
  • Steelbells
  • Medicine Balls
  • Dumbbells
  • Plyo boxes


let's try the FGT now shall we ladies?


this is how you do it aha aha

now let's see who can run faster?

Our Freestyle Group Training (FGT) is a combination of three-dimensional training movements that will challenge your muscles to move you in the way nature intended. Each of the challenging FGT classes are designed to help you reach your goals, whilst improving your everyday movement ability. This creates a workout that gives maximum results whilst making everyday activities easier to undertake. With FGT each workout is different.

Maximum Results in Minimum Time

It’s all about training in three planes of motion; everyone can get involved due to the large range of weights and equipment that we offer, plus everyone will benefit from the training.

Back to the unique program - FGT which is now available at all Fitness First Clubs for members to sign up. Works pretty much like signing up for the classes available at Fitness First. The FGT classes has three global program streams which are suitable for all fitness levels from beginners to the advance. 

FGT BASICS
A great workout that will cover all of the moves used in the other classes. By understanding the moves before you attend the other classes you can maximise your results!!

FGT CORE
This workout will challenge your core in three planes of motion. A three-dimensional core workout is the way to performing better in the gym.

FGT HIIT
Push yourself to the limit with HIIT training. Designed to get results quickly by mixing short, intense bursts of exercise with short recovery periods.

FGT Power
Learn to use the equipment to get stronger. Challenge your whole body with this strength workout. Using superset exercises and a mix of freestyle equipment to maximise your results.

FGT Strength
Use heavy equipment with explosive body weight exercise to increase your power.

I'm tired out after a 30mins FGT session
(normally it gets me an hour to be this tired on machine)

I would like to thank Fitness First for inviting us to experience the Freestyle Group Training (FGT) session. In a matter of 30mins of training at the Freestyle area, I could see why this program would be a hit amongst its club members. The guide and training given by the trainers helps members to achieve their fitness goals in less the amount of time taken to achieve on their own. Maximising the use of strength, regressing based on our limits, one can enjoy the advantages of FGT with Fitness First.

Whether you're aiming for weight loss, toning, muscle building, stamina or you have a disability, the trainers will guide you on a training session best suited upon assessing you. Definitely looking forward to the new Fitness First and it's expansion of activities and innovations as the leading health and fitness club in Malaysia.

see it for yourself, get a guest pass today
click here

Fitness First The Curve 
G70, Ground Floor, 
The Curve
No. 6, Jalan PJU 7/3,
Mutiara Damansara, 
Selangor, Malaysia
Contact No: +603- 7728 0077

Operating Hours:
Saturday and Sunday: 7.00am - 9.00pm
Monday to Friday: 6.30am - 11.00pm
Public Holiday: 9.00am - 8.00pm

Free New York Skin Solutions Christmas Facial & Skincare Kit

11.26.2014


When was the last time I went for a facial, I can't remember. It's been ages ever since I bought my first Clarisonic and subsequently tried Olay Pro X Cleansing device and Phillips Visapure (review will be up). Owning facial cleansing devices don't mean we can stop going for facials, especially when you have skin concerns and problems. The professionals would be able to help treat it, well at least much better than us normal consumers. I kinda miss going for facials, having to lay there for 1 - 2 hours, getting my face massaged.

Imagine my excitement when I check into my mailbox this morning and there's a e-mail from New York Skin Solutions offering the gift of glow via their Christmas Skincare Pamper Package worth RM568. I've never tried New York Skin Solutions before so I've filled up my details and book a date for 1st Dec, 2014 if its available at Curve.
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L'Oreal Paris Beauty Countdown Contest

11.17.2014

counting down to amazing prizes *weee*

L'Oreal Paris is having a contest now over at www.lorealbeautycountdown.com.my for shopaholics out there starting from now until 31st December, 2014. Get ready to shop your way to a grand prize of a car worth more than RM100,000 or win daily and weekly prizes. Christmas is around the corner so this is the best time and reason to shop for your girlfriends!. That's 10 weeks of big beauty thrills *heart* looks like it's going to be mascaras and lipsticks in my shopping list for my girlfriends this Christmas.


We're giving away amazing daily and weekly prizes over the next 10 weeks to reward our highest spenders! If you spend the most overall on L'Oréal Paris products by 31st December 2014, you'll drive home our Grand Prize - a brand new car worth over RM100,000!

HOW TO ENTER?
  1. Spend over RM20 on L'Oréal Paris products
  2. Upload a photo of your receipt
  3. Answer the questions on the website
  4. Shop more to increase your chances of winning

GRAND PRIZE: A CAR WORTH OVER RM100K
(I'll be happy to win any kind of car but ahem let's do this right)

GRAND PRIZE: A CAR WORTH OVER RM100K!
(YOUR OWN RIDE!!! WEEHOOOOOOO)
a mystery prize will be revealed every week on

Daily Prizes for Shoppers!
3 X L'Oreal Paris Hampers worth over RM100

New Dettol pH-Balance Body Wash Experiential Session

11.10.2014

let's talk dirty today shall we?

If you watched contagion, then you'll know everywhere around us are germs waiting to just hitch a ride on our skin. Well I always say to myself, there are good germs and there are the nasty germs but what can we do? Plenty.

Did U Know? I was a student nurse in Australia for a year
(darn, wish I taken pictures of myself in my uniform)

When I was a student nurse in Melbourne, I washed my hands more than 20 times in a day at the hospital. I was working in the infectious ward. Yeah INFECTIOUS WARD where infectious diseases could be potentially fatal to anyone who's not careful. Keeping germs away was crucial in my work. Disinfectants, anti-bacterial hand wash, gloves, face masks and showering when you get home before you touch anything else. The healthcare industry ain't kidding about germs.

why being germ-free is important

Keeping ourselves (nurses) germ free isn't the only key to staying healthy. We had to make sure there's no cuts on our skin or that any dirt is transferred over to our patients during care. In the winter, we were advised to moisturized our skin so it don't become dry, cracked or susceptible to infections. It was an eye opener being a nurse.

the largest organ on our body needs our love

The most important lesson of all is to care for ourselves first before we can care for others. Today I would like to share one of the ways we can do this in Malaysia where dirt, germs and pollutions are one of the environmental issues we face e.g Haze.

How Can We Protect Ourselves From Germs?
1. Use anti-bacterial bath care products
2. Moisturized your skin
3. Protect your skin

And there is exactly one product that can do all 3 in the shower. It's Dettol, the one brand my dad use for as long as I remember. Now Dettol has come out with their new and improved body wash with pH-balanced formula. They are the first anti-bacterial body care brand that not only keeps germs away, but also protect our skin, the natural barrier by keeping the pH levels balance and moisturized.

discovering Dettol's pH-Balance Body Wash at the experiential session
(many thanks to Dettol for inviting me)


Sharing about Dettol pH-Balance Body Wash on camera!
(watch my interview with Dettol)


introducing the 6 variants of Dettol's new & improved Body Wash
now with a pH-balance formula


the new & improved Dettol Shower Gel with pH-Balance


the right pH level can keep your skin healthy


I'm putting my hand to the pH test to see if this is true?
fyi pH4.0 - 6.0 is perfect for us

a comparison between brand x, Dettol & my skin's pH level

Brand X - alkaline (not good)
Dettol pH-Balance - acidic (perfect)
my skin - acidic (matches Dettol!)

Our skin's natural barrier - The Acid Mantle is a very fine, slightly acidic invisible film on our skin that protects us from bacteria, viruses and contaminants. It's naturally secreted by the skin with a healthy pH level of 4.0 - 6.0. Germs and contaminants are neutralized by the skin’s acid mantle keeping the skin healthy, soft and supple, free from dryness, cracks and abrasions. This prevents the growth of bad bacteria while keeping the good bacterias happy. The Acid Mantle is easily thrown out of balance with harsh cleansers and scrubs or excessive environmental exposure. 

What Other Factors?

  • Central heating or Air conditioning
  • Environmental changes: UV rays, Exhaust fumes, Pollutants, Dust, haze, heat
  • Oxidants
  • Harmful microorganisms such as germs and bacteria

How To Care  For Your Acid Mantle?
  • Cleansing (with a slightly acidic cleanser) & moisturise for healthy skin
  • Antibacterial Protection for germ free skin
Other ways to protect:
  • Sun-Protection
  • Treat the damage – wrinkles, pigmentation others
  • Treat your skin gently


after the pH-Balance testing, I was treated to a hand massage
(yay I love hand massages!)


and I laughed throughout the session.... LOL

check out the new Dettol Body Wash & get a RM5 OFF!

Don't forget to take the Dettol Challenge on http://goo.gl/NEeHNU and get a RM5 off any Dettol pH balanced 625ml shower gel variant, on top of 30% in store discount at Guardian from 1st Nov - 31at December, 2014. Dettol pH-Balanced Body Wash is available in 7 variants (Skincare, Original, Re-energize, Fresh, Radiance, Cool and Nourishing) at retail stores nationwide and is suitable for use by the entire family.

Recommended Retail Price:
Dettol pH-Balanced Body Wash 250ml - RM6.90
Dettol pH-Balanced Body Wash 625ml - RM15.90
Dettol pH-Balanced Body Wash 950ml - RM21.90
Dettol pH-Balanced Body Wash refill 900ml RM14.50

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What's UBER? It's your very own private driver. When you need that luxury drive other than sitting in a taxi to a elegant function, you won't want anything else than being in a Uber. I've been a Uber user since they started and anyone who uses my code bp1ke will get a RM30 credit for their first drive! Share this away :D

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An Evening with Mon Cheri: The Launch of Le Fleur de Lis (LilyCollection)

11.07.2014

Mon Chéri Brings the French’s Passion for Beautiful Skin

The final quarter of the year seems to be full of romance. Never have I expected to fall in love with someone (let's call him Mr.Big, just like Sex & The City) after a traumatizing break up. I guess that's what they say about love, it happens the least you expected of it. I smile funny when I am alone thinking about him, blush like a schoolgirl when I see his text and my heart just melts when he utters the three words, 8 letters. God so help me, I'm hopelessly in love.

Like Mon Cheri's tagline, "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved" as I discover today at the media launch of Mon Cheri's Le Fleur de Lis (Lily Collection) I can't help but agree. The beautiful scent of white lilies (my favorite flower) was enveloping. I smile sheepishly upon having a hand massage from one of the lovely ladies there demonstrating the use of the moisturizer from the collection.

What more could a girl want? white lilies, candles, beautifully packaged products that reminds us of the cute lil boxes when we shop in France. Now all this is available from Mon Cheri, a new skincare line formulated in France designed to accentuate a woman's natural beauty.


mon cheri means my darling or my dearest

the perfect place to sweep us off our feet


candles, flowers & pretty boxes can be seen everywhere

from left to right: the introduction to Mon Cheri
Caroline Oi, CEO of Mon Cheri, Serena C, emcee
& Marine Moncaut, French Cultural Professional

I met Caroline Oi, the CEO of Mon Cheri Essentials who explained the key ingredient in Le Fleur de Lis is white lily which has excellent moisturizing and regenerating properties to hydrate, sooth and soften skin. "Madonna lily extract is used in all Le Fleur de Lis products as it has exceptional hydrating and emollient properties (polysaccharides) that enhances the natural beauty of all skin type," she said.

The Le Fleur de Lis, Lily Collection by Mon Cheri

I asked her if she has any plans to expand her business to outlets from www.moncheriessentials.com. She said it would be in the near future and Malaysia has been chosen as the first country to launch Mon Cheri. After all, Caroline Oi is Malaysian and home is where the love starts budding. Singapore and other ASEAN countries would soon follow after.

how could I not fall in love with this brand?

My heart flutters the moment I saw the range of products being displayed tastefully for all to admire. I love the packaging, the desert rose strips against the white background and a ribbon logo. The packaging is made of cardboard, so you feel "France" in your fingers the moment you slide them open. Simple packaging that is costs effective couple with quality ingredients is what makes Mon Cheri an lovable brand.

The collection has 4 collections for 4 different skin types, so anyone from the age of 18 - older can experience Mon Cheri's line of products that is free from SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), Paraben, Linolin, Mineral Oil and fragrance free. The scent comes from the use of essential oils in the collection.
  • for normal to combination skin
  • for oily skin
  • for dry & sensitive skin
  • for aging & sun damage skin

During the launch, Caroline said cleansing, toning and moisturizing are the three basic fundamentals in a proper skincare regime to obtain glowing, healthy skin. As such, her white lily collection set comes with the three essential products - cleansing, toning & moisturizing. I tried them during the Le Fleur de Lis sampling session to have a feel of what Mon Cheri is about.

[Gentle Cleanser 180ml RM80]
Enriched with botanical extracts, oil control sebum and mild surfactants, the gentle cleanser removes dirt, oil and other impurities from the skin effectively, while helping to improve overall skin appearance, texture and firmness. 

[Toner 180ml RM96]
The toner is a gentle exfoliator that leaves the skin feeling smooth and supple while removing impurities as it prepares and tones the skin for moisturizing.

[Moisturizer 50ml RM125]
This contains various ingredients (including watermelon fruit extracts) that helps in maintaining the skin's suppleness, increasing moistures level and at the same time repairing the skin's cell tissue, while preventing anti-aging, skin conditions. It is nourished with vitamins and agents to leave the skin feeling smooth and hydrated. 


hand massage using the Le Fleur de Lis moisturizer

cleanse, tone & moisturized - the essential skincare regime

canapes, fruit juices & mocktails while admiring the products

the romance begin with food (not surprised!)

sweet nothings to woo our heart away

assorted canapes welcome our tongue in hopes of seducing us

I'm giving away this lovely set worth RM280 to one (1) lucky reader!

My verdict? I am seriously in love with everything Mon Cheri has to offer. From their packaging to their products, everything seem to just reminds me of romance in France. During the Le Fleur de Lis sampling session, I was impressed that their products were free from harmful chemicals and that their toner is alcohol free. The first thing that caught my heart? The scent of white lilies, it just smells so heavenly like I'm being transported to a villa resort where white lilies filled the room. I could just sleep with this scent alone.

gorgeous packaging, just perfect for any girl this Christmas

Everything about Mon Cheri is to love and be loved so I'm going to follow true to this motto and give one (1) lucky reader this Christmas, Mon Cheri's latest collection, the Le Fleur de Lis (white lily collection set worth RM280) for normal to combination skin. The set comes with 3 essential products - gentle cleanser, toner and moisturizer.

Giveaway starts from now until 16th November, 2014 (midnight). Open to Malaysian residents only. Leave a comment with the following details:

Follower ID: (please follow my blog)
Name:
E-mail:
Question: Tell me what you think about this new skincare brand in Malaysia?

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