Can you juggle a thriving career in the media and communications industry, while also maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle? How about living the “BJJ Lifestyle” without compromising family commitments?
At FaMA - Fitness and Martial Arts, we get the privilege of learning within a community of folks from all walks of life. Whether single or married, student or executive; there is a place for each individual on the mats.
But as much as #adulting demands most of their time and focus, many of our students make it a point to attend classes at FaMA regularly.
Read on, as four professionals (one, a family man) show us how they successfully juggle their career, family and fitness like pros.
“I set myself a goal of training 4-5 times per week, 2 hours each day. Outside of FaMA, I try to dedicate a day to lift weights or go for a relaxing jog. At work, I typically start the day by listing down the tasks for the day. I'll then rank them in terms of importance so that I'll be able to clear the important ones first. This allows me to leave work on time for training. If need be, I'll continue working from home after training.
However, I’ve come to accept that there are just some days I will not be able to meet my training goals especially during busy periods at work or last minute changes to my schedule. I've learnt that it is not realistic to constantly achieve training goals week in and week out.
I leave my weekends for my family and friends, as well as taking the opportunity to sleep in to give my body time to recover.”
“I attend Muay Thai or BJJ classes at least 3-4 times a week, up to 6 times a week. Sometimes, I throw in at least two yoga classes to my schedule. Being active has always been integral in my life. I never saw fitness as a “task” that I needed to achieve; instead I view it as a lifestyle.
However, time management is key and it is so important to find a schedule that works for you.
I always plan ahead of time by creating a weekly timetable, so as not to ruin my other commitments. And, I show up no matter what, even if I am tired from work. Even if I am going for a business trip overseas, I allot an hour of training in my itinerary.
Working in the media industry, where I am very mobile, allows me to plan my fitness activities throughout the week, without sacrificing productivity at work.”
- Camile Venturina, 34, Regional Advertising Business Manager. Attends our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai classes.
I focus on taking the early morning classes, before the day really starts for most people. I have learned that the early morning classes open up the rest of my day, and this works as a good fitness regime for me.”
- Dan Floerke, 53, Business Development Executive for a Precision Oncology Data/Technology company. Attends our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and FaMA Fit classes.
“For almost two years, I have been training at FaMA 4-6 times a week, approximately 1-4 hours a day. During the week, I prefer to train in the mornings, however I don’t exclude evening or midday classes, if I can fit the sessions in. On weekends, that’s when I attend longer sessions between 2-4 hours, but only if they do not conflict with family events or work.
I am fortunate enough to be able to work on the go, but I do make time to be in the office as often as I can. It is also fortunate that we live in a city like Singapore where transport is convenient, traffic is good, and distance is not so far. This makes it easier to juggle work with a “BJJ lifestyle”.
Having said that, family is the most important, so my wife and kids take priority.”
- Tim Yee, General Manager and married with 2 kids. Attends our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and FaMA Fit classes. His children, Oscar and Krista, also attend our BJJ Kids classes regularly.
FaMA - Fitness and Martial Arts Established in 2016, FaMA is a world-class martial arts training facility located in the heart of the Central Business District in Singapore. Walking distance from the Clarke Quay MRT station, FaMA’s main goal is to help people improve their lives through martial arts regardless of age or athletic capability. Each program is led by experts in their respective fields. Whether it is weight loss, a fun workout, camaraderie, competition training, or just to break a sweat, FaMA has something for everyone.
Muay Thai, or The Art of Eight Limbs, is a martial art developed in Thailand thousands of years ago to help the Kingdom protect itself against invaders. Using the human body as a weapon, Muay Thai practitioners are well-versed in punching, elbowing, kicking, kneeing, and clinching with their opponents. What was once only used for self-defence and protection of the Kingdom, Muay Thai has grown to become one of the most popular sports not only in Thailand but in the world. Muay Thai is known to provide a complete total-body workout that will help build lean muscle, core strength, and help with weight loss. At FaMA, Muay Thai classes are taught daily by Tanaphong Khunhankaew, or better known as Kru Ping, and Kru Jerel Louie.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or BJJ as it is commonly known around the world, is a self-defence martial art that enables a smaller, weaker person to protect themselves against a much larger attacker using leverage and pressure. Formed from Kodokan Judo in Japan, Jiu Jitsu found its way to Brazil in the 1910s through Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese judoka and no-holds-barred prize fighter. During his time in Brazil, Maeda accepted a young Carlos Gracie as his student. Carlos would later pass on his knowledge to his brothers, most notably Helio Gracie - the father of modern Brazilian Jiujitsu. The Gracie family would go on to spread BJJ through The Gracie Challenge and eventually the creation of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Today, BJJ has grown to be more than just an effective unarmed fighting system. It helps young children deal with bullies and adults live a healthy lifestyle. BJJ classes are offered daily at FaMA under the tutelage of Black Belts Zoro Moreira, Robyn Goudy and Thiago Gaspary.
An all-in-one fitness class suitable for everyone, FaMA Fit incorporates moves from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing and Kickboxing together with functional training to help develop flexibility, mobility, strength, balance, and stamina. For beginners who are just starting out, the FaMA Fit Fundamentals class is an entry-level program that will work the entire body. FaMA Fit and FaMA Fit Fundamentals classes are run by professional athlete Coach Kirstie Gannaway.