GEAR REVIEW: The Oakley Radarlock Path

(Article and review by Isaac L.)

Oakley says “YOUR MOVE, MOTHER NATURE” and you wonder why? I recently acquired the Radarlock from Oakley and I have tested out the latest technology of its so called switchlock. Radar is not a new kid on the block and has been around for years, but this time it has been redesigned with you guys in mind. It now comes with an very easy hinge-lock mechanism that releases its interchangeable lens in seconds.

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HEALTH & FITNESS: Training Even When Fasting

With just DAYS away from the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan, I still remember around this time last year, both Haffiz and I were interviewed about our training runs and preparations for the upcoming, then Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2011. I was prepping up to run a half-marathon (21km) and Haffiz is running the full 42km. Was I excited? Hell yeah, I  was stoked.

One of the challenges that we and many other active Muslim people face during this period, is the fasting month of Ramadhan. Despite the required change of training programme, I would not say it is a burden. Mainly because one can always train at a later part of the day nearing to break fast timing (adaptive) OR simply that fasting keeps my body lean too.

We both have different styles of training. His mainly focused on more runs while mine was more a balanced between short runs and high-intensity workouts with weights. I opted for endurance, speed and muscle. Anyways, here are some of the “tips” of my half-marathon  training regime during fasting month. 🙂

1. When did you start preparing for the year-end Standard Chartered marathon? What is your routine training programme?

Mentally, i started prepping myself last year during the SCSM 2010 when i was covering the event from a spectator’s point of view.

Physically, i started going for short distance runs (eg. 2XU 12km race and my own 4km short runs in my neighbourhood) as well as to build a better physique by training with the SG Titans (a non-profit Strongman team, http://www.sgtitans.com/) once or twice a week back then, coupled with my own workouts.

2. For the month of Ramadan, how have you tailored your training?

The month of Ramadhan coincides with the start of my new school’s semester so schedule wise, its very hectic. Thus my runs are minimized to running in the school gym (where i work PT) on its treadmills. I tailor my training very differently now. I am more focused on developing a stronger core and focus on high intensity training / endurance workouts to boost BOTH muscular development as well as improve my cardiovascular system. Training period on the other hand is limited to 1 hour before break fast or at night, 2 hours after my break fast.

3. How much does the new programme (in the month of Ramadhan) affect your preparation?

With lesser time to train, I have to make the best out of each individual session/training. Personally in my opinion, as long as you maintain that level of activity / training for your body, it would not affect much of one’s performance for your runs. I had always been a believer of stronger core leads to better, faster runs. And of course coupled with cardio workouts, it will keep you in shape for the runs/races to come.

4. Why is it important that you continue to train during Ramadan? 

To feel good, be healthy, maintain a decent fitness level at least and most importantly, look good for hari raya! 😛

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Buy a baju kurung that you like BUT you cannot fit well in it yet. And that will motivate you to run! 😛

For more info on this year’s Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2012 run, check out: http://www.marathonsingapore.com/

2012 Gold Coast Airport Marathon: The Interview With Endrew!

Thw 2012 Gold Coast Airport Marathon might have ended recently. And like most of you, i did not manage to fly myself to down under to catch the action or run it. I’ve heard loads of record breaking and fun stories happening there – the cool weather, the pre and post race day, the run itself and not forgetting many Personal Bests were “created” there too! Even for a newbie runner like me, its sooooo tempting to head down to GCAM and give it a go!

However, sometimes the greatest stories and lessons learnt come not from finishing the race. But its when you hit a brick wall, you pick yourself up and move on. I managed to catch up with a runner friend of ours, Endrew, who had the opportunity to travel to Gold Coast for the run. And here’s the exclusive interview. Enjoy!

1.        Tell us a bit about yourself (eg. Hobbies, Occupation etc)
Hi I’m Endrew and I’m a Retail Sales Executive. My hobbies are Running and Sleeping. 😛

2.        When did you pick up running/keeping fit and why?
I started my running just about a year ago. My first was race was the 12km Energizer Night Trail 2011 with two of my friends. I signed up just for fun! From that day onwards, I started to go for more and more runs and races. Plus point about these races – you will also get to know more friends! 🙂

3.        What’s your training/running regime like?
I have been running 3 times a week (at least 10km each time) for my first year. As for now, I don’t really run or train that much. I use the running events as a training session so as to not make the race so stressful. Running to me, is not just about how fast you can run or securing your personal best. To me, what is important is to enjoy and have fun with all the runners. Race-Train-Fun.

4.        Thats a nice tagline! Hahaha! Anyways, how was your experience in this year’s GC Marathon? Did you participate in the previous year’s?
This was my first time in Gold Coast (GC). Mixed feeling for me, as I got DNF at the 22km mark. I felt dizzy and had low blood pressure thus I was sent to the hospital. One week before GC I did my Standard Chartered KL marathon at a time of 5 hours 50min eventhough I suffered an early cramp at the 23km mark. Obviously I was disappointed and gave myself a lot of hope in GC for a better timing. But I failed to do so. Many thanks to Mohan though, for the encouraging words he gave to me.

Overall GC marathon was SUPERB! Love the weather, the people & their support and the view! But do remember to drink more water days before the race day itself! I guess this was my mistake for not drinking enough water and it caused my dehydration, dizziness and low blood pressure on the day itself. 😦

 5.        How different was it compared to previous GC Marathon OR Marathons in Singapore? 
It is very different I must say. I’m sorry to say that local races are getting more and more expensive. And personally, I feel that the standard is not there at all. The supporters, the  people along the road side, cheering you on. Its something which you can’t find in Singapore. Although the route and the view is very normal for Singaporean to say “Siao eh so hot run what marathon!” but in GC you can actually feel its different because of those supporters!

6.        The atmosphere is certainly very different aye! Quick question: Would you run the GC Marathon next year? 
I’ll be back for SURE!

 7.        If theres one thing that you could improve on about the GC Marathon, what would it be?
I will say its the BANANAS! Maybe I was too hungry that morning that is why I was looking for something which I can eat while running. Hahaha! But I heard there were oranges given out nearing to the end of the race which I had no chance to try them (because of the DNF). 😦

 8.        Many people are picking up running as a sport be it competitive or leisure, what do u think is the reason for this sudden surge of runners?
I guess running is an “IN” thing now. Too many reasons – some run for health, to lose weight, or even for charitable causes. It is good because this “IN thing” enables you to meet lots of friends and also get to know many new ones in this small world!

 9.        How do you think Singapore can better manage its sporting/running scene?
Singapore is trying very hard to build its sporting community, which is great idea. But there are too many companies out there trying to use this as a platform to earn from events, charging exorbitant prices for registrations…which is actually a  bad thing. For example, running a FULL marathon in Singapore can cost about $80! This is a little too much given the standard I have been experiencing in Singapore. At this price I can fly to Malaysia for a Full marathon too and with a better experience over there.

Running is a cheap sport but in Singapore, its different now.

 10.      Lastly, any inspiring words for runners out there who just started picking up the sport or thinking of picking up the sport?
Drink more water before your runs and do rest well before the race too. Running is meant to be fun so don’t feel stress if you can’t run. Run and get know more friends. Slowly you will get better and better. 😉

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 Words of wisdom there from the Gold Coast! Till next time, Guten Tag!

P.S, if you wanna read what our running friend Su Ann had to say about the 2011 Gold Coast Airport Marathon, do check out: 2011 Gold Coast Airport Marathon: The interview with Su Ann!

HEALTH & FITNESS: Physical Activity Brings Benefits to Those With Cancer

As mentioned earlier, this blog is more than just about me or my team’s experiences and more in sports, health and fitness. Its a blog for the people, BY the people. And I’m pleased to share with you this amazing article by one of our readers, David Haas, on tips which would benefit our community as a whole. 🙂

Whether newly diagnosed with cancer, going through treatments, or in remission,
physical fitness can bring you many benefits. Those who have cancer often lose
their strength and energy, experience fatigue and weakness, and may also suffer
mental stress. A program of physical activity can help to improve how you feel
and relieve some of the effects of cancer treatments. It will not only give you a
boost of energy and a positive attitude, but it will also help you to feel mentally
and physically stronger and enable you to regain any of the physical functions
you may have lost.

Cancer patients should start out slowly with their physical fitness routine and
increase intensity as they can. This is especially true for those with certain types
of cancer, such as mesothelioma, which is a rare cancer in the lungs. The type
and amount of physical activity you can pursue also depends on other factors
such as age, treatments received, surgeries, and pain levels.

Go for a light run. No need to be so competitive.

Very little physical activity is better than none. Begin by simply sitting up and
moving your limbs (i.e. leg lifts, arm circles), walking short distances, or by doing
light stretches. Later on, try riding a bicycle, gardening, or swimming. Whatever
you decide, don’t overdo it and cause more harm than good. Your physician will
be able to advise you on what exercise is appropriate at your stage and amount
you should do.

Physical activity will help you recover from the effects of your cancer and cancer
treatment. It will also improve your overall health by reducing your risk of heart
disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease, stroke, and more.
Exercise makes you a healthier individual even when in remission and will allow
you to enjoy your life more fully. 😀

Generally, having some great fun physical activity time with friends allows
you to enjoy your life more fully.

This article was written by David Haas. David is a cancer patient advocate who writes and researches for the betterment of others. He often blogs about programs and campaigns underway at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, as well as creative fitness ideas for those dealing with cancer, while creating relationships with similar organizations. Check out his personal blog HERE OR you can follow him on Twitter @HaasBlaag.

HYPE: The Unleash Deadly Challenge. WOOHOO!

4th July 2012 – The other time, Adidas launched a contest about submitting what we feel would be a crazy and deadly idea one would do with a soccer ball. In line with their latest range of football (or some would call it soccer) boots – the Adidas Predator Lethal Zones, I tried to make my idea as crazy and lethal too (Hey! Its 150 charcters max):

“Juggle the ball across the expressway and smash 10 glass panels with fireworks to end it!”

Because of that submission, I won myself a $50 adidas voucher + an invite to take part in the Predator Lethal Zones Challenge! Woohoo! Cannot wait to pit myself against the obstacles that adidas have set.

Nabil is All In. Are you?

EVENT: Predator Lethal Zones Challenge

DATE: Saturday, 7th & 8th July 2012

TIME: 1030H-1900H

You can register yourself for the event too at: unleashdeadly.com

Also, check out my review on the Predator Lethal Zones here.

MOTOR SPORT: Of burning rubbers and roaring thunders – a FRESH perspective on The Formula Drift 2012

(Article and Photog by Nash A. & Anwar R.)

30th June 2012 – The smell of singed rubber and plumes of white smoke filled the wide open spaces of Changi Exhibition Centre. Nissan Silvias, Toyota Supras with hints of Subarus and a seemingly out-of-placed Lexus were screaming across the tracks, adorned and cheered on by the fans by the grills and railings. The cars were not the only attraction though with the race queens strutting their stuff, complying with endless requests to have their pictures taken. Despite the capricious weather, the day looked set to drift through with a bang- that was my weekend everybody, I lived through the “Nascar”-like weekend.

This was my first motor-sport event and boy was a converted to being a fan of the cars. In its 5th year, the series got very personal. Everyone was given access to the drivers’ pit, interact with the team (when not racing of course!!) and get up close and personal. Marcus Lim, CEO Driftpac and Founder of FD Asia, said, “We are excited to bring the race back to Changi and encouraging more local drivers out there, as a testament to how much the sport is picking up”. A total of 9 local drivers (highest so to date) geared their cars out on the tracks.

Photographer: Anwar Randii

Big names like Daigo Saito (who built a Lexus form scratch!!!), Max Orido (Cowboy racer), Ken Gushi (American Ace) came to town and were really in it to win. Specs and tuning aside, at the end of the day, it was all down to skill. The dedication of these racers was the core of the event. The intricacies of the mechanics, the rallying by the sponsors and the aesthetics (the race queens I mean…) came together nicely to bring about a great race-sporting event. Also it displayed the strength of the Asian community in the racing arena by having Daigo Saito, successfully defending his title once again!!!

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As a noob, I practically know nothing. But actually going out there and enjoying the display of skill, the thrill of the fans, the adrenalin pumping turns across the tracks and the accommodating feel throughout the race, was just superb. Special thanks goes out to Brandon and Shah from Team 9tro Magazine for explaining to the me the A-Zs of Drift racing. Hats off to local drivers out there who sponsored themselves on the tracks, supported by outstanding brands like Westlake Performance Tyres and Stamford Tyres. SingaSports will definitely be catching your “Drift” more in the future!!!

The SingaSports “Drift” Team 

GEAR REVIEW: I tried to catch some fog but i mist it with Essilor’s Optifog

Not too sure how many of you got the pun in the title above, but to those who do, you’re awesome! Hahahaha! Anyways, like most doctors out there, I happen to be wearing a pair of spectacles and we all know how that kind of limits one’s movement in sports. Although certain sports (like rugby or BJJ) requires me to wear contact lens. Bo pian.

With my previous pair of spectacles looking like its been through a beating, I got myself a new pair of spectacles. But with a few “upgrades” on its lenses – cause its now equipped with Essilor’s Transition, AirWear AND Optifog technology! Woohoo! One protects your eyes from the glaring sun, one is virtually unbreakable and lastly, one prevents fog from building up and makes the lens hardy to all sorts of weather condition.

Yes, I am indeed wearing a pair spectacles lenses built for leisure, sports…and war.

Not these specs definitely!

More often than not, most of us might have heard or know of Essilor’s Crizal and Transition lenses from TV or print media. I was given the opportunity to equip my lenses with Essilor’s new Optifog technology – the anti-fog lenses suited for office workers or simply people who help put the hot stones in a sauna. All in all coupled with the Transition + Crizal properties, it was superbly nice wearing them for outdoor or indoor use.

Decided to give it a shot for sports use and here’s my take on it:

  1. Running on a hot humid day at times builds up some fog on the lenses. With the Optifog coated lenses, your vision is clear and I did not have to stop to wipe the “cloud” off.
  2. I went into a sauna once after a workout session at Celebrity Fitness Gym and amazingly, coming out of the hot room I was not blinded by the steam-generated fog! Woohoo!
  3. On a side note, the transition lenses worked perfectly. Especially useful for those who are active outdoors and do not like wearing contact lenses.

Transition lenses: All dark when the sun is out!

Of course, one can always choose to wear or use their typical normal lenses without such special properties. And if you’re an outdoor person, most often than not, you might just get a pair of shades. But hey, if you are like me and simply want a “ALL IN ONE” kind of spectacles/lens for both work and play, the Essilor’s Optifog and Transition lenses is a good deal. Minimize the hassle of having many different pairs of shades, contact lenses or spectacles for different usage.

Of course, with the anti-fog properties, you can enjoy cooking your steamed chicken or pau without having to wipe off that mist off your specs. 😉

You can get your very own Essilor’s Optifog lenses at Intergrated Eye Care Cetre @ Vivocity and all leading spectacle huts. 🙂

HEALTH & FITNESS: Losing the Baby Weight – Easy Exercise Tips for New Moms

As mentioned earlier, this blog is more than just about me or my team’s experiences and more in sports, health and fitness. Its a blog for the people, BY the people. And I’m pleased to share with you this amazing article by one of our readers, Katie, on tips which would benefit our female readers and friends. 🙂

Photograph by Jennifer Bradford

After giving birth, you can begin to shed the pounds you gained during your pregnancy without ever having to set foot in a gym. There are many ways that you can get exercise at home and around your neighborhood, which will give you more time and flexibility to attend to your newborn. Taking care of a baby is a full time job, so having the freedom to squeeze in a workout at any available time of day right in the comfort and privacy of your living room is both convenient and easy.

Before you begin an exercise routine, be sure that you listen to your body signals so you don’t overwork it. Right after you give birth, your body needs some time to adjust and recover from pregnancy and being in labor. Your immediate goal should be to incorporate healthy habits into your lifestyle, rather than trying to reach a certain goal on the scale. Even though many celebrities are able to shed the baby weight at an incredibly fast rate doesn’t mean that this is ideal, so don’t worry about trying to match their standards. Gradually you’ll be able to increase the duration and intensity of your workouts as you get stronger and fitter, and the results will start to show in a healthy way.

For most women, light exercise can be incorporated into your post-pregnancy lifestyle within several weeks of getting birth, and usually after six weeks or more for C-section births. Always consult with your doctor and discuss your plans for exercise and weight loss after giving birth. Your doctor answered all of your questions concerning labor and delivery and provided advice on options like cord blood and immunizations, and your doctor can do the same for you concerning your lifestyle habits and different diet and exercise options. Once you’ve gotten your doctor’s approval, it’s time to burn some calories!

MOVE AROUND

To start out, try moving more during your day by walking and doing light activities around the house, like cooking, cleaning, and gardening. Taking walks around the neighborhood while pushing your baby in its stroller is a nice way to spend time together while getting some good exercise. Eventually you can also switch to a running or jogging routine several times a week. Wear a pedometer so you can keep track of your steps each day. This will help motivate you to move more, and it helps you to see the progress you’re making  throughout the day. Set a reasonable daily goal, and try to meet it, or even surpass it if
you have extra energy.

SWIM

If you have a pool, try swimming laps or treading water to burn calories. Swimming and water aerobics are great calorie burners because you have to engage so many different muscle groups to keep yourself afloat and move through the water. You’ll work your core, legs, glutes, and arms, and it doesn’t take much time to get a good calorie burn. Visit a local community center with a pool if you don’t have your own.

AT HOME EXERCISES

At home, you can turn your living room into a mini home gym. Roll out a mat and do sets of push-ups, crunches, squats, lunges, jumping jacks, punches, kicks, leg lifts, and some stretching. Try lifting light weights or using a resistance band to add toning and sculpting moves to your workout, which will burn calories and build muscle to help you burn more fat all day long. Yoga and Pilates are other great ways to firm your body and lengthen your muscles, increasing flexibility and giving you a long, lean look. You can either create your own routine, or follow along with a workout DVD. Some are even designed especially for new mothers!

Overall, try to keep your workouts fun so that you’ll stay motivated. Listen to fun, upbeat music while you exercise, or try a dance-based routine like Zumba or belly-dancing (great for toning up your midsection!). Don’t worry if you don’t have time to do a long workout every day. Even making small changes, like going up and down the stairs more often during the day, will help you to burn extra calories. Take advantage of your baby’s naptime to squeeze in some exercise, and before you know it, the pounds will start to melt away.

As long as you stay committed, you’ll get back to your pre-pregnancy weight again and you’ll increase your levels of fitness and energy along the way; making you a happier, healthier mom! 🙂

This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche. If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26.

GYM EVENT: Flame Freeze Indoor “Triathlon”

(Article by Nash A.)

7th June 2012 – The venue, the newly formed Celebrity Gym @ E!Hub, Downtown East. The mission, experience the Columbia Omni-Freeze Ice Technology, via completing the Singapore First Indoor Triathlon. Bil and I, entered the gym and we were completely overwhelmed by the place. With the inviting layout of the space, lavish looking designs of the walls and BIG-SCREENED MONITORS PLACED ON THE TREADMILL WITH INTERNET CAPABILITIES! Gaaaah!

It was like a big playground, regal looking playground, jaws were dropping, I swear. “It is designed to make each and every gym users feel special, feeling like a million bucks, aptly put like a Celeb”, said Tony Pickering, the Managing Director(Singapore) Celebrity Fitness. I couldn’t agree more.

With us still in awe, Columbia representatives handed out our gear for the day: The Columbia Omni-Freeze Ice Baselayer. The moment we fitted it over our body, in an instant, we “froze” over. Besides the fact that the gym was well air-conditioned, it certainly felt light and cooling all over.

So there were 3 functions:

  1. Strategically placed mesh for improved ventilation.
  2. Lowering of body temperature of the fabric to keep you cool.
  3. Wicks away moisture to keep you dry.

Now to get the sweat out, they unleashed Xabier and Fabiana, to bring the pain (and sweat of course). First up, cycling. 20 minutes of alternating speeds and intensity (interval training), following the rhythms of loud playing beats. Intense!!! My legs were really jelly after the session, yup the sweat kept coming alright!! Second comes the interval training (to simulate swimming). It was designed for MMA practitioners, and our butts got kicked…hard!!! Xabier came around to add intensity to the game. My body was screaming through the ordeal (though I liked it…) Luckily, Fabiana took over for the last 20 mins and we danced off the pain through aerobics.

The Bottom Line: Intense training + extreme perspiration = discomfort? Not with the Omni-Freeze. Cooling sensation troughout the triathlon and though it was soaking mid way through the ordeal, within minutes, I was dry again, ready for more.

The Men’s Baselayer Lightweight Short Sleeve Top($89.90). Comes in Blue and Black colours.

Editor’s note: Perhaps it could be the aircon environment some of us quipped. But after using the tee for some outdoor activities in HOT & HUMID Singapore, this product does prove its worth and indeed made our body feel a lot cooler. Truly proved its worth. 😛

Bonus: we were introduced to a new product called Chi Water, refreshing coconut water, 100% pure, it’s high in potassium and packed with electrolytes which keep your body rehydrated, vibrant and healthy. Fuuwah, felt like a million bucks! Thanks once again to Columbia, Celebrity Fitness and Chi Water. 🙂

Retails at all leading departmental stores. Estimated price ~$3.

From now to 29 February, Celebrity Fitness is offering a special founder membership package comprising a one-time joining fee of SGD 99 and SGD 108 membership fee per month for a year’s membership. After this limited offer is over, membership packages comprise a one-time joining fee of SGD 199 and SGD 139 monthly membership fee. Check them out on FB at http://www.facebook.com/CelebrityFitnessSingapore

EVENT: Adidas KOTR 2012

Last year, I took part in my 1st Adidas run – the Adidas King of the Road (KOTR) 2011 (you can read my review here). It was a gruelling run I must admit. With the event during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan, running the 16.8km route was mentally tough. But completing the run WITHOUT consuming any form of liquids or foods made me feel real good. On top of the euphoria and runner’s high of completing yet another run, knowing that I did it while fasting certainly was like placing the icing on the cake. 

I truly felt like a King of The Road. 

Fast forward a year later, the Adidas KOTR will be held on the 28th of October 2012. Held right smack in the middle of the Gardens by the Bay, it would be the final leg of the region’s largest and most colourful race. I mean, the one of its kind 5-leg race spanning over five countries – Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines & Singapore is indeed an exciting race event to go to (if you have the moolah and time to travel overseas). Otherwise, conquering Singapore’s leg of the race is pretty fine enough.

Event: Adidas King Of The Road 2012

When: Sunday, 28th October 2012

Where: Gardens by the Bay

How much: S$50/runner

Link(s): www.adidaskingoftheroad.com.sg (from the beginning of July 2012 onwards) OR you could check out the Main KOTR site at http://www.adidaskingoftheroad.com/

RACE INFO

This year, the race will begin and end at Singapore’s newest iconic landmark, Gardens by the Bay, and will see passionate runners setting paces past iconic sites such as the Flower Dome, Heritage Gardens, Golden & Silver Gardens, Dragonfly Lake and Bay East Garden, the Singapore Flyer and the Floating Platform. This race route will make history as one of the first mass race to be held at the much-anticipated venue of Gardens by the Bay.

SO BRING YOUR CAMERAS PEOPLE! 

With a unique 16.8km route, the city race is targeted at everyone who likes to run – from the social runner, to the serious athlete. One of the objectives of the adidas KOTR is also to encourage runners to take part in all five adidas KOTR events across Southeast Asia, as the total distance completed will be the equivalent of two full marathons (84km).

Another uniqueness about the adidas KOTR is its race theme – ‘Colours’ that is represented through the variety of coloured adidas race t-shirts that participants will don. The multi-colour apparels showcased are meant to represent the vibrancy of the Southeast Asia’s sports scene, making the adidas KOTR the most colourful race in the region!