I’ve been working out once or twice a week (at Bodytone), when i can squeeze some time in. It’s the only workout i’ve been able to still go for and not get bored after 4 years because:
1) I need a babysitter, and the trainers there are so personable and dedicated to ensure you don’t waste your time nor money
2) If i want to cancel a class, i can only do so 4 hours beforehand, else it gets forfeited. So the chinaman in me will force myself to go even if i’m feeling lazy last minute.
3) It’s still challenging cos we just increase my weights as i progress. Tho many times i don’t go for weeks (traveling, work, excuses, bla bla) and then return to find my ability to carry certain kg has gone down
Powerplate is no joke… I’m pretty sure it’s the reason i was able to scale Kilimanjaro with no prior training.
On Monday i went for my usual class with Syazwan, who created a new circuit program for that day.
There were 6 circuit sets he got 3 of us to do. 1 girl backed out in the 2nd set. I felt like throwing up during the 4th set and tried to steady myself. By the time i finished the 6th set, i was lying on the floor and Syazwan said i looked like a crime scene.
Told Jun about it and he said, “Good! That means you were pushing yourself.”
I thought silently, I signed up to get fit, not unconscious
I whine but i like the push. Like i said, need a babysitter remember?
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Bodytone uses Powerplate machines, which vibrate at a specific frequency so it engages a higher percentage of total body muscles while you complete a conventional workout. Some people have assumed that all you do is stand on it and you lose weight. I want to laugh when i hear this cos there’s no such thing, no pain no gain people!
It’s using this machine that gives you greater results in less time. From what i remember when i first started Bodytone, working out on it for 45 minutes is an equivalent of working out in the gym for 1.5 hours. And hey, i’m all about saving time. I cannot imagine how i can dedicate over an hour in the gym, it cuts too much into my already-hectic schedule not counting time to drive there and leave! #CityGirlMeasurement
“Conventional resistance training with the use of weights to promote effective muscle development and weight management only engages approximately 40% of total body muscles. This is because only the body’s voluntary (conscious) muscles are engaged and not the involuntary (sub-conscious) muscles. This results in an exercise regime that is incapable of achieving its fullest potential.
Vibration training is conducted – with and without weight resistance – on top of a vibrating base to creates a micro-instable environment – like a mini earthquake – that naturally forces the human body to stabilise during training by engaging up to a staggering 90% of total body muscles – both voluntary (conscious) and involuntary (sub-conscious) muscles.” [source: bodytone.com.my]
After every workout at Bodytone, i FEEL muscles i’ve never felt before hurting. In a good way. I feel muscles on parts of my bum aching, and know that whatever i just did, was way more than from dozens of squats i could have done by myself. To be honest, it’s not like i LIKE to work out. I’d much rather have a magical awesome body that requires no heavy lifting but when your 30s hit you… denial is not a word on the cards any longer. I don’t have a choice. There, i said it. Well i do, but that choice would result in a KinkyFatFairy. Not sexy. I don’t want that. What spurs me to work out is how much better i’m going to look in bed with nothing on. (Maybe i should not be having a glass of wine while writing this, being very blatant here.)
I’m not just advocating Bodytone alone, but i like the idea of moving in whatever way i can for the pure intent of that – to MOVE. This core idea was generated from my reading Tom Rath’s Eat Move Sleep (great book, get it). In whatever way i can, i try to implement movement (jogging, yoga, hiking) cos it’s a natural human function which many of us have abandoned due to our urban lifestyles of everything being made convenient for us.
To further encourage progression in our movements, seeing each of us have individual bars set on our physical capabilities, Bodytone introduced MyZone® – a technologically advanced system (that connects seamlessly to the MyZone® MZ-3 Physical Activity Belt or MyZone® Sports Bra) to interact with a global network of users on a platform to accurately track personal fitness progress and optimize workout efforts.
I was one of the first to get my hands on trying it out, and looked forward to measuring how far i was actually pushing myself.
This is the device (worn with the belt) small enough to be tucked comfortably under my sports bra during workouts.
I downloaded the app from the Apple store and created my personal account from which i could use to:
– analyse my heart rate, activity time, and calories burned
– add friends (or even strangers nearby) and view each others’ effort charts, comment, like, etc
– update my personal fitness diary like goals and meal intake (meaning food pix, to spur each other to eat healthy!)
This is an example of a workout i did >
The colour-coded tiles show how high my heart rate is, and how much more i can push myself while the workout is going on real time.
In Joyce terms:
Black was when i wasn’t really doing jack.
Blue was when i was… exercising la.
Green was when i was getting out of breath.
Yellow was when i was super really out of breath but just going for it.
Red is when i’m having thoughts like “Are you crazy omg i’m going to have a heart attack”
The above is not the best example cos i was doing mostly weights and there were other (more cardio-based) workouts where i hit the red zone (90% heart rate and over) which means i was about to die. I kid. The red zone is where the trainer would try to get me to keep touching cos it meant i was hitting my personal level of intensity. It was quite difficult cos my endurance is not bad now (yay me) whereas someone who rarely exercises would reach the red zone easily cos their body isn’t used to movement. So for someone healthier (like Jun) he’d probably take even longer than me to reach the red zone. (Yeah, like after he runs 50km.)
I got 128 MEPS from that workout- every effort and move is converted into MYZONE Effort Points (MEPs) – with its ability to being converted into rewards from Bodytone to encourage more effort, and friendly competition amongst everyone.
Bodytone did a formal introduction to the MyZone® System along with the launch of its 4th studio in the heart of Subang Jaya, at the newly refurbished SS15 Courtyard.
The Courtyard SS15 Bodytone Studio is designed to hold group trainings where the uniquely designed classes and training regimes are crafted to suit different workout needs with the use of technologically advanced equipment and perfected techniques designed for visible results.
It is also Bodytone’s largest studio in Malaysia with an on-premise Lorna Jane Activewear outlet and Pure Juice bar, culminating in an active lifestyle concept studio to encourage everyone to fully embrace their well-being from inside out.
After going to Bodytone for so many years, i became friends with Christine (who founded Bodytone with her soon-t0-be husband Vincent) and she got KBF to do the PR for the launch. Damn pressure to work for friends. 🙈😅
My childhood dream was to own an ice-cream truck business like the Jolly-Olly Man in Hey Arnold. Judging from the many food truck businesses in Klang Valley; there may not be any ice-cream truck businesses yet because maybe I was destined to turn my dream into a reality instead of waiting around for someone to fulfill it. HA.
With the presence of gung-ho entrepreneurs, the startup scene in Malaysia is growing rapidly with business ideas/services that are wonderfully innovative.
Last week, Joyce told me about Wrapla as she met its founder, Dinesh Karunamuti, at a Bespoke buka puasa dinner. Having majored in Business Management and holding a certificate in Animation and Multimedia Production, Dinesh aspired to be an entrepreneur as soon as he graduated but he knew he needed some work experience before venturing out on his own. The middle child of an engineer and homemaker worked as an employee for 12 years before leaving his most recent position as Vice President of E-commerce for Astro Go Shop… to work full time on Wrapla.
Wrapla is a new service in Malaysia that allows drivers to earn while making their daily commutes. I got in touch with Dinesh find out more about him and the story behind Wrapla.
KBF: So what is the story behind Wrapla?
DK: A bunch of us caught up over coffee and this module was brought up. I went home, did my research and realized this would work perfectly with our current state of economy, thus I decided to give it a shot and Wrapla was born.
KBF: How did you come about the name of Wrapla?
DK: Friends were clowning around helping me pick a name and when one of them kept ending his sentence with “Lah” it rang well to my ears, thus I decided on Wrapla.
KBF: How does Wrapla work?
DK: Wrapla is a crowd-sourced advertising platform that connects brands looking for more targeted and effective outdoor advertising with people looking to generate income from their weekly commute. Brands get to tailor their campaigns by area and gain greater flexibility, higher impressions and quicker turnarounds compared to conventional outdoor advertising, and drivers get to choose which campaigns they want to participate in, and their degree of participation.
Once you’re on board as a driver, you are required to drive 900km per month (roughly 30km per day), for 30 days to qualify for payment. Drivers will get paid at the end of every 30 days. Those that don’t hit the 900km mark earn a pro-rated rate based on their mileage.
KBF: Would the drivers be able to choose the type of advertisement they prefer to advertise on their cars?
DK: Absolutely. While we do source for specific driver profiles for our clients’ campaigns, the decision to participate is ultimately in the hands of drivers. We want our drivers to be comfortable with the brands and campaigns they have on their cars.
Our national icon, the Malayan Tiger is now classified as Critically Endangered. Soon enough, it will be extinct from the wild. Illegal hunting and trade, driven by demand for wildlife from within and outside Malaysia, remains the most devastating threat to tigers and other endangered species.
Korean cosmetic products are my go-to in the past 2 years because they produce top-notch quality that suits Asian skin. It felt like a whole new realm just opened up when I was introduced to all things Korean! What I’ve noticed about most Korean cosmetics is their scent; it’s more pleasant and it doesn’t smell like the typical scent of make-up. Compared to American/European cosmetic brands, I find Korean brands to be less heavy and harsh on the skin. Okay, you can obviously tell there’s favouritism going on here.
Korean beauty brand CLIO (whose beauty ambassadors include Sandara Park (산다라박) from girl group 2NE1, and Lee Hyori (이효리); engaged KBF to invite a selected handful of bloggers/influencers to their event in the new SaSa @ IOI City Mall last Thursday. It was mainly to have a make up tip sharing and demo by their Chief Make-Up Instructor, Ms Song Yeon-bi (송연비), who was flown in from Korea just for the occasion.
In the middle is Chief Make-Up Instructor, Ms Song Yeon-bi (송연비). She’s such a cutie! A graduate from Chung Ang University with an MA in Cosmetic and Beauty, she’s also had experience at the Christian CHAUVEAU Artistic Make Up School (Paris) and Jean Pierre Fleurimon Make Up (Paris).
Clockwise from top right:
brow:palette (RM 128);
brow;sword (RM 145) – Japanese naginata sword shape design is for precise control, creating a natural shape;
Sheer colour balm (RM 88) – vivid melting balm stick reacts with your lip’s PH and moisture condition to create a unique glow and wearable sheer finish.
Joyce: This sheer colour balm doesn’t leave my handbag. Rachel had to request it from me twice (to my reluctance) to take pix of it for this post. It’s a balmy pink that glides on easily without being overpowering or drying. I mentally place it in between a lip balm and a lipstick, so if i just want some colour (so i don’t look so dead) but not something too showy, i grab this. All the time.
Anti/Oxi Skin Refining Cleansing Oil – Anti/Oxi is a cleansing oil with enhanced power to remove micro impurities and stubborn make-up with no residue. Shu Uemura’s latest anti-pollution breakthrough, Anti/Oxi with moringa and green tea extracts are combined for better make-up removal.
Joyce: This is the only cleanser i use whenever i wear any make up (from light application, to heavy shoot work). I’ve been using it for the past 10 years and it’s my bathroom staple.
Eyelash Curler (RM70) – The iconic Shu Uemura eyelash curler is exclusively designed to suit all eye shapes.
Calligraph:ink liquid eyeliner (RM 70) – A modern make-up tribute to Asia’s traditional art of calligraphy. The eyeliner was inspired by the Japanese calligraphy brush, drawing fine to bold lines with precision. You can read about the product launch which we attended a couple of months back *HERE*
Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte (RM 88) – The new rouge unlimited is available in an array of inspiring colors and formulated for long lasting supreme moisture, comfort and matte finish.
The Lightbulb Fluid Foundation (RM 180) – The lightbulb foundation provides paradoxical benefits of high coverage and glow, yet giving you a long-lasting moisturizing skin.
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This is not a beauty product (obviously) but we just wanted to say thanks to Cassey Gan who sent us a box of cute items: (Clockwise from left) Coconut & Lime hand poured soy candle by Sanctuary, Sandwich pouch, Notebooks.