You know how you try and plan your future, but things just take a turn and lead you down a path you didn’t quite anticipate? That’s how Sixx Ng got into personal training.
Many moons ago, the army was a-calling, and so she went. She was appointed to train her army colleagues for their IPPT, and got her first taste of helping people with their fitness. Destiny beckoned, she never looked back. With a litany of qualifications (sports training, nutrition, pre/post natal, myofascial, kettlebell – you name it), Sixx is now a Personal Trainer (PT), making the world a better place one muscle at a time. She’s made changes in her own life – eating healthier, doing insane things like completing a 42km run in under 5 hours – while helping the rest of us poor unfit desk rats find those hidden abs… we know they’re in there, somewhere!
We nab the fitness freak for a quick 8 questions:
How tough is it – physically and mentally – being a Personal Trainer?
We keep very long and odd working hours, and can start as early as six am and end late as 10 pm at night. Mentally – the challenge is in tailoring smart moves, targeted programs and the right corrections because every person has different needs, abilities and results.
It seems like quite a male dominated industry, do female trainers have added obstacles?
Not at all. In fact, female trainers are highly in demand.
What are the main benefits of having a Personal Trainer, and who really will benefit from it versus just doing normal exercise?
Well, there are three key benefits: discipline, guidance and holistic training. We all have our lazy days – a Personal Trainer can ensure there’s no skiving (gulp!), and help correct workout movements; I’ve seen too many simple exercises done incorrectly. We can also help create more effective training programs to best utilize your exercise time.
The only people who won’t benefit from a Personal Trainer are those who have no desire to improve. Anyone can benefit, it’s just a matter of how much.
Training someone one on one is such an intimate thing – how do you go about finding a Personal Trainer that’s right for you?
Chemistry is key – you need to be able to connect, for the trainer to bring out the best in you. Look for someone with similar interests and goals, so you can both be better aligned, and find out what certifications they have. If you don’t feel comfortable with your trainer after a few months, don’t be afraid to try someone else.
With a Personal Trainer, how long will it take to see the benefits?
That’ll depend on a variety of factors – training frequency, individuality, goals etc. I’ve had some that have taken a month, others stretching longer up to three months.
Top tips: a quick workout for busy girls?
Go for sprints or high intensity interval training of compound movements. Make sure you know the movements well so you can execute them effectively.
What’s a quick homemade healthy lunch for the office desk?
Baked salmon, sweet potatoes, eggs and boiled vegetables – essentially anything that’s as unprocessed as possible.
Your favourite workout outfit?
Anything comfortable is good.
Ooh, thanks Sixx, we feel healthier already!
Sixx Ng is at Fitness First Fusionopolis, 1 Fusionopolis Way, #23-11 & #24-00 Connexis, North Tower. Tel: 9112 3239.