Strength of a Man

Help­ing oth­ers build a healthy lifestyle now takes on a big­ger mean­ing for An­drew Kwan, af­ter the un­for­tu­nate pass­ing of his fa­ther, which mo­ti­vated him to do more for oth­ers

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The pass­ing of his fa­ther had An­drew Kwan fo­cus­ing on the im­por­tance of build­ing a healthy lifestyle

The only thing pre­dictable about life is its un­pre­dictabil­ity.” I re­mem­ber so vividly the night I re­ceived a phone call from my younger sis­ter Ly­dia. I could sense the deep ur­gency and des­per­a­tion in her tone. She ut­tered the words that changed our fam­ily’s life for­ever. “It’s dad… He’s di­ag­nosed with liver can­cer.” Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor Dr John Kwan was a well-re­spected aca­demi­cian. A man of in­tegrity and ex­cel­lence, he spent more than 40 years in higher ed­u­ca­tion, teach­ing med­i­cal sciences. Dad took good care of his health—he never drank any al­co­hol nor had he ever lit a cig­a­rette in his life. He was asleep by 10pm even on week­ends! Yet it would be fool­ish of me to think that just be­cause dad con­formed to a healthy lifestyle, that he was free from all forms of dis­ease and suf­fer­ing. There is such a broad spec­trum of forces in­flu­enc­ing our well­be­ing. Ge­net­ics and hered­i­tary fac­tors can play a role; di­etary habits such as high sugar or salt con­sump­tion can lead to var­i­ous health com­pli­ca­tions. Plus, en­vi­ron­men­tal and sit­u­a­tional fac­tors that in­flu­ence our cor­ti­sol lev­els also af­fect our body and men­tal health. My dad slowly be­gan to lose the ba­sic func­tions of his body, be­com­ing un­able to even walk up and down the stairs at home by him­self. As painful as this was to watch, I couldn’t help but to re­late to the many peo­ple I’ve seen strug­gling to catch a breath af­ter climb­ing a few flights of stairs. It al­most seems that as we ad­vance in tech­nol­ogy, we are los­ing our ba­sic phys­i­cal hu­man func­tions. The daunt­ing thought is that although ma­chin­ery parts are eas­ily re­placed when it mal­func­tions, we can­not say the same when our body and or­gans start break­ing down. As my dad’s con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated over the months, it spurred me on fur­ther to ad­vo­cate the pur­suit of health and fit­ness to the peo­ple around me, es­pe­cially to my fam­ily and clients. When I co­founded Rev­e­la­tion Re­pub­lic four years ago with Jonathan Wong and Nor­man Wong, we had one com­mon goal. That goal was to in­spire oth­ers to lead a healthy al­ter­na­tive lifestyle. One which recog­nises that in­vest­ing time and re­sources into your health and fit­ness with a pur­pose­ful pur­suit has tremen­dous ben­e­fits. I have per­son­ally wit­nessed count­less of trans­for­ma­tions at Rev­e­la­tion Re­pub­lic. The ben­e­fits from our strength and con­di­tion­ing train­ing in­cludes an in­crease in lean mus­cle mass, func­tional strength and an im­prove­ment of car­dio­vas­cu­lar health and lung ca­pac­ity. One of the main pil­lars of our train­ing method­ol­ogy is phys­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion. The team at Rev­e­la­tion Re­pub­lic put years of our own ex­pe­ri­ence to help our clients from all walks of life achieve their fit­ness goals. Although I lost my dad eight months af­ter his di­ag­no­sis with can­cer, I re­main stead­fast to the le­gacy that he has left for me. He was a huge con­trib­u­tor to Rev­e­la­tion Re­pub­lic, giv­ing me the sup­port that I needed to start in the in­dus­try. I now train my clients with an even clearer pur­pose, be­liev­ing that pre­ven­tion is bet­ter than cure. A stronger ath­lete is a bet­ter ath­lete. A stronger mind and body is harder to break down com­pared to a weaker one. On a per­sonal level, although my sched­ule is get­ting busier, I try to get at least four or five train­ing ses­sions done in a week. If I can’t train in the gym, I’ll do my ex­er­cis­ing at home. The key is to be con­sis­tent. It’s much harder to re­gain mo­men­tum once you’re idle. I take di­etary and nu­tri­tion fac­tors on a more se­ri­ous note now, recog­nis­ing that no mat­ter how fast you can run, you can never out­run a bad diet, es­pe­cially as you grow older! My fa­ther lived an honourable and coura­geous life right till the end. He taught me to work hard and that hard work reaps re­wards. He also taught me to be faith­ful, and I learned over the years that faith­ful­ness is a true mark of the strength of a man.”

Is there a par­al­lel to your own story you would like to share with us? Email your thoughts about An­drew’s ex­pres­sion at: myedit@edi­presse­me­

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