SWEAT­ING IT OUT, Side by Side

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Health & Fitness -

These days, it seems you can’t visit any park with­out see­ing a boot­camp in ses­sion. With out­door group fit­ness as pop­u­lar as ever, it’s be­come more than just a on­ce­weekly, one- hour calo­rie buster for many of us ex­pats – it’s a so­cial mem­ber­ship to a com­mu­nity of like­minded in­di­vid­u­als look­ing to keep fit and progress to­gether. And, this is ex­actly what drew VANESSA BIRCH and AMANDA CLEMENT to­gether to start Mo­men­tum Boot­camps. Cater­ing to ev­ery­one from pre- and post- natal clients to work­ing pro­fes­sion­als, fi tness fa­nat­ics and first-timers, Mo­men­tum of­fers a sig­na­ture boot­camp plus a plethora of other out­door class of­fer­ings in­clud­ing Abs, Butt & Thighs, HIIT, Box HIIT, Run­club and Run­camp. Here, we speak to the Syd­ney- born busi­ness part­ners about their pas­sion for out­door group fit­ness.

Have your ca­reers al­ways been in fit­ness?

V: I spent a decade in mar­ket­ing and events, with vary­ing roles in State Gov­ern­ment and the non-profit sec­tor. I dreamed of be­ing in the fit­ness in­dus­try but it wasn’t un­til I ar­rived in Sin­ga­pore in 2012 that I de­cided to take the leap of faith and qual­ify as a per­sonal trainer and group fit­ness in­struc­tor in 2013.

A: I spent 14 years in the hear­ing health­care in­dus­try. Au­di­ol­ogy al­lowed me to help peo­ple live a bet­ter qual­ity of life with the hear­ing abil­i­ties they had. As you can imag­ine, this was ex­tremely re­ward­ing. How­ever, af­ter hav­ing chil­dren I de­cided that I was ready to pur­sue my pas­sion for fit­ness. Liv­ing in Sin­ga­pore of­fered me a work and life­style bal­ance with all the ben­e­fits of still be­ing able to em­power and trans­form peo­ple through fit­ness and health.

What led you two to launch Mo­men­tum Boot­camps to­gether?

V: I re­ally wanted to cre­ate and be a part of an all-in­clu­sive fit­ness com­mu­nity. I loved be­ing out­doors and stay­ing ac­tive, and de­cided that if I was go­ing to be a work­ing mum, I wanted to build my own busi­ness and drive this pas­sion and vi­sion. Mo­men­tum took off much faster than I ever an­tic­i­pated and, af­ter the first month, I ap­proached Amanda, a girl­friend who was just as pas­sion­ate about fit­ness and well­ness as I was, to be­come my busi­ness part­ner.

A: While preg­nant with my sec­ond child, I made the de­ci­sion to give up my ca­reer in the health­care in­dus­try and fol­low my true pas­sion in life – out­door group ex­er­cise.

I al­ready knew Ness well, and jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to build a tight-knit fit­ness com­mu­nity to­gether.

We felt there was a gap in the mar­ket to of­fer a more bou­tique boot­camp ex­pe­ri­ence – so clients felt they were al­ways looked af­ter, and to also spe­cialise in strength train­ing. We have evolved so much over the past two-and-a-half years and we now have a solid run­ning com­mu­nity, cor­po­rate train­ing pro­gramme and our Body By Mo­men­tum 4-Week Chal­lenge.

What sets Mo­men­tum apart from other boot­camps?

V: Mo­men­tum caps the num­bers of ev­ery ses­sion to 16 clients, so that our train­ers know ev­ery­one by name, and un­der­stand their strengths and weak­nesses so they can chal­lenge each client to be their very best. This is def­i­nitely our point of dif­fer­ence. While other boot­camps of­ten cater to the masses, we wanted to make sure we had a per­son­alised con­nec­tion with our clients, and this has cer­tainly been the cat­a­lyst to cre­at­ing the tight-knit, loyal com­mu­nity we have to­day.

A: Our train­ers are highly qual­i­fied and they al­ways cre­ate fun and en­gag­ing work­outs that get re­sults. We pro­vide mod­i­fi­ca­tions, pro­gres­sions and re­gres­sions to cater to var­ied fit­ness lev­els, in­juries or pre- and post-natal clients that need ex­tra care. We have a gen­uine con­cern for ev­ery client and love see­ing them grow in con­fi­dence and ca­pac­ity, week-to-week.

What do you love most about what you do?

V: Our gen­uinely warm and wel­com­ing (and su­per hard­work­ing!) fit­ness com­mu­nity. We have the priv­i­lege of train­ing great folks ev­ery sin­gle week, from all back­grounds and walks of life.

I’ve re­cently launched Mo­men­tum in Saigon and I’m al­ready feel­ing the buzz and en­ergy from the com­mu­nity there – it’s a fan­tas­tic way to make life-long friends, while im­prov­ing your fit­ness lev­els and chal­leng­ing your­self.

Amanda ( left) and Vanessa share a pas­sion for out­door ex­er­cise.

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