I do not be­lieve in lim­i­ta­tions. Es­pe­cially the self-im­posed, Hu­man-made cre­ation of bound­aries that we as a species al­ways feel the need to ap­ply to our­selves – whether it be a con­cept or idea, or to lofty goals of what we can achieve as both in­di­vid­u­als and a so­ci­ety at large. Our po­ten­tial – be it phys­i­cal, men­tal, spir­i­tual or ma­te­rial – is as lim­it­less as our ca­pac­ity for cre­ativ­ity and imag­i­na­tion, as lim­it­less as our de­sire to im­prove and be bet­ter to­mor­row than what we are to­day.

Hello, good day, and wel­come back my fel­low coun­try­men and women to an­other edi­tion of BHC Mag­a­zine in which we ap­proach the topic of lim­it­less po­ten­tial pri­mar­ily from the per­spec­tive of fit­ness, as well as a few other stand­points. Fol­low­ing on the heels of our health spe­cial a cou­ple months ago, which shone a spot­light on pre­ven­ta­tive and cu­ra­tive medicine in ad­di­tion to healthy eat­ing; we now delve into the realm of the ‘Fit­ness Fa­natic', where we pon­der whether this la­bel is jus­ti­fied or if this seg­ment of so­ci­ety are sim­ply just ahead of the curve.

Based on my per­sonal ob­ser­va­tions, the fit­ness in­dus­try in our trop­i­cal haven is no longer bur­geon­ing, it's boom­ing, as a re­sult of the un­ex­pected – an un­spo­ken re­spect be­tween the founders, train­ers and coaches of mul­ti­ple work-out spa­ces (who are not shy to gym-hop from lo­cale to lo­cale) re­sult­ing in cor­dial re­la­tions. Af­ter all, they share a sim­i­lar goal: Strength­en­ing the mem­bers of our wider com­mu­nity for im­proved qual­ity of life, as well as un­der­stand­ing the fu­til­ity of petty com­pe­ti­tion be­tween over-in­flated egos in a coun­try with a pop­u­la­tion as small as ours. So join us this month as the BHC Team pays a visit to four work-out spa­ces in par­tic­u­lar that caught our eye.

From strength-build­ing with the power lift­ing Brus­thet­ics crew, and the punch-throw­ing train­ers of The Boxr, to the unique train­ing reg­i­men of La­gree Fit­ness Stu­dio, and the Jack-of-all-Trades coaches of Ree­bok Cross­fit 673 who sim­ply do it all be­cause they can; these are peo­ple that are as wel­com­ing to ev­ery­one as they are pro­fes­sional in their pur­suits.

Other smaller fea­tures this month in­clude the cel­e­bra­tion of The Cof­fee Bean & Tea Leaf's 18th an­niver­sary since es­tab­lish­ing op­er­a­tions in our Sul­tanate (Happy birth­day guys & gals!) and the re­turn of our Po­liteknik stu­dent seg­ment – both prime ex­am­ples of en­durance and push­ing one­self to achieve greater heights. On a slightly fun tan­gent, this pub­li­ca­tion's lead pho­tog­ra­pher and I once again pinched a car – this time cour­tesy of Hyundai Brunei – for a quick spin around the coun­try.

Last but oh most cer­tainly not least, was a per­son­alised tour of a re­cent ad­di­tion to our na­tion's sky­line. The Ki­u­lap-based high-rise con­do­minium bet­ter known as the 118 Res­i­dence is a stun­ning marvel of ar­chi­tec­ture and is a loud re­sponse to Bruneian trav­el­ers around the globe who of­ten think “Why can't we have struc­tures like this back home?” Man­aged by Eco-Green De­vel­op­ment Sdn Bhd, backed up by their equally im­pres­sive as­so­ci­ates in­volved in this project, now we do, as they share the same vi­sion of want­ing to strive to greater heights.

So, if there is any­thing you should take back home with you from my end­less ram­blings, it should be this: Never stop reach­ing for the sky, and have a fan­tas­tic Septem­ber ev­ery­one!

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