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Sports rehab is his game

John Chin could have been a professional footballer but an injury opened his eyes to the importance of sports rehabilitation.
The Straits Times - January 19, 2012
By: Ng Wan Ching
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Sports rehab is his game -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

What do you do to keep fit?

I train in the gym at least three times a week for 50 to 60 minutes.

I start by running on the treadmill, either 4km in under 20 minutes or 6km in under 30 minutes.

After that, I do strength training, including calisthenics (exercises to strengthen muscles using the body as resistance) and medicine ball exercises, usually three to five sets of 20 to 30 repetitions.

Someone gave me a CrossCore War Machine, a body-weight training system. It lets me do all sorts of exercises.

I end my fitness routine with 10minutes of stretching exercises.

I also play soccer every Sunday in a social league.

Has there ever been a time when you were not fit and fab?

Yes. I used to play competitive youth soccer at club level until I injured my knee and needed surgery in 2006.

I was out of action for months and felt depressed. Getting fit again meant starting from zero and it was painful.

But I underwent a great sports rehabilitation programme which helped me get back in shape within six months.

That got me interested in rehabilitation work, fitness and sports conditioning.

Although I was found fit to play soccer professionally, I chose to learn more about rehabilitation and fitness to help other people instead. This is what I do now. I work with children, adults and older people too.

I enjoy every moment of it because everyone is different and I have to come up with different ways to get my clients to believe they can get fit and change their lifestyle, no matter how out of shape they may have been at the start.

What was your most challenging client like?

About a year ago, I started working with a man in his 50s who was 10kg overweight and had a chronic heart problem.

He wanted to lose weight but started by saying: 'Don't ask me to run. I can only walk.'

We began by combining brisk-walking on the treadmill with other gym and mat exercises.

Soon, his weight started going down and his fitness level improved.

One day, he surprised me by saying: 'I think I'll start running.'

He hasn't stopped since. He finished two 10km races last year.

What is your diet like?

My friends say I eat like a monster.

Breakfast is my lightest meal, usually just coffee and two slices of bread with peanut butter.

But I eat anything and everything for lunch and dinner - chicken rice, noodles or pasta, stir-fried meat and mixed vegetable soup.

I drink only water, coffee and Coke Zero. I don't smoke or drink alcohol.

What are your indulgences?

Good coffee, cheesecakes, braised pork knuckles and fried chicken drumsticks - but not all at the same time.

I indulge myself only once or twice a week and always hit the gym hard the next day to pay for my 'sins'.

What do you do to relax and maintain a healthy work-life balance?

I listen to music, chill with friends over coffee or dinner and watch the latest movies.

I enjoy my Sunday soccer games, and look forward to occasional holiday trips. I believe working hard, playing hard and eating hard make for a healthy work-life balance.

What are the three most important things in your life?

Family, friends and work.

What is your secret to looking fabulous?

Staying happy, contented and enjoying what I do, especially my work. My clients are like my friends so I don't feel as if I'm working.

Would you go for plastic surgery and why?

No. I'm happy and contented with the way I am.

Do you think you're sexy?

I wish! Haha.

Bio Box

John Chin

AGE: 29

WEIGHT: 74.5kg

HEIGHT: 1.7m

ABOUT HIM: Mr Chin graduated from polytechnic with a specialist diploma in sports science.

He is now a freelance fitness and rehabilitation trainer at the Seletar Country Club and a certified corrective exercise specialist and sports trainer.

He enjoys attending rehabilitation-related courses here and overseas to learn new ways of helping the people he works with.

He is single.



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