Men’s Health Singapore – May 2018 issue covers Top 10 local fitness role models worth following on Instagram! ONEathlete Mok Ying Ren makes it to the list and shares with them what got him started, and what still keeps him going!
Men’s Health Singapore
Mok Ying Ren
“Take your time to find your strength and ultimately enjoy the journey,” Ying Ren advices. He believes that once you have found your strength, you should use it to encourage others as well. “It will not only make a difference to them, it will also make a difference to you.”
Check out the full list of fitness role models to see who made it to the exclusive list and read their stories too!
7 New dope features you will find on Fitbit Versa™
Live your best life with Fitbit Versa™— an all-day health and fitness watch that lasts 4+ days and uses personalised insights, music & more to help you reach your goals
Versa features a redesigned dashboard for easy access to your most important health and fitness data, bringing what you could previously only find in our mobile app to your wrist. Swipe up from the clock face to see daily and weekly health and fitness stats, historical activity, current and resting heart rate, exercise summaries started on Versa, action-oriented motivational messages, tips and tricks, and daily guidance. Swipe right to left in each tile to see additional data and summaries.
Choose from a wide variety of apps and clock faces in the Fitbit App Gallery from Fitbit, Fitbit Labs and popular brands; with 550+ apps and clock faces available, those you know and love from Ionic are being added regularly for Versa users, with 100s expected by general availability.
Match your own personal style or activity with Versa’s unique accessory bands. These sleek, swim-ready bands are available in peach, gray, black, periwinkle and white. You don’t have to worry about wearing something too similar to your co-worker.
Versa has a personal trainer right on your wrist called Fitbit Coach. Out of the box, the Coach app includes three on-device workouts with step-by-step instructions, including: 10 Minute Abs, 7 Minute Workout, and Warm It Up.
Versa’s PurePulse® heart rate tracking has the same enhancements during exercise as Fitbit Ionic, allowing you to see real-time heart rate zones, better measure calorie burn throughout the day, and view resting heart rate. With the new on-device dashboard on Versa and Ionic, view your 7-day resting heart rate trends directly on your wrist. PurePulse® heart rate also powers other key features like Sleep Stages, Cardio Fitness Level (VO2Max), and Relax guided breathing sessions.
These indicators will then give you an indication of your fitness and lifestyle! Need to validate with your boss when you are stressed? You have a pal now! (Just kidding, as you get fitter, you will be more productive than ever before!)
Versa is water-resistant up to 50 meters so you can wear it in the bath, ocean or rain. Enable a swim workout and view real-time laps, duration and calories burned on your wrist. It’s okay if you wore it to your shower during the morning rush to work! Just remember to take it out periodically to prevent skin irritations and get it charged of course!
Utilizes your smartphone’s GPS to more precisely track your pace, distance, and speed; will automatically track your runs and connect to the GPS on your phone (if it is nearby) so you receive real-time heart rate, pace, distance, elevation climbed and split times; auto-pauses when you stop or need to take a break. Connected GPS is turned on by default for running and biking.
Store and play more than 300 songs from your personal music collection, download your favorite stations from Pandora, or your own curated playlists as well as Flow from Deezer6 right on your device. Simply connect a pair of wireless headphones, such as Fitbit Flyer™, and start listening to phone-free music. New subscribers will get a 1 month free trial from Pandora and a 3 month free trial from Deezer.
Challenge yourself to set and accomplish step, distance, active minutes, exercise, hydration, calorie and weight goals in the account section of the Fitbit app.
Join a Daily or Weekly Challenge for extra motivation and support; or race your friends on an Adventure Race through Macritchie Reservoir; or challenge yourself to a virtual Solo Adventure in Raffles Place. Cheer or taunt your friends with the Fitbit Leaderboard app on your wrist.
Connect with friends, family and groups of like-minded individuals so you can find added support and inspiration to reach your health and fitness goals. In the Fitbit App, click on the Community tab and then use the toggle bar at the top to switch between Feed, Friends and Groups.
I’m in awe of what Callum Hawkins tried to do today and it was sickening to see him in such distress and clearly desperate to continue, even once his body had given up on him. I’m also in awe (although not QUITE as much) of Mike Shelley’s run today – his Games record is a massive achievement and yet again he was Mr. Consistent with a fantastic run. Mike was clearly on the edge also and for a while at 40-41km I thought he would be going the same way as Callum as he looked a little wobbly. For anyone who didn’t see the footage, Callum essentially collapsed at 39.5km, got up after a few failed efforts, struggled on for another 800m and then collapsed again at the 40km mark, losing his 2 minute advantage on Mike Shelley in 2nd. I’m sure it’s on YouTube.
Debate 1: Should Mike Shelley have stopped to help when he passed Callum?
When Mike passed Callum, lying prone on the floor, there was an official with him, although admittedly not doing much. Mike ran past him and has had some stick for not being ‘sportsmanlike’ and offering support. My view is he did the right thing. If Callum was in the middle of nowhere and Mike had seen him collapse then that’s a different matter but remember that Mike has no idea why he’s on the floor. He hasn’t seen the distressing scenes we all saw. Callum is also being attended to – what on earth can Mike do to help? Also, Mike looked pretty shaky himself and probably was battling on just getting the last 2km over with – stopping could have finished him and I’ve been in that state before – you barely take in what’s going on around you but to get to the finish. Just keep the strides moving. What if Mike stops and still no ambulance arrives – should Robbie Simpson in 3rd stop too? Should all Athletes just gather round until Callum has enough attention and then race the last 2km? It makes no sense.
Debate 2: Did Callum go too hard too soon?
Callum was always looking to make a move and got a 41sec lead between 25-30km with a 15.20 5km split. Mike Shelley and others hung back, and Callum then extended his lead by another minute at 30-35km with a similar split. It’s very easy to say he went too hard too soon in hindsight but what’s interesting is that he never slowed (until he came to a hard stop!). He didn’t seem to be tiring – even his 35-40km split was the fastest in the field and that included nearly a minute on the floor and then 500m or so of running afterwards. His pace judgment seemed spot on, but the heat (I assume) just zapped him and must have come from nowhere. Usually when someone goes too hard or misjudges pace in a marathon you slow gradually over several kilometres, but this never happened to Callum. I think it’s fair to say he wouldn’t have suffered as much if he’d have made his move later and he probably should have been more cautious seeing as the heat was always going to be a factor – but I imagine he felt incredibly comfortable and the pace was fine for him. It’s hard to predict a massive collapse at 40km when you feel fine at 38km, and if he was to have gradually faded, then having a 2minute lead is quite a handy thing to have should he have started to slow…. Actually collapsing and being unable to move is pretty rare! I would say he made the right decisions not having the benefit of hindsight.
Debate 3: Was the race badly organized?
There are two debates here – why did it start so late and why did it take so long for Callum to get medical attention? The first is (I suspect) due to TV broadcasting demands – the men started at 8.30am and it was 28C by 10.30am and with the heat off the road, it felt way hotter. I don’t want to see a race where conditions drive the result more than athletic ability and I do believe it should have started earlier. I don’t buy into the “it’s about being tough – make it as hard as possible” argument. It’s about who can run the fastest over 42.2km, not who can cope with heat the best.
As for the medical attention – it’s clearly very hard to monitor every athlete and be immediate when an athlete collapses over 42.2km, but Callum collapsed at 39.5km, got up, carried on for 2 more minutes and then went down again. Medics should have been flagged when he collapsed the first time and alongside. I understand an athlete will be DQ’d should he be given any assistance, but they just weren’t there fast enough to even ask the question. Given the heat, they should have anticipated issues in 30-42.2.km and it would have been pretty easy to have mobile medics ready to go and on alert in vehicles at this point. He was very lucky not to knock himself out when he went down the second time.
It was an amazing race to watch and Callum is exceptionally talented and one of the gutsiest runners I know – I’m sure he’ll be back. Huge kudos to all who ran – was a tough day out there.
(Editor’s note: RunONE spoke to a source close to Hawkins who confirms that he has been recovering well, but is unable to grant media interviews yet. )
Run ONE again Callum Hawkins! Till then, prayers and love from Singapore!
Callum Hawkins is a Marathon runner and was a hot contender for the Commonwealth Games Marathon Gold. The 2016 British Marathon Champion is also a New Balance UK Ambassador, and member of #TeamScotland!
8. Our athletes play highly significant and meaningful roles, both in and outside the sporting arena. Your sporting talent and achievements put you in a unique position as role models; so I urge you – all of you nominated today and all those who are striving to be on the podium – to use this privileged position to inspire others to give back to fellow Singaporeans, to bring positive change to our community. And I’m heartened that our athletes have begun doing so.
9. I’d just like to quote one or two of them. Yip Pin Xiu, the Straits Times Athlete of the Year in 2015, is one such example. Pin Xiu was named as an athlete mentor for last year’s ASEAN Para Games, as well as the chef de mission for the Singapore contingent at the Asian Youth Para Games in Dubai last December, where she was able to use her vast experience from previous major Games to mentor a young team, and to inspire them to greater heights. I remember a quote from her: “I want to give back to society and help the future generation of athletes. Other than showing others what sports can do, I hope to create more awareness that ‘disabled does not mean unabled, and also to inspire others around me.”
10. We also saw that three Team Singapore athletes – Mok Ying Ren (marathon), Shaheed Alam (tennis), and Ren-ne Ong (badminton) – took part in a public fundraising event just two months ago to help raise $10,000 worth of sporting apparel for youth under SportCares. On behalf of the youth, we thank these athletes for doing their part to really make an impact and improve the lives of others.
Mok Ying Ren at the recent launch of 3M Team FUTURO™ Challenge
11. These are just two examples of how our athletes are using sport as a force for good. I’m happy that many of you are doing likewise, and I encourage you to connect with others in your community, reach out to the less fortunate, and be role models for younger athletes, even as you train hard and strive for sporting success.
“I do not really have a running “coach” who dishes out running advice at the moment, but when the chance arises I find myself invariably trying to emulate Mok Ying Ren’s running form close. Though I’m doubtful if it’s actually beneficial for my running abilities, I feel that it’s more a reflection of how I see him as a role model who I can look up to. I’ve heard so much about him before I got to know him personally, and he’s been a really awesome friend as well as a trustworthy brotherly figure to me.” – ONEathlete and Team Futuro Ambassador, Shaheed Alam
“I realized that maintaining our composure and having a clear mind is very important in executing strategies given by our coaches. That’s where we lose out to the more experienced players as they are able to change strategies and overcome obstacles more easily in a match.” – ONEathlete, Ong Ren-Ne
The learnings come upon her reflection after the bronze medal match, where the young Singapore shuttlers lost to the English team, despite a strong showing of their best.
The ONE Co-founders also turned up to support #ONEteamSG during their group match against Zambia where they won 5-0!
Gym /dʒɪm/ noun– A place that provides specialized facilities to improve and maintain physical fitness and health.
The brainchild of Michelle Yong, director of the Aurum Group behind co-working space Collision 8, Core Collectiveis more than just a gym. A first-of-its-kind collaborative community space, Core Collective aims to change and re-define how we think about health and fitness. Fitness and wellness enthusiasts like you and me, who CC refers to as members, are placed at the center of a supportive community of like-minded health practitioners and wellness entrepreneurs. Through the Academy, these professionals (residents) will also provide education for members and other residents to expand their knowledge or even qualify to become practitioners of their own.
Instead of hot desks and conference rooms, you’ll find treatment beds and consultation rooms, a fully equipped gym with a functional training area, specialised studios for yoga and pilates, as well as a boxing ring for MMA training. You can learn ballet from instructor Evelyn Wong, pilates from Amy Van Dooremalen and Muay Thai from Vincent Chew. There are also physical therapy rooms and consultation spaces where you can engage resident doctors, nutritionists and therapists such as chiropractor Kevin Tomassini, physiotherapist Shern Lim and nutritionist Caoimhe M Smyth.
As a preview of what it has to offer, Core Collective organised a media preview and then a launch party on 23 March and it was a full-house event packed with fitness and wellness enthusiasts and representatives. And RunONE didn’t miss out on the fun!
The launch started with a media-only ‘Treat & Train’ programme where in-house professionals offered their insights on chiropractic and nutrition advice, as well as training sessions conducted by trainers such as calisthenics, pilates and zuuga (a bodyweight exercise that combines yoga with intensive primal moves).
The event then kicked into a second gear as we headed into the evening, with the launch party hosted by Liv Lo. Core Collective founder, Michelle Yong, kicked off the night with a warm welcome to the guests before we were all treated to ring-side seats for the live boxing exhibition match, featuring 2018 Straits Times Athlete Of The Year nominee Muhamad Ridhwan. Amongst the guest were also former/current national water polo players and athletes!
National Boxer & 2018 Straits Times Athlete Of The Year nominee, Muhamad Ridhwan
Members of national waterpolo and track fraternity with the Core Collective General Manager, Alex Loh (2nd from right).
We also got to sample a wide spread of healthy bites by Hic Juice, Do-sirak and Grain Traders amongst others, while checking out the gorgeously decked-out rest and recovery rooms. The evening ended on a high with a blacklight party where trainers guided us to ‘dance’ to aerobic moves, armed with luminous light sticks and 2 left foot (for most of us).
Core Collective is equipped with a range of world-class fitness and wellness facilities. The space is decked out with a dash of modern yet playful chic, with neon-lit messages along corridor walkways that greet you with positive vibes that urge you to “make it count”. Although admittedly it could be a little hard to do so when you’re working the sprints on the indoor Astro Turf, with a sprawling full-length window view overlooking the CBD and expansive marina.
Just 3 minutes’ walk away from Tanjong Pagar MRT, Core Collective is officially open.
EXCERPT: National marathoner Mok Ying Ren ran the GCM in 2011 and 2013. It was in the latter race that he set a then-personal best of 2hr 26min 30sec to qualify for the 2013 SEA Games, which he went on to win.
Describing the route as “largely flat with some rolling hills towards the end of the race”, the 29-year-old doctor waxed lyrical about the experience.
“It has a much cooler and less humid climate compared to Singapore and provides that extra boost to runners aiming for a personal best,” said the double SEA Games gold medallist.
The ONEathlete also had some advice for those who have signed up: “This coastal marathon is prone to having some cross winds along the coast especially towards the end so be prepared for some wind.
“But it gets warm quickly as the run goes on, so do run light in normal singlets and shorts but wear an extra shirt that you can dispose off when the race starts.”
After attracting participants from more than 60 nationalities in 2016 and 2017, The Performance Series is now bringing the #TranscendYourself spirit back in 2018!
Just as the money you spent on that new pair of running shoe wasn’t saved overnight, running is a process that requires motivation, determination and strong spirit. Only through consistent training and commitment, can we transcend into better, faster and stronger runners.
“#TranscendYourself means the ability to constantly improve your quality of life through the development of total wellness – which includes the integration of physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being,” – Liu Zhiyong, founder of The Performance Series.
As a new initiative in 2018, the Organiser has also initiated a “Share Your #TranscendYourself Story. Spread Positivity.” campaign whereby participants get to share their fitness journey to motivate others to get active and stay healthy. The top-voted Male or Female inspirational ambassador will walk away with S$1,000 cash each.
Spanning Singapore and Malaysia’s iconic landmarks, TPS will be hosting a total of 9 races, with distances of 5 and 10km in Singapore and an additional 21km category in Malaysia. TPs-Singapore will kick off with Punggol Waterway (22 April), Pasir Ris (24 June), Bedok Reservoir (5 August) and ending with the finale at East Coast Park (14 October).
National marathoner Ashley Liew will also be taking part in the 5km race category on 22 April. Ashley, who just finished the Tokyo marathon just weeks ago, has his eyes set on improving upon his performance in the 2016 series!
As the first of its kind, TPS is leading the way in encouraging runners, be it leisure or competitive, to have a schedule of races to work towards and progress along with the series. In return, TPS hopes to help advocate fitness and health as a part of an ongoing lifestyle. TPS is also bringing the concept #BackToBasics in 2018. As with all journeys, in sports and in life, a strong foundation is the basis for greater things ahead and TPS hopes to motivate participants to focus on the fundamentals of running to improve their fitness one step at a time!
To encourage like-minded friends and active individuals to encourage one another, TPS Singapore is providing a bundle package (4 races) registration so runners can join their friends to enjoy the series at competitive rates! Upon completion of all 4 races in the series, runners can also connect the 2018 TPS medals in a way that signifies the journey they have undertaken!
The Performance Series Singapore 2018 is organised by JustRunLah! and selected Community Sports Clubs, and supported by Garmin, PAssion Card, Compressport, JustConnect Media, SportStats Asia, JustRaceLah! and Qoolmart.com. The event is managed by Pink Apple. For more information, visit www.theperformanceseries.sg or https://www.fb.com/ThePerformanceSeriesSG/
Calling all night owls, party animals and corporate worker bees – if #sleepcanwait is your motto in life then better listen up! One of Asia’s premier city race and largest night marathon, OSIM Sundown Marathon, is returning in 2018 for its 11th edition!
“Each year we look at ways to improve and enhance the experience for both runners and supporters, and we hope to meet the challenge each time. With the return of the Race Expo and new measures introduced to shorten wait times for the Race Pack Collection process, we are streamlining the runner’s journey, allowing them to focus on the things that matter, like achieving their Personal Bests in the race and in life.” said Adrian Mok, Managing Director of HiVelocity Pte Ltd, the organiser of the Sundown Marathon.
Come 19 May, F1 Pit Building will be packed with over 30,000 participants who are expected to give the night a run for its money. Following feedback from participants last year, five improvements to the Race Pack Collection process have also been made with the collection venue returning to Suntec City.
The collection venue is back at Suntec City from 10 – 13 May. Suntec City was a popular collection venue with participants in 2016 and organisers are confident that participants will have an enjoyable experience. To cater to those who are coming after work, race pack collection will be held over four days with the collection time extended by two hours from 11am to 9pm as compared to 2016!
Race Pack Courier Service For up to 2,500 runners residing in Singapore, they have the choice of getting their Race Packs delivered to them for a fee of $10 from 23 April to 6 May 2018. This service is available when runners register for the race at the official event website
Faster check-in, registration and Race Pack Collection. As a first for sports events in Singapore, the OSIM Sundown Marathon will implement the ACTIVE Network® On-Site Mobile App system with dynamic bib assignments. The Mobile App is a globally-established digital activity management system used at other renowned events like Ironman Triathlons, Tough Mudder and the Hong Kong Marathon.
Even faster collection with more counters.The queue process will be revamped with a total of 33 counters set up for collection on-site, as compared to 20 last year. Additional staff will be on-hand to assist with queries while queue updates will be provided on the official event Facebook page.
Race Pack Q Appointment. Similar to the service provided at some banks and restaurants to manage long queues, a Fast Track service will be available for participants who prefer to pick up their race packs at a pre-determined time instead of waiting in the queue. Simply choose your preferred timing when you arrive at the queue start point and viola!
This year there’ll also be more ways for participants and supporters to give back to the community through Sundown With Love while organisers lead by example by providing employment to members of two disabled charities – the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) and the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH). The OSIM Sundown Marathon’s charity outreach campaign, Sundown With Love
started in 2013 with the aim to encourage the running community to raise funds for their preferred local beneficiary. This year sees collaborations with six Sundown With Love Ambassadors to raise funds for the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), Food from the Heart (FFTH), Boys’ Town, Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter (OSCAS), Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) and Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA).
To date, Sundown With Love has raised more than S$42,000 for a diverse range of charities in Singapore. This year, organisers will also continue to lead by example by hiring members of the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) to collate the race packs. In addition, the Mobile Massage team from the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH) will also be hired to provide massage services to participants of the Half Marathon (21.1km) and Full- Marathon (42.195km) post-race.
As part of ONE’s continual support to foster a community of hearts and minds through meaningful contributions back to society, we are proud that Evan Chee, managed by ONEathlete, will be participating in this meaningful event for the 2nd year running (pun intended). Evan, who has recently finished 4th at his season-opening New Taipei City Wan Jin Shi Marathon, is excitedly looking forward to his next home-coming race in Singapore.
He will also be joined by popular fitness model and Sundown Marathon Brand Ambassador, Stephanie Bovis, who will be spreading the message of resilience, focus and determination to motivate runners to stay on track and beat the sunrise.
Starting with 6,000 runners in its inaugural race, Sundown Marathon has seen participant numbers increasing more than four times to 27,500 in 2017 across seven race categories for the four race formats (5km, 10km, 21.1km, and 42.195km). It has continued to stay inclusive and attracts runners of all fitness levels and diverse backgrounds with marathon tourists making up 15% of participants in 2017.
So hurry and sign up to be part of the #sleepcanwait warriors – remember to enjoy 5% off registration fees when you enter promo code “RUNONE5OFF“! Registration ends 15 April 2018.