Feature – RunSG x Under Armour

In April’s RunSG Magazine, ONEathlete Banjamin Quek got on the cover of the online edition. While it was pretty a warm day on the day of the shoot, Banja was really cool about it.

Maybe it’s because he was decked out in the latest UnderArmour qualifier kit which comprised of a running tee with unique hex-shaped pattern that helps to regulate temperatures while exercising. Gone are the days when gyms are too cold for your warm-spirited treadmill runs and the outdoors too hot for your burning pace.

Besides being one of UA’s latest models to be introduced onto the market, the Hovr Infinite shoes also allows users to track distance covered and calories burnt via the UnderArmour mapmyrun app.

Looking back at the opportunities and engagements he’s had with UA thus far, Banja is grateful to have met many new runners and reach out though his personal stories and challenges in running.

Banja’s running journey is not unique (but it’s definitely his favourite!). In his interactions with runners of all levels, he has noticed a commonality across them that speak to a shared desire and commitment to better themselves.

That sense of belonging to a larger community of purpose amidst challenging struggles has motivated Banja to become a better runner, and he hopes his personal stories of overcoming challenges have similarly helped others in their running journey as well.

When asked about what is his motivation in running, Banja said

“I do not see myself as extraordinary or talented. Instead, I am just an ordinary runner but I am always eager to test and push beyond my limits. I hope in doing so, I am able to inspire younger athletes to keep striving for their dreams. As a runner and as a member of ONEAthlete, I feel that we are also role models while seeking to be the best we can be doing what we love most – to be both a faster runner, and a better runner.”

For more of what Banja has to say about his running experience and journey, check out the April edition of RunSG magazine below. All rights reserved by RunSG magazine.

BANJAMIN Quek is a ONEathlete and Under Armour Ambassador. The mid-distance runner majored in business, and is passionate about the environment. He is currently away in Iten, Kenya for training.

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Is there a Superhero among us?

REBEKAH ONG – Founded in 2015 by a group of close friends who shared a common goal to help and motivate others along their running journey, Superhero Runners was formed and the rest is history. Today, they can be easily spotted at local races decked in their superhero tees and other costumes!

We sneaked up on the Superhero Runners (not an easy task in itself), and this is what we found.

Superhero Runners during their training session – Photo Credit: TripleFit Singapore

The Superhero Runners hopes to inspire a community of runners to train and support one another, and at the same time, engage in meaningful initiatives to make a positive impact to society.

Since I joined this group in 2017, I have been a personal witness to some of the positive influence they have had on the running community and society at large. To this effect, some of the social initiatives that the Superhero Runners have undertaken are:

Running + Plogging

Superhero Runners plogging event – Photo Credit: Superhero Runners

They are the first running group in Singapore to have organised a plogging event at the Green Corridor! Plogging comes from the mash-up of two Swedish words “plocka upp”, which means for “pick up” and jogging.  Armed with tongs and others with re-used plastic bags, the Superhero Runners ploggers started clearing near the Hillview MRT station at Upper Bukit Timah Road and made their way to a bus stop opposite Beauty World Centre. After 45 minutes of plogging, they collected more than eight bags of rubbish which were deposited in a large bin at the bus stop. Read the full article here.

Bring your own cups (BYOC) movement

Bring your own cup (BYOC) movement – Photo Credit: Superhero Runners


First introduced into Superhero Runners in 2018, the BYOC movement was started to raise awareness of plastics pollution and also to cut down on waste. The group’s leaders had thought that it was a good idea to encourage the Superhero Runners to bring and use their own reusable cups for hydration to cut down on the waste generated at the end of each run session.  This movement was well received by the members of the group because every little act does make a difference.

2019 The Performance Series (TPS) Pacers

Motivating people is never an issue for the Superhero Runners and it’s just one of the ways they try to give back to the running community. In 2017, they started out by being the official motivators for TPS and fast forward to 2019, Superhero Runers have been nominated as the official pacers for The Performance Series! So if you are taking part in the TPS series, remember to keep a lookout for them or even tap on them for some motivation as you strive to hit your personal best target.

Race Tee Donation Drive

Race tee donation drive for Beyond – Photo Credit: Superhero Runners

Felt like you have joined one too many races and have event tees that you didn’t even know of? Recently the Superhero Runners held a donation drive for these unused event tees and the response was resounding! Members generously supported the call by donating their new race tees (2 boxes worth in total) to Beyond, a Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) that helps raise disadvantaged children and youths.

Ready to run one with the Superhero Runners?

Individuals who are interested in joining the Superhero Runners for their weekly runs will be happy to note that their meeting point is at Millennia Walk, Triplefit gym. Runs start at Tuesdays @ 6.45pm so don’t be late! In my 2 years running with them, there has never been a dull moment with the Superhero Runners around!

This running group also caters to runners of different abilities and paces, so anyone who is keen can simply show up at the stipulated time and place. On certain days, there may be additional HIIT or yoga sessions after the run just to throw in a bit more variety to the training. Bag deposit and hydration are provided.

If you wish to find out more on the Superhero Runners, check out their Facebook page @SuperheroRunners and like their page to stay updated on their training schedules!

This article was written by runONE’s in-house writer and running enthusiast, Rebekah who enjoys exploring new places and loves her food.

This article was written by runONE’s in-house writer and running enthusiast, Rebekah who enjoys exploring new places and loves her food.

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3 Ways to kick start your weight loss campaign!

BANJAMIN QUEK – It is easy to make fitness goals when it’s barely 1 month into the new year, when you’re brimming with enthusiasm (or festive goodies). A simple comparison of the number of gym-goers in January and June will be telling – how many of us will be disciplined enough to go the distance when it comes to health, fitness and weight loss?

The fact is, most of us can’t. According to a survey by Taiwan’s Health Promotion Administration, on average, we consume 39% more calories, and nearly 45% of people gain an average of 1.7kg during Chinese New Year. Multiply that by the number of festive seasons in multi-racial Singapore, and add in As the saying goes, ‘a moment on your lips, forever on your hips’.

Here are 3 simple, yet effective ways which can help you stave off those extra pounds.

  1. Using Calorie Counter

I am blessed with loving relatives and loved ones who never fail to shower me with home-cooked meals and food whenever we meet up. While I know this is their way of caring and showing their love, such generosity may not always be helpful when I’m working towards a target race weight. Taking one or two extra bites may not derail your plan, but it is still important to watch what you eat. Keeping track of your meal and snacks intake goes a long way in keeping you accountable to your weight loss plan.

Alternatively, you might want to download Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal app which can help you track your calories intake, and also set diet goals to remind yourself not to overeat during moments of indulgence (or weakness). Some snacks can be notoriously high in sugar and such blood sugar spikes could compromise your immune system and make you more vulnerable to sickness. As always, moderation is key.

2. Consistent exercise is key

If you are someone who ‘lives to eat’ and life would be decidedly un-worthy if devoid of snacks and treats, then consistent and disciplined exercise might be the way to go. #BurnMoreEatMore. Incorporating exercising as part of your daily regime is a simple way to ensure that those extra calories fill your heart, but not your stomach. Here’s a chart about how much exercise you would need to burn off the extra calories.

(c) Chart adopted from Channel Newsasia

Since running is one of the most efficient and calorie-bruning exercise, you might want to take a look at Under Amour’s Hovr Infinite. Their latest running shoe, launched in February 2019, has a new feature which allows you to track your run and calories burnt via the Mapmyrun app. UA Hovr Infinite is also comfortable for running over long distances and can certainly be one of, if not your best buddy for your runs.

A morning workout before the emails and work calls start coming in can also become a de-stressing routine. The cool morning weather also makes for a surprisingly refreshing run, unlike the hot and humid tropical climate in Singapore.

3) Choosing Healthier Options

Instead of chugging down cans of beers and soft drinks, you might be amazed by how much of a difference it makes to opt for water or low-calorie sodas. It’s little surprise that people put on weight during festive seasons, since everyone mostly hands out packets of sweet drinks during visitations. With the rising popularity of sugared beverages like brown sugar milk tea, it can feel like an uphill battle against the sugary goodness. However, the choice ultimately is ours to make, and taking the calories from sugared drinks out of the equation is definitely one of the secrets to not piling on the extra pounds. Sometimes, eating is just our way of dealing with boredom so why not fill in this gap by throwing in fruits as part of your diet instead?

(c) Stock image from Google

In a food-centric society like Singapore where a large part of our culture is built around what is served on our plates, it can be very challenging, and counter-intuitive at times, to lead a life that seems devoid of these tasty ‘parcels of love’. However, with a little mindfulness, we hope you can achieve the balance you need to enjoy a healthy body while fulfilling your heart’s desires.

Banjamin Quek is a ONEathlete and Under Armour Ambassador. The mid-distance runner majored in business, and is passionate about the environment.

Innovative Sleepwear Line to restore muscle faster when you sleep!

This article was first published on runsociety.com on Jan 30, 2019.

CHERMENT TAY – What better way to recover from the day of vigorous workout with Under Armour’s latest Recovery Sleepwear line that features the ultimate post-game, post-train advanced sleep system which was designed to help athletes restore muscle faster while the body recovers during rest.

Here is an excerpt of the RunSociety article where they interviewed, UA Ambassador and ONEathlete, Banjamin Quek.

Post Marathon Recovery With Under Armour’s Latest Recovery Sleepwear Line

1. What category for SCSM 2018 did you participate in?

Banjamin Quek: I participated in the 21km category. The race course was pretty tough due to the humid weather and slopes on the highway. However, I am glad to be able to clinch local 3rd in that race.

2. How did you celebrate after finishing the race?

Banjamin Quek: I went for a meal at Raffles city with my teammates after the race. We did not hang around for long because we were all worn out after the run. Therefore, getting into very comfortable wear and slipping into my bed is the best way to celebrate after the race for me! Also read:  Outfit Of The Week #5: Go For A Gym Workout In Cheerful Pink!

3. Did you immediately go back to training after the conclusion of SCSM 2018?

Banjamin Quek: Nope, I was given a few days off after the competition. As the body’s immune system is usually weak after physical exertion, it is best to allow your muscles and body to recover from the strain to avoid falling sick or injuries. Easy runs and regular stretches are recommended to clear the remaining lactic acid in the body.

4. What are some of the challenges that you’ve faced during/after a race?

Banjamin Quek: During the race:

  1. Hydration: As I lose lots of fluids during a run, I usually feel dehydrated in the middle of the race. I think SCSM has positioned their water points pretty well, but they could have done it better by placing more of them along the highway as I was feeling slightly dizzy from the lack of water. The humid weather did not help, either.
  2. The dilemma of sticking to the race plan or listening to your body: I was planning to run at 3:45 minutes/km pace for SCSM 2018. However, I found it challenging to stick to the pace due to varying weather conditions and race terrains. I feel that I could have done better by listening to my body that day as I was struggling to complete the last few kilometres of the run.
  3. To drink coffee or not?
: As the race was very early in the morning and I did not manage to catch much sleep, I decided to take some coffee for a well-needed boost. However, coffee causes dehydration and it affected my race to some extent. Hence, it is important that one plans the timing to take the beverage before the race.

Post-race:

  1. Rest: I usually keep my race days free so that I will be able to rest for the entire day after the race. My legs are really sore, so I prefer staying at home and catching up with my favorite shows. Rest is vital for recovery to avoid injuries or the risk of falling ill.

5. What is your post-marathon recovery routine?

Banjamin Quek: I usually take a hot shower, have a good meal and sleep in for a few hours at home.  If my schedule allows, I will go for a sports massage in the evening after a race. I will also be on my couch collating race photos from friends and race photographers.

6. How do you feel when wearing Under Armour’s latest Recovery Sleepwear line, and how has it aided you in the recovery process?

Banjamin Quek: The material of the sleepwear is really soft, and it was very comfortable to sleep in. I wear it to sleep before the race and after the race. As compared to my normal sleepwear or tights, I do feel more recharged when I wear the Recovery sleepwear line. It has definitely helped to improve my quality of sleep, and I can distinctly tell the difference. Overall, I felt less tired, as it speeds up the recovery time.

(c) Under Armour

For FULL article on the Under Armour recovery sleepwear line, please CLICK here. Thanks @runsociety.

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