Category Archives: #wellness

Fast Fit, Body Pump, and Maybe, CrossFit?

Fast Fit: New school circuit training using total body integration and fusing High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Pilates and Yoga. One of the most versatile programs that can be adapted to different people with different proficiencies.

Since I joined Celebrity Fitness last January, Fast Fit has been the only class that I consistently joined. The Fast Fit class simply match my goal to train my core muscle, improve overall body stability and flexibility.

Plus, the class never get boring. Each week, we have a different sets of move from previous week. Each move has its own station. During the entire session, we will take turn at each of the station, performing reps that will train the strength and coordination of  core muscle, biceps, triceps, glutes, hamstring, back, and all other muscle in the body.

If you are curious, the video below will give some insight on typical Fast Fit class. Beware that, after my first session, I can hardly wake up in the morning due to sore muscle.

Last week, after 2 months of doing Fast Fit, I joined Les Mills Body Pump class. Different with Fast Fit, Body Pump train muscle group in isolation. I see the class as the fastest way to build your strength, and combined with Fast Fit, will improve your overall stability and physical fitness.

Now, after Fast Fit and Body Pump, should I join the ultimate fitness challenge, the CrossFit? I’m intrigued, especially since CrossFit website offers all of the instruction video for you to do at home. So far the challenge for me is the time of CrossFit class in Jakarta, which is 6am in Friday morning at the downtown Jakarta.

So, only time will tell, whether I will join Cross Fit or not…..

Slow Dance, A Poem by David L. Weatherford

It was Friday evening. A light rain had just stopped, just right to cool down the wind and clear up the sky in preparation of sunset. I was sitting at Starbucks Coffee to cool down myself, and thinking of which photo should I submit for WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge, Rule of Thirds.

When I pop back from my thought,  the sky has turned to bright red. Suddenly I remembered a poem that I read a couple of years ago. A poem that reminds me not to go to fast. To spare times to call your friends, talk with your family and loved one, and to have fun.

The poem was, and still resonates with me. I quote the poem below the photo, written nicely by David L. Weatherford. You can read the original poem here.

Have a Nice Weekend, and remember to slow down

Have a Good Day

Slow Dance, A Poem by David L. Weatherford

Have you ever watched kids, On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain, Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down. Don’t dance too fast.
Time is short. The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day, On the fly?
When you ask: How are you? Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,
With the next hundred chores, Running through your head?

You’d better slow down, Don’t dance too fast.
Time is short, The music won’t last.

Ever told your child we’ll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste, Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, Let a good friendship die,
Cause you never had time to call and say Hi?

You’d better slow down. Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short. The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere,
You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life is not a race. Do take it slower.
Hear the music, Before the song is over

Make Money, Get Fit and Be Creative

A words of wisdom that I found on Matt Mullenweg’s blog:

Find three things that you love: one to make money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative

One to make money, one to keep fit, one to be creative

  1. One to make money: I love to talk to people. And so here I am, working as a technology consultant. As a bonus, I also love technology.
  2. One to keep you in shape: Running. What else can get you outdoor and see so much place without being trapped in the traffic jam?
  3. One to be creative: Lego. There are nothing more perfect to spend your time with 3 years old, and get yourself creative by playing Lego bricks.

So, to kick start the week, start thinking on what is your three things?

This is My Time

I used to wake up at the wee hour during my marathon training. During that days, I would drink few cups of water, munch a banana, don my running shoes, and be on the road when the sky is dark. Let me tell you that, watching the sky turn from dark to blue, then yellow as the sun rise, is an extraordinary experience. The sun rise never fail me.

I’m not training for another marathon, at least not this year. But I still set my alarm in the same wee hour, the same hour as when I was training for marathon. The video from Josh Spector below might explain why I still keep doing that.

That video is very nicely filmed, and full of messages that I can relate to. But, the main part that I relate the most these days, when not training for marathon is that, the early morning is my time.

But the early morning is my time. My wife asleep, my dog asleep, the usually noisy active city is dark and quiet

If you never wake up before dawn, try to do it once, around 4:30 in the morning. Feel how quiet your house it and how silent the city is. Living in a home in a crowded suburb, with a 3-year old son, the quiet time is a luxury. My mind feel fresh after 1-2 glass of water, and there are no emails and phone calls that need to be answered. This is my time. This is when I’m free to train for a marathon, without a guilty feeling of not being with my son, or talking to my wife, because they are still asleep.

And when I’m not training for marathon like these days, I’m using my time to write some blog post that I post here, and some of my other blogs.

Clean-Burning Food Sejak Dini

Pagi ini saya menghadiri pertemuan di Sekolah Cikal. Acaranya diadakan di ruang perpustakaan sekolah. Dan seperti layaknya perpustakaan sekolah TK dan Playgroup, perpustakaan Sekolah Cikal dipenuhi oleh buku anak-anak, mulai dari buku cerita bergambar, sampai buku dengan tulisan besar. Namun ada satu tumpuk buku yang menarik perhatian saya. Tumpukan yang terdiri dari 3 buku ini terlihat bukan untuk anak-anak.

Smoothies and Salads

Saya lalu bertanya pada Bu Yanti: “Ini sepertinya bukan buku buat anak-anak”

“Iya betul. Buku ini untuk orang tua. Ini bagian dari program makan sehat Sekolah Cikal”, Jawab Bu Yanti. “Buku ini bisa dipinjam kok pak”

Cukup senang melihatnya, karena sejak usia 3 tahun, anak-anak sudah diperkenalkan dengan makanan sehat. Istiliah saya: clean-burning food. Dan bukan hanya itu, orang tua juga dibantu dengan buku-buku tentang clean-burning food, termasuk buku resep.