Why do Strength and Conditioning?
Here's a short history lesson. In the early 80s, gyms started to change. They found hiring good personal trainers expensive. Teaching compound movements like the squat, deadlift, presses and bench press was not simple. Let's not even discuss other complex movements such as the cleans, jerks and snatch.
You need high quality trainers who can dissect such movements, cue at correct times and know how to correct common mistakes. Add in the fact that compound movements when done wrongly result in injuries. The trainer needs to know how to scale the complexity of movement or the intensity of the workout. In the extremely litigious environment of the USA, such risks were not acceptable to any corporation.
Enter isolated machines, also known as stacked weights. By sitting down on a bench, you could be guided in a range of movement specified by the machine to engage specific muscles. Here's are some quick reasons why they suck.
When do you sit down in the real world to get something physical done? Never! But to the corporation, and also the layman, such tools seem like a perfect way to target all the muscles through a circuit of machines. Risk of injury is also reduced. The isolation machines in gyms gradually got more space in the globogym, and the space for free weights diminished.
Such gym cultures moved to other countries, including Singapore. Why am I sharing this? Is it the truth? You are welcome to Google this information for yourself. Strength and conditioning has been how our forefathers moved. They lifted heavy logs, ran for their lives and hunted. Athletes, fighters, military personnel and fire fighters train using such equipment too. They are as prepared for the real world as possible. This type of training works, and you should too.
PS. I'm not saying stacked weights are completely useless, and to many people who frequently train in the gym. It helps to provide variety. And most of the time, these people would train with free weights till fatigued, then end off the session with stacked weights to really tire the specific muscles in a guided and safe manner.
What makes more sense? A gym membership or a home gym?
There are good gyms too. They are usually small outfits which can include functional training gyms, or CrossFit boxes. But the issue with hiring high quality trainers and good equipment plus the high rental cost in Singapore usually result in high subscription costs. They are also trying their best to thrive. A gym membership at a globogym could be around $150 a month, and at local CrossFit boxes could be as expensive as $400 a month for those which are near the city centre.
Movement First strongly believe in the possibility of building your own functional home gym at a cheap price. A year's gym membership could easily set you back by $1,800.($150 / month plus initial registration fees)
With $1,800 you can use $1,000 to buy a complete set of sandbags, kettlebells, clubbells, pull up bar, suspension trainer with cash to spare! With the remaining $800, sign up for a personal trainer on 10 sessions and learn how to use all those new equipment and different exercise protocols. From then, you can do self training in your home.
In our opinion, this option makes more sense that signing up for gym membership, and we have not even considered the cost after the first year!
Don't be mistaken, good training is hard will make you uncomfortable, but only through leaving your comfort zone can you see results. Don't be mislead by commercials pretending to make exercise easier. Through hard work, you can forge a strong and healthy body.
Is there the ultimate training tool?
Sorry to burst your bubble, but there isn't. A kettlebell, clubbell, sandbag and dumbbell at the same weight produces different results. Yet, every "Master Trainer" out there seems to try to promote their tool as the absolute best.
The kettlebell, being round and a grip that is not required to be active, is suitable for activating some muscles without excessively tiring grip. A clubbell being long and heavier off the centre, is suitable to corrective exercises and a different range of exercises. A sandbag weight, being unevenly distributed provides another type of training. A sandbag also mimics some events in real life, where the weight of objects you carry is rarely evenly distributed.
There was research done to show that a front squat done at less weight has more muscle activation than a back squat done at more weight! Weight placement is more important than the absolute weight itself. That is why Movement First sells all types of equipment, not because of the aim for more sales, but because different tools produces different results!
What are your payment options?
We offer bank transfer to a DBS account or most credit cards through Paypal. We also offer Cash on Delivery for self collection or delivery.
What are your delivery options? Is self collection available?
For light items below 2kg, we offer SingPost regular or Ninja Van Courier. For heavier items, we offer delivery at affordable rates (much cheaper than taking a taxi to collect or lugging the heavy items through public transport). Self collection is available at our Showroom.
What is your refund or exchange policy?
All sales are considered final. In the event the goods received are defective after delivery, we will provide a replacement or repair the product. In extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis, we will allow customers to exchange the product or products of equal value at our Showroom.
Can I have a discount?
Unless you are buying in bulk, our prices are already the most competitive in this industry. We would rather be selling at the cheapest possible yet sustainable price and focus on expanding our product range, than to price it higher than market price and give individual discounts. As the consumer, you get the peace of mind that you are getting the best value for your buck, and do not need to needlessly request for discounts. We find this transparent business model ideal for both customers and the business.
I'm injured, can I still train?
Never doubt your body's ability to recover. Watch the video and decide for yourself if you too can make a change in your own life.