- Phaik Hoon
Once recovered from the initial shock, I started attending twice a week, just going at 8.30am Mondays and Wednesdays, I was scared to join Friday because I was told there was lots of running and I wasn’t sure I was ready for that. However, with my red card in hand, I braved one Friday and like every warrior session, the inclusive spirit, encouragement and fundamental options meant I could do it; I loved it and I was hooked. From that point on I was committed and I never missed a session.
In February, a fortnight before the event I signed up for the Warrior 10K, only the fun run though, the thought of doing the obstacles was just too daunting. At that point, the last time I had run more than just around the block was back in 1999 and there was no time to build up to it. On the day it was so fun being there, being part of WBC and the sense of achievement wonderful.
I am really not sure how I came to sign up for the Spartan Beast, I remember the warriors returning triumphantly from the Super and in particular, Tess was just inspirational. I believe this is the only challenge in my life I have taken on where I wasn’t confident I could do it at the onset. With 5 months of focus on my goal, WBC and support from Tess, who seemed to believe I could do it even when I wasn’t sure myself when the day arrived, I was prepared and ready.
There is a point in the race where you emerge at the top of a slope to enter the finishing arena. Seeing the sea of red shirts and hearing the screams and shouts of the warriors was phenomenal. I had a cramp; I had to do burpees but I could hear every shout and recognise every voice encouraging me and it was simply amazing.
I expected to have fun but I honestly never expected to finish the Spartan Beast so well and that’s taking a while to really sink in, but more that the race itself, I never expected to have such a transformational year at the age of 49. This last year has been an incredible journey for me: from zero to being my own personal hero. So thank you to every coach for every session, to every warrior friend and of course special thanks to Tess. It is astounding the difference one year can make, if you put your mind to it and have friends and warriors to support you.
Reading this back, I am struck by the fact that not by design I can find Commit, Focus, Believe & Achieve.
- Tina Julian Brattinga
Warrior Bootcamp can proudly boast many satisfied customers, largely due to the wonderful coaches that lead the sessions. Each coach is very fit themselves, shows up prepared and on time, and is a skilled motivator, encouraging participants to work hard and never give up. (I always run a little faster when I pass one of them!) All have had training in injury prevention and CPR, and some specialize in sports medicine and nutrition. Safety is top priority: participants are encouraged to use proper form when doing exercises, and rest/recovery periods are built in to each workout. Coaches also regularly share advice on topics related to overall health, such as sleep, proper diet, and mental resilience. Additionally, they offer regular fitness assessments to record each individual's progress. It’s fun to challenge myself to do a little better each time!
Being a Warrior, I’ve accomplished things I never thought I’d do. I ran my first 10km (and a 12km a month later!), fought hard and had fun in the Warrior Games, participated in the Round Island relay, carried 5kg in a rucksack up Pearl Hill, and even achieved Warrior of the Month! My fitness has drastically improved over the past two years; I’ve lost 4-5 kg, significantly reduced my body fat %, and am as fit as I’ve ever been as an adult. I sleep well at night, feel energetic and healthy, am more mentally tough and resilient, and am motivated to continue a lifestyle of proper diet, sleep, and exercise.
Of course, I’ve had a lot of fun as well! I've met people from all over the world, and there’s nothing that unites like sweating along with someone else in the hot sun! Whatever fitness level, members encourage others in their progress and receive encouragement to keep going and never give up. We enjoy a variety of games, are playfully competitive, work as a team to win relays, and sometimes get dirty. One of my favorite sessions involved rolling through the mud in the rain!Warrior Bootcamp Penang is united as a team by the spirit of fitness and fun, and the color red. I am always proud to stretch out my hand at the end of each session, declaring and believing I really am a "Warrior!"
- Sally Dewhirst
Before joining Warrior, I was an occasional (and very slow) runner whose maximum distance had been 10km. To my surprise (and great delight), all those sessions had greatly increased my stamina and endurance. Ever since then, I have been encouraged and have found great joy in achieving new milestones, be it running my first half marathon, or being able to hold a plank for longer than I used to be able to. Without Warrior, its community support (and accountability) it gives me, I would never have had the mental strength to achieve this on my own.
- Ai Ping
- Munchy Chew
- Claudia M.
- Adeline F.
- Lee Chin Kok
- Andrew C.
- Diana F.
- Daniel M.
- Wei Jian
- Daphne S.