We kicked off with a consultation with Aaron himself, a Sports Scientist who has spent 18 years working with clients; that makes him one of Singapore’s most experienced personal trainers. It’s always nerve-wracking walking into a new gym for the first time if you’re not the most in-shape of mamas, but thankfully IFC’s studio is as friendly and unintimidating as you can imagine. We were lucky enough to meet (and train with!) the rest of Aaron’s team too so can attest to the fact that they are all intelligent, lovely guys. No meatheads flexing in the mirror here! The studio itself is bright, airy and generally gorgeous, with showers and top-quality facilities.
Once Aaron has had a quick chat about your goals and fitness history, it’s straight into your first workout so he can assess how you move and see what he’s dealing with, so he can make sure you’re training safely which is obviously especially important for pregnant and post-partum mamas. You’ll definitely be challenged as IFC keeps you right at the edge of your comfort zone, but we never felt like we couldn’t complete an exercise. Even if it sounded impossible — like one-legged burpees, Aaron guided us through it to a real sense of achievement.
IFC’s Trainers schedule their sessions via SMS, which is hugely convenient for busy mamas with overflowing inboxes. They were flexible each week to fit in with our individual schedules, and proactive about getting in touch (nope, they won’t let you get away with “forgetting” a week’s session!). They also take a holistic, scientific approach to your fitness, advising on nutrition, sleep and how to take care of yourself, something we mamas tend to be not all that good at doing!
We are so hooked on our IFC sessions now that we’re seeing real results – as well as feeling better in a bikini, it’s a boost to see oneself getting stronger and leaner as a result of our (and IFC’s!) hard work. Obviously personal training doesn’t come cheap, and IFC is no exception, but if you’re serious about shedding kilos and achieving a lean, strong body, IFC is a smart investment to reach your goals, quickly.
See you in the gym mamas!