Obsession With Fitness Tools : A Singapore Perspective

March 14, 2012

Image of a fitness tool in use.In recent years, a disturbing phenomenon has emerged within the Singapore fitness scene – that of groups of exercise enthusiasts, or even fitness trainers/coaches – who go around advocating fitness training centred around a single, particular choice/type of fitness equipment.

Whether this tool is a Kettlebell, a Suspension Strap, a PVC Tube or a type of elastic Band, the message is inherently the same: “Use this one piece of equipment for ALL your fitness needs” !!!

These “fitness cults” often go about preaching and propagating their “One-Tool” message to the public, their followers and trainees, strongly advocating that their particular piece of equipment is the “Be All and End All” of fitness.

The more extreme ones would even convince their ‘tribe‘ to forego ALL other forms of training that require the use of other tools, equipment or approaches, and just rely on that ONE tool for every fitness workout!

On top of that, followers are also often goaded into “investing” in their very own personal “new-fangled” tool – not only for themselves, but also one for every family member, relative, colleague etc ….

And unfortunately, many ignorant consumers (and even some trainers) have been sucked into this scam, feverishly centering ALL their workouts around that one piece of tool, and falsely believing that ALL their fitness goals and dreams are going to be realized with that one piece of equipment!!!

To put things right, once and for all, we – at Singapore Fitness Professionals Network – would like to advise all fitness consumers and fitness professionals in Singapore that:

Regardless of what you read/hear out there, there is absolutely NO – NOT ONE – single piece of equipment in the Entire Universe – that can scientifically develop ALL the fitness components of the Human Body, or meet EVERY fitness need/goal of a person – solely by itself. 

As any certified strength coach or bona-fide personal fitness trainer – worth his/her salt – would tell you, your BEST BET for building optimum fitness, health and a great body – is to use a combination of fitness approaches, together with a VARIETY of fitness tools and equipment (preferably of the functional-kind) to hone your physique.

Anyone else (even if he/she professes to be a professional, expert or “guru”)who suggests otherwise, is simply ignorant, misguided or has hidden agendas of his/her own.

Much as we know that every piece of fitness equipment has its own merits, NONE can provide your body with absolutely ALL the moves, resistance, angles and planes of movement that your body requires for All-Rounded Balanced Development.

So the next time, if you chance upon anyone trying to sell you the idea that all you need to get that Dream Body of yours is to get their latest single piece of fitness “wonder-kit”, please check their fitness credentials or pedigree, and tell them off politely: “Thanks, but NO thanks!”