PETALING JAYA: On July 12, frontliners and volunteers at the Borneo Convention Centre in Kuching were thoroughly entertained when Kenny Sia showed up for his vaccination appointment as a tyrannosaurus rex.
He wanted to bring some joy to the overworked frontliners, and was inspired to do so after seeing pictures of a senior citizen in Penang wearing a plastic bag over his head during vaccination.
“The personnel at the vaccination centre were very cool,” he tells FMT. “They just played along, and someone even asked, ‘Why didn’t we see you earlier?’”
Kenny says he had purchased the outfit to be a “villain” while playing with his son. He initially wanted to show up dressed as Choy San Yeh, the God of Prosperity, but decided to go with the t-rex in the end.
Born and raised in Kuching, Sarawak, Kenny is used to dipping his toes in new territories. The 39-year-old, who has degrees in physics and electronic and communications engineering, lived in Western Australia for eight years before returning to Malaysia to be with his ailing father.
His father, who has since passed away, was the founder of Everrise, a popular supermarket chain in Sarawak. Kenny subsequently worked in the family business for about three years.
“I enjoyed it to a certain extent, but I didn’t see myself doing it for the rest of my life,” he reflects. “I wanted to create something of my own instead of doing something that was handed down to me, even though that seemed like the easier path.”
In the late 2000s, Kenny started blogging actively, which provided him a creative outlet while documenting his life. The blog soon took on a life of its own, leading him to win the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Best Entertainment Blog award in 2009.
But things weren’t so glamorous off-screen. “I remember very clearly the difficult talks I had with my family members over some of the things I had posted,” he says, referring to instances when he could be uncharacteristically outspoken and even crude.
It came to a point where they wanted him to shut the blog down, but he was defiant. “This was something I had created on my own and I wanted to stick with it.”
Eventually, Kenny toned things down a little. His fans, however, noticed the difference and did not find him as interesting.
“I faced pressure from both sides. You can’t make everyone happy,” Kenny muses, adding that he found blogging to be unsustainable in the long run. “I got tired of being attacked by internet trolls. Enough was enough.”
Kenny rarely blogs these days as his priorities have changed, especially since getting married and having kids, although he maintains he hasn’t lost his lame humour. “That’s still inside me,” he says with a chuckle.
One benefit of blogging was that it has made him a more confident person. “People would recognise me on the streets, so I was forced to be more sociable and extroverted – traits that helped me when I started my own business as I had to speak out and be more dominant.”
In 2009, Kenny opened his first fitness centre in Kuching, having been inspired by the fitness culture while living in Australia.
“The first few years were very, very difficult because I did not know how to run a gym,” he recalls. “I’d never worked in a gym and I had no experience whatsoever. I just thought it would be something I would enjoy doing.”
Level Up Fitness now has 13 centres in Malaysia, the majority of them in Sarawak. “A lot of it was just trial and error. People tell you to keep trying until you get it right, but trying costs money!
“I only started making money from the third year onwards. Once I found the right formula, I was able to expand the business.”
All that hard work paid off when, in 2016, Kenny was named Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year by the Sarawak Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Like many others, Kenny’s business hasn’t been spared by the pandemic. He tried to retain his staff for as long as possible, and even asked members to continue to pay for their memberships although the centres were closed, saying they would be able to carry the payments forward once the gyms reopened.
Many loyal customers supported him, enabling him to push through a couple more months. He is hopeful business will bounce back once the pandemic is over.
“Suicide and depression rates are high. Going for a workout can keep us sane as it helps take our minds off things,” he says.
Kenny also has advice for those who are still figuring themselves out.
“Travel after the pandemic, even if it’s just to Sabah and Sarawak. People everywhere do things differently and you could bring something new to them, or you could learn something from them and bring it back.”
Wise words indeed, especially coming from a tyrant lizard.
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The Difference Between Aerobic and Anaerobic Workouts For Swimmers
The correct management of aerobic and anaerobic sets within a swimmer’s training will influence performance. This balance includes sharpening cardiovascular endurance and sprint speed. For instance, sprinters are more anaerobic-oriented. On the other hand, distance swimmers rely on the benefits of aerobic sets. In analyzing these types of workouts, the primary difference between aerobic and anaerobic exercise is the workout’s intensity.
Swimmers increase their cardiovascular conditioning by maximizing the amount of oxygen in the blood. The goal is to build cardiovascular conditioning and improve the muscles’ oxidative capacity. For that reason, athletes should perform the sets at a moderately high intensity with minimum recovery between sets. However, since swimmers can consistently breathe and send oxygen through their bodies, aerobic workouts are categorized as “less stressful.” Subsequently, since oxygen is the main source of energy, swimmers should breathe faster and deeper when their heart rate is at rest. Subsequently, athletes can do aerobic workouts for longer periods.
Aerobic training is fundamental at the beginning of the season, approximately during the first eight to 12 weeks. Following this training approach will prepare athletes for high-intensity workouts and competitions that arise later in the season. Meanwhile, sme of the benefits of aerobic exercise include an increase in a swimmer’s stamina and a decrease in fatigue during exercising. Equally important, aerobic workouts also improve a swimmer’s ability to perform more efficient strokes with less energy.
The purpose of anaerobic exercise is to improve the muscles’ ability to lessen lactate. Lactate, also known as lactic acid, is a byproduct produced in the body after cells produce energy without oxygen around. Furthermore, during this process, the body grabs energy through glycogen. Glycogens are stored calories that the body uses when oxygen is not being pumped to the muscles to continue working out.
Anaerobic sets involve short-distance and high-intensity intervals. These strength-based workouts also include exerting a swimmer’s maximum effort. Since it is fundamental to reach maximum effort within the sets, anaerobic workouts can include long periods of rest. Then again, due to their high physical and mental demand, anaerobic sets sometimes are considered “more stressful.”
When done properly, anaerobic workouts benefit a swimmer’s muscle strength and mass, reduce soreness, and boost joint protection.
These sets occur when the athlete holds 1650 yards or 30 minutes (without stopping) pace. While doing so, the swimmer should tolerate the buildup of lactate. To sum up, a threshold set is a long workout in which the swimmer must speed through the set. For that reason, the required effort should be located between the aerobic and anaerobic zones.
Some of the benefits of doing thresholds include improving the swimmer’s stamina, the ability to process lactate, generating aerobic fitness and developing anaerobic explosiveness. Consequently, swimmers will be able to perform more repetitions of high intensity. The threshold set gives the swimmer a better idea of what the desired race pace feels like.
Usually, sprinters do not feel the need to perform aerobic sets. In the same way, long-distance swimmers may exclude anaerobic workouts. However, swimming has evolved and its training methods, too. Therefore, new training phases have emerged such as the threshold. It is best for coaches and swimmers to identify the correct balance between aerobic, anaerobic and threshold workouts. Additionally, it is fundamental that each swimmer keeps straight communication with his or her coach to avoid burnout, injuries and overtraining.
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