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A Bootylicious Start To A Sunday

Every couple received a pair of Paco Rabanne fragrance miniatures!

Every couple received a pair of Paco Rabanne fragrance miniatures!

Having an exercise buddy brings a wealth of benefits to the two of you. Besides increasing your chances of sticking to your fitness plan, you spend quality time with each other and work towards a positive change together. Just ask all 18 participants of our first-ever Sunday Sizzle, an event jointly organised with Paco Rabanne.

Despite it being a Sunday morning, nine pairs – a mix of couples and friends – showed up at Evans Road Stadium before 9am in jolly spirit. Once attendance was marked, personal trainer Simon Pink wasted no time getting everyone warmed up. “Simon says, go run two laps on the track now!” he barked good-naturedly.

After the run, the pairs were assigned to their respective circuit training stations. Each station consisted of two exercises. Upon completion of both exercises, the pair moved on to the next station for another set of exercises, and so on. The exercises included burpees, skipping, and Russian twist; there were nine stations in total.

No, that little boy in front wasn't one of the participants of Sunday Sizzle!

No, that little boy in front wasn’t one of the participants of Sunday Sizzle!

Nine stations, nine couples, 18 ways to work up a sweat

Nine stations, nine couples, 18 ways to work up a sweat

Coupled with the merciless sun glaring down on the participants, completing all nine stations was no mean feat. But thanks to the encouragement and positive vibes all around, they finished the challenging part of this hour-long session, and were left with one final task: the tug-of-war.

"1, 2, 3, PULL!!!!!!!!"

“1, 2, 3, PULL!!!!!!!!”

Introducing the champions of tug-of-war! Check out those intense looks of determination!

Introducing the champions of tug-of-war! Check out those intense looks of determination!

Divided into four different teams, the winning groups from the first two rounds would challenge each other to decide the overall champion, while the remaining groups would challenge each other for the third and fourth places. If they were exhausted from the circuit training before, they sure didn’t show it during the tug-of-war!

One of the participants, Debra

One of the participants, Debra

After 10 minutes of cheers and laughter, the bootcamp session came to an end. It left such an impression on the participants that some of them are already thinking of signing up with Simon for future classes! “I went with zero expectations, so this provided me a great opportunity to find out more about bootcamp. I enjoyed the class, and I’m probably going to sign up for more,” says Shermaine, 29. Debra, 20, agrees. “It was tough but fun at the same time, especially when you do it with your partner!”

Sunday Sizzle was far from over, of course. The participants had some time to freshen up before heading to Tiong Bahru Bar for the much-anticipated brunch. Thanks to Paco Rabanne, they didn’t have to worry about stinking up the gastrobar – all guys were given a Paco Rabanne Invictus miniature, and women received a Paco Rabanne Lady Million miniature.

Jimmy will be spritzing on Paco Rabanne Invictus on his next night out.

Jimmy will be spritzing on Paco Rabanne Invictus on his next night out.

Contained in a bottle the shape of a trophy, Invictus is a fresh, sporty fragrance that represents power and energy – perfect for a post-workout freshen-me-up for the lads. “I like its citrusy scent, and that it’s fresh yet masculine at the same time,” says Jay, 32. For Jimmy, 23, Invictus is more than just a post-workout spritz. “I’ll use this for a night out as well. It smells great!”

Speaking of smelling great, the participants were treated to a well-deserved brunch at Tiong Bahru Bar. For the starter, they had a choice of either Cream of Mushroom Soup or House Salad. The rich-flavoured soup was a hot favourite. “It tastes so good, I almost wanted another bowl!” says Choon Sze, 21.

For the main course, participants had a choice of either Fish & Chips or Prawn Aglio Olio. Banana Fritters were served to complete the meal.

The very sizeable Fish & Chips from Tiong Bahru Bar.

The very sizeable Fish & Chips from Tiong Bahru Bar.

Lovely ambience, delicious  food, great company - how every Sunday should be spent!

Lovely ambience, delicious food, great company – how every Sunday should be spent!

The scrumptious brunch proved to be the ultimate reward for the participants, as they tucked in and chatted over great food and free-flow soft drinks. “The portions are great,” says Pan, 20. “I will definitely come back for brunch soon.”

Thank you Paco Rabanne, Simon Pink, Tiong Bahru Bar, and Fiji Water for making Sunday Sizzle happen!

Thank you Paco Rabanne, Simon Pink, and Tiong Bahru Bar for making Sunday Sizzle happen!

Whew, what an exciting Sunday morning! We’re glad the participants enjoyed themselves, and we are definitely looking forward to our next Sunday Sizzle. Watch this space for updates!

Paco Rabanne Invictus and Lady Million are available at Paco Rabanne counters at Tangs Orchard and Robinsons (The Centrepoint and Raffles City Shopping Centre).

Tiong Bahru Bar is located at 3 Seng Poh Road, Tel: 6438 4360.

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“Bootcamp?!? Sounds Scary!” – Deborah Tan

Whenever I tell people that I do “bootcamp”, the first reaction is often, “WHAAAAT?!?! So TOUGH!?!?”

I think people often get the impression that “bootcamp” means one or more of the following things:

1. A psychotic instructor barking in your face


2. You crawling under barbed wire, dragging your sorry self through mud


3. G.I Jane doing one-arm push-ups


4. You’ll end up looking bedraggled and a mess


People, the only scary thing about a bootcamp is the name itself.

What happens in a typical session of bootcamp?

Well, first you have a mixture of people with varying levels of fitness. Not everyone who joins a bootcamp is super-fit. So don’t worry about not being able to keep up!

We usually start off with running a couple of rounds around the track for warm-up. Again, this is done according to your level of fitness. You don’t have to call on your inner Usain Bolt and sprint like crazy!

Then the instructor gets us stretched out. After that he shows us the many stations he has set up for the session. Stations are designed to work every muscle group in your body. You could be lunging at one, and then doing push-ups at the next. Once you are done with a station, you move on to the next. We are usually given 1 minute to complete as many reps as we physically can.


The instructor walks around, helping to correct our postures and improve our movements. He tells those who can go faster, to pick up their pace, he tells those who are stronger to try a heavier weight.


Once every few weeks, we do running drills when we are paired up with someone of a similar fitness level, and take turns to sprint around the track.

So you see, there is nothing humiliating or scary about joining a bootcamp.

If this has assured you in some ways, and you are now eager to give it a go, why not join Material World at our upcoming Sunday Sizzle?


The instructor we have enlisted for this is none other than our very own trainer! Simon Pink (picture below) runs bootcamps for both adults and kids. Founders Vanessa and Deborah attend his bootcamp every Saturday morning. For just $5 per person, you’ll get to experience an hour-long training session with Simon (usual price: $30). What’s more? You’ll be rewarded with fragrance miniatures, worth $20 each, from Paco Rabanne!

UPDATE: All participants will be fed brunch by Tiong Bahru Bar! Wanna know what you’ll be eating? Click here now!

See! He looks how friendly only?!?!?!

See! He looks how friendly only?!?!?!

We have 10 more spaces left for this event so be sure to get your name in now! Email Vanessa at for more information today!

See you on November 17, Sunday!

About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, Suits and thinks girls should really not recoil at the mention of the word “Bootcamp’. GIRL POWER, PEOPLE! Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.

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[Infographic] Six Ways To Stick To Your Workout – Deborah Tan

Three of the four founders of Material World attend a bootcamp run by trainer Simon Pink.

As a favour, we created this infographic for him that presents his useful (but wordy at times) tips on exercise and nutrition in a visually more attractive way. It’s too good not to share so here you go! We hope this will be helpful to you too.

We usually go for the bootcamp on Saturday morning. But there are other time slots available so feel free to email him for details. His email address is given in the infographic below:


Note: Material World was not paid to do this infographic.