My first visit to Salon Vim at Bugis

I went for a long overdue Keratin Treatment at Salon Vim a couple of evenings ago. Due to my frizzy hair texture and unruly natural curls at the oddest of places, there aren't many treatments or procedures that work for me except Keratin Treatment or hair rebonding. I don't like the flat iron look result that comes from rebonding, so Keratin has always been my preferred choice. 

It was my first time visiting Salon Vim at Bugis. I settled in at my seat and I was brought a drink and biscuit snack. How thoughtful is the added snack detail!

I met my stylist, Jamie for the first time and after she explained the Keratin Treatment procedure to me, I got my hair washed.  This is me at the sink. A really dark picture cos' the sink area is really dark. Perfect for relaxing. The head massage I got  during the wash was 
h e a v e n l y....

Yikes, check out my unruly hair pre-treatment, after wash.

Salon Vim has specially brought in this Keratin Treatment from London. It produces less fumes during the steaming and hot iron process so it's less uncomfortable and toxic. I did not experience any discomfort during the whole process. 

My hair after Keratin Treatment. I love how smooth and straight my hair is!

Here's a front view. Love that it still is fluffy. I'm not a fan of limp and straight flat out hair.

The best part? I can wash my hair straight after the next day! I used to be given strict orders to not wash my hair for 4-5 days after a Keratin Treatment. That was super painful.

I took home the smooth lock series from Redken. I'm especially lovin' the leave-in conditioner. Keeps my hair behaving really well all day.

Great news! Salon Vim has extended their GSS promotion till 15th August. 

Call 6837 0073 for your appointment on all the above or for the Keratin Treatment I had done. 



Enroute to Fit & Fabulosity with Amore Fitness!

If you've been following my Instagram feeds (@thepinkflaregirl), you'll notice that I've adopted a more 'fit & fab' lifestyle of late. I've started working out at Amore Fitness with a Personal Trainer (*gasp!!) and have been trying to attend their fitness classes on top of my 2x weekly work-out sessions. 3 cheers for me! :D 

This post is more an introduction to Amore, my first meeting with my personal trainer and a little insight of first introductory meetings for first-timers at Amore.

Here's what went down during my 1st fitness assessment/work-out session with my very very gorgeous and inspiring Personal Trainer, Nani. 

Singapore's leading fitness and spa service provider, Amore has got 16 fitness and spa clubs strategically located island-wide. My location of choice is Bugis Junction because it's located nearest to where I live. I know I'll be so much more motivated to go because it's near home. My word of advice is to choose an exercise venue closest to your work/home...so you'll never have any excuses for yourself.

First, I had to fill up a Health/Medical Questionnaire. 

Here's Nani, my Personal Trainer going through the questionnaire with me and understanding my current lifestyle, health, fitness goals, etc. She also talked me through what to expect from the trainings and the various type of fitness classes available.  

Taking my weight and body composition (fat vs muscle) analysis. I was almost afraid to step on this machine for the fat analysis!

Body composition analysis in-progress.

 And here are my results.

Weight: 44.7kg
Skeletal Muscular Mass: 17.3kg
Body Fat Mass: 11.8 kg
BMI: 17.5 
Percent Body Fat: 26.5%

I was under the normal range for every category except....Body Fat Mass and Percent Body Fat (I hovered towards the high side!!)! Geez, the results were brutally honest. Slightly sheepish, I swore to change all these in 3 months.    

Fitness Test

First thing I had to do was hold on to a clicker/metronome device and step up and down to the beat. I think I was closing my eyes because I was tired already?? 

Nani, demonstrating the right posture for the next bit of the fitness test - push ups. She did them effortlessly of course. 

 My turn!

Haha, here's me caught on camera struggling (and Nani being very encouraging)! I can't remember how many push-ups I managed, but I'm sure it wasn't many. Arm strength is obviously not my core. 

Hard work...and it's only the fitness test?!

Sit-ups were next, and here's Nani demonstrating once again. It's so important to have someone show and help you with your posture when you're exercising so you won't hurt yourself!

 Getting my flexibility tested.

 Results chart.

Having my results analyzed. Yes, they all ranged from average to poor. :( ....as expected!

Nani and I talked through my fitness goals - I wanted to get a lot more lean and toned, and to increase my stamina and strength. 

With clear goals set, we embarked on our first fitness session together. This was me on the treadmill warming up before we hit the weights and static exercises. 

Argh...I can do this!

I've since attended 4 personal training classes and 1 fitness class from this 1st fitness analysis/training session. Below are more pictures of what we usually do in a typical PT session. 20 mins run on the treadmill to start for warm-up, followed by weights and static exercises with lots of stretching in between. Nani has been completely awesome; encouraging and always there to lead and guide. 

Working on the back and arm muscles.



I've also been recording my daily food intake. This really helps me eat cleaner and not binge on snacks so much (which I love). I feel really guilty these days to list on paper: fries, chips, sweets and all the bad stuff! 

This is my goal in 3 months. Ooh those abs. Nani says, yes it's possible!

GO me! 

Here's a peek inside a fitness class. 

Amore has 8 Signature classes: BellyBlitz®, BodBlitz®, BollyBlitz®, CardioBlitz®, CardioLatino®, FunkBlitz®, StepBlitz® and StretchFit®.

I've only attended the StretchFit® class so far and I love it. It combines stretching exercises with some core work-outs and focuses a lot on breathing. With the soothing music played during class, it really relaxes me after a long day at work. 

Before I end my post, here's sharing with you details of this really interesting event that Amore is holding for women only. I found out about this event from a pamphlet I picked up and love how this event is for celebrating women. An array of Amore's signature classes will be carried out. It looks like it's going to be a lot of fun!

Here are details for the event:

Date: 9th November 2013

Time: 9:00am – 9.00pm

Venue: Ngee Ann City, Civic Plaza

For more details, visit any Amore Fitness outlets, call 6733 7333 or visit www.amorewomensdayout.com to sign up now. Go for it ladies!

P/S Registration closes 13 October 2013 and it's for ladies above the age of 16 only.

(This is Nani, my PT and Amore's poster girl by the way!)

Last but not least, 

Win 3 X Pocket of Glow Packages! (see below for details)

Simply answer this simple question: 

Name 5 Amore Fitness outlets

Participate by emailing your answer to: marketing@amorefitness.com
Contest ends 24th July 2013!

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                2 Week Unlimited Fitness Pass
- Access to all gym facilities
- Access to all group exercise classes
- Access to swimming pool (only at Tampines 1)

                COLLIN RESULTIME Purity Facial
- Clinically proven purifying facial that revives the complexion. For oily, dehydrated or sensitive skin.

                Botaroma Swedish Massage
- Soothe all aches away and achieve ultimate relaxation with a therapeutic blend of Geranium, Sweet Orange & Lavender essential oils.

                Body Composition Analysis
- Muscle Fat Analysis: Skeletal Muscle Mass & Body Fat Mass
- Obesity Diagnosis: Body Mass Index, Percentage Body Fat & Waist-Hip Ratio
- Nutritional Evaluation: Protein, Mineral & Fat

                Fitness Assessment
- Understand how fit your body really is

Call 6733 7333 or visit www.amorefitness.com for more information!

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