Ask most Singaporean guys and they will probably admit that they were the best possible during their national service.
Some are inspired by their NS experience to take their fitness journey further, while others are motivated by reservist cycles – like Loki, a 52-year-old who delivers to his brother’s food business, and a very inspiring person we throw out. the spotlight on to celebrate Men’s International Day (November 19).
“I seriously started playing sports about 20 years ago while training for the reservist IPPT. I never liked running at the time, but realized that I could actually go long distance after some training.
“So I started doing marathons, triathlons, Ironman and ultra races over the last couple of years,” says Loke (who also goes by the name FreeMan Loke).
Some of the sporting events he is grateful to have experienced and completed: “A couple of Ironman races in Australia, Langkawi, Switzerland and a few other places. I also completed the Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji, a 160km trail race, on over 42 hours as well as Racing The Planet 7-day 250 km self-sufficient Gobi Desert race. “
Fits a lot ?!
“I think endurance grows with age. As I get older, my mind gets stronger so I can endure better,” says Loki.
Loki says that every handstand on an elevated surface is a challenge, especially in public spaces and when people notice what he is doing.
“I get a thumbs up and pats from passers-by – small encouraging gestures that go a long way. I’m always grateful and appreciate them,” says Loke, who is convinced that health and fitness are a lifestyle that should be maintained and incorporated into everyday life.
“It’s something we need to see ourselves through old age – to help us stay active and mobile when we’re old,” he says.
Occasionally, Loki (above, second from left) has found himself doing calisthenics training with those who are half his age.
Not surprisingly, he does not look like his age, and that is very evident in people’s reactions.
“Usually when I tell people I’m 52 in the fitness corner, they look a little stunned out of disbelief,” he admits.
When it comes to the relationship between age and fitness level, he has some sage words: “People used to say that age is just a number. It is only relevant when you train and maintain your fitness.
“Each individual has their strengths and weaknesses, so the golden rule is not to compare. Do what you are good at and try to improve what you are weak at. Do it to improve yourself and not challenge others.”
In fact, his fitspo lifestyle has become a way of bridging generation gaps: “Fitness is a universal language that allows me to communicate with the younger generation. Usually, they get inspired because of my age.”
He tries to get his wife involved in some of the sports activities he engages in (such as rucking and track exploration), not only to stay fit, but also “to spend time doing the same thing together”. Aww!
But in a sober way, he says, “Realistically, time is running out. It’s good to appreciate and cherish the remaining days together.”
What we really want to know is, what does wifey think about his popularity on Instagram? “I’m not popular on Instagram NS. Just sharing. Hehheh “
Although he is more fit than ever before, he may not have been in the same good shape while doing his national service.
“Back then in my NS days I only did the usual physical things. It was later, I started practicing endurance sports and a few years ago, calisthenics,” says the ex-sniper, who was from the fifth mono-intake of 5SIR (1989 – 1991).
“NS was always fun and memorable – the camaraderie!”
He has even kept his ghillie suit (which still suits him after 30 years!) Not only as a souvenir but also for sentimental reasons as “it was carefully sewn by mom”.
Another reason we love this guy: He has a heart of gold and he shaves regularly for Hair For Hope (the Children’s Cancer Foundation’s signature collection for head shaving) as well as donates blood.
“Not everyone is entitled to donate blood. We must be grateful that we are healthy and disease-free in order to donate. It is a privilege to donate a portion of what is flowing within us to save lives,” ” he says. “Just do my part for charity.”
If Loki now is not, ahem, fit to be put in focus for International Men’s Day, we do not know who he is!
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This article was first published in Wonderwall.sg.