The Website Is Archived


Dear readers. I will no longer be posting new insights, stories, updates, and other fun stuff here since SPE Performance is now defunct. However, this site will continue to stay up as an archive, to see how the evolution of exercise science, movement, and personal development change over time. Thank you for your support of … Continue reading

Moving On to a New Adventure


It’s been almost a year since I had posted anything here. After almost eight years of working independently as a fitness professional, I feel that it is time to move on to something — different. Something that very few people are doing in the health and fitness field. Bruce Lee once said, “Research your own … Continue reading

Does Age Dictate Your Exercises?


“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear as it is – infinite” ~ William Blake, English artist and poet (1757-1827) When you walk into a typical yoga or mat Pilates class, who would you usually see? More men or women? And what age? 20s-30s? 40s-50s? 60s and up? Type in “yoga class” … Continue reading

Does Perception Influences Body Image?


“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear as it is – infinite” ~William Blake, English artist and poet, 1757-1827 A few days before this blog was written, I posted a picture of Tara Lynn, a plus-size, French model, in a motivation poster gag and shared it with close friends who understood my … Continue reading

Functional Training Redefined


“Be real – Avoid artificial restraints and positions.” ~Vern Gambetta, in reference to functional training. In the early 2000s, the term “functional training” was new and en vogue, and it still is today at a lesser degree. However, fitness and sports professionals have conflicting and varying definitions of what is considered to be functional training? … Continue reading

Core Training: Not Just Your Abs


The hardest punch comes from the most relaxed body and mind. ~SPE Performance In “Abdominal Function: How It Works”, we understand about the anatomical and biomechanical aspects of the core muscles. To further our understanding of the core, it is also a reflex-driven mechanism. We do not consciously activate our core or push our abdominals … Continue reading

Do Gyms Really Need Machines?


First, you must understand that the brain recognizes movement patterns and not simply muscle groups.  Yet, many professionals are still stuck in isolation training or muscle group training. ~Gray Cook, PT, co-founder of Functional Movement Systems. In a typical, modern American gym, you may see rows of treadmills, elliptical trainers, and other machines that is … Continue reading

Never Put Fitness on Top of Dysfunction


“If a pro team recruits you to make money for them, and you perform very well, but you get injured the first time you get in the field, you’re not a good investment.” ~Gray Cook, PT, co-founder of Functional Movement Systems Are athletes who are strong and fast considered to be fit? Is fitness an … Continue reading

4 Common Exercise Program Mistakes: The Solution


“Seek to understand the root. It is futile to argue as to which single leaf, which design of branch, or which attractive flower you like; when you understand the root, you understand all of its blossoming.” ~Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living (2000) In Four Common Exercise Programming Mistakes: What You Need to … Continue reading

Four Common Exercise Programming Mistakes: What You Need to Know


“Jeet Kune Do rejects all restrictions imposed by form and formality and emphasizes the clever use of the mind and body to defend and attack.” ~Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do: Bruce Lee’s Commentaries on the Martial Way (1997). Tradition martial arts training tends to restrict students’ movements and train of thought by having them perform … Continue reading