09 March 2008

Mind Over Matters?

Just had my 5th RT session. For the uninitiated, RT is known as Remedial Training. You will be blessed with RT if your fail or did not attend your IPPT. IPPT is Individual Pa Pok Test... no lah. IPPT is Individual Physical Proficiency Test. It is compulsory for every NS liable Singaporean to take the IPPT once a year. Since I'm still an Operational Ready NSmen... or so they term us but I still regard myself as reservist, I'm still required to take the IPPT once a year. For my last IPPT window, I failed my 2.4km run... ok ok... to be honest, I would have failed my chin-up also if I had not cheated a bit... a little it of jerking and not keeping my arms straightened :p

Of all the stations, consisting of of 4 static stations (shuttle-run, situps, standing broad jump and chin-ups) and a 2.4km run, I always have problems with chin-ups. Every year, during the test, I will fail by 1 or 2 chin ups... and have to re-test or attend RT. Since the days of my Basic Military Training, standing under the chin up bar would make my heart pump faster and I'll conjure butterflies in my belly. Only in the last recent years, I have problems with running the 2.4km also... just managed to pass.

I've always wondered what is it that keeps me from passing my IPPT.

Is it due to lifestyle?
Or perhaps diet?
Maybe it is work stress and the lack of time for exercise?
But I think all the above are excuses. I smoke but there are chimneys out there who can get gold medal for IPPT. The Company's Best PT during my BMT is one such example. Diet wise... well, I'm not obese and my BMI is still within the ideal range. And I have reduce my intake of fatty and high cholesterol food. Lack of time and stressed by work is also not an excuse... afterall, I'm one who do not believe in selling my soul to my employer.

So what's keeping me from training for my IPPT? I believe it is this...Mind Over Matters. I just have to keep to a strict regime of exercising regularly. I must keep reminding myself that exercising is not just to pass my IPPT. It is to keep my health stable as well. Afterall, age is not slowing down for me and as the years pass, I am finding it harder and harder to keep up and maintain my personal standard.

For a start, I have to train to pass my RT-IPPT in less than 2 weeks. Wish me luck :p

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good Luck, Master K! ;p

/april1

khirsah said...

Thanks april1... luck is exactly what I need since I doubt the amount of training is enough for me to pass the test which is akang datang :p

Anonymous said...

tell u something.....
my hubby also keep failing the IPPT,(at least for the past 3 or 4years) hehehe!
even he is training himself now, i also doubt the training he has now is enuf to get him thru.
Once again, GOOD LUCK!!

ras said...

jia yu, jia yu, jia yu :lol:

The Frog Prince said...

Mr K!

Add oil! Get rascal's two dogs to set them spree behind you chasing you while you run!

Add oil ah! I also very scared my ippt too :P Standing broad jump is my killer lol you cannot believe it.. a frog that cant jump!

khirsah said...

Haha! Thanks everyone.

Hmmm...frog can't pass standing broad jump and ape can't pass chin up...hahaha...