If you ever thought that there will not be a Jillian Michaels in Asia, then
think again. Tatiana is of the same mould with her no-nonsense yet caring
and cheerful nature. She gives you the details, whether you like it or not.
However, do not be surprise that her methods will exceed all your
expectations, for they will! Sure, it's going to be tough in the beginning
but since when has success ever been easy without great effort? That is
Tatiana as a Coach.
From the 1st day I met her in Sep 2009, she showed me ways to help with my
back injury. I have a L5/S1 disc herniation which had been reinjured
previously back in 2000. The orthopedic surgeon had recommended me to go for
an operation which I did not want to go for. I had heard from a cousin that
Tatiana's methods were great and effective. These methods were so effective
that 4 months later, I was strong enough to handle a 1 hour plane trip and
tie my shoelaces (those of you who have had bad injuries know how hard it is
to tie shoelaces!). She taught me moves that showed me that healing my back
was in my own hands and that I was in control of my health and well-being.
How fast I wanted to be healed was entirely up to me and it was easy to keep
to the program that she had designed for me. She dealt with my injury from
all angles - from how I sat at work, walked, stood, bend, sleeping
positions, to how to cough and sneeze, and what supplements to take!!
Tatiana calls it 'surrounding the dragon'.
She has also been a great mentor when it comes to dealing with stress and
changing perceptions towards life. That, more than anything else, has
greatly impacted my life in terms of fulfillment and enjoyment of life's
simple pleasures. I feel a lot better in terms of the physical, mental and
emotional aspects. It was a tough journey confronting my old habits and
fears but it was worthwhile in the end. I have a more optimistic outlook
towards life now that it boggles a lot of people how I could now look at the
things I do today compared to how it was before Sep 2009.
If you want to go on a life-changing journey or find someone who can handle
complicated back injuries, Tatiana is the person to look for.
Oh, and the back operation? I never went for it because the pain and tingles
are gone. Now that's great results :-)
Rowena Tan, client since 2009, Kuching, Malaysia
For 10 years, in gyms in Europe and the Middle East, I was training for 3 hours, 5 days a week and keep a low quantity, low fat diet in order to maintain my weight. My posture and flexibility were getting worse everyday and on top of that, I couldn’t understand the lack of tone specially in the “womens tricky zones” (glutes, inner thighs and lower abs area). In November 2003, I was very fortunate to meet Tatiana Cornelius Ling in her gym in Kuching, Sarawak.
After an intense evaluation Tatiana built an exercise program personalized for me which was reviewed every 6 to 8 weeks. I rigorously followed this program motivated by her great encouragement. Today, 2 ½ years after, I feel like a different person. My posture has improved incredibly, I gained flexibility, learned how to identify and develop my core muscles, and “my tricky zones” are toned!
Tatiana’s coaching is beyond the regular trainer’s methods because she considers body and mind as a whole which cannot be separated. She trained me as a human being to live and move in the real world, and not as a ‘group of muscles just working out mechanically in the gym”. Among many others, she taught me the importance of appropriate nutrition and sleep, transmitting to me lots of advice for my diet, which increased the effectiveness of the exercises and helped me maintain my ideal weight. She confirmed to me that using the abdominal area as stabilizer with balanced exercises will produce better toning that just doing never ending sit ups and crunches. I have learned to listen to my body and focus on my posture and the perfection of technique rather than the number of repetitions.
My quality of life has improved and I feel much better with myself and with my environment. Even though I no longer live in Kuching anymore I still follow Tatiana’s advice in the different aspects of my life.
I highly recommend her as a personal trainer and coach. I wish her lots of success in her career.
Patricia Munk de Alba, client 2003 – 2005, Montreal, Canada
Tatiana is one of those rare human beings who is a constant breath of fresh air. Everyone needs a kick in the backside once in a while – a wake up call. Tatiana does it with so much love and with such conviction! At the end of each day when all I want to do is go home and zone out on the couch, she is my inspiration to get me to Fit 4 Life!
I gain a million morsels of food for thought from her example, her sincerity, her commitment for excellence and her wealth of knowledge about fitness and a healthy lifestyle.
With a friend and coach like that, what would I not gain from knowing her? My life is all the richer since I have chosen to grow through my health journey together with her.
She helped me take a good deep look at myself, and has taught me to love me for who I am, and to start appreciating and improving the “I” in me. Having her in my life is a blessing for a lifetime!
Cynthia Chin, client since Feb 2001, Kuching, Malaysia
Simply, the greatest of all gifts, is that Tatiana has made me look forward to coming to Fit 4 Life – because when I leave, I feel rejuvenated! Exercise has become a pleasure rather than a chore because I feel I am benefiting in each and every way, physically and mentally from Tatiana’s presence and warm smile that radiates with only positive “chi”!
Francis Tan, client since Aug 2002, Kuching, Malaysia
I started exercising at 16 while I was studying in Perth. Since then I never stopped exercising. My fitness routine used to be a 1 ½ hours of treadmill at least, with no weight training and stretching. I never weight trained or stretched as I thought these activities were a waste of time, bearing no benefit, just because I don't sweat, therefore I must be burning no fat! I thought I was in my tip-top form, looked great, and felt fantastic. I thought I was doing everything correctly until I join Fit 4 Life 8 years ago.
Everything was 'perfect', until I met Tatiana in 2001. Her consistency & patience with me in explaining things and her friendly, gentle, yet firm attitude made me finally open my eyes to see my 'hidden' problems. Problems that have been with me long while ago, but no one else seem to see it. I am lucky to have met Tatiana, a qualified C.H.E.K Practitioner.
I have since learnt to appreciate the importance of stretching, the correct way of doing stretching that is. Together with my tailored-made strength training program by Tatiana, my posture, fitness level and flexibility have improved dramatically, and I have never felt so confident. I don't have to do vigorous or endless cardio to stay fit, because I need not have to anymore! The program she designed for me covers every single part of my body! Of course, I must be discipline and consistent too with the program, because otherwise itself will not be able to perform a miracle!
I sincerely thank Tatiana, and I thank God that I met her. She is truly my life saver and my inspiration!
Corina Yong, client since 2001, Kuching, Malaysia
I consider it a blessing to have met such a wonderful and loving woman in
lessons and coaching are truly life-changing and much beyond the customary
fitness-regime. After 15 months of PT, I cannot seem to connect with the
person that I
once was or the lifestyle that I had previously led. I have not only lost
20 kilo's of
weight, but also gained years of wisdom and discipline, for which I will
grateful to Tatiana. Though I would add that the PT is no "magic-pill";
result requires an uphill struggle and rigorous hard-work. But at the end
of the day,
the experience and its outcome is in fact priceless!
Sahil Dev. client since 2007, Kuching, Malaysia