Play like a pro: a more stable golf swing

Using the cable machine, start pulling from a low angle.

Many golfers dream of having a "perfect" swing. Constant practice at the driving range helps - but in this new era of golf, many top players are now concentrating on their fitness to gain that extra edge.

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013, 10:19am

Sea training institute 'has few qualified teachers and offers too few courses'

Report into the Lamma ferry collision. Photo: Dickson Lee

Chow Wan-hoi, an instructor at the Maritime Services Training Institute for 11 years until his retirement in July, said at least six teachers did not hold the relevant licences when he worked there.

1 May 2013 - 5:47am

Lamma ferry disaster: Hong Kong lacks marine training, says union chief

Lee Kwok-keung. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

A trade union chief yesterday criticised a lack of training in the local marine industry and long working hours in some ferry companies.

9 Mar 2013 - 5:03am

Training video of suspected prostitutes goes viral on net

A screen grab of the video. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The video is called Exposed: ‘prostitutes’ get social media training It shows a female “lecturer” delivering a tutorial to a group of women explaining how they can “market themselves” and “attract quality clients”.

28 Feb 2013 - 4:41pm

Marathon Mania: Under starter's orders

Rachel Jacqueline (black top) trains with top local female marathon runner, Alison Chow. Photo: Nora Tam

It's finally here. Three months of arduous training have flown by, and on Sunday, I will run the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon.

20 Feb 2013 - 10:05am

Marathon mania: Mind over muscle

Laura Walsh (left) and Rachel Jacqueline stride out in the Mid-Levels. Photo: Dickson Lee

It's no secret that training for a marathon requires hard work, as early mornings, thigh-thrashing long runs and pushing near-sickening speeds become the norm.

18 Feb 2013 - 5:04pm

Marathon Mania: Banking on the carbs

Marathon Mania: Banking on the carbs

You could eat as much as you wanted before a marathon, but for such a long race, it's almost inevitable that you'll still run out of energy

29 Jan 2013 - 11:34am

Marathon Mania: What's best in the long run?

New runners are advised to train for 12 months before competing in a marathon. Photo: Dickson Lee

Logically, if running is good for your health, then more must be better. But experts have discovered a point where the benefits are outweighed by the wear and tear on your heart - and research suggests it's about half of what training for a marathon requires.

22 Jan 2013 - 11:21am

Hong Kong is a good training ground, says Clark

Tim Clark makes most of his opportunity to win race four.

Australian Tim Clark seems in no hurry to return to his homeland, but when he does, the 26-year-old expects to be an improved version of the rider that arrived at Sha Tin nearly 18 months ago.

13 Jan 2013 - 6:22am

Make the best of the rest

Physiotherapist David Garrick says runners should take training breaks. Photo: Felix Wong

Rest replaces my usual schedule of drills, speed work and long runs on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

8 Jan 2013 - 10:14am

Business alliance to provide job training for Tung Chung residents

Disneyland requires staff members to speak Cantonese, Putonghua and English well. Photo: Dickson Lee

A business group that includes Hong Kong Disneyland, Asia World Expo and Ngong Ping 360 will organise job fairs and retraining for underemployed Tung Chung residents.

27 Dec 2012 - 1:17pm

Audits should check value of job schemes

An unpopular tax is generally a bad one. The domestic helpers' levy, troubling in both fairness and logic, was no exception when introduced in 2003. It was effectively financed by an equivalent cut in the wages of foreign maids, among the lowest-paid people in society, who were made to share the pain in the hard times following Sars.

7 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Keen to keep on moving

Personal trainers need to love sport and be good communicators

Requirements: To be a fitness trainer, a passion for sport is a must. You also need to be able to communicate effectively. A trainer should try to make the training a personal experience, so it is very important to talk to clients and learn exactly what they want.

8 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Does your trainer make the grade?

It's a good idea to find out if a personal trainer is certified through a reputable fitness organisation. There are differences in the levels of training worldwide, and Hong Kong is no exception. Some courses are university graduate or masters level in human movement and sports physiology. Others can be completed in just one weekend. Most trainers will have a CV.

28 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Personally speaking

Marita Kwan was determined to get into shape for her wedding. 'I hate exercising and I thought a personal trainer would be great motivation - I could be a no-show at the gym but I couldn't stand up a person who had arranged their schedule to meet me,' says the 27-year-old events planner.

28 Sep 2007 - 12:00am