Singapore #Fitspo of the Week: Nicholas Peck

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Nicholas Peck is the founder of Apex Training & Performance.
Nicholas Peck is the founder of Apex Training & Performance. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

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Name: Nicholas Peck (@nickapex_fit)

Age: 28

Height: 1.76m

Weight: 70kg

Occupation: Founder of Apex Training & Performance

Status: Not available

Food: Love my carbs! I eat almost anything and I don't worry too much about carbs as I need it to fuel my whole day of managing the trainers, as well as coaching clients. I do get in about 150g of protein and see that I don’t exceed 70g of fat daily.

When I have a photo shoot however, I will start to worry about a month before. That’s when I’ll count my macros and follow a higher protein and lower fat intake for meals.

Exercise: I work out six times a week – four strength and conditioning days, along with two technical MMA (mixed martial arts) training sessions with my trainers (which I count as my cardio days).

Nicholas works out six times each week: four strength and conditioning days, along with two technical MMA training sessions.
Nicholas works out six times each week: four strength and conditioning days, along with two technical MMA training sessions. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

Q: How did get into martial arts?

A: I grew up in St. Kilda, Australia and spent a lot of time in an MMA gym called Absolute MMA. My elder brother was my idol and I followed him as closely as I could. Growing up with a strong military and contact sports background, I enjoyed fighting since young. I've always been fascinated about guns, tactical training and MMA. I was never interested in anything else other than exercising or martial arts.

Part of growing up like any other kid, I was bullied and humiliated a lot. Much of the anger helped me channel towards getting challenges done, such as a competition or a daily task that required consistency. Sports helped me distract myself from being close-minded and having depressive negative energy. With the amount of focus, positivity and determination needed, one can never imagine the mix of emotions that drives me to achieve great things, till today.

I also dabbled in other sports. When I came to Singapore, I joined the Wanderers Rugby Club.

Did you compete in martial arts?

To begin with, it all started with me being an angry kid all the time, wanting to challenge anything and everything. You could say it started more like a mad dog off its leash, loads of unofficial fights just for quick cash. Slowly, as opportunities came and my network expanded, I gave competitive MMA a try.

I've competed in various sports like bare-knuckle boxing, shot put, jiu-jitsu, no-gi jiu-jitsu and MMA. The best moments are when you are on your own and the only thing important is proving and being better than you were.

Where I grew up, everyone has a warrior mentality. There's no such thing as "afraid" or "I can't get it done". When you have nothing to lose, with the correct mindset, that's when you are at your best. It's always about the experience. Love and enjoy the process, the results will show.

Besides MMA, Nicholas also did other combat sports such as bare-knuckle boxing, shot put, jiu-jitsu and no-gi jiu-jitsu.
Besides MMA, Nicholas also did other combat sports such as bare-knuckle boxing, shot put, jiu-jitsu and no-gi jiu-jitsu. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

When did you decide to stop fighting competitively?

I decided to stop fighting because in the world of contact sports, nobody that fights a lot would eventually last very long, because of wear and tear. Your bones and muscles heal but your tendons and ligaments do not, neither does the brain.

The amount of impact that causes brain damage or trauma over time can become serious. I’ve seen mates becoming handicapped or not their usual selves over time from trauma and it can be painful to watch at times. Fighting is a passion, or at least it's the norm to me, but I later realised in life that I wasn't a very talented fighter, though I have a strong game plan.

I began to realise that there was always the need to prove something to everyone. The day you realise the opinions of others don't matter, you'll truly be at ease. I've realised fighting wasn't for me and I could do so much more. I've realised that not all athletes make great coaches. Being able to execute and being able to teach are two very different things. With that, I decided to move on to coaching clients.

Then as I grew older, I wanted something more in life, I wanted to give more to the world. I didn't come from the best family neither did I grow up in the worst background. I was very fortunate to have a strong number of mentors that constantly guided and advised me to start a new path.

Today, I am running one of Singapore's top in-demand outcall fitness and martial arts personal training services - Apex Training & Performance – with quality and passionate coaches, to your convenience at your doorstep with all equipment provided.

What led you to start Apex Training & Performance?

I've trained in many gyms around the world, such as Piranha MMA (Poland), Evolve MMA (Singapore), Tiger Muay Thai (Thailand), Combat Sports Academy (San Francisco) and Absolute MMA (Australia). I’ve lived and trained with fighters, coaches and business owners all around the world, most importantly, from different walks of life.

A change of mindset and goals led Nicholas to stop fighting and set up Apex Training & Performance.
A change of mindset and goals led Nicholas to stop fighting and set up Apex Training & Performance. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

Different perspectives and a change of mindset and goals gave me the impression to stop fighting and share this knowledge. I was fortunate enough to gather a team of talented, experienced and highly passionate coaches and athletes in various sports to come together as a strong team to form Apex and teach all levels of MMA and fitness, athlete performance training and sports rehabilitation.

What are some of the challenges you face in building this business?

One of the biggest challenges I faced was finding coaches. At Apex, we uphold a certain standard of quality and service. I believe work ethics and an individual's character play a big role as a coach, as well as in the service line.

Hard work can be built overtime, but commitment in clients cannot be taught and neither does one's character and priorities. We need to walk the journey, be responsible, punctual and attentive with each client. Core competence is the ability to achieve a differentiated offering with exceptional levels of efficiency.

Other challenges include training the trainers, planning a customised programme, studying best practices and working as a team.

Singapore #Fitspo of the Week: Nicholas Peck.
Singapore #Fitspo of the Week: Nicholas Peck. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)
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