“Life is about rhythm. We vibrate, our hearts are pumping blood, we are a rhythm machine, that’s what we are.” ~ Mickey Hart

Bareface Fettle is honoured to have Arthur with us today in our ceaseless quest for health and fitness. Founder of BEAT’ABOX, Arthur is a homegrown cajón (pronounced as ka-HON) talent who serenades his world with percussion and music. BEAT’ABOX is an influencer in performance and injecting made-in-Singapore cajón brands. This renown cajón school, which specializes in teaching the cajón, is also known for the largest cajón community in Asia. Follow @beataboxsg on Instagram or visit them at www.beatabox.com.sg to know more about this social enterprise!

Watch the video clip at the end of this story to see how we blend cajón into our BFF workout routine.

BEAT’ABOX cajons
Cajón is a 6-sided percussion box made of wooden planks. It is usually played by sitting on top and drumming the front or rear faces with bare hands cupped like doing a handshake.
  1. When did you start working out and why?

I started working out at the start of 2015. Many of my friends told me that I have been putting quite abit of “mass” while performing on public stage since Jan to May last year. I figured I need to do something.

  1. You shed 12kg in 1 year, what kind of exercise did you do to achieve that?

I never miss a day without exercising. Even during hectic days, I make sure I do at least 30 minutes of cardio or strength exercises. Some exercises consist of badminton, simple situps/planks/pushups/pullups/short sprint and wrists trainings.

  1. Did diet play a part in your fitness plan?

Yes I reduced my intake amount of meat sources such as pork, chicken and beef. Also, I stopped having double portions of rice/noodles and consumed more vegetables.

  1. How did you motivate yourself?

Set percentage goals for my body mass, body fats and visceral fats. I look at the mirror and tell myself.. “Health is wealth!”

  1. Do you use your cajon as your workout tool? If so, can you share with us the kind of workout you do with it?

Yes. I usually use it to do side planks and tricep dips.

  1. As the founder of beat-a-box and a fitness enthusiast, how do you plan to synergize drumming and fitness for your students? What is the message you want to bring across?

My perspective is that a cajónero/drummer/percussionist has to keep fit. Where else as a performer, the more it is important to have a tip top fitness level. This allows us to be sharper and quick-witted during public performances. Exercising keeps us physically, mentally and spiritually aware of making better decisions.

  1. Will you be incorporating any fitness elements for your performance this year?

Yes, why not?

Jumping on Cajons

  1. Looks like rhythm and fitness will be the new “in” thing for BEAT’ABOX. Any advice for our readers who wants to keep fit like you?

Rhythm is energy. Energy consists a spectrum of movements. Movements require speed and strength. I believe if we want to project rhythm as a powerful tool, fitness is essential. The beauty of these two works out to make you a groovier, sharper, creative and confident individual.

Workout summary:

  • Plank Tap – 1 minute, 3 Sets
  • Cross Toe Tap Sit Up – 15 Reps each side, 3 Sets
  • V-Sit Crunch – 15 Reps, 3 Sets
  • Tricep Dips – 15 Reps, 3 Sets
  • Push Up – 10 Reps, 3 sets
  • Side Plank Arm Twist – 15 Reps each side, 3 Sets
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