Yao Peng has had a fascination for speed since he was a young boy which steered him to start a business providing speed and strength services to athletes.
What’s your story?
A Singaporean boy who started sports since the age of 6 and discovered a deep passion for speed when introduced to Athletics at 9 years old. As I matured, my fascination for speed and powerful movements grew wider which lead me to my pursuit in BSc Sports Science and started providing Speed and Strength services to athletes since 2012.
What excites you most about your industry?
A massive potential that’s untapped and poorly managed! As such, I see a huge need that needs to be met for the betterment of sporting excellence (speed department) here in Singapore and eventually, reaching out to athletes beyond our shores, or they coming over.
What’s your connection to Asia?
I’m was born and bred in Singapore! I was fortunate to be able to travel around SEA (South East Asia) most of the time for competitions as a national athlete. Through those experiences, friendships are forged and I was exposed to vast cultural experiences.
Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Yet to explore this territory, however, Japan would be my preferred choice. Simply to learn and grow from the best in Asia where their athletes are renowned at the world class level.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Take extreme ownership and be faithful in the little things!
Who inspires you?
Not so much a person, but institutes such as ALTIS and IMG Academy. It’s amazing how they attract talents and nurture them year after year at a high-level sporting arena.
What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Mindset. Having the correct one, tune it every day and make things happen!
If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
For business, I would have defined our niche and set the direction at the beginning than beating around the bush and being a jack of all trades. In terms of personal sporting pursuit, that would be to implement the current knowledge to my younger self. In essence, start right and start well!
How do you unwind?
I usually engage in activities such as rollerblading, lifting and sprints and have a nice iced long black after.
Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Bali. It has everything! The sun, beach, party and all sorts of adventures available.
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Shameless plug for your business:
MaxForm is the upcoming quality Speed and Strength service provider in Singapore. With more than 15 years of experience as athletes coupled with practical and modern coaching methods. We have worked with athletes from Team Singapore prior to their quest for major games such as the SEA Games.
How can people connect with you?
This interview is part of the ‘Callum Connect’ series of more than 500 interviews
Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started,
built and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder of The Marketing Group PLC. He is the author two best selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’ and ‘Agglomerate’.