Every fitness trainer has his or her story of struggle. These trainers have fought their way from being overweight to finding themselves at a happy place. Now, they are committed to helping others achieve a better quality of life!
Kilos lost: 27kg
Turning point: “I’ve been overweight since I was 11 years old due to poor food choices and an inactive lifestyle. I was bullied and body-shamed during secondary school until I went to college. The kids used to call me fat, obese and tell me that no one would want or marry me. They made fun of my body, and I was really embarrassed and disgusted with myself. It got to a point where I was mentally and physically affected, and this forced me into a state of depression, and later experienced bulimia and anorexia for two to three years. I was in and out of the hospital, lost so much of weight to dangerous point. At that moment in life, I was blessed to have met a trainer, who is now my husband. That’s how it all began for me. I told myself, “It’s time and I’m not going to give up.” I started exercising regularly, changed my lifestyle and eating habits, which led to my interest in the fitness industry. Today, I’m constantly learning so I can help others to achieve their goals. I’m really grateful to my husband who is my mentor and the biggest influence in my journey.”
Weight-loss tips: “Losing weight or dieting is not a one-off thing, it’s a lifestyle choice. Consistency and progress are the basis of this lifestyle. Understand your body and choose a diet and fitness plan that works best for you. There is no one
programme for all in this.”
2. Chloe Lai
Kilos lost: 20kg
Turning point: “It was an OMG moment when I stepped onto the scale and realised that I was no longer 45kg. I was 64kg! That was a lot of weight for a five-footer. My three years of American diet with student lifestyle had crept up on me. Eating fast foods almost everyday, and eating past midnight, drinking affordable alcohol, and smoking a pack of cigarettes in two days, were the causes. So, I decided to commit myself for the change.”
Weight-loss tips: “I made a commitment to change my lifestyle instead of creating a weight loss goal. I began witha djusting my diet and adopting an exercise routine that combined resistance training in the gym and cardio. I gave up two significant things In my diet: added sugar and fried food. That was half the battle won. I noticed the gradual positive changes in my body and mind. It’s the best motivation anyone can have. It made me more patient, taught me determination, cultivated inner strength, developed discipline and importantly gave me the courage and strength to get up again. This ourney led me to a full Ironman Triathlon within a year of training, without experiencing even a full Olympic Distance Triathlon or a full marathon. I ust believed in myself. Whether I succeeded or not, I knew I gave it my all. Today,I have committed to helping others achieve the same great quality of life that I have as a fitness coach.
3. Sue Hashim
Kilos lost: 22kg
Turning point: “Eight years ago, I couldn’t fit into my pants. It was at that moment that I decided to exercise. But weighing a hefty 82kg, and self-conscious, exercising in public or where there were men around was not an option. So, I enrolled at STOMP Fitness Studio for Jazzercise classes. During the first month, I found the classes difficult and tiring but I kept pushing myself. Also, I’ve fallen in love with Jazzercise. Two years later, I made another life-changing decision; to be a certified Jazzercise instructor. I thought that by doing so, I’d be more disciplined about exercise. After weeks of training and studying, I took the exam and got certified! That motivated me even more. As a fitness instructor, I knew I must lead by example. No one will take advice and/or attend classes led by an unfit instructor, right? My goal was to get fitter than my students. I gradually changed my lifestyle, and learned how to balance food and fitness. That was when my weight started to drop, and my body transformed. My interest in fitness also grew, and I tried out different fitness programmes. Almost six years into my instructorship now, it’s no longer about losing weight but more about getting fit. Now, I look pretty hot in my pants!
Weight-loss tips: “It starts with you! People can give you a mountain-worth of fitness tips but if you are not committed, the change will not happen. You have to push yourself; no personal trainer can do it for you. There are also no short cuts. You didn’t gain those kilos overnight. You surely won’t lose them overnight either. Getting fit is about that change of lifestyle. It’s a long journey that requires passion. Once in awhile you’ll hit the plateau but you’ll get through and move on to be better.”
4. Vinesh Tee
Kilos lost: 39kg
Turning point: “I spent my college time eating, being inactive,slouching at computers and indulging in other unhealthy habits. My ‘aha’ moment came during my internship. I realised how unfit and unhealthy I had become whenever people at work looked down on me as I was overweight. At that moment, I knew I had to work on myself, and change for a better me. I started exercising in 2010, and at that time, I was 130kg. Along the way, my fitness journey was very much like a yoyo. I tried to do everything, from commercial gym to bootcamps and marathons. It took me about five years to finally find something that I enoyed very much, and that’s CrossFit.”
Weight -loss tips: I learned that there were no shortcuts to my health ourney; whether it’s through diet or working out, and there is no one solution for all. All you can do is to keep being active and look for an activity that works for you. Fitness is meant to be fun, and if you find something that’sfun, stick to it. Be nice to yourself! I faced a lot challenges along the way, I never let that stop me from moving forward. It’s alright to skip a workout or deviate from healthy eating once in a while, but not all the time. The key is in consistency, and making it a lifestyle. It’s important not to attempt something extreme immediately. Instead, work at it one step at a time to see success.”