Weight: 60 – 62 kg (135 lbs)
Height: 168cm (5’6″)
Give us an insight into your fitness journey and why you insist on continuing.
During my schooling years, I spent a lot of time playing sports to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle. However, after I graduated, I stopped participating in any sporting activities and thus a big void was left in its place. As a result, I decided to search for other ways to keep my body in shape which eventually lead me to weight lifting.
Now, four years later after hitting the gym for the first time, I continue to enjoy the thrill of lifting big and heavy weights – the sensation is still somewhat similar to how I was during day one. The way I see it, any benefits weight lifting has on my health and appearance are just a bonus!
If you started training again, what would you do differently?
I’d imagine my mistakes would be similar to countless of other athletes. The largest factor that I would change is to spend time investing in a worthwhile coach or trainer to guide me through the initial phase of weight lifting. This would have ensured that the foundations of my physique would have been cemented in place, allowing me to grow at an optimal rate in the years to come.
Nevertheless, I’m not too fussed having taken the initiative to learn everything myself though. The only difference if I took the route to seek a mentor to teach me is that my progress would be faster.
What are your current goals?
At the moment, I’d love to transition from a bikini model competitor to a powerlifting athlete. I’ve set a goal to accomplish this in early 2015.
What does your current training regime look like?
I’m actually quite flexible, so I guess you could say I’m easily pleased. Having said that, any type of heavy strength session never ceases to make me feel on top of the world.
What is your favorite exercise and why?
Deadlifts – because this exercise is the only time in my life where I get a little angry, but it feels quite good!
What supplements do you recommend for someone that’s new training?
The one supplement that will most likely make the biggest difference in most people’s results is a quality protein powder. In order to grow muscle, you must eat a certain amount of protein. Most the time, the average person and especially a beginner will not consume a sufficient quantity of protein in their diet. Making it essential that beginners incorporate a protein powder in their supplement regime.
What are 3 tips you would give to a beginner?
- Find a knowledgeable coach that will guide you through correct techniques so that your training is efficient as possible.
- Diet is an essential aspect of weightlifting. You don’t need to overcomplicate it, but as long as you’re focused on what you’re eating and have an idea of the ideal amount your body requires, then you will be fine.
- Enjoy what you do. If you hate the way that you are training, then change it up. This same principle applies to your nutrition as well. Training and dieting will not always be fun, but in order to consistently get it right for extended periods of time so that you can grow optimally, you have to make these two factors at least somewhat enjoyable. So, instead of grinding yourself until you burn out, switch things around, so that you enjoy what you are doing which then makes it easier for you to maintain consistent growth.
What are your hobbies besides making gains?
There are 3 things that I absolutely love to do outside the gym.
The first one is to play with my puppy at the beach. It’s a great way to relax and let my mind free. Secondly, is my weakness for searching for new places to eat and sharing these experiences with my friends. The last one is my passion for cooking baked goods full of butter, sugar and goodness! I also love to find healthy alternatives to cook as well.
In short, my life is revolved around food, gym, friends and my dog!
Who do you look up to in order to motivate yourself?
I am fortunate enough to be able to look up and admire the people around me the most. My friends and family have been very supportive of what I do and vice versa. They’re also very ambitious, so I’m very thankful that I don’t have to look too far to be inspired.