• Strong is the new sexy and fitness is the new party. With society leaning towards health and fitness, Yahoo's #Fitspo of the Week series is dedicated to all inspirational women in Singapore leading active lifestyles. Know of any who deserve to be featured? Hit me up on CherylTay.sg and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (cheryltaysg).

    Gillian Tay. Photo: Cheryl TayGillian Tay. Photo: Cheryl Tay

    Name: Gillian Tay (Instagram: @jillysunkist)
    Age: 29
    Height: 1.65m
    Weight: 55kg
    Occupation: Designer / Project manager
    Status: Happily single
    Diet: Tries to eat in moderation by reducing sodium, carbs and sugar drinks; avoids eating after 8pm  Training: Quick 30-minute bike ride on the road after work on weekdays; Surfset, floorball and flowriding on weekends

    Have you always been sporty?
    Yeah, pretty much, I've always been known to be super active and I can't sit down for more than an hour not doing anything. I would swim, play badminton with my neighbours, take a spin around my neighbourhood on my bicycle or go inline skating. 

    Who got you started on working

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  • The women have their limelight in Monday's #Fitspo. Now it's the men's turn. The Yahoo #FitFind series is a new weekly feature every Wednesday dedicated to all fit men out there. Know of any who deserve to be featured? Hit me up on CherylTay.sg and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (cheryltaysg).

    Brothers Jason and Edric Lim. Photo: Cheryl TayBrothers Jason and Edric Lim. Photo: Cheryl Tay

    Name:
    Jason Julius Lim / Edric Timothy Lim
    Age: 30 / 29
    Height: 182cm / 188cm
    Weight: 82kg / 91kg
    Occupation: Business owners of Team Axis and BrandNewStartSG
    Status: Both married
    Diet: Tries to eat as clean as possible on weekdays (self-cooked meals) and anything he wants on weekends /  Cooks and packs own meals for the day; practises simple carb cycling
    Training: 3 days of power workout, 1 day of cardio, 3 days of strength workout, 1 day of cardio (8-day cycle)
     
    What kind of sports did you do as a kid?
    Both: We played a lot of sports growing up – basketball and bowling competitively, as well as tennis and volleyball.

    When and why did you first go to the gym?
    J: I started working out when I was in my

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  • Strong is the new sexy and fitness is the new party. With society leaning towards health and fitness, Yahoo's #Fitspo of the Week series is dedicated to all inspirational women in Singapore leading active lifestyles. Know of any who deserve to be featured? Hit me up on CherylTay.sg and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (cheryltaysg).

    Cassandra Lee. Photo by Cheryl TayCassandra Lee. Photo by Cheryl Tay

    Name: 
    Cassandra Lee
    Age: 28
    Height: 160cm
    Weight: 55kg
    Occupation: Regional customer support executive
    Status: Single 
    Diet: Typically a clean diet with no deep fried food, less salt, and more protein and vegetables on weekdays; with some indulgence on weekends with friends and family
    Training: Muay Thai thrice a week and weightlifting twice a week
     
    Have you always been confident about your body?
    Definitely not. I think we will never be truly satisfied or confident with our bodies. However, the past two years of my fitness journey has changed me tremendously and boosted my confidence. It’s not just about appearance, but I’ve changed my entire attitude towards life

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  • BODY POSITIVE is a new bi-weekly column by Cheryl Tay, who wishes to reach out to others who are struggling with body image issues and help them overcome it. She is also starting a body image movement, www.RockTheNakedTruth.com. The views expressed here are her own.

    Before and After: Cheryl Tay when she was at her heaviest (left), when she was doing extreme weight loss methods (middle) and at present (right)Before and After: Cheryl Tay when she was at her heaviest (left), when she was doing extreme weight loss methods (middle) and at present (right)

    If you struggle with body image issues, it’s not something you’ll easily admit or talk about with other people.

    For over a decade, I struggled with my weight and I loathed my body, often feeling upset about the way I looked and allowing myself to envy skinny girls.

    I hated looking at the mirror and avoided social activities because I felt I wasn’t good enough.

    It started with a first love that went wrong, where I was dumped over the phone for “not being hot and pretty enough”.

    I was also given fat-related nicknames throughout my school days and bullied by the popular girls. The bullying started at the impressionable age of 16. For the next 13 years, I took my body through a series of quick fixes as my self-esteem hit rock

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  • Athletes put in punishingly long hours into training to prepare for major tournaments. Increasingly, they are not just relying on their skills to give them a clear competitive edge, and are spending considerable sums of money on technologically innovative equipment.

    But does the investment pay off and lead to optimal performance? Yahoo Singapore recently spoke to experts involved in three sports to discuss the issue.

    Belgium's Tom Boonen competes during the 73rd edition of the Paris-Nice cycling race, on March 8, 2015, in MaurepasBelgium's Tom Boonen competes during the 73rd edition of the Paris-Nice cycling race, on March 8, 2015, in Maurepas
     
    Cycling
    Cyclists who compete in a time trial can spend up to $30,000 alone on a top-end bicycle, between $300 and $500 on a helmet, and up to $400 on a skin suit, among others.

    Adrian Ng, an endurance trainer with the Singapore Cycling Federation, said, “There’s a lot of design and technology that goes into all these things to [shave] off that one second. That’s why it’s so costly."

    And when it comes to overseas competitions, a cyclist has to invest in a hard-carrying case to transport the bicycle. Such a case can cost as much as $1,300, Ng said.

    To analyse performance,

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  • The women have their limelight in Monday's #Fitspo. Now it's the men's turn. The Yahoo #FitFind series is a new weekly feature every Wednesday dedicated to all fit men out there. Know of any who deserve to be featured? Hit me up on CherylTay.sg and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (cheryltaysg).

    Swimmer Danny Yeo. Photo: Cheryl TaySwimmer Danny Yeo. Photo: Cheryl Tay

    Name: Danny Yeo (Instagram: @swaggywhale)
    Age: 25
    Height: 182cm
    Weight: 69kg
    Occupation: Student athlete
    Status: Single
    Diet: Eats anything he wants but refrain from unhealthy foods
    Training: 10 sessions a week with the national team
     
    Did you go right into swimming or did you try other sports first?
    I tried out for the basketball team in my primary school and I didn’t make it. I played table tennis instead. Then my elder sister, Vanessa Yeo, was swimming competitively so I used to follow her to the pool for fun since the age of six. Swimming was just exercise to me at that time.
     
    How did that lead to competitive swimming?
    It was only at 17 that I got more serious about training and I competed at the

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  • Firdaus Nordin flashes a smile during his race at the 43rd NPAG (Photo: Lawrence Loh)Firdaus Nordin flashes a smile during his race at the 43rd NPAG (Photo: Lawrence Loh)

    A steely look in her eyes and determination coursing through her body, the para-athlete at the 43rd National Para Athletics Championship pumped her arms relentlessly.

    As she propelled her wheelchair – a regular one, not those sleek models built for racing – towards the finish line at Toa Payoh Stadium, one veteran on the sidelines was reminded of his own beginning in the sport.

    A female competitor at the 43rd NPAG races in a regular wheelchair (Photo: Lawrence Loh)A female competitor at the 43rd NPAG races in a regular wheelchair (Photo: Lawrence Loh)

    Firdaus Nordin’s wheelchair racing career started at a similarly small meet when he was 13.

    Born with spina bifida, a condition that leaves one paralysed from the waist down, Firdaus’s mother introduced him to sports as a child.

    His first taste of the track kindled his love for speed and also showcased his potential, which caught the eye of the organisers, the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC).

    “I started out like that girl, sitting on a normal chair, pushing myself,” he told Yahoo Singapore.  “Then, they (SDSC) moved me into a racing chair and that’s when I became a racer.”

    Racing to the top

    The

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  • Strong is the new sexy and fitness is the new party. With society leaning towards health and fitness, Yahoo's #Fitspo of the Week series is dedicated to all inspirational women in Singapore leading active lifestyles. Know of any who deserve to be featured? Hit me up on CherylTay.sg and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (cheryltaysg).

    Azimah Azmi. Photo: Cheryl TayAzimah Azmi. Photo: Cheryl Tay

    Name: Azimah Azmi (Instagram: @muskelkat)
    Age: 21
    Height: 170cm
    Weight: 62kg
    Occupation: Personal Trainer
    Status: Single
    Diet: Watches carb and sugar intake depending on level of activity; stays away from processed food; include proteins and good fat into meals
    Training: Trains 5-6 times a week, of strength training with weights, metabolic conditioning, and the occasional long-steady-paced cardio
     
    What kind of sports did you do as a kid?
    In primary school I was in track and field, and I also competed in inter-class soccer and basketball competitions. However, I wasn't very serious about either of those sports so I never stuck through them.

    When did you start

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  • The women have their limelight in Monday's #Fitspo. Now it's the men's turn. The Yahoo #FitFind series is a new weekly feature every Wednesday dedicated to all fit men out there. Know of any who deserve to be featured? Hit me up on CherylTay.sg and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (cheryltaysg).

    Amirr Ong. Photo by Cheryl TayAmirr Ong. Photo by Cheryl Tay

    Name: Amirrudin Ong Soon Hua
    Age: 28
    Height: 1.71m
    Weight: 86kg
    Occupation: Coach at Ritual Gym
    Status: Married
    Diet: Am still adjusting and experimenting with foods to see what works for bodybuilding; has tried intermittent fasting, renegade diet, ketosis, low-carb diet, carb-load back diet; right now doing a combination of these diets; eats 10 half-boiled eggs in the morning and again at night, with beef, fish and black rice or sweet potatoes throughout the day
    Training: Trains different parts of the body from Tuesday to Friday, light jogging on other days

    Were you doing any sports before that?
    I did basketball from Primary 1 to 5 which I excelled in, then I found it very boring and switched to

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  • Strong is the new sexy and fitness is the new party. With society leaning towards health and fitness, Yahoo's #Fitspo of the Week series is dedicated to all inspirational women in Singapore leading active lifestyles. Know of any who deserve to be featured? Hit me up on CherylTay.sg and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (cheryltaysg).

    Gymnast Rosanna Trigg. Photo by Cheryl TayGymnast Rosanna Trigg. Photo by Cheryl Tay

    Name:
    Rosanna Trigg
    Age: 31
    Height: 162cm
    Weight: 55kg
    Occupation: Founder of gymnastics programme specialists Gym With Me
    Status: Married with one son
    Diet: Eats healthy with a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, but never denies good food and lives by the'everything in moderation' rule
    Training: Spends hours each day teaching gymnastics, as well as yoga and Pilates sometimes
     
    Did you start gymnastics from a very young age?
    Yes, I started gymnastics when I was four years old. I was a very energetic child who discovered acrobatics on my own at home and my mum was not impressed by the number of things I broke around the house. We had a neighbour who did gymnastics

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