• Singaporean pro female MMA fighter Sherilyn Lim settles into her quiet place at Fight G. (Photo: Cheryl Tay)

    Nothing and everything is different about Sherilyn Lim.

    She is still the same down-to-earth, Singapore girl-next-door who put on gloves and stepped into a cage for her professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debut at One Fighting Championship last year.

    But after a worldwide media storm leading up to the bout and her ensuing win over Malaysian Ann Osman, much has changed too for 23-year-old Lim.

    She cannot help but receive the occasional nod on the street, even when dressed in nothing MMA-related, said the local heroine as she met Yahoo Singapore ahead of her rematch with Osman this March in Malaysia.

    Significantly, in the last few months since her contest, more people have signed up for lessons at Fight G, the gym where she works and trains at.

    On an even more relevant note, eight women have come forth for MMA trial classes – up from a grand total of zero before Lim’s fight. Of these, five are now training regularly.

    She has also become a role model for her Fight G teammates, according to

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  • By Early Doors (original post on Yahoo Eurosport can be found here)

    The above picture is one of the many reasons to be thankful to Manchester United for deciding to follow in the footsteps of many, brave, official Twitter accounts and offer followers the chance to put questions to someone famous using an 'Ask' hashtag.

    However, given the way United's season has gone so far - and especially how many of their fans hold their meek midfield showings as particularly responsible for their shortcomings - #AskCarrick has Early Doors eager to pose the Red Devils a Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? question of its own:

    "So, you've finally jumped on the Twitter bandwagon after years of missing out on guaranteed social media presence with only a scarcely-known 'press office' account. You wish to make up for lost time and give fans a chance to grill a first team player. Do you:

    A) Wait for an optimum moment - i.e. when United are back in the top four or have just defeated a significant rival club

    B) Do it

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  • Photo courtesy of Revolution

    Passionate about cars and motorsports, Cheryl Tay is a familiar face in prominent local, regional as well as international automotive titles. More of her at CherylTay.sg. and on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (cheryltay11). She also happens to be a recent gym and fitness convert.

    Here in Singapore, at the top of VivoCity mall’s scenic SkyPark, a Revolution is underway.

    You may have spotted the generous 8,200 square feet complex that, from the outside, looks to be yet another mega-gym for the increasingly fitness-obsessed denizens of Singapore.

    But Revolution, which was born just at the start of the year, is much more than that.

    The brainchild of yoga teachers Lynn Yeo and Sumei Shum also houses a spa for massages and infra-red saunas as well as a café serving healthy food – all in the name of recovering and refueling from the innovative workouts on offer.

    Revolution’s group classes run an extensive gamut from 30-minute high-intensity sessions in yoga or kickboxing to 60-minute Zumba and

    Read More »from New Singapore gym lets you work out, get massaged and grab a snack – all under one roof
  • National swimmer Nicholas Tan is the first Singaporean to model for a top European fashion house (Photo courtesy of Nicholas Tan)

    There are your standard buff, muscular male models, and then there are the slender, near-waif like ones employed by modern luxury fashion brands.
    But Nicholas Tan is a different proposition altogether, even as he holds the honour of being the first Singaporean – and first Southeast Asian – to ever model for a high-end European label.
    The 24-year-old national swimmer appears in leading Italian house Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring/Summer 2014 look-book and online campaign, despite having only recently cut his teeth in modeling.
    It is an accomplishment that Tan, a 2007 Southeast Asia Games gold-medallist, attributed to his “sporting background and healthy image”.
    D&G is also no stranger to athletes, having worked with Italian swimmers in 2009 and footballer Lionel Messi along with China badminton icon Lin Dan last year.
    “I believe the D&G man is a classically handsome gentleman, and not the typical skinny male guy,” said Tan.

    Man of many hats
    A Raffles alumnus through secondary school and

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  • Pregnant surfer an inspiration to women everywhere

    Kristina Olivares is a 34-year-old Australian woman who loves surfing so much she did it nearly every day while she was pregnant.

    The Manly, Australian woman has created a stunning video of herself surfing four days a week for 9.5 months in 2013. An experienced surfer, Olivares wrote about the difficulties her growing body posed on her blog "Surfing Pregnant."

    "It is definitely getting more challenging to surf now that I am 30 weeks pregnant," Olivares writes. "Luckily I have been surfing at least four days a week throughout my pregnancy so the changes to my body and the ways that I have had to adapt my surfing have happened gradually."

    As her body got increasingly more cumbersome, Olivares found unique ways of balancing and adapted the sport to suit her needs -- eventually learning to get up on the board from her knees rather than her stomach.

    Also see: Are you stressing your kids out?

    Yet further into her pregnancy, she explains how some people started to judge her for continuing to

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  • Richard Lenton is an experienced journalist and broadcaster. He was the editor of the critically-acclaimed but rarely bought Football Punk magazine in the UK, before heading to Singapore to present live football coverage on Mio TV. www.richardlenton.co.uk Twitter: @richardlenton

    Selection dilemmas

    Helping you choose the right players for your Yahoo! Fantasy Premier League team

    It’s no coincidence that Southampton’s mid season blip coincided with the spell that Poland international goalkeeper Artur Boruc was forced to spend on the sidelines due to a broken hand.

    With Boruc between the posts, Southampton have won eight Premier League games, drawn six and lost only twice (to Arsenal and Chelsea) – the kind of record that should see the Saints breathing down the necks of the top four. However, during his injury lay-off, when Kelvin Davis and Paulo Gazzaniga deputized, Saints failed to win a single game, drawing twice and losing the other five. Those stats alone illustrate just how

    Read More »from Fantasy Football: Southampton’s Boruc makes for a reasonably-priced addition
  • The 5 top health habits to build after Chinese New Year

    SINGAPORE - FEBRUARY 01: Customers line up to buy nuts and lollies during the final days of street sales before the Chinese New Year on February 1, 2011 in Chinatown section of Singapore. Chinese around the world are welcoming the Year of the Rabbit, one of the most anticipated holidays on the Chinese calendar. In Singapore, the Chinese make up nearly 75% of the population. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

    OK, so you are going to party this weekend.

    I get it.

    I too am also going to visit my relatives overseas and I will likely end up eating more, and exercising less that I usually do.

    That's what usually happens during a super long weekend like the Chinese new year weekend here in Singapore.

    Clients at Genesis Gym Singapore also know that they will probably have more family or social events that take them away from a generally healthy lifestyle.

    While everyone has different goals and needs accounted for in their training and nutrition plans, here are the top 5 Dos and Don'ts that the Genesis Gym team suggests for a health conscious person in Singapore looking to get back on track after the Christmas/New Year/Chinese New Year festive period.

    1. Don't rush and "over do" things because of guilt or shock over not fitting into your skinny jeans or previous belt hole setting.

    Do plan process goals that you are 100% in control of.

    For example, you may want to lose 3 inches off your waist, or

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  • You're never too old to get fit. (Photo: Team Strong Silvers)

    Passionate about cars and motorsports, Cheryl Tay is a familiar face in prominent local, regional as well as international automotive titles. More of her at CherylTay.sg. and on Facebook, Twitter orInstagram (cheryltay11). She also happens to be a recent gym and fitness convert.

    Ngai Hin Kwok runs a total of 65km every week. He can do 28 pull-ups, 33 chin-ups (palms inwards), 100 push-ups and 600 squats at a go.

    At 64, he is also a semi-retired grandfather of one.

    But ‘old’ is not how Ngai and his equally fit-as-a-fiddle friends Ng Bee Kia, 68, and Ng Siu Chi, 55, see themselves.

    Bee Kia is a former national weightlifter and retired grandfather while Siu Chi still works full-time as a car mechanic.

    The trio make it a point to exercise regularly, and meet up two to three times a month to try new routines.

    They also call themselves Team Strong Silvers – a movement formed in October last year to encourage fellow senior citizens to get active.

    (Left to right) Ng Siu Chi, Ng Bee Kia and Ngai Hin Kwok hope to encourage fellow senior citizens to lead more active lifestyles. (Photo: Cheryl Tay)

    Ngai said, “I will exercise until the day my body

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  • By Early Doors (original post on Yahoo Eurosport can be found here)

    That is the question 100 million people will see answered during Sunday’s SuperBowl.

    The latest attempt of marketers to engage their audience in an advertising campaign sees ex-footballer and general style icon David Beckham ask fans whether his new underwear commercial should finish with him #covered or #uncovered.

    That’s right, you – the people – get to choose Beckham’s state of undress. Democracy in action, one (wo)man one vote, people power and all that.

    H&M, the high-street clothing brand that produces Beckham’s pants, has prepared two endings for their 30-second TV commercial, which features the former England captain zip-wiring across a city in his undies.

    The ad culminates in Beckham arriving for a shift at a photo-shoot (for that is what he calls work these days); as he rushes to the studio, his ‘bodywear’ (for that what he calls 'pants' these days) catches on a chair, fully disrobing the hulking Adonis to leave an

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  • Amanda Tan en route to winning the HSBC Women's Champions Host Qualifying tournament on Tuesday (Photo: HSBC Women's Champions)

    Amanda Tan’s golfing career has been littered with milestones of late.

    Last year, at 14, she became the youngest golfer to represent Singapore at the Southeast Asia (SEA) Games. Her eighth place finish was the best among the three Singaporean girls competing in Myanmar.

    And now Tan has earned bragging rights as the youngest-ever entry to the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament to be held from 27 February to 2 March at Sentosa Golf Club.

    She will be the only Singaporean in a prestigious field of 63, which includes global bigwigs like Inbee Park and teen sensation Lydia Ko, who will be duking it out for the S$1.8 million purse.

    One playing spot is awarded to the host country every year – and so far, every Singaporean occupying it has returned the favour by finishing last.

    That less-than-illustrious benchmark is something Tan, like the rest before her, is determined to “beat”.

    “I would love to come in the top 30, top 20,” the Secondary Three student at Singapore Sports School said bravely. “I

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