Q What is your secret to looking fabulous?
A Being comfortable with who you are and keeping a positive outlook really help.
Q Was there ever a time when you weren't fit and fab?
A I had horrible acne up until I was 17 years old and I was also severely underweight. I think I had questionable fashion and hairstyle choices in my teen years too.
Q What was the turning point for you?
A It was towards the end of my national service stint when I was sick of being labelled as a scrawny boy. I felt that people viewed me as weak and thus more likely to be taken advantage of.
Sometimes, I felt that I was the type that others would not take a second look at and all this affected my self-esteem.
Q What are your fitness goals?
A To put on a little more muscle mass and reduce my body fat percentage. I've put on 20kg since I started, so now I need to fine-tune my body and improve my stamina.
Q What are your indulgences?
A Sushi is life. My own sushi bill at a restaurant can come up to $60.
Q How important is it for you to keep up with your fitness routine?
A Extremely. I feel sluggish and uncomfortable if I don't work out for more than three days. I plan workouts around my class schedule and social activities are planned around them.
Sometimes, I use workouts as a means to socialise, encouraging my friends to exercise and teaching them the correct techniques while catching up with them.
Q How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?
A There were times when I chose to go to the gym instead of hanging out with friends, but I suppose everyone has different priorities.
Do what feels right for you to live the kind of life you envision.
Q What is the most extreme thing you have done in the name of fitness or diet?
A When I was adding bulk, I ate seven to eight eggs and four bananas, in addition to four meals a day.
Q How has your active lifestyle influenced your family?
A Not much, but I do give advice on healthy or unhealthy food choices and how important it is to be active.
Q What are your favourite and least favourite parts of your body?
A I don't really have a favourite but, in terms of what has shown most improvement, I'd say it's my chest. My calves, on the other hand, have shown the least improvement.
MOHAMED HANIF MOHAMED MUSTHAFAH
Mr Mohamed Hanif used to be an art teacher and then a full-time personal trainer, before he returned to school.
He is now doing a communications course at the Singapore Institute of Management, while working part-time in digital marketing. He is considering a career in public relations or digital marketing when he graduates.
He lives with his aunt, a 69-year-old housewife.
Q How does your workout plan affect your daily diet?
A I eat more on workout days to get sufficient nutrients to repair and grow my muscles. I usually eat less on the days that I don't work out.
Q Would you go for plastic surgery?
A I have thought of it but I don't think I would do it. There are much better ways to spend money to enhance my quality of life, such as good food or travel.
Q What is the biggest sacrifice you have made to stay fit and fab?
A At first, I felt that it reduced the time I had to relax, socialise and spend time with family. But after working out became a habit, I feel like I don't know what else to do with the time anyway.
Q Do you think you're sexy?
A I have been told that before, but I think I'm too clumsy and awkward sometimes.