Hot Bods

Xu Weijie, 22


Height: 1.82m Weight: 73kg

Exercise regimen: I have dragon-boat training four times a week. Two of those sessions are devoted to land training, where we do a 4km run and an intensive weights circuit training which works the whole body. The other two sessions are at sea where we do drills and race. I like the sport as it requires both strength and endurance.

Diet: I eat a lot of vegetables and high-protein food such as meat and protein shake. As I burn a lot of calories, I made sure I take enough carbs. My emphasis is having a balanced diet. I drink a lot of water but not fizzy stuff.

Shila Rohaizat, 31

Flight attendant

Height: 1.68m Weight: 58kg

Exercise regimen: I took up bodybuilding last October. Then, I was underweight at 48kg. Now, I work out in the gym five to six times a week, exercising every muscle group in a week. I place emphasis on my legs and shoulders, my weakest areas. As I am naturally skinny, I have to constantly challenge myself by lifting heavy weights. For cardio, I climb stairs in sets, twice a week.

Diet: Since embarking on bodybuilding, I have doubled my intake of carbs but I avoid food that is oily and salty. I eat four meals a day. I eat unrefined carbs, fruits, vegetables and lean meat that is grilled or baked.

Text and pictures by Lim Sin Thai

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 11, 2015, with the headline 'HotBods'. Print Edition | Subscribe