Hot Bods

Talha Abdullah Adib (left) and Tan Shi Yin.
Talha Abdullah Adib (left) and Tan Shi Yin.

Talha Abdullah Adib bin Abdul Majid, 26, Occupational therapy student

Height: 1.77m Weight: 69kg

Exercise regimen: I'm a full-time student so my training is based on my university timetable. My training is mainly Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ); during term break, I can train four times a week at my BJJ gym, maybe three during school term and once during exam/assignments week. To maintain my fitness during this period, I normally do a five-minute static workout (push-up, sit-up and squat) with a classmate during recess. It's a bonding and heart-pumping session with them.

Diet: This has to be realistic and should not affect my occupation. For instance, I love to eat bread. To compensate for that, I abstain from sweet drinks. When dining out, I avoid eating meat, unless the place serves a good cut of beef. Hence my diet is predominantly vegetable, eggs and seafood.


Tan Shi Yin, 23, Fresh graduate

Height: 1.56m Weight: 52kg

Exercise regimen: I do Brazilian jiu-jitsu three nights a week. On other days, I switch to weightlifting, running, sprints and other forms of athletic conditioning. I prefer doing martial arts to keep fit as it is fun, engaging, and I learn something new every day.

Diet: I don't have a restricted diet unless I am competing. But I try to make sure I get enough nutrients from the food I eat. This is done by ensuring there is a solid amount of fruits and vegetables in my meals, and also eating enough protein and carbs to recover from my gruelling training sessions. I generally avoid alcohol and carbonated drinks.

Text and pictures by Gavin Foo

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 08, 2018, with the headline 'Hot Bods'. Print Edition | Subscribe