Hot Bods

Wesley Chow, 38
Tailor's apprentice

Height: 1.71m Weight: 63.5kg

Exercise regimen: I do heavy strength training three to four times a week, focusing on upper and lower body exercises on alternate days. I use heavy weights for most of my compound lifts. Occasionally I throw in moderate weights for some isolation exercises. On my non-strength training days, I do kettlebell swings in the tabata method or switch it up with high-intensity interval training on the treadmill. I keep my cardio sessions short, no more than 20 minutes.

Diet: I've been practising intermittent fasting for more than five years. I'll skip breakfast and have a plain cup of tea or black coffee without sugar, milk or creamer. I work out in the late morning on an empty stomach and eat something light for lunch. For dinner, I eat anything I want. I seldom take protein supplements.

Kareen Lai, 33

Height: 1.65m Weight: 56kg

Exercise regimen: As a mother of twins, I try to exercise and keep myself active daily, even if it's just for 15 minutes. My workout routines revolve around a mixture of runs, weight exercises at home or the playground. I also swim, climb and do yoga once a week. In a sense, mixing up all these activities keeps the body working by surprising it with different movements and challenges.

Diet: My diet consists mainly of greens, quinoa, brown rice, mushrooms, whole grains, beans and green smoothies. I eat meat once a day. I have almond nut butter and cacao fudge or overnight oats for breakfast. I stay away from deep-fried food, canned drinks and processed food that is everywhere in supermarkets. But I do enjoy artisan bread, and a good slice of cake.

Text and pictures by Neo Xiaobin

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 27, 2016, with the headline 'HotBods'. Print Edition | Subscribe