Are Chinese Martial Arts A Good Way To Build Muscles And Fitness? Yes, Says This Singaporean

Leroy Koh Chong Wei, a polytechnic student, shares how Chinese martial arts has helped him stay fit and strong. 

Height: 1.75m Weight: 76kg

Exercise regimen: I go to the gym five to six times a week, focusing on different body parts each day. I like to incorporate different workouts to make things more interesting and keep my muscles growing. I have been engaged in Chinese martial arts since the age of eight. I also play basketball and football with my friends, and they double as cardio sessions for me.

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Diet: As the saying goes, abs are made in the kitchen. My diet consists primarily of fruit and vegetables with different choice cuts of meat. An example would be oats, eggs, and strawberries to start the day, followed by pasta with chicken breasts or fish fillets. I try my best to avoid all fast food if possible. Also, I refrain from snacking on processed foods such as potato chips or french fries. I love hawker food which provides me with a plethora of choices given Singapore’s diverse cultures. Stingray with belacan chilli always hits the spot for me.

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Text and pictures by Alphonsus Chern. A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 01, 2017, with the headline ‘Hot Bods’.