FITNESS

5 Singapore Muslim Fitness Trainers Share How To Continue Working Out During Ramadan

  • Shaik Humarhamdani, Team Leader, Virgin Active Raffles Place
    1 / 5 Shaik Humarhamdani, Team Leader, Virgin Active Raffles Place

    “Many use this period as an opportunity to get rid of stubborn weight. Although, you will also tend to lose muscle because of the calorie deficit. My advice is to ensure that you have ample carbohydrates and protein. For example, I usually have two or three eggs on normal mornings, but during Ramadan I’ll have up to five eggs.”

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  • Muhd Hasbullah Bin Yusoff, Personal Trainer, Pure Fitness Singapore
    2 / 5 Muhd Hasbullah Bin Yusoff, Personal Trainer, Pure Fitness Singapore

    Whether you lose all the gains you’ve made this year, or not, may depend on the body type of each person, says Has. “I burn plenty of calories even at rest and it’s worse during fasting. Hence during Ramadan, I’d focus on maintaining my strength by doing heavy compound lifts but with less reps. And choose steady-state cardio over high-intensity interval training as it minimises muscle breakdown, while promoting active recovery.”

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  • Laila White, Managing Director, Elite Fit
    3 / 5 Laila White, Managing Director, Elite Fit

    “I have clients who fast be it for religious reasons or personal body achievement, and my advice is always to listen to your body; rest a bit longer and don’t be overly hard on yourself for the lack of energy. Your muscles will also look smaller or flatter as you’re not drinking water or eating anything the whole day. This is due to the loss of muscle glycogen. When you break fast, you will fill your muscles back up again. Eating healthier foods improves the quality of your muscle mass.”

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  • Penek Sitnumnoi, Instructor, Evolve MMA
    4 / 5 Penek Sitnumnoi, Instructor, Evolve MMA

    “I usually wake up around 4AM and have rice, soup, noodles, meat, vegetables and fruit (basically regular food) to fuel myself up for the day. At around 5AM I go back to bed for a few hours before heading for classes and training. When it’s time to break fast, I’ll have dates as part of tradition before a regular meal with good and complex carbs. It takes a lot of discipline, but you can do it if you set your mind to it.”

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  • Muhammad Ismail (Coach Shrek), Personal Trainer, Ritual
    5 / 5 Muhammad Ismail (Coach Shrek), Personal Trainer, Ritual

    “By the end of 30 days of fasting, the body is definitely back to 100 percent. That’s also when I usually make the most improvements in training, especially the first few weeks after Ramadan.”

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