FITNESS

This Singapore Fitness Influencer Got His Ripped Physique In 6 Years!

  • From Active and Fit to Ripped and Aesthetic
    1 / 10 From Active and Fit to Ripped and Aesthetic

    Age:
    23

    Occupation:
    Full-time Student at NUS & Freelance Personal Trainer

    There’s no question that Leonard Tay (@mad_aesthetics) has an impressive physique, and it’s his active lifestyle and track & field background that paved the way for what he achieved today. Prior to his foray into the world of bodybuilding and weightlifting, his exercises were more focused on helping him in his sport. However, true to his Instagram handle, his training eventually took a different turn. After six years of serious training, his dedication to building a chiselled physique resulted in his ripped and aesthetic body you see today.

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  • How did you get into fitness?
    2 / 10 How did you get into fitness?

    I have always been actively playing sports since young. It was only until I went to Junior College that I started to invest more time in the gym. Before that, gym sessions were more focused on strength & performance, specifically in the sport of Track & Field.

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  • How’s life like showing your fitness life on Instagram?
    3 / 10 How’s life like showing your fitness life on Instagram?

    I would like to think that some of my posts & the knowledge that I’ve shared have helped my followers with their fitness journey. I get messages from some of my followers asking for fitness advice and I do what I can to help with that. And I’m certainly grateful for the sponsorships & support that I’ve been receiving thus far. I think there’s also accountability once you start sharing your fitness journey with others and that’s one of the reasons why I’m always hungry for progress.

     

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  • How did you come up with your Instagram handle?
    4 / 10 How did you come up with your Instagram handle?

    To be frank, that was about 7 years back and it was a random thought.

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  • What kind of posts often get you the most likes?
    5 / 10 What kind of posts often get you the most likes?

    Topless photos taken by photographers!

     

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  • Do you get fitness-related questions from your followers?
    6 / 10 Do you get fitness-related questions from your followers?

    Yes. Most are very generic questions on training, diet and supplements. I also get enquiries on Personal Training.

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  • What’s your favourite body part to train?
    7 / 10 What’s your favourite body part to train?

    Legs because I just started training them 2-3 years ago and I look forward to making major improvements.

     

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  • What’s your usual diet like?
    8 / 10 What’s your usual diet like?

    I adopt a flexible-diet approach. My diet can vary on a daily basis but I still aim to hit my macronutrient target.

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  • How do you stay motivated?
    9 / 10 How do you stay motivated?

    I set small realistic goals to hit in the short run. I think it’s also important to surround yourself with like-minded people who are driven to succeed.

     

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  • Any tips for people who want to get fit?
    10 / 10 Any tips for people who want to get fit?

    Very often I see people beating themselves up because they compare themselves with others. Understand that everyone learns & makes progress at different rates so be patient. Don’t be afraid to try different training methods and activities to find something that is sustainable for you.

    All images from @mad_aesthetics.

    By Gilbert Wong, Men’s Health Content Producer

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