Learning to work out smarter helped Roxanne become healthier and regain confidence.
On top of teaching yoga at a gym six times a week, Roxanne Gan mixes crossfit into her regular workout routine, and is armed with a goal to do three unbroken strict pull-ups by the end of 2018. The 29-year-old doesn’t believe in depriving herself of indulgences like French fries or fried chicken. To her, life is all about balance and sustainability. Get to know Roxanne with these eight facts about her health and fitness journey.
In the past, she gained 10kg in just 8 months.
Besides stress from work and relationship issues, Roxanne’s weight gain was partly due to over-exercising. Despite an initial weight loss, her body was burnt out as she ignored its cries for rest, which made the kilos pile. “I struggled with body image issues for four years. My self-esteem hit an all-time low and I just wanted to hide at home every day,” she says. She later learnt to work out smarter – listening to her body and resting when she needed to – and slowly started to shed the excess weight.
Yoga helped her overcome her fears.
“I was so afraid of going upside down and falling when learning inversions,” she says. Not only did Roxanne get stronger and more flexible from practising yoga over the years, but she also learnt to believe in herself, especially when trying out new and challenging moves.
She chased her yoga-teaching dream and made it a reality.
Nine years ago, she took her first yoga class. Inspired by her yoga teachers back then, she decided to become one herself, to encourage others to learn yoga and help them make positive changes in their lives. To save up for her Yoga Teacher Training course while still in university, she took up part-time jobs such as giving tuition and teaching spin classes in the gym. All that effort was worth it – becoming a yoga teacher has been her proudest achievement thus far.
Her fitness inspiration is herself.
After all those trials and tribulations, Roxanne reminds herself of her personal fitness journey whenever she faces struggles. “I hope to be an inspiration to my future children,” she says.
She never flees from a workout.
It’s easy for her to skip a workout, especially since she spends most of her week at the gym for work. “However, when I think of how great it makes me feel afterwards, I quickly change into my workout attire, pack my bag and head to the gym,” she says.
To her, being fit is not the end goal.
Even though she first signed up for a gym membership during her university days with the motivation to get fitter, Roxanne rides on a different mantra today. “Fit is not a destination, it is a way of life,” she says.
She really loves peanut butter waffles.
While she typically keeps her lunches clean with brown rice, salmon, eggs and greens, she eats whatever she craves for when it comes to dinner. Follow her on Instagram stories and you’ll often see her munching on a peanut butter waffle after a workout sesh.
She’s not worried about getting in shape for her wedding.
While most brides sweat over looking their best for their wedding, Roxanne remains calm and collected. “I probably would be anxious if I haven’t been working out but I’m very disciplined and consistent when it comes to training. Moreover, my active lifestyle really makes me feel good and confident about myself, so, for now, there’s no stress leading up to the big day,” she says.