Sophie Mong got her body wedding-ready, thanks to a personalised fitness and nutrition plan.
Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, and Sophie Mong was no different. The 27-year-old project manager at a market intelligence company had specific body goals in mind for her big day in October last year – and took steps to turn her dreams into a reality.
Sophie was already working out thrice weekly, doing mainly weight training and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) at the gym. But she felt that getting into the best shape possible wasn’t something she could do her own, so she engaged a personal trainer – Fazruh from TripleFit – to create a fitness and nutrition programme for her. She wanted to tone her arms and back, plus get a flat stomach, so that she could fit nicely into a figure-hugging wedding gown.
After three months, she achieved the results she wanted – and more. While weight loss wasn’t one of her goals, Sophie also lost 2kg and her body fat percentage dropped from 23 to 20 per cent. The decrease in body fat made her look super lean.
Here, Sophie shares more about her wedding prep and her love for gym workouts.
What was your fitness regime leading up to the wedding like?
Sophie: “I did resistance training four to five times a week and incorporated steady-state cardio into my workouts twice a week. For resistance training, I trained both the upper-body push and pull muscles using dumbbells and resistance bands. Examples of the exercises I did included pull-ups, lateral raises, push-ups, overhead presses and tricep pushdowns. I stopped doing HIIT workouts during this period as I was on a strict diet. My trainer wanted me to increase my calorie burn without over-stressing my body.”
Tell us more about this strict diet you were on.
Sophie: “I was on a high-fat, high-protein and low-carb diet. I ate salads most of the time, as well as lots of chicken, beef and white fish. I had to give up carbs like bread, rice and noodles.”
Was it easy or difficult going on this diet?
Sophie: “It was tough in the beginning because I love my carbs. Giving up the foods I like the most was indeed a challenge, but I’m glad I overcame this challenge. I was really happy with the results of the programme. It’s amazing to see how your body can change when you supply it with different foods and nutrients.”
What should someone should be aware of before signing up for personal training?
Sophie: “You need to be comfortable with your trainer, so spend some time with him or her first to make sure he or she understands the goals that you wish to achieve. There’s usually a free consultation or trial session you can go for to help you suss him or her out. Qualifications are key too in my opinion. Look for someone who demonstrates a range of skills.”
What benefits have you gained from doing gym workouts over the years?
Sophie: “Strength, without a doubt. Working out has somehow given me that extra boost of confidence. I feel more comfortable in my own skin. Plus, my immune system is stronger. I also love how working out at the gym feels like active meditation. It helps me release stress and focus better.”
What do you look for in gym gear?
Sophie: “Versatility and comfort are important when it comes to gear like high-waisted tights, sports bras and tops. Tops must also be sweat-wicking as I perspire a lot during my workouts. For shoes, bright-coloured ones always win me over. I also like footwear that is lightweight, breathable and fashionable so I can wear them from the gym to a date.
Shop The Look
Check out the Adidas gear that Sophie is wearing.
Clockwise from left:
The Adidas Climachill Striped Tank Top ($59) made of mesh-like fabric will keep you cool as you sweat it out at the gym. Its loose fit and racer-back cut allow you to move with ease as you do upper-body exercises.
The Adidas Cmmttd Chill Bra ($89) will give your girls the support they need during HIIT workouts. Enjoy a personalised fit, thanks to the moulded padded cups, adjustable straps, and hook and eye closure.
The Adidas Ultraboost Laceless Shoes ($320) can be used anytime, rain or shine. The grippy, flexible outsoles provide good traction on all terrains, including wet surfaces. The responsive cushioning makes running, jumping and other explosive movements feel effortless. And the laceless slip-on design is another plus point.
The Adidas Two-in-One Mesh Shorts ($49) are stylish and functional. Made of breathable premium fabric, the inner tights provide extra coverage so you can move freely without having to worry any potential mishaps.
All products are available at shop.adidas.com.sg.
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