Singapore #fitfind of the week_ alex ang _ fit to post sports – yahoo sports singapore


The women have their limelight in Monday’s #Fitspo. Now it’s the men’s turn. The Yahoo #FitFind series is a new weekly feature every Wednesday dedicated to all fit men out there. Know of any who deserve to be featured? Hit me up on CherylTay. sg and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (cheryltaysg).

Alex Ang. Photo: Cheryl Tay

Name: Alex Ang (IG: @mymonkeywrench)

Age: 24

Height: 167cm



Occupation: Freelance Personal Trainer

Status: Attached

Diet: Flexible dieting/If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM); has a set of macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) to follow daily; cooks 80% of his meals

Training: Hits the weights 5 times a week – 2 of them are strength training consisting of upper and lower split, and the other 3 are hypertrophy training consisting of chest and arms, legs, shoulder and back

When did you first go to the gym?

I joined my clique of friends at the gym weekly during our school break to try something new since I didn’t have much going on during the holidays then. I used to be a very weak and skinny kid and seeing growth in both strength and muscles really motivated me to keep going back to the gym.

Why did you decide to become a trainer?

After training for about a year, I was intrigued by the complexity of kinesiology and nutrition, thus I decided to take up courses on them and also get certified as a personal trainer. Another reason is also because I’ve seen a lot of my friends and gym-goers either facing problem in achieving their goals or using a wrong method to approach a training barrier. There was when I decided to step up and find a solution to achieve their goals.

What are some of the inspiring testimonials you have about your clients?

One of my current clients, my most senior client of 65 years old, is a great inspiration to me. He came to me with mild cervical spondylosis and was initially stiff in most of the movements and exercises I put him through. But as he progressed with consistent training of twice a week for four months, the pain around his neck has subsidied and he is now able to execute a 2x10kg weighted front squat with proper form.

Alex Ang. Photo: Cheryl Tay

As a trainer, is there any pressure on you to look good to lead as an example to your clients?

I always believe in practising what I preach. I will never get my clients to do something that I’ve never experienced. I also believe that in order to lead someone to somewhere, you first have to reach there, then you are able to understand the process and hard work that the person has to go through.

What are your fitness philosophies?

Don’t be a slave to your body, but instead make your body work for you; as you train you should train smart and take control of your body and not let it take control of you; don’t chase fatigue, chase performance.

Did you ever feel not confident about your body before?

Yes, when I was scrawny and the smallest kid in the school, always wishing that I had more mass. I was only 45kg at the age of 16!

Are you satisfied with your body now?

Never satisfied! Haha I’ve came a long way from a skinny kid to the current physique I have now but I always believe that no matter what stage you are at, there’s always room for improvement.

The folks at the hawker centre often compliment my physique and I do get compliments elsewhere too but most of the time, the conversation ends up with them asking me for training tips.

Why is it important to lead an active lifestyle?

An active lifestyle will increase your chance of a healthy life. There’s a quote: “Use it or lose it”. It basically means as we age, we lose fitness because we lose cells. Therefore it’s important to lead an active lifestyle and engage in some form of exercise; even the lightest exercise will serve your body some benefit. No matter what, just keep your body in motion!

Alex Ang. Photo: Cheryl Tay

What are some of the misconceptions that society has about fitness now?

I can’t stress this enough but most of the people are engaging in heavy cardio and eating minimal food to achieve their fitness goals, especially ladies. They are missing out resistance training and a whole lot of nutrients from these unhealthy dieting. Nutrients are the most important when it comes to improving physique and level of fitness.

People need to stop following fad diets and 30-day fitness challenges. Plan a sustainable exercise programme according to their needs and something that they are able to stick to it for long and not drop out after 30 days.