My friends who know me well know that I’m not the most physically active person. But with a new year Ive decided that it’s time to balance out my lifestyle and actually get more exercise.
I recently accompanied my manager to Fitness First at The Curve in Mutiara Damansara on 6 January 2016 for the launch of the new season of Fit for Fashion (F4F). The programme is airing on Star World at 8.00pm on Thursdays, and is an inspirational, first-of-its-kind reality TV show which aims to motivate its viewers to start their own transformational journeys, with even tougher challenges and more drama between the contestants. There are two more episodes left in season 2 so better catch them quick!
Just a little background on the show - Fit for Fashion is the first-ever reality TV shows that brings together the world fitness and fashion. The 10-episode series follows the journey of 14 individuals from different countries and age groups seeking to transform their lives. Over the course of 10 weeks, the 14 individuals will seek to redefine their bodies, self-image and self-confidence with the help of fashion experts; Louise Roe and Todd Anthony Tyler, and trainers; Mitch Chilson and Christine Bullock.
The panel of judges.
Kurt Stocks, Country Manager for Fitness First Malaysia, shared, “Fit for Fashion Season 1 was very influential and popular in Malaysia. It was great to see how it helped many people realise the importance of fitness in transforming their lives. The show gives us a great platform to share knowledge about how to get the best out of our bodies and get to where we want to be in life. In Season 2, we are building in interactive elements into the show including innovative tools such as CustomFit and a carefully designed 10-Week Get Fit Programme2. These two ‘bonus’ features will enhance the overall experience for fans of Fit for Fashion as they will get a taste of the contestants’ training and hopefully start their own transformations wherever they are.”
Throughout the course of the show, contestants faced a number of fitness and fashion challenges. The contestants then flaunt their newly transformed bodies and self-confidence, in some of the trendiest high street fashion labels available on ZALORA.com
These are the 14 contestant that are in season 2, well whoever who is left:
Lookpong Punyabhuti, Thailand (Eliminated)
Jess Punch, Singapore
Vicki Wheeler, Australia (Eliminated)
Kyle Ramirez, Philippines
Freska ‘Cika’ Darnadi, Indonesia (Eliminated)
Jackie Zapata, USA & Philippines
Michael Gelonesi, Australia (Eliminated)
Anthony D. Walker, aka Anthony Dupree, USA (Eliminated)
Katherine Patrick, Australia (Eliminated)
Vladimir Musson, Russia & Australia (Eliminated)
Sam Gaskin, Australia
Deena Marzuki, Malaysia (Eliminated)
Marlon Dance-Hooi, Malaysia, Singapore & Australia
Attila CK, Malaysia & Hungary (Eliminated)
In conjunction with Fit for Fashion season two, Fitness First Malaysia has also activated their own competition called the 10-Week Challenge which will see 24 contestants and 12 personal trainers in total (two contestants and a trainer from each Fitness First gym) competing for star prizes from Fitness First and partners including ZALORA Malaysia, Purely B, Clinique, Uber, Goodday, Happy Fresh, Signature Snacks and Mongoose Publishing’s Men’s Health and Women’s Health.
During the screening they also launched BioScore – a bespoke health and fitness assessment which determines your biological or ‘fitness age,’ compared to your real age which features in F4F season two.
Unlike other health fitness assessments, BioScore doesn’t look at bodyweight or body fat percentage, but instead, focuses on other key metrics. The assessment is conducted by a trained specialist, and comprises a series of health and fitness tests, and a comprehensive lifestyle questionnaire, in order to obtain a more holistic picture of a person’s health:
Health test: This element of the test looks at the status of key vital statistics including height to waist ratio, lung function and blood pressure.
Getting my blood pressure reading.
Testing my lung function, me blowing as hard as I could into the test device (The mouth piece is discarded once used).
The trainer taking my height and waist measurements
Fitness test: This element includes a series of short and simple exercises to assess aerobic fitness, power, strength, flexibility, agility and core endurance. Exercises include a TRX row, standing jumps, core endurance drills, hexagonal agility, and a 500m row.
This was not easy – I had to carry a 6kg weight for this.
For someone like me who rarely exercises, this was quite a challenge.
The exercises tested my core strength, stamina and dexterity.
The planking was also not as easy as I imagined. After awhile my whole body started shaking after a while!
The agility test was quite fun. I was required to jump in and out of the hexagon without my feet landing on the line. If I touched the line, it would add more time to the actual time I achieve.
Good thing I had a few tries as the first two times I did land up on the line. This requires a lot of coordination.
The TRX exercises were pretty interesting and I had to pull up my own body weight in this activity.
I’m smiling in this shot but the 500m row really REALLY required a lot of stamina!
This was my time for the row.
Lifestyle test: This element goes beyond the physical with a questionnaire that looks at lifestyle choices in and out of the gym, such as nutrition, stress levels, sleep and drinking habits to build a bigger picture of one’s health.
The friendly and professional trainer – Kenny – who took me through my BioScore assessment explaining how to fill up the questionnaire.
My BioScore was quite bad and I think I should do something about my lifestyle
Once the assessment has taken place, results from all three tests will be analysed to determine one’s BioScore – a number which will either be higher or lower than one’s actual age. A person’s BioScore is the difference between the biological age and actual age, and this will be either a plus (+) or a minus (-) score displayed in years. For example, a person whose actual age is 33 years old, but whose assessment scores result in him or her being 38 years old will have a BioScore of +5. I also found out that there is a promo happening right now for the BioScore, you can now purchase one BioScore at RM99 and get another assesment absolutely FREE! You guys should go check it out.
With everything going mobile these days, Fitness First also launched their CustomFit app which is available for FREE to the public since January on both iOS and Android platforms.
The CustomFit app is a unique digital training system that has been designed by Fitness First’s very own experts around the Theory of Intrinsic Motivation, to help users to develop their intrinsic motivation to get fit. The Theory of Intrinsic motivation refers to behavior that is driven by internal rewards. For example, the motivation to engage in a behavior such as regular exercise arises from within the individual because it is intrinsically rewarding and will lead to a healthier lifestyle.
The app features a library of over 800 exercises (with video content) and a Fitness LogicTM system, which will get to know users’ preferences and deliver a set of inspiring personalised workouts to their phones. Through CustomFit, users will be able to track, analyse and share their progress, while comparing their Personal Bests with other likeminded people via leaderboards – anytime, anywhere. It will also be able to collect data such as steps, weight and height from any devices that push data to Apple Health and Google Health, and collect its own data such as workout frequency and length, as well as calories burned, which users can use to fine tune their fitness programmes.
The ’10-Week Get Fit Programme’ which is available on Fitness First’s CustomFit App that has been designed to take you on a fitness and nutrition journey so you can have a taste of what the Fit for Fashion Season 2 contestants will experience over the course of the 10 episode season. It was created by Fitness First with input from Mitch Chilson, trainer and judge on Fit for Fashion, and a panel of experts recruited by Fitness First.
Stop giving excuses, a healthier lifestyle has just been made a lot more convinient by Fitness First. For a dose of inspiration, watch the contestants transform their lives on www.fitforfashion.tv
If you’re like me and want to do something about your health and fitness this year, I suggest to head on over and grab this free trial pass! http://www.facebook.com/fitnessfirstmalaysia
Click the links below to get your hands on the CustomFit app for FREE: