2. Why did you choose CrossFit?
I was drawn to the idea of overall fitness in a well rounded fashion, the community aspect of like-minded driven individuals, and the accountability that come with tracking achievements. Oh, and the gym was 0.5 blocks from me, score! I was very disappointed when the gym had to move 30 ft down the street further away from me… but I’m still here.
3. What changes in your health, physique and overall performance have you seen since starting CrossFit?
My ass has never been bubblier. Some black girls even said I have a nice Ghetto Bootie. That says a lot! I’m in the best shape of my life, and only getting better every week. I’ve actually become a more productive & efficient business person since I started devoting several hours a week into Crossfit. If there was ever an example of a man aging finely with time, it’s me, and not just because of my non-ageing Asian genes – it’s the work put in at the gym.
4. What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting CrossFit?
If Troy’s being an hard-ass to you, it’s because he believes in your ability to become better. Focus on form & basic lifting techniques first and move your way up. Rome was not built in a day, so keep a good pace, train hard but also be reasonable in your resistance load. And get rest. Your joints & muscles need time to recover. Eventually you will build up the stamina to go 5~6 days a week, but not right away.
5. What is your favourite CrossFit exercise?
Muscle Ups, because it was something I thought, in 2012, that I would never be able to do. And I proved myself wrong 3 years later, so it’s symbolic for me to believe in the seemingly impossible.
6. What is your favourite activity outside of CrossFit?
Soccer, but I gave it up due to repeated ankle injuries that may slow me down in Crossfit gains. It was like choosing between the devoted wife and the hot mistress; at some point one of them has to hit the road…
7. What is your proudest accomplishment at CrossFit?
Strict Ring Muscle Ups, 342 lbs backsquat and 425 lbs deadlift. Not bad for a skinny little nerd, right?
8. Have you made any changes to your diet?
I eat a lot more but I maintain weight thanks to the added muscle mass and sheer volume of activity. My macro composition shifted to reduce carbs a bit and increase protein, but not a lot – I was never really in any terrible form when it came to my food intake.
9. Is there something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m not as much of a man-whore as my nickname suggests (Ladies Man).
10. What/who inspires you the most?
It’s easy to pick the most experienced/strongest coaches. But apart from the obvious, when I see the newer members stick with it for 6+ months and start getting to that next level, it inspires me the most – you need to be better than who you were yesterday before you can compete outwards. It all starts from the bottom, and build up from there.