women’s month features

Janell TAN


Certified Poliquin Personal

Trainer and Applied BioSignature 

Transformations Practitioner

IG @nellclimbs

Share with us your story in overcoming a challenge which came up over the past year?


The past year have been filled with a lot of personal growth as I decided to take the time off from work to focus on myself in December 2020. The greatest challenge was dealing with my own self-doubt and fear of change. Little did I know, this has by far been the best change I’ve ever made for myself. Learning to trust myself and what the Universe has in store for me was the stepping stone to overcoming these limiting beliefs. When we are caught up in the distractions of everyday life, it’s easy to forget to take time out for ourselves. Far too often are we focused on the external factors of life, we lose sight of our internal emotions and struggles. But really, the greatest challenge in life is to face our true selves - bare, unfiltered, the good and bad thoughts. All of which shape the way we live life. For that, I am grateful for the awareness, time and opportunity to dig deep with the intention of discovering my authentic self.


What's an inspiring moment you have encountered with the women that you've coached/worked with, and how has that impacted on you?


Every moment that I have to coach a client inspires me. The sheer fact that they are willing to show up and put in the work, unafraid to show how hungry they are to achieve whatever goals that they have set for themselves. Nothing inspires me more than seeing someone work hard towards becoming the best versions of themselves. For me, it is truly an honour to be a part of their journeys.


As a fitness professional and wellness enthusiast, what is one advice you'd give to women in seeking the lifestyle that you encourage?


Don’t be afraid to challenge the norm! You are not meant to fit into a box so let’s disrupt the stereotypes. Get out there, explore. This is your life to live so don’t let anyone tell you what you should or should not DO, how you should or should not FEEL. Your personal narrative does not depend on the opinion of others. “Don’t lift weights because you’re gonna be bulky” no longer cuts it as an excuse to not try something for yourself. But here’s an actionable piece of advice: if you want to learn something new, get a coach (not some IG influencer). EDUCATE yourselves. Knowledge is the greatest superpower in creating change.

DIANE Chia


Wellness Strategist

IG @dianejchia

Share with us your story in overcoming a challenge which came up over the past year?


Like everyone else in the world, COVID threw a lot of challenges our way. If you asked me what MoveAsOne was going to be early last year, I would’ve said Malaysia’s first wellness, music and lifestyle festival but as most of you know, it’s now a video on demand and live streaming platform focused on fitness. Learning to be agile and pivot quickly (away from “the dream”) is definitely a challenge but one that I believe will pay off. 


What's an inspiring moment you have encountered with the women that you've coached/worked with, and how has that impacted on you?


So many - I’m blessed to be able to say that the women around me continue to inspire me.


When it comes to coaching, it’s been incredible to see so many women fall in love with fitness, their bodies and exude such gratitude for us instructors. 


As a fitness professional and wellness enthusiast, what is one advice you'd give to women in seeking the lifestyle that you encourage?


One of the most difficult aspects of wellness for women today is incorporating a healthy lifestyle through nutrition hence why I created Dee Snacks and I love what Taf Meals offers! 


So while 100% natural, sugar free, gluten free labels may not sound appetising, have an open mind and give it a go - your body will thank you I promise! Same goes for fitness - you never know unless you try (& there a million types of workouts so I’m sure one will be right up your alley)!

Adele wong


Dietitian & Nutritionist

IG @adelewlp

Share with us your story in overcoming a challenge which came up over the past year?


One thing I constantly battle with especially with running my own business is imposter syndrome. A few months ago, I doubted myself and all the work I did, feeling incompetent, incapable and unworthy. I spent DAYS overthinking, overanalysing and crying. It came to a point where it consumed me and my days became unproductive. It is something that comes up every now and then. I have not fully overcome it but I am trying to change how I approach it. Instead of letting it paralyse me into inaction, I’m going to use it to continue to grow and challenge what I know/do. And at the same time, giving myself some compassion. 


You are your only limit. Sometimes we just need to keep showing up and believe that we DO have what it takes. 


What's an inspiring moment you have encountered with the women that you've coached/worked with, and how has that impacted on you?


When they are bold enough to PUSH their boundaries, set ambitious goals, challenge their limits and achieve what they set out to do, be it with nutrition or exercise. And they usually do this while juggling EVERYTHING else going on in life - kids, family, work, cooking etc. They truly motivate and inspire me to DO BETTER every day and that nothing is impossible when you set your heart and mind to it. 


As a fitness professional and wellness enthusiast, what is one advice you'd give to women in seeking the lifestyle that you encourage?


Pursue your health and fitness goals from a place of self love, self care and gratitude. Oftentimes, we pursue these things because we are unhappy with how we look or how much we weigh. I see this a lot in my clients. And it usually drives unhealthy mindsets and behaviours around food and exercise. However, health and fitness is MORE than just achieving a certain look. Fitness is your body’s ability to train, adapt, grow and develop. You provide repeated physiological stimulus that will ultimately result in the development of many systems that will allow you to perform at higher capacities. While it is absolutely ok to have aesthetic goals, I challenge you to look BEYOND that. 

 

I understand deeply the emotional pain that can come from looking at your body or the scale and allowing that to dictate your self worth. I know what it is like to constantly compare yourself to others and thinking that you will never be enough. I am here to tell you that YOU are strong, beautiful, powerful, loved and ENOUGH! STOP trying to fit into society’s "ideal size” or weight. Be kind to yourself. And don’t let your gravitational pull determine your self worth! 

 

When you shift your focus from weight to health, self-care and gratitude for what your body can do, everything changes. Now go celebrate what your body CAN DO!

Gayatri Pillay


Nutrition, Yoga & Fitness Coach

IG @getfitwithgaya

Share with us your story in overcoming a challenge which came up over the past year?


I started 2020 with many bright promises career-wise, but hey, a pandemic happened. Lol. Being able to smile and look at the glass half full was my biggest takeaway. This mindset to trust & surrender that it's all working out for the best is what led me to co-launching and running the most prominent eight-week virtual weight loss and healthy living campaign in collaboration with the Ministry of Health to support our fellow Malaysians. I was being thrown many new opportunities, literally stepping out of my comfort zone and pretty much learning on the job and being open to the new ways of running business and work. Whatever the challenge I'm facing, a reminder is to stay flexible and be open to new possibilities.


What's an inspiring moment you have encountered with the women that you've coached/worked with, and how has that impacted on you?


There were many inspiring moments, but collectively, the many women I meet and interact with daily through my classes, coaching calls and my growing online fit family are a reminder of why I do what I do. They keep me accountable. They are one of the main reasons I can keep going on days that perhaps I don't want to, lol. Every time they share their Why with me -get real and vulnerable - it just pushes me to serve them better and reminds me to stay consistent in my GetFit Journey. As I watch them grow, I grow as well. We are all #GettingFitTogether :) They teach me every day. I see their strength behind it all.


As a fitness professional and wellness enthusiast, what is one advice you'd give to women in seeking the lifestyle that you encourage?


Honour your current state of being. Only if and when we accept us as we are in the current moment can we change and grow for the better. Jay Shetty talks about the 3Cs of changing your life. If you really want to make positive strides, you need to consider all the 3Cs - Coaching, Community, and Consistency.

Nursya Jusoh


IRON Lady 

PURPOSE Ambassador

IG @nursyajusoh

Share with us your story in overcoming a challenge which came up over the past year?


It is never too late to pick up a sport. I only started running at the age of 36, but has since accumulated an impressive record of accolades in the past few years. I’m a 43 year-old mother of three, had minimal sports background and only picked up running because I wanted to lose weight (I was 70kg then). With encouragement from my husband to lead a healthy lifestyle, I lost 14kg and signed up for my first running race in December 2013. To my surprise I finished in the top three and that ignited a bigger flame and pushing me to compete more.


My first exposure to triathlons was at the Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya 2014 when I went with my running team as a spectator. I got so inspired and returned home with a desire to learn how to cycle and swim. The next year I did my first triathlon (Olympic distance) and was one of the last to get out of the water, but I finished with a big smile still. In a few years – and with lots of determination and encouragements, I have completed 4 Ironman. 


What's an inspiring moment you have encountered with the women that you've coached/worked with, and how has that impacted on you?


The women who have overcome obstacles - age, illness, fear in triathlon, they are my inspiration.


As a fitness professional and wellness enthusiast, what is one advice you'd give to women in seeking the lifestyle that you encourage?


Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind it doesn/t matter, your talent will never fail you. 

Jamie Yap


Certified Fitness Coach

IG @jamieywrites

Share with us your story in overcoming a challenge which came up over the past year?


Last year was definitely a challenging year and I’m sure it had been for many of us. Instead of allowing the situation to be an excuse, I took a stand to take control by recharging my body, mind and soul, learning more online, equipping myself to train clients online and when gyms were allowed to operate, I was all ready to take the leap!


I believe challenges don’t weaken us (although it may delay the process); challenges are the processes that may prepare and equip us for the opportunities to come.


What's an inspiring moment you have encountered with the women that you've coached/worked with, and how has that impacted on you?


Their commitment to themselves - not just their body. But their mindset, and perspective of life in general. Seeing them put in the work week in and week out inspire me to be better everyday - for them.


As a fitness professional and wellness enthusiast, what is one advice you'd give to women in seeking the lifestyle that you encourage?


Listen to your body. Because our body is a sophisticated machine. So, I encourage you to take care of your body, and watch what you fuel your body with.


For instance, you don’t fuel your car with diesel or kerosene. Because you know that diesel or kerosene isn’t right for your car. And also, your car's cooling system needs coolant to keep it from overheating. You don’t just add water to the radiator because plain water can boil before the proper coolant will boil, causing your engine to overheat.


Guess you get what I am trying to say now... So I’m going to leave you with this thought today:

𝙄𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙘𝙖𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙛𝙪𝙚𝙡 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙤𝙥𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙖𝙡 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚, 𝙬𝙝𝙮 𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙣’𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙣𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙗𝙤𝙙𝙮 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙛𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙖𝙣 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙚 𝙦𝙪𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚?