In collaboration with Fossil Sport Smartwatch, we speak to fitness professional, physique coach and bodybuilding champion Terrence Teo on discipline and lifestyle changes.
ESQUIRE: What were you like as a kid? What was it like growing up?
TERRENCE TEO: I grew up in Melaka and I’ve always been athletic since I was young. I used to represent my state for badminton, basketball and javelin throw and I was a top athlete in my school. My family owns a landscaping business, hence I also love the outdoors and I used to spend a lot of time with my dad fishing and gardening. That was my childhood.
ESQ: What are some of the challenges you face (mentally and physically) before your competitions and how do you overcome it?
TT: It typically takes me around three to four months to prep for a competition. It isn’t only about training and lifting weights every single day, but, what matter the most, is my diet. I follow a very strict diet which means I will have to cook for myself every day as I would avoid eating out as much as I can. When I wake up, the first thing in the morning before going out for my meetings and appointments, I have to make sure I cook and prep all my meals for the day and bring it out with me.
I’m also the Sales Manager for Scitec Nutrition in Malaysia which requires me to travel quite a lot to meet with my clients. When I am travelling, my diet and training could get affected. When I travel, I would always make sure that I stay in an accommodation that would allow me to cook and there’s a decent gym nearby for me to workout.
ESQ: What is it about bodybuilding that you love?
TT: I love bodybuilding because this sport has taught me so much about my own body – both nutrition wise, as well as training. When I train, it’s not just about working out in general, but about sculpting very specific muscle group which I know I need to improve on and I get the satisfaction of seeing the changes on my body as I train.
The more competitions I do, the more I understand how my body reacts to certain food. Not everybody’s body will work the same way. For instance, my body may react better if I were to eat rice and sweet potato, whereas another person may find that bread and pasta works better for them. So through my many years of competitions, I’ve learn to manipulate and change my diet and food according to the physique I aim to achieve.
Bodybuilding has also given me confidence. I used to be a skinny boy at only 60kg and was bullied when I was in the gym trying to learn weight lifting. Nobody taught me anything, and I hope my experience will help those who are just starting.
ESQ: What have you learnt from being a fitness and physique professional?
TT: As a fitness professional I’ve learnt that it takes time to make changes in your lifestyle. A lot of people look at me and want to achieve my physique quick. The truth is nothing comes by fast. If you want to keep your body healthy and sustain your physique looking great for a long time, well.. you will need to have the patience and dedication to keep working on it daily! You build habits by doing the same thing over and over again, every single day.
And when it comes to being a Men’s Physique Athlete, it’s about presenting the entire package. Yes, you may train hard, eat clean and have a great body, but if you can’t present your physique when you’re on stage, the judges will not be able to see that and you may lose out. Remember, you only have 30 secs to show what you got on stage.
ESQ: What is training for you like? How do you track your workouts?
TT: When it’s nearer to my competition, I would train twice a day – cardio in the morning and weight lifting in the evening. When it comes to cardio, I prefer cycling, hiking or incline walking on the treadmill.
I track my trainings by wearing a fitness watch which will tell me my heart rate and calories burned. I would also track my sleep to make sure that my body gets enough rest so that I’m able to train at my optimum.
ESQ: What does time mean to you?
TT: I did not get to where I am today overnight, rather, it has been 15 years of training and over 5 years of competing in bodybuilding. Those years were not time wasted but is an investment in myself to keep on improving in my craft.
ESQ: What do you like to do to relax?
TT: I like to go fishing. Sometimes it could be a short 3-day fishing trip. It’s quality time spent with my family and friends.
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While it’s packed with integrated sensor processing heart rate, optimised connectivity, GPS, altimeter, accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light, microphone; Qualcomm’s highly anticipated Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset packs a punch by helping to preserve its long battery life (350mAh battery). Depending on your usage, the smartwatch should last for 24 hours, with an additional two days when in battery saver watch mode.
The 4GB of storage is worth mentioning, as all watches will come with new applications auto-installed, including Spotify and safety app, Noonlight, which gives you the ability to call for help in the event of an emergency by tapping on the watch face. No reason not to create and save your favourite playlists for your future runs and feel safe now. With an intuitive WearOS and GoogleFit which tracks your activity throughout the day in the form of “Move Minutes” and “Heart Points”, the heart rate monitor also tracks your beats per minute (BPM).
From dial to strap, get creative and make the Fossil Sport Smartwatch all about you. The smartwatch comes in two case sizes (41mm and 43mm), both of which feature a brightly lit 1.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen display (390 ppi); six colourways, and endless colour combinations on its strap options.
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