Recently, we were invited to Celebrity Fitness at Mid Valley Megamall for an opportunity to experience their brand new programme, fitness fx, offering a range of cutting-edge exercises like jump fx and pump fx. Rated as one of the top 20 fitness trends in United Kingdom, these programmes effectively burn unwanted fat and maximise fitness gains while having a good mix of soundtracks as a companion.
Launched in 2003 by Marcus Irwin and Michael Betts, fitness fx offers a group of progressive programmes that constantly evolve through tried and tested teaching methodologies which have raised the standard of development and skills for instructors, trainers and members.
Pump fx is studio resistance training that takes fitness into another dimension through the use of functional, multi-plane movement to provide a complete body workout. With an emphasis on intensity and technique, this interval-based workout targets individual muscle groups to improve body composition.
For those who wish to accelerate fat loss and increase their metabolic rate, jump fx is definitely a must. It is an easy cardio programme that incorporates several most effective training techniques such as plyometric, high intensity training and 3D or multi-planar stretching.
These fitness fx programmes incorporate all of the benefits of group studio resistance and exercise cardiovascular classes, while limiting the drawback.
Celebrities like Azzura Zainal, Yasmin Hani, Amanda Imani, Fiqrie, Linora, Evan Siau, Dennis Gan, John Oh and many more were also present to experience the thrill and excitement of this new fitness revolution in the recent media review class.
We also got to speak to celeb Yasmin Hani, a popular actress, host and director, who has recently become a new mother to her newborn son, Noah, and dedicates most of her time to taking care of him on her own. She also dishes on exercise and how working out has helped her with labour and motherhood.
Q: What have you been busy with nowadays?
Y: Just my baby. I’m busy with taking care of him and handling him, and also watching him grow. I don’t have any help at all, except for when I was in confinement. My mum was there to massage, cook and take care of me. Once in a while, she would handle my baby so that I can take a shower, that’s all.
Q: Where did you learn to do all this?
Y: I was exposed to handling and taking care of babies since I was 12 because my sister gave birth and I became an aunty. So, since then, whenever my brother or sister has a baby, I would always kidnap them, bring them home and I would take care of them. I’ve always loved babies, they’re just adorable. I shower them, feed them and I have a lot of experience in baby choking and all that. I know what to do, pretty much. But, for things like breastfeeding, which I have to do personally for my own baby, it’s very new to me. Yeah, there’s still a lot of new things I have to learn. You know, doing it on your own, completely. That’s something new.
Q: Why did you decide not to get help from anyone to take care of your baby?
Y: Well, the thing is I don’t want to hire a maid because I’m scared, there has been so many cases. Also, I don’t want to go to jail if anything happens to the maid. I guess I just don’t trust them that much. Let me just handle him for a few months until he can walk, or say something, or recognise more, then I’d be more comfortable. Otherwise, I’d just drop him at my sister’s house for a while for an event or get my mum to come over. Otherwise, I’m just happy since I’m not too busy anyway.
Q: Do you have any upcoming projects going on or coming along?
Y: Well, there are a lot of proposals coming in but we’re just waiting for confirmation right now so I can’t say anything. There are a few big ones, a few dramas, a few shows, but we’ll just wait. It’s all about planning for me. If it takes off, then yes, that would be good.
Q: How’s your daily schedule like?
Y: Well, every day it’s all about my baby. If not, I’ll just work around my husband’s schedule. I just follow him to the gym to work out, if not, I would go swimming at the apartment. My husband and I take turns to handle the baby. I also go to events here and there. You know, slowly coming out to see the world because when I was at my third trimester, I couldn’t do much, but I still worked out. I did yoga and all that but after a while you have to stop, so you stop seeing people for sometime. After a while, your spirit is gone. So, the first job I did was when I was still in my confinement. Then, I was like, ‘Yes!’, I still have my spirit so yeah, it’s picking up slowly. My schedule revolves around my baby. I’m not so busy now but it’s okay.
Q: Do you like being a mum so far? Are you having fun?
Y: Oh, I love that boy! I love him, he’s such a good boy. He wakes up in the morning and he smiles. I love it. Yes, it is tiring and I don’t mind not having enough sleep, but my body is aching because I’ve always been carrying him. He’s only three months and he’s 6.5kg now. You come and you lift weights at the gym for one hour. I have to carry him every other hour. My rest period is very short.
Q: Do you exercise to keep yourself fit and healthy?
Y: I can’t wait to start, really. The only exercise I could do was swimming at home once or twice a week and I’ve been wanting to go do cardio at the gym but there’s always something going on. Something always comes up when we’re about to go. That’s why I’m really excited for today’s session. I haven’t done this in a while. Three months at least.
Q: How did you feel when they called you here to take part in the event?
Y: Extremely excited. Previously, I really didn’t have the time to join because I was always busy. Of course, I couldn’t participate because I was pregnant and now, finally, I get to join in.
Q: Have you been to Celebrity Fitness before?
Y: Yes, I’ve been a member for a very long time. I used to go to the Bangsar Village branch very often with my husband. That was our dating spot. It’s fun, really.
Q: Would you recommend Celebrity Fitness to other people?
Y: Yes, definitely. I’d recommend it to anyone. When I was with my husband, I rarely went for classes. But before, when I was alone, I’d go for belly-dancing, body combat, dance classes and yoga.
Q: Why did you work out even though you were pregnant? How did it help you?
Y: I’ve always liked outdoor activities. I always thought the gym would be boring because you’re just stationed. I started working out at the gym because I knew I needed stamina. It will also really help you to push when you’re in labour. If I didn’t work out, labour would be way more difficult than what I had experienced. No joke. Also, getting pregnant and giving birth is easy, but after the baby is born, that’s the difficult part. Working out has helped me so much because I have energy and I can still go on and on. Even though I lack sleep, I can still go on and it wouldn’t be a problem for me. It’s all about the baby, but you shouldn’t forget about yourself as well.
Fitness fx is available at all Celebrity Fitness clubs in Malaysia. To find out more about Celebrity Fitness, visit their website, Facebook page or head to any of their outlets to speak to a counsellor directly!