Photographing them for this spread isn’t hard - the shoot location at the LINC KL is a serene set up with a beautiful, green courtyard, giving us just the right amount of natural light to work with. But the stars of the shoot, winners of SHAPE Fit People 2019, Jaclyn Choo and Raj Ahmed, are also both diligent when it comes to taking instructions from the team for thesephotographs. Jaclyn keeps heading back to the camera screen to check her poses after a series of clicks so she could improvise.Perhaps it is a habit borne out of her pole dancing background which also requires her to get into visually-pleasing poses.“Looking at these helps me to pose better,” says the 33-year-old pole dancer and chair fitness instructor, who recently came in first place in the Exotic Chair Dance category at her first international level competition in Manila in March.
On the other hand, Raj, 41, a Spartan Race ambassador, who isn’t as used to posing upon instruction, is making great progress, too.He isn’t camera-shy, as he weighs in every bit of instruction from the team like a pro. We had a little chat with them about what keeps them happy and healthy, and here’s what we know:
What’s a typical day like for you?
JACLYN: “My friends and family say this about me – “If you don’t see Jaclyn, she’s bably at work, or on the pole or sleeping”. That’s pretty much a summary of my day to day life! On weekdays, I get up at 7.30am, and on weekends, 8.30am, or later. As I’ve a full-time job, I work out after 8pm on weekdays. I teach between 5 and 7 hours weekly, and my training hours vary between 3 and 8 hours per session. I’d also schedule for one or two rest days per week, depending on how my body feels. On rest days, I’m on the couch with my husband and our cat, Jasper.”
RAJ: “I’m usually woken up by small hands slapping me around on the face, telling me I need to wake up because he wants to watch some cartoons! Then, it’s some house work with the wife – we have cats so it’s daily cleaning work. A quick coffee later, I’m off to work. I try to finish work on time to squeeze in a quick run or gym session, followed by dinner with my family, and then some late night cardio before sleeping around 12.”