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:
Do you count calories?
JACLYN: “I used to, and I was miserable. Today, I have a clean-eating lifestyle. I just opt for healthier options whenever possible, and be a little naughty once in a while or on the weekends.”
RAJ: “No. I just apply common sense based on my understanding of food groups. I eat reasonably well and always adjust my carbohydrate intake to reflect my upcoming endurance training plans. My guilty pleasure is cake! I’ve stopped taking any sugar in tea or coffee, and will not eat any carbohydrate for lunch on the same day as cake day. I also ensure that there is definitely something active happening that evening. I find this fuelling-up method really useful, as it puts me in a mindset to ensure any calorie overload is balanced out with an additional calorie-burning activity.”