Singapore #FitFind of the Week: Brothers Jason and Edric Lim

The women have their limelight in Monday's #Fitspo. Now it's the men's turn. The Yahoo #FitFind series is a new weekly feature every Wednesday dedicated to all fit men out there. Know of any who deserve to be featured? Hit me up on CherylTay.sg and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (cheryltaysg).

Brothers Jason and Edric Lim. Photo: Cheryl Tay
Brothers Jason and Edric Lim. Photo: Cheryl Tay



Name:

Jason Julius Lim / Edric Timothy Lim
Age: 30 / 29
Height: 182cm / 188cm
Weight: 82kg / 91kg
Occupation: Business owners of Team Axis and BrandNewStartSG
Status: Both married
Diet: Tries to eat as clean as possible on weekdays (self-cooked meals) and anything he wants on weekends /  Cooks and packs own meals for the day; practises simple carb cycling
Training: 3 days of power workout, 1 day of cardio, 3 days of strength workout, 1 day of cardio (8-day cycle)
 
What kind of sports did you do as a kid?
Both: We played a lot of sports growing up – basketball and bowling competitively, as well as tennis and volleyball.

When and why did you first go to the gym?
J: I started working out when I was in my second year at polytechnic because I was way too skinny. I followed free workout guides from FreeTrainers.com.
E: After seeing Jason go to the gym, I joined him when I was about 17. I went along with my brother hoping to gain some muscle so that I will not look like a skinny tall guy. I just followed what he did in the gym then, such as chest press, dumbbell bicep curls and lots of crunches.

How has your workout programmes evolved over the years?
J: I used to only train my upper body when I first started and only added leg workouts when I went to the army. I used to do a conventional bodybuilding regime (chest/tri, back/bi, legs), but now I do legs, push, pull.
E: I started off from doing high reps of low weight, then to heavy weight at low reps. Then there was a period of time when Jason and I tried doing Strongman training twice a month with SG Titans, where I would often get bruises on my chest from the tyre flips, but was able to gain size the fastest. Currently, I'm following a programme called Project Mass on Bodybuilding.com.

What are some of your pet peeves in the gym?
J: I try to focus on my own training in the gym, but if I really have to mention, it'll be people who hog the squat rack for a long time.
E: When some people are not able to answer politely when I ask "How many sets are you left with?" or "Can we share the machine/weight?". The worst experience I had was when this guy shooed me away with a hand gesture.

Any funny or interesting incidents you have encountered in the gym?
J: I’ve been working out for quite some time and definitely have lots of great memories in the gym, but nothing will beat seeing an uncle reading newspaper and doing bicep curl at the same time!
E: It’s always interesting to be training with different people within the fitness industry as I'm able to learn different techniques that others use to prep themselves. The most memorable incident for me was when I split my shorts while attempting a squat during warmup. The split was really big, hence I had to stop altogether because I didn’t feel comfortable continuing!

Brothers Jason and Edric Lim. Photo: Cheryl Tay
Brothers Jason and Edric Lim. Photo: Cheryl Tay

How often do you work out together with your brother?
J: We try to work out once or twice a week together. We're currently on the same training programme so on days where we need someone to spot, we will definitely work out together.
E: Although both of us are working in the same company, we hardly get the chance to work out with each other. At most, we are able to work out together once a week; usually on our "push" day at heavy weight for low reps.

Does it help having your brother share the same passion for fitness?
J: Yes definitely. It's really great to play the same sport and have the same passion for working out too.
E: It certainly help a lot, as we will discuss the food we eat to the different programmes and articles we read. This aids us to try out different stuff and consistently try to trick our bodies to be working harder.

What does fitness mean to you?
J: Fitness is a life changer to me. I started working out because I didn’t want to look skinny and it led to a career in sports and fitness. Now my training philosophy is that no matter how you're trying to look (bulky or shredded), you'll need to be able to carry your body weight well.
E: Fitness is a not just a lifestyle to me. Fitness is a way of improving our self-determination and discipline. You have to be consistent in the amount of time and effort you put, so as to see the desired outcome. With the right discipline and attitude, you become who you dream to be.

What are some of the misconceptions that society has about fitness now?
J: The fitness industry in Singapore is still really young but it is dynamic and rapidly changing, which is a good thing. People are starting to get properly educated in fitness. I remember I used to hear people say that you should start running to get muscular, or that army training will make you look lean and muscular!
E: That we should be very strict with the food we eat. It’s ok to still have cheat meals! Also, that we need to spend many hours in the gym every day. No, we usually just need to spend 60 to 90 mins per day in the gym.

Why is it important to lead an active lifestyle?
J: Leading an active lifestyle is the proper way of life. Human beings are made to move, hunt for food and walk from point A to point B. But in our society today, we tend to sit down and have food served to us. That's how all the health complications start to arise.
E: I used to have asthma when I was younger. Now, after doing regular gym workouts for seven years, I have gradually improved in my cardiovascular system and have full control of my asthma. This allows me to better focus on all the things I need and want to do, without any health and mental barriers.