Singapore #FitFind of the Week: Farreez Rosman

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 and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (cheryltaysg).

Farreez Rosman. Photo: Cheryl Tay
Farreez Rosman. Photo: Cheryl Tay

Name: Muhammad Farreez Bin Rosman (Instagram: @farreezrosman)
Age: 25
Height: 163cm
Weight: 79kg
Occupation: Personal Trainer
Status: Attached
Diet: Eats 3-4 times a day; eats more protein than carbs such as 6-8 eggs a day (with yolks); tries to keep diet clean during the week but has 3-4 burgers on cheat day over the weekend Training: Trains every day except Sunday – weights at 6am and high intensity training or cardio later in the day
Benchmarks: 1RM for deadlift – 245kg; back squat – 170kg

Did you play competitive sports from a young age?
I started playing rugby when I was 10 years old and I competed in both rugby and track. At 12 and 15, I represented Singapore in rugby in the U16 team.

When did you first go to the gym and why?
I took it upon myself to start lifting. I used to think that I was too small and I had to gain strength and size for rugby.

What do you like about lifting weights?
I like weights because it makes me stronger and gives me strength for sports. Also, it gives me a manly physique, haha.

Do you plan your own training programme?
Yes I plan my own training programme. For now i have been focusing on my weaknesses in Olympic weightlifting.

You came in overall first after both qualifying rounds of ELITE, the competition to find the fittest in Singapore. How do you feel going into the finals as the top seed?
I'm very happy where I am because this is my first competition and I wasn’t expecting to become the top qualifier. I guess I'm just lucky, haha. My aim for the finals is to win but whatever it is, to be honest I just want to give my best and that’s all that matters regardless of outcome. There are some really strong competitors and it’s anybody's game for the finals as the scores are reset. I'm very sure all these crazy fit people will put on a good fight!

As a trainer, any interesting or funny incidents that you experienced with clients or saw in the gym?
My client told me an interesting life story about how he started out as a coffee boy and how he progressed to become the boss of the company. He inspired me to work harder and train harder to be successful.
Another time, one of my clients told me he was having a stomachache, but insisted on continuing with training. It was leg day, so he was doing squats when he farted and made a mess in his pants. It was seriously hilarious!

Farreez Rosman. Photo: Cheryl Tay
Farreez Rosman. Photo: Cheryl Tay

What does fitness mean to you?
Fitness has become such a large part of me that I can't imagine life without exercise. Without fitness, I wouldn't be where I am today. I believe that fitness is more than looking good; I want to be able to run, lift weights, be mobile in all ways possible and ultimately be healthy!

What are some of the misconceptions that society has about fitness now?
I think people get too caught up in the "looking good" part of fitness, when it's way more than that. Don't you want a body that is fully functional and works to the best of your advantage instead of something that's just.. hot?

Why is it important to lead an active lifestyle?
I think fitness is important for everyone for physical and mental health. It makes you less prone to illnesses too. It also boosts confidence in individuals in whatever you do. Fitness is a gift that keeps on giving! Thats why it's so important to lead an active lifestyle.

Did you ever feel not confident about your body before?
I used to have low confidence about my body when I was overweight. I was 98kg at this height of 163cm. I knew I just had to do something about it before it was too late.

Are you satisfied with your body now?
I am happy with my body right now. I used to be fat in the past, so I feel quite blessed to look like this now!

Do you get any comments about your physique now?
I usually get comments about my thighs! Apparently they're humongous to some people.

What kind of girl attracts you? Does she need to be in fitness too?
As long she is nice and decent looking, I'm content. She doesn't have to be working in fitness or doing the crazy things I do. All I want is the ability to do simple exercises like running, squats and lunges. Simply put, as long as she keeps herself healthy, that would be enough.