Strong is the new sexy and fitness is the new party. With society leaning towards health and fitness, Yahoo's #Fitspo of the Week series is dedicated to all inspirational women in Singapore leading active lifestyles. Know of any who deserve to be featured? Hit me up on CherylTay.sg and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (cheryltaysg).
Name: Bethia Wee (Instagram: @bethiawee)
Diet: Relatively clean without tracking macronutrients and no food restrictions
Training: Upper and lower body split with 0-1 rest days a week
When did you start going to the gym?
I only started going to the gym early last year. I grew up doing Latin dance and Wushu! I like the feeling of overcoming challenges there were once so intimidating, thus accomplishing such strength goals kept me going till now!
Were you not afraid of getting bulky and big when you started lifting weights?
Never, I was aware that it isn't naturally possible to get too "manly" due to the hormone levels in a women's body. Those who are afraid have the conception that it is that easy to put on mass, I can vow to that, IT IS NOT.
You won NutriGirl 2015. What led to that?
My first physique competition was Muscle and Fitness War 2015, just a month before NutriGirl 2015, and I placed 6th.
I felt it would be a good opportunity to step out of my comfort zone, get myself out there and be exposed to the community, thus I joined such competitions. I knew that there would be a lot to learn from the journey, be it events or the people.
I recall being very nervous as I did not know what to expect, since I’ve never watched a physique competition before. But all went well and it was a unique experience to be posing in bikini on stage!
How did you feel about wearing a bikini on stage in front of so many people?
I am pretty used to wearing revealing outfits due to my Latin dance background. Our dance competition outfits can be relatively skimpy too! Thus, the idea of wearing a bikini doesn't bother me. Having been a performer from young, I don’t get stage fright so I just focus on presenting myself confidently on stage and being determined to show the best I could.
Did you expect to win NutriGirl?
I wasn't confident about winning as I always felt that I was "too small and short" to win a physique competition. So winning is a bonus, as I had already gained a lot in terms of knowledge and exposure during the journey.
But who joins a competition without the dream of winning? So it was indeed a dream come true! I know that I worked very hard, stayed very focused and I did the best I could. I just feel truly blessed that it all paid off.
Did you ever feel not confident about your body before?
Honestly, I am a major self critic. Thus, even to date, sometimes I do feel pretty insecure about myself. For example, on days when I feel bloated! But I think it is pretty normal because it is human nature to demand for more than what we have. Thus, even when we reach certain goals in life, we are never satisfied.
How has your fitness journey changed you as a person?
I've become more disciplined because it is definitely not easy to juggle my training regime, school work and other job commitments as a fitness blogger/influencer. I need to organise my time a lot more, being committed to my schedules yet learning to making adaptations when things don't go as planned. I've learnt to manage stress a lot more efficiently as well.
Do you receive any comments about your body? How do you deal with the negative ones?
Of course! There are always two sides, the ones who say how much of admiration they have for my figure and those who say that they think I am over doing it. But it doesn't bother me at all because in life we can never satisfy everyone. I will continue doing what I love and believe in. The negative ones will never get to me at all because I truly love what I am doing and what I am working towards to.
What advice do you have for girls who want to look like you? How can they start?
Be mentally prepared! The challenge is staying focus through the journey. It is easy to start, yet easy to stop. I think that the first step is to get yourself used to being physically active, be it running or playing sport games. After which, they could get used to hitting some light weights! Everyone starts somewhere so don't be afraid to start!
Who is your fitness inspiration?
Dana Linn Bailey! I enjoy watching her workout videos on YouTube as it is informative and motivating. I admire the way she pushes through her reps. Her mental strength is very inspirational.