Singapore #Fitspo of the Week: Florian Deliers

Cheryl Tay
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Florian Deliers is an avid triathlete.
Florian Deliers is an avid triathlete. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

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Name: Florian Deliers (@florian_dlrs)

Age: 34

Height: 1.89m

Weight: 80kg

Status: Single

Occupation: Procurement Manager

Food: I started 16:8 intermittent fasting over a year ago and continued to do so because it truly helps me to minimise consequence excesses such as junk food or alcohol. Besides that, I don’t really follow a strict diet.

I usually have a huge appetite so I needed to find a good balance between enjoying my favourites and avoiding excess. My daily workout routine burns 1,500 calories on average, hence I want to enjoy food thoroughly and not feel restricted. Nevertheless, when I feel like making an effort to get leaner, my stricter diet plan includes eating less (calorie deficiency) and eliminating alcohol consumption.

Exercise: I’ve been going Barry’s Boot Camp daily for over a year. Barry’s is the perfect workout combination of running and weightlifting. Other than Barry’s, I incorporate outdoor runs, cycling, spinning or weightlifting into my weekly routine. Every week is slightly different as I don’t like falling into a routine in my training nor in my life in general. Due to a slipped disc injury for which I had surgery six years ago, I also started to doing yoga once or twice a week to improve my flexibility and joints mobility.

Florian has played in many sports, including soccer, volleyball, swimming and horse riding.
Florian has played in many sports, including soccer, volleyball, swimming and horse riding. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

Q: Were you competitive in a sport before?

A: My first competitive sport was tennis which started when I was four years old and I played competitively until my early 20s. I still play sometimes for leisure for that extra cardiovascular training variation. I’m also passionate about sports in general, hence I’ve dabbled in soccer, volleyball, swimming, even horse riding…and probably more which I’ve forgotten about.

When did you start going to the gym?

I started going to gym for weightlifting when I was 17 years old, using machines to build more muscle. I never stopped having a gym membership since then. In 2011, I gave group exercise classes a try and discovered the Les Mills programme which was a good way for me to do something different from just using the gym machines.

You did your first sprint triathlon last April - what made you want to try triathlons?

I am strong in running and cycling for a good many years now, hence I decided to try my first triathlon. The first race went very well! I took it easy to see how it’s like to bring together three activities back to back, including having to do transitions. Swimming was my weakest event but I managed to recover time on the cycling and running parts. I finished in 1 hour 20 minutes which I think was great for a start.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 postponed the entire 2020 season for triathlon but hopefully I will be able to race again soon this year. My short term goal is to improve my timing on the sprint Olympic distance. Then I will start considering the half-Ironman and full Ironman distance. My objective one day is to do the Ironman in Embrun (France). It’s one of the toughest Ironman races in the world with one of the famous mountains from the prestigious Tour de France to climb during the cycling portion.

Why Singapore?

Work brought me to Singapore six years ago. My first visit was in 2012 for a week on business. I loved the city so much that when I went back to France, I told my colleagues, friends and family that it will be great if I could move there in the future. Two years later, my company opened a position in Singapore and they offered me the role.

Singapore has many fitness outlets which makes it very convenient to squeeze several types of workouts within the day even with a corporate job. It did take a bit of time to adapt to the climate for outdoor activities with the heat and the humidity. As cyclist, I also realised how bad the drivers are here. It’s a miracle that I haven’t gotten into an accident so far.

Florian had a stint as a fitness instructor at Les Mills RPM and The Trip.
Florian had a stint as a fitness instructor at Les Mills RPM and The Trip. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

You used to teach fitness classes.

Yes! I started teaching Les Mills RPM and The Trip in 2017 because I got compliments from instructors back in France and in Singapore telling me that I should become an instructor. I wasn’t sure about it at the beginning as my priority was my corporate job, but after two years in Singapore, I decided to go for the instructor training.

The main reason I started teaching was to share my energy and passion for fitness with members. My energy levels when I work out is way too high not to be shared by pushing others beyond their limits. Members are extra motivated or inspired when they see me pushing myself just as hard as I teach. I always give 101% in my workout and classes. I stopped in February 2020 as I wanted to have a bit more time for myself for a few months. My hiatus wasn’t supposed to last so long but then the pandemic happened. I miss teaching a lot so I really hope I can get back to it when the situation gets better.

What are your current fitness goals?

I’m someone who is mainly focused on performance in whatever sports I’m doing. Cardio is by far the most fulfilling to me. Your heart is your motor and what keeps you alive, so having optimal cardio fitness is something I’ll always pursue. Having good stamina to run, cycle and lift more reps is more important to me than how heavy I can lift. I would like to build a machine in myself that has great stamina and strength. My current fitness goal for 2021 is to achieve my best body ever, before I turn 35 by the end of the year. I still have a bit of time to work on it haha.

Do you work out for your body or is your body a result of your workouts?

Being active has been part of my lifestyle since young. I enjoy improving my fitness and sports performance as a way to release excess energy or stress after a day’s work. Consequently, my body is the result of all the workouts I’m doing. But to be honest, when I realise that with some simple effort in my diet I can I also start to enjoy seeing my body get leaner and more muscular, it started becoming a secondary source of motivation.

Florian hopes to achieve the best shape of his life by the end of this year.
Florian hopes to achieve the best shape of his life by the end of this year. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)

When did you feel the least confident about yourself?

I was very skinny when I was younger. I always struggled to put on weight even when I was eating a lot, perhaps due to my high metabolism. It made me feel weaker and more inferior than my peers in school. However as mentioned before, this changed ever since I started going to the gym and doing proper training for muscle growth.

I became more confident as my body built and I learnt to stop comparing myself with others and focused on my own personal goals. By achieving peak performance each time in tennis, running and cycling, I grew more and more confident in my capabilities and thus was able to overcome those feelings of inferiority.

Are you satisfied with your body now?

I’m always demanding with myself. I’m content with my body as I can maintain my fitness level by keeping my current workout routine and a balanced diet. On the other hand, I can’t avoid thinking about how I can still make my body do more and look better even though I’m getting older. It’s an ongoing process to get closer to the best version of myself.

Have you ever received any comments about your body?

Usually the comments that I get is that people can tell I workout and I’m fit just by looking at my body. Then there are the few who criticise and comment on the fact that my legs are not big, but this just makes me laugh because I know these people can’t challenge me on a run or on the bike.

Nobody is perfect at the end of the day and people will always have their critics. I’ve built enough confidence through the years to not be affected about others’ opinions of me.

Singapore #Fitspo of the Week: Florian Deliers.
Singapore #Fitspo of the Week: Florian Deliers. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)