Keeping fit is number 1 on everyone’s priority list, but, probably the hardest task to fulfil. Daily workouts are tedious enough, and there’s all that about food control and calories intake.
And that is precisely why a new wave of fitness venture is taking over University Malaya (UM), the ‘Fat 2 Fit’ series. Fat 2 Fit program trains people with health and fitness problems and drive them to achieve their fitness goals in three months. The program just wrapped up its third season.
This time around, the “biggest loser”, i.e. the one who lost the most weight was Mohammad Haziq, who lost a total of 20 kgs. Believe it or not, an exercise-averse Haziq went from 125 kg to 105 kg.
“The first day I showed up at Fat 2 Fit, I was shocked when our instructor Dee Dee asked me to make 6 rounds around the stadium. I did, but it took me like 25 minutes. Three months later, it took me less than 20 minutes.” he bragged.
“The best part about Fat 2 Fit is that we are encouraged to eat well. There are some rules, like substitute sugary drinks with water, snack on fruits and etc, but we eat 3 to 5 times a day.”
Although Fat 2 Fit trains about 40 people each season, the instructor tailors the workout for each participant according to their individual needs. For example, another participant, Rohana Binti Ali, managed to curb her high blood pressure and cholesterol problems at the end of the program.
The Fat 2 Fit series is spearheaded by exercise physiologist, nutritionist and trainer, Dee Dee Mahmood, who is also an academic adjunct at the Edith Cowan University, Australia. The venture is powered by UM Cares, which encourages community projects on campus.
Since its inception, the program has helped over 120 participants to achieve their fitness goals and improve their health conditions.