Be­yond Lim­its

170 fea­tures

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For most peo­ple, get­ting in shape means tak­ing a few gym classes a week. But for Sabrina Fung-lam, it led to a com­plete trans­for­ma­tion of body and mind. Meet the busi­ness­woman and mother for whom ex­treme fit­ness be­came a way of life 40

‘‘If I’d known it was go­ing to be this hard­core, hon­estly, I might not have done it,” says Sabrina Funglam, scion of the Hong Kong-based global trad­ing be­he­moth Fung Group, as we dis­cuss the pun­ish­ing ex­er­cise regime she em­barked upon two years ago. Glow­ing and an­i­mated, with an ath­letic physique, it’s hard to imag­ine the woman be­fore me could once have needed an over­haul, but for Sabrina, th­ese past 24 months have seen dra­matic life­style changes.

“It just started out as a typ­i­cal, ‘Let’s get a trainer, let’s get fit,’” says Sabrina, re­call­ing how the strug­gle to re­turn to op­ti­mum weight af­ter her third child pro­vided the mo­ti­va­tion to make a change. The per­sonal trainer rec­om­mended by a friend, how­ever, turned out to be any­thing but typ­i­cal in his meth­ods. “My friend was look­ing good so I just asked him for the name and num­ber of his trainer and I booked my­self in. He didn’t tell me that it was go­ing to be su­per in­tense two-hour ses­sions dur­ing which you’re not al­lowed to drink wa­ter or wipe your sweat with a towel.”

The founder of Asia Per­for­mance Train­ing, An­son Cha—or Coach AC, as he prefers to be called—has Sabrina on a gru­elling regime of daily ses­sions that last two to three hours. Th­ese can con­sist of any­thing from in­door weights work to car­dio and ob­sta­cle cour­ses in the park, and even run­ning up The Peak wear­ing three lay­ers of ther­mals in 32 de­gree heat. “As some­one who never used to drop an ounce of sweat two years ago to now be­ing able to go trail run­ning for four hours un­der the strong sun and thun­der­storms at mid­day, Sabrina has demon­strated that willpower and hard work can pro­duce en­durance,” says Coach AC. While the work­outs vary, they are all high in­ten­sity and are un­der­taken ev­ery day with­out fail. No ex­cuses.

“A work­out tends to be the first thing that most peo­ple can­cel each day,” says Sabrina, “but I or­gan­ise my day around my train­ing.” On the ad­vice of one of her fa­ther’s fit­ness-fo­cused friends, she has learned to be unashamed about giv­ing ex­er­cise ab­so­lute pri­or­ity on her cal­en­dar. “He told me you put it in your di­ary and when peo­ple ask if you are free at that time, you just say you’re not. It sounds sim­ple,

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