Birthing Ath­letes

CLEO (Malaysia) - - BODY FEATURE -

“Kia Kaha is a Maori phrase which means “Be Strong”, en­thuses Karen. “It re­flects what I want for ev­ery­one: Just be strong. It’s that sim­ple.” With gyms pop­ping up ev­ery­where these days, you might think it’s dif­fi­cult to break into the in­dus­try, but Karen didn’t find many hin­drances. “The fit­ness in­dus­try in Malaysia has evolved a lot over the past five years,” she says. “Malaysians don’t re­ally look down on women in fit­ness”. Ac­cord­ing to her, those who think build­ing mus­cles is “a guy thing” are also a mi­nor­ity nowa­days. Karen af­firms, “From my ex­pe­ri­ence, peo­ple have treated me with great re­spect, and I be­lieve that Malaysians are a pro­gres­sive lot.”

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