“Aiya. You’re al­ready so big. ” Of course it’s easy for you.

Men's Health (Malaysia) - - Guy Skills - THE COM­MENT ISN’T ANY­THING

new. Ask any sea­soned body­builder or avid gym-goer and, chances are, they’ve had it tossed their way be­fore. But take a mo­ment to dis­sect it and you’ll re­alise that it stems from the pop­u­lar mis­con­cep­tion sur­round­ing gym cul­ture; the be­lief that guys who’ve suc­cess­fully trans­formed their physiques are some­how ge­net­i­cally blessed or privy to elite train­ing meth­ods un­avail­able to civil­ians – that they’re in on some­thing the av­er­age Joe has no clue of. It’s this type of lim­it­ing be­lief that stops you from tak­ing the fig­u­ra­tive steps to­wards im­prov­ing your­self, what more ac­tu­ally step­ping into a gym to start work­ing out on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. Af­ter all, who wants to get com­fort­able with be­ing un­com­fort­able?

Here at Men’s Health, we want you to start the new year with a bang. If you’re one of the count­less mil­lions who’ve in­cluded goals such as “get fit”, “lose weight” or “build mus­cle” in your New’s Year Res­o­lu­tions, it’s time to gear up and lis­ten to what Dennis Yin, Fly Fm ra­dio an­nouncer and our first cover guy for 2017, has to say so you can make this year your best year so far.

“To get to some­where you want to be, you have to put in the nec­es­sary work and ef­fort,” Yin says. “The truth is, no one enjoys what they do, whether it’s work or gym. They en­joy the end prod­uct, which is the re­sults. That’s why we work so hard to achieve those re­sults.” He re­flects on his three-year-long fit­ness jour­ney, say­ing, “Sure, I’m big­ger now, but I was never like this.”

You may know Yin as part of the pop­u­lar #FlyWolfPack morn­ing show trio, but the man got his first taste of the me­dia in­dus­try through his pre­vi­ous ca­reer as a pro­fes­sional dancer. “[Danc­ing] gave me abs and a strong core,” Yin says, but the fast­paced work­outs and drills, cou­pled with a poor diet and hec­tic life­style, also left him un­der­weight. “I used to weigh around 71kg and you could see my ribcage if I took my shirt off,” he re­calls. “It was just bones.”

Yin’s suc­cesses as a dancer – he bagged first run­ner-up of Malaysia’s So You Think You Can Dance, and later, emerged as cham­pion of 8TV’s Show­down – would even­tu­ally cul­mi­nate in a two-month stint in the US, one that proved to be lifechang­ing. “One thing I re­alised was that, over there, a lot of dancers look good and are in shape. They’re not huge, but they’re ripped and buff – those are the guys who get to book jobs for su­per­stars like Bey­once and Brit­ney Spears.” Yin com­pares it to Malaysia’s dance scene, say­ing, “It’s re­ally dif­fer­ent over here, where most dancers tend to be lean and more on the skinny side.” A friend had pointed out the lack of Asian dancers in the States, sug­gest­ing that Yin im­prove his physique be­fore try­ing again.

Al­though the idea had taken seed in Yin’s mind, it would take some time – a year af­ter his re­turn from the States, to be pre­cise – for a plan of ac­tion to ger­mi­nate. “2012 – that whole year – I was al­ways out. We had so many client shows at night and I was par­ty­ing like mad. It was sort of like I just got out of the jun­gle and saw civil­i­sa­tion for the first time,” he says with a wry grin. By the time 2013 ar­rived, Yin de­cided that enough was enough and re­solved to start liv­ing a health­ier life­style. “I started work­ing out five days a week and went all-out the first three months. I’d wake up at 5.30am to hit the gym on an empty stom­ach. I was on a strict no-carb, no-sodium, no-sugar diet too. Just chicken breast, tuna and eggs.” He ex­plains that he saw a lot of im­prove­ments dur­ing that time. “I’d al­ways had abs and thought I was pretty fit, but that time re­ally helped me un­der­stand my body bet­ter and what I’m ac­tu­ally ca­pa­ble of. I found out more about things like wa­ter weight and how to get even more shred­ded too. It was a slow process, but def­i­nitely worth the while.” Three years on, Yin weighs in at an im­pres­sive 83kg with lean, wash­board abs. But be­fore you com­plete the sen­tence above, let’s take a scroll through Yin’s In­sta­gram feed to get a de­cent glimpse into the ac­tive, full life that he leads. There are

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