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