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25, Fit­ness In­struc­tor at PFC Stu­dio

Women's Health (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - By Amylia Hilda

Fit­ness in­struc­tor Joseph Lee shows off his plank­ing tech­nique and (ahem) abs.

If you’ve ever set foot in PFC Stu­dio in Plaza Da­mas where Joseph Lee works full-time as a fit­ness in­struc­tor, you’ll be amazed at how tidy the equip­ment is. It’s prob­a­bly be­cause Lee has a bit of an OCD streak. “I’m a le­git neat freak and I might have a slight ob­ses­sive-com­pul­sive dis­or­der. Af­ter a work­out session, I al­ways put ev­ery­thing back in its place,” he laughs.

Al­ways ac­tive in school, Lee was drawn to bas­ket­ball be­cause of his 1.9m frame. “I was con­stantly be­ing shoved around be­cause I was the tallest and, nat­u­rally, I’d be play­ing as the cen­tre, but I was also the skin­ni­est,” he re­calls.

His ear­li­est mem­ory of want­ing to se­ri­ously get into fit­ness was when he stum­bled across his fa­ther’s collection of Men’s Health mag­a­zines. “I re­mem­ber read­ing ev­ery­thing and me­moris­ing the work­out rou­tines just so I could try them. But I knew that I couldn’t reach my early fit­ness goals be­cause I needed a lot of fit­ness equip­ment and, most im­por­tantly, I needed

a gym,” he says. “A few months down the road, my dad took me to one of those com­mer­cial gyms in Har­ta­mas and bought me a mem­ber­ship, and that’s how I got into fit­ness.”

He’s also into Brazil­ian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) and is cur­rently train­ing for the Pan Pa­cific IBJJF Jiu-jitsu Cham­pi­onship 2017, which will take place in Mel­bourne later this year. He ex­plains: “I started train­ing BJJ seven years ago. I was al­ways get­ting into fights when I was younger. I de­cided to pick up BJJ just so I could de­fend my­self. I guess the time I spent on train­ing BJJ and weightlift­ing has helped me stay away from trou­ble.”

He adds, “But what re­ally sparked my in­ter­est in the sport even more was when I en­tered my first tour­na­ment af­ter train­ing for a year. Prac­tis­ing is one thing, but com­pet­ing is quite an­other. The con­stant grind, the men­tal and phys­i­cal prepa­ra­tions and the mo­ti­va­tion to per­form well are the rea­sons why I’m hooked.”

Lee may look all brawn on the out­side, but he has a soft spot for an­i­mals and would love to do some­thing to help them if he weren’t work­ing in fit­ness. “I have two dogs and they’re called Happy and Fatty,” he laughs. “They’re both mixed boxer breeds.”

He also ap­par­ently talks a lot. “I even talk in my sleep, ac­cord­ing to my broth­ers and my part­ner. They al­ways com­plain about the con­ver­sa­tions that I have in my dreams the next morn­ing,” he chuck­les. “One time, in Viet­nam, I was try­ing to ne­go­ti­ate the price of a car be­cause I re­ally wanted it. Ac­cord­ing to my part­ner, that session went on for at least half an hour!”

His talk­a­tive trait matches the type of woman that he’s at­tracted to. “I love it when I meet an in­tel­li­gent woman who knows how to carry on a con­ver­sa­tion. It keeps me in­trigued,” he says.

A good way to start a con­ver­sa­tion with Lee would be to ask about his In­sta­gram han­dle @jo­broseph. Does he con­sider him­self a “bro” per­son? “Yes, be­cause a ‘bro’ per­son, to me, is a good friend whom I’m com­fort­able be­ing around and shar­ing things with. Call­ing some­one a bro takes away all that awk­ward­ness, es­pe­cially when you’re meet­ing them for the first time. But please, based on ex­pe­ri­ence, do not call the girl you want to date a ‘bro’.”

Fol­low Joseph Lee on In­sta­gram @jo­broseph

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