Strong is the new beau­ti­ful

Shape (Singapore) - - From The Editor’s Desk -

I’ve had a weak up­per body for as long as I can re­mem­ber. When I was grow­ing up, I re­mem­ber be­ing amazed at my school­mates who could swing ef­fort­lessly on the mon­key bars at the play­ground. I was not one of them. It didn’t bother me then. Hon­estly, I wasn’t re­ally a sporty kid.

But as I got older and started to de­velop a love of fit­ness, I be­came more aware of how a strong back, arms and shoul­ders could be ben­e­fi­cial. When I picked up yoga, ba­sic in­ver­sions like the head­stand were easy for me. How­ever, I couldn’t mas­ter more ad­vanced poses like fore­arm bal­ance.

I’ve fi­nally made a com­mit­ment to work on my up­per body by go­ing for cal­is­then­ics classes reg­u­larly. When I go for a run, I make it a point to do push-ups be­fore I cool down. The strug­gle is real, but as with any­thing in life, you reap what you sow.

I used to think that bulky arms didn’t look good. That mind­set has changed over the years, and I think it’s won­der­ful that there are many pos­i­tive fe­male role mod­els who defy the old stan­dards of beauty. Be­ing skinny is so yes­ter­day. Now, it’s all about strength.

Take this month’s cover girl, for ex­am­ple. Fit­ness star Cassey Ho, who cre­ated Youtube chan­nel Blogi­lates, in­spires women ev­ery­where to em­brace their bod­ies and fo­cus on be­ing healthy. She has even come clean about a past eat­ing dis­or­der that neg­a­tively im­pacted her life. More on her on pg 20.

To tone up from top to toe, turn to the var­i­ous work­outs in this is­sue. The one cre­ated by Cassey has moves to sculpt your abs. We’ve got an­other one on pg 52 that re­quires no equip­ment, so you can do it any­where, any­time, while the other on pg 58 re­quires just a pair of dumb­bells.

Happy ex­er­cis­ing!

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