Between caring for the hubs and little ones, keeping the house in tip-top condition, and handling all the challenges at work, sometimes it's difficult trying to find a way to wedge in some workout plans in your hectic schedule. While that's perfectly understandable, here's a motivating thought: With some inspiration and a whole lot of determination, any busy mum could achieve their fitness goals! Followers of this beautiful mum's Instagram may remember a sneaky post husband Harith Iskander took off her dozing off in between meetings. The struggle is real - the jet-setting Jezamine is one busy lady, dividing her time between her role as a mum to three beautiful kids and Managing Director of Harith Iskander Productions, all the while pursuing a PhD in stem cells. The best part? The ultra-fit mum makes sure there's space in her schedule to fit in some serious workouts - sometimes with the adorable kiddies included! Keep up with the better half of the 'World's Funniest Person' on Instagram here. Elaine's name is linked to a long list of inspiring titles - National Director of the Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation, Director of online channel hurr. Despite her crazy schedule, the power mama doesn't let it hamper her fitness goals. The ever-glowing Elaine makes sure to allocate some time for a good workout, which range from running sessions, to a spot of yoga, to a jog in the park with stroller-bound baby Eva.
1. Bawse lady Dr Jezamine Lim
H ow long do you think you will be doing this for? He was referring to my amateur competitive powerlifting, which involves lifting squat, bench and deadlift at the heaviest weight you can handle. His arched eyebrows spoke volumes. My parents have always been glad that I keep myself fit — my dad has been lifting weights most of his life, and is an avid cyclist. But being female and South Asian definitely makes things harder and lonelier.
2. Jane-of-all-trades Elaine Daly
A SBOM is a chick who is serious about her health and fitness, and has gone above and beyond her struggles to get where she is now. Mary and I met on the Ultimate Sweataway — she was actually the first person to sign up for our retreat! The first second I met her, I knew she was unique and driven. She had broken her wrist snowboarding a week earlier, yet she was still standing there in her workout gear ready to sweat. Can you say badass? I got to know this lovely lady over the course of the week, and the more I heard, the more inspired I became. Mary is originally from China and had moved to Canada for university by herself.
Weightlifting has traditionally been thought of as a male-dominated sport, but that's changed over the last decade. Thanks to the popularity of CrossFit and a growing number of fitness YouTubers and Instagrammers, lifting has gained traction as something versatile, fun, and accessible to people of all genders. For Asian-American women, however, that shift is a few paces behind. As weightlifting gains more mainstream acceptance, there is still a reluctance in the community around the idea of women lifting weights. Cultural ideas of beauty all over the world often revolve around women making themselves smaller, but in countries like China, Japan, and South Korea, women are often told that being beautiful means being pale, slender, and ultra-feminine. In China, online fads like the A4 challenge comparing your waist to an A4 sheet of paper show just how pervasive the obsession with being slim can be. Even worse, when women deviate from those ideals, we find ourselves the target of unwanted comments and criticisms from relatives and strangers. In recent years, however, there has been a growing number of Asian-American women, and particularly Southeast and East Asian-American women, entering the weightlifting community. Nowhere is this more apparent than on Instagram, where women like Cynthia Leu , followers and Tiffany Nguyen 68, followers have built a following by sharing videos of themselves powerlifting.