Celebrity fitness hang-ups: Desmond Tan
Sports you did in school
Soccer and kayaking.
One sport you’re good at
Soccer. I've been playing as goalkeeper since secondary school, and participated in various soccer tournaments.
I started playing as a goalkeeper because I enjoyed spoiling strikers’ glorious moment. Saving shots at critical timings and during penalties are times when I can be showy. I love being the hero.
One sport you're bad at
I’m generally weak at sports that involves bats, rackets, clubs etc.
When were you fittest?
I was fittest when I was serving my National Service as a commando. The daily intense training kept me at my fitness peak.
When were you unfit-est?
I was most unfit during days when I had to juggle my acting work, school and business.
Favourite exercise haunts
The road. I cycle everywhere and enjoy exploring new routes.
Favourite exercise partner (ahem Rebecca ahem)
I’m a loner when it comes to exercise. Not because I like to but it is hard to have a exercise partner due to the irregularity of my working hours.
Favourite healthy recipe
Boiled and mildly flavored bean sprouts.
Dark chocolates and ice cream.
Foods you avoid
Overly oily food.
Secret tips to keeping fit
Consistency in exercising and a balanced diet.
Most ridiculous diet plan you’ve attempted
When I was filming A Song to Remember, I needed to keep a lean and muscular physique as a invincible rickshaw puller. I was on ‘clean diet’ for four months and an intense exercise regime. By clean diet, I mean no oil and sugar. I had boiled chicken breast, hardboiled eggs, boiled vegetables, dry muesli, roasted almonds… and the boring list goes on. By intense exercise regime, I mean two 1 to 1.5-hour exercise slots per day.
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