There’s only so much you can tell a person to inspire fitness. Oftentimes, a body of evidence is necessary: slits across hips, toned arms, a tight stomach. For the past 10 years, Century Tuna Superbods has sent out a parade of those bodies—the sort you desire, but more so that spur a desire to get in better shape yourself.
Of course, it’s easy to make excuses, namely the work that gets in the way of a consistent workout schedule. But among this year’s Century Tuna Superbods—a special event to celebrate a decade, titled Superbods Nat10n—BENCH BLOG spotted a couple finalists who do their bodies right while doing a bunch of other things too.
In this #BenchBodyLanguage special, basketball player Ameen and life coach (among other things) Tanya make us firm believers in the workout-life balance.
25, Personal Development & Lifestyle Coach
Hey, Tanya! What falls under your life coaching?
It’s an inner and outer makeover. So there’ll be hair and makeup, style, and yoga. It’s holistic approach. People who are embarking on a transitional lifestyle change—like if they just graduated, or women who are back to work after giving birth, whatever change in life, I’m their go-to.
Sounds like a lot of work.
I’m the kind of person who can’t do just one thing. I get bored. If you see my calendar, it’s all scheduled and blocked out. But whenever I feel like my body needs a day off, I try my best not to do anything. Catch up, have a laugh, eat. Or if my body requires it, get a massage.
Maybe on days when your clients are being stubborn?
I just have to remind them to be open. There’s a reason you’ve come to me for my services. If it comes to fitness or wellness, diet can be really hard for people to adjust to. They’ve decided they love their meat or dessert, but I tell them to do it gradually. It’s a lifestyle change so you need to grow into it. It’s supposed to be forever so you should be able to maintain it.
25, Export Management Student at CSB
Hey, Ameen! You guys have had one Century Tuna Superbods event after another. How hungry are you?
I need to work on my abs. I eat a lot—and bad food. A lot of rice. Pizza. Burgers. I’m so lazy to cook at home so I always order from McDonald’s—it arrives in 20 minutes (laughs). I had 10 snacks from the packed food they give us at the Century events. I ate so much yesterday, I don’t know why. I think it was the heat.
Oh, man. Besides the food situation, what’s been the most difficult part about this competition?
I still go to class but for me, it’s easy to maintain my body kasi I always play basketball. So for me, I always get my cardio from there. Last year was my last year in varsity but I still play a lot of outside leagues. We have a group like that in Magallanes, where we play every Tuesday and Wednesday. But in Manila, there are a lot of leagues—and they’re all ex-PBA commercial players.
So basketball will always be a comfort zone, then.
I’ll definitely keep playing after school.