Cover Shot Fitness Model Magazine

Cover Shot Fitness Magazine

Issue #28: September 23, 2015

Featuring Eng Tan, Figure Athlete with Team Bombshell after her success at the 2015 NPC Tim Gardner Extravaganza in Tampa, Florida.

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Eng Tan Fitness Model Athlete

Please share a bit of your background and how its let up to where you are in the fitness industry today.
Never in my dreams…had I hoped or wished that I would one day be considered being in the fitness industry one day. Growing up, I was never known as ‘most athletic’ nor was I ever inspired to be one. My worst subject in junior and high school: Physical Education and, my least favorite place: gym.a "nerd", a "dork", and an "Eng-stein".

Then I had the crazy idea to join my high school track & field in my sophomore year…"To get a glimpses of my boy-crush who was a long distance runner". While in the team, I was taught the principle of discipline, commitment, accountability, and hard work about "training" -- physically and mentally. At the same time, I was introduced to the high school weight room! Quite frankly, I became excited about using all those weight machines during the practice hour, then to search for my boy-crush!! At age 15, I was 4’11" and merely 80 lbs. Quickly, I learned my body was able to max out the bicep curl at 35 lbs. and max out the leg press at 130 lbs. Even then, I definitely was not known for my agility and speed in my sprints, but I was known by my track coach as "STRONG…small, but mighty!"

That was my first encounter with weights and the sense of empowerment. I loved seeing the muscles on me. While the girls my age thought about putting the makeup on, I thought about putting the muscles on. Not until after college…about 8 years later, I joined a local gym again to get in touch with my sense of "independence" as I moved out from my parents’ home from Illinois to Florida. Working with the weights gave me something that I can aim, control, achieve, and see the result. I was more aware of my mind and body development when I was lifting weights. I continued working out on my own for another 15 years or so…flipping through fitness magazines and not really knowing the ins-and-outs of being ‘fit’. I finally had the nerve to hire a personal trainer in my 40’s and, she showed me correct forms and lectured on proper nutrition, which are involved with the whole package of Health and Fitness.


It was also that time, when my personal life had changed drastically. To start a new chapter in my life, I had started up a Bucket List of "Things to Do Before the next Decade". One of the items was: To compete in a BodyBuilding Show. I laughed at the list after I wrote it…it just seemed too farfetched. I didn’t know where to start, what it would take, and how I could get there. God answered all my doubts by bringing my current fiancé into my life -- who is also into fitness and knows the fitness industry since he had competed many years ago before we met. Nevertheless, the item on my Bucket List became my commitment, and in 2012…when I was 43 years old, I stepped on the stage for the first time. And that was my gateway into fitness industry and as I grow into it, I have so much appreciation to this sports and athletes and I was hooked.

Where do you typically workout? A certain gym? Any outdoor training?
I work out at a local gym called Family Fitness Center in New Port Richey/Hudson. I also have a membership to Planet Fitness in that area for 24x7 accessibility (for those days when other priorities in my life don’t allow me to get to the gym before the regular closing time). I also utilize my treadmill at home and do my plyo sessions in the basement when no weights are required. I am not choosy about where I work out…my goal is to get my work out done anywhere just as long as I can get it done.

Share with us a bit about your contest history and most memorable show experience
I started out my journey by competing in Figure Division. My show history includes:
*** Oct 2012 Tim Gardner’s NPC Hurricane Bay – 2nd Place Novice; 5th Place Open Short Class
*** Nov 2012 NPC All South – 5th Place Open Short Class
*** April 2015 Miami Muscle Beach – 3rd Place Master 45; 4th Place Open Short Class
*** June 2015 NPC Tampa Bay Classic – Overall Master 40+, 2nd Place Open Short Class
*** Aug 2015 Tim Gardner’s Extravaganza – 2nd Place Master 40+, 1st Place Open Short Class

Is there something that motivates and or inspires you to workout, diet and compete in fitness that non-competitors might connect with? Which part do you have the most difficulty with?
In general, my motivation for anything in life comes from my own desire to better myself and my own fear of failure. I grew up in the environment where the parents compete with other parents to see whose kids are more successful or accomplished. Some may not agree with this type of parenting, but it sort of gave me the fuel to try harder just so that I will not fail. In my case, it was NOT about being the most accomplished or most successful; it was about NOT failing (#FailureIsNotAnOption). I was taught to always give 100% to everything that I had set my mind on. My famous lecture from my parents was: "Be humble and be an underdog. Talk less and do more until people recognize your result without you having to brag about it. Once you have started something, do NOT talk to us about quitting until you are complete with the task." This kind of motivation also applies toward my training for the competition. The hardest part of training was the diet. I had NEVER dieted a day in my life of 40 years…eating whatever I see, smell…whenever. When I was training for my first show and saw the ‘Nutrition Plan’ from my then Coach, I cheated every meal and even though about quitting within 2 weeks. During that time, I was also fueled by all the ‘nay-sayers’ who firmly believe I CANNOT do this and had waited on me to quit.
The only motivation I had then was myself: I reminded myself to take it one day at a time…one meal at a time. I reminded myself that I was not aiming for perfection; I was thriving for progress that is good enough to get on the stage.
When my motivation runs out, I look up for my inspiration. I was mainly inspired by all of the ‘fit’ ladies who were featured in Oxygen Magazine at that time. I admired all of the PRO Figure Competitors’ physique and wished to look as strong and muscular, but yet still soft and feminine. My current inspiration is my Coach Genn Strobo – Olympia Contender -- what a great honor and an opportunity to have her as my mentor. I remembered staring at her and lost for words when I first met her.

How do your goals on stage connect with your non-athletic activities?
Any goal that I have…either it be life, career, or fitness, I follow the same approach:
1. Commit to the goal
2. Set a reasonable deadline
3. Seek for the Subject Matter Expert/Professional advice
4. Obtain the Master Plan
5. Follow and Execute until the goal is complete
6. Enjoy the accomplish of NOT quitting

How many times a day do you eat and what’s your typical caloric, carb and protein intake per day?
Currently, Coach Genn at Bombshell Fitness writes my nutrition plan for me. My plan includes 6 meals a day and, each meal contains a well-balanced protein, carb and ‘good’ fat. I am not sure about the daily intake of calories on my meal plan. Lucky for me, I don’t have the time nor desire to calculate all the calories and decide on what to eat. Coach Genn does all the hard work on coming up with the meal plan, while all I do is cook, eat, and enjoy. Not much thought or effort is needed from my side as far as nutrition goes – just sticking to the plan.

How many times a week do you work out and for how long?
I work out 5 days a week with weights and at least one AM cardio session. My weight session runs from 1 to 1 ½ hours and, my cardio session is normally an hour. As the competition date approaches, depending on my body condition, I sometimes have to do PM cardio session as well. However, PM cardio session is a hit-or-miss due to my long work schedule and drive.

What’s your favorite body part to train?
I enjoyed training my shoulders and back. I had told Coach that I want to grow WINGS!!

What’s the most comical or unusual comment someone has made to you? How did you deal with it?
I used to get approached by strangers at a gym, telling me not to lift heavy weights; otherwise, I would look like a man with too much muscle. I smiled and told them "I am tired of waiting since it hasn’t happened yet and, I have been trying to lift heavy for past 20 years."

Do you use a coach or nutritionist and how has they impacted your journey?
Yes. I used to train with Coach Tim Gardner – Team Body Tech when I was living in Westchase Area in Tampa. My current coach is Gennifer Strobo from Bombshell Fitness. Both of these coaches have greatly impacted on my Figure Journey. They both saw my potential and believed in me that I could totally do "figure" with my frame and size. I totally look up to them for any advice during my journey. I would not have made it this far without their guidance and knowledge in this fitness industry.

What is your favorite non-athletic activity?
I like to practice piano to relax and spend time with my family and friends.

Stats: -
Weight: 98.6 Off-Season; 92.8 Contest
Measurements: (Chest: 34, Waist: 23 ½, Hips: 33, Thighs: 19, Biceps: 11 ½) inches

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