Previously, people were obsessed about looking super thin to the point where they would starve themselves (we’re looking at you, ’90s waif era). As we move into a new era, being fit and healthy is definitely the new beauty standard. Strong is the new sexy!
Thanks to this new ideal image, more people are coming out and exercising instead of blindly skipping meals. Committing to a healthy diet that covers all groups of the food pyramid is also now a priority instead of the plain ol’ no-carb rule.
However, many people still have a negative perception towards athletic women who are toned and have obvious muscles on show, even when they’re not flexin’. Nam sayin’?
Well, these 13 Malaysian women who work out are here to prove to you just how sexy they are with their sculpted silhouettes. Let the #fitspo begin!
A woman of impeccable strength and stature, not only is Nana every woman’s role model, she is also a personal trainer, motivational speaker and a fitness inspiration.
Stemming from pure passion, Nana’s journey with bodybuilding, fitness and wellness has been an extremely personal one. Without a doubt, she is a female force to be reckoned with. I mean, just look at those hard-rock abs!
Ann, who hails from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, isn’t someone you’d want to mess with in an MMA ring because she can knock you out before you can even say a word.
To be able to fight like that, Ann goes through a rigorous workout regimen to ensure that she is always at the top of her game. Besides training and fighting in the ring, Ann also often conducts workshops on female self-defense!
3. Janell Tan
Janell Tan, or more commonly known as Nell, is one of those girls who make crossfit look like a stroll in the park. Of course, there is no exercise that is so simple yet could show such wonderful results.
Nell and her partner, Nick, started a company called The Kettlebowl, which caters breakfast for champions. It offers a special range of granola with some pretty yummy flavours such as maple, pecan and ginger all mixed into one.
4. Linora Low
The perfect ambassador for ‘muscular and sexy’ would definitely have to be Mix FM’s DJ, Linora Low. This beautiful lady has proven that hard work and determination will definitely reap fruitful results.
Through her own personal fitness journey, she has been able to share consistently on her social media platforms on exercise routines, diets and lots of tips! You know who to follow for some much-needed #fitspo!
Plus, who can deny those sexy legs of hers when she slips on a high-slit dress. Hello 😉
5. Robyn Lau
There’s often a misconception that ladies who practise yoga are usually slim and delicate. However, there are many different forms of yoga and most of them require you to engage many muscles you never knew you had!
Robyn Lau is a yoga instructor who dares to show off her toned body while doing those impeccable stretches and inversions. Heck, this woman can even hold up her whole body weight with just one hand!
6. Ain Ramli
Whoever said wearing a shawl meant that women can’t exercise can go smack themselves with a wet towel because Ain is obviously proving all the haters wrong.
This lass kept well to her religion by covering up as she should but still works her butt off every day to maintain a fit body. The 25-year-old definitely received backlash for her physique but she doesn’t plan to stop pumping endorphin to look super fine. Kudos Ain!
Pandalela Rinong is none other than Malaysia’s amazing diver and medalist. She has represented our nation many times in various water sports.
Her greatest achievement by far is winning the silver medal in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in the synchronised swimming event with Cheong Jun Hoong. Time and time again, she has made Malaysians proud by bagging those extraordinary medals. Her glowing holiday-like tan definitely lends extra sex appeal!
8. Sarah Lian
Sarah Lian is no stranger to Malaysians. If you don’t recognise her name, you will definitely recognise her face. Since the tender age of 10, Sarah has been in multiple plays and productions.
From there onward, this wonder woman expanded her career into emceeing and hosting as well. As an emcee, her natural charisma and charm makes her one of Malaysia’s most sought-after personalities.
Of her many passions, health and fitness is something she truly upholds, in both physical and mental aspects. Sarah has often been equated to abs, and we can obviously tell why based on her workout photos on Instagram.
9. Davina Goh
As a full-fledged vegan, people often wonder how Davina Goh gets her protein in order to have such a toned body. Since 2000, Davina has stuck to her belief in a plant-based lifestyle and advocates it till today.
You can find many Malaysian-inspired recipes and tips on healthy vegan lifestyle on her various social media platforms. Plus, this woman may not look it but she’s a Shaolin Kung Fu graduate!
In other words, she can totally kick your butt if you cross her. Don’t play play ah…
10. Jazel Lim
Jazel Lim was like a little bud who blossomed into a beautiful flower when she moved from Malacca to Kuala Lumpur. Most girls would only dream of moving to the bustling city and making it big but Jazel actually made the dream come true.
Now, with 101k followers on Instagram, she is a social media influencer, emcee, model as well as a fashion and beauty devotee, and of course a fitness enthusiast. One look at her smokin’ hot bod and you can tell that this woman works really hard to achieve and maintain it.
11. Talitha Tan
Talitha Tan has made quite a name for herself since 2016. After all, this 22-year-old’s heavenly voice often filled many venues as she went on stage to perform some covers and her own songs.
Though she may look like a sweet little angel, this gal is actually truly tenacious as she enjoys some rather rough sports such as futsal, parkour and weightlifting!
Her social media platforms often depict her life running and jumping around outside or lifting those metal plates in the gym. Sweat is something Talitha is proud to show off because it obviously represents the amount of effort she’s put in.
12. Natasha Loo
For PR Executive Natasha Loo, sweating is no biggie. In fact, based on her Instagram feed, anyone can tell that Natasha enjoys sweating it all out.
She can totally lift some rather heavy weights too, so don’t let her elegant-demure facade fool you. Natasha also enjoys dolling up and putting together pretty outfits that absolutely accentuate her figure.
Who says a girl who works out can’t look sexy?
Suhaili Micheline, or Sue, is a name anyone would know in the dance industry. In 2007, she was crowned the 2nd runner-up in the reality dance TV show, So You Think You Can Dance Season 1.
Throughout the competition, she showcased how she could mix old school ballet with other contemporary genres such as hip hop.
As a seasoned ballet expert and children’s dance instructor, Sue continues to spread her love for dance onto others in the Aurora School of Dancing.
So there you have it, sexy and muscular do go hand-in-hand, amirite? These 13 Malaysian women are just a handful of many other fit and gorgeous ladies out there.
If you don’t have a fit body but totally want one, don’t give up! Everybody starts somewhere and with some hard work and effort, you can totally achieve your ideal #bodygoal.
Perfectly happy with how you look right now? It’s no problem too! We all come in different shapes and sizes, and the most important thing is to love ourselves and be happy.