Ambassadors

We have chosen some inspiring women in Hong Kong to be our ambassadors. Meet them below!

Kimberley Carder

   

Brief intro about yourself:

A Hong Kong native currently in my final year of my PsyD Clinical Psychology degree while also pursuing athletic dreams of being a jiu-jitsu world champion.

What is your best result in a competition?

In 2015 I won the first women’s professional MMA fight in Hong Kong. I was the unsuspecting underdog who won by unanimous decision.

What do you like about being athlete?

How it has completely changed my relationship with my body and fostered an understanding of the connection between body and mind. I am much more in tune to knowing what my body needs and how my mind can facilitate that need and vice versa. On days where I am not feeling so positive, I know I need to go for a run, lift something heavy or go for a jiu-jitsu cuddle (and by cuddle I mean get smashed by a training partner).

Being an athlete has also changed my relationship with my body in the sense that I now see my body as a tool (a weapon of mass destruction on a good day). My body has functionality and purpose, so how could I start to shame it for the extra pounds it carries? That negative self-talk has really changed the more connected I am to my athleticism.

Favorite place to workout in HK?

Espada. When you train jiu jitsu, your gym becomes your second home. It’s a tight-knit community. I am there daily either throwing around some kettlebells or being thrown around by my team mates.

What’s your spirit animal and why?

Depends on the day to be honest! When I am in my work and competition zone, I am a panther, the most underrated of the cat family – no fancy prints or buffoonery that people put on their shoes and handbags but a lethal predator that gets the job done. When I’m at home, I’m a panda.

How do you usually start your day?

On days when I do early morning training I take a cordyceps supplement, it’s a mushroom supplement that wakes me up, creates a sense of alertness and gets my body ready for action.

Best post – workout fuel?

Other than a high-5? Some simple protein and carbs.

What would you consider your hardest challenge in life so far?

I had to make a conscious decision right after my MMA fight if I wanted to pursue fighting professionally and take on other fight offers that were coming my way at the time. It was an incredibly tough decision to make, do I continue down my current path of academia or take on this completely unconventional path of fighting full-time? I won’t do into a whole load of details but I did a lot of weighing the pros and cons, as well as long term career planning for both options. Living with the decision has had some tough days even now. Scheduling my own training hours every week now for jiujitsu, while also reminding myself that I consciously chose studying as a priority is a tough internal battle I continue to go through!

Who inspires you?

I am continually inspired by most people I meet. I am fortunate to have an elite breed of female friends who are goal-setting, determined individuals who remind me that there’s always more gas in the tank and power in our wolfpack to dig-deep and keep achieving my goals. My training partners at 6am who are mostly fathers who need to get a few more hours in their day so they can spend time with their children in the evening, so they sacrifice sleep. My jiujitsu professor, Rodrigo Caporal who works and teaches with so much passion and kindness.

What’s your take on the women’s fitness industry, is it going in the right

direction?

I believe as long as there are more and more women getting in touch with their bodies as tools of function, it is a positive movement. When the relationship with the body becomes that of shaming and not being “enough” we start so see bigger systemic issues but that is a larger societal issue. There’s a lot of misinformation circulating the internet, but now more than ever there are a lot of informed people too. As long as we don’t get seduced by sexy instagrammers who sell false promises we should all be okay!

What do you think is the biggest misconception about female athletes or women

that do sport?

That they’re superhuman with no flaws. I think the fall of Ronda Rousey really highlighted the humanity in sport and that it is a big game, sometimes you’re in front and other times you’re behind. You need to be brave, face failure and not let it define you.

Are you a meal person or a snack person?

Both!

What’s your best health advice to women?

Your body is the greatest science experiment you’re given. Try different things for a couple of weeks and be committed to the programming – see what your body responds to optimally. Consistency is key, so when you love the sport/exercise component and the meal plan – you will get the results you want!

If you could put one thing on a billboard what would it be?

Listen more, speak less.

 

Daniella Means

 

    

 

Brief intro about yourself

I’m just another third culture mixed Hong Kong girl .  I was a national HK rugby player in both 7s and 15s, studied Business at Nottingham University and now compete in Powerlifting and Strongman whilst working as a Project Manager for Ultimate Performance.

What is your best result in an event?

2017 Arnold Classic WorldWide Strongman Championships: 7th Place (Lightweight Women)

What do you like about being athlete?

It’s a constant learning process – you can always strive to improve. Whether a goal is achieved, surpassed, or completly missed, some sort of lesson from each experience can always be found. I’m a firm believer that one needs to always be ‘teachable’ because there is always more to learn or something to work on. 

Favorite place to workout in HK?

Ultimate Performance Hong Kong , naturally 😉

What’s your spirit animal and why?

In my family we often talk about our Chinese zodiac, and tease each other accordingly…mainly because my mom is a pig.  I was born in the year of the horse, so I guess it has become my “spirit animal.” The personality of those born in the year of the horse is one that is “extremely animated, active and energetic. Horses love to be in a crowd, and can usually be seen on such occasions as concerts, theater performances, and sporting events. With a deft sense of humor, Horses are masters of repartee.” Fairly accurate I’d say!

How do you usually start your day?

I wake up at 6AM every day, and reflect f o r the first 5min about things I am grateful for in that moment. That includes simple things like a roof over my head, my family, the sun shining, anything! I then start thinking about what I want to get out of the next 24 hours

while getting my stuff prepared for the day (laptop, notebook, training gear, etc.).  I take my morning dose of vitamins/supplements (Apple Cider Vinegar, Vit B, Vit C, Glucosamine Chondroitin, Fish Oil), and then start work around 7AM with a cup of coffee. I usually wait until 9-10AM to have my breakfast and train before lunch.

Best post – workout fuel?

I always have a whey protein shake and add in a scoop of superfood/greens powder – Ultimate Performance make a chocolate flavoured one called Chocotrients which is DELICIOUS and makes my chocolate shake…that much more chocolicious.

What would you consider your hardest challenge in life so far?

When I came back to Hong Kong after university, I found it really hard time readjusting back to living back at home with my

family , feeling claustrophobic in the bubble that Hong Kong is , and I had a really tough time finding a job .  To make a long story short, it wasn’t long for me to be diagnosed with depression. It took some time, therapy, and self-searching to realise what things were important to me, and what “success” means to me. 

I’ve learned that I need to surround myself with people who want the same things as me, and those people who bring me up. At the same time, it is important to remove anything toxic from my environment, and set boundaries with people, places and things. Exercising and strength training has helped me massively in dealing with depression, I am no longer on medication and I am also the happiest I have ever been. All we have is today, so we may as well LIVE it .

Who inspires you?

My mama. She was a single working mother who brought up my younger sister and I. Her family couldn’t afford for her to attend university, and her career only started after my parents got divorced when I was 6 years old. Instead of moving back to Malaysia, she stuck it out in Hong Kong and juggled being a mother of two, and a full time employee. My mama is my hero.

What’s your take on the women’s fitness industry, is it going in the right direction?

I’m really happy to see that strength training for women, and the body shapes that result from that, is no w not only accepted in popular culture, but also seen as aspirational. It’s great to see that more body types and shapes are being represented and celebrated, but as always more can be done.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about female athletes or women that do sport?

That we can’t be girly or enjoy doing girly things like dressing up or getting a manicure.

Are you a meal person or a snack person?

I’m a meal person for sure! I like feeling full, rather than having little snacks throughout the day (which drives me slightly insane as I never feel fully sated).

What’s your best health advice to women?

Be consistent, and keep it simple, surround yourself with people on the same mission.

Simple routine and program (3-4 times a week), simple gym (you just need the basics, no fancy pants equipment or trendy sport), simple membership (i.e. not pay-as-you-go expensive classes that you’ll eventually skip), simple diet (cut out the processed junk and stuff you KNOW is bad for you). If you keep it simple, and make it as easy as possible for yourself, you are more likley to keep it going as part of your routine. Being around people that are on the same mission as you will help keep you going!

If you could put one thing on a billboard what would it be?  

Strive for progress, not perfection.

 

Louise Page

  

Brief Intro about yourself

After graduating from college, I became an English tutor in Hong Kong, helping local students prepare for their college entrance exams. On the side, I am a fitness enthusiast. With my fitness and lifestyle blog Girly Machine, I share my fitness journey and the pursuit of a balanced lifestyle with my fellow followers.

 What is your best result in a race?

I finished a 10k race in 56 mins at Standard Charterd marathon. Nothing impressive but hey- I’m proud of it still as it’s my best result!

What do you like about being athlete?

 Although, there are some days when I feel like I can’t make it through, I love the challenge of being an athlete. Being busy women, we not only have to stay on top of our career game, but we have to push our bodies to their physical limits day in and day out. At the end of the day, I feel no greater sense of accomplishment.

Favorite place to workout in HK?

Basically anywhere outdoors- especially on the beach. There are loads of outdoorsy things to do in Hong Kong. The world is your gym. 

What’s your spirit animal and why?

A sloth. I have my laid back side and I love to go with the flow. Some of my favorite activities include eating, sleeping, and eating again. Discipline is key.

How do you usually start your day?

A big glass of water and a plate of fresh fruit. 

Best post – workout fuel?

Cranberry juice. The sourness in it wakes me up!

What would you consider your hardest challenge in life so far?

My first year of teaching! It was so overwhelming that I became disconnected from my social circles, skipped family gatherings and failed to take care of my body. I was constantly sick and fell into a dark place emotionally. That was when I realized I needed to rediscover balance in my life. I sought ways to measure my achievements in a healthier way by picking up running. Then I saw myself participating in my first 10K race in Shanghai. Running was not exactly enjoyable, but it was a challenge I wanted to embrace. My history of asthma as a child didn’t make it easier, but I didn’t let it become an excuse. On race day, I remembered the smog being so intense, but managed to pushed through knowing that if I gave up, the regret would come back to haunt me.

Who inspires you?

 The best thing that happened to me in my first race was my encounter with an 83-year-old marathoner, Papa Xuan. Our brief conversation was inspiring in many ways. Besides telling me about his glorious stories of running since his 30s, he warned me that running marathons is highly addictive – once you start, you won’t ever stop. He was right. I then pushed myself to finish a half marathon in San Francisco and another half in Taipei, ultimately challenging and completing the 26K race at the Great Ocean Road in Melbourne!

What’s your take on the women’s fitness industry, is it going in the right direction?

Definitely. With the advent of the internet, more women are starting to recognize the science-backed benefits of working out, such as boosting longevity, building muscle mass, and protecting against diabetes, back pain, and more. 

What do you think is the biggest misconception about female athletes or women that do sport?

For sure it’s the rumor that lifting makes them bulky! However, a growing number of women, in particular, have come to realize that lifting weights won’t necessarily make them bulky, and in fact will help them burn more fat and boost metabolism.

 Are you a meal person or a snack person?

Snack for sure. I snack probably 5-6 times a day. My favorite snack is dehydrated vegetable chips.

What’s your best health advice to women?

Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to forgo your favorite glass of wine or a piece of chocolate cake now and then. The key is moderation. Get a mix of lean proteins, healthy fats, smart carbs, and fiber.

If you could put one thing on a billboard what would it be?

What’s something nice you did for somebody today?

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If you know somebody who is doing amazing things and would like to recommend them as an ambassador please email us! info@womensfive.com