Joseph Edward Gragasin (left) and Brandon Teo are training friends. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)
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Surname: Brandon Teo / Joseph Edward Gragasin (@ brandyontherock / @ font12_arial)
Height: 1.84m / 1.77m
Weight: 80kg / 74kg
Job: Head of Brand Communication / Regional Sales
Food – Brandon: Generally no rice and noodles, eggs and protein shakes for breakfast with more meat and protein for other meals. I love my desserts too, and I usually eat some after my meals. This is my motivation and it serves as a reward to keep fit.
Joseph: I eat everything in moderation, from salads to homemade dishes to fast food. I believe in healthy habits, not restrictions, and understand what your body needs to achieve certain goals.
A practice – Brandon: Our training consists of traditional strength and high-intensity workouts. I also practice yoga. We’re going to do City Runs and MacRitchie Runs on Wednesdays and weekends.
Joseph: We visit the gym about 4 to 5 times a week. I create my own workout routines using a combination of cardio, strength, stretching and martial arts exercises.
Joseph (left) and Brandon regularly work out in gyms and also run around town and the MacRitchie Reservoir. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)
What were your sporting backgrounds?
Brandon: I grew up playing table tennis, badminton, basketball and volleyball. I started volleyball in my junior college days and believed that my height was an advantage in the A division.
Joseph: Usually practice martial arts at a very young age. Wushu played a huge role when I was growing up. I have also studied other martial arts disciplines such as Sikaran, Arnis and Taekwondo. I represented my university in national competitions and also represented my home country Philippines in the region as a former member of the national wushu team.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of training together?
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Brandon: The advantages would be the motivation and drive to break your personal best and not have to plan training after a long day at work. Cons would be a longer training session and likely more distraction.
Joseph: One benefit of training together is that it creates a very encouraging atmosphere to push and challenge each other in every corner of the fitness program, which can lead to a very positive outcome.
One possible disadvantage is that if the two of us have a huge difference in fitness proficiency levels, one may find one exercise too challenging while the other may not be exerting enough effort to be effective.
Nevertheless, we believe that consistency in training, as well as patience and understanding are important in order to nurture and grow together in order to achieve the common goal of fitness training synergy.
Brandon Teo says that exercising with a friend is the motivation to improve. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)
Joseph believes that it takes consistency and patience between any two training partners for both of them to see results. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)
Have you experienced incidents that made you feel insecure?
Brandon: When I was playing table tennis in elementary school, I was told that I have “chicken wings”. Feeling insecure, I switched to badminton and made high jumps, where I gained some self-confidence through the advantage of my height.
Joseph: I’ve experienced insecurities and I think it’s normal, but I think they were never the reason for me to change my fitness goals and in life I have always been steadfast in my life goals, always reminding me that I have to keep trying Keep believing in me to achieve something no matter what I do.
When did you feel the least confident?
Brandon: When I was in elementary school, I applied to be in the Trim and Fit Club (TAF Club). I was tall but not overweight. We were allowed to do sports every day during breaks and I became more confident after losing some weight and acquiring some skills.
Joseph: In competitions and tournaments, I sometimes get an unsuccessful result and feel less confident as a result. But instead of hating or giving up, I take this opportunity to learn and understand how others have done it. I see them as a source of inspiration to learn new techniques, improve and receive valuable advice.
Are you satisfied with your body now?
Brandon: I’m happy with what I’ve achieved so far, but I have to keep training because I love food and desserts.
Joseph: Yes, I think I have to be happy and I believe that satisfaction with what we have is crucial to our own happiness. But we shouldn’t stop finding that room for self improvement within ourselves, and we should keep that flame burning.
Brandon believes that having a goal in mind helps setting the mental and physical strengths for your exercise program. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)
Joseph believes that his body is the result of believing in healthy habits. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)
Is your body a result of your exercise program or is it something you have been working towards?
Brandon: It is both. Having a goal in mind helps to set the mental and physical strength to achieve the results. You can plan a great workout, but without focus and the right mindset, you will not get the expected results and keep them in the long run.
Joseph: It is the result of my lifestyle believing in healthy habits, not limitations.
Have you ever received comments about your body?
Brandon: Yes sir. My physique is too big for modeling jobs (except fitness modeling). My head is too big for my body. My waist is too big. Fortunately, I’ve learned to be content with what I have now.
Joseph: Yes, most people say I am very fit or muscular, some say I need to exercise more of this and that part of my body, but in the end I don’t care what other people say unless they are the people that are important to me.
If you could change anything about yourself, would you?
Brandon: I would change the way I perceive and receive such comments and how they affect me mentally and emotionally. As they always say, “There are two sides of the same coin,” so find the side that makes you feel good.
Singapore #Fitspo of the week: Brandon Teo (back) and Joseph Edward Gragasin. (PHOTO: Cheryl Tay)