You might have seen Paul Foster on television or at one of the events he's hosted, and you know this familiar face is a pretty fit guy. Being a local celebrity non-withstanding, Paul is like every man who enjoys going to the gym, working up a sweat, and leading a healthy lifestyle. It's so ingrained in his everyday that some people just starting out might think his regime is a touch intimidating, but those looking for someone to emulate when motivation runs thin can look to the man who manages to hit the gym on the regular despite his busy schedule.
We speak to Paul about his healthy living journey, and he's shared his meal and workout plans for anyone looking for some guidance.
How did you cultivate your diet?
I don't really count macros. I eat to supplement my training, and vice versa. In 2010 was when I really refined my diet, going more towards brown grains and being more careful on my carb intake. I'm big on taste, I don't believe eating healthy has to be a drag so I am constantly trying new recipes, and I pay attention to my portions and exactly what I'm putting into my body. I try to eat what's generally healthy and eat in moderation.
What's your favourite cheat meal versus your favourite healthy meal?
I've got too many cheat meals, to be honest! I love nasi padang and briyani. For healthy meals, I'm currently in a quinoa salad mix. You get a good mix of legumes and grains, as well as fresh vegetables with a nice dressing — you get all you need to eat in one bowl. Keeping a good, healthy balance is imperative.
What's your weekly training regimen like?
I have a six-day week training programme. I do the usual — targeting different muscle groups on different days. I cap each workout with cardio on a cross trainer but I'll have to implement more running soon, as I'm running the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 21km at the end of the year. I also just started doing CrossFit two to three times a week, atop of my regular training programme.
I'm giving CrossFit a shot cause its in my nature to always want to try new things. It's hard, and very different from your typical gym routine, but I love anything that challenges me and gets me fit.
What would you say to men who skip leg day?
I used to skip leg day all the time, but don't skip it! The perception seems to be that you don't have to work on the legs because you want to look good aesthetically or feel good and work only on the upper body, because that's what everyone sees. But chicken legs are not attractive. The counter theory is that your legs are the biggest muscle group, and working on the legs helps to increase your testosterone and improves your muscle building ability. As much as leg day may suck, you gotta be in proportion.
What supplements do you take?
In the mornings I take Fish Oil and a Multivitamin, and I kickstart my fat burning engine with MaxiNutrition Thermobol and Lush Protein CLA. Pre-workout my favourite is MusclePharm Assault and I take MuscleTech Nitro-Tech and MusclePharm Glutamine post-workout.
PAUL FOSTER'S MEAL PLAN
PAUL FOSTER'S TRAINING PLAN
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