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Own The Rhythm

Time is ticking, and the star powering Teo Yi Ping is not missing a beat.

Teo Yi Ping wears the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 38mm with stainless steel and sedna gold on rubber, Calibre 8800

With Flyproject on its way, Teo Yi Ping is busier than ever. Running in and out from Flycycle’s studio at Verve@shops to the Fly office at Common Ground Mont Kiara. Clearly, Ping takes her roles in Flycycle and Flyproject seriously yet she still manage to find time for herself. “At Flyproject, I’m currently managing the Marketing and PR aspect whereby my team and I work on strategising and generating creative content, campaigns, projects and ideas for it. We focus on ways to effectively communicate to our customers, creating opportunities and connections. Basically everything and anything that helps to evolve the community as well as the brand. On top of this, I instruct at Flycycle about 5-6 times a week.”

Notably, I have to say not many can find such balance, which is why she’s practically a super trainer to me. And believe it or not, it is not only superheroes who need super trainers. Sometimes, we too need one to keep us positive and motivated in life. Having just worked in Flycycle for slightly over a year, Ping has unlocked the know-how to keep people like us going while looking good in a short amount of time.

People are instilled with greater awareness of not only their bodies but also their emotions. In turn, it leads them to healthier decisions, relationships and lives

Recently, I was given an opportunity to participate one of her classes and let’s just say, it was the longest and hardest 45-minute of my life. There was no space for anything else but diligence – everything with Ping was to the very last beat. In short, this incredibly energetic Fly crew keeps it simple: effort, discipline and intensity were encrypted in me after one session with her. Looking at her lean toned physique, I had to know what is her secret to fitness? “The secret is that there is no secret,” she laughs, “it just takes a lot of commitment and hard work. There’s always time to squeeze in a workout. Fitness should be a part of your lifestyle, not a temporary fix. It shouldn’t be on your ‘to-do list’, It should be something you look forward to doing. At the end of the day, your intensity and how you view the workout is everything.”

Teo Yi Ping wears the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Ladies 38mm with sedna gold and diamond bezel & index on leather, Calibre 8801

Ping vs The Community

To Ping, Flycycle is a collective experience that involves people of various backgrounds working out and sweating together. However, the concept of knowing that they’re all working towards the same goal actually allows them to empower one another in that small space. “People are instilled with greater awareness of not only their bodies but also their emotions. In turn, it leads them to healthier decisions, relationships and lives. After that first class, you automatically feel like you’re a part of something, and somehow feel proud to be part of it,” she narrates, highlighting that it is this same community that inspires her constantly. “They’ve demonstrated to me courage, resilience, strength and confidence. They’ve changed me into a person who is grateful for all the little things: love, life and relationships. Every class is just a whole new experience that allows me to discover something new about myself that I didn’t know existed.”

Against the Tide vs With the Flow

Since Flycycle was established in June 2016, the popularity and demand for boutique fitness studios skyrocketed. Albeit some may see it as a challenge, Ping, on the other hand, has a positive outlook. “I think it’s amazing how fitness trends in Malaysia are starting to pick up, especially boutique fitness studios. This is definitely an exciting time, and it only means that we get to touch base with more people of different ages, demographics, backgrounds, who are starting to incorporate fitness into their lifestyles.” And in many ways, Ping explains that this wave synergies perfectly with the launch of Flyproject. “There’s definitely a bigger opportunity for people to experience fitness in an enjoyable way. With other studios coming up, competition does challenge us to innovate and reconnect to the needs of core customers who are also our strongest brand ambassadors. In fact, this gives us room to constantly improve and provide a better overall experience for the community. It definitely helps to push the brand in the right direction.”

I want them to leave the class feeling good about themselves. Ultimately, I want to inspire them to live their lives

Flyproject vs Flycycle

Flyproject is a combination of Flycycle, Flyfight and Flylab. However, Ping simply describes it as the next generation of fitness. “It’s what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. We’re always looking for new ways to evolve, and it was built on the idea of Flycycle,” she expresses. “Our newest additions such as Flyfight is kind of like a ‘Fight Night meets Night Club’ type of boxing while Flylab is a multifunctional space where we allow our team of dynamic instructors to construct interesting workout programs ranging from function to flexibility.” All and all, the Fly vision still remains: “to continuously provide a unique and holistic experience, with high energy beats and flashing neon lights. And these are guided by inspirational individuals for a group workout that benefits the mind, body and soul. We want people to approach fitness with a purpose, to rediscover the best versions of themselves. We want them to not only transform their bodies but their lives as well. Essentially, we want people to come for the fitness, but stay for the change.”

Teo Yi Ping wears the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Ladies 38mm with stainless steel and sedna gold with diamond bezel & index, Calibre 8800

Fitness Coach vs Personal Motivator

Although she keeps her classes old-school, Ping also curates them to be soulful as well. “Our job as an instructor isn’t just within the frame, it isn’t just about cueing the moves and pressing a play button,” she shares. “We motivate, lead, inspire, move, engage and transform. We aim to always delivering an elevated experience that is physically efficient and challenging, spiritually and uplifting and above all else, fun! I care about my riders. I care about their progress. And I care about their overall being. When people come to my class, I want to be the best part of their day. I want them to leave the class feeling good about themselves. Ultimately, I want to inspire them to live their lives.”

We want people to approach fitness with a purpose, to rediscover the best versions of themselves

Expectation vs Reality

Of course, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. While most would think there isn’t much to an instructor, there are things that go beyond what people see. “I spend most of my time listening to music and finding songs to insert into my playlist. The biggest misconception about what people think instructors do is that they just randomly pick music and straight up teach a class. Instead, we curate our classes to our personality. Every class, I always find ways to change it up. From the lights to the setting, the music, the motivational talks and the sequence of the class,” she notes. “The songs I choose are very carefully selected to create emotion; allowing the riders to find their breakthroughs. It also adds to a more unforgettable experience. Music is such a relatable tool that seems to touch people through emotions. And it really is fulfilling when you’re able to connect with someone through music.”

Present vs Future

“Honestly, this year has been incredible for me in so many ways, both personally and professionally,” Ping reveals. “The fact is, I didn’t expect or plan for my life to turn out this way. Life can be so frightening yet exciting. But I have embraced and enjoyed every step along the way that have led me to where I am today. I’ll just let time figure it out and hopefully, it just gets better. I can’t wait for what the next year brings!”

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PHOTOGRAPHY VINCENT PAUL YONG @ VPYP
WORDS LEONG EE VONNE
STYLING NIGEL LEE
MAKE-UP & HAIR JOEY YAP

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