But due to her late start, Sim only did two rounds of competition before stopping. “About seven years ago, there weren’t many female bodybuilding competitors, but these days there are more, which is really good for the sport.”
WOMEN POWER: THE IMPORTANCE OF STRENGTH TRAINING
Currently, 95 per cent of Sim’s clientele is made up of women. “I do enjoy training women. It’s always more fun to chit chat about shopping, makeup, motherhood, boyfriends and husbands.”
If there’s one thing that she would like to educate women about when it comes to exercise, it would be to encourage them to strength train.
“It’s not about lifting heavy weights to bulk up. The misconception is that if you do strength training, you’ll be really muscular. But that’s not true. It actually takes a really long time to build big muscles.”
Strength training, she said, is about being able to function well. It’s also been scientifically proven to increase bone density, which is important as women age.
“If you’re in your 30s or 40s and you have weak knees or ankles, it’s not a good sign. You should be able to climb four flights of stairs without feeling like you’re going to collapse or having any pain in your knees. You should be able to carry your kids or groceries, or even your luggage off the baggage carousel without feeling a strain in your back,” she added.
Plus, strength training also helps with fat burning as it increases your metabolism, she said.