Another side of … Melissa Indot

Another side of … Melissa Indot

Melissa Indot is often recognised for her pixie cut hair, unique vocals and of course, the Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) award which she bagged in 2008 for Best English Album, Eclecticism.

When not busy singing, songwriting, putting an end to global warming or conquering the known world, this KLite spends her days indulging in rigorous workout regimes.

A little known fact about Melissa Indot is that she is quite the sports junkie.

Up to a year ago, Melissa could be spotted at the gym from time to time but she only started getting serious about fitness upon deciding to release a new album.

"When I'm working harder, my brain is always busy. My body must be able to keep up with my active brain," said the spirited five-footer.

Among many recreational activities, Melissa reveals her love for boxing in particular.

"I took up boxing for many reasons. First of all, it's good cardio. Through boxing you can work your core and fine-tune your balance. But mostly, it's my stress reliever," she said.

She first tried her hand at boxing when her fitness trainer Diamond Ogbeide suggested the sport.

"My friends and family have group training three times a week at which Diamond will introduce something different. I took to boxing because it's a combination of many sports," she explained.

Although Melissa has never taken part in competitive boxing, she still maintains a pretty exhaustive workout schedule.

Every morning starts off with a 7km walk, followed by biweekly cardio routines that involve either a one hour of trail running or cycling and then slows down and stretches her muscles with another hour of pilates which she does twice a week.

Three times a week, she practices a more focused training regime that includes either boxing, TRX, Cross Core, Viper workouts or Sandbag training (all a combination of weight-lifting and cardio).

To keep up with all the physical activities, Melissa maintains an equally healthy diet.

"I start the day off with warm water and lemon juice. After my morning workout, I will usually have breakfast comprising of a fruit and vegetable smoothie complemented with wholegrain toast," she shared.

Carbs are avoided but on her 'cheat' days, Melissa gives in to the occasional pasta or rice meal.

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