Former TV hunk Vincent Ng on still keeping fit and ripped at 42

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His days as a TV hunk may be over but local ex-actor and martial artist Vincent Ng remains as ripped as before.

But those washboard abs do not come easy - especially now that he is 42.

Targeting his body fat content at the 10 per cent level usually requires him to hit the gym four times a week, jog two to three times weekly and cycle on park connectors on weekends.

The main difference for the three-time South-east Asian Games gold medallist is that he now sets his sights on maintaining his body, rather than pushing it to its limits.

Ng, who was famous in the late 90s and early 2000s for his sculpted physique, told The New Paper: "When I was involved in wushu competitively in the 1990s, I would be training 12 times a week, with each training session lasting about two hours.

"I exercise but my routine now depends also on my family's schedule and commitment to Wufang Singapore," he added, referring to the martial arts academy he opened in 2005, which has about 1,000 students.

Eating healthy has never been more important to Ng, who eats five small meals daily.

"I try to cut down on sugar and make sure I get enough protein. I also cut down on carbs but we can't live without them," he said. "I take a lot of 'cheat days'- I do not even believe in calling it a cheat day. I am not a fitness freak who never eats prata or chocolate. At family gatherings or events, I will just enjoy the food."

He added: "How can I miss my own birthday cake just to watch my carbs?"

On Aug 25, Ng will be a judge for inaugural fitness competition Fitness Super Star 2018, a collaboration between fashion producer-choreographer Hideki Akiyoshi and Resorts World Sentosa.

For Ng, fitness is a lifestyle one cultivates and setting personal targets is more important than aspiring towards a common standard.

"For some, fitness is a competition. Others want to look good or be fit.

"Make sure you have an objective before choosing the right regime and workout," he said. "I hope to change the perception that you should work out just to look good."

He does not buy into the idea of a perfect body either.

"In different historical periods, we see different ideas of the perfect body and beauty standards."

His personal take, however, is that this entails having a proportionate body with well-defined muscles.

"Fitness can be aligned with your long-term personal development," he added.

Having an active lifestyle is something that he shares with his wife, who wants to be known only as Mei Ling and is pregnant with their first child.

A love for hiking brought the couple together and they got married last July.

Before her pregnancy, they would climb Bukit Timah Hill almost every weekend for a workout and have fried carrot cake for breakfast.

Ng said: "Mei Ling and I enjoy working out and we like to spend time together, so working out together comes naturally to us."

Even though she is in her third trimester, the couple continue to hit the gym.

"She will do a bit of indoor cycling, yoga and light weight-lifting, as long as these are exercises that pregnant women are allowed to do," Ng said.

"At night, we go for a 3km walk sometimes, but I don't allow her to run."

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Take a peek into Vincent Ng's gorgeous home

  • Vincent's three-storey home in Ang Mo Kio is a beautiful balance of traditional elements and the avant-garde, which is no surprise considering his martial arts background.
  • If you're not sure how or where certain fixtures should go, think about how to streamline your space so it doesn't look messy or haphazard. Take a leaf out of Vincent's book: A central axis runs the length of the house, beginning from the porch, continuing through the living room and into the dry kitchen. Elements such as the main door, television console and kitchen island, right down to the tile line, are all aligned along this datum.
  • The layering effect of the stairwell design was inspired by the overlapping panels of the pendant light in the dry kitchen.
  • The base of the television console feature is a black marble slab that was acid-treated to achieve a textured effect.
  • Norman sealed off the void at the top of the stairwell to create a master suite for Vincent, with a foyer and lounge area.
  • The leather travertine feature wall behind the headboard has an interesting texture that is a contrast of smooth and rough. It has an iridescent, quartz-like effect against the light that creates a mesmerising visual spectacle.
  • The master bath has a soothing spa-like ambience. The lighting feature around the rain shower creates a halo effect.
  • Even washbasin drainage holes and shower floor traps are discreetly hidden from view. End walls are deftly terminated with a special stainless steel piece at the bottom junction. The specially designed washbasin incorporates a sloping black granite insert that drains water efficiently while concealing the drainage hole.
  • The walk-in wardrobe attached to the master bath was tailor-made for Vincent and his wife. Norman personally looked into each and every shelf and drawer, carefully detailing each compartment based on what it would accommodate. The corner space has been put to good use and the drawers even incorporate hidden locks. The porcelain floor tiles that resemble wood were specially treated to enable them to dry quickly.
  • Norman's eye for detail extends to the smallest of elements.
  • For Vincent, who is used to life in the public eye, home is a place where he can feel settled emotionally, physically and mentally. "It is where I can be myself, without any restraint or inhibition," he confesses. Over the past few years, the self-professed workaholic has slowed down to spend more time with his family. "My family is what motivates me and makes me feel more focused," he shares. And, now, he has the perfect home to share with the people that he loves.