Singapore #Fitspo of the Week: Victoria Rebecca Timosevic

Tymosiewicz Victoria Rebeca is a personal trainer. (Photo: Sheryl Tay)

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Noun: Victoria Rebecca Timosevic (Director)

Omar: 22

Height: 1.67 m

Weight: 57 kg

occupation: personal trainer

condition: bachelor

food: Breakfast is the same every day – baladi omelette (ham with low fat cheese) plus bread with kaya spread. I love bread. Don’t forget my Kopi C Kosong. Sometimes I’ll get Ya Kun as a treat.

On weekdays I will get my favorite salad shop from Amoy Hooker Center for lunch and dinner. I have a sweet tooth, so the occasional yogurt and muffin is my favourite. It’s usually lettuce with pumpkin, eggs, tempeh, onions, and tuna plus chicken for protein.

During the weekend it depends if I’m hanging out with friends or family but I usually go for the meat and veggies because that’s what I enjoy best. I keep track of my food because it keeps me in charge and in control.

Practice: Depending on how my body recovers, I usually work out five times a week in the gym and do active recovery like logging steps on my rest days.

Singapore #FitsPo of the Week: Victoria Rebecca Timosevic (Photo: Sheryl Tai)

Singapore #FitsPo of the Week: Victoria Rebecca Timosevic (Photo: Sheryl Tai)

Q: When you were younger, were you active in any kind of sport?

A: When I was young, I enjoyed soccer and basketball but stopped being active in my teenage years. I was just lazy haha!

What did you get into when you grew up?

I started going to the gym for strength training. I tried CrossFit for a year and did some Strongman training for a while. Now I just do bodybuilding because I enjoy it better.

How did you get into bodybuilding?

I started going to the gym when I was in a very dark place in my life in 2018. I had a friend teach me at first and I was also watching YouTube videos. I definitely flipped the switch over time and haven’t stopped since.

Personally, I felt it played the biggest role in my recovery from depression. When I broke down, I would go to the gym the next hour and zone out for that hour by focusing on training, and that made me feel better.

Do you intend to compete in bodybuilding?

This is a tough question! I’m hesitating about whether I’ll ever compete. I’ve been going through menopause for a few years now, so I focus on getting my women’s health back on track first.

My current fitness goal is to make my upper body stronger and continue to progress with my leg training.

Singapore #FitsPo of the Week: Victoria Rebecca Timosevic (Photo: Sheryl Tai)

Singapore #FitsPo of the Week: Victoria Rebecca Timosevic (Photo: Sheryl Tai)

Why did you decide to become a coach?

I realized I had a passion for what I was doing in the gym, so I started doing independent personal training in the flats and running group classes at F45. It’s a very rewarding feeling when you can make a difference in someone’s day and life – just by making them active or stronger.

The best thing is knowing that they look forward to that hour in their day and that people not only show up at 6pm but some until 6am. I then moved on to full-time personal training as I preferred personalization and progression working with one-on-one. This allows me to work closely with clients to meet their goals and lifestyles.

Have you experienced any incidents that made you feel insecure about yourself?

Before I started working in the fitness industry, I went for a modeling audition and was told I shouldn’t be training with weights in the gym but should be running instead, because ladies have to look skinny. I continued to go to the gym and used that rejection as a way to push myself.

Unfortunately, it affected me for a while, and I went to do intermittent fasting and eat boiled chicken with broccoli in addition to fruits, which was bad for my body.

When did you feel the least confident in yourself?

That was when the pandemic restrictions were lifted and we were able to go back to work, to the gym and go out to eat. I didn’t feel comfortable in my usual clothes. I decided to follow a new routine at the gym and slowly worked my way back to feeling good again.

I think social media also plays a role since there are so many false choices and promotions on body image online, so I’ve been skipping that and focusing more on content advocating self-care and love.

Have you ever struggled with your body?

It might have been during the circuit breaker. Not being able to go to the gym and being home most of the time, the huge change in routine was terrible. It was a very strange period of time where I wasn’t able to work either.

There have been several occasions where I’ve been eating when I didn’t feel well. Working at home with limited equipment got boring after a while, too.

Singapore #FitsPo of the Week: Victoria Rebecca Timosevic (Photo: Sheryl Tai)

Singapore #FitsPo of the Week: Victoria Rebecca Timosevic (Photo: Sheryl Tai)

Are you satisfied with your body now?

Yes, I must say I’ve come a long way. Lots of change mentally and physically. It’s not just about going to the gym and eating well to reach a certain goal, but the way we talk to ourselves as well.

Being kind, patient, and loving yourself generally plays a very big role. It goes beyond physical appearance. It’s important to look back and see all the changes you’ve made over the years.

Have you ever received any comments about your body?

Yes, mixed comments. Beautiful and appreciated compliments! Unfortunately, there were times when the remarks weren’t kind, like me being too muscular or “too much” for the lady who was affecting me.

But I’ve gotten to the point where I ignore these notes because I respect my body for all the hard work I put in. The most important thing is the way I see myself. I don’t need to please others or allow negativity into my space.

If you could change anything about yourself, right?

Now that I’ve learned how to fuel my body with food, movement, rest, and relaxation rather than starving them of what they need to thrive, maybe I’ll go back and tell my younger self I don’t have to do intermittent fasting and eat boiled broccoli with chicken breast in my meals.

But at the end of the day, I see this as part of my own learning journey.

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