Ready, set, go!

This flag bearer of Malaysia is one of the finest track cyclists in the world.

Now, at 26, Terengganu-born Azizulhasni Awang is married and a father to the one-year old Amma Maryam. He also has a lucrative endorsement deal with Herbalife and because of his stature, he has been dubbed by the fans and criticis alike as the “Pocket Rocket Man”.

Today, the Olympian gonna gives us the low down on riding in circles…

How’s life?
Life is… tiring! I have to say, I’m exhausted because I just got back from a competition. Plus, I’m a leader of my family now and I have to juggle my schedule a bit. I’m always running around between home, classes and training. So yeah, life is tiring, but in a good way.

Oh, you’re studying as well?
I’m currently doing a part-time course for a degree in Sports Science in Human Movement at Victoria University, Melbourne. I’m still in my first year [laughs].

Would you mind sharing with us your exercise routine?
Usually, I’ll wake up early in the morning for breakfast, then I’ll head to the training centre to do some exercises and then it’s training at the track to sweat it out and give my muscles a good workout. I’ll spend my time studying or attending classes. To keep my energy up, I’ll always have Herbalife as part of my dietary plan, it keeps me refreshed and energetic.

While we’re at it, do you have any training tip?
After a few weeks in the gym, it is important to supplement the training you’ve done by strenghtening your glutes, gams, quads and core.

Do you have any advice for any aspiring athletes?
You need to balance your priorities. You need to map out your training and personal life. And in whatever you’re doing, you have to be fully committed. Some people want to be a professional athlete but they can’t do it because they won’t commit to the rigorous schedule, and they end up giving up. But if you’re disciplined, you’ll be successful.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

 

Shawal Ras

A lecturer by day and a music blogger by night. Formerly: Managing editor at IIUMToday, and lifestyle writer for Esquire Malaysia and The Score Magazine.

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