Are Malaysians the toughest in Southeast Asia? Well 2017 R U Tough Enough? winner, Vincent Mallang may attest to that. After all, he did win the title last year on the hit KIX HD reality show, which is why we figured he would be the best person to speak to with regards to the new format for R U Tough Enough?
KIX HD (Astro Ch 729), is bringing back its annual R U Tough Enough? competition on an even bigger scale this year. Finalists from six countries in Southeast Asia – namely Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – will be competing for the title of “Southeast Asia’s Toughest” and a grand prize of US$15,000.
Title sponsor, Fisherman’s Friend and KIX HD are seeking male and female participants who have the physical strength, the mental endurance, and the emotional resilience to take on contestants from five other countries and prove that he or she is the toughest. R U Tough Enough? Southeast Asia will be accepting applicants from now until October 15 via its official website: KIX-TV.com/tough. Applicants can also sign up via Tough Trooper activations in their cities.
In this exclusive interview with Vincent Mallang, we ask the 2017 winner about the new competition format and what it takes to win R U Tough Enough?
Q: What does it take for a competitor to go all the way in R U Tough Enough?
A: The most important thing is your mind-set because if you do not set your mind to the challenges ahead, you will get scared just by looking at the obstacles and you will lose confidence. Second, of course your preparation and training needs to be very hard.
Q: How does one train for a competition like R U Tough Enough?
A: Personally, I train two hours a day and I split it into two sessions – one hour in the morning and another hour in the evening. My cardio time is when I teach during the classes so at times it can be as long as three hours.
Q: What do u think are Malaysia’s chances of winning the competition?
A: I saw the pictures of last year’s winners from Singapore as well as the other countries. I am not sure but I promise all Malaysians that I will do my very best. Definitely with high hopes, I think Malaysia will win ‘R U Tough Enough?’
Q: Why is fitness an important element for you?
A: When I got into fitness, I found that it helped to transform all areas of my life. It didn’t matter if it was about education, relationships, self-development or happiness. Through fitness I understand myself better. You learn about your capabilities and weaknesses, which eventually helps you in becoming a better person. It’s not just about healthy lifestyle but becoming a better person each day. Fitness completes me.