Steel Abs Secrets: Jay Chou, Aaron Kwok, and Huang Xiaoming Sweat to Perfection

By on December 2, 2012 in NEWS, Star Interviews


Jay Chou (周杰倫), Aaron Kwok (郭富城), Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明), and Eddie Peng (彭於晏) are some of the most muscular artists to grace the screen. Their masculine physiques make women drool, while easily making men jealous and want to attain the same bodies. Jay, Aaron, Xiaoming, and Eddie reveal the secrets to steel abs and how they sweated to perfection!

Jay Chou’s Secret: Two Trainers

Missing in action for a year, Jay Chou will release a new music album on December 12.  Jay is an extremely talented musician, but he has never been an idol type of singer. To the surprise of everyone, on the marketing materials, Jay has updated his image with blond hair and flaunts eight-pack abs. Yes, count ’em eight! And no, Photoshop was not involved!

In The Green Hornet, Jay portrays Kato, and at that time, Jay had an ordinary body. Since a few months ago, Jay was seen bearing a six pack, which he accidentally displayed at a charity basketball game in Shanghai. During the game, Jay was sweating profusely, and he spent most of his time lifting his jersey to wipe his face.

While celebrating the Mid-Autumn festival with his grandmother, Jay lifted up his shirt in front of her and expected her to check out his muscles. Rumor has it that his grandma told him to move aside as he was blocking the view.

Jay continued to train hard and finally achieved the next level. At a recent press event, when asked about his body, Jay bragged how tough training was for the past year. Jay has not one, but two private trainers to help him on his rigorous workout. Jay did over 300 sit-ups everyday. On top of that, he has been really disciplined with his diet.

Jay revealed that his body fat is only 8 percent. When asked what is his goal with a perfect body, Jay said, “I want to become the most muscular director in Asia!”

Eddie Peng’s Secret: “No Oil, No Sugar!”

When it comes to muscular Chinese actor, Eddie Peng, has to be on the list. In Jump Ashin! <翻滾吧!阿信>, Eddie portrayed a gymnast, which like his other movies, he got to show off his great body. His constant flexing of his muscles turned off many male audiences, but he also gained many female viewers at the same time. Eddie did not do additional training for the movie. Coincidentally, most of his roles seemed to require him to show off his muscles. In the past, he has played a dolphin trainer, surf instructor, and a boxer.

In additional to his daily dose of aerobic exercises, Eddie said to achieve a perfect body like his, one needs to be really disciplined in his diet. “No oil, no sugar, and no spicy food. Limit your drinks to protein shakes and water,” Eddie said.

As for sports that he enjoys, Eddie listed swimming, running, and weightlifting.

When asked what type of training schedule he has to go through, Eddie said he lives a life of an athlete.  In order to make himself look better onscreen, he starts training every morning from 7 AM to noon time. After a shower and lunch, he continues exercising for the entire afternoon, and occasionally plays basketball during the evening. One wonders with a schedule like Eddie’s, where does he find the time for other activities?

Huang Xiaoming’s Secret: 1,000 Pieces of Chicken Breast 

The first time we got to see Huang Xiaoming’s muscular physique is in the movie An Inaccurate Memoir <匹夫>.  Throughout the movie, fans drooled when Huang flexed his biceps. In one scene, where Xiaoming went topless and revealed a well defined and toned chest, the theater went dead silent, followed by “oohs and aahs”.

Xiaoming said his day starts off with an hour or more of aerobic exercise, followed by resistance training. To achieve his physique, Xiaoming has been very disciplined with his diet. For the past year, he ate 1,000 pieces of boiled chicken breasts, without any seasoning or condiments.

“It was okay in the beginning, after a while, I felt like throwing up!”  There are exceptions, though, Xiaoming said, “Once in a while I have a great meal, but I usually have additional workouts afterward.”

Xiaoming also mentioned that he carries a pair of dumbbells with him at all times, and trains whenever he has a chance. With a body like his, no wonder supermodel Angelababy fell for him.

Aaron Kwok’s Secret: Go Jogging at 4 AM

Recently, Aaron Kwok flaunted his abs during his concert to the delight of his fans. And although he is no Arnold Schwarzenegger, Aaron looks pretty impressive being close to 50 years old.

Aaron has been keeping a fantastic figure for years. During an interview for the movie Cold War <寒戰>, Aaron revealed how he achieved such a toned and muscular body. He said once in a while he enjoys a Chongqing style hot pot dinner, but usually he was able to offset a heavy dinner with a couple hours of working out everyday.

When performing in a concert, Aaron will beef up his training in preparation.Every morning after exercising, he will eat a light breakfast of hard-boiled eggs without the yolks. For lunch, Aaron will stuff himself with fruits. And at night, he would eat boiled meat and steamed vegetables, varied accordingly to the amount of exercise performed that day. Aaron said in order to kill of the blandness of the food, he will take some breath mints. He limited his liquid intake to water only, but he will drink a cup of soda once in a while.

Aaron has an unusual habit of jogging indoors at 4 AM every morning. His Cold War costar, Tony Leung (梁家輝), once complained to the press that he was awakened at 4 AM in the morning, after getting off work at 2 AM, only to find out that Aaron was jogging inside his hotel room next door.

Doing it the Right Way

According to a professional trainer, many performers are pushing themselves too fast and too hard. For an average person, he or she may want to set up a less demanding routine. For example, an hour of aerobic exercise, follow by 20 minutes of resistance training, and focus on the part of the body you want to tone.

Regarding the diet, the trainer said, “No, you don’t have to be extremely disciplined in your diet, just eat more vegetables and proteins, and less calories. If you want to see the results sooner, you may want to consult a nutritionist. However, one thing you need to avoid is late night snacks!”


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26 comments to Steel Abs Secrets: Jay Chou, Aaron Kwok, and Huang Xiaoming Sweat to Perfection

  1. jayne says:

    Will Raymond Lam be undergoing similar routines of bland diet and 4 AM morning runs for his upcoming January concert?

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    • Funn Lim replied:

      Raymond Lam? He is already slim enough. All he needs is to add muscle.

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    • TVBfadan replied:

      He’d probably be celebrating and partying instead IF he won the Best Actor award. haha….

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  2. Nelly says:

    LOL, I don’t care how much Jay works out he still would be unattractive to me. He is indeed talent when comes to music but his big ego is what makes me look at him differently.

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    • YuFeng Yang replied:

      and the media does nothing but contribute to his ego. And he’s a liar, he doesn’t have an eight-pack, the hair line doesn’t count. And it is not possible to go from 4 to 6 or 6 to 8, you are born genetically with 4 or 6 or 8, now he’s saying he ‘upgraded’ by working out more to go from 6 to 8, he is lying out of his teeth

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      • RaySimpson replied:

        Hey, if he can get morons to talk about it, then more power to him!

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      • Mr.chow replied:

        Maybe he should get plastic surgery like those fake kpop people.

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  3. advo says:

    I know Jay Chou is close to his grandmother, but expecting her to inspect his muscles is bizarre. And anyways, I thought an 8 pack was a matter of body type, and not just something you can achieve by training/diet.

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    • YuFeng Yang replied:

      you are 100% right, shows how many idiots buy into his lies

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      • RaySimpson replied:

        So true. He also got idiots to talk about his lies too.

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    • Josie replied:

      The grandma story was the funniest part of this whole article!

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  4. rei says:

    Raymond Lam will boost his popularity from the female fans if he got some muscles cuz he looks like a skinny stick, way too skinny for a man btw he need some tan going and stop having plastic surgery to archieve that natural healthy look. LOL

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  5. Woot says:

    I don’t know what’s so nice about having 6 or whatever packs. Girls are so easily gaga-ing over such figures, it’s quite shallow in some ways. Keep yourself healthy with exercise and have a fit body, is good enough for my eyes. Imagine going on crazy diets like these…that’s not life! You deprive yourself from eating this and that, it’s a sad case. I know being idol means you have to be perfect, so they may feel pressured. But to me, moderation is fine. Don’t be too obsessed. And not all girls like hunks.

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    • Funn Lim replied:

      Girls should expect abs if guys expect a flat tummy for the girls. Quid pro quo? Not real six packs but something like the above few examples will do.

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      • skinnymocha replied:

        Eh, really? I think the above examples a bit overdone already. I personally find these bodies a turn-off – too much vanity for my liking. Whatever floats your boat, I guess.

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      • TBR replied:

        Clearly Funn has no idea or what so ever about the process in maintaining or getting a six pack.

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        TBR, if you want something, you make sacrifices. If you are unwilling, then you don’t. These men are willing to spend every day in the gym and they have the economic means to do so. They’re in the profession of looking good and I do expect the entertainers to at least look good when taking off their clothes. Like you expect actresses to be slim and some well toned.

        For most it may be vanity but it takes dedication. Sometimes it is more than vanity. What’s wrong with being a little vain?

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  6. E says:

    I would die from this much exercise, I am on a healthy plan right now but omg…not like that.

    I will do no rice, no oil and more veggie+fruit everyday, drink water before a meal but 4am wake up after just work at 2am >> X_X

    The body might be nice to look at, but not all girl is gonna go after such thing, personality matter too

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    • jayne replied:

      Fortunately we are not celebrities and can eat and exercise as we please!

      Muscle and good body shape take a lot of maintenance. If neglected for 1 week, flab starts showing up.

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  7. Nicole says:

    “For the past year, he ate 1,000 pieces of boiled chicken breasts, without any seasoning or condiments.”

    No seasoning or condiments? I’d like to see someone get fat from lemon juice or salt and vinegar. Geesh.
    Frankly, I’d rather not live than eat his diet. You CAN eat healthy and tasty you know?

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  8. dd says:

    They’re just lean/skinny. The day before the photoshoots they stop drinking water to loose waterweight to get those abs. Also, baby oil and special lighting.

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  9. YuFeng Yang says:

    Jay chou is a liar and a fake, he doesn’t even know what the word ‘buff’ means. Look, he has been training for about half a year and he still is skin-and-bones. Put this guy next to me and my aesthetics will demolish him, and i’ve been training for about the same time as him. He must be saying all this because he thinks my plate is full. As sure as day follows night, i will stomp him out.
    If that is what huang xiaoming has achieved in a year, then he should keep his shirt on, it’s an embarrassment, if i were him i wouldn’t take my shirt off at home-alone let alone in front of an audience.

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    • RaySimpson replied:

      Wow, Me and my buddies from Fire Island would love to check out your body!

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    • TBR replied:

      I do agree with you that it is not impressive for what HXM has achieved in one year. I guess the Asia hunk is not similar to the Hollywood hunk 😉

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