YouTuber Chloe Ting’s Fitness Videos Are “BS”? Singaporean Personal Trainer Calls Her Out
People who wouldn’t regularly work out found themselves using their time in quarantine to start and those that were going to the gym, suddenly needed to keep their fitness levels up while at home. Youtube has seen a surge in people who are selling different ways to work out and the different results that you can achieve. Some sound resonable:
“30 minute fat burning home workout for beginners. Achievable, low impact results” by Body Project (10M views)
“20 MIN FULL BODY WORKOUT – Beginner Version // No Equipment” by Pamela Reif (15M views)
While others sound too good to be true:
“GET 11 LINE ABS in 20 DAYS 🔥 | 4 minute Workout” (3M views)
“Toned & Slim Thighs in 7 DAYS |10 Min Beginner Leg Workout, No Jump” (22M views)
Amongst these workouts, one stands out, the “Get Abs in 2 WEEKS | Abs Workout Challenge” by Chloe Ting with over 155,000,000 views. This particular workout sent people in a tizzy over the lockdown period, with Australia-based YouTuber Chloe Ting’s content dominating everything from Youtube to Instagram to TikTok and Twitter. With almost 10 million subscribers, we’ve seen people sharing their “challenge accepted” posts and subsequent “transformations” everywhere. Chloe Ting has become a huge name for online for stay at home workouts. The 34-year-old has millions of views per video. However, as with anything on the internet, people have questioned how legitimate her workouts and advice are.
One of them is bodybuilder Chin Nian Kang (@dinokang). Taking into his Instagram stories, he dedicated 62 stories to dissect Chloe Ting’s channel and videos.
The issue that the Singaporean has with Chloe Ting is that the fitness YouTuber has apparently been feeding her viewers the wrong information on how to lose weight and get the body that she herself flaunts. Chin, whose profile states that he is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified personal trainer, says that Chloe Ting has been spreading half-baked facts and information on fitness. He clarifies that he’s not here to spread hate, merely to educate people on being able to identify sound fitness advice. He wrote,
Chloe Ting knows nothing about fitness or dieting or lifting or training, but she’s really good at sounding like she does.”
He goes on to say that the Youtuber is “absolutely genius in telling women what they want to hear”.
He lists 13 of her videos as examples of why Chloe Ting is “really smart in marketing her BS”. These include:
- Amazing Before After Results
- What I Eat To Get Flat Belly & Abs
- Get a Smaller Waist in 28 Days With Planks
- Grow Booty Not Thighs
- Get Lean Legs not Bulky Thighs
And while Chloe Ting markets these in the name of fitness, Chin has issues with the fact that the titles are idolising a certain body type while seemingly shaming another.
She’s the epitome of the toxic body image of the ‘ideal’ modern female body […] God forbid women do sports and have bigger thigh muscles.”
He claims that in her pursuit to get views and ensure that she has the right formula for her titles, she is actually feeding the unhealthy body image and standards that the media already have in place for women.
Don’t confuse ‘fitness’ with ‘physique/figure’. You don’t have to look a certain way because society says so, because people like her promote it.”
Meanwhile, Chloe Ting’s videos are working well for her, leading her to launch her own line of resistance bands and online workout programs. Chin wants to dispel her claims that her workouts actually work, stating that she doesn’t have the background to educate people on fitness. Instead, he says, Chloe Ting cashes in on the fact that he is giving people what they want to hear, while also omitting information like diet “because that’s not what people want to hear”. He also points out that some of her workouts aren’t actually intense enough to achieve the results she promised.
That’s what people want these days, the easy way out […] Diet is irrelevant, no need to track calories, just fan your legs.”
What about the many people that have testified that Chloe Ting’s challenges really work? Chin also goes into detail about this in one of the videos that Chloe Ting has uploaded. The video in question aims to show the transformation that people have experienced as a result of her videos.
He breaks down the transformations in the video saying that a lot of the transformations were reliant on the fact that most of the girls ate clean or worked out more. In relation to this, Chloe Ting has videos where she talks about her diet, what she eats, how to eat better and this is where Chin finds Chloe Ting problematic. Taking her video with tips for fat-burning and dieting, he points out all her inaccuracies.
He goes into a lot more detail and his stories can be found on his highlights. Chin himself has since followed up, saying,
The workouts are so not the issue: Getting people moving is always a good thing. Especially people who literally have under 1000 steps during this period. It’s the blanant disregard for scientific facts and the BS she confidently spews.”
This writer has in fact tried Ting’s “Get Abs in 2 Weeks” over the course of the MCO – heck, I did it for a month. Without a change in diet, it is not possible to “Get Abs in 2 Weeks”. However, this particular workout is effective in getting a flatter tummy (because you would have been moving and working) but it does not deliver on the premise of the title. It’s a good video to start with because it gives you a timeline (2 weeks), an objective (abs) and it challenges you (we love to prove people wrong). By the time you complete it, you will have built a bit more of a core than before and this has helped me with harder, more intense videos like those by MadFit – who has intense, fun workouts that really burn.