When Fitness & Lifestyle Come In To Play

The Playground is a fitness studio in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, offering HIIT, cross training and total body fitness to dedicated fitness enthusiasts. It was founded by CJ Lee, a physique transformation specialist and professional model with a proven track record of transforming lives through fitness for clients throughout the Australasia region. He is a highly passionate and dedicated coach who’s aim is to bring positive transformation to his clients and instil them with a newfound confidence in their fitness journey. Along with his team of professional coaches, the Playground offers classes and specialty programs for all ages and fitness levels.

Instilling Fun Into Fitness

CJ was actually one of the first models I've collaborated with when I was still starting out as a photographer. Several years later we got back in touch and he told me about his plans of moving to KL to start his own fitness studio, after having worked as a coach for The Lab in Bangkok. We created a series of images over the course of two separate photo shoots, for him to use a promotional material for his new venture.

The Photo Shoot

The first shoot took place at The Lab, focusing on different cross-fit and boxing workouts (thanks to Richard who joined in as a sparring partner). The second set of images was taken in collaboration with Christiana Chaiwanna, a Bangkok based actress and certified personal trainer. For the second set we moved below a busy highway bridge in the city, creating a series of images with more “grit”, focusing more on cardio and bodyweight training.