When Fitness Meets Lifestyle

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.

Fun & Fit

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.