Thirst Trap #5: Personal trainer and model Poobalan Govindaraju reveals what it's like being extremely hot
What do you do for a living?
I am a personal trainer and model.
Do you have any tips for people who are looking to transform their bodies?
There's no shortcut to anything and fitness is the same. The Internet is crawling with information so anyone can make an informed decision. Change doesn't come overnight and you reap what you sow.
You're not afraid to show some skin on IG. Were you always in shape?
It's funny you say that. Everyone's definition of "in shape" is so unique. By definition, I've always been at a healthy weight. However, I used to be really skinny growing up. I played football regularly and had a high metabolism, so I never concerned myself with it until I started lifting.
Are you single?
Do people assume that you're a player because you are good-looking?
Most definitely. I believe as humans we instinctively categorise others based on appearances, so I can understand why that happens.
Have you ever taken advantage of the fact that you're fit?
Sad to say that being fit hasn't helped me cut any queues in life!
Do men and women treat you differently?
Absolutely. Men don't approach or speak to me with their guard up while women tend to be more cautious. Hence, leading me to sometimes believe that interactions I have with men are more genuine. However, I believe this happens to everyone unfortunately.
Your Instagram handle is @fl0werboy, so we're assuming you're not a wallflower. Do you enjoy getting all the attention?
Actually, "flowerboy" is a direct translation of my name, Poobalan. I wouldn't say I "enjoy" getting all the attention, but I certainly don't shy away from it if it comes my way.
What's one thing people might not know about you just by looking at your IG feed?
I used to want to be a chef. I learned how to cook at home from my grandma as a kid and always loved it, and I still do.
Besides working out, do you have any other passions?
Hip-hop music and culture is a big part of who I am. I listen to music all the time while I'm awake. The only time I don't is probably when I'm asleep. Everyone knows hip-hop to be largely misogynistic, but I have always looked at it as a representation of overcoming struggle, being loyal to those who have stuck with you through tough times, and following your dreams.
What's on your bucket list?
I don't have a "list". I always enjoy challenging myself to do new things that pique my interest. These things might range from flying out to Croatia to managing A$ap Rocky's brand image.
Are there any upcoming projects that you're working on?
I'm looking to work with a couple photographers, get creative, and see what we can do.
What has been your proudest achievement so far?
I was trying to answer this question more directly, but I was struggling because I don't look at everyday life with tangible achievements as the metric. However, I look at it in a non-traditional manner. For example, even something small as discovering something new about myself is an achievement.
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