At the beginning of quarantine, gym rats floundered about, unsure how to release all their pent-up energy at home. Gyms across the country shut down, at-home fitness equipment sold out in the blink of an eye and people were left to do push-ups and crunches until health clubs reopened or their arms gave out — whichever came first.
But then, almost as if she was sent down from the heavens to solve all our quarantine problems, people started to discover Chloe Ting. The fitness blogger has been an influencer and content creator since 2016, but it wasn’t until COVID-19 forced everyone indoors that she became a household name (pun intended).
So, who is Chloe Ting, the woman behind some of the most viral fitness challenges of 2020? Keep reading to learn more about the ubiquitous YouTuber.
Who is Chloe Ting?
Born in Brunei, Ting moved to Australia more than a decade ago and currently resides in Melbourne. The 34-year-old fitness YouTuber studied econometrics, statistics and finance and previously held down a job as an actuarial analyst before pivoting to content creation at 29 years old.
Ting’s producing partner is her boyfriend Adrian, which isn’t uncommon in the fitness world. (Kayla Itsines founded her Sweat empire with her ex-fiancé, Toby Pearce.) In a video from 2019, Ting explained that she and Adrian originally met in middle school and later reconnected while they were in college.
Is Chloe Ting a certified trainer?
No. Like we previously mentioned, Ting went to school for econometrics, statistics and finance, and never underwent any formal training once she decided she wanted to be a fitness blogger.
However, that doesn’t mean that Ting just haphazardly throws her workout videos and challenges together. In an interview with bodyandsoul.com.au, the blogger explained that she does plenty of research when she’s putting her programs together.
“I feel like in my field, like in fitness, or in health, you kind of need to read journal articles, like health journal articles, or fitness,” Ting said. “Every fitness program I put out there takes me weeks to plan and actually practice them just to make sure the routine makes sense.”
Ting also posts very undisguised disclaimers on her workout videos which state that viewers should see “a health and fitness professional to give you advice on your exercise form and dietary needs.”
“Every person is unique and there is no one size fits all solution to health or fitness,” the disclaimer reads. “I am not a medical professional and your health and safety is the utmost importance.”
Why is Ting so popular?
Ting’s videos are free and don’t require any equipment, which made them ideal amid quarantine. She also offers various #challenges on her website, and you can choose which one to follow depending on your goals, time constraints and other wants and needs.
The Australian blogger’s most popular video is her abs workout challenge, which is only 11 minutes long and requires no equipment whatsoever. (I have done this workout several times, and I can attest to the fact that it is deceivingly difficult.) As of writing, that video has 260 million views and nearly 5 million likes.
Ting also became the go-to quarantine trainer partly because she blew up on TikTok. (As of writing, the #ChloeTingChallenge hashtag has 495 million views.) Her workouts went viral on the platform after people started posting videos showing off their before and afters and emphasizing how easy (and free!) the programs are.
Not everyone posting about Ting on TikTok is a fan of hers, though. Many users — including certified personal trainers — have criticized her for being “insanely clickbaity and misleading,” noting that her titles and descriptions pray on people’s insecurities. (Ting addresses this in her disclaimer and says this is simply an SEO strategy.)
What do Ting’s workouts entail?
Ting’s workout programs last anywhere from two weeks to two months, and they include different carefully curated combinations of the blogger’s YouTube workout videos. One of her most popular programs, the two-week shred challenge, carefully outlines a 14-day program (with rest days), and none of the cumulate workouts are longer than 50 minutes.
Ting also does free livestream workouts every once in a while. She posts about these livestreams on her Discord server and on her other social media platforms.
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