Sporting her signature blonde high ponytail, fitfluencer Utah Lee’s energy shines as much when she attends a brand event as when she hits the gym. It also makes her easy to spot in the midst of a crowd. Lee is Hong Kong’s first Nike master trainer, and for more than a decade she has been keenly spreading the simple message: ‘Training is fun and rewarding — and everyone can make time to train’. She lives and breathes her title — she apparently even wore Nike Shox to her wedding.

Lee’s strong and toned physique belies her age, and the fact that she is a mother of two (as well as a ‘momager’ of several adopted pups!). Her first foray into fitness started when she became a dance choreographer and took on personal training in her own time. Soon, she melded her two worlds and began to teach a variety of dance-like fitness programmes, including Zumba and kickboxing. Teaching group and personal classes every week, she’s also a certified trainer for Les Mills methodology, as well as Kardio Kombat, matwork Pilates, NASM personal training and AASFP aerobics. At a recent launch party for the new Red Bull Lemon-Lime in Tai Kwun, Lee also led a surprise flash mob dance with the guests of the party.

27 Questions: Utah Lee

A wearer of multiple hats, Lee originally started off her career in fashion design. She opened her own firm House of Style HK in 2010, where she designs jewellery, kid’s clothing, accessories and furniture as well as offers styling services. She’s also previously collaborated with Popstar cosmetics and Nike Women to create exclusive lipstick shades named ‘Girlboss’ and ‘Utah.’

As for her personality beyond the studio, we recently sat down with Lee to learn more about a few of her peeves, quirks, her favourite things — and her enviable shoe collection.

Name: Utah Lee
Age: 44
Neighbourhood: Sai Kung
Occupation: Fitness Trainer and mum of two

1. What is your life motto?

‘Just do it lah.’

2. What is the best meal you’ve ever eaten in Hong Kong?

Japanese food at Yamataka (Japanese restaurant at Wan Chai Pier).

3. Who is your role model?

My dad.

4. What was your first job?

Fashion/garment merchandiser.

5. What is your drink of choice?

Redbull’s new Lemon Lime flavor is my current favourite: It’s refreshing, it gives me wings, I love it!

6. Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Both!

7. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Vegetables.
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8. What do you hate most about living in Hong Kong?

People being inconsiderate.

9. What is the top destination on your bucket list?

I’ve been to South Africa (just me and my husband) but I would love to go again with my kids.

10. How often do you prepare your own meals?

If I’m in Hong Kong, maybe once or twice a week.

11. What is your greatest fear?

Losing family members.

12. What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

Shopping!

13. What is one movie everyone should see?

Zoolander.

 

14. What makes someone a real Hongkonger?

Hard-working, knows how to have fun and able to laugh at him or herself.

15. Which moment in your life would you most like to relive?

Maybe… sleep?

16. What is one song you know all the lyrics to?

‘Love Yourself’ by Justin Bieber.

17. Who is the best teacher you’ve ever had, what is one important lesson that they taught you?

My English teacher, Miss Chu. She was hilarious! She made our classes so fun and so relaxed!

18. What’s your favourite childhood memory?

Eating street food!

19. What is your typical Sunday like?

Spending time with my family.

20. If you could invite any five people in the world to your dream dinner party, who would they be?

Beyonce, J. Lo, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian.

21. If you could banish someone from Hong Kong forever, who would it be?

I can’t just say ‘someone’ but I’ll say, ‘all the mean people please leave!’

22. Where do you go when you want to be alone?

The nearest beach.

23. What is one thing you’ve never revealed to your parents?

That they are truly amazing!

24. What is your favourite scent in the whole world?

Grapefruit or green tea perfume.
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25. Do you have any favourite tattoos or special birthmarks? What is it?

I had my family members’ names in my hand-writing tattooed on my skin, and I do love my freckles.

26. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own? Which do you wear most often?

I think I have about 168 pairs of shoes now sitting at home. Training and running shoes are my everyday shoes.

27. Would you rather never be alone for a single moment, or be alone for the rest of your life? Why?

I’d rather be alone for the rest of my life. Because I can do whatever I want! Ha!

Evelyn Lok
Deputy Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.