Britain’s Smallest Bodybuilder Choon Tan Proves Anyone Can Achieve Their Dreams

This is Choon Tan who, at just 4ft 10in, is Britain’s smallest bodybuilder.

The 21-year-old has a genetic birth defect that affects bone development and stunted his growth.

He spent years being bullied and teased over his slight frame.

So Choon decided that even if he couldn’t change his height, he could change his body in another way – by bulking up.

He said: “I didn’t feel that I was as good or the same as everyone else. I got bullied and tormented because of it.

“Those several years were undoubtedly the worst of my life, but it is what led me to an incredible eye-opening journey”

 

Choon Tan

Here are four things we’ve learned from him about overcoming adversity.

1. Everybody has to start from somewhere

After years of bullying which he says were the “worst of his life”, Tan decided to begin bodybuilding to try and become the “best version of himself”.

2. Don’t become obsessed with finding perfection

“Once you become good at something or an expert, it can become infectious,” writes Tan.

“You may feel the need to become good at everything or perfect at something. Don’t let it become an obsession, allow yourself to progress and enjoy the journey… because you will never reach that ideal of perfection, you will always find something to improve on.”

3. Bodybuilding is all about dedication

When Tan began bodybuilding, he switched his diet up and began training five times a week.

Now he’s competing in the Men’s Physique section for the UK Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (UKBFF). He will also be guest posing at the British Finals.

4. Surround Yourself With Motivators

“My life is always about progress and determination,” Tan says. “Never stop trying to be the best you can be. And when times get tough, use that as your drive.”