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Name: Mohamed Fazli (@fitbyfaz)
Occupation: personal trainer, F45 trainer
Food: nothing fancy or strict; just keeping a healthy, balanced diet of three meals a day.
Exercise: six days a week
Q: When you were younger, were you active in sports?
A: I was active in hockey during my primary and secondary school years. As I grew older, I did table tennis and badminton, then eventually I got into bodybuilding and fitness.
When did you first go to the gym?
The first time I started working out at the gym was in 2009 during my secondary school days. My late brother competed as a professional bodybuilder and he was very disciplined in his workout routine and meal diets. He encouraged me to exercise and that was what started my fitness journey.
You were working as a pastry chef and then a firefighter previously. What led you to become a fitness trainer?
I always enjoyed working out and also training any of my friends or family. Seeing them improve and reaching their fitness goals inspired and motivated me. That was what got me started in my fitness career.
Challenging myself physically and learning various types of exercises that cater to different people of all ages and with different injuries is also what drives me to help people with their fitness.
What do you like about being a fitness trainer?
I enjoy going through the process of my client's journey instead of just working on the end product. It gives me the satisfaction to work together with them and see their progression from day 0. I believe that people work at different paces and have different conditions.
When you were younger, did you experience any incidents that made you feel insecure about yourself?
When I was young, I had a skinny body frame and that affected my self-esteem. Instead of giving up in the face of adversity, I usually face it with a positive attitude and smile.
I have also always been a shy and introverted person. It was hard for me to open up to people in a new environment too. So I decided to go to the gym to work on my body and this helped me a lot as I was able to communicate with different people in the gym and we had a common topic of interest to talk about.
As months went by, I was able to improve my body image and also made new friends. Therefore, this helped me with how I perceived myself and I also reevaluated my choices.
Did you ever struggle with your body?
I had difficulties in gaining weight and muscle mass when I just started as I was used to having just one meal a day. To have a healthy balanced diet, I had to discipline myself to have at least three meals a day moderately. The challenge that I faced was in planning and preparing my meals daily to make sure I eat enough.
Are you satisfied with your body now?
Yes, I am grateful for my body and also how it has helped me gain more confidence. Through fitness, I am now able to communicate with people better.
What are your fitness goals now?
I would like to build more on functional fitness to have more longevity in life. I would focus on performance as well, rather than only strength.
Have you ever received any comments about your body?
I have been told that I have big muscles yet am also very flexible.
If you could change anything about yourself, would you?
I may not have everything but I wouldn't change anything because I'm blessed and grateful enough to have all that I need :)