METROFITT’s oldest personal trainer, Mohammed Allam shares some knowledge about workouts and fitness routines in a question and answer session below
How did you get involved in the business of health /wellness, and personal training?
I was always passionate about sports, a healthy lifestyle and competing, I think it’s a part of my personality. I have grown up to be a martial arts player since childhood, which shaped my character to always be committed and disciplined, that’s why I decided to improve my skills and joined the College of Physical Education in 2006. Then started as an assistant coach of martial arts in 2006 & as a coach in 2007. I am a Personal Trainer since 2011, I am proud that many of the members at METROFITT have achieved their goals and I have helped them in their transformation.
Is there a major difference between women and men, in regards to establishing a workout routine? And if so, what are some of the best methods for women to follow?
Training a man can be different than training a woman — but then again — the physiological systems for both are exactly the same. Even more, training an individual within the same gender can differ based on the person’s goals, conditioning and other fitness variables. Nonetheless, we need to address the differences in training a man vs. a woman because some differences do exist. This includes how one “packages” the training for a man versus a woman. In fact, there are no exercises for men or exercises for women — there are just exercises. Although gender differs, bones, connective tissues, nerves, muscle fibers, etc.
Can we eat whatever we want, and still stay in shape?
There seems to be a popular belief that as long as you exercise, you can eat whatever you want. All the indulgent calories that you consume will just be offset by all the exercise. It is true that some people do have a higher performing metabolism and are able to indulge more than the next person and not gain weight regardless of the fact that they may be genetically blessed, keep in mind that they are still doing their body quite the disservice by filling it with junk food. There’s nothing healthy about a poor diet so Instead of loading up with poor food choices, fuel your body with complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Doing so will allow your body to recover from your workouts more efficiently, build strong muscles, and provide you with plenty of energy.
In general, we should count our daily calorie intake plus watching the percent of (protein-carb-fat- fibers) we need on a daily/ weekly basis depending on our goals, this is how it works to achieve our goals in the best period and don’t waste time or energy.
What training principles do you live your life by?
I am always trying to improve myself each day and push to limits with safety and a studded plan. I am always focusing on improving to enhance all sides of my fitness abilities, not just one skill as a MMA player, I need to be always ready and super fit.
Personal Trainer: Mohamed Allam
With almost 14 years of experience as a trainer, Allam has had experiences most of us can only dream about. In the following interview, he shares his knowledge and experiences. Allam defines what “balance” means to him, how to deal with temptations, how to keep your workouts interesting, and more. What separates Allam from other personal trainers? For one thing, he has 14 years of experience training a wide range of people, from kids to adults & is results driven.