Learn the art of staying fit

 13 Feb 2017 - 18:02

Learn the art of staying fit

Amna Pervaiz Rao | The Peninsula

As the people are getting more aware of the benefits of exercise and nutrition in achieving physical fitness, the trend of having personal trainers is also growing.

“The very first advice I would give to a client before starting training was to cut down sugar intake and junk food. If they can live without these items for 4 weeks then I prefer to move on to the next step,” Thabit said.

They (personal trainers) not only prescribe various kinds of exercise for the clients but also instruct them about it. Physical fitness, we can say, is a combination of three: exercise, nutrition and sufficient rest.

“Fitness is a hobby which turns into passion. The fact that I can help other ladies is itself my biggest drive,” says Roufaida Thabit, a personal trainer.

Roufaida Thabit’s journey started in 2013, when she got her certification from International Fitness Alliance (IFA). She has covered all the courses which IFA offers to become a personal trainer. 

The tough part in the whole journey, she said, “was to get myself in shape”. She got her first client 3 years ago and now 99 percent of her clients are Qatari women. “Most of them have huge mansions where all facilities are available therefore they do not need visiting fitness clubs.” 

She added that while 80 percent of her clients were serious with the training that she was providing them, 20 percent of the clients exhibit non-committed approach. She has been training two of her clients since 2 years as they just want to maintain their weight. These clients think if their trainer leaves them, they won’t have anybody to guide them. 

She charges QR250 per month for the instruction services. However, the fee also depends on how far the client lives from her home. She has divided her training sessions into 12 parts.  “It’s not about money, it is what they (clients) really want,” Thabit told The Peninsula.

“Nutrition is the key to journey towards fitness. Without nutrition it will be very difficult to see results. Nowadays it is very easy to have access to a healthy diet. Most important for me is the fact that my client should understand what does a healthy lifestyle mean,” she noted.

She said that the very first advice she would give to a client before starting training was to cut down sugar intake and junk food. “If they can live without these items for 4 weeks then I prefer to move on to the next step,” Thabit said.

Roufaida always suggests her clients to go for five cardiovascular exercises which include: treadmill, cross trainer, cycling, skipping and rowing. “The top three essential exercises I ask my clients to do are mobilisation, warm up and stretches.”

“Earlier, I used to believe that doing exercise was a problem for ladies in Doha but after spending some time in the country, I have changed my perception about them. If you go to Aspire Park or Corniche you will find a lot of ladies working out (walking , running , get together in small groups and have a proper intense workout) which is very pleasant to see.”

On motivation, Thabit said: “As a personal trainer you have to understand your client, every individual is different from other. Some love listening to their favourite music while others not.” 

Roufaida always suggests her clients to go for five cardiovascular exercises which include: treadmill, cross trainer, cycling, skipping and rowing. “The top three essential exercises I ask my clients to do are mobilisation, warm up and stretches.”

“I never had a client complaining about any injury during the session. What I experienced is a muscle cramps or abs exercises give a lot of muscular pain,” said Thabit.

When asked about her personal fitness goals she said: “My personal fitness goals are to stay fit for as long as I can (keep working out) and to help others to achieve their personal fitness goals.”