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Check these healthy weight loss success stories. It will motivate you to eat right, burn calories, and get the best body you’ve always wanted!

 

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“I started training with Khaled in March 2016. before meeting him I was constantly failing at achieving my fitness goal. I almost lost hope. Trainer khaled guided me through right exercises, food diet and tips to improving my lifestyle and habits. My body transformation came as a result of dedication, commitment hard work, and of course Khaled’s motivation and guidance.” Serge

 

 

 

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 “My  journey began in March 2015. It has been an amazing experience, one of my best investments. It has not only made me physically stronger, but an all around better person.Khaled is the absolute best Trainer. He has the patience  and never loses faith in your ability to reach  the unachievable. He pushes you to work harder, lift heavier, and always do one more, all, with the best and safest form possible.” Abdo Haddad

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“I never thought I could achieve such great results in this small period of time. Thank you Khaled for motivating me, training  me and teaching me how to take care of my health and body. You are the best, and I look forward to building and toning more muscles with your support.” David Saliba

 

 

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“I have been trying to lose weight for so long, and I have met many trainers with no real benefit. It wasn’t until I met Khaled that my life changed for good! He is the best trainer, he helped me lose weight, tone my muscles, and adapt a healthy lifestyle. The most important thing he taught me was that heavy weights are nothing without the proper technique. And he was focused on how to train not “how much you can lift”. He also made me realize that fitness is a lifestyle and shared with me his knowledge about food and nutrition. This guy is better than any dietitian I have ever seen. I never thought I could be the person that I am today, I know now I can still do better. Thank you Khaled!” Karl Sahyoun

 

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Should You Workout When You’re Sick?

Hello Everyone, and Welcome to my Blog!
Spring is just around the corner, and the flu season is on! So, I thought it would be a good idea to dedicate this month’s blog to discuss whether you should or shouldn’t workout when feeling sick?
I often get this question asked by many clients; some might be excited to skip the gym for few days, and many others might feel guilty about staying home with no physical exercise, especially when they are committing themselves to losing weight or improving their body shape!
So, should you workout when you are sick?
Ladies and Gentlemen, here is the answer: It depends on your sickness symptoms and also on the type of activity you will be performing. Read on for more info!
  • As a general rule, if your symptoms are above the neck, like a runny nose, a dry cough, a sore throat or a tearing eye, It will still be OK to exercise. However, if during the routine, you feel tired or  suffer a breath shortness then it will be better to reduce the intensity of your workout, or cardio activity; you could consider a walk instead of a run, reduce the weight you are lifting, or even workout for 30 minutes instead of an hour, etc. This could be a sign that your body is not feeling well and then it will be better to ease the exercise, reduce the effort to 50% or stop if you can’t go on.
  • If you are having sickness symptoms below the neck: stomachaches,muscle aches, chest congestion; if you have a cold, sinus or a flu, you should then avoid working out and rest until you recover. Don’t try to sweat it off, cause it might get you feeling worse. For example, If you work out when you have a cold it might develop complications such as bronchitis or sinusitis . Instead, Go to bed early and get extra sleep, drink plenty of fluids, avoid alcohol, allow your body to rest and recover your immune system. Besides, the flu or cold will be contagious for the first five to seven days, so you might also infect everyone at the gym.
  • If you have a fever, with a body temperature exceeding 38 degree Celsius, then you should consider resting for few days, and avoid all sort of exercises. Exercising will increase your body temperature internally, and this will make you even sicker. It might sound bad for fit people who work out every day, but the good news is that they usually recover from illness quicker and experience milder symptoms than others.
  • Now, when should you workout after you recover? Always listen to your body: take it easy and slow for a few days and then increase gradually. Start with a 75% effort and then give it your all. Usually a cold needs up to 2 weeks to completely recover, so pay attention to your body signs; if you are experiencing fatigue, dizziness or any other symptoms,  then choose a workout in favor of improving your health and not worsening its state.
Khaled Hafez
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Workout Tips to Try At Home. The Spiderman Push-up

Hello Dear Friends, and Welcome to my Blog!
This month’s workout is the “Spider-man Push- Up”!
The Spider man push up exercise is a variation of the standard push up, that adds in hip flexion. Named as the action resembles Spider-Man climbing up a wall, but just on the floor. The spider-man push up is excellent for improving hip flexibility and incorporating an oblique crunch.
Equipment Required: none
Technique:
  1. Start in the standard push up position, with your hands under your shoulders and your body in a straight line
  2. As you lower your torso towards the floor, bend your elbows out to the side.
  3. At the same time, lift one foot off the floor, bend the knee to the side up to hip level.
  4. As you bend your elbows out to the side and lower your torso toward the floor,
  5. Repeat this action, alternating side

Workout Tips to try at Home. Mountain Climber!

Hello Dear Friends,
This Month’s workout is the Mountain Climber!
It is a strength-training workout. It works several joints and muscle groups simultaneously. The steady running motion targets your glute and leg muscles, including your quadriceps and hamstrings. Your core muscles, including your back, hips and abs, work hard to keep you stable.
How to do it?
Assume a push-up position with your arms straight and your body in a straight line from your head to your ankles. Without changing the posture of your lower back (it should be arched), raise your right knee toward your chest.
Pause, return to the starting position and repeat with your left leg. That’s one rep. Alternate until you’ve completed all your reps.

 

My New Year’s Resolution: Get Fit

Hello Everyone, and welcome to my blog!
Merry Christmas & Happy 2018! May all your days be blessed with joy, peace and health.
I am so excited about the coming year and allow me to thank you for your support throughout this amazing 2017, it`s been a great success!
I take it  from here to discuss with you “New Years Resolution”!
The best part about new year is the hope it inspires. It is a new beginning, we put the past behind us and we start over!
We are full of hope and determination! We hope our lives change for the best, we hope to make a dream come true and we hope we become a better version of ourselves, maybe get fit, lose weight, improve our health, etc…  However, to make it happen we have to work for it.
I think most of us, including myself, always worked out the same plan. We wrote down our list of decisions and appointed January 1st our start date. Of course, we were fully drunk and tired from new years eve, so the first day doesn’t count, and so does the first week. We start postponing and it hits us along the way, and then we realize we re too lazy or too late. The enthusiasm is gone.
As you read below, I will give you few tips which I believe will help you stick to your health and fitness resolutions and make them happen:
1- “Begin with the end in mind”. They say that vision is the key to any success, and I couldn’t agree more! We must visualize ourselves in the perfect Job, perfect Body, our dream car … That image in our head will help us build and improve ourselves to  become that person eventually . This is our inner motivation that helps us rise up again every time we fail .
2- Set realistic goals. Dream Big, but also dream smart. A high percentage of failures  happen when we set unreachable objectives. A good way to do so is to divide your big goals into small ones, for example if you wish to get the six-packs, aim first to losing the additional weight, losing the fat, training and eventually the six packs.
3- Start immediately and make it a habit.  Your Habits will form your destiny. One of the biggest mistakes that keep us from achieving our dreams is our habit of postponing and delaying. Commit yourself to working out until it becomes a habit. Later, When your health improves, fitness will become  part of your life style, and you will actually try to influence those around you to do the same.   
4- Prioritize and simplify. You don`t need a billion goal. It is the quality that matters. Set few important goals, and arrange them by priority, and then hit it off. As many goals may be connected, start with the most important and the rest will follow gradually. This way you could stay in control of managing your list of resolutions if you need to modify it.
5- Do not compare. You don’t know what others had to do to get there. Since every one of us has a unique story, try to stay focused on yours. Do not allow negative people to influence you, whether they failed or succeeded, let your inner motivation and purpose be your guide.
6- Stay positive. As the year goes by, We might feel demotivated at times, frustrated with negative thoughts and setbacks. It is very important to stay optimistic and patient. Remember, every small step in the right direction is a step towards success. When it comes to improving your health and getting fit, you must realize that it is a process and it doesn’t happen overnight.
7- Hire a professional. Earlier, I wrote about the benefit of hiring a personal trainer. One of the benefits was consistency. When dealing with a professional you will be able to see results faster and feel more committed, motivated and dedicated. The trainer will be able to track your performance and guide you to the best practices to improving your health and losing weight. 
 Khaled Hafez

 

Workout Tips to Try at Home. The Standing Calf Raise!

Hello Dear Friends, and welcome to this month’s workout: The Standing Calf Raise!
As it is understood, this workout helps tone your calves muscle and shape. Please read ahead for
  1. Start off standing up straight with your hips width apart.
  2. Hold your core tight to keep balance.
  3. Slowly raise up on the balls of your feet so that your heels are lifted off of the ground and do ten pulses at the top.
  4. Return back to the starting position and repeat for 10 raises and then stretch.
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Fitness and Mental Health. How?

Hello Dear Friends and Welcome to my Blog!

In this month’s blog I am going to discuss the link between Fitness and Mental Health. How does fitness effect our mental health and why?

The reason to writing about this topic is because many people consider fitness as optional while it is a must to maintaining mental health as it is also a major factor to leading successful lives and healthy bodies. Please read below for Fitness Benefits to Mental Health.

Exercise relieves Stress

It’s a well-known psychological benefits. Also one of the biggest reasons why people take up exercise. The science behind it is well documented, as well as it’s calming effect on a stressed mind. But how does a physically stressful activity on the body actually end up relieving stress?

Exercise releases neurochemicals into the brain. The big ones being endorphin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. These chemicals are associated with better cognitive functioning, alertness and elevated moods. In addition to dumping feel good chemicals into your head, it also helps purge stress hormones from your body cortisol and adrenaline.

Exercise gives you Emotional Resilience

One study separated participants between those who exercised regularly and those who didn’t. Both groups were equal in mood before the experiment. Then they were exposed to a stressful event. They observed that the physically fit group actually had smaller declines in positive mood than their more sedentary counterparts.

It seems that people who get regular exercise are able to maintain a more positive attitude  and emotional outlook  after something stressful occurs. This gives exercisers yet another level of protection from the day to day stress that happens to all of us.

Exercise prevents Depression

Preventing depression is even more important than fighting it. Research tells us exercise helps the symptoms of depression, but scientists didn’t understand how. At least until a study proved some key points. During stressful situations, there’s a harmful substance that builds up in the blood. The blood then carries that substance to the brain. People who exercise regularly have a protein usually produced by skeletal muscle  through physical activity. The more physical activity you do, the more protein produced. So by doing regular exercise you build up the amount of protein in your system. When stress strikes, the protein eliminates the harmful substance, and shields your brain from symptoms of depression.

Exercise improves Self-Esteem

Self esteem is important if we want to live a happy life. Low self esteem creates stress, depression, and anxiety. Also, it can negatively impact our job and academic performance.  If gone unchecked it can also cause a number of other unhealthy behaviors.

Exercise has been shown to affect self-esteem positively in all ages. Many studies reported finding a change in self-esteem through exercise. In fact, the more physically fit one was, the higher one’s self esteem. One final result they reported was that the type of exercise program could also affect the level of self-esteem. So if you’re looking to boost your self-esteem, go hit that pavement, pool, or treadmill.

Khaled Hafez

Workout Tips to Try At Home. The Bicycle Crunches!

Hello Dear Friends,
This month’s exercise is the Bicycle Crunches.  This is mainly an abs workout and it require no equipment. Read below for the right technique:
  • Lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground (pull your abs down to also target your deep abs).
  • Put your hands behind your head.
  • Bring your knees in toward your chest and lift your shoulder blades off the ground, but be sure not to pull on your neck.
  • Straighten your right leg out to about a 45-degree angle to the ground while turning your upper body to the left, bringing your right elbow toward the left knee. Make sure your rib cage is moving and not just your elbows.
  • Switch sides and do the same motion on the other side to complete one rep (and to create the “peddling” motion). Do this exercise with slow and controlled motion.
  • Do 10 reps.

How to Stay Active in Autumn?

Hello Dear Friends, and Welcome to my Blog!

September is here! Summer is almost over, schools are back and almost everyone is resuming their work and life routine. Although it may seem like fun is over, some people feel good about having their lifestyle organized and look forward to starting over a new season, as a new beginning to a better version of themselves.

I would like to seize the occasion to discuss the importance of maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle during autumn. Thus, I will dedicate this month’s blog to offer you some useful tips to staying active in Autumn and also to adapting yourselves and making healthy changes to improve your health. Read on for autumn fitness and nutrition tips:

Keep on exercising: Exercise is important now as in any time of the year. As the weather cools, stretching is even more important, as is exercising indoor. Yoga and other flexibility-enhancing movements will help us stay young and fit. Also, it is important to note that we feel as young as our spine is flexible. Our weight work and aerobic activities are  also vital and will help us stay fit, toned, and strong and will support the immune function and circulation. A vital body rarely gets sick.

Boost your immune system: With the changing season, now is the perfect time to boost your immune system.   Mother Nature will help you boost your immune system through some of the best natural immune-boosters such as: drinking plenty of fresh water, eatinng  plenty of raw foods, garlic, lysine, probiotics, Vitamins B, C and D, E3 Live, mushroom, zinc and honey.

 Drink sufficient water and stay warm: You may not feel as hot as over the summer months so you might not feel the desire to drink as much, however, fluid loss is still an important consideration. Avoid cold drinks and ice, and Keep warm and start getting into those yummy soups!

Limit your alcohol intake: Alcohol can have many negative impacts on the body. It is high in calories and lacking nutrient value. Some researchers have also suggested that because alcohol is metabolized in the body first, any food consumed in combination with the alcohol will be more easily converted to fat. And finally, when you drink alcohol, You may be more inclined to indulge or make poor choices because you aren’t able to think clearly.

Eat healthy foods: Diet is an important focus now and you must learn to enjoy good foods. Most of us need more protein and heat generating foods in the colder months. They will keep our blood and energy moving.

Khaled Hafez

Workout Tips to Try At Home. The Donkey Kicks Exercise!

Hello Dear Friends!
This month I chose a very simple workout. Although its name is a bit weird, this exercise is one of the Best Leg Exercises for Bigger Butt!  It is The Donkey kicks Exercise!
This exercise doesn’t require any special equipment and can be performed almost anywhere.  it targets your butt, while also reducing fat and cellulite, and strengthening your core.
Read below for the steps:
  • Get on all fours on mat (hands under shoulders, knees under hips).
  • Keeping right knee bent 90 degrees, flex right foot and lift knee to hip level.
  • Lower knee without touching floor; lift again. Do 15 reps.
  • Switch legs; repeat.