FACES OF FAT: Everyone say Hi to Saleh, one of our new familiar faces at FAT. Saleh joined us during our sessions at the Winter Warehouse and has fast become a FAT enthusiast. We love seeing Saleh show up each week, excited to sweat.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hiya, I’m Saleh. I enjoy food, fitness, music, and social activities. Fortunately for me FAT has three of those things (sometimes even four).
How did you hear about FAT, do you remember your first session?
I heard about FAT from one of my close friends and how they’ve wanted to go but wanted some company. So I decided to join along for support. My first session was quite the memory. It was an early morning on a Friday. The amount of times I would’ve fainted that day still amazes me. Least I can say is that I got pleasantly humbled on my first session. Still, it was a great experience.
We have shared a few workouts together, what makes you come back?
I just enjoy the vibe of the workouts. The music, the energy, the people, everyone is there to have a good time (and sweat). The crew is always motivating and full of enthusiasm. The workouts are enjoyable and they keep your fitness up. It’s a great environment to push yourself and try your best physically and mentally. And it’s become something I always look forward to.
What would you say to someone hesitating to come to FAT?
Friends, friends, and friends. Bring a friend, it’ll make things easier. That’s how I came to FAT for the first time. I thought it would be stressful but it turned out to be a great experience. Everybody overthinks sometimes and that’s understandable, but always try to push yourself and try different things. So try it and see if it’s your thing.
Do you have a most memorable moment with us?
All the moments where I nearly passed out are memorable, but if I had to choose one (without involving fainting), it would be the moment I realised how much my fitness improved. It’s just a great feeling when you see your work pay off. I also really appreciate the moments where Kevin pushes me into working harder. Support like that sometimes gives you that extra gear.
Outside of our weekly session, what is your relationship with exercise/movement?
I try to be as active as I can. I’m trying different sports for the fun of it (except the ones involving swimming). I frequently play football, and I really enjoy walking so I try to get outdoors whenever I can. Unwinding from my day during my evening walks has helped me physically and mentally.
What are your health and life goals in 2022?
I’ve never had clear goals about my fitness, but I’d like to improve in all aspects of my health. I’ll definitely try to go on more runs (because I hate them), try more activities, and make new friends along the way. I only recently started to see everything as a learning process, so I’m just trying to soak up everything and learn.
Could you tell us 3 pieces of advice you would give to someone on their mental and/or physical health?
Everyone has their own way of dealing with their mental and physical health. I’ll talk about my way and hopefully it works for anyone who reads this. I’ve had some low points this year and I can say that talking about it helps tons. Everyone’s going through something so talking to your friends and family eases things. Getting outside is also important, go for a walk; you’ll feel better after. And try to see everything as a chance to learn and improve; no one ever stops learning, so make it enjoyable.