Konga. This is the name personal trainer extraordinaire Khaled Fahim adopted as a 3X World-Egyptian Kickboxing champion while he competed as a professional fighter. Konga is a symbol of balance, a concept that describes Khaled’s philosophy of training. As a fighter, he quickly knew that in order to achieve optimal performance and health, he needed to balance the mind, body and soul. This is a fundamental tenet that he spent more than 15 years perfecting while becoming successful in the fitness industry. Part of his success also came from his unremitting drive to help his clients achieve their goals and become stronger, functional individuals. The first thing people often note about Khaled is his charismatic and humble demeanor. He is very respectful and determined to help, yet he is always willing to say and do what is best for the client. Khaled will make sure you learn more than you thought, achieve more than you expect, and realize more than you previously envisioned.
One of the most common medical syndromes that a Mississauga personal trainer will see in their clients is chronic lower back pain. In fact, studies have shown that 80-90% of all adults will experience low back pain at some point of their lifetime (Wipf & Deyo 1995). Since the lumbar (lower) vertebrae must constantly deal with the weight of the entire upper body, which becomes a lot harder when you factor in poor posture and weak core activation, it definitely comes as no surprise why the prevalence of low back pain is so high.
We can all agree that the average Canadian diet consists of 3 meals a day with a bunch of snacks in between. We also know for the most part that the government of Canada provides guidelines as to what the healthiest portions of each food group should be for a meal, including meats, veggies/fruits, dairy products, and grains. And I’m pretty sure everyone has heard the saying that you should never skip breakfast because it is the most important meal of the day. Eating, eating, and more eating is all I’ve purposefully been talking about so far. People are generally aware of what to eat to improve their health, but are either never concerned with or are just confused about when and how frequently they should eat. We never hear about fasting as part of our “diet”, not in mainstream media at least. Of course there are many reasons as to why this may be, but it all stems from the fact we are programmed to believe we need to constantly eat food in order to maintain our health. I’m here to explain why that’s not always the case.