Sami is a personal trainer who specialises in calisthenics as well as mixed martial arts. He talks to Sundried about life in the fitness industry.
Please tell us about sporting events you have taken part in or have coming up.
I have taken part in multiple Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions where I have won many medals and trophies. For a few years I competed on the Mixed Martial Arts scene, where I tested my competitive skills. I recently became an international professional Mixed Martial Arts judge, which has allowed me to judge around the globe. During the past 5 years I have been teaching Calisthenics/Gymnastics workshops in countries such as Brazil, U.K & Denmark, with many more lined up in the future.
Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?
My fitness journey started when I was 17, this is when I got into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, where I have now obtained a brown belt. Around the age of 19 I started boxing and training MMA too. This lead me down the body weight training path, where I found Calisthenics in 2012/2013 and instantly fell in love with it. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Calisthenics lifestyle paved the path for me, which allowed me to train all over the world and meet like minded people.
What are your training goals now?
My training goals have always been to work on my weaknesses. Get strong in the areas I have a problem in and make my weaknesses my strength.
Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you:
A unusual fact about me is.. I have really long arms.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
Advice I wish I had been given starting out would be, the importance of keeping your body supple.
Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?
Yes I follow a plan 80% of the time, which is more of an ancestral diet. Where the first meal I eat is around 13:00. Then I would normally eat again around 16:00 and the last meal would be around 20:00. I eat a lot of fats and proteins, this is essentially the fuel source I use.
What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?
I keep my clients motivated by speaking to them regularly. Always looking at their improvements and development since training. My top tip to stay motivated is, you have to get inspired that way the motivation becomes second nature. Always try and be be the best version of yourself. Save yourself then the world.
How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
I keep my knowledge up to date by constantly working on myself & my clients and understanding the mechanics of the human body. I read a lot in different training styles and am in constant communication with athletes & top coaches.
What are your top 3 trainer tips?
- Train smart
- Fuel the body correctly
- Sleep 7-8 hours each night
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If I could eat one food..... cheese!
Why work with Sundried?
I like Sundried because they are a true honest brand helping out the fitness community with training and providing top quality products. The Gymnastics rings are my favourite.