Selver Ahmed Personal Trainer
Photo credit: Matt Marsh Photography
Selver is a bikini fitness model as well as a personal trainer. She talks to Sundried about how she trains and eats.
Please tell us about sporting events you have taken part in or have coming up.
I'm proud to say that I earned my Pro Card last October competing at UK Ultimate Physique in the bikini category. I also competed at Miami Pro and placed 4th. Last year was a very successful year for me, I worked hard all year and I was focused 100% on my goal to enter 5 competitions and all finished with great results. This year my first event is my photoshoot in March and then I will try to build up a better physique until September for another competition.
Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?
My journey to fitness started 5 years ago when I didn't know anything about lifting weights. I then qualified as a PT and when I started competing, I really upped my game. I can't imagine my life without fitness today. I live and breathe fitness. I also work under my coach's guidance as I need someone to take care of me just as I take care of my clients and their life-changing journey, which keeps me focused all year long.
What are your training goals now?
At the moment, I'm taking break from competing and trying to build up more muscle until September and bring a better package to the stage. Every day is a new challenge for me now, I feel really strong and being able to lift heavy weights everyday is so rewarding.
Photo credit: Matt Marsh Photography
Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you:
I can eat a whole jar of Nutella in one go.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
I wish I knew that weight training is not going to make me bulky, but it's never too late to learn. I'm so happy that I got into weight training because it has changed my body and made me feel comfortable in my own skin.
Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?
At the moment, my diet is high in calories, around 2200. Also it is high in carbs, which helps me to lift heavy weights when I train. I eat most of the carbs around my training hours: before training and after training, which helps my body to use that energy while I train and to use it for my recovery. My protein level is also high, my day starts with a high-protein breakfast: eggs and fish.
What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?
I take care of them, which is really important. My journey with them is not only on the gym floor, but also outside of these hours. I educate them about nutrition and encourage them to eat more food. I also show them how strong they are with lifting weights.
Talk us through your training regime.
I train 6 days a week and I have only one day to rest, which is more than enough. Apart from weight training I do cardio, but only 15 minutes each day. I also walk 20,000 steps a day.
How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
I never stop learning. My day starts with listening to podcasts from the best in the industry. I learn a lot from my coach. I go and meet successful names in the industry and learn from them.
What are your top 3 trainer tips?
- Take care of your clients.
- Your client's goals are different than yours.
- Share the knowledge with people around you, teach them something new.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Why work with Sundried?
Because Sundried gym wear is not your usual gym wear, especially if you work full time in the fitness industry you need something that will last longer, something that will match your goals and you will be comfortable wearing it. Something created by people who understand you. This what makes Sundried unique.
Favourite fitness quote:
Everyone wants to be motivated, but no one is willing to put the hard work in to action.