I had the amazing opportunity to do a short Q&A with Fitness Trainer, Khaled Konga to hear about his experience as a personal trainer.
Khaled Konga began karate lessons as early as the age of 8 and became a Junior Kung Fu Sanshou champion in Egypt at only 15! Since then, Khaled obtained certificates in several different areas of health and fitness including Kick Boxing and Wushu Kung Fu. He also began his own personal training company Konga Fitness in Canada located in Mississauga.
Konga Fitness offers:
- Strength Training
- Speed and Plyometrics Training
- Olympic Lift Training
- Fat Loss Targeting Training
- Cross Fit Training
- Diet and Nutrition Counselling
Check out Konga Fitness’s website to learn more by clicking here: http://kongafitness.ca/
- What inspired you to become a personal trainer?
- “To help people to be healthier. When I went to the hospital and see how people are suffering in their end of their lives. I wanna help other people enjoy and feel healthy until the last second in their life. I saw how older people start taking care of their health so I thought I should start doing that myself, but because I’ve always been athletic I always did. I tried to learn more about it and know more about it, and I feel like it’s my task or my duty to help people and guide them.”
- “If someone takes care of their own physical body they will understand others better, and respect other beings, other cultures because they are starting with respecting their self and their own body and own health. You have to start with yourself.”
- How do you keep motivated?
- “There are many reasons. I like doing this and I enjoy it and because this is my job too. I got to stay motivated, this is a way I make a living for myself and my family – this is a good motivation. And some people I train are very motivated and they give me this energy. I try to stay up to date always with studying and trying to learn things, which makes me motivated to teach people the new ways, new ideas, new studies and new techniques that I learn.”
- Is anything you recommend women do differently than men when weight training?
- “No, women and men should train the same. I emphasize more resistance training and weights for women more than men actually because women naturally tend to have less muscles so they tend to like aerobics and cardio and shy away from resistance training. It’s apart of their psychology and physiology because they are good at it too. If you look into marathon records for men, like the fastest men and women, your not gonna see a huge difference, but for weight lifting, how much kilograms or pounds men lift, is way more than women. So physiologically men are stronger than women, but when it comes to oxygenated and aerobic exercise women are better. So that’s why I always encourage females to do resistance training. It prevents from getting osteoporosis and stabilize hormones as well. Cardio is good for you too, but you feel happier, feel good and confident too.”
- What is your favourite thing about keeping healthy?
- “I just like being healthy, you wake up in the morning, you feel good, you have energy. I like it, it feels amazing being healthy. There is not one favourite thing, you feel good walking, wearing things, I sleep good, you just feel good overall. You can play with your kids, you do whatever you want. There’s not one thing, it’s a lifestyle. Everything about being healthy is my favourite.”
- Do you have any advice regarding weight training, healthy eating or staying healthy in general?
- “It’s a big questions, it’s hard to conclude in one thing, its a way to live. You gotta start from somewhere. It doesn’t matter if your eating MacDonalds everyday, just one day, and it’s a step towards the goodness and being healthier. You don’t just take a pill. You can be healthy as well and maybe it’s time for you to sit back. Maybe you’re over training, and eating too healthy its time for you to stop, sit back in the hot tub, go swimming, and eat more carbohydrates fill muscles with glycogen and going back to training after a week or two. Everyone is different!”
A big thanks to Khaled for taking the time to do this short interview!
If you would like to know more about Konga Fitness and see how you can get involved, check out: http://kongafitness.ca/