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Abbas Ali’s life is a story of ‘rags to riches’ as much as it is one of ‘fat to fit’. Although his path was riddled with financial woes and job insecurities, he claims that true success and satisfaction in his career came through his own transformational experience.
An eight-month transformation, to be precise, that saw him go from 95 kg to 79 kg, gave him a thorough insight into what being truly fit was all about. It was then that he continuously strived to combine different forms of fitness such as callisthenics, parkour and other such forms to create his own signature design of programming.
Since then Abbas has trained both the common man as well as celebrities, alike, for over 20 years now. He is the founder and creator of his unique gym in Mumbai, Bodyholics, and has worked with several Bollywood stars over the years; including the likes of Shahid Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty, Sonakshi Sinha, Zareen Khan, amongst others. Here’s what Abbas told us about his ideology about fitness and how it flows into every other area of life: About his own transformation and change in mindset about the perception of fitness
I too like a lot of people started my fitness journey lifting weights. I soon realized that this is not what solely classifies as being fit. There’s wasn’t much else in India at that time. The concept of functional fitness was an alien concept in India. Don’t Miss One Egg A Day Can Keep Heart Diseases At Bay 655 SHARES
It was when I took a trip to Toronto in 2007 where I witnessed people being very active outdoors. The difference was in their perception of fitness—it was all about being functional fit. I decided that I had to unlearn whatever I had learned previously and imbibe what I was experiencing if I were to expand my understanding of fitness in its truest essences.
When I came back I to India I took time off for eight months and incorporated functional training elements, such as CrossFit, road runs, callisthenics and the likes into my own training regime. In eight months I ended up losing 20 kilos of pure fat, improved my fitness and aesthetics, and felt better than I ever did before.
Abbas Ali Fitness is ideally a combination of 11 elements, one without the other is incomplete
I’ve always believed that fitness can be an anti-ageing tool, even before I changed my thinking and ideology of fitness. Today, even at 42 when I perform at my best I know I am only able to go on because of my consistency in fitness and my nutrition. I don’t train because I am a fitness professional but because it has become a habit for me.
The magic is in the combining all the elements of fitness to create a programme (strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscle endurance, body composition, speed, agility, reaction time, coordination, core balance, mental endurance).
I remember my experience of an earthquake when I was 7-8 years old, sitting with my family watching a movie at home. My dad had the presence of mind, the willpower, the strength and stamina to pick both me and my sibling and get us to safety even before the earthquake could come into full effect. This is an example of how functional training works in real life.
Abbas Ali Why building mental endurance is critical in our times
We are in a time period where we are more stressed than we’ve ever been. The use of meditation and yoga, connect with yourself more is more critical than ever. Instead of overthinking, let your thoughts come to you while you practice meditation and yoga. Use your thought wisely because anything you think can manifest into reality.
The idea is not necessarily to sit and meditate but to cultivate stillness in the mind. Find a good teacher and learn how to cultivate this practice and harness its true power.
A strong willpower (mental endurance) can overcome poor genetics. If you’re trying to battle age-related wear and tear, loss of muscle in the body, injuries and various other issues that you encounter with age, mental endurance is one of the key elements that will come in handy.
Abbas Ali If your ‘why’ (reason for being fit) is strong enough, you’ll find a way to be consistent
Have a clear reason and a solid ‘why’ for wanting to achieve what you want. If you have a clear goal in mind nothing can stop you from accomplishing it. Fitness in the long term must give you good health and longevity. Working on your body is the tool that is going to help keep your body and mind running smoothly in the long run.
Find time to stick to maintain your fitness regime. Anil Ambani, for instance, a 56-year-old business tycoon, ran 3 marathons in a year and is undoubtedly one of the busiest men I’ve met. His reason (his ‘why’) for training found was to run marathons and he used to be up at 4:30-5:00 pm training for it. We all have 24-hours.
Challenge yourself with new workout regimes and pick up activities/workouts that you enjoy instead of ones that you bore you. Perform the first 10 elements even if the 11th element, which is mental endurance, is hard to comprehend at first.
Abbas Ali We need to draw inspiration from our parents and grandparents who had naturally mastered the art of living
We need to go back to our primitive ways of living. As a 42-year-old I remember my parents made me and my siblings go to bed early and woke us up early, providing us with 3-meals in a day along with an evening snack. It was a simple life, but a healthy one.
At Bodyholics my aim is to combine that old-school of thought with modern science. We are currently the sickest (meaning fattest and unhealthiest), we’ve ever been as a species in the history of mankind. So, we need to relook at how we approach this situation.
Abbas Ali The food we eat is far more problematic than our sedentary lifestyles
More than being fit it is our eating habits (nutrition) that is wrecking our lifestyles. People from all walks of life eat the same food we get outside, which more often than not is junk. If you want to lose fat and change your body composition, change-up your diet.
The choices of food you make are mostly junk, considering what we get outside to eat is mostly an amalgamation of carbs and fat (in all sorts of junk food). Your digestive system should feel good after eating; not bloated or uneasy.
Fitness is merely tool based to improve performance in and outside the gym. It makes you fitter, more active and sure does also help give your metabolism a boost. But it is not comparable to clean diet when it comes to fat loss.
Abbas Ali Bollywood celebrities, like Shahid Kapoor, are a good example of how and why having a clear goal can help you transform your physique
He’s a disciplined, focused and has clear vision (his ‘why’) of what he needs to achieve (the look/physique) he needs. He’s very clear about his goals in and outside of the gym when he wakes up in the morning.
More than genetics, he has the willpower to keep pushing through the goals and plans he sets out to achieve. He is the perfect example of someone who possesses the right kind of mental endurance to get to his dreams.
He also one of those actors who consistently trains around the year. When someone trains consistently over the years, it is easier for him/her to transform into the shape/look they want to achieve.
Abbas Ali As a 42-year-old you can workout with the same intensity someone half your age
If you make a 15-year-old compete physically with a 10-year-old or 15-year-old with a 20-year-old the 15 and the 20-year-old are naturally likely to win. In today’s day and age, though, a 30-year-old will most likely be naturally beaten by a 20-year-old.
If the 30-year-old has consistently trained for 10 years, he can, however still beat the 20-year old. That’s how much working out consistently in the long-run can pay off. Taking up training/sport early on life payoffs in the latter half of your life.
At 42 it is the 20+ years of consistent training that still helps me train with the intensity of someone half my age, even today. It also allows me to challenge my body more every day and keeps my workout exciting. That’s why I say fitness is the best anti-ageing formulae that will always work if you follow it religiously.
Abbas Ali The three aspects of life you need to find balance and harmony with your relationships, your health and your career
There three things in life that matter more than anything else—relationships, your health and your career. You need to learn and have knowledge of these aspects of your life as you evolve over time.
I’m clear about the relationship I have with my partner, with my parents, with my siblings and with whoever else is close to me. I’m also clear about their health, well-being and other aspects of their life, as well as my own.
Choose a career you’re not confused about and don’t stop till you do. Learn everything you can about that subject and work hard at it. The money, success and fame will follow. You need to know more and not overthink in these aspects of your life. If any of these aspects fall out of balance it will disturb your peace of mind, growth, health and wellness.
Abbas Ali Stick to eating proper meals, if you must snack have almonds or walnuts
Human beings have a tendency to get hungry every 2 hours because of how our blood glucose or insulin functions. Ideally, you should stick to meals and not ‘snack’ in between as that is a sign that your insulin and blood glucose had spiked and is now on its way down.
As cavemen and homo sapiens way back in the day, we didn’t have any carbohydrates to stack up on. Our bodies naturally survived on our fat stores, which meant fat was a source of energy.
If you must snack, however, stick to natural, untampered forms of nuts, such as walnuts or almonds, as they loaded with healthy fats very low on carbohydrates.
Abbas Ali Why events like the ‘Reebok Unrest’ is very important for the culture of fitness in the country and community building
It’s very important for the training, education and evolution of the fitness industry. As a Reebok master trainer, we are like the service providers for fitness and these events are the ideal platform to disseminate our knowledge.
Not everyone has the time or the inclination to hit the weights and moreover the youth today don’t want to walk to into a gym just to just look big. They want to look athletic and be really fit; essentially by making their bodies more functional, today.
This is the first event of Rebook that combines functional and bodyweight training modules Zumba, Pilates, Parkour, Crossfit, Combat conditioning etc. The idea is to create awareness, understanding and community building in the industry. My company Bodyholics represented Parkour at the event. These are some basic fitness moves Abbas Recommends you can perform anywhere: