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  • Psyched With Dr. D : Victimization and Dealing with Negative People, Keys to Avoiding and Preventing Negativity in Your Environment With Negative People.

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    The project Kuwait . Hey guys, welcome to this episode. Me and doctor d are sitting down talking about victimization and we hit on so many different topics within the victim card. Okay. Any other self fulfilling prophecy going into how we don't want to be around people that play the victim card. I think you summed that up really nicely. And people with locus of control, right? Internal and external, how to avoid to be a victimizer. That's right. And you gotta stick around to understand all these smart terms. That's right. Later in the episode. And I think it was awesome how you gave a lot of people different keys to look at when in a relationship, whether it's with your parents or someone around you so that they're not sucking the energy sucking lights. Right? So I mean, stay tuned and enjoy this episode guys is all this and morning today's episode is Dr Juliet.

    That's the day. See, see how I chased my name. I love that. Yeah, I love it. I've been calling you Dr d since I was your student. But I liked Dr Jay actually. And a lot of people call me back today or Jay, you know, do to choose your [inaudible]. That's all we call it. That's why I call my niece, her name is Jude. So we call her Juju. And it was funny back when I played softball, I'd be like, yeah, you don't want any bad juju. And it's like, cause the magical term Juju like bad juju. And it's like now I can use that. Or it's like, but yeah, no, but I mean everyone are like, whenever I'm signing d yeah. So it's nice. And maybe because I feel like it's better than saying Dinka. You know, sometimes it might be longer. So when my friends call me j or two Oh [inaudible] oh that's awesome.

    So yeah, it's a new show on the project. I know this is an awesome segment. I think it's something quite needs. Yeah. And I'm so excited actually, I think with needs and a lot of people need, and it's an opportunity to be able to talk about things that are related to psychology. And, and I want to emphasizing it to more people than things that people can really relate to. Yeah. But the t back and taboo. Yeah. T back in Deborah. That's very true. And, and it's so interesting because when I'm teaching there's certain things like you feel that people, my students, they're like very ambivalent about talking about or are we supposed to say this like just recently finished geno grams of family therapy class and people like I could see how like they're not really into deep because they know you talk about their family and this part of the region, everything is like so secretive and personalized.

    No, no wants to say my mother's, my dad's cousin who is his sister. Who is that? That's right. No one wants to come out and say that, but it's part of our culture. You know, our second marriages are third or affairs, you know, because then they feel like they're putting themselves out there. And it's a good point. Is that a small country? So it seems like with one student is saying, you know, my dad is tree, this is this family, this is family. You always get one person or two from the class saying, oh you're related to me. Oh I know this. So in a way it makes it awkward for the person, but I think we really need to talk about it. These are psychological things or these issues. I think everyone has gone through. You are me 100%. My Dad's been married six times.

    Yeah. I can't even throw a rock into a school playground. My brother or sister or even six times, I don't know. I lost count at six. My Dad, he was married to my mom for 18 years and we see the longest and he married my stepmom, Cindy, who is awesome. Really Nice Lady. They were married for a decent amount of time too, I think like 10 years or 15 years now. Cindy's American also? No, she was British Indian. Oh, okay. And then he married a Kuwaiti woman. Okay. They were married for eight years. So it's like every wife time just got shorter and shorter. I think it's cause he got older and older so he can only tolerate certa

  • Abdullah Al Askari on: How to Start a Gym and What to Expect When Venturing into Entrepreneurship, Pitfalls of New Gym Owners, Lets Open a Gym Trend, Regulation of the Training Industry, Ideal Gym Experience

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    1:35 – Abdullah Al Askari is an entrepreneur and fitness guru who is involved in many fitness and health related businesses.

    2:55 – He says that the biggest problem in Kuwait’s gyms is the service.

    3:45 – The biggest problem with coaches and trainers at gyms is that the owners feel pressure to have “big name” coaches at the expense of having a variety of trainers for all levels of clients.

    5:31 – Gyms fall into the trap of being overly concerned about making money and not concerned enough about providing great service.

    7:11 – In terms of trends, he encourages proprietors and clients alike to know their specific needs and not get too caught up in the next big thing.

    9:37 – In the future, Abdullah expects the training industry to become more regulated, but it will likely be a while.

    11:31 – Liam says that he sees trainers at the extremes: either having a ton of certifications and experience but no talent or no certifications but being great coaches. It’s important to find one in the middle.

    12:57 – High level trainers also need to have a good personality and the ability to coach their clients.

    15:25 – Abdullah says that from a gym’s perspective, having a trainer on staff who is an influencer is seen as a necessary risk.

    16:25 – Abdullah’s ideal gym experience, from the front desk interaction to the workout area.

    21:05 – Liam says that while some gyms are popping up for one specific purpose, the most versatile gyms have multiple modalities in one place.

    22:54 – The start up cost for a 500 square meter gym space is about 120-150 KD in Kuwait because of the high rent.

    24:30 – Mahdi and Liam talk about their experiences at old school basement gyms.

    28:45 – There are a lot of consumers out there who are buying the trendy fitness tools but lack the education about what they really need to be doing.

    30:40 – Abdullah talks about the dynamics of gyms that are not innovating, what can cause them to succeed or fail.

    32:29 – Abdullah stays in shape by having no social life and getting to the gym every morning at 5:00am.

    33:11 – He talks about shifts in bodybuilding over the years.

    36:55 – Liam describes the difficulty of his clients getting contradictory information from multiple sources which impacts the effectiveness of their training. There are not enough legitimate sources out there, but physicians can give you the proper tests and sample dosages.

    40:38 – These days, the trainer also serves as the steroid dealer because the clients put pressure on them to deliver results. This comes with many additional challenges.

    44:48 – Abdullah talks about 70/30, a meal prep service that he started in November 2018. They work with clients and trainers to personalize their meals to their specific needs based on their preferences and their planned workouts for each day. There are four packages: Shred, Fuel, Build, and Bulk.

    49:18 – Kuwait loves the copycat business model, so Abdullah sees the oversaturation in the market of meal prep services right now as par for the course. Those businesses with great quality and service will outlast the rest.

    53:48 – They talk about the phenomenon of Kuwaiti owners who don’t truly take ownership of their business, which leads to their downfall.

    55:39 – There is also an influx of Kuwaiti trainers, and Abdullah says that the ones who are truly passionate about it will outlast the rest.

     

    Links: 

    http://cclubkuwait.com/

    https://www.instagram.com/abdullaalaskari/?hl=en

    https://www.instagram.com/cclubkuwait/

    https://www.instagram.com/lifebeam/

    https://www.instagram.com/7030kw

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  • Psyched with Dr. D : Braking down the fairness of life love and happiness in “ Is life fair "

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    02:20 They have all these stories about how they feel on just so what do you think, do you think life is life is his life is fair? Do you feel there is justice in the world? Yeah, I think Karma is a bitch, but some people don't get the Karma. Yeah, that's true. I think they don't get it now, but of eventually eventually it catches up. It's dead by no, but I mean I think, I honestly think eventually it catches up to them in some way, shape or form. Whether it's in this life or the next, cause I opened this lie. There's just, there are those people and you're like, son of a bitch. How is he still doing this? And he's just a crappy person. That's right. But eventually I think it catches up to them. And I mean if life gives you lemons, make lemonade, life's fair.

    05:01  So you and I were talking about certain places where people we know and how they've moved up to certain positions and we know they're not qualified 100% and I was like telling you, the idea is is that some people, they don't move up to certain places because they don't know the right people. And that's unfair. Like we should all be evaluated according to our output. For example, we should all be given opportunity to climb up the ladder. And it's not fair that someone else, they know the boss or they've invited them to dinner or they become good friends with them, that they are able to get a promotion and I don't. But then on the other hand, I feel like however, took the boss out to dinner and gave them gifts. They're smart. That's intelligence. Big Grease the wheels the right way. Yeah, that's right.

    08:54 Good to realize. I said for life. See that's what we think they're set for life. So is it truth? How can they go, Bro? What are they doing? Traveling business and first class or giving money. What else? Give money to people that blow through it. How many millionaires have you heard of that do piss through all their money and then they're left with nothing and they're living with their parents again. It happens a lot. It happens a lot. Oh I gotta find it now these people can say life is unfair. They're just stupid. I'm sorry. Like the first thing you should do, like I was telling one of my friends, she's a bloggers, she does a lot of things right. So I was saying to her, now that you're making all this money, the good thing to do is that you have to invest it.

    24:49  He did me wrong and he got screwed later on he got tackled. It's like giving a person who lives on the street $10 and then going and winning $1,000 on a scratch ticket. And that's happened to me. Oh really? Twice. Twice. That's happened twice. I swear to God. That's maybe why I haven't paid any of this grant. I don't play scratch. I don't play Lotto tickets. I have too, but I don't play it anymore. All right. By one, I give it to my nephews whenever I'm in the u s on my kid because truly I believe nothing is going to happen to me by luck. I just know it and maybe that's a self fulfilling this way I'm not winning. I just know I'm going to work hard the rest of my life, but I'm okay with that because I know that I'm a hard worker and I'm going to be okay. So there are other people are just sitting around waiting for this lot to happen. I mean it's like 0.0 what's the present poi

  • هاجر جمال بطلة كويتية ومبدعه في "الكروس فت" ورفع الاثقال تتكلم عن ممارسة المرأة في مجال الرياضه (English/Arabic Episode) Kuwait’s CrossFit Champion, Hajar Jamal Discusses: Being a Female Athlete in Kuwait, Achieving Goals and Becoming the Best at

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    0:56 – Where did Hajar’s interest in CrossFit and strength training begin?

    3:35 – Hajar discusses the stigmas around being a female trainer and being a female who is getting big because of the way she lifts.

    5:40 – She has seen many waves of girls get into CrossFit in hopes of losing weight, only to find out that they will really be building muscle in addition to burning fat.

    8:01 – What are the psychological benefits of lifting?

    9:12 – Hajar talks about the CrossFit competitions that she has participated in.

    12:05 – While she might have a tough exterior during competitions and workouts, she is deeply emotional beforehand, often doubting her own abilities.

    14:09 – She discusses the rising stars in female Middle Eastern athletes.

    17:03 – Hajar recognizes that she is in the spotlight and that there is pressure to make those around her better.

    18:41 – Hajar and Mahdi talk about different training modalities and training pitfalls.

    23:38 – The telltale signs of a trainer who is half-hearted.

    26:25 – She gives her perspective of things that trainers post on Instagram and what is realistic or helpful.

    28:32 – There are certain things to keep in mind when choosing your own trainer.

    29:21 – Hajar’s main takeaways for her clients regarding lower back pain and technique for cleans.

    34:48 – How to balance risk vs. reward in your workouts.

    35:26 – The importance of doing the right exercises and using positive self-talk.

    37:38 – Hajar and Mahdi discuss tendencies that they are seeing in our society and how that impacts people’s workouts.

    40:32 – If you love what you are doing, you will be good at it.

    41:18 – How Hajar deals with the politics involved with what people think about female trainers.

    44:26 – Hajar’s perspective on qualified vs. unqualified trainers and what it takes to do a good job.

    47:26 – Her current workout/recovery routine and how she did during Ramadan this year.

    48:58 – Hajar and Mahdi talk about good CrossFit trainers in Kuwait.

    50:19 – What the future looks like for Hajar in terms of competitions.


    Links: 

    https://instagram.com/_hajoor_cf?igshid=1lf01zjunbfql

    Connect with us:

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  • All Things Psychology with Dr. Juliet Dinkha: Freud, PTSD and LSD, Technology Detox, Cyberbullying, Social Media, Social Masks and Body Image

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    1:13 – Mahdi and Dr. Dinkha reminisce about the topics they talked about when Mahdi took her class.

    3:35 – Mahdi’s love for psychology started in Dr. Dinkha’s classes.

    4:34 – There has recently been research to support the use of low dosages of hallucinogens to treat PTSD and other mood disorders in the US, but nothing like this is being done in Kuwait.

    6:44 – During Dr. Dinkha’s abnormal psychology class, she takes students on a field trip to the psych hospital and drug rehab unit.

    8:23 – She emphasizes the importance of not trying to diagnose yourself or people you know based on your limited knowledge of psychology.

    10:58 – Dr. Dinkha discusses the influence on young adolescents of social media. It is dangerous to compare yourself to others’ distorted realities that are curated to make you think they are always happy.

    14:17 – She is seeing increases in the amount of loneliness people feel as well as a decrease in social skills and the ability to express your feelings. This is the perfect formula for cyberbullying, eating disorders, and other harmful actions.

    17:50 – While Kuwaitis are known to be more impressionable, research has shown that narcissism levels have not really increased with the wider adoption of social media.

    22:16 – Dr. Dinkha recommends a regularly set-aside time for technology detox to allow yourself a break from the expectations and pressure that are so prevalent there.

    23:38 – Mahdi asks if social media is influencing unhealthy habits such as poor nutrition, use of steroids, and surgeries for appearance purposes. While social media could be a factor, the truth is that plastic surgery is more affordable than it has ever been and people would rather eat the way they want to and then have surgery than stick to a healthy diet.

    29:00 – Playing into this phenomenon is the element of “social masks” and putting forth only the best parts of your life on social media.

    31:09 – Mahdi shares his observations about several of his friends and relatives who have had surgery for this purpose and have fallen right back into their old habits afterwards.

    32:58 – Dr. Dinkha underscores the need for working on the root of the problem and developing self-discipline and self-involvement. There is still a stigma about mental health, but there shouldn’t be. There needs to be a culture shift that encourages people to be honest and reach out for help when they need it, learning how to focus on the present moment rather than the past or the future.

    37:25 – Dr. Dinkha talks about simple steps people can take to increase their productivity and satisfaction.

    41:08 – Oprah is famous for saying that her phone is the last thing she grabs before walking out the door, placing the priority on herself in the morning rather than checking her phone before even getting out of bed, like most people do.

    42:11 – Regret about the past and fear of the future are really just excuses for why you can’t live in the present moment. Use your past as a learning tool for the future, which you can’t control, and realize that everything you have gone through is building up your “psychological immune system.”

    47:10 – Dr. Dinkha talks about the factors that could contribute to the difference between someone getting into drugs/crime as a coping mechanism.

    50:29 – Dr. Dinkha has started her own podcast intended for common people with common problems and questions. She wants to break down the barriers between people so we can see how much we have in common.

    55:02 – Ways to get in touch with her (links below).

     

    Links: 

    https://www.instagram.com/dr.jdinkha/

    http://pikwt.com/

     https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4592297/

  • #1 Fitness Podcast Co-Host Adam Schafer of MindPump: Discusses, The Fitness Industry, Creating a Scalable Business Model, Social Influencers ROI or Bust , Kuwait Mecca of Bodybuilding,“the next big thing”, Group Training, Crossfit and Orange Theory

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    1:51 – Mahdi, Meg, and Liam are joined by Adam Schafer of MindPump Media.

    2:56 – How MindPump got started, which was mainly by shared interests and a providential conversation that led to the podcast.

    9:36 – They have been growing organically for the past 5 years, only putting money into marketing in the past year or so and promote their free programs and content over their paid stuff.

    12:24 – Adam tells his story of finding that money doesn’t buy fulfillment.

    14:56 – For a time, Adam left the fitness industry to work in medical marijuana, but his heart was never in it and he only took the opportunity because the money was ridiculously good.

    18:10 – Adam drops some truth bombs about the misconceptions about social media, mainly that the number of followers equals the amount of success a person has. MindPump focuses primarily on providing their followers with value rather than flashy gimmicks or sales pitches.

    25:25 – How Adam believes people should communicate on social media.

    29:06 – The most common questions Adam receives when he does his Instagram Q&A’s.

    30:25 – There is a similar misconception in the fitness industry that the number of followers on social media the person has equals their credibility or qualifications. MindPump focuses on integrity and authenticity to attract their audience.

    34:06 – Adam talks about the keys to not selling out in such a consumer-driven and image-based industry.

    37:22 – The importance of maintaining MindPump’s core values as the company grows.

    40:13 – Adam describes trends he sees in the fitness industry in the US and the pitfalls of following “the next big thing.”

    45:12 – MindPump’s ultimate goal is to get big and influential enough to change the industry for the better. Adam talks about what he has heard about bodybuilding in Kuwait.

    50:00 – Adam’s experience as a professional men’s physique competitor and the steroids that come along with the sport.

    59:46 – He talks about how steroids have been normalized in other sports as well and the ridiculous claims by some athletes that they have never used any.

    1:02:43 – Adam discusses modalities like CrossFit and Orange Theory and why he thinks that group training should die.

    1:09:09 – Instead of group training, people should seek more personalized training and create new small behaviors to see real change.

    1:11:54 – Adam signs off with a description of MindPump’s content, which you can check out at the links below.


    Links: 

    https://www.mindpumpmedia.com/

    https://www.instagram.com/mindpumpmedia/?hl=en

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChVak8_IyuqcErdf_jQUOHA

    https://soundcloud.com/user-822294942


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  • Reece Dunn Discusses Breathing, Movement, The Meaning of “Chi", Ice Baths Secretes to Recovery, Sauna for Recovery, Tension Relief, Self Expression and finding a State of Flow

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    1:31 – Reece Dunn is a breath and movement expert from London who has gotten involved in the movement community in Kuwait. He works with clients on bridging the gap between mind and body, allowing them to practice relaxation and mindfulness.

    3:57 – He describes the physiological and biochemistry changes associated with the movement of the cerebral spinal fluid through proper breathing.

    6:45 – Reece worked with Mahdi the day before this episode was recorded, and Mahdi recounts his experience.

    8:57 – Liam talks about his experiences using the wind path method in conjunction with ice baths and hot tubs. He says that your breathing controls your state and your state controls your breathing.

    10:10 – They discuss the flow state desired by high-level athletes and what it takes to get there.

    12:25 – When Liam was competing in Cypress, he practiced holding his breath for long periods of time and long exhales, which he realized made him calm instead of hyped.

    16:35 – By relaxing and letting go of tension before a competition or workout, you can increase your performance by 5-10%.

    18:33 – If you have “pain face” while you are working out, you need to practice effective breathing to relieve that tension.

    20:23 – While the body can go up to 21 days without food and up to 5 days without water, you can only go for a few minutes without air. This should emphasize how important it is.

    24:24 – Reece describes the meaning of “chi” and ways you can work on mindfulness right here and now.

    29:37 – Movement is information, so you need to remain active throughout the day and be aware of your breath above all.

    33:02 – Reece and Meg consider themselves as a part of the movement community, and Reece talks about what this entails.

    35:28 – What is animal flow?

    41:10 – They talk about the tendency in Kuwait to live rigid lives without flexibility, but it is really important to leave room for play.

    44:48 – There is a fear element to expressing yourself, but getting over that is a part of the process.

    45:20 – Mahdi connects this discussion to the “dark place” that many people describe in CrossFit.

    47:15 – Try to relax and work through any movement blocks you experience, which are usually caused by stress or fear.

     

    Links: 

    https://www.amazon.com/Rise-Superman-Decoding-Ultimate-Performance/dp/1477800832 

     

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  • Top Programming Mistakes: No Gimmicks No Magic Pill Rob Schillaci Weighs in on the Top 5 Programming Mistakes for Seasoned Athletes and Newcomers, Nutrition and Setting New Habits for Weight Loss and Strength Gains

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    2:02 Rob talks about his new online coaching platform – No Magic Pill (NMP) Programming @nmpprogramming

     

    2:41 Mahdi introduces Haya, a behind-the-scenes Project team member and one of Rob’s clients. 

     

    3:32 Rob discusses the “fluff training” that clutters Instagram feeds, where focus is placed on gimmicks and views and not substance. 

     

    5:23 Rob talks about the importance of accessory work. He states that you are only as strong as your weakest link. 

     

    5:56 Mahdi asks Rob about clients with weight loss as a goal. 

     

    6:23 The importance of nutrition and setting new habits is discussed. 

     

    7:22 Programming Mistake #1: The Program Hopper

     

    12:08 Rob weights in on how coaches can motivate their clients, especially when the results are not as fast as they would like. 

     

    14:50 Programming Mistake #2: Not taking enough rest days. De-load weeks are just as important as training; your body needs to recover from the strain. 

     

    20:21 Rob mentions that sometimes everyone can get caught up with worrying about the weight on the bar instead of worrying about the quality of the movement. 

     

    21:14 Programming Mistakes #3: Don’t max out every day. 

     

    24:20 The mental side of lifting is just as important as building actual physical strength. 

     

    26:12 Programming Mistake #4: Not following the program. 

     

    28:45 If you want to learn a new movement, like muscle-ups or pull ups, you have to work on the boring accessory work. It may not be the prettiest or the most instagrammable, but progressions are the most effective way to master a new skill. 

     

    36:00 Programming Mistakes #5: Trying to create a secret program by mixing too many programs together.

    NMP Link
    https://instagram.com/nmpprogramming?igshid=lxpxzekbogj9

    Rob Schillaci
    https://instagram.com/schillaci_3?igshid=oe48bo1gmagl

    Haya Al Qassar
    https://instagram.com/hayaalqassar?igshid=zvme1vomv9oi

  • How US Ambassador Lawrence Silverman Manages His Diabetes with Diet and Exercise

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    2:25 – United States Ambassador to Kuwait Lawrence Silverman tells Mahdi and Liam about the symptoms that led to his Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis 9 years ago. At age 54, he was totally surprised, especially because he didn’t have a terrible diet and he didn’t eat many sweets.

    5:05 – He discusses the treatment plan that his doctor recommended and his experience working with a nutritionist. Ambassador Silverman and his doctor tried several different medications to help him control his diabetes before deciding to come off of the medication and focus on strict diet and exercise instead.

    8:33 – Ambassador Silverman talks about his journey so far and encourages others with diabetes that it can be managed.

    10:18 – By making conscious choices such as reducing his portion size, eating more fruits and vegetables, switching to skim milk, and focusing on moderation, he has found success.

    11:59 – He describes how he gets exercise in during his busy schedule and the increased energy level that he has throughout the day as a result of his diet and exercise routines.

    13:57 – Ambassador Silverman provides listeners with suggestions for managing stress levels.

    15:40 – He lists some of the helpful tips that he learned from his nutritionist.

    18:34 – The diabetes rate in the US is 9% and in Kuwait is 24%. Ambassador Silverman recommends that kids and young adults be tested early so their parents can make adjustments to their diet and exercise and potentially prevent diabetes.

    20:56 – He discusses the importance of getting a good night’s sleep by intentionally winding down by listening to music, a podcast, or a white noise machine rather than staring at a screen right before bed.

    24:20 – In the Kuwaiti context, Ambassador Silverman has found that most people at diwanea and other gatherings are understanding of his dietary restrictions.

    27:21 – He emphasizes the importance of moderation and not being too lenient or too hard on yourself and your body image.

    29:21 – Listen to your own body and reach out to a doctor if you feel like something isn’t right.

    30:40 – Ambassador Silverman talks about some of the programs that the US embassy has been participating in and hosting in Kuwait: sports diplomacy, baseball and softball leagues, and bringing professional athletes to talk to families. He emphasizes the importance of charting a course for the whole country to be healthier and have more fun being active.

    Links: 

    Ambassador Silverman’s biography: https://kw.usembassy.gov/our-relationship/our-ambassador/

     

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  • Eating for Performance and Weight Loss with Two Nutritionists, Lulwa AlArmali and Nasser Alawadh on Kuwaiti Food, Macros, Instagram Credibility of Nutritionists.

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    Time Stamps: 0:51 – Nassar is a dietician and the only health-related podcaster with a show in Arabic. He and Lulwa (The Functional Nutritionist) discuss their opinions of “research” being passed around on Instagram.

    4:47 – They agree that using data or explaining how the researchers came to those specific conclusions provide validity and credibility to the source.

    9:20 – While Nassa attracts individuals who are Level 0-1, Lulwa’s clients are usually Level 2-3, but they are all looking to level up.

    9:38 – They discuss ways they know that someone on Instagram is full of baloney, including contradictions, not knowing your audience, claiming that “this is the best thing,” or not including practical application or experiences.

    18:32 – When it comes to the biggest pitfalls of Kuwaiti weekend consumption, there is a social aspect to be considered which sometimes makes people feel pressured into eating foods that are not good for them. However, over the past few years, there has been a mental shift where families and friends are more accepting of people not wanting to eat certain foods.

    25:45 – Lulwa and Nassa provide some valuable insight into the types of typical foods that are best for you to eat as well as some tips for keeping everyone happy while not compromising your commitments.

    28:48 – Mahdi asks about what types of foods an athlete should gravitate towards in a traditional spread.

    32:54 – Stews may be a good food to consume, but it is important to consider the sodium factor.

    36:36 – Nassa describes the differences between old Kuwaiti cuisine and its modern equivalents and the the sources of each.

    39:45 – He continues by talking about how dates used to be eaten in comparison to the modern way of preserving them in molasses. It is best to eat them right off the tree because you are able to eat more than you should of the ones preserved in molasses.

    44:29 – Lulwa weighs in on what a good sugar intake would be for the average person without insulin resistance.

    48:55 – The old way of thinking encourages athletes to eat carbs, pasta, and dates.

    50:19 – Nassa explains that a prevailing thought in Kuwaiti culture right now is that you don’t need to work out or eat healthy at all, and this is resulting in weight gain.

    51:42 – They touch on the problem of food bullying or shaming and the importance of knowing yourself and ignoring the bullies. This is your own journey and it may look different than other people think it should.

    55:36 – In closing, the Kuwaiti cuisine is actually not as unhealthy as people might think. It is important to be open minded and eat intentionally.
    Links:
     https://www.instagram.com/thefunctionalnutritionist/

    https://www.instagram.com/levelup.naser/ 

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  • Entrepreneur and Fitness Guru Abdullah Al-Askari Discuss Fitness and Health-Related Businesses, Start-Up Cost of Gyms, Copycat Business Models, and The Future of Trainers and Gym Owners in Kuwait

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    1:35 – Abdullah Al Askari is an entrepreneur and fitness guru who is involved in many fitness and health related businesses.

    2:55 – He says that the biggest problem in Kuwait’s gyms is the service.

    3:45 – The biggest problem with coaches and trainers at gyms is that the owners feel pressure to have “big name” coaches at the expense of having a variety of trainers for all levels of clients.

    5:31 – Gyms fall into the trap of being overly concerned about making money and not concerned enough about providing great service.

    7:11 – In terms of trends, he encourages proprietors and clients alike to know their specific needs and not get too caught up in the next big thing.

    9:37 – In the future, Abdullah expects the training industry to become more regulated, but it will likely be a while.

    11:31 – Liam says that he sees trainers at the extremes: either having a ton of certifications and experience but no talent or no certifications but being great coaches. It’s important to find one in the middle.

    12:57 – High level trainers also need to have a good personality and the ability to coach their clients.

    15:25 – Abdullah says that from a gym’s perspective, having a trainer on staff who is an influencer is seen as a necessary risk.

    16:25 – Abdullah’s ideal gym experience, from the front desk interaction to the workout area.

    21:05 – Liam says that while some gyms are popping up for one specific purpose, the most versatile gyms have multiple modalities in one place.

    22:54 – The start up cost for a 500 square meter gym space is about 120-150 KD in Kuwait because of the high rent.

    24:30 – Mahdi and Liam talk about their experiences at old school basement gyms.

    28:45 – There are a lot of consumers out there who are buying the trendy fitness tools but lack the education about what they really need to be doing.

    30:40 – Abdullah talks about the dynamics of gyms that are not innovating, what can cause them to succeed or fail.

    32:29 – Abdullah stays in shape by having no social life and getting to the gym every morning at 5:00am.

    33:11 – He talks about shifts in bodybuilding over the years.

    36:55 – Liam describes the difficulty of his clients getting contradictory information from multiple sources which impacts the effectiveness of their training. There are not enough legitimate sources out there, but physicians can give you the proper tests and sample dosages.

    40:38 – These days, the trainer also serves as the steroid dealer because the clients put pressure on them to deliver results. This comes with many additional challenges.

    44:48 – Abdullah talks about 70/30, a meal prep service that he started in November 2018. They work with clients and trainers to personalize their meals to their specific needs based on their preferences and their planned workouts for each day. There are four packages: Shred, Fuel, Build, and Bulk.

    49:18 – Kuwait loves the copycat business model, so Abdullah sees the oversaturation in the market of meal prep services right now as par for the course. Those businesses with great quality and service will outlast the rest.

    53:48 – They talk about the phenomenon of Kuwaiti owners who don’t truly take ownership of their business, which leads to their downfall.

    55:39 – There is also an influx of Kuwaiti trainers, and Abdullah says that the ones who are truly passionate about it will outlast the rest.
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    https://www.instagram.com/abdullaalaskari/?hl=en

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    https://www.instagram.com/lifebeam/

    https://www.instagram.com/7030kw/


  • Mahdi, Meg, and Liam Discuss The Keys to Ramadan & Intermittent Fasting : A Starting Point for Mindfulness, Discipline, Weight Loss and Muscle Growth

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    1:05 – Mahdi, Liam, and Meg find themselves talking about the “Sex With Emily” podcast.

    3:33 – Liam talks about his impression of Ramadan from a Western perspective.

    6:41 – There are certain expectations around eating habits during Ramadan, especially when you go to multiple gatherings per night, so how can you maintain a healthy lifestyle during this time?

    8:51 – People justify indulgences during Ramadan more than they probably should.

    10:31 – Meg talks about intermittent fasting and the benefit of occasionally practicing it to prepare for Ramadan fasting. Intermittent fasting has incredible health benefits if done the right way.

    13:43 – It is crucially important for you to be intentional about what you eat when you break fast every night.

    15:13 – Meg recommends bone broth and other sources of good fats rather than the traditional dates. Liam adds that you should avoid processed foods and sweets which can spike your insulin levels and cause you to store fat.

    17:45 – Mahdi talks about the effects of melatonin in terms of sleep but also appetite regulation at night. Liam says that it is important to maintain a consistent sleep pattern during Ramadan to help your body keep producing the right melatonin levels.

    21:28 – Liam recommends that you ask yourself what you are really trying to do during Ramadan. It likely comes down to discipline, so this is a great opportunity to create good habits. Meg agrees, explaining that fasting elevates your cortisol levels, but having a plan helps you avoid more stress.

    23:32 – Liam wonders how people can avoid dehydration during Ramadan, and Meg recommends that people eat watery fruits and vegetables rather than sugary items. Your last meal of the night should be heavy in watery fruits and vegetables and high fat foods.

    25:20 – Mahdi brings up the point that the food industry creates their foods to be addictive, so you will crave what you have been eating.

    28:08 – Mahdi is going to try doing strength training in the morning and cardio in the evening during Ramadan this year, which Meg affirms as a good plan. Liam says that this is a great way to retain muscle.

    31:20 – Liam wants people to understand that even though you might not have as much energy to work out during Ramadan, you will be able to do it, and you will find that working out provides your body with needed energy.

    33:04 – “A tiger never hunts when it is full.” As long as you prepare the night before by eating a sufficient meal and getting a good night’s sleep, you can find success in working out on an empty stomach in the morning.

    35:29 – Liam emphasizes that a good coach or trainer is an valuable resource in this area especially, guiding you along your workout and nutrition routines throughout Ramadan. Meg points out that it is very important that you know your body and make an effort to understand what’s going on.

    36:50 – Ramadan is the ideal time to work out because the intermittent fasting will hep you burn belly fat. 

    37:45 – Meg’s key points for navigating fitness during Ramadan are: limiting sugar intake, avoiding probiotic deficiency, eating good healthy fats, movement, mindfulness, sleep, and reducing screen time and involvement in drama.

    40:41 – Mahdi says that he is going to try the carnivore diet this year. Meg recommends the 800g of fruits and vegetables challenge, but remember that your main intention during this time is just discipline in whatever you decide to commit to.


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  • 043: Heart Surgeon Dr. Mohammed Albanna Discusses lifestyle, Potential side effects of E-cigarettes , Heart Disease Prevention, Steroids and Blood Vessels blockages, And why exercising could save your life!

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    0:40 – Dr. Mohammed Albanna is a great heart surgeon in the community who was trained in Canada and the United Kingdom.

    2:56 – He describes the condition of heart health in Kuwait based on the inactive and unhealthy lifestyles that many people live. This leads to an increased risk of coronary artery disease caused by lack of sufficient oxygen and nutrients. In fact, heart disease is the #1 killer in the world, with 17 million heart disease-related deaths every year.

    6:41 – Genetics do play a huge role in people’s predisposition to heart disease, especially for people of Southeast Asian descent like many in Kuwait. It has been found that these populations have smaller coronary arteries than people from other regions of the world.

    8:15 – The biggest key to avoiding heart disease is prevention. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of cardio every day but no more than 2 hours per day. The simple act of walking can be very impactful if the heart rate gets above 100.

    10:38 – Dr. Albanna describes athletes heart syndrome and its physical impacts on the athlete.

    13:25 – Next, he explains hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) which is like athlete’s heart but caused by a genetic mutation. He recommends that all athletes have regular check-ups including EKG testing to determine if they have this mutation.

    17:18 – Dr. Albanna emphasizes the importance of a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

    18:40 – Mahdi asks about stents and how people with stents should exercise after their procedures. Dr. Albanna recommends a cardiac rehab program for anyone with any type of heart issue but especially those who have had procedures to correct an issue.

    22:30 – Stents should be taken as a warning sign that the person needs to make some lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, developing an exercise routine, and making better food choices.

    26:21 – Mahdi points out that some athletes think that they can continue smoking if they make up for it with their workouts. This could not be farther from the truth because smoking can lead to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and so many other diseases regardless of your fitness habits.

    28:55 – E-cigarettes are new to the market and becoming trendy, but the nicotine in them is just as addictive as that in regular cigarettes, so these should be avoided. The only benefit of e-cigarettes is when someone is trying to quit smoking by intentionally choosing how much nicotine they consume.

    30:16 – Dr. Albanna says that most people should be able to take care of themselves into their 80s, so when he has surgery patients in their 50s or 60s, they are very young to be having heart issues.

    31:33 – Heart attacks have 3 causes: (1) narrowing or blockage causing the heart to not be able to keep up with demand, (2) a smaller blockage that causes abnormal matter to enter the bloodstream, or (3) vessel dissection, common with people who take steroids.

    34:49 – Steroids make the blood vessel walls thinner, so when an athlete stresses their heart during an intense workout, they are at higher risk of vessel dissection or shredding.

    36:31 – Mahdi is put at ease when Dr. Albanna tells him that he has not sustained irreversible damage from his 1-month stint of taking Winstrol.

    37:13 – People can slow down the buildup in their arteries by exercising, eating well, and having regular checkups.

    38:06 – Athletes are prone to atrial fibrillation (A-fib) or excessive electrical activity in the heart, which manifests as quivers rather than beats of the heart and can lead to blood clots. He especially advises athletes to have diagnostic tests to determine if they have A-fib.

    43:02 – Walking 30 minutes per day and eating a handfulof raw nuts in the morning can reduce your risk of heart disease by more than 40%.

    44:19 – Dr. Albanna has a personal trainer who helps him stay on track and exercise different&

  • 041: Get a Grip How to Improve Your Arms: Mahdi and Liam Discuss the Key Tips to Building Forearm Strength, the Good and the Bad of Using Straps, and Plus-size Athletes

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    1:34 – Liam talks about his current goal of being lighter on his feet and ready to run, and how the past few weeks of doing so has changed his perspective on size and athletics.

    4:15 – He mentions specific genetic anomalies that are smaller than their teammates but incredibly talented.

    5:05 – Liam then goes on to talk about relative strength and understanding what a body should do.

    6:45 – Liam and Mahdi discuss the importance of the people you surround yourself with and the psychological impact this can have on your training.

    9:15 – Liam mentions the concept of putting the work in to find your areas of weakness and then committing to improving. 

    11:01 – He gets into the idea that different people have different perceptions of what their normal weight should be and they often compare themselves to others in this area, which is not helpful.

    12:30 – Mahdi transitions the conversation to grip strength, which he first started learning about during his time playing baseball but he has continued to emphasize in his own workouts. Liam suggests a few workouts to improve grip strength.

    15:53 – Liam then gives recommendations for techniques for improving grip strength such as palms facing up and mixed grips.

    17:28 – Mahdi chimes in to make sure that people understand the importance of alternating different grips so you are building strength equally. Liam says that he didn’t used to alternate, and he tore his bicep as a result.

    19:51 – After Mahdi tells listeners to ditch the straps during lifting of this nature, Liam says that there is a time and place for using straps if you know how to use them properly. Mahdi talks about his experience using straps and how he realized that he was not getting the most of his workout with them. 

    23:11 – Mahdi and Liam mention some more specific exercises that are good for grip strength, such as carries, curls, and pinch grip holds. Liam says to focus on simple things first by carrying heavy things or doing a high volume of light weights. 

    26:02 – Another simple way to work on grip strength is by wringing out a wet towel.

     

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  • 040: Mohammed Ajialabi: Physical Therapist From Bahrain Discusses Breathing, Movement and his MMA Athletes' Therapy and Recovery

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    1:52 – Mohammed Ajialabi is a physical therapist who focuses on elite athletes. He became interested in helping people in this way by walking with his mom through treatment and physical therapy for her back pain. After studying in Jordan and working at hospitals and sports clubs in Bahrain for several years, he decided to open his own practice focused on his philosophies and ideals of helping people. They just celebrated the beginning of their third year in business.

    5:24 – Mohammed spends some time every year helping CrossFit and MMA athletes in Kuwait. He is able to treat several athletes at the same event because he doesn’t need any fancy equipment to relieve their pain.

    6:50 – He drops some of the names of prominent Kuwaiti athletes he has treated.

    7:25 – In Kuwait and Bahrain, the most common injuries Mohammed treats are back injuries due to the lack of core activation and inactive breathing that people have. 

    9:20 – In response to Mahdi’s question about how to activate the muscles that have been inactive all day at work, Mohammed says that the key is to move often and well during work, getting up from your desk every 30 minutes and doing activating stretches and be sure to prepare before working out.

    12:45 – Mohammed says specifically that people sitting at desks all day may have weak hip flexors because their hip flexors get shorter if they are not frequently activated which can cause them to weaken. 

    15:06 – Liam, Mahdi, and Mohammed talk about the benefits and drawbacks of wearing weight belts in certain situations.

    18:25 – Mohammed says that most pain is originated from having an unstable core. A stable core promotes good joint movement and breathing, so an unstable core leads to many problems.

    20:01 – Mahdi brings up dry needling in combination with corrective movements and Mohammed affirms that this combination is helpful for the body adjusting after injuries.

    21:42 – Mohammed provides his recommendations for effective core work: learn to breathe well, switch on the brain with repetitions of lighter exercises, and consciously try to create those neural pathways.

    24:50 – Liam and Mahdi talk about their experiences with controlling breathing, from playing baseball to during a session in the ice cold plunge pool.

    28:40 – Mohammed says that Liam’s method of breathing in the plunge pool is great and he provides a warmer and drier exercise for those who aren’t as hard core as Liam. Laying on your back, bend your knees, put both hands on your chest, and breathe in for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds, and breathe out for 5 seconds, vacuuming in the stomach each time.

    31:38 – Mohammed talks about common injuries sustained by MMA fighters and the different technique he uses to help them with their breathing and increase their mobility.

    35:20 – In response to Mahdi’s observation that he feels great after doing chest fly exercises, Mohammed talks about the difference between passive and dynamic movements or stretches. 

    38:45 – Liam asks if there is benefit in seeing a physical therapist even if you are not hurt. Mohammed says that it is important to have someone experienced who can watch your posture and mobility to reduce your risk of injury. 

    40:57 – Mohammed emphasizes the importance of communication between the coach or trainer and the physical therapist.

    Mohammed Aljallabi: https://www.instagram.com/mjallabi/?hl=en
    Rubens Garcia Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rmotioncoach/

    Movement Physical Therapy: http://www.movementbh.com/

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  • 039: Mahdi and Meg Discuss: What to Expect When Starting a New Workout Routine or Getting Back to the Gym, Listener Q&A, Reviews, Common Misconceptions About Gym life

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    6:25 – The most crucial aspect of starting a gym routine is an honest assessment of where you currently are and where you want to be as a result of working out. Don’t focus on what a 20-year-old you could do, but take a step back and evaluate what is feasible for you and then set off to reach your goals.

    10:15 – Mahdi talks about the importance of having a gym buddy to make it easier to just get to the gym. Once you are there, it is easy to get to work.

    12:14 – The location of your gym could be a big factor for you. If driving across town is a deterrent for you, try to find a gym closer to your house or work that will make it more convenient to go.

    15:01 – Many people, especially in Kuwait, say that they don’t have time to go to the gym because their “free time” is for dewaniya. Mahdi and Meg want to encourage listeners to think about creating a diwaniya atmosphere at the gym instead of while playing video games or watching football. 

    20:12 – If it is intimidating to go to a new gym, find ways to build your confidence, such as taking group classes or hiring a personal trainer for a while. If you want to make sure you understand how certain machines work or what certain workouts involve, check out some YouTube videos ahead of time. 

    23:16 – Beginning a healthy lifestyle does not have to be drastic. Focus on your sleep, staying hydrated, taking opportunities to walk, do some bodyweight training, and look into cross-training activities like biking or swimming.

    29:00 – Mahdi and Meg weigh in on a listener question: Is it possible to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time? They say that is definitely is, and the key is to do strength training and HIIT types of cardio. These will give you lean muscle mass and aid in fat burning.

    34:09 – Focusing on your abs is different than focusing on your core, and one is the key to total body stability. The core contains the spine, obliques, abs, and breathing muscles, and when this cylinder is strong, you open up so much power and strength.

    38:32 – Meg talks about some of her keys to total body wellness and fitness: resistance training and good nutrition, starting with real foods and good fats. Mahdi says that creatine works well with his body to aid in burning fat, but beyond that, he doesn’t recommend any kind of “fat burning” pills or supplements.

    42:26 – Some spices or foods that you can easily integrate into your daily diet and are known for being naturally fat burning are: cinnamon, ginger, cumin, coriander, raspberries, high protein items like eggs for breakfast, overnight oats, and fiber.

    49:05 – The first misconception that Mahdi and Meg address in this episode is: “lifting weights makes women bulky.” In fact, women do not have enough testosterone to truly “bulk up” without significant supplemental or dietary changes to that end. Weight lifting really just changes the shape of the body, and Mahdi adds that lifting dramatically increases your confidence level in the gym. It is important to realize that you might gain some weight as you build muscle in this way, but there are much better measurements to gauge your progress.

    55:22 – The next misconception is: “Results are fast.” It is helpful to know when going into a new workout routine that results could take several months or even a year, but with consistency and effort, you can achieve the results you want. Meg adds that many&

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    ATHLEAN-X: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe0TLA0EsQbE-MjuHXevj2A

    Meg’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/guthmillermeg/
    Mind Pump: https://www.mindpumpmedia.com/

  • 038: Coach Saad Discusses Movement as a Cultural Issue in Kuwait vs France, Back Pain, Anterior Pelvic Tilt and Why 8,000+ steps per day may help you feel better

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    0:49 – Mahdi introduces Coach Saad.

    1:38 – Coach Saad describes his background as a boxing trainer in France before moving to Kuwait and getting into personal training.

    3:25 – Mahdi asks about the main differences that Saad notices between his clients in France and those in Kuwait.

    4:17 – Saad says that a lot of his Kuwaiti clients are overweight and need adjusted exercise plans that are not so hard on their joints.

    5:30 – Saad talks about the cultural problem of inactivity. Even kids in Kuwait are not getting into sports and their health is not really supported at school.

    7:03 – Saad advises parents to get their kids into some kind of activity such as swimming, judo, and running.

    9:24 – Saad says that one of the main issues with kids sitting so much during the day is that they are developing a constant slouch that will impact them throughout their whole life.

    10:31 – Saad talks about how to get started in correcting your posture and becoming more active.

    12:44 – The conversation then turns to improving your walking, running, and exercising technique and gait.

    13:25 – Mahdi mentions the Exos program that helps people unlearn bad behaviors through corrective exercises.

    14:18 – Saad mentions that correcting your form and technique is not the hardest thing to learn, but it does take the longest. Specifically benchpress and deadlift. He gives specific examples of how he helps his clients.

    18:00 – Saad says that the best way to help people is by telling them where they should feel everything so they can know immediately if they are doing it right.

    19:17 – Mahdi talks about the resurgence of deadlifts and squats with the popularity of CrossFit.

    21:20 – Saad talks about the hardest part of training not being the actual teaching of the techniques but convincing the clients of the importance of proper form.

    24:10 – Mahdi and Saad transition the conversation to talk about people who spend most of their days sitting at their desks and in their cars. Setting small challenges throughout the day to stay active can make all the difference.

    26:20 – Saad discusses the importance of stretching your hip flexors, and he will put some examples on his Instagram.

    27:30 – Saad and Mahdi give some good stretching examples.

    29:48 – Saad then talks about the causes of back pain such as anterior pelvic tilt.

    31:00 – Mahdi and Saad say that people often experience pain while working out after they have been inactive all day because they haven’t warmed up.

    33:36 – Mahdi asks about the benefits of strength training versus just walking or jogging.

    35:00 – Saad says that everyone should do basic strength training either at the gym or at home just to remain active. Walking should not be considered exercise because everyone should be getting 8,000+ steps per day.

    37:30 – Saad discusses the main differences he has noticed being a trainer in the Middle East. 

    45:29 – Saad says that being consistently active during the day will also boost your workout time and he emphasizes the importance of warming up and cooling down.

    46:45 – Saad talks about your capability of doubling your calorie burning every day just by reaching 8,000+ steps per day and he give some suggestions for doing so.

    49:00 – Mahdi emphasizes the benefit to both you and your kids when you take them outside to play at the end of the day.

    49:37 – Saad says that he has had so many clients tell him how much better they feel when they are traveling because they are actively exploring a new city.

    50:17 – Saad talks about his current project, which is continuing his education and helping his clients go from injury to strength.


    Links:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saad_wt/ 

    EXOS: https://www.teamexos.com/