KX Profile: Sohail Ahmad
The latest addition to the KX Personal Training team, Sohail Ahmad talks to us about his professional boxing career, his motivation and how he unwinds.
Sohail has been involved in the fitness world from a young age. He achieved a black belt in Taekwondo and was a London champion in 2005. In 2006, he was the third best fighter in the United Kingdom and went on to win bronze in the European open championship.
Despite his success in Taekwondo, Sohail always had a love for boxing, and has fought for several clubs including Repton – which has a reputation for being one of the toughest and oldest clubs in Europe. After years of amateur boxing he recently turned professional – and remains undefeated. Next in the pipeline is a fight for a national title and the European championships.
1) How long have you been at KX?
I joined the KX Team in September.
2) How long have you been a professional boxer and a personal trainer?
I’ve been personal training for a few years now and during this time I was also competing in amateur boxing. I recently turned professional and am currently undefeated with 2-0 record.
3.) What do you eat pre workout and post workout?
I don’t usually eat anything before the workout, as I have to be careful what I have as I’m being tested regularly by the board for illegal substances. After my workout I have a recovery shake which helps me replenish for the next session.
4.) What do you wear to workout?
I love wearing Adidas brands – Adidas hoodies and Adidas tracksuits and I wear Nike running trainers and Nike boxing boots – whatever I wear has to look good!
5.) Where will we find you when you’re not at KX?
If I’m not at KX I will be in my boxing gym or resting at home, especially when I’m training for a fight. When I’m not training, you’ll find me in a nice restaurant with amazing food and the company of good friends.
6.)What’s your favourite motivational quote?
“Work hard and suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion” Mohammad Ali.
And finally, some inspiration from the man himself, Sohail says:
‘I want to work harder to make sure that I can be lucky enough to be a good example to the younger generation and help kids get off the streets and do good things with their life. Talent can only take you so far, but then it stops and hard work kicks in. So the harder you work the more things you are going to achieve. Without a doubt.’
Sohail will be teaching our class of the month – Wednesday Boxing Fever on Wednesdays at 19:30 in S4.
Sohail is also available for personal training.