Training Hollywood celebrities to keep them fit is no easy task. You are contributing to how they look on screen. Considering the high stakes, you would say it’s one of the most challenging jobs. But it’s bread and butter for Hakar Mahmoud, the Swedish fitness influencer, who is now doing the rounds in Hollywood.
Also famous for his digital marketing skills, Mr. Mahmoud became popular because of his colossal client base. Celebrities have contacted him to become their fitness trainer. This was the turning point in his career. Today, he is not just a fitness trainer for celebs but also a fitness influencer for thousands of followers. It’s our pleasure to have him with us here today.
Q: Mr. Mahmoud, thank you for this interview. Can you tell us whether you always wanted to become a celebrity fitness trainer?
A: Well, thank you for your kind words. Honestly, I never believed I would be working with celebrities. I still feel this is a dream, and I will wake up soon to find myself in bed. It’s something that I relish for the moment, and I hope the vision continues.
But yes, I did work hard to become a successful trainer. I trained every day with the mindset of helping people achieve their fitness goals. With my digital marketing skills and knowledge of fitness and nutrition, I managed to get in the good books of a few celebrities from where my career took off.
Q: What’s the first thing you do when you meet a new celebrity client?
A: Two things: first, I ask them about their fitness goals. Whether they want to lose weight, gain weight, or build muscle mass. This helps me plan customized diet plans and workout sessions. Secondly, I study their body structure. I feel this is crucial because it tells you a lot about which part of the body you need to work on. For example, many celebs want to tone their legs. In that case, I need to study their body structure from their hips. That’s how I work with everyone.
Q: Do you follow a specific approach for a particular group of clients, say overweight clients or those who want to put on weight?
A: It depends on their fitness history. For example, someone who has not worked out even for an hour in their life would need a slightly different type of regime than someone who works out occasionally.
Again, I judge my clients after talking to them. I need to know their lifestyle, what they usually eat, and the time is working out. Only then can I come up with a specific approach to help them meet their fitness goals. And yes, sometimes they do match. But that doesn’t mean there is a one-size-fits-all fitness program for everyone.
Mr. Mahmoud, it was genuinely remarkable talking to you. We hope you work with more celebrities and we see you more often on film promotions and red carpets. Thank you so much for talking to us today.