Taking a leap of faith and ordering a personal trainer is an important step in anyone’s life, but if you think that an hour of sweating, three times a week is the answer to all your health and fitness prayers, then maybe you should take some advice from former martial artist Chiheb Soumer. self that straightens many of healthcare industry mistakes.
This martial artist developed Fairfax Training Club in Los Angeles as a simple gym antidote after realizing that many companies, personal trainers, and their clients make mistakes that threaten to undermine their potential. M&F spoke to fighter-turned-fitness guru to find out more.
Became a Judo student since the age of 5 years, Chiheb Soumer had been physically active for as long as he could remember. By the time he reached the age of 8, the young rookie was competing all over his native Germany. At the age of 12, he joined the German Judo team. It was during this time that a love for fitness magazines piqued Soumer’s interest in improving himself physically.
“Growing up in the 90s and 2000s, I was surrounded by crazy diet and exercise trends,” he recalls. “Back then it was much more difficult to get rid of bullshit without having the internet. Through resources like Muscle & Fitness and others, I started educating myself and discovered the importance of nutrition and good strength routine.”
When the promising judo star begins See amazing results from a fitness routine that he followed, the martial artist realized that he could train others to make positive changes as well. So, he started pursuing a career as a personal trainer at the age of 17. “There are a lot of mistakes that PTs can make, and they usually start with etiquette, pricing, program structure, and lack of education,” says Soumer.
While developing himself as an accomplished personal trainer, Chiheb Soumer continued his martial arts career as a professional Muay Thai fighter. He amassed an impressive 12-1-1 record before moving to the US At the age of 25, he found a place with Alliance MMA based in Chula Vista, San Diego. “The Alliance has some of the biggest names in the industry, like former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, and I admire all of them,” said Soumer. “They welcomed me into the team, and I started training there consistently.”
While a disturbing catalog of injuries will eventually force Chiheb Soumer to make the difficult decision to retire, he understands that he can apply some of the lessons he has learned from the MMA legend to improve his offerings as a personal trainer.