Digging the Grim Reality of Fitness with Sehr Beg

  • 03 Jul - 09 Jul, 2021
  • Rubab Fatima

They say, “In fitness, there are no shortcuts. It involves immense discipline and hard work.” This is what ace celebrity fitness trainer, Sehr Beg believes in. Celebrity fitness gurus came to prominence lately with the increase in the urge of celebrities to keep themselves fit. Inspired by how Ayesha Omar is nailing her fit n fab look? Yes, you get that right; it is because of Beg’s supervision. Being a certified runner, she also has participated in marathons internationally. So, put on your workout gear and get those answers pumping as we run down an interesting conversation with MAG to get you ready for that workout right away! Excerpts follow:

Icebreaker! Tell us something about yourself. Also, what sparked your interest to become a fitness trainer?

I'm a mom, an entrepreneur, and a fitness trainer. I'm from Hunza and have moved to Karachi five years ago. My own transformation has inspired me to become a trainer and I wanted to share what I’ve learnt on my journey.

How important is nutrition to you in creating a client's regimen?

Nutrition is vital when it comes to fitness. It is 70 per cent of the work while training is 30 per cent. I believe in balanced eating, I don’t believe in fad diets. My clients’ regimen should include good carbs, good fats, protein, and lots of greens plus a lot of water.

You've represented the country internationally by participating in marathons. How would you describe your experience as a marathon runner?

My experience was overwhelming. Honestly, I thought that perhaps I’m at the wrong place. Most of the people there were athletes and were on a certain level. It was stressful but overall there were a lot of learning curves during my marathon. I learnt a lot. In terms of training, I started six months earlier. Also, for a marathon, your lower body should be strong, so I incorporated some strength training on alternate days.

You are a prominent name in the otherwise male dominant fitness industry. Do you think the field you belong to is gender-biased in any way?

Not anymore. Before, it seemed like a male-dominated world, I was one of the very few female trainers training the rest. So initially, it was slightly difficult to make people understand the nature of the job. But now there is acceptance and I'm glad to be one of the change agents.

What evaluations do you conduct with a client who's eager to begin a fitness regimen?

They should start off with something lighter. When you enroll in a programme under the supervision of a trainer, you should talk to your trainer as much as you can. I believe communication is the only thing missing in Pakistan. Talk to your trainer about your medical history in terms of injuries etc. Other than that, it’s not solely dependent on workouts, yes, physical activity is super important for your well-being but if you don’t eat clean in parallel, you can never achieve your goals.

Do you recommend dietary supplements to enhance your client's performance?

Your daily dose of multivitamins is a must considering our eating habits. However, if you are fulfilling those daily requirements of micro and macro nutrients by eating clean, you need not have so many dietary supplements.

What according to you are the essential exercises for people who aim to reduce their weight?

Total body HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) burns the most amounts of calories in the shortest possible time.

In what areas do you find us – normal people – making mistakes when hitting the gym?

People here are reluctant to share their history with their trainers when it comes to injuries, medical histories, and food allergies, they don’t inform their trainers. I would advise that they share that, so that they can have workout plans according to their needs.

What motivates you to defy the odds of physical fitness?

Well, I was always into health and fitness since my teens. I have always been sporty. I’ve always been into clean eating. I genuinely enjoy being active but apart from that I just try to keep my motivation up because that’s how I can be the best version of myself.

Why it is important for people to stay fit and how can we overcome the procrastination and laziness of working out on a daily basis?

It’s important because it benefits their overall well-being in the long term. You’ll live longer; you’ll feel accomplished and fulfilled for yourself and those around you. You can overcome procrastination with will-power, persistence, patience, and the right mindset. Internal motivation is everything. Besides that, you have to remember that you’re worth every little drop of effort you put into yourself. Do things that nourish your mind, body, and soul and you will reap the rewards for years to come. •