Omar El Sheikh talks about his passion for muscle building, shares a detailed workout plan, and discusses the mistakes he’s made along the way.
What is your athletic background, and how did you get involved with bodybuilding, and what do you love most and least about it?
When I was in high school I had a subscription to a fitness magazine. I remember looking through the magazine and knowing from a young age that I wanted to start working out and one day look like those athletes, so I decided to join a gym and I have been hooked ever since.
What I love most about bodybuilding is that it gives me the opportunity to challenge myself both mentally and physically, knowing that you get only what you work for. It is the perfect mental escape and an ideal stress outlet.
What keeps you motivated?
I enjoy anything that challenges me. I feel like I am in a constant competition with myself to improve. My belief always kept me hungry to research more and kept me asking till I find answers to my questions. I also get motivated from the impact my progress has on others, besides I am interested in arts which made me look at my body as a piece of work trying to perfect it.
What are some of your best training tips for someone who wants to look good and ripped?
Think about everything you do. I realized that fitness is 100% mental. Your body won’t go where your mind doesn’t push it.
There is a famous saying ”Abs are made in the kitchen” which I believe to be true. If you just want to look good, take care of your nutrition and quit any unnecessary food you consume. You will find many things to replace junk food which are so tasty and beneficial, and working out four times a week for one hour will give you better results. It’s not about restrictions, it’s about creating new habits. Once you feel the progress you will never quit.