Izzy has been kidnapped, lived on the streets and been a minister all before the age of 25. Now he is consistently voted one of Austin’s Best Personal Trainers with a massive online following and the mentality and energy to match. His mission is to help people move, think and feel how they ought to: intentionally and optimally. On a larger scale, he strives to reform the current state of the fitness and health industry and helps propel social justice in today's world.
City: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Favorite quote: “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
Tell us something about yourself. What is meaningful to you?
Izzy El-Ubaydy: Realness. Vulnerability. Honor. Intentionality. True Friendship. Sacrifice. Love. Beauty. Truth. Hope. Art. The Quintessential Virtues, man. Having them and experiencing them. Questioning and self-challenge. Functional Movement. Utility. Change. Hard but needed conversations. Balance. Ability. Ability to weave in between masculine and feminine. Aptitude in being tough but also tender. The Art of Preparedness. The Art of Reminder. Thats meaningful. That’s poetry. What is meaningful to me are the things worth having meaning, experiencing and pursuing. It may differ to some but often we share the same meaningful things.
In my little rant you can almost see my mind at work but I share it like that to show the messy but beautiful way of finding what’s meaningful. That, in it of itself, is meaningful.
What is one tip you have for creatives just starting out? Go specific.
Izzy El-Ubaydy: There are many tips to give anyone. Tips on pursuit of mastery, tips on how to stand out, how to compete, how to market, etc. But I think amidst all the noteworthy tips out there the one that I think umbrellas over all of them is: to slow down and observe. Whether in the game of chess or the game of life you need to strategize well. Strategy is the fundamental key to success (whether skill mastery or financial). The best strategy is to be aware of and observe what is going on and how to move/calibrate accordingly.
What is the market like? What trends exist? Is pursuing this or that worth my time in this ever-growing industry?
You need to slow down and observe. You need to slow down and observe your playing field and you need to slow down and observe your skill.
Why should someone work/collaborate with you? What sets you apart? Is your system sustainable? For how long? How? Why?
Observe and slow down. You’ll be fine.
Teach us something we don’t know about fitness/health?
Izzy El-Ubaydy: Oh man, there are a ton of myths to bust on this topic…but I think something worth mentioning is that any and every fitness goal is gonna take a bit longer than you expected BUT it is simpler than you think.
The body takes time to change. It also changes according to the stimuli imposed upon it. So when our habits and their frequency are correct and balanced your body will change accordingly.
To achieve a healthy body and mind you need to also grow a sense of intuitiveness with your own body. It only comes about by doing things with your body and feeling whatever happens. Rest, reps, sets, differ among people so we can’t get bogged down on the textbook. We need to apply the appropriate equations, but allow room for internal feedback. Then we can appropriate the right amount of stimuli, the right amount of stimuli, AND the right amount of a lack of that stimuli (rest).
What’s a skill you excel at that most others do not? How do you do it?
Izzy El-Ubaydy: I think it’s empathy for me. I try to have gratitude every day and to do that I find myself remembering that despite all I’ve been through, I am still here. I made it. It’s worth being thankful for.
When remembering the past, I’m reminded how I felt during those times. Times of abandonment. Betrayal. Loneliness. I wouldn’t wish those on my worst enemy. I mean they literally can kill. So, knowing what I needed the most at those times, I try and reflect that needed behavior for others, hoping to mitigate the intensity of the blow a hard season can bring for someone else; whether friend, foe, or stranger.
I think it helps people hope; that even at the seemingly hardest time in their life they have SOMEONE to help carry the burden. SOMEONE understands. Therefore, this season is surmountable. Hope exists. Change is possible.
If you could only read 3 books for the rest of time, what would they be?
Izzy El-Ubaydy: Dang, that’s an evil question. Only 3?!
Where your vision going in a couple years? What’s the ultimate dream?
Izzy El-Ubaydy: I’m still trying to figure out some details but I foresee myself pursuing mastery of the body and reforming what it looks like to actually pursue and be “healthy.”. Academically, functionally and in any way in between. It may look like getting all the certs known to mankind or maybe going back to school to PhD the body. I don’t know for sure. It may be both. I want to exist in more than just one space. I want to be able to bob and weave in between formal and informal. To be both simple, mainstream and common but also complex, depth oriented and intention filled.
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