April ‘15
Insight Interview

April ‘15


Marc Bahoury fell in love with fitness classes when he was trying something different from the Gym that he was about to hate. Now he runs his own 'I.D.E.A.' classes.

How did you first get into fitness, body strength and core detailing?

I have always had a passion for sports, starting from childhood Tennis, to WaterSki for three months every summer since I was born, to teenage Waterpolo for several years, to personally training myself at the Gym during my university years. Two summers ago, I was introduced to Aly Mazhar, BeFit founder, and tried one of his very first classes in Gouna. After that, I became dedicated to his classes at Kattameya Heights for several months, where I was enjoying and learning a totally new concept of training in and outdoors.

What made you decide to run your own classes?

Unfortunately, work schedule and the fact that I live in Heliopolis and that Aly's classes were held at Kattameya were not helping me maintain my dedication. So I had to go back to my Gym, but with a different mindset and training techniques where I started combining outdoor and indoor exercises. After that I started coaching my best friend for several months and then some random friends at the track or at the gym.

Tell us more about I.D.E.A.?

I.D.E.A. Stands for the 'Ideal Definition of an Energetic Athlete'. They are simply one hour focused sessions comprising general fitness enhancing exercises, body strength exercises using ones own bodyweight and sometimes additional weights like dumbbells or kettle bells, abs engaging moves and core detailing body positions. The unique thing about my classes is that I do not want them to be big ones as I personally prefer training small groups and found that positive feedback from anyone who tried training in both big and small groups.

How do you simultaneously help clients at different levels of physical ability during a workout class?

I have a small chat with the newly joined trainee, getting to know him, his fitness history, any old or recent injuries etc. Following that, the first introductory class shows a lot about the person's capabilities and personal weak points from which he is set to his own level of needed monitoring and training. For example, doing more reps in that specific exercise, less in another, needing more cardio than other trainees and so on.

Imagine a client is discouraged during a training session. How do you keep him motivated?

Believe it or not by shouting haha, of course in a nice caring way, I actually found out that shouting or raising the tone of my voice to discouraged trainee by saying his name or just 'Keep Going' at each one's face do the trick. Sometimes I actually go to the trainee and personally stay next to them till they re-pick their pace and continue with the group.

What is the difference between working with a personal trainer compared to exercising alone?

Major difference specially if he is a good trainer, and by good I mean motivational, nice, knows what he is doing and has a personal contact with each of his trainees. Every one of us can have his own problems, work related stressful factors or just a lack of energy that can discourage us from sports. If your personal trainer knows about them even without details, he will know what you exactly need and help you reach it.

What about you personally: How do you stay fit and healthy with such a busy schedule?

Actually, this was a major problem that faced me since I started coaching. Being with everyone and trying my best not to take my eyes away from anyone doing any new movement to avoid any injuries or muscle aches that can happen, I was not finding time for my own training specially that I did not quit my pharmaceutical career. But thankfully I got used to training in the morning directly after the sessions are over, or mid day when I can take a break from work, go do my stuff, have a good meal and resume working.

What's been the most rewarding part of your experience?

The most rewarding part of this experience is the THANK YOU I see in my trainees' eyes even if they do not say it -mine do honestly - everyday and specially when they realize the changes that happen to their bodies, sizes, eating habits or just their emotional well being.

What are the popular exercise routines these days?

They can not be called routines, but we can say the most popular or most known effective exercises are the so called 'Plyometrics' in which muscles exert maximum force in a short time putting in mind that increasing both the speed and power are the two main goals. Burpees, Lunges (static or walking ones, freely or with weights), Squats with all its possible forms (normal ones, wide ones, with weights in different forms, jumping squats, etc.), Core Exercises are very important as a strong core is the most essential part or base to a perfect body'¦. not to forget running.

What would you say for people who say that when they come home from work, they're just too tired to work out or they don't have enough time?

That is exactly why I decided since the beginning to hold my sessions from 7 to 8am for EVERYONE to have time to shower, have a good breakfast, grab a coffee and sometimes chill in the sun specially in a beautiful country like ours with a perfect weather all year round, before heading to work, university, school, or back home (:

Any special I.D.E.A tips for the couch potatoes who want to start exercising and don't know how or where to start?

There will never be a perfect time for you to start anything, you just got to decide to get out of your comfort zones, comfy warm beds, specially in winter, force yourselves a few first times after that it will become a habit. Actually, in my case, it is more of an addiction, seeing the results and being happy and satisfied with your body, mind and spirit specially when comparing yourself before and after sports, you'll never quit!

By Roulla Soussou