Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, Suhail Algosaibi is a newonwed fitness expert with a passion for helping others. Following fitness for a lifestyle, Suhail is founder of DreamBody Centre, which promises to get people in shape within a few minutes every day. He tells us more about his passions, his future plans and more in a candid chat with Sabaya magazine.
Tell me a little about yourself.
I’m a father, a husband, a son.
How did you get interested in fitness and self development?
I started reading self-development books in the early 2000’s, this was followed by listening to audio programmes, watching DVD’s and attending seminars. The most important thing was that I implemented what I learnt. I eventually started writing and speaking about self-development. I think personal growth and lifetime learning are essential for the ambitious person. If you have big dreams and goals you must read, listen to, and watch self-development material. I’d say that most successful people do that.
What is your perception of the entrepreneurial scene in Bahrain?
I think it’s great that we have a startup scene developing in Bahrain. We don’t have a mature ecosystem yet, but we’re getting there. The biggest challenge for startup entrepreneurs is government bureaucracy, which has not caught up with the times. But I hope that it’s just a matter of time until things improve.
What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about helping others, and the more I can do so with a profit, the better. This does not mean I’m selfish or greedy. I’m a firm believer in win-win.
At the DreamBody Centre (DBC) for example, we are passionate about helping people lose weight and get in shape, and in return we charge a membership fee. That way everyone wins.
I’m also passionate about entrepreneurship. I love being an entrepreneur. I think being an entrepreneur is the most enjoyable and most glamorous job in the world. I always have a few startup entrepreneurs that I’m mentoring. I really enjoy helping young entrepreneurs develop themselves and their businesses.
Finally, I’m passionate about helping our beloved country heal from the crisis. I came to Bahrain when I was 12 years old as a guest. This country has given me so much, and today, as a citizen, I try to give back by promoting tolerance and civil dialogue through the Bahrain Foundation for Reconciliation and Civil Discourse.
What do you do to relax after a long day?
It can vary. Some days I like to just sit in front of the TV and veg out. Other days it might be exercising, swimming or meditating. I also enjoy going to the cinema. I also really enjoy spending time with the family.
What message can you give to the youth of Bahrain?
Keep hope alive!
Can you give our readers a few tips on staying fit during Ramadan?
Absolutely. First of all, keep exercising. Some people prefer to workout before Iftar, while others prefer after. It really depends on you. If you workout before Iftar then make sure it’s about an hour or so before. Don’t workout in the morning, otherwise you risk dehydrating yourself during the rest of the day. If you workout, make sure to have a light Iftar and wait an hour to two hours after. Also, I would not recommend training with the same intensity you do during the rest of the year. At the end of the day however, you know your body best, and have to decide what the best thing for you is.
I break my fast with a green juice made of raw blended vegetables, which is a great way to replenish your body after fasting. I have this with some dates, followed by a very light meal. You might consider doing the same.
Finally, the most important advice I can give is to start Ramadan healthy, and not overeat or indulge in desserts. If you start right you’ll be able to maintain it for the rest of the Holy Month. However, if you have the lovely sweets and desserts from Day One, you’ll have a very hard time stopping, and by the end of the month you’ll have gained a lot of weight, and feel miserable. Remember the Holy Month is about cleansing – spiritual and physical – not about indulgence.
How did you go about publishing your book on self defence? How has the response been?
The book was written out of a desire to help people in Bahrain learn how to defend themselves. It has very basic instructions and techniques that are easy to implement. The response has been great and the book launch was covered in all the media and on Bahrain TV. I’m now working on my next book, which is on entrepreneurship.
How has the Dreambody Centre (DBC) helped transform people’s lives? Can you tell us a few success stories?
We have countless stories. I suggest readers go to our online TV channel at DreamBodyTV.com to see the stories for themselves. It’s amazing how people’s lives get transformed when they lose weight. One lady told us that she stopped using her inhaler because of the DBC. Another proudly told us that she lost 18 Kg and can now fit into teenagers clothes! Yet another told us that the DBC is her second home and when she looks int he mirror she says “wow!” Many have also told us that their husbands are more attracted to them because of their new body shape.
It gives us a lot of satisfaction when we hear feedback like this. It makes us really happy. But you don’t have to take my word for it, we have lots of success stories at DreamBodyTV.com.
What are your future plans in terms of your career?
My top priority is to start franchising the DBC. We plan to open 529 locations in the next decade, so we have a lot of work ahead of us. In the meantime I’ll keep mentoring entrepreneurs, and perhaps invest in some of the startups. Eventually I want to establish a startup investment firm. I guess I’ll start another couple of businesses, and of course I’ll continue to help Bahrain as best as I can. I also plan to write a few more books. Basically, I’ll keep doing what I’m doing right now!