A day in the life of Saudi Arabia’s fitness trainer Hala

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“A day in the life of…” is an ongoing series where you can learn about a typical day in the life of various professionals working across the fitness industry sector. We hope to show that there’s no one “right” way to live or succeed in your life. Success and fulfillment means different things for different people. If we enjoy what we do then nothing else matters, neither rewards nor compensations. There are so many ways of living a healthy life and so many different experiences. Today we are talking to Hala Dakhil.

Meet Halla-

I am Hala Dakhil, a Saudi entrepreneur and fitness trainer. I’m an advocate in fitness, health, and overall wellness! Born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington, D.C., and now living in my hometown of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I graduated with a marketing degree, including over 10 + different certifications. After starting with a home-based gym for 6 years, I co-founded Jeddah’s biggest fitness gym Pulse Studios Ksa.

Daily Routine –

I sleep for about 6-8 hours. Waking up before my daughter wakes up, lets me take some time for myself, collect my thoughts, listen to the podcast, and set my agenda for the day. My training schedule at my gym Pulse varies in the morning, often beginning at 9 a.m. I follow an intermittent fasting plan which is why I have my first lunch with my family at 2:00 p.m. After spending some time with them, I head back to pulse to offer a class of 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. Typically, I’m back home at 8 p.m., which is the time I get my second meal/dinner. I’m ready to hit the bed by 11 p.m.

Sneak peek at my training session –

I usually bike 3 days a week (indoor cycling). I do yoga every day before or after every exercise. I usually work out for around 3 hours a day, I do barre 1-2 times a week, Pilates 1-2 times a week, Power training 2-3 times a week, HIIT 2 times a week on days I’m not running. The Hybrid Sky is my favorite Puma shoe.

Typical breakfast:

First thing in the morning, I drink 1 liter of water, followed by 2 cups of coffee. When I break my intermittent fast, I break it with the honey of Manuka. I eat light breakfast, which may include smoked salmon bagel, or poached eggs with avocado, or labneh with olive bread, or Caprese sandwich, or peanut butter and a honey sandwich. It depends on the type of workout I did before I had lunch.

Typical lunch –

I don’t usually have lunch.

Typical dinner –

Every day I have a different form of protein. Day one – chicken with lettuce, day two – lentil and butternut squash, day 3 – quinoa and beef cup, day 4 – homemade falafel wrap, day 5 – seafood dishes such as salmon with couscous and onions, day 6 – potato pasta or zucchini or eggplant dishes, and the last day I can have a stealing meal such as a burger or pizza or oven-baked potato fries.

Favorite snack –

I love our homemade gluten-free peanut butter cookies, sometimes I will have some pistachios or cashews. I also love any kind of fruit and my favorites are mangoes and bananas.

This article was published on AUGUST 27, 2020

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