Episode 113 – Bilal Khan: Identity, Diversity & Mental Health

Episode 113 – Bilal Khan: Identity, Diversity & Mental Health

Welcome back to RNT Fitness Radio and today is a very special episode where I’m joined by one of my best friends, Bilal Khan. Bilal is the man who took me to the gym for the first time over ten years ago, and was one of the driving forces in pushing me towards following my passion of fitness as opposed to law. In this episode we discuss the early days of training, my shift in career path, before diving into some interesting discussions around identity, the importance of diversity, male vulnerability and why mental health is so critical for us to discuss. Bilal’s an international facilitator for some of the biggest companies in the world, so his insights into these topics are second to none. So without further ado, let’s dive in

 ‘’Do what you love, and throw yourself into that passion”

           –  Bilal Khan  

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1.47 – Why Bilal started training

3.44 – Akash’s resistance to the gym

11.40 – From Law to Sports Science

15.35 – How to follow your path

16.01 – What does Bilal do?

21.47 – Bilal’s advice to young people

25.56 – When did Bilal’s switch happen?

35.35 – Most uncomfortable situations Bilal has been in

42.20 – Men and ownership

44.00 – Social perceptions

47.48 – Men and conversations

48.37 – Suicide rates amongst men

56.16 – Bilal’s fashion choice and why

1.00.36 – Suits and colonialism

1.03.42 – What does Identity mean to Bilal?

1.07.20 – Bilal’s background

1.07.52 – Identity workshops

1.10.43 – Mental resilience and prioritising yourself

1.14.40 – What’s next for Bilal?

1.19.02 – Fun facts

1.20.56 – Parting words from Bilal


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Akash Vaghela is the Founder of RNT Fitness, where his mission is to see a world where everyone experiences the power of a physical body transformation to act as a vehicle for the greater good in their lives. Akash has produced 200+ blogs, 100+ videos and hosts the RNT Fitness Radio podcast, which has amassed over 110,000 downloads in 90+ countries across 100+ episodes. Alongside this, he's been seen in Men's Health, BBC, T-Nation, Elite FTS and the PTDC, while also regularly speaking nationally and internationally on all things transformation.