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
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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