Episode 160: Developing Self Awareness, Critical Thinking & Battle Depression

Episode 160: Developing Self Awareness, Critical Thinking & Battle Depression

On this episode of RNT Fitness Radio, I’m joined by Samir Oukili to discuss his story and journey in the industry, both on a personal and professional level. This one goes deep as Samir shares some of his struggles around mental health, his relationship with food, and how he’s turned it all around to shed the skin to a new being. We talk about his purpose, his new family, and the importance of self awareness and critical thinking, and why both are sorely missing in most. With over a decade of industry insight, this is an episode that will offer value to people at all stages of the journey.

              ‘’You don’t have a belief if you haven’t challenged the opposite side’’


        Samir Oukili




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2.02 – Early days of fatherhood

3.07 – Samir’s newfound purpose

6.02 – Purpose before Noor

7.38 – Samir’s upbringing

9.00 – Samir’s journey in fitness

12.03 – Philosophy of religion

13.27 – Depression at 19/20

16.33 – The work involved for Samir 2.0

18.50 – Samir’s cry for help

25.22 – What goes in Samir’s mind when he’s training

27.31 – Biggest demons right now

30.43 – Using the physical as the vehicle

32.56 – Fear of accountability

35.35 – Critical thinking

40.01 – The ideal fitness industry

46.28 – The good anxiety

47.20 – What’s next for Samir?

51.43 – Samir’s struggle with food

54.41 – Final words from Samir


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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.