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A Kuwaiti, American and Englishman have joined forces to bring you the best advice and interviews on health and wellness. Each host comes from wildly different backgrounds giving you a worldly experience. Together they provide a well-rounded perspective on the state of the health and fitness industry in the GCC and how to use it to achieve your goals. Meet Mahdi: A proud, baseball obsessed Kuwaiti father that sticks up for the average Joe and likes to stir the pot. Meet "Big Guy" Liam: A semi-professional rugby player turned fully-professional strength coach that stands almost six feet tall in episode one and nearly seven feet tall by episode 3. How does the Englishman do that?! Meet Meg: The Stress Terminator from America. She's a walking science experiment that helps you find a way when you're lost, out of time, and sick of the diets.

A Kuwaiti, American and Englishman have joined forces to bring you the best advice and interviews on health and wellness. Each host comes from wildly different backgrounds giving you a worldly experience. Together they provide a well-rounded perspective on the state of the health and fitness industry in the GCC and how to use it to achieve your goals. Meet Mahdi: A proud, baseball obsessed Kuwaiti father that sticks up for the average Joe and likes to stir the pot. Meet "Big Guy" Liam: A semi-professional rugby player turned fully-professional strength coach that stands almost six feet tall in episode one and nearly seven feet tall by episode 3. How does the Englishman do that?! Meet Meg: The Stress Terminator from America. She's a walking science experiment that helps you find a way when you're lost, out of time, and sick of the diets.
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Kuwait

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A Kuwaiti, American and Englishman have joined forces to bring you the best advice and interviews on health and wellness. Each host comes from wildly different backgrounds giving you a worldly experience. Together they provide a well-rounded perspective on the state of the health and fitness industry in the GCC and how to use it to achieve your goals. Meet Mahdi: A proud, baseball obsessed Kuwaiti father that sticks up for the average Joe and likes to stir the pot. Meet "Big Guy" Liam: A semi-professional rugby player turned fully-professional strength coach that stands almost six feet tall in episode one and nearly seven feet tall by episode 3. How does the Englishman do that?! Meet Meg: The Stress Terminator from America. She's a walking science experiment that helps you find a way when you're lost, out of time, and sick of the diets.

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English

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+96599968826


Episodes

Two Nutritionists, Lulwa AlArmali and Nasser Alawadh on Kuwaiti Food, Macros, Instagram Credibility of Nutritionists, and Food for Athletes

5/17/2019
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Time Stamps: 0:51 – Nassar is a dietician and the only health-related podcaster with a show in Arabic. He and Lulwa (The Functional Nutritionist) discuss their opinions of “research” being passed around on Instagram. 4:47 – They agree that using data or explaining how the researchers came to those specific conclusions provide validity and credibility to the source. 9:20 – While Nassa attracts individuals who are Level 0-1, Lulwa’s clients are usually Level 2-3, but they are all looking to...

Duration:00:59:21

Entrepreneur and Fitness Guru Abdullah Al-Askari Discuss Fitness and Health-Related Businesses, Start-Up Cost of Gyms, Copycat Business Models, and The Future of Trainers and Gym Owners in Kuwait

5/10/2019
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Time Stamps: 1:35 – Abdullah Al Askari is an entrepreneur and fitness guru who is involved in many fitness and health related businesses. 2:55 – He says that the biggest problem in Kuwait’s gyms is the service. 3:45 – The biggest problem with coaches and trainers at gyms is that the owners feel pressure to have “big name” coaches at the expense of having a variety of trainers for all levels of clients. 5:31 – Gyms fall into the trap of being overly concerned about making money and not...

Duration:01:04:09

Mahdi, Meg, and Liam Discuss The Keys to Ramadan: A Starting Point for Mindfulness, Discipline, Weight Loss and Muscle Growth

5/3/2019
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Time Stamps: 1:05 – Mahdi, Liam, and Meg find themselves talking about the “Sex With Emily” podcast. 3:33 – Liam talks about his impression of Ramadan from a Western perspective. 6:41 – There are certain expectations around eating habits during Ramadan, especially when you go to multiple gatherings per night, so how can you maintain a healthy lifestyle during this time? 8:51 – People justify indulgences during Ramadan more than they probably should. 10:31 – Meg talks about intermittent...

Duration:00:44:45

043: Heart Surgeon Dr. Mohammed Albanna Discusses lifestyle, Potential side effects of E-cigarettes , Heart Disease Prevention, Steroids and Blood Vessels blockages, And why exercising could save your life!

4/27/2019
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Time Stamps: 0:40 – Dr. Mohammed Albanna is a great heart surgeon in the community who was trained in Canada and the United Kingdom. 2:56 – He describes the condition of heart health in Kuwait based on the inactive and unhealthy lifestyles that many people live. This leads to an increased risk of coronary artery disease caused by lack of sufficient oxygen and nutrients. In fact, heart disease is the #1 killer in the world, with 17 million heart disease-related deaths every year. 6:41 –...

Duration:00:49:21

042: Listener Q&A: Mahdi, Liam, and Meg answer your questions on perking up your chest, losing man boobs, recovery, overtraining, and social responsibility.

4/26/2019
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042: Listener Q&A: Mahdi, Liam, and Meg answer your questions on perking up your chest, losing man boobs, recovery, overtraining, and social responsibility.

Duration:00:15:47

041: Get a Grip How to Improve Your Arms: Mahdi and Liam Discuss the Key Tips to Building Forearm Strength, the Good and the Bad of Using Straps, and Plus-size Athletes

4/20/2019
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Time Stamps: 1:34 – Liam talks about his current goal of being lighter on his feet and ready to run, and how the past few weeks of doing so has changed his perspective on size and athletics. 4:15 – He mentions specific genetic anomalies that are smaller than their teammates but incredibly talented. 5:05 – Liam then goes on to talk about relative strength and understanding what a body should do. 6:45 – Liam and Mahdi discuss the importance of the people you surround yourself with and the...

Duration:00:27:38

040: Mohammed Ajialabi: Physical Therapist From Bahrain Discusses Breathing, Movement and his MMA Athletes' Therapy and Recovery

4/13/2019
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Time Stamps: 1:52 – Mohammed Ajialabi is a physical therapist who focuses on elite athletes. He became interested in helping people in this way by walking with his mom through treatment and physical therapy for her back pain. After studying in Jordan and working at hospitals and sports clubs in Bahrain for several years, he decided to open his own practice focused on his philosophies and ideals of helping people. They just celebrated the beginning of their third year in business. 5:24 –...

Duration:00:45:22

039: Mahdi and Meg Discuss: What to Expect When Starting a New Workout Routine or Getting Back to the Gym, Listener Q&A, Reviews, Common Misconceptions About Gym life

4/6/2019
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6:25 – The most crucial aspect of starting a gym routine is an honest assessment of where you currently are and where you want to be as a result of working out. Don’t focus on what a 20-year-old you could do, but take a step back and evaluate what is feasible for you and then set off to reach your goals. 10:15 – Mahdi talks about the importance of having a gym buddy to make it easier to just get to the gym. Once you are there, it is easy to get to work. 12:14 – The location of your gym...

Duration:01:11:04

038: Coach Saad Discusses Movement as a Cultural Issue in Kuwait vs France, Back Pain, Anterior Pelvic Tilt and Why 8,000+ steps per day may help you feel better

4/3/2019
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Time Stamps: 0:49 – Mahdi introduces Coach Saad. 1:38 – Coach Saad describes his background as a boxing trainer in France before moving to Kuwait and getting into personal training. 3:25 – Mahdi asks about the main differences that Saad notices between his clients in France and those in Kuwait. 4:17 – Saad says that a lot of his Kuwaiti clients are overweight and need adjusted exercise plans that are not so hard on their joints. 5:30 – Saad talks about the cultural problem of...

Duration:00:54:05

037: Yalla Move Kuwait a Local Event on April 12, Celebrates Diversity in Movement and Showcases Local and Visiting Movement Practitioners in an Exciting Line up of Workshops.

4/2/2019
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Yalla Move episode - Meg & Madhi What is Movement and how is it different than exercising? In this episode Meg and Madhi sit with the event organizers of Kuwait’s first ever movement culture festival to answer those questions and more. Yalla Move Kuwait celebrates diversity in movement and showcases local and visiting movement practitioners in an exciting line up of workshops. We discuss the inspiration and direction of this Not for Profit and volunteer driven festival. Yalla Move and The...

Duration:01:10:35

036: Lulwa Al Armali The Functional Nutritionist Tells All About Testosterone, Sleep, Fat Loss, Building Muscle and Overall Health

3/29/2019
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Time Stamps: 1:47 – Luwlwa, the Functional Nutritionist, joins Liam and Mahdi again today to discuss men’s hormones. Mahdi asks about how pheromones are related to hormones and Luwlwa shares about an experiment her class did at university. 3:25 – Mahdi reveals his “secret” that he uses women’s Secret vanilla bean deodorant because it keeps him from sweating. Liam briefly considers revoking his man card, but they move on when Luwlwa says that some men get botox or detox their arm pits to...

Duration:00:53:54

035: The Psychology of Eating Disorders with Fatma Al-Qadfan Drama Therapist

3/17/2019
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Time Stamps: 1:57 – Fatma Al-Qadfan is a drama therapist, which integrates psychology with the theater arts as a modality of counseling. She primarily works with adolescents and adults. 3:57 – Fatma and Mahdi attended the American University of Kuwait together, where she was more interested in sociology and theater than psychology, but her interest in psychology developed a few years after graduation. She saw a documentary called “12 Angry Lebanese” that opened her eyes to the...

Duration:01:21:50

034: Diastasis Recti (Ab Separation ) and how to Overcome it, Competing and Training for Health, Coaching and Developing Athletes with Haya Al-Sharhan

3/16/2019
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Haya Al-Sharhan, a competitive CrossFit athlete and creator of “MomFit” program is back on the show to discuss the recent change in direction of the CrossFit Open and the new programs she’s creating for women through and after pregnancy. Haya and Mahdi share the best advice they received from a coach when struggling to find the hectic balance of parenting, fitness, and work and support for those with a goal of losing weight and getting...

Duration:00:50:34

033: البحث عن النجاح من خلال عالم "الكروس فت" مع بدر الخميس Bader Al Khamees Finding Success Through Elite Training (English and Arabic)

3/11/2019
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Time Stamps: 1:41 – Mahdi explains how he first met Liam and what made them want to work together on this podcast. 3:28 – Bader’s interest in fitness began when he was in high school and he aspired to be like the guys in the Arabic World of Sports magazine. He saved up to purchase himself some home gym equipment because he was not old enough to go to the gyms in Kuwait and he practiced the exercises from the magazine. Mahdi describes how he remembers gyms being at that time: filled with...

Duration:01:03:07

032: Kuwait Moms Guide and Stop Crying Studios ; How to Get Yourself and Your Kids More Active

3/9/2019
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Time Stamps: 2:18 – Jamie talks about how the Kuwait Moms Guide started and how it has unexpectedly grown. 3:04 – Jon P tells the story of the creation of Stop Crying Studios and his philosophy of approaching every client differently based on their background and the best way to motivate them. 5:34 – Jamie says that it is necessary to use a similar approach in parenting and coaching kids. By having a positive vibe but still encouraging them to work hard, as well as demonstrating a healthy...

Duration:00:44:20

031: Pilates Expert Catherine Klaffer Breaks Down How Pilates Can Make You a Better Athlete and Enhance your Body and mind

3/1/2019
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Time Stamps: 1:41 – Catherine started ballet at age 9, but had to stop after about 10 years due to an accident. She then became involved in aerobics which led her into gym training, where she began training for and competing in fitness figure competitions. There is immense pressure in that sport to use performance enhancing drugs, but she never did. Instead, she committed wholeheartedly to body shaping through nutrition, diet, and exercise. Catherine is now a Pilates instructor at...

Duration:00:57:49

030: Kuwaiti Super Star Fahad Al Zaid talks about training, recovery , work ethic and how to be successful in your sport

2/23/2019
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Time Stamps: 1:01 – Fahad’s dad joins Mahdi first to talk about the five years since Fahad started playing baseball, at age 10. During a tournament early on, Fahad’s parents realized that he would be a standout player if they invested in his training, so Fahad and his dad have spent the past few summers in the States learning from professional coaches. 3:05 – Fahad’s parents have always believed in the talents of their 2 daughters and 2 sons, and they have provided them with every...

Duration:00:29:49

029: The Truth About PMS with Lulwa Al Armali "The Functional Nutritionist" Meg and Mahdi

2/16/2019
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Summary: On this episode of the Project Kuwait podcast, we are joined again by Luwlwa, the Functional Nutritionist, who is broaching a taboo topic. Luwlwa and Meg share their expertise on the female cycle and hormones as well as learning how to have a healthy relationship with your period. Time Stamps: 1:10 – People don’t typically talk about PMS, PCOS, and hormones in females, especially in Kuwait. Mahdi and Meg are joined by Luwlwa, the Functional Nutritionist, again to discuss these...

Duration:01:01:43

028:Kuwait Scorpions Rugby Club

2/12/2019
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Time Stamps: 1:48 – The Kuwait Scorpions rugby team started in 1946 as a way for British oilfield workers to compete against British military officers. 2:40 – Our guests today are Aziz, the chairman of the Scorpions Rugby Club, and Hussein, the manager of the Rugby Club. They both play and work for the team administratively. 3:10 – Kuwait paved the way for the establishment of the GCC, which now includes teams in the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Dubai. Understandably, there are...

Duration:00:55:51

027: Olympian Faye Sultan describes her journey to the Olympics

2/10/2019
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Summary: On this episode of the Project Kuwait podcast, Mahdi, Meg, and Liam are honored to interview Faye Sultan, a Kuwaiti Olympic swimmer in the 2012 and 2016 Games. Faye shares with listeners about her journey as a swimmer and the importance of being involved in athletics and studies in a good balance. She is an advocate for female athletes and she wants to see more people in Kuwait be active. Time Stamps: 1:39 – Faye describes her journey towards becoming an Olympic swimmer. She...

Duration:00:44:08