How healthy is Fouad Tijarti
by Eduard Schaepman, on 4 Mar 2021
This week I talk to multiple (!!) world champion kickboxer Fouad Tijarti of Tijarti Body Fit, although sometimes I also call him my 'torturer', as I have the honour of being trained by him every week. As a personal trainer of many entrepreneurs, he knows exactly how important it is to move, and the impact that sport, sleep and nutrition have on your health.
In the Netherlands, there is not much publicity about the sport of kickboxing in general, but in other countries there is much more respect for this sport. That is also one of the reasons why Fouad plays for Morocco, besides the fact that he honours his own roots with it. I will never forget that Fouad and I visited Morocco for a documentary about the Berbers, and we were welcomed at the airport by a cheering crowd. It soon became clear that this was for Fouad, and I can tell you, travelling with a multiple world champion has its advantages (visiting the governor, being taken out of long queues and treated as VIPS, etc).
Inspire and stimulate
Fouad has not only inspired me to start may thai kickboxing: for years he has been inspiring and stimulating many others. He trains entrepreneurs with his company Tijarti Body Fit, comes to your home and lets you get the most out of yourself. And as the eldest in a family of nine children, it goes without saying that he was a role model, and eventually no fewer than three of his four brothers followed his example - and became multiple world champions in their weight class. The youngest, Zakaria Tijarti won the 2019 WMTA title under 66 kilos in Marrakech.
20 hours of training per week
Fouad has worked hard to achieve his goals. As an 8-year-old boy, he saw a well-known Moroccan kickboxer on TV and the thought 'I want to be like that' never left him. He started training when he was 10 and learned to get the most out of himself. By the time he was 13, he was training for a serious six hours a week, in addition to consistently running to build up his fitness. Two years later he had his first match, and went on to win 10 in a row. His motivation was high and before he knew it, he had the title of world kickboxing champion to his name. At 21, he fought the match that changed his life, representing Morocco, in Thailand. He trained 20 hours a week, paid strict attention to his diet, sleep and health, and it paid off: he did not win the title once, but eventually became multiple times world kickboxing champion. Now he exercises less: about 6-10 hours in summer, and 4-5 hours in winter. Apart from the hours that he helps others to move of course - he still trains other people 40 hours a week. Nutrition, sleep and supplements: he pays attention to everything, but I would expect nothing less from such a top athlete.
Health between 9 & 10, happiness a 10
He rates his health between 9 & 10, and says he can make it a full 10 if he starts exercising more. With a laugh, he adds that 'when you move more, you burn more, and so you can eat more'. He gives his happiness a 10, saying that we should be grateful for our health, which is also a form of happiness. His tip is that we should - and how could it be otherwise from a personal trainer - start exercising, because exercise makes you happier.
Watch this afternoon on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLTsjbI2Zjcxwo8Tyc_7_FQ?app=desktop or listen on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/72j2FSBuqOenNtGqY6KRXh?si=zlnYmYdzTmqQtUF5J3GUCA