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Activa Fitness Club

Name: Edson F. Jabson, Fitness Club Executive
What’s your fitness philosophy: “Fitness is the most prestige gift for every individual”

How did you get involved in the fitness industry?
I’m a fitness enthusiast, in high school I was a varsity player and that’s why I love being fit. I’ve been in the fitness industry since 2003. I started as an Instructor then I became a Senior Fitness Instructor and now a Fitness Club Executive. I find that my bachelor degree in Physical Therapy helps me understand what fitness is all about .

What’s your own biggest fitness struggle or challenge?
Every fitness instructor has different struggles or challenges. Nowadays I find that gaining the trust and confidence from clients needs a lot of work since they can find all sorts of fitness information on the internet. From there they are able to ascertain the best exercise to suit them. But having a personal trainer is a different ballgame all together. I make sure that I am there for my client, at each step of the way until they achieved their target. And for me that is my challenge and fulfillment at the end of the day.

How do you stay motivated?
I will stay motivated as long I see an individual who needs help to improve his or her fitness.

What’s your best tip or trick for beating the “Doha Bulge”?
Be you own leader! The food we eat, the lifestyle we lead and our habit determine the kind of lifestyle we have either healthy or unhealthy. Once we acknowledge this then only we can make the necessary changes. Eat modestly and stay active –walking is the simplest exercise, which you can do anywhere.

What’s the move or habit you think everyone should be doing to improve their health?
Every exercise can improve our fitness or health; just make sure to make it a part of your daily lifestyle, be creative and most of all these will be more fun with your friends.

Try it out: They offer personal training as well as workout space and equipment. Members are QR1,740 for singles or QR3,300 for couples for three months, QR3180 for singles or QR6000 for couples for six months, or QR5,800 for singles or QR10,800 for couples for one year.
Open 6am-11pm daily. Activa Fitness Club, Holiday Villa Hotel and Residence (4408 4086).

By Jessica Davey-Quantick
Time Out Doha,

User reviews:

Posted by: Ahmed on 18 Jun ' 14 at 09:36

Why would one want to pay for a month what you could pay for a year elsewhere, this is just absurd.

This is probably the reason why Aspire is always full and you can hardly get into it without wasta.. the prices were picked by the highest available. Well, at least you gave me some good information on where NOT to go.

Posted by: Faisal on 19 Feb ' 13 at 15:19

Edited by TimeOutDoha.com

What a joke. In all these gyms, you didn't include one of the best yet one of the cheapest place (Aspire gym) in Qatar. 15k for a 1 year membership? I assume that this is either an advert for all these places or you actually have too much money.

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