Saleh Abou Al Zahab


– Power Lifter and Team Sporter 
– Started lifting in 2009
– Won 1st place in a “Who’s the Strongest?” power lifting competition in Makkah/ Madina/ Taif regions in 2013 and 2014.

Tell us about your journey in power lifting.
It was off to a very slow start. However I was determined to build a better me. After a couple years of trial and error I started seeing results. I personally used the gym as a coping mechanism at a very low point in my life, and it helped me get through it.

What kind of lifestyle changes did you have to make in order to become part of the bodybuilding community?
In order for me to maintain this lifestyle, many factors have to be adhered to such as diet, training and rest. For my diet I follow a flexible approach called IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros). Which means I have a set plan for my macros (protein, carbohydrates and fats) for the day.

How do you prepare for tournaments? 
I plan out every workout session and dietary requirement in advance even if I am not competing. In power lifting there are three lifts to perform: squat, bench press and dead lift. And the person who lifts the most overall weight wins.

What are the most important coaching tips you give? 
Leave your ego at home, you are here to become a better you. Don’t train to impress anyone but yourself. No matter what, stay consistent and never be satisfied with what you achieved, because the moment you are satisfied is the moment you lose. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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