Fit And Fab

Beefing up to survive in tough home town

Mr Khalid Ayyash eats healthily, works out consistently and tries to keep a low-stress lifestyle. He used to compete in track events and still runs to maintain his speed and stamina.
Mr Khalid Ayyash eats healthily, works out consistently and tries to keep a low-stress lifestyle. He used to compete in track events and still runs to maintain his speed and stamina.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

He started lifting weights and running at 15 amid regular fights in Kuwaiti neighbourhood

Q What motivated you to start this fitness routine?

A I started doing weights and running when I was 15. Being the skinny, lanky kid was not an option because fights were a regular occurrence in the Kuwaiti neighbourhood that I grew up in. So I started training at the gym with my best friend to ensure that I could take care of myself if I needed to.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 27, 2018, with the headline 'Beefing up to survive in tough home town'. Print Edition | Subscribe