Jour­ney from flab to fab Award win a re­sult of hard work

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - AM­BER MACPHER­SON

LIKE most per­sonal train­ers, Michael Kas­souh is young, fit and friendly.

But it’s the Ormeau gym owner’s back­story that could be the rea­son his gym Gen­fit was voted the best in the Gold Coast.

Mr Kas­souh was over­weight his whole life and at his heav­i­est was 110kg – at 163cm tall, that put him in the obese cat­e­gory for his BMI.

Fol­low­ing a heart at­tack scare about eight years ago, Mr Kas­souh was told he had to make changes or risk not see­ing his chil­dren grow up.

“I was work­ing in a ware­house and I would prob­a­bly drink a litre to a litre and a half of red­bull and coke a day,” Mr Kas­souh said.

“I’d spend $150 on the smoko truck a week.

“I was play­ing with my kids and had chest pain and was sent to the doc­tors. I was told I wasn’t hav­ing a heart at­tack but I had a lot of pres­sure on my heart.

“I was told you’ve got a choice to make now, you’re not go­ing to live much longer.

“It was enough of a scare to wake me up.”

Mr Kas­souh signed up to a boot­camp through his job and over­hauled his diet, los­ing 45kg in five months.

While he’d al­ways been in­tim­i­dated by gyms, he plucked up the courage and walked in to one called Rush Hour in Ormeau.

It was there that he be­gan study­ing to be­come a per­sonal trainer.

Mr Kas­souh was even­tu­ally em­ployed at Rush Hour as a per­sonal trainer and spent many years work­ing for them, how­ever the death of his fa­ther two years ago sparked some­thing.

“I de­cided I was go­ing to open a gym,” he said.

“I bought a 150sq m stu­dio, it had a lit­tle group fit­ness and weights area.

“Within our first month we jumped from no mem­bers to 50 or 60 mem­bers.

“In the last year and a half, we’ve turned the fa­cil­ity in to 440sq m in to fit­ness and gym fa­cil­i­ties, and we’ve hit 530 mem­bers.”

Not only does his weight loss jour­ney help to re­late to his clients, Mr Kas­souh said he knows how it feels men­tally to fight for your goals. Check out to­day’s for Best of the Gold Coast’s top 10 best gym, as voted by you.

Pic­ture: RICHARD GOSLING

Michael Kas­souh with his kids Laila Jade and Jay.

At his heav­i­est, Michael Kas­souh was 110kg.

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