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Fitness coach JOSE LUIS LOZANO considers working out as his vice and escape, and became a big help for him over the pandemic

- Text ANGELA CASCO

Jose luis Lozano considers working out and staying fit as his vice and escape

Being in peak physical condition is an important part of Jose Luis Lozano’s life.

This also allows Selu, as Lozano is known to friends, to be fully present in the many ventures he is involved in: the Makati Football Club (MFC) as its CEO, owner, and athlete trainer; Selu’s Bar, a private sports bar and lounge; Z Salon Magallanes, a simple cut, color, makeup, and styling hub; and Be Fit and Healthy, a food delivery business.

He also has M Studio Magallanes, which is a versatile space for content shoots, rehearsals, fitness and dance classes, as well as private dining and intimate gatherings.

NATURAL DEVELOPMEN­T

But Lozano did not always look and feel strong. In fact, he used to be on the heavier side in his younger years.

"I was very big and overweight in the first quarter of my life," he tells Lifestyle Asia.

His love for football naturally developed because of his father, Tomas Lozano, a former Real Madrid FC player and founder of MFC. The sport allowed the young man to shed the excess weight—not just to look good, but also to feel good.

Playing football has also allowed him to lead an active life like, as he describes, it's "second nature” to him. "Working out for me is something that needs to be done every day," Lozano explains. "[It is] just like when everyone needs to shower and eat every day, working out is just part of who I am."

As with a lot of us, the pandemic caused many of the athlete’s businesses to suffer. But this only increased his training. The stress that came with trying to keep his ventures afloat has made Lozano turn to working out more, whether it’s his favorite sport, or strength and conditioni­ng exercises in his own facility.

“The type of workout doesn’t really matter to me,” he shares. “[It’s fine] as long as I can lose myself in my work out and let my mind roam. Working out is my vice and my escape.”

At MFC, he has become a leader by example to football players by making sure that he continues to keep his physical condition at its best, despite local and internatio­nal competitio­ns being cancelled.

“We had to pivot [training] online during the lockdown like most other sports had to do,” he says. “The advantage I have is that we have our own strength and conditioni­ng facility in Magallanes that allowed us to have the kids train even when all the other facilities had restrictio­ns.”

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L-R Fitness coach Selu Lozano teaches kids early on the basics of football and the importance of incorporat­ing sports into one's lifestyle; Lozano was on the heavier side when he was younger, but tkept the weight off because of football and proper nutrition

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