Omar’s fitness journey did not begin until about 10 years ago. Prior to that, one would not consider Omar an athlete in any sense. Throughout high school and university, where he acquired a degree in Biology from UBC and a degree in Marketing soon after, Omar was intimidated by working out and fitness in general. Upon completing college, he found himself gaining significant weight and going down an unhealthy path. He decided on New Year’s Day 2007 that would be his year to change his unhealthy lifestyle. Discipline and commitment allowed Omar to finish 6 half marathons over the next 3 years. During this time, while working in marketing and sales for a natural supplement company, he became more interested in not just endurance sports like running, but fitness, nutrition and working out. From this, it was a natural progression to get his Personal Training Certifications and follow his fitness journey even more so. It became clear that Omar wanted to coach and help others in positions, similar to his to gain self-confidence to help them realize their fitness dreams.
After a successful few years of Personal Training, Omar decided to push his comfort zone borders even more and after a year of training, completed his first men’s physique competition in 2014. Soon after this show, Omar suffered an injury which kept him away from training for over 4 months. Omar was advised to take some time off from training in general, but instead, he placed a deadline to complete his second show within two years. After an intense and humbling year and a half of training (and building his body all the way back), Omar completed his second show in spring 2016. He ended up placing top 3 for Men’s Physique in his second show, the LBMC in Vancouver. Next step, BCABBA provincials in July 2017. It may have been a more challenging process for Omar to get to this point, but the important thing to keep remembering is that one can always accomplish their fitness goals if they believe in themselves, at any age, and professional point in their lives.