Youssef Amir, the founder of Udefy, a massage therapist, and a rapidly rising fitness expert altogether talks about the struggles he encountered on his fitness journey up till now.
Ever since he was 15 years old, his grandfather started nagging him for his slouch, as he feared his grandson would acquire the same issues that compromised one’s health due to a poor posture. Despite knowing his grandfather was right, Amir took years to fully grasp the gravity of what he was saying and decided to take the plunge. His first coach, Mostafa, was nothing short of amazing. Not only did he help Amir with his postural issues but he also made him fall in love with fitness and clean eating. Mostafa’s presence in his life has been so inspiring that he decided to share his wealth of knowledge – which he acquired from his trainer – with as many people as he can reach.
As they say, “Man is his own worst enemy,” so was Youssef his own worst critic at the start of his fitness journey. Although he was sure of his goal, his vision appeared to be blurry due to his self-doubt. He was stuck in a vicious cycle of coming in his way and feeling not good enough, all the while comparing himself with others.
“These are very unhealthy characteristics that I had to get out of in order to breathe and move forward and onward. I had a lot of work to do to get from where I was to where I am right now,” says Youssef.
Overcoming his self-imposed barriers took some time but he eventually conquered his doubts and started betting on his strengths. The more he got busy in building up his business and social presence, the more confident he became and forgot about comparing himself with others. His fear of perfection was the main thing that held him back; therefore, he decided to address the issue once and for all.
“Perfection can be very crippling. Instead of trying to perfect in the short-term, I now try to perfect as I go (long-term). This is how I’ve built consistency,” shares Youssef.