Fit-erview with Deola Aromiwura: Dubai Fit Foodie

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Today, I caught up with the founder of a Dubai based health and wellness website (Dubaifitfoodie.com), Gbemi Giwa.

Growing up Nigerian, I can relate to Gbemi’s intro to working out – running up and down the stairs on errands for her mum. She was also on her school’s track team and continued doing athletics in university. Gbemi however didn’t discover the gym till about 3 years ago during her final year at uni while she was “stressed with projects, stuck behind a desk for most of the day, eating very badly and my skin was a mess”.

Like most, working out has not only helped in “reshaping” and sculpting our bodies, it’s also helped with confidence, dedication, determination and strength levels which not only shows in the gym but in our everyday lives. This goes an extra mile for Gbemi as “working out and sharing my journey and is one of the reasons I’ve been able to build DFF to where it is today”.

I realized from my conversation with Gbemi that the reason a lot of us find it hard to take time out to workout is because we see it as secondary. If we thought of it as a priority then we’ll try to fit our schedule around our workouts which is what she does-

“I usually workout at night, but if I know I’m going to have a late meeting the next day, then I’ll wake up early and do my workout in the morning instead. I try to make these little concessions to ensure I get my workout in and if I absolutely have to skip a workout, I try not to stress it, I can alway make it up on my rest days. I believe finding a healthy balance is key as your workout routine should never be a stress factor, but rather one of the highlights of the day.”

When asked her fitness goal and how it has affected her routine, she responded, when I began this journey my goals were centered on aesthetics, I wanted abs, toned things, sculpted arms etc. but when I had achieved all these things I realized that I was stuck, what was next?”. At that moment she transitioned from solely aesthetics to a performanced based mindset. While she still cares about the way she looks (lol…who wouldn’t), it’s not the reason she’s a dedicated fitfamer.

Gbemi does crossfit five times a week for about an hour and  other workouts during the weekend depending on her mood. This could be yoga, boxing, sprints, cycling or paddle boarding. She was also graceful enough to share her routine with us;

Warm Up

10 SandBag Squats at 60 kg

200m Row

10 Dead Bugs

Repeat 4 times

Build to heavy snatch

Weightlifting

Snatch singles (3-3-3-3)

4 RNDs

3 snatch singles @ 75%

Intervals | Metabolic Conditioning

6 RNDs

30 seconds max cal bike

Rest 150 seconds

Accessory work

Row 3 km at comfortable pace

I also asked that she share a 3-day meal plan with us so we can get our sh#t right. She did mention she has a sweet mouth so it’s important her meals are flexible, eats what makes her feel good and allows herself to indulge every other day.

Day 1

Pre Breakfast – A glass of warm water, half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and the juice of half a lemon

Breakfast – Oatmeal cooked with almond milk and vanilla extract, served with fresh fruits, some cinnamon & honey

Lunch – Kale and mixed bean salad  tomatoes, cucumber and red onion

Snack – Vegan protein date balls

Dinner – Grilled Salmon & Asparagus

Day 2

Pre Breakfast – A glass of warm water, half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and the juice of half a lemon

Breakfast – Spinach Smoothie | Spinach, green apple, lemon, ginger, turmeric and mixed berries

Lunch – Papaya & Mangoes

Snack – Leftover Kale salad

Dinner – Jollof quinoa salad with grilled salmon

Day 3

Pre Breakfast – A glass of warm water, half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and the juice of half a lemon

Breakfast –  A medium watermelon with dressed with lime and mint  

Lunch – Jollof quinoa salad with grilled chicken

Snack – Veggie sticks & hummus | Cucumber, Carrot, Celery & Tomatoes

Dinner – Banana protein shake

Her final words: “Fitness is not a one size fits all. I did a triathlon and I absolutely hated it but now I train Crossfire and I love training. There’s something out there for everyone, so you might not like to go to the gym but have you tried Yoga? Tennis? Pole dancing?  Find what gets you excited to move, and stick with it.”

Did you learn something new? I hope you did. So read, comment and share with someone you know might need it.

If there’s anyone you’ll personally like me to interview let me know in the comments.

Till my next post.

Stay Fabulous!

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