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Suleman / Q&A

22nd December 2016

22nd December 2016

By Shivraj Bassi

Friend of Innermost and fashion icon in the making, Sul is also big into health and fitness. We had a chance to sit down with him and ask a bunch of questions. Now if only he'd let us raid his wardrobe.

"Fitness and health has always been in me from an early age. I played professional and semi-professional football when I was younger, which taught me the importance of looking after your body and mind. Today, making healthy choices and maintaining my fitness gives me the opportunity to release any frustration and helps me feel that I’m in control of my own destiny. One of most important pieces of advice I can give anyone who’s focusing on being healthier is to be consistent. Don’t underestimate the importance of just turning up. I’ve had some of my best workouts on days where I was sitting at home and couldn’t be bothered to move. By just showing up and doing something, small or big, you’ll feel better about yourself after, trust me on that!” 

Favourite Innermost product, and why?

The Lean Protein because I love what it does for me, which is help me get lean! The Energy Booster because it's great for anyone who works out regularly and wants something to give them an extra edge in their busy life.

What's your hustle?

I’m an online content creator, which means I create a range of content from fashion, fitness and lifestyle photography, videos, literature and more, both for my personal website and brands I collaborate with.

What do you do to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

I think it's important to be conscious, we all know what’s healthy and what isn’t, so take that into account throughout your day. It's ok to indulge in a treat now and then but I’ve always lived by this concept - if you eat something unhealthy be prepared to work twice as hard in the gym tomorrow.

What does #liveinnermost mean to you?

For me it means to live true to yourself and your abilities. Sure it's great to compete against people but to truly "liveinnermost" you need to understand that you're your only competition, and it's you who decides if you finish, first, second or third.

Usual breakfast?

It can vary dramatically - normally I would say a banana, but today I’ve had a couple slices of toast and a cup of tea (I can already feel the bread in my system).

Biggest health vice?

You feel like the things you eat. Eat shit, feel shit. Eat clean, feel clean.

Your last workout?

A double session, so in the morning it was a 30-minute run and 10-minute cycle. Then a mixture of bodyweight exercises - pulls-ups, dips, tyre flips, etc. In the evening, I trained with a friend and took him through a crazy little plyometric circuit, which I loved but him, not so much haha.

What’s on your bucket list?

In fitness, at the moment I’m doing a lot of handstand practice so executing the perfect handstand is definitely on it.

Favourite inspirational quote/words?

You create your own opportunities.

Where do you see yourself in three years? Be bold!

I hope to be inspiring more people in fitness, fashion or lifestyle, potentially working with some great brands, be in the best shape of my life and make Sulsworld globally recognised.

See Sul inspiring the masses in his own unique and inimitable style on Instagram (@sulsworld) and on his website (www.sulsworld.com).

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