In our celebration of top sporting talent in Dubai meet Paul Watson, the man with the city’s fastest feet
What is the best thing about being a fitness professional? Helping others and seeing them change not only their bodies but their lifestyles. Encouraging others to live healthier lives and seeing them accomplish this is the best part of the job.
What sparked your interest in living a healthier lifestyle? Having always been active, it was never much about taking the steps to be healthier. However, when it came to my career, I wanted to help people and fitness became my outlet for that.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to take that first step? Find something you enjoy that gets you moving and follow it. It doesn’t need to be complicated! You’ll be amazed at the simplest things that can make a big difference in your life.
What’s your fitness philosophy? Music, method and madness. And, of course, never coast!
What benefits can people expect to see from working out with you? If you’ve taken my classes before, you will know I’m all about working hard but more importantly about having fun. Music is a huge element for me, something I find helps my riders and personal training clients get out of their heads and get into the moment.
Is there anything in particular that would complement a training session with you? As Flywheel is musically driven, I love to add in riders’ song requests to the playlists to give them that extra boost. It’s amazing to see how much a song can motivate you. First class free. Dhs120 per class. Flywheel, Burj Views, Downtown Dubai, (04 423 2544). Other location: Gold & Diamond Park, Al Quoz, (04 338 9409). www.dubai.flywheelsports.com.