Heba Abdel Gawad
Full name: Heba Abdel Gawad
Position: Co-founder of body//HACK
Come and Join in Heba for a Pilates session at the festival!
Heba’s fitness story:
Heba is a Personal Trainer, NeuroPilates Teacher Trainer, Z-Health Master Trainer, .body//HACK: Co-Founder, Lilyfit online Pilates Instructor and the Winner of the Women’s Health Next Fitness Star Middle East Competition 2014. She is also a two-time former Olympic athlete having competed as a synchronised swimmer at the Sydney and Athens Olympic Games, with an international career as a competitor spanning over sixteen years. She went to the UK in 2004 to study Sports Science, did her Pilates and Z-Health master training and is now doing an MC in Osteopathy. She teaches Pilates certifications, Anatomy and Physiology, Pre and Post Natal Pilates, Injuries and Corrective Exercise and various educational workshops on the Nervous System, Breathing, and Visual Training for Sports and Athletic Conditioning. She is also the creator of the NeuroPilates Diploma which is a REPS accredited 7 month certification course certifying Instructors to become level 3 Pilates teachers with a focus and specialism on the brain and nervous system and its effect on our overall health, movement and performance. She focuses her work on maximising people’s athletic potential as well as corrective exercise for injury rehabilitation. She has a strong applied interest on the body’s nervous system and neuroscience and how it can be used to improve performance and help alleviate pain.
– Former Olympic athlete – Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.
– Athlete of the year 1999.
– Winner of the Women’s Health Next Fitness Star 2014.
– .body//HACK: co-founder.
– Creater of the NeuroPilates method and education programme.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Others in my field who have excelled. My mentors and teachers.
What’s your key to your success?
The key to success in my opinion is to never stop learning. I constantly travel to go on courses to get inspired and to learn from the best. Couple learning with hard work and success is definite.
What was the best advice you were given?
“If you try to be a perfectionist it will freeze you”
Do you have a motto or phrase that you live your life by?
“We have the power to sculpt our brains to change our lives. One of the most important choices we can make is to know, manage and take special care of our brains. It is not only a right but a responsibility to ourselves, our place of work, our friends, families and the greater good” – Carla Street.
Favourite inspirational quote:
“The quickest way to change the game is to change your brain” Robin Sharma.