Interview with Chico Slimani about his new group fitness concept Blockfit, by The Health Carpenter.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself!
My real name is Yousseph Slimani. I was Born in Wales & raised in Morocco by my grandparents, so you may say I am Welsh by birth, Moroccan by Heritage & British by citizenship
I am a husband to a wonderful wife & a father to two beautiful children.
Professionally, I am a singer song-writer & an entertainer. I turn my head to wherever my passion & opportunity take me. From skating on ‘Dancing on Ice’, to acting & performing in Theatres, to now becoming a fully qualified YMCA ETM instructor & launching my fitness brand “BLOCK FIT” at IFS.
2. What made you get into Dance/Fitness?
You could say I was a walking advert for health & fitness, as I spent my whole life in some form of training or another, from Martial Arts to natural bodybuilding. I used to always give free advice to anyone who would listen, from nutrition to training tips so it seemed like a natural progression to go into it & do it on a bigger scale.
I was always inspired by the greats of this world, from the spiritual masters of the world to the likes of Gandhi, Bob Marley, Muhammad Ali & Bruce Lee, those who transcended colour, creed & racial barriers, and made people see a different point of view.
As a matter of fact “Block Fit” was inspired by Bruce Lee because he took the best of all different martial arts styles into one “Jeet kun do” so I did the same, I put what I believe to be a complete workout system which is dance, combat, HIIT, & yoga meditation.
So I inspire to take a drop of their oceans & hopefully share this gift of health & fitness with the world
3. If you were not a Dance/Fitness Instructor, what would you have been?
My whole life has been built on changing people’s lives, whether mentally physically or spiritually. Hence me starting my own charity www.rainbowchildfoundation.co.uk – We give 100% of the money away & we reached around 25,000 children around the world in 8 years, so if it wasn’t the health industry it would still be something that elevates humanity to becomes the best that they can be to fulfill that hidden treasure & awaken that sleeping giant that’s within.
4. Can you give our readers your favourite top health/fitness tip?
Eat clean, stay lean
believe in the limitless potential you have in all 3 facets of the human being… Mental, physical, spiritual.
Use the PMA (positive mental attitude) philosophy and achieve your dream. Once you’ve done that, share it for others to a achieve theirs.
DREAM IT – BELIEVE IT – WORK FOR IT – ACHIEVE IT
5. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Love, live, give & forgive.
For life is but a fleeting glance laugh & dance it’s music
until you become the dance.
Oh I just wanna say a massive thank you to to my mentor the legend that is Mr Richard Callender & my “Block Fit” family: Joanne Cooper, Lisa Cuerden & Chrissy Cooper. I would also like to extend my love & respect to Ceri & Lydia Hannan, Steve & all at the IFS festival.
And to all the fit pros who inspire & lift people to go higher #totalrespect
We will be on a UK tour to do master classes and will be looking for fit pros to join us and become a part of the “Block Fit” family
Please go to www.blockfit.co.uk to register & keep up with BF news & up & coming tour dates
See you all soon
Love & light
Your forever well Wishee
Chico 🙂 x