“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. It’s the visionaries that change the world. The ones who are bold enough to chase their dreams, are the ones who shape the world.”
Abdullah Alaskari believes wholeheartedly in these words, spoken by Eleanor Roosevelt.
‘Hard work pays off the in the end,’ he says. ‘Being involved in sports at a very early stage has instilled this competitive drive inside of me, where giving up is really not something I associate myself with.’
The son of Kuwaiti parents, Abdullah was born in 1974 in Manchester, England. He was always involved in academic sports (basketball, volleyball, track and field) and this continued through college and throughout his working career.
Abdullah lived, worked and studied in Richmond, Virginia for over ten years and believes his time in the U.S taught him many life lessons.
He describes himself as a health and life enthusiast; a forward thinker with an expanding vision on the health and ﬁtness industry. He is the founder and owner of Clubﬁt Gym Co. (2010), Evolve Supplements Co. (2013), Clubﬁt Gourmet (2014). He is also the managing director at C Club Kuwait and the managing partner of Life Beam for Gym Management Co. (2015).
Driven by the desire to establish new concepts, Life Beam aims to provide new types of services within Kuwait’s health and fitness industry. Their ultimate strategy is to create more unique facilities, away from duplications.
‘Kuwait is rated second in the world for obesity and diabetes,’ he says. ‘Kuwait’s lifestyle tends to be lazy and dependent on services. We have therefore reached a dangerous level of obesity and diabetes among our small population. Our children are, without a doubt, the first victims of the lazy lifestyle. Obesity and diabetes amongst children in Kuwait are rated at the top of global charts. That is concerning for the upcoming generation.’
With a Masters in International Sports Management from Cruyff Institute of Sport and a Bachelors in Communication and Marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University, Abdullah is well qualified to make a difference and to lead by example.
‘Success is being happy at what you do. Success is giving back to others. Success is creating leaders as you walk your path.’
Abdullah admits to being both relentless and passionate when it comes to his dreams but he also appreciates the support of his family. ‘My biggest support has been my beautiful wife. She has been by my side since day one. We’ve been through success and failure together.’
He cites his father as his inspiration. ‘When I look into the mirror, I see a person of honour, worth and integrity and I’m grateful to the person who made me who I am today: my father.’
As any great leader knows, choosing the right team is essential. However, it’s how you treat that team that counts. Abdullah knows the importance of empowering them to do their job to the fullest; allowing them to be creative and to make their own decisions; and of creating a friendly working environment.
‘I believe there has to be a time when we work together with the government sector to provide permanent solutions for obesity and diabetes problems, especially among children. We need to address this urgently. Myself and our group of companies are ready to join hands with the government. We can provide solutions, studies, processes and systems to be implemented in schools and educational facilities. I hope one day this will happen.’
He continues to be motivated by his critics, especially those who tell him it can’t be done. As one of CP Magazine’s Inspiring Men, he is already proving that it can.
‘It is great honour to be selected amongst a distinguished group of leaders,’ he said. ‘I hope I can continue to inspire and motivate as many people as possible.