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The Fitness Zone

August 21, 2008 | by Simon Mager


Seeing is believing

Bashir Youssef

Master Trainer January 2008

24 year old Bashir Youssef is legally blind, but don't hold that against him because you would not know it until he tells you so.

Before becoming a Master Trainer with the Australian Institute of Fitness Bashir was working with Vision Australia, a charitable organization helping people with vision impaired disabilities. Self described as a "People Person" he loved the fact that he was helping people.

In 2005 he had his first taste of fitness when he experienced his first PT session with Stan Phani from Fitness First Bankstown. Bashir says Stan has become his mentor. He also started Martial Arts and has excelled in that field. Bashir commends and thanks the Institute to adapting, catering and assisting him with his special circumstances while he was studying at the Parramatta campus.

Currently he is utilizing his master trainer in leading and instructing fitness circuit sessions in his karate classes and starting his own PT business


Simon Mager is General Manager for the Australian Institute of Fitness QLD. He has previously held sales and business development roles with the AIF and has worked at a number of high profile fitness industry companies, including Orangetheory Fitness and Lorna Jane.

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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