Despite the longevity and success that he’s had as a trainer and coach, Hyrdris Wajiuddin owner and founder of HydroFit, has remained humble and approachable himself. He takes pride in the attention to detail that he provides to his clients as well as his never-ending aspiration to better himself and his clients through fitness.
Read about his fitness mantra, his fitness philosophy and more…
What inspired you to join the fitness industry? How did you develop a love for health and fitness?
Hyrdris Wajiuddin: I come from a very fitness-oriented family background. As a child I was always at clubs playing sports or swimming, and at school I always stood first in running competitions and was always seen playing football or basketball. My father and my brother are both national badminton champions and I was also a professional swimmer, competing in the Sindh Open and Interclub and Club championships for however long I was training. I would incorporate gym workouts in my swimming training, but eventually developed more of an interest for fitness rather than swimming.
A lot of people were pretty impressed with how I used to workout and they would almost always require help with their workouts. That developed an interest because I connected with their bodies so well and got to see how different workouts would react to different bodies. That’s when I delved into the subject further and from that point onwards, there was no stopping me.
How would you describe your fitness philosophy?
HW: For me, fitness is not a challenge or a transformation that someone can just do for a specific time period. Fitness for me becomes part of your daily routine and is as important as food or sleep. It becomes a lifestyle and there is no debate with me when it comes to this.
What’s your typical day like?
HW: I wake up at 5:50AM, shower, have my breakfast and then I’m off to the gym. I like to get my own workout out of the way first so I’m training from 6:45-7:30AM. From that time onwards till 1:00PM we have clients and group sessions non-stop. We take a “break” for a couple of hours which is technically not a break because we have so much of work going on behind the scenes as well. Clients start coming in after 3:00PM and we’re back to training till about 9:30PM. Hectic, yes, but I wouldn’t trade this for anything else.
Do you have fitness goals for yourself? If so, what are they?
HW: Of course, I do. Without them I can’t proceed in life so I always have some goal or motivation in mind to move forward. If there is one goal, it is to increase muscle size while staying shredded at the same time. It is hard, but that is one thing I would want to attain.
What do you like the most about your gym and training others?
HW: I can’t explain it. It’s a magical vibe and anyone who comes here will tell you that the vibe is unreal. When it comes to training others, whether they feel it or not, I see every client as a projection of myself so I get very connected to them; everything that they do when it comes to their physical aesthetics and internal fitness, I’m there with them.
Can you describe your time management approach for assisting individual clients versus group workout classes?
HW: We have one muscle-based workout for everyone. For instance, if we’re training legs, whether they’re here to lose weight or gain muscle, everyone follows the same muscle workout but a different routine. I’ve hired trainers who work with group sessions, but even if I have a one-on-one client, everyone is under my radar, which is one of the reasons why I’ve kept the gym small.
What are some common fitness misconceptions/questions you are asked by your clients?
HW: “Weight uthanay se hum barey hojayenge” is a common misconception that women seem to have and “Weight uthanay se hamien injury hojayegi” is a common misconception that men seem to have.
These are the most common misconceptions I deal with. People also approach me and tell me that your height stops increasing when you start lifting weights, I’m like, “Dude, you’re already an adult. You’re not going to grow anymore.” But you know, it is what it is.
How is your fitness mantra different from others?
HW: It’s all about the lifestyle, baby. All day, all night, all year round.
How do you incorporate nutrition into your coaching?
HW: There is no coaching without nutrition. It covers 80-90% of your day. Imagine if you’re only giving me 40 minutes out of your day, you still have 23 hours left; so, your sleep, nutrition and overall lifestyle (whether active or sedentary) all play a role in how you look physically and aesthetically. Whenever I talk to a client about their goals, the discussion is mostly about nutrition because there’s no debate about my fitness regimen since it’s what I do and I am responsible for my clients’ workout, but they are responsible for their own nutrition, which is why discussions with clients mainly revolve around that.
What’s the main difference that you’ve noticed when training a professional athlete versus training a celebrity/entertainer, and then versus training an amateur?
HW: For me, fitness is my passion. Whenever a client joins me, they always score 100 points in my book. They only start to lose points with how they are towards me as humans. Whether he/she is an amateur or a professional athlete, that has no benchmark for me. It doesn’t matter whether they’re stepping into a gym for the first time, or they’re a celebrity or just a regular client. Everyone is treated as an equal at HFT.
Do you have any standout clients in terms of transformation and/or lifestyle change?
HW: So many. Whoever comes here, transforms – so, are you ready for the list?
Can you tell me three essential exercises you suggest for all clients, and why?
HW: Compound exercises like squats, deadlifts, and core. These are compound exercises that cover your muscles from head to toe and you shouldn’t miss out on any of them.
Walk us through an overview of a training program you would set up for a client looking strictly for weight loss and toning. What do you tell clients who are looking for instant results?
HW: I don’t believe in instant results, so you’re knocking on the wrong door. It’s a lifestyle. Aesthetic and physical results are a free package after a few months of training with me but that is not our main focus. You’re focusing on making yourself healthier and being the best version of yourself. Not only do you start seeing results after a while but you become stronger as well.
What are your thoughts on the fitness sector generally?
HW: The fitness scene right now is crazy. I’m so happy and proud of whoever is out there getting everyone fit. Mad respect to all my fitness colleagues and sending you all positive vibes through and through.
When you’re not coaching and training, what are some other things you like to do for fun?
HW: Netflix and chill.
Future plans for Hydrofit?
HW: Stay tuned!
What is your favourite food to eat on a cheat day?
HW: A 250-gram beef patty burger with cheese fries!
HW: Okay, he’s not really a superhero, but to me he is. Maximus from Gladiator!
Last book you read?
HW: Not gonna lie, I’m not a book worm. I’ve done tons of internet reading, but never a book.
HW: La-Roche-sur-Yon, France, which also happens to be the place where I was born.
Favourite celebrity you’ve worked with?
HW: I don’t have a favorite. They’re all amazing. Everyone becomes a part of me and they’re all family so the list is really long. I’m truly blessed.
Describe HydroFit in three words?
HW: Consistency, honesty and punctuality.
If you could get yourself anything, what would you get?
HW: I’m already blessed to have whatever I need in life so I’m fairly content.
HW: People who don’t come on time and those who don’t stick to their words and don’t keep their promises. Also, cleanliness, cleanliness, cleanliness. Everyone and everything has to be clean around me.
INTERVIEW: Mehr Kassim
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTSEY HYRDRIS WAJIUDDIN