Wed, 16 December 2015
In this episode of our Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, I will be joined by Fatima Batook, owner of Studio55, Saudi Arabia’s first women-only Spinning® and fitness studio. During the interview, Fatima will discuss her challenges as a child growing up in Saudi Arabia and how she used food as her refuge to deal with the day to day struggles of trying to fit into society. Fatima will also discuss how she was able to launch her fitness studio at a time when there were no legal fitness facilities for women in Saudi Arabia and how despite the negative publicity she received from the local press, decided to open up her own award winning clothing line for women. Fatima believes that if she can do what she is doing in Saudi Arabia, “than anyone can do it anywhere in the world”. Fatima plans on opening 20 additional studios in the next 3 to 5 years. This is truly an amazing story of how one woman through her courage and strength is seeking to change Saudi Arabia’s culture through fitness rather than politics or religion. This is truly one of my most inspiring interviews.