INSTRUCTOR PROFILE: KHALIL

Tell me about yourself. Where are you from and what brought you to Milwaukee? When you are not at SPIRE, what else keeps you busy?

I was born in Barrow Alaska – “the top of the world”. My family moved to Lebanon when I was young stayed there until I decided to go to college in the U.S. I received my undergraduate at Duluth University in Minnesota where I majored in Biochemistry. I then attended business school at UW-Milwaukee where I finished my MBA last May.

Do you compete in any type of sports?

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I love basketball. I considered playing professionally in Lebanon but decided to go to college instead. I also play soccer and really enjoy group fitness.

What made you decide to become an instructor?

Visiting parents in Lebanon one summer, I wasn’t exercising regularly and not taking care of diet. My dad had just joined a health club that had group fitness classes. I tried body pump and really enjoyed the whole experience – the workout, the music and the energy of the group. I continued trying other classes throughout the summer and decided to get certified as an instructor with Les Milles. I started teaching in Minnesota and have been at it ever since.

What makes your class different from others?

I work hard to have music drive my class. Cycling to the music, riding to the beat really helps deliver a great workout and overall class experience. I always try to keep a good mix of music to keep things fresh.

What certifications do you have?

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Les Mills and Schwinn Cycling. I’m working on National Group Certification.

What does your personal fitness program include?

I stick to the main things that I enjoy to keep me in shape -- teaching classes, playing basketball and strength training.

Favorite post workout recovery drink?

I usually have a protein shake – vanilla protein, but mix in peanut butter, chocolate, banana and almond milk.

Do you have a motto?

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I like the saying that goes, “always rep your city, always love your city”. Wherever you go, just remember where you and that you can bring the good things to where you are.

What’s your favorite drink?

Coke Zero and Apple Cider

What inspires you?

My family.

What is your favorite restaurant in Milwaukee?

Screaming Tuna and Kanpai

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Almond milk, whole wheat bread, tuna salad, greek yogurt and eggs

If you could retire tomorrow, what would you do?

Move to New Zealand or Australia.

What else would you like to share about yourself?

I speak 4 languages --- English, Arabic, German and French

What is your favorite song to get pumped up?

Maino – All the Above

What is your twitter handle? Instagram?

Instagram  @ksabra90