An Interview with the sportswear designer and athlete Monika Mansour

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There is always that one girl in every gym that you feel impressed by – she’s fit she’s beautiful and frankly you’re a little intimated.

Well, no need to be, at Cairo Gyms we’ve got you covered.  Check out this interview with a strong female role model that fills all the criteria above – sportswear designer and athlete Monika Mansour.

How and when did you start training?

I have been working out since I was very young, my dad is Yousef Mansour the kongfu champion and Actor, and my mum has always worked out as well so they have both always pushed me to maintain a healthy life style.


You train hard (Monica can knock out a set of pull ups comfortably) do you feel intimidated in an often male dominated environment?

Monika Mansour

On the contrary, I feel challenged and I love trying new things, I always go up to trainers and ask them to teach me some of the hard exercises they do.


What tips would you give to other women who might feel insecure about working out in a mixed gym? 


Working out in a mixed gym should motivate women not intimidate them, I would advise them to stay focused on their goals and always challenge themselves.


What or who helps motivate you and create the consistent habits required for success?

I believe there is always more and that your body can do anything – so when I see results I get more motivated.  Also I’m grateful that the trainers at my gym – they always motivate and remind me that I can do more.


You took your love of the gym a step further and launched your own line workout wear – tell us how that evolved?

Monika Mansour

“On the contrary, I feel challenged and I love trying new things”

It all started when working out became a big part of my life and a necessity in my daily routine. Just then I realized that in Egypt we had no variety of sportswear. Working out had became more popular than ever the past few years; I wanted to design something that is fashionable and durable.


What type of training routine do you follow?

I work out 5 days a week at the gym, I do weights and strength training and cardio, and I also do a lot of stretching. Sometimes I go pole dancing classes.


Do you believe in using supplements? If yes, want are your top picks?

I have never used supplements I know they are good for you, but I didn’t feel the need to use them, I usually have vegan protein shakes after my workout.


Do you follow some nutrition principles? If yes, what are they?

I’m a Pescatarian , I don’t eat meat and chicken , I only eat fish, I don’t eat fried food , I eat a lot of veggies and fruits , I have a weakness for sweets and chocolates however I try to limit them by replacing them with dark chocolate and honey .


What are your favorite three exercises?

Monika Mansour

“Working out in a mixed gym should motivate women not intimidate them”

My favorite is definitely legs day, I love squats with its variations, leg press, bridges, etc, except lunges – lunges are not one of my favorites.


What are your favorite three workout tracks?

Unforgettable – French Montana ft. Swae Lee

Clap your hands – Whilk and Misky

La Tortura – Shakira ft. Alejandro Sanz


What would be your top three tips for any woman struggling to adopt a healthy lifestyle?

It all starts with a decision, the minute you decide to love yourself and aim for a better living it will become easy and it will become an addiction. Working out makes you physically and mentally better. So stay focused, motivated and dedicated:)


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Victoria Haig
10 years in the Health & Fitness Industry as a Personal Trainer and Nutritionist in Madrid, Beijing, and now Cairo. Since arriving to Egypt in late 2013 Victoria has continued her professional journey. As a specialist in fat loss, muscle gain and lifestyle coaching Victoria has personally helped countless people get into the best shape of their lives – her greatest asset is her ability to foster a loyal customer base with extremely high customer retention.