Tell us who Leke Oyedotun is?
A man, with a vision that we all can do whatever we really put our minds, hands and souls to….. Let’s dream, sing and dance, then let’s get serious again because life is an ever continuing balance of work and fun.
What was your transformation story into fitness?
Sports! Secondary school in Nigeria was fun, when it got hot we took off our shirts and played football. Unconsciously to most it was sort of a display of manliness to pull of a shirt and beneath to holster biceps as firm as shotguns and a chest as chiselled as David’s (in Michelangelo’s masterpiece). I didn’t have that, and while many were just like me, but didn’t do anything about it, it mattered to me, so I decided to do something about it, that’s where my journey began. I took responsibility!
How do you stay healthy as a doctor and having a busy schedule?
Made fitness a lifestyle. When I wake up in the morning I look around my house and I see coffee, yoghurt, fruits, cereal and eggs….. That’s it no B.S. sausage or creamy meals. Then off to work, and busy all day, I then remember to stop at the canteen for a salad…. (consisting of green vegetables, bell peppers, sun dried tomatoes, jalapeños, chick peas and chicken breast) with a black cup of coffee (no sugar, no milk). Then I return home, make a protein shake and hit the gym with my gym buddy! On Tuesdays, I mix it up by practising Krav Maga and on the weekends, I freestyle by doing whatever I feel like!
What is your current weekly workout routine like?
Monday- Lower body, Tuesday- Krav Maga, Wednesday- Upper body, Friday- Midsection and Back. Weekends- Freestyle
What if any supplements do you advice people to take?
Naturally the only supplement I use and often suggest to colleagues and friends is Whey Protein. Kindly remember, it’s a SUPPLEMENT, not SUBSTITUTE to eating healthily and naturally. Whey protein comes from a natural source and if used according to instructions, would provide the basic branch chained amino acids that help to build lean muscle efficiently in times of stress during and post a workout.
What is your biggest fitness accomplishment?
Lola, I would say my biggest fitness accomplishment came from SMALL changes and accomplishments. In that I have reached the point where I feel incomplete if I don’t workout and eat right, I feel like I am cheating myself. Now that I equate working out to pleasure, relieving stress and controlling my life, I believe it has become what I exactly have always wanted it to be; a LIFESTYLE!
What is your advice on pre and post workout nutrition?
For Pre workout nutrition, I suggest eating light and easily digestible carbs, because after a busy day at work you’re hungry, tired and sleepy. The best thing to do is eat a small bowl of cereal (Fruit & Nut with natural yoghurt and a dash of whey protein) Then make your protein shake and take it along with you to the gym. You can drink it during the workout and right after. When you get home, make a light dinner of vegetables and a protein packed meal.
Do you have any fitness goals of competing in future?
Yes! Just made some friends who run marathons regularly, it is outside my comfort zone, so I’ve challenged myself to prepare and compete for a 5K, then later a 10K before the end of the year. When I get comfortable, my future plan is an Iron man competition.
What is your approach to getting and maintain your abs?
70% Nutrition, 30% Exercise, and 100% Dedication!
How will you advice those trying to start their fitness journey?
Make up your mind (that is to say DECIDE!) that once and for all you are going to take control of your life. Then write it out, buy a book and name it “My Fitness Lifestyle”. On the first page, write down WHAT you want to achieve, then WHY you want to achieve it, WHEN you want it by, and finally if it is your first time, it helps to ask a friend who is fitter than you for some help. Otherwise, get a personal trainer to show you HOW to achieve your goal.
Finally, I suggest visiting Lola’s blog as often as you can for fitness tips and motivation to keep going!
Your friend in health and fitness always,
Leke Oyedotun M.D., MPAHS