The man that will inspire you to change for the better
We interviewed Ahmed Valentino Kerigo (aka The Iron Monkey), the founder and CEO of the largest Norwegian calisthenics and street workout team (Team Physix – Zero Gravity) and the world record holder for the highest flying push-up!
Ahmed rose from the ground to the top and now he is a true inspiration! Read on if you seek some motivation!
Who or what first inspired you to start working out?
It goes all the way back to 2012 when I saw first Hannibal & Hit Richards on YouTube, the amazing strength and physique they had of using only own bodyweight. That’s what really got my hyped to start with. I was in a bad place in life, drugs, steroids and depression so YouTube was a lifesaver for me, if we can call it that.
What workout-related achievement are you most proud of and why?
I won the Scandinavian Championship and I have a world record for the world's highest flying push-up!
Well, I must say I am very proud of every moment I master something new in this sport. I have participated in 5 competitions, I have won the Scandinavian Championship and I have a world record for the world's highest flying push-up! I can add that it has also become the world's most famous push-up as well.
What workout plan do you follow now?
I’ve tried various ways workout routines (Hit Richards, Frank Medrano and actually my own witch I call The Iron Ten, but I really try to focus on my weak points to be able to reach new levels of strength and skills. Recently just meeting Hannibal for King and learning his way of training, I want to try the AROUND THE WORLD as he calls it.
Tell us a little bit about Team Physix. What do you do? How did it all start?
Our main goal is to help others reach a point in their life where it's safe to have a dream again, its safe to live life. The dream we have is so big that sometimes words can be hard to find!
I started Team Physix in 2012. What inspired me to start a team was watching YouTube and seeing the inspiration, love and motivation in teams like Barstarzz and Bar Brothers and how it spread around the world. I wanted to do the same! I never knew how and or what it would take, the only thing I knew is that I wanted to build a world known inspiring team and now I can proudly say that I succeeded. I could not have done it without all the fantastic Team Physix members in Norway and other countries! I feel lucky and blessed, I would like to thank all 27 members in Norway for showing me the respect and love the way they have done.
Our main goal is to help others reach a point in their life where it's safe to have a dream again, its safe to live life. We want to show that their is more positive to life than negative, we want to encourage the youth to stay away from drugs, steroids etc. The dream we have is so big that sometimes words can be hard to find! We are so blessed, after all the hard work and times we have been through, we were given a chance to make our own documentary. Here is the link from Episode 1 (check out the other episodes too), I think when the world watches they will see the bigger picture of what we are trying to do!
You broke the world record for highest flying push-up. How much preparation did it take from when you first had the idea until you broke the record?
Well, I never broke it. There was no such record at all, so I am the first to ever set a record in highest push ups. The idea came from seeing people doing push up on chairs, I thought to myself - I am going to something that a human has never done. Many people laughed at me when I posted my idea on Facebook, they said it was impossible, they said the human body can not do such a move. After all the messages I had to prove everybody wrong, it took 6-7 weeks of practice, hours a day, on chairs and step boxes.
What are your future goals?
My future goals? That was a hard one! I have recently started a company called Physical Factory, we design and produce outdoor training equipment for homes. I want to give people the correct tools to get in shape and not only that, I wish to make training fun for the whole family. So our first design is called iCube and you can find all the information Facebook page.
We have also signed a contract with Hannibal For King - the legend himself. So we are working side by side as his management team. I have goals and dreams of making a change, I come from a rough past so I would like others who come from the dark side of life to see that anything is possible if you really put your mind and heart to it.
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out?
Don’t let fear get in the way of you and your dreams
Always be humble, ask and speak out your heart. Don’t let fear get in the way of you and your dreams and never let anyone tell you that it's impossible. This is your life and you have only this very precious moment to live it to the fullest. I will always be here to support anyone who choose to fight for their dreams and goals