We’ve added a new face to our team of personal trainers here at U Street, Khetab Claiborne! Khetab joins us with years of personal training and managing experience in the DC area, and is excited for the new opportunity to share his passion for health and fitness with the VIDA community.
Khetab grew up just a few miles away in Shanghai, China. His mother is an American diplomat for the Foreign Service, so he has lived all over the world. By the time he was in high school he was living and playing professional basketball in Argentina, and says it was there where his love for fitness and being active began.
“I had two strength and conditioning coaches that I worked really closely with playing basketball that really shaped my approach to training and competing. I was also on the swim team and a lifeguard and swim coach in high school,” he says.
He moved back to the states to attend college at North Carolina Central University, and graduated in 2010 with an Exercise Science degree. He moved to DC to pursue his personal training certification and started training with the Washington Sports Club shortly after.
In the years he spent at WSC, Khetab quickly moved up the ranks to a lead trainer and was promoted to Assistant Manager after only three years. He was working as the Fitness Manager on F Street when he decided it was time for a new chapter and made the transition to VIDA.
“It’s always been important to me to work for a progressive, innovative company that takes pride in their trainers. I feel like the community here is very geared towards creating that platform where we can service the general population in their health and fitness goals,” he says.
When it comes to his training style, Khetab describes the way he trains as 100% functional. He views being physically fit as a means to accomplish other goals by moving efficiently, minimizing physical ailments and muscular imbalances, and developing a strong connection between the body and mind.
Khetab practices Chi Gong, an ancient Chinese healing system that uses body postures, breath and movement to increase overall health and energy flow throughout the body. This mental awareness comes out through his training style too, and he says it’s an important part of staying healthy.
“I focus on not only being physically fit, but fit for life. I believe in the quote ‘an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure,’ and try to develop a mental and emotional well being that works in tandem with physical well-being,” says Khetab.
To do this, Khetab not only works out regularly but meditates daily as well. He likes to spend time outdoors, and is looking forward to starting a new evening boot camp program here at U Street this month.
What should you expect in a training session or boot camp class with Khetab?
“I use a lot of compound movements – deadlifts, snatches, cleans…anything that’s using more than a few muscle groups at one time. Come ready to work!” he says.