Hello Mentor EP12 | Nana Al-Haleq on Being a Fitness Enthusiast and Entrepreneur

“When I was in my early 20s, I suffered from depression as a result of feeling lost after graduating from university. I took a leap of faith and devoted myself to fitness — and it saved my life.” — Nana Al-Haleq

About the episode

Even in the darkest of times, there will always be light.

In this podcast episode, Nana shares her journey from being a psychology major to starting a career in fitness. Though completely different, she managed to apply what she learnt about human behaviour into fitness and it saved her from depression. 

She also talks about techniques and tips to help people who struggle to get started with working out as well as several workout techniques at home. Challenges of being a co-founder of BodyLab and FitSambal was also one the topics mentioned in this podcast.

Getting to know Nana Al-Haleq

A certified coach with credentials from Australian Strength Performance, Nana Al-Haleq (@nanaalhaleq) is a highly motivated individual who is constantly striving to be the best at what she does. She is the most recognised female fitness influencer in Malaysia with the most following on Instagram she creates products to help men and women achieve their health goals.

Reinventing herself from an influencer to a TV-Host, in a short span of 2 years, she has hosted popular television shows on NTV7, ASTRO and RTM, namely the Feel Good Show, Fitness Battle, Jom Kurus, Kami Geng FIT, and A-Z Aktif. She’s an official brand ambassador athlete with Under Armour and Apple. Now a household name, Nana is also a businesswoman and the brains behind BodyLab.

To check out BodyLab and FitSambal as mentioned in the podcast, here are the links: 



Hello Mentor is a podcast show that platforms raw discussions on career, ambition and success with inspiring individuals who are accomplished in their own rights.

Hello Mentor is hosted by Derek Toh, Founder and CEO of Hiredly.

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