Welcome to the first series of Tizi Talks with G-Money (Conrad Gray), one the biggest radio personalities in Kenya! I am excited! This new segment will aim to inspire you to start taking care of your health by reading inspiring stories from people in the public eye we all admire and highly respect. G-Money was supportive of this initiative and was happy to respond to all my questions regarding his fitness journey.
If you follow him on instagram, you can clearly see how he has been putting in some work at the gym and the results are too good that I had to hear and share his story! G-Money is currently one of the most influential and successful radio personalities in Kenya and East Africa. Everyone I know listens to his morning show on Homeboys Radio 103.5 (HBR) and if you don't know him, tune in when you can! :)
Born in London and schooled in Jamaica, G-Money became exposed to music across genres. Over the last 20 years, he has used his touring experience and passion for music to excite crowds from London, Dubai, Dublin, Abu Dhabi and everywhere in between. He has DJ'ed for Jay Z, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and many other massive names, yet despite all these amazing opportunities, he established himself as a radio powerhouse. His passion for radio remains unmatched.
G-Money who is also known as the 'Dancehall Ambassador', has been able to establish himself as a brand in Kenya through his morning show where he has organised events and brought into Kenya, celebrities such as Alaine, Beenie Man, Cecil, Darrio, Konshens among others! On top of all his amazing achievements, he remains humble and prioritizes to make time to invest in his health. This is what he had to say about his wellness journey:-
TIZI: How long have you been working out?
CG: I've been working out for just over a year. I began July 17th 2016.
TIZI: What inspired you to start?
CG: Quite a few things. Hyper Tension runs in my family and I had a borderline issue with it that I allowed to get worse. Doctor gave me a choice. Drugs or exercise. I chose exercise. Also my brother was about to become a Dad for the first time. I'm his only brother and his wife is an only child which means Ella only has one biologically Uncle. I wasn't gonna be that uncle that couldn't play with his niece because he was out of shape. No way!
G-Money and his sweet niece Ella
TIZI: Do you feel like it has made a difference in your life? If yes, how so?
CG: It's made a great difference. In terms of how I feel, what I eat and how I sleep. I think it's also given my day some element of structure and helped me put each day into perspective.
TIZI: Can you please take me through your daily routine on a weekday? And the weekend?
CG: I have a routine which is quite varied. I do cardio every session. This is usually for 20 minutes at the start of the session. Then I guess it's the usually weekly balance. I try to do core daily. Then I split up my session between upper and lower. So for example. If I do legs. I'll do so arms and if I do back, maybe I'll do some shoulders. So I try to mix it up. Weekends I just train with the lads and you can find yourself just doing anything.
TIZI: Do you find it difficult to include your workout in your daily routine?
CG: Luckily my job allows me the flexibility to gym pretty much when ever I want to. Since the gym is close to my office. I tend to go in the early afternoons when it's less busy. I am however a bit of a gym jumper so I use 3 different gyms. Depending on my mood.
TIZI: What keeps you motivated?
CG: My motivation comes firstly because it's become part of my lifestyle. I can easily miss a week and then feel so guilty I go consistent for 3 months. I'm not too hard on myself and if I'm tired I just rest. The guys I train with are also a fun bunch and we encourage each other. Plus the gainzzzzzzzz and the DMs!
TIZI: What can you advise people who want to start their fitness journey?
CG: Don't give up. Find an emotional attachment to what you're doing. Don't say you want to lose weight or get fit so you can go to the beach. Say you want to lose weight and get so you can play with you kids or be more active for your family. Tie your physical fitness to an emotional connect. For me it was my niece Ella, I want to be able to see her grow and to play a part in her physical well being too.
Talk about transformation!
With his busy schedule, G-Money still takes time to make sure he is in good health but his biggest motivation is his niece Ella, whom he adores and wants to be in great shape for; he never wants to be that uncle who is in bad shape!
"Like getting regular oil changes for your car, prioritizing your self-care is what allows you to run smoothly and to bring your best to your other priorities and challenges."- Wellness Enthusiast
Yours in Wellness,