We are absolutely thrilled to let you all know that Taofique will be joining our fabulous Gay London Life family.
Taofique is a Fitness coach, Actor and Activist. He has worked on stage and screen for over 20 years. Best known for his lead role banzai in the lion king, the multi-award-winning movie ‘Thrive’ and the 56 Dean street commissioned series ‘The Grass is Always Grindr’ which explores many current LGBGTQI+ themes.
As a former board member of Impulse London he has created sexual health and mental wellbeing promotions for gay men particularly those living with HIV within the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) community.
Selected as Men’s Health Best Coach of 2020, he is also a Barry’s Bootcamp coach with over 10 years of experience within the fitness industry, having collaborated with 56 Dean Street and Gilead Sciences to create accessible fitness content and inform a collection of educational videos. He is also currently completing his MSc in Psychology.
“Having trained as a dancer and actor from the age of 16, physical awareness, discipline and technique has always been at the core of my work. I have worked professionally on stage and screen for over 20 years and it has always been necessary to keep my body in peak physical condition to execute roles. In doing so I have gained a deep understanding of the full capabilities of our bodies.
Surpassing my own limitations, in 2015 I was selected along side some of the UK’s fittest for BBC Ultimate Hell Week. An ultimate endurance challenge where we were pushed beyond our mental and physical limits by battle-hardened veterans from the world’s toughest special forces.
Now with over 10 years experience in the fitness industry and selected as best coach of 2020 Mens Health, my client base ranges from elite athletes, west end performers to the complete training novice.
My goal is to help people learn how to achieve their fitness & body goals through efficient training the Folarin fitness way. Fun and Focused. Sharing my knowledge and skills with the community.
My versatile skill set allows me to teach across multiple disciplines: Body Transformation, Strength & Conditioning, Boxing conditioning, sport specific, Barre and Calisthenics. Having taught at some of the UK’s leading fitness studios you will now find me at Barry’s Bootcamp.”
You’ll be able to catch Taofique’s new column here at Gay London Life very soon!