Name: Ali Mertcan Kılıçlı
How often do you exercise?
I try to go to the gym three times a week, but I stay active throughout the week. I play pickup basketball, and before the pandemic I played soccer with friends every two weeks.
How has regular exercise affected your life?
It simply elevates all parts of my life. I feel better, my mood is better. I’ve made good friends and met a lot of good people thanks to sports and exercising.
What do you suggest to those who are just taking up a sport or starting to exercise?
I would say don’t rush into things. An injury demotivates you and makes it harder to work out consistently. Do your research from credible sources and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
What are the first three things that come to mind when you hear the word “sports”?
Health, confidence and gainz.
Which Bilkent sports facilities (Sports Halls, playing fields, tennis courts, etc.) do you use?
I mainly use the fitness area nowadays because of the pandemic. I used to play American football with our school’s team, the Judges. Even though I never started any games, during the time I played American football I felt more fit and fulfilled than at any other point in my exercise “journey.” I’ve taken part in volleyball tournaments and table tennis competitions as well.