AFFILIATE BOX: The Hit Fitness Center , fit & lift with coach Johnny at 9:30 pm
Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, hobbies, interests, etc.).
My family I’ve two brothers and my mum
I work as an interior designer and wedding planner
Hobbies reading and listening to music
My interests are always around work as I really enjoy designing and I always look for learning new things and crossfit!
When did you start doing CrossFit?
One year Ago
What were you doing before CrossFit and how were you introduced to CrossFit?
I was just hitting the gym, attending some zumba and aerobics classes, I heard about crossfit from a close friend and I started to read about it to see if it suits me as I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis since I was a child. Then I followed on Facebook one of the icons of crossfit at Egypt “Hassan Gabr” he is one of my role models and he is Egypt’s fittest man +35 . I asked him help and he explained everything to me what suits me and what doesn’t suit me and I started.
How has your approach to CrossFit changed since first starting?
Everything has changed a lot! At the beginning I was scared, I couldn’t do most of the movements but now I fixed most of my techniques, I can lift heavy ,I can run and do a lot of stuff that I didn’t imagine my body is capable of doing any of this movements!
Favorite WOD or movement?
Deadlifts are my favorite movement also snatches ,power cleans and KB swing
Least favorite WOD or movement?
Front squats and thrusters
What types of changes have you seen (mentally, physically, and/or lifestyle) since starting CrossFit?
Mentally crossfit gave me more confidence in myself, due to my medical condition I’ve never practiced any sport when I was a kid and when I decided to do something I went for crossfit many friends told me it’s really hard and it won’t suit me but really after one year crossfit has changed my life and I’m lucky enough to train with a coach who taught me that being “mentally strong” is the key for any success and he was always supporting me no matter how many times I decided to quit.
Physically my body changed a lot I still didn’t lose all the extra weight but there’s a big change my body is more toned I even can wear some clothes how that didn’t fit for more than a year!
What helps you get the most out of your CrossFit Workouts? What motivates/inspires you?
What motivates me that I was never an athlete and I though I could never be ! I always used my medical condition as an obstacle but through a year I felt that I really can do this no matters how many times I got injured or felt down , I’ve a goal that I wanna achieve it when I started my only goal was getting back in shape and to be but I found that I’m really enjoying what I’m doing, I can lift really heavy, I jump and I run ,my coach told me once it’s more important to be “fit mentally” this is the thing that will take you to places, and there’s too many inspiration out there but I think that the two who really inspired is Hassan Gabr he went through an incredible transformation and he won a competition +35 he taught me that it’s never too late! And of course my coach “Johnny” he is a real role model and icon he went through a lot of ups and downs as an athlete and he always come back stronger and that’s why I decided that I wanna train with him from the very beginning and the fact he really believed in me since day one!
What’s your CrossFit goal for 2019?
I wanna fix many techniques, learn a lot of things I still can’t do and lose more weight!
Maybe at the end of the year I will be able to join any competition for crossfit beginner athelets!
What would you say to someone starting CrossFit for the first time?
Go for it ! It seems hard but once you start you’ll never stop! You’ll enjoy the progress and celebrate every new thing you learn!
March is the founder and owner of The Barbell Beauties which she started in 2015. She is from the Philippines and currently lives in beautiful Thailand with her American husband and daughter. She is an avid Crossfitter and has just started her journey into Muay Thai (kickboxing).