How/when did you get involved in CrossFit?
In August 2018, I have crossed over the 6 weeks challenge ad on Facebook, so I got very excited and hesitant at the same time since I have never done something like this before.
Therefore, I shared my concerns with my sister, and she encouraged me to join; and so, I did.
Do you remember your first workout? How was it?
I don’t remember much of my first workout, but I do remember it was on a Wednesday. I was a bit nervous about how I’m going to perform on these complicated WOD’s. However, I survived the first workout when I didn’t think that I could, and I was really proud of myself. Then, I said to myself as I always repeat to it, “This’s not hard. I definitely can do it”.
How have you grown in that time — health, body, mind, etc.?
Looking back at where I was before, and where I am now; I can see a huge difference in the tone that my body has taken and in the muscles that I have built.
During these 8 months journey, I have realized that going to the gym everyday doesn’t only affect my physical health, but also it affects my mental health and behavior. I have learned a lot about my body’s needs of food and rest, and I did my best to maintain this. In addition, I have noticed how going to the gym after a long day at work helps me relieve stress and tension. Moreover, I consider going to the gym first thing in the morning the best way to start my day where I feel fresh after working out and ready to start my day with full energy.
Favorite lift and WOD?
My favorite lift of all times is squat clean. As I have the mobility to preform good squats, I just need the power to lift heavier weights every time.
I really enjoy the hero WODs. I get more excited practicing them. One of my favorites was “The Don” a full body workout where it gets your abs, shoulders, and hamstrings all sore after doing it, it was long deadly one. However, it worth it. It is just pleasurable pain.
Additionally, I enjoy the hero wods cause I feel they are more about mental abilities than physical ones where in one second you reach to a point where you want to give up, but in the other your body tells your brain that it can do it so you continue until the end.
What about your least favorite?
Well well, I would say Burpees. They are the hardest. Therefore, I’m not a big fan of them. They are just downright unpleasant movement. Also, doing a wallball then rowing, that take my breath away to death.
What are your fitness/health goals?
The main purpose that encouraged me to join was to lose weight, and I did. However, now I feel more aware and grown, and I know that losing weight is not the ultimate goal; but maintaining a constant healthy lifestyle is my goal.
Is there a specific diet or nutritional habit that helps you with your goals?
I was following the paleo diet when I first started, and that helped me a lot to lose weight. Now, I’m paleo-ish which means that I still don’t have dairies, but I have little carbs. between time to time.
I’m planning to stick with this style for now because it really helps me feel energized and light.
What motivates you?
I think the real challenge here is to find out what motivates anyone to get serious about fitness and stick to it. However, I can say that I am motivated by each member in Primary. Seeing their determination and achievements during the WOD pushes me to work even harder. In addition to myself. Looking at myself, and where I was before I start; and where I am now has a huge impact on me.
Do you have any advice for new members?
You only live once. Live it healthy, so you can enjoy it to the fullest.
What do you hope to achieve in the coming year?
I am grateful for all the things I have achieved in the past 8 months, and I am looking forward to continue achieving more. I planning to start carrying heavier weights, and attend more early morning classes.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Joining the Primary has the greatest impact on my life not only on the physical and mental sides, but on the social one as well where I have met so many great people whom I can call my friends. Therefore, I am really thankful for the opportunity and for everyone in there, staff and members. I really enjoy my time there, and I am sincerely grateful for the support everyone is giving me.
I am looking forward for our new activities.