TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF.
So most of you who’ve met me know I’m a medical student - still not sure what kind of doctor I wanna be but I have to choose pretty soon now so no pressure lol. Anyway, my parents are Egyptian but I was born and raised in the great city of Houston. I graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelors in engineering (apparently I’m just like to make myself suffer) in 2016. I’m Orthodox Christian, which I’m pretty proud of because there’s not that many Egyptian Christians out there. Other than that, you can usually find me hanging out with friends/family, watching Netflix, or playing with other people’s dogs… love me again Kya :_(.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING CROSSFIT AND WHAT TIMES DO YOU ATTEND? WHAT MADE YOU START?
I started CrossFit in March of this year. I usually go to the 5:30 or 6:30 p.m. classes but I make an occasional appearance at the noon class when I can. I’d been trying to get into a regular exercise routine for a while but didn’t really like what I was doing (running - still don’t like it). I was also studying for my first big board exam and really needed the stress relief. Then a few of my cousins who do CrossFit/similar workouts convinced me to give it a try.
WHAT ARE YOUR CROSSFIT GOALS? (one short-term goal, one long-term goal)
Short term goals: at least one unassisted pull-up and string together a couple Toes-to-Bar and push ups. Long term goal: just to be an all-around healthy individual.
WHAT IMPACT HAS CROSSFIT AND LIVE OAK HAD ON YOUR LIFE IN AND OUT OF THE GYM? WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU SEEN IN YOUR OVERALL HEALTH AND FITNESS LEVEL SINCE STARTING?
Honestly, the difference in my life is like night and day. I sleep better, I think clearer and quicker, I don’t get sick nearly as often, I’m happier and less anxious (nothing quite as stress-relieving as lifting a bunch of weights), I’m more confident, I can run up multiple flights of stairs without getting winded, my clothes look better on me - I could go on but I feel like I’ve probably written a lot already lol. But seriously, the anxiety thing is huge - I don’t know how I survived before CrossFit! I truly believe that I would not have done as well on my aforementioned board exam without it. It’s why I’m so hesitant to miss class now - I’m just an all around healthier, happier person with CrossFit and the Live Oak squad in my life. I went all in at a time when I wasn’t in the healthiest head space and, honestly, I’m never looking back.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CROSSFIT WORKOUT/MOVEMENTS?
Deadlifts!! Squats, rowing, cleans, and snatches are fun too, although I’m not particularly good at snatches (I’m also kind of scared of dropping the bar on my head - grace is not one of my many attributes). I’m weakest in my arms and shoulders but I still like those moves/days because it’s what I need to work on. And ab stuff is always great. Honestly, I’m not that picky unless it’s ...
WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE CROSSFIT WORKOUT/MOVEMENTS?
…Running. Hate it. I’d rather do anything else.
WHAT IS ONE FUN THING OR TALENT ABOUT YOU THAT WE MAY NOT KNOW YET?
I taught myself how to play the guitar and ukulele in high school/college! A life goal of mine is to learn the piano as well. I love all things music and pretty much listen to anything (although I’m not the biggest fan of rap). I like to think that, in another life, I would’ve pursued music over medicine. That said, I’m open to any music suggestions :) I also speak Arabic (I find that I switch to it a lot when I’m annoyed lol).
LASTLY… WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO THOSE JUST STARTING OUT IN CROSSFIT?
Just show up. That in and of itself is a victory. Progress/strength/speed will all come with time but your biggest battle is inside your own mind. Don’t be afraid or ashamed of your ability to do a lift or of your physical fitness (or, in my case, lack thereof). We all have to start somewhere. If you can get yourself to the gym and convince yourself to push your boundaries, you will get better and you will get healthier. You’ll also find, as I did, that as you train your mind to take (reasonable) risks and be more confident with your lifts, that that confidence and willingness to test your limits spills over into other parts of your life.
Oh and the people here are awesome so, if for nothing else, you should come in for some good quality screen free socialization :)