How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I’ve been doing CrossFit on and off for a little bit over three years. I joined 7 Mile around eight months ago.
What made you decide to give 7 Mile Strength & Fitness a try?
Honestly, I originally wanted to join 7 Mile because the times of the classes worked better with my schedule, and the gym is very close to my workplace. I also thought that trying a new gym might motivate me to actually show up more. However, after the first few PT sessions, I realized that it was going to be much more than just that. It’s been a great experience so far, and I continue to learn and grow every day.
What was the hardest part when you started out, and how did you overcome that?
The hardest part was learning new moves that didn’t come naturally to me, like the Olympic lifts and double-unders. I used to do a lot of cherry-picking when I first started in order to avoid moves that I didn’t like.
We are unlike most traditional gyms – all of our members have a Coach-for-Life. How has that been helpful to you?
This has been extremely helpful! I didn’t realize how much value a coach can add to the quality of your training once you start working one-on-one with them. Coach Brett has taught me a lot about how to move properly and always motivates me to push a little bit harder.
I see you’re a huge football (soccer) fan! Any World Cups coming up for you in the future. ;)
I was actually born in Qatar, where the next World Cup is going to be held. I haven’t been back since I was 5 years old, so it’d be great if I can go and watch a couple of games in 2022. In the meantime, I’m happy with playing football on Sundays.
I know when most people travel “back home,” they always get a few of their favorite foods/snacks. Anything from home (Egypt) that you miss that you can’t get here?
I really miss Koshari, the national dish of Egypt! It’s a wonderful concoction of rice, pasta, lentils, chickpeas, and tomato sauce. A carbs overload that satisfies the stomach and warms the soul. It’s also an excellent post-Murph meal!
Name something you’re most proud of in the gym.
If I have to choose something I’m proud of, it’ll have to be the discipline I was able to build during the past few months when it comes to exercising. The simplest inconveniences used to stop me from going to the gym for days. Days turn into weeks, and you know the drill. There’s still a lot more room for improvement, but just last week, I showed up for an after-work class to do ten rounds of running and burpees. Old me would have skipped that without batting an eye.
Did you play any sports growing up?
Just like 90% of Egyptian kids, the only sport I ever played growing up was football. But I only played competitively for a brief time while in university.
Anything people at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness don’t know about you?
I’m usually a quiet guy, so there’s probably a lot of things. But I don’t think anyone knows that I like singing Karaoke every now and then. I’m not necessarily good at it, but I do like it.
Anything crazy on your bucket list? (bungee jumping, sky diving?)
I’m not really a bucket list kind of guy, but I’d love to one day attend a Liverpool home game. Extra points if it’s against Manchester United and we beat them.
What is your favorite WOD, and why?
I don’t really have a favorite WOD. Sometimes I dread the workout of the day, especially when it includes some moves that I haven’t mastered yet. But I always end up feeling great afterward, which is why I keep coming back for more!
What is your least favorite WOD, and why?
Thankfully they don’t get programmed that often, but Turkish get-ups are terrible and should be canceled. I know they’re good for you, but at what cost! :D
What has been your biggest surprise about doing CrossFit?
CrossFit gets a bad rep for being “too intense,” so I was surprised by how much attention is given to making sure everyone is moving correctly and safely. A lot of times we spend more time warming up than actually doing the WOD.
Would you recommend 7 Mile Strength & Fitness to others and if so, why?
I definitely would! It’s a great place to work out, all the coaches are great and genuinely want to see you reach your goals, and everybody is always so nice and encouraging. It’s a great community to be part of!
Thanks, Ahmed and congratulations!