“In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die”

Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone that took time to visit my link, after I posted on instagram I got a huge spike in viewing from countries all around the world! You guys won’t be disappointed I have so much in store for you, articles from doctors, advice from personal trainers from all over the UAE, talks about life and experiences. I’m very excited to start this chapter in my life to share with you all what I have learnt from Crossfit, training, recovery, coaching and from all the great people I have met in the passed two years and also topics about life, positivity, food, nutrition, social identity and much much more.

I came across this post on instagram and the song attached to a video of some snatches was “Awake My Soul” by Mumford & Sons, and I thought of the perfect title for my next post.

“In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die
And where you invest your love, you invest your life”

Pretty much sums up my life. After 8 years of on and off gym, body building, circuit training and boxing, I was introduced to Crossfit and my love for it in undeniable. You are blessed with a functional body from God, isn’t it the right thing to do to treat it well? For in these bodies we will live and we will die. I started Crossfit in March 2013 when I had a job working in Jebel Ali. I had a job for 6 months, and it was exhausting, driving an hour back and forth and sitting on my desk for hours a day. I started training in Fitness First until Marwan Al Marri contacted me through facebook and we were talking about training and he mentioned Crossfit. I’m not going to lie, I had the same reaction as every other person. The moment I googled it all I read was “injury” related articles and comments. But the more I read about what Crossfit is, how it started, how it grew, I wanted to be a part of it.

But unlike most people, I wanted to build a base of good technique and strength before getting into it. So I contacted Inger, and started taking personal training sessions 3 times a week, and other days I would do circuit and body building. After a month under her wing, I signed up at The Burn Room, where most of you guys know Kim Beso (my current Coach) used to coach there. I remember doing my first air squat in front of him, and he told me I need work on “form” and I thought to myself come on, I can squat! But little did I know there’s more to a squat than just dropping down A2G and standing up!

For a whole year, I took some courses, learnt some things, trained with the greatest trainers and coaches in the country and I couldn’t be more blessed. The number one thing I took away from training with my coaches, is that mobility is essential. Mobility means “the ability of move freely” and some people would associate flexibility with mobility but we’re talking about mobility with good form, I could easily drop in a squat but my chest and back would be slouching, I wouldn’t engage my core or maybe I would get on my toes. I learnt mobility drills and exercises from YouTube videos, my coach friends and Crossfit Trainer Courses, and I can share some links in the end of this post.

Second most important, is form and technique before anything. Time and time again I would let athletes know you got to leave that ego at the door. You could be the strongest guy/girl in the box, but hey without form you ain’t going no where! I constantly teach my athletes to drop weights, work on correct form, then gradually increase the weights to when you’re comfortable. Now I’m not saying you should stay in that bubble forever, I’m saying stick to good form until your biomechanics switch on and it’s an automatic reaction to set up before every lift or movement. Don’t try to RX the WOD when your power cleans are terrible! That will only lead you to injury, and we wouldn’t want that!

“Where you invest your love, you invest your life”

I became a coach for my love of Crossfit, community and my eagerness to help people. I invested what I love, I invested my life in Crossfit for the girl who gets her 80kg back squat, for the girls who get the unbroken double unders, for the girl who gets her first kipping pull up after struggling for months. Seeing girls get stronger and more confident has made me stronger and more confident. I feel a sense of pride in myself, being able to change lives with something as simple as Sport or through my videos on instagram, or through my blog. I am finally in a state of peace and happiness within myself and with my life through Crossfit and it is truly rewarding with each person that I work with.

God bless you all,

Have an awesome weekend!

Kiki

Welcome to my world…

Yes.. I started a blog!

I’ve been contemplating for the passed few months whether to start a blog or not, I do think it’s the right way to go! I can’t always say everything that I want to say, openly and freely on instagram, and as my other social media accounts are more private, I wanted to set up a free space to talk about anything and everything, not just Crossfit!

Since I am very outspoken and do believe that everyone has their own opinions, I wanted to share some with the world. There are so many misconceptions about how we “Arabs” live our lives, some more true than others I do not want to misrepresent Arab females and I wouldn’t want to offend anyone in any way through this space, I would like to encourage and inspire more women to be true and real to themselves, follow their dreams regardless of what “society” thinks of them.

Most importantly, I would want you all to take away something important from my first post:

“Everyone has an opinion, but it is just an opinion, it is not a fact”

People will always tell you what is right and what is wrong, but who gives them the right to tell you how to live your life? You are in your own shoes, you live inside your own body, you live inside your own brain, not them. You are yourself, be yourself. Being what they “expect” you to be, and what society’s “acceptable” way of being, will only cause you to live in a fake life filled with stress, sadness and confusion within yourself. No one else knows how to be you, but you. Do not let other peoples opinions change who you are!

God bless you all, be kind to one another, be true to yourself.

xoxo,

Kiki