Hometown: Alexandria, Egypt – Philly
What do you do to pay your bills? Regional Manager for Hyundai Capital
How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box? I tried every sport you can think of and sucked in all of them. I even tried weightlifting, spent hours and hours at the gym, but that didn’t work either. I heard about CrossFit from a friend when I lived in Albany, NY a few years back. He told me that it would help me stay in shape, keep me healthy and most importantly, I didn’t have to be at the gym all day doing it. I Googled all CrossFit locations around me, tried a class at a few boxes, but didn’t feel like they were the right fit for me. Next on the list was Hyper CrossFIT. When I arrived, I was welcomed by Yolanda. She talked to me about the classes and showed me around. I was so excited that I signed up for the Element course right there and then and the rest is history!
What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? It feels like we are one big family. I enjoy working out with our team of fantastic and friendly people who care about each other. We have great, encouraging coaches and with my knees being an issue, I never feel that any of them are being bothered by modifying or changing a movement for me. I also, like when the experienced athletes help me correct my stance or form. I always feel positive vibes at Hyper CrossFIT from everyone!
What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? When I did my first rope climb!
What are you still working on to achieve? Plenty (10 consecutive strict pull ups, double unders, muscle up, HSPU, handstand walk, finish Murph around 40-45 min with no modification and to be able to lift more weight) you want more, lol?
Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit. My first job was a busboy at Tiffany Diner in Philadelphia.
What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? I love HERO and chipper WOD’s. I also like “Athlete of the month” WODs. I push a little harder, so I won’t disappoint the athlete, but Murph for sure is my number one WOD.
If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be? I would name it “Chip like an Egyptian”
– 200 m Run
– 90 DU
– 80 Air Squats
– 70 Box Step ups
– 200 m Run
– 60 Abmat sit ups
– 50 RKBS (55/35/20)
– 40 Mt Climbers (L+R = 2)
– 200 m Run
– 30 HRPU
– 20 Power Cleans (95/65/45)
– 10 Deadlifts (135/95/65)
– 200 m run
What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? Don’t be intimidated at all, because every movement can be modified to suit your level of strength and mobility and all it’ll take is 3 classes and you are hooked.
Any additional comments you would like to share? I never thought that I would ever get this honor, so THANK YOU. I want to thank all the coaches and every member of our box for being supportive and always there to cheer me on, encourage me to push harder and help me to be better every day.