August Male Athlete Spotlight - Nizar Ali Rawjani

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When did you start CrossFitting? Who/what got you started?I started sort of cross fitting at Iron Tribe Fitness in 2016. It was last year in May when I joined Mc CrossFit and moved to crossfit913 in August 2018. I was having lots of injuries while playing tennis. In mid-2015, I had gotten to a point where I couldn’t even bend my knees. I started working with a trainer at that time and that helped me a lot. Then I heard about Iron Tribe Fitness and I enrolled in their beginners’ class and later on joined Mc CrossFit and moved to Crossfit913What is your favorite/least favorite WOD?I try not to think about workout because then it can get to your head. If one can show up on classes on a regular basis, all these workouts are doable.What is your favorite/least favorite movement?If I see deadlifts and back squat in WOD or strength that makes me happy. I don’t have the least favorite movement. I like challenges and there are many movements which I have to learn including rope climbing, Handstand walk, and muscle-ups.Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, etc.)I am from Pakistan. I came to the US in 2001. I am into retail and real estate business. I had never played any sports regularly till I was 35 and I never did the workout on a regular basis till three years ago. I am 51 and I consider myself lucky and fortunate that I am been able to do work out and play tennis at my age. I am married to Anjum Rawjani for 25 years. She is an amazing person who has always encouraged me to try new things and go for my passions. I have two daughters Namira Ali and Nida Ali. Namira is in the fifth year of UMKC six-year med program and Nida is going to college at UMKC, majoring in Spanish and Psychology. They are the best daughters in the world. We recently added a dog, cruise to our family.

What was your workout routine before CrossFit?. I started working out in Iron Tribe two years ago. I didn’t have any set workout routine before that. Although workouts at Iron Tribe were not as rigorous as CrossFit workouts, most of the workouts over there would keep me sore for a week. After Iron Tribe closed down I started working with Kory Robertson at PSP3 before I actually joined my first CrossFit gym.What did you think after your first CrossFit workout?My first work out was 5 rounds 400-meter run, 20 barbell moment and 20 sit-ups. I laid half a day on my bed after that workout. I kept asking myself if I can do these WOD. I will give credit to amazing coaches and community at crossfit913 which kept me motivated.What were your goals when joining CrossFit? Have you achieved any of those goals?I was getting lots of injuries while playing tennis. My goal was to strengthen myself and be flexible so that I can continue to play tennis. I am a lot healthier and fitter now so I think I have achieved those goals although I have tons of new goals to accomplish.Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?I think CrossFit has affected my life tremendously. Every WOD is a challenge and you have to pull all your strength to complete that workout. I always used to have thoughts of not completing my workout or doubting my ability to do so. Completing those workouts gave me confidence, strength, and discipline in my regular life to stay on top of my goals and keep working on it.

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?I remember doing my first 200-pound deadlifts and taking a few steps in handstand walk. They bring special joy to me.What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit 913?I would say that don’t think about the workout too much before doing it. You will be surprised by your capabilities if you start trusting yourself. And there is no better place to do CrossFit than at CrossFit 913. I doubt that there is another gym with so many wonderful coaches and amazing community. Trust yourself and show up for classes and rest will take care of itself.Something you might not know about me is?I came from a humble background. I left my education incomplete and started my own business to support my family when I was 18. I worked in 20 feet by 15 feet shop for two years and was there from 9 to 6. I knew nothing about real business and real-world and I used to think that I will never be able to learn about that in my lifetime. At that time I had never thought that I would be able to complete my education, learn so much about business and meet so many amazing people and partners in my life. Life is about taking every day at a time, making the best out of it and keep improving yourself.

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