July 2016 MOM
I have been a crossfitter since 2014 for one simple reason – I seek to challenge myself both physically and mentally.
I have been athletic throughout my life starting from playing football, basketball, baseball, tennis and soccer as a young boy. In high school, I was a sprinter on the track team. My senior year in high school, I was ranked 20th in the state in the 100 meters at 10:45 seconds and medaled in 3 events in States in 1996. Throughout high school, I weightlifted to become stronger and more agile for track. Throughout college and graduate school, I continued weightlifting and playing organized intramural team sports.
As a competitor, I developed many injuries, including a torn distal interphalangeal tendon on my left ring finger playing intramural flag football in 2005 and a torn anterior cruciate ligament in my right knee playing basketball in 2011. Due to my ACL tear, I was forced to reduce my physical activity until I was able to have reparative surgery in 2012. As I recovered from my ACL injury, I joined CAC, but the cardio and weightlifting regiment that I had been historically performing was no longer challenging. So as part of a free WOD promotion at KSCF in March 2014, I decided to take a crossfit demo class and had my first taste of burpees, weighted sled pushes, and wallballs. I had found my new challenge and I was hooked! I ramped-up one-on-one with Coach Kelsey for 9 months until I officially joined KSCF.
My favorite WOD is the ’12 Days of Christmas’ and I enjoy the gymnastic movements (especially handstand pushups and walks), as well as the Olympic lifting movements – however, I’m not a big fan of wallballs or kettleball swings. I am continuously working on increasing my conditioning and strength and I hope to be able to do one muscle up by the end of the year. After a WOD, I enjoy my chocolate protein shake which helps with my recovery.
When I am not WODing out at KSCF, I work as the chief scientist and entrepreneur for a biotech company that I co-founded in 2008. On my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and traveling. I also enjoy DJ’ing all types of genres of music together in my own style – including Persian, Turkish, Arabic, Reggaeton and Hip-Hop.