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Member of the month Abhar Ahmad

We're pleased to present the inspiring #CrossFitStory of Abhar Ahmad diplomat at the Permanent Mission of Brunei Darussalam who has been training with us since 2021. Find out more about his journey, his goals and what motivates him to stay with CrossFit GVA.

Abhar, can you introduce yourself in a few words?
I'm 30 years old (I'll be 31 this year) and I come from Brunei Darussalam, a tiny Southeast Asian country with a population of just 400,000. Some cities have more inhabitants than my own country as a whole! ???? I'm relatively new to Geneva, having moved here last summer. I work as a diplomat at my country's permanent mission.

When did you start CrossFit and why?
I started CrossFit in 2017. Two of my older brothers were avid CrossFitters, so I decided to give it a try with them and fell in love with the sport after my first class!

Did you play any other sport before?
I played soccer in my teens and early twenties. I represented both my school and a semi-professional soccer club in my home country. We took part in tournaments all over South-East Asia.

What was your goal when you started out? Have you achieved it since?
My goal was to be able to do all the CrossFit movements. As I enter my fifth year of practice, I haven't reached that goal yet, but I'm still willing to learn. CrossFit doesn't make it easy for me because they introduce new movements every two years! ????.

What are your goals for this year?
I don't have any specific goals for this year. For me, the most important thing is to come to class every day and have fun!

What do you particularly like about CrossFit GVA?
Moving to a new country is hard, especially after living in my home country all my life (except for the 4 years I spent in the UK during university). CrossFit GVA has made settling in here much easier with its friendly, approachable coaches and members.

Have you gained in confidence since you started CrossFit? Do you feel better in your body, have you developed your mental outlook?
I wouldn't use the word "confidence" because I feel I still have a lot to learn in this sport. But I would say that CrossFit has helped me improve my "mental toughness" and learned things I didn't think I was capable of doing.

What's a special memory you'd like to share?
It must have been during the 3 weeks of Open 2022! I really enjoyed trying out the workouts with the other members and supporting each other as a community.

What made you decide to do the Open?
It was my first Open where I was in good mental health and didn't worry about my position in the rankings compared to the others. It was my best result ever, and I even qualified for the quarter-finals in my region!

What would you say to someone who's hesitating to start CrossFit for fear of injury or not having the level?
Before I started CrossFit, I thought it was only for elite athletes because of the heavy weights and complex movements. But CrossFit is actually for everyone! The movements can be adapted to everyone's fitness and comfort level. My advice is to give it a try, you'll see results and you'll be happy.

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