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Shah:  It’s The Gained Abilities That I Prize The Most. My Tennis Has Improved Significantly With Faster Movements

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I wish to use my time here as a springboard to excel in any other physical activity I do, namely running and tennis

Hometown:  Dhaka, Bangladesh

Age: 33

Occupation:  Software Engineer

When did you first start CrossFitting: 

September 2014

When did you first start training at CrossFit Prelude: 

September 2014

Favorite WOD/Movement:  

Dare I say burpees!!!!!

Least Favorite WOD/Movement: 

Don’t really gleefully look forward to thrusters these days.

Tell us about you sports; fitness; and/or life background: 

Until I added strength training here with Crossfit, I have been mostly playing tennis and running as means to stay active.

What is your “Something Better” that you hope to achieve with CrossFit Prelude: 

Getting fitter for sure. I also wish to use my time here as a springboard to excel in any other physical activity I do, namely running and tennis for now.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel: 

Got exposed right here at CrossFit Prelude. I think the first WOD was ab-mat sit-ups, burpees and wall walks. It was a humbling recognition of how much work there was ahead of me. The delayed onset muscle soreness a day or two later wasn’t fun. What a long ways it’s been.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit (before/after): 

Noticing some definition around my shoulders and my arms have gotten a little bigger. The day I felt one of my old t-shirts a little tight around the arms and shoulder was a revelation. I don’t dwell much on appearance and I think of it largely as a consequence of working towards fitness. It’s the gained abilities that I prize the most. My tennis has improved significantly with faster movements.

What keeps you coming back.  What motivates and inspires you: 

Hopped on this cycle of harder, better, faster, stronger and just trying my best to stay on this loop.

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Approach it as a lifestyle choice and not a chore to be done every other day of the week.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit Prelude moments:  

Any time I set a new personal record

Any advice for people just getting started: 

Approach it as a lifestyle choice and not a chore to be done every other day of the week.

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