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May Athlete of the Month – Mehdi Samani

Here in the Athletic Zone we’re all on this journey ‘to be better’ as a team – What it means to you ‘to be better’ will be different to the next person; and their level of compliance and commitment ‘to be better’ will also be different to yours.

Where ever you are at, one thing is for sure it is not easy. Is it worth it? You know the answer to that, of course it is. This quest to be better, to constantly challenge yourself and each other, is what keeps you coming back day after day, week after week, month after month. This is the CrossFit community. An incredibly supportive, motivating and fun environment that helps people achieve a level of fitness and health that can’t be replicated.

Challenges, successes and triumphs shared with the entire support of the AZ group every step of the way, can simply not be underestimated!

Each month we recognise one of our athletes. This athlete may or may not know how much they are inspiring those around them with their achievements in and out of the Athletic Zone.

Congratulation to Athletic Zone’s May Athlete of the Month Mehdi Samani!

Whilst being new to the community and new to CrossFit Mehdi has progressed in leaps and bounds.

After just two short months through perseverance and consistency he has progressed from a 20kg backsquat to successfully and safely completing a set of 3 at 100kg!

Mehdi is continuously adding more to his CrossFit tool belt so will certainly be one to watch over the next year.

Outside of the gym when he’s not breaking records Dr Mehdi Samami is a GP at a busy clinic in the Valley. Even with such a demanding job he always manages to get in on time and give 100%.

Thanks for joining the crew, great to have you on board!

Written by CrossFit Coach John Leonard


A few moments with Mehdi:

When did you start doing CrossFit? I started CrossFit in October 2017 after quite a period of contemplation. Now I believe this is the best decision I could have made in my mid-thirties for my physical and mental health.

Most loved WOD/Movement? Everything with barbells is exciting even though I still a have long way to go with my technique. Snatch and power clean and jerk are my favourites. If I have the right technique and speed, I feel like a world champion. Don’t laugh, I am sure everyone else has had the same feeling.

Least Favourite WOD/Movement?  For sure handstand push ups, even the scaled versions.

Favourite cheat meal? I need to make sure I cheat smarter. All kind of pastries. I don’t even get protein!

Proudest Moment? When I could do my first snatch. Of course Athlete of the Month too.

What was your goal when joining Athletic Zone? Haha, I just wanted to do a back flip.

What is your 6 month goal? I have focused on technique and I will continue to do movements properly regardless of weight. However, I want to perform 10 kipping pull ups in one set by 6 months. Also, I want to upgrade my scaled version of toes to bar and handstand walk.

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym? I feel better now that I have started doing something real for my health. Being busy with school and exams, I have always wanted to get my act together and challenge myself. I believe there are no limited resources for effort.

 What is your number 1 tip for someone looking to get healthier? Do not contemplate, just step into action. It is a matter of lifestyle.

If you were to create a WOD and name it after yourself, it would be:

Orthorexia therapy:

15 min AMRAP

10 box jumps;

25 calorie row;

10 shoulder to overhead;

25 dead lifts

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