December Athlete of the Month Amiryah
1. Tell us a little about yourself:
Occupation? Currently: Master’s Student in Social Psychology at SDSU; In real life, I’m an information operations officer for the USAF. In short, my job is to devise wartime strategy that leverages non-lethal assets and capabilities.
2. What is your athletic background? I started getting into fitness my senior year of high school when I needed to meet the AFROTC weight regulations that would allow me to wear the uniform. My junior year, I was tasked with organizing/leading my detachment’s weight reduction program where I taught fellow cadets the fundamentals of exercise programming and nutrition. When I arrived at my first duty station four years ago, I fell in love with powerlifting; I even competed in some of the base’s competitions. Outside of weightlifting, I would spend a lot of time training for long ruck marches. In 2016, after herniating a disk in my lumbar spine, I essentially had to rehabilitate myself and make up all the progress I had lost. When I started grad school, I had increasingly less time to devote to physical training; however, I need to stay in shape for my annual fitness assessments. I joined CFM four months ago because I was looking for an intense, functional, and time-efficient fitness regimen. Since my first WOD, I’ve been hooked.
Hobbies? I generally enjoy being active and like to go hiking/rucking or play soccer. I also play on a recreational softball league down in San Diego. My more sedentary hobbies include drawing, photography, and video games.
3. If you could program a WOD for CFM, what would it be?
AMRAP (25 min)
-50ft db waiter’s carry (50/35; alternate arms @ 25’)
-8 tire flips
-6 C&J (135/95)
4. What are your favorite meals or "Cheat" foods? Ramen and Pizza are probably my favourite cheat foods.
5. What song do you hope comes on mid-WOD? Either “Deadly on a Mission (Alex Metric Remix)” or “The Night is Young (feat Cherub)” by The Big Gigantic
6. Favorite & least favorite CrossFit movements? Why? Favourite: the Deadlift, because it’s where I can move the most weight.
Least favourite: the Squat Snatch; it’s my weakest lift, and I struggle with a lot of the shoulder mobility it requires
7. What is your most recent PR? What is your next goal? The most recent PR was on my front squat, but I’ve been consistently reaching new personal bests across all my lifts. My next goal is to deadlift 315#.
8. What keeps you coming back to CFM to achieve your goals? The support, encouragement, and camaraderie I have received from the coaches and fellow athletes has kept me coming back, even when the WOD looks like death. Additionally, I have quantitative evidence that I have improved my athleticism in terms of cardiovascular performance and strength. In fact, I’m in better shape than I was before I hurt my back: last August, I achieved a 245# deadlift, which was the most weight I’d ever lifted since I herniated that disk, and I’ve cut my mile pace by almost 30s.
9. Any advice to those who are just starting out? Don’t go too hard too fast/leave your ego at the door: It can be intimidating (and frustrating) to scale yourself to a “light” weight when you’re surrounded by people doing Rx/Rx+ like it’s nothing. However, two things are important here: 1. the elite athletes didn’t start that way, they’ve been consistently training for multiple years to achieve the level of performance you’re seeing today; 2. building a strong biomechanical foundation with proper form/technique will ensure that you will be able to lift more weight without completely wrecking your body with injuries.