The Project: Kuwait

هاجر جمال بطلة كويتية ومبدعه في "الكروس فت" ورفع الاثقال تتكلم عن ممارسة المرأة في مجال الرياضه (English/Arabic Episode) Kuwait’s CrossFit Champion, Hajar Jamal Discusses: Being a Female Athlete in Kuwait, Achieving Goals and Becoming the Best at

July 06, 2019 Season 1 Episode 53
The Project: Kuwait
هاجر جمال بطلة كويتية ومبدعه في "الكروس فت" ورفع الاثقال تتكلم عن ممارسة المرأة في مجال الرياضه (English/Arabic Episode) Kuwait’s CrossFit Champion, Hajar Jamal Discusses: Being a Female Athlete in Kuwait, Achieving Goals and Becoming the Best at
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The Project: Kuwait
هاجر جمال بطلة كويتية ومبدعه في "الكروس فت" ورفع الاثقال تتكلم عن ممارسة المرأة في مجال الرياضه (English/Arabic Episode) Kuwait’s CrossFit Champion, Hajar Jamal Discusses: Being a Female Athlete in Kuwait, Achieving Goals and Becoming the Best at
Jul 06, 2019 Season 1 Episode 53
Mahdi Aloun and guest and Kuwaiti champion Hajar
Hajar, Kuwait’s CrossFit Champion, joined Mahdi for this episode of the Project Kuwait podcast. The two discuss the misconceptions and stigmas associated with strong women and especially female trainers in the Middle East. Hajar has experienced plenty of adversity during her journey as a trainer and athlete, but she has been a fixture in the industry for so long that people have begun to respect her. Her hope is that society will begin to accept female athletes and trainers as equals and not look down on women who want to push themselves in workouts to be healthy. Hajar and Mahdi discuss specific athletes and trainers in Kuwait as well as the impacts of society and social media on the way people view themselves and others. Ultimately, it should be up to each individual person to pick the trainer that is right for them and work hard to achieve the health goals they have set up for themselves.
Show Notes

Time Stamps:

0:56 – Where did Hajar’s interest in CrossFit and strength training begin?

3:35 – Hajar discusses the stigmas around being a female trainer and being a female who is getting big because of the way she lifts.

5:40 – She has seen many waves of girls get into CrossFit in hopes of losing weight, only to find out that they will really be building muscle in addition to burning fat.

8:01 – What are the psychological benefits of lifting?

9:12 – Hajar talks about the CrossFit competitions that she has participated in.

12:05 – While she might have a tough exterior during competitions and workouts, she is deeply emotional beforehand, often doubting her own abilities.

14:09 – She discusses the rising stars in female Middle Eastern athletes.

17:03 – Hajar recognizes that she is in the spotlight and that there is pressure to make those around her better.

18:41 – Hajar and Mahdi talk about different training modalities and training pitfalls.

23:38 – The telltale signs of a trainer who is half-hearted.

26:25 – She gives her perspective of things that trainers post on Instagram and what is realistic or helpful.

28:32 – There are certain things to keep in mind when choosing your own trainer.

29:21 – Hajar’s main takeaways for her clients regarding lower back pain and technique for cleans.

34:48 – How to balance risk vs. reward in your workouts.

35:26 – The importance of doing the right exercises and using positive self-talk.

37:38 – Hajar and Mahdi discuss tendencies that they are seeing in our society and how that impacts people’s workouts.

40:32 – If you love what you are doing, you will be good at it.

41:18 – How Hajar deals with the politics involved with what people think about female trainers.

44:26 – Hajar’s perspective on qualified vs. unqualified trainers and what it takes to do a good job.

47:26 – Her current workout/recovery routine and how she did during Ramadan this year.

48:58 – Hajar and Mahdi talk about good CrossFit trainers in Kuwait.

50:19 – What the future looks like for Hajar in terms of competitions.


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