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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