My Inspirations

Assalaamualaikum… I am feeling exceptionally grateful today so I decided to write about my Inspirations.

“Your ONLY limit is YOU”

Like every other souls in this temporary platform, the journey of life has presented itself with trials and challenges as promised. Each with its own uniqueness and timing. And like many others, I am bestowed with gifts at every pitfalls and crossroads (as promised!) and often, it comes in the form of a human being who came to shine light to my darkness. Because sometimes, we only need a little nudge or a hand to hold, to get back up on own feet and continue the run. Someone who inspires you. In my fitness journey, they are my inspirations…

First and foremost, meet mummy dearest. Mdm Mahlia, 62, homemaker, mother of 3 beautiful girls (ahem.. me being the middle child thank you) 41, 37 and 32. As a young girl, i don’t remember Mak ever being involved in sports but she was always busy helping my auntie, baking cakes or at home sewing curtains, clothes and bedsheets and making hand-crafted flowers to decorate our home. Our home is always beautiful and bright. Although not sporty, Mak is very sporting! She loves thrill rides like the Triple Looper @ Genting and banana boat rides (unlike Abah who will graciously decline to participate and volunteer to “jaga” our belongings instead). I know who i inherited my fearlessness from!

As the years passed, Mak put on quite a lot of weight (which she blames me for). When she was diagnosed with Diabetes and Hypertension a few years back, she took it upon herself to opt for a lifestyle change. She did not complain nor lament at her plight. She religiously followed the doctor’s advise, took care of her food intake, put in effort to reduce her weight and started to exercise. She did not really plan a workout schedule but incorporated them in her daily routine. She would sometimes cycle to my sister’s place (10km to and fro) or stop by the Fitness Corner at her neighbourhood for a 20-30mins workout before heading home to continue her duties.

Mak overcame her fear of swimming and joined me for class!

Today, Mak is actively involved in fitness activities organised by the mosques and community centres. She continues her daily routine and has loss nearly 15kg since she started. Her blood pressure and blood sugar level has also improved tremendously. When she got injured and tore a tendon in her right foot, she did not let that injury deter her one bit. We were slightly worried about her safety but I am amazed by her tenacity and determination to recover and get back in shape. I see that in her, all my life. That stubborness and never give up attitude. And it is that strength that got me through adversities and life’s worst moments especially during my time in the armed forces.

Mak… you are always my inspiration!

 

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Our favourite past time – Chilling by the beach. Mak never wasted any opportunity to get wet and enjoy the waves

Meet Mdm Hayati, 52, homemaker, mother of 3 (23, 22 and 16). I love her bubbly-ness! There was never a dull moment when16807477_10155023304164680_982816217414646884_n she is around. Kak B, as we lovingly call her, did not like any sports before. She hates getting sweaty she said but when she sustained a slipped disc and was immobilized for a month, she knew she had to do something.

“I do not want to die like this”.

Upon recovery, Kak B tried slow jogging but found it too strenuous for her due to her health condition. So she tried swimming as recommended by a friend. But she did not know how to swim. I met Kak B at the pool during one of my lessons in 2015. She approached us and requested to join our class. Allah definitely is the Best Planner! I think I learnt more from her than she did, ma shaa Allah. It’s always interesting and beneficial to hear these veterans talk about life and sharing their motherhood experiences. Makes one feel so humble yet excited for what more lies ahead.

“I feel more alive, healthier mentally and physically. Don’t let age be an obstacle for you to be active again. It is never too late to start.”

Today, Kak B swims 30 laps every week. She continues to amaze me with her constant cheerfulness and is always keen to learn more. She diligently listens to my instructions and continues to improve her strokes weekly. She can tread water for more than 5mins without breaking a sweat! I’m dying after just 2mins! Sometimes we had to pull her out of the water because while the rest is pancit after 20 laps, she is still smiling through 30… AMAZING!

Last but certainly not the least, meet my Iron ladies! They say “Friends who work out together, stays together”. And they prove it right. These ladies not only work out together but they eat together, attend religious classes and bakes together.

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Kak Has and Kak Normah were both part of their school’s athletic club (donkey years ago)  but sheepishly admitted that they stopped being active after marriage and having children. By 40, both commented that they became overweight and started to feel the strains due to the weight and inactivity. It was Kak Has who took up the challenge and participated in a “Lose to Win” programme organised by the Health Promotion Board (Singapore). She definitely loss weight but she also rediscovered the zeal of an active life again. Since then, Kak Has remains active with weekly programmes and participating in races. She completed Swissotel Vertical Marathon tau! Something I myself malas nak attempt hehehe… She then encouraged Kak Normah and Kak Mus to join her weekly activities. Kak Mus who has always been active ( you can tell by her sturdy posture and strong look) represented her school in hockey, badminton and softball. She continued being active doing brisk walking during her stint as a bus driver. She says she needs to do this because she wants to be able to keep up with her 11 -year-old daughter.

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Now these iron ladies swims every Tuesdays/ Fridays. They also have Aquarobics on Thursdays and group training on Sundays. POWER kan! Of course, while being active, they never neglect their duties. They attend religious class on every other day and they are wonderful cooks and terrific mums+wives. They are always up and about attending new classes and searching for new makan places. Who dare says that we women cannot do everything?? All 3 agrees that being active makes them feel more energetic unlike their comrades who leads a more sedentary lifestyle. They say they are able to perform their ibadah and daily routines much better with a healthy body and mind.

“People sometimes laugh at us. Maybe they think its funny that we makcik-makcik is exercising. Tak pe…

Instead of talking so much or laughing at us, I think they should join us”  – Kak Mustakizah

These 5 gems have definitely created a great impact in my life. Not only am I inspired to continue this fitness journey till I’m wrinkled and old, I learnt so much from them in other aspects of life  as well, as a mothers, daughter, wife and friend. May Allah bless them with strength and perseverance to continues this journey.

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Sunday Group Training @ Sengkang Park with Coach Hayya (FitFab)

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Top 10 Inspirational Yoginis in Hijab

Do you need to be flexible to yoga? Do you need to be superfit or super lean to perform headstand and all those difficult-looking poses? The answer to all is NO. We are featuring yoginis in hijab across the globe and their lovely journey in yoga. With a common love in yoga, these 10 inspiring ladies from different ages and backgrounds share why they embark into yoga,  where they get their training from, their routines and their personal views on how yoga has benefited them.

For newbies and those who wanted to try yoga, you can learn from these strong and beautiful ladies. Just follow their instagram and nashatadotcom’s instagram for tips and updates.

YOGA IN HIJAB

Brunei ] [ Indonesia ] [ Malaysia ] [ Singapore ] [ United Arab Emirates ] [ USA ]

  • UAE : Nura Arabi
  • Brunei: YogaWithAmani
  • Indonesia : Lola Shariff
  • Indonesia : ErziYoga
  • Malaysia : Najwa
  • Malaysia : Nadia
  • Malaysia : Rita Rahayu
  • Singapore : Nura
  • Singapore : Farah
  • USA : Yasmin Essa

BRUNEI

Amani A. Muntassir, 30 @yogawithamani

~ Yoga is for everyone for all ages and different body types. You just have to start somewhere

Amani is a full time Biology teacher and part time yoga instructor in Brunei. She started yoga back in 2006 during her university days, where she set up a yoga club. Yoga is her way to release stress and she finds yoga to be different than other sports.  To her yoga eliminates all sense of competitiveness and comparing with others, while she focuses on herself, my own practice.

After completing 200 hour yoga training at Ubud Bali in December 2014, Amani teaches yoga. She is also a prenatal yoga teacher. Despite her busy schedule as a teacher, Amani teaches yoga three times a week at the studio. Other than teaching, she enjoys performing the yin style yoga and sometimes vinyasa or stronger yoga routines. Now, she joins her favourite international teachers online as ways to improve her routine.

AMANI IN FAVOURITE POSE : HEADSTAND

Amani in Favourite Pose : HeadStand

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INDONESIA

Lola Shariff, 39 @lolashariff

~ Yoga makes Lola happy and strong, and most of all to her, it is a never ending journey.

A self taught yogini initially, Lola started yoga when she had lower back pain in 2014. She joined yoga classes a year later and found improvements in her practice since, especially alignments. Lola works as a freelance subtitler, and she balances her time by attending classes twice a week at least, except weekends. She enjoys hatha, iyengar, power yoga, sometimes swing yoga and ashtanga. She practices backbends and handstands frequently at home.

LOLA IN FAVOURITE POSE : HANDSTAND

LolaShariff in Favourite Pose : HeadStand

Erzi, 31 @erziyoga

~ Yoga enfolded via Technology

A mother residing in Jakarta started yoga 3 and a half years ago when her sister took her to join a private yoga class. Since then, Erzi and friends have private yoga classes at sister’s house.

Yoga is a not a high impact activity and is an enjoyable journey. Despite gentle movement on a mat, yoga can make one sweat and build one’s energy, explains Erzi. To Erzi, yoga teaches her to breathe well and stay calm and relaxed in any conditions. Even though she has been learning yoga for more than 3 years, she still attends yoga classes at a studio and private yoga class once a week with her sister.

ERZI LOVES MEDITATION

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She starts her practice with meditation, minus chanting. To her, meditation connects her breathing with mind and that helps her improve her routines. She would then stretch her neck, arms, sides of my body, spine and continue to Sun Salutation A for 8-10 rounds before continuing to my peak pose of the day.

She advises other sisters to learn yoga online like Youtube, if there is no studio closeby. She shares that some of the well-known yoga teachers online has some beginner tips about how to get onto your mat while others have classes for beginners to intermediate level. She also finds instagram as a good channel to learn yoga.

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MALAYSIA

Najwa / Wawa, 31 @najwa.bulat

~ Learn from a qualified and professional instructors 

Najwa started yoga 17 years ago at a tender age of 14. She started yoga to improve asthmatic condition. Now, a Fitness & Yoga Instructor, Najwa finds yoga important to keep her improve body strength, maintain a lean body and to keep healthy & flexible. Most of all, the breathing techniques help cure her asthmatic problem.

Being a qualified Hatha Yoga Tutor from Slimhealth Aerobic & Dance Studio and a fitness instructor, Najwa’s routine is colorful. She urges beginners to learn from a qualified and professional instructor to reap the benefits of yoga so that you can get a lean, curvy and fit body.

NAJWA KEEPS A COLORFUL ROUTINE

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Here’s Najwa’s colorful routines that combines yoga with other types of workout:

1) Hatha Yoga
2) Body Weight Training
3) High Intensity Workout
4) Weight Training
5) Cardio Workout (Boxing+Aerobic+ Dance)

Nadiah Mohaizi, 36 @nadie_omgoing

~ You will be fascinated by what your body can do, and it comes a reminder to care for her body – a gift from Allah 

An engineer by profession, and certified yoga instructor, Nadiah started yoga to loose pregnancy weight. Yoga fits the need as she wanted something she could practice at home. She also finds yoga as a good weight training exercise as you’d need to do planks, lunges, inversion, and arm balances which are important for women to increase stamina and metabolism. To Nadia, yoga is not about the asanas (poses), but the journey into achieving them and to remain calm through proper breathing in maintaining poses. Keeping calm is important in her hectic daily life. Till today, she is fascinated by what her body can do and it serves as a reminder for her to care for her body – a gift from Allah.

NADIAH IN FAVOURITE POSE : forearm stand

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Like Erzi and Amani, Nadiah also uses technology to learn yoga at beginning stage. After which, she attended  Atilia freeyogafit class at KLCC. She took teacher training at MAYI to be a certified yoga instructor and now she practices Ashtanga at Mysoreroom KL in Binjai 8. She trains every other day for 10 minutes and suggests newbies to practice safe and find a good teacher to help with alignment and postures.

Rita Rahayu Omar, 41 @ritarahayuomar

~ Yoga is not a destination…it is a journey that enriches you every step of the way.

RITA feels happy when she is upside down

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A mother of 4, a lactation consultant and an serial entrepreneur, Rita started yoga in 2011 when she was living abroad as an expat wife. At that time she had just lost her baby, and despite having support from husband and children she felt rather lost and depressed. She read a lot about yoga and was intrigued by it further after hearing friends talk about it. Soon, she hired a personal yoga instructor who came 5 days a week.

Rita emphasizes the importance of breathing techniques; the techniques that help achieve relaxation, mental clarity and eliminates stress , fatigues, depression and anxiety. She felt better and healthier after a few sessions and after 3 months into yoga, she was pregnant again and she continued to do yoga throughout her pregnancy. Her 4th baby is a peaceful, happy, yoga baby. He’s always wanting to practice yoga with Rita whenever he sees the mat!

Despite her busy schedule running her businesses Bebe Sachi and The KembaRA, Rita yoga at least once a day either in the morning or everning. She likes inversion poses because of its many health benefits. Among others it helps supply blood to brain, build your core strength and balance to our body.

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SINGAPORE

Nura Ahmad, 25 @yogawithnura

~ a fitness goal that became a self-growth and self-discovery journey

Nura started learning yoga at a young age of 17. She wanted to improve athletic performance and saw progressive results in stamina running long distance despite having asthma. She survived colon cancer and irritable bowel syndrome in 2012.

NURA ACTIVE IN YOGA @ 6 MONTHS of PREGNANcy

Currently 6 months pregnant with her first baby, Nura finds pranayama (breathing techniques) and a quiet 15 minutes mindfulness shapes her to be better version of herself, discovering  weakness and grounding herself from pride.  She dedicates 3-4 times weekly of prenatal, hatha and restorative yoga while committing herself to do house chores. A committed fitness entrepreneur at @fitness4muslimah and a certified yoga trainer (Ashtanga & Hatha), Kids Yoga teacher and Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga teacher, she advises other sisters to just show up on the mat, no matter how you feel that day.

Nura loves all yoga poses and always balance her flows with standing poses for concentration and balance, twists poses for internal detoxification and help keep irritable bowel syndrome at bay, hip openers, backbends aka heart openers which helps her a lot in strengthening interpersonal relationship with students and loved ones. She loves arm balances such as crow, eight angle and headstands for core and grow her upper body strength after spending almost half of her years building endurance in lower torso for athletic performance in school.

Farah Lyna, 31 @farah.yuj

~ Yoga is non-competitive, so there is no need to feel pressured or exert yourself in a pose.

From running to yoga, Farah, now a yoga teacher, started attending yoga classes 9 years ago and only looked into yoga seriously in 2013. Yoga became a regular practice when her scoliosis started to cause numbness on left leg.She received training from Tirisula Yoga in Singapore.

Farah starts her morning training with some pranayama (yoga breathing exercises), followed by a few rounds Sun Salutations and simple stretches like forward folds, backbends, twists and a headstand. She tries to do  Ashtanga practice at least once a week.

To Farah, everyone has a unique body type and it’s important to work within own physical limits. Farah echos other yoginis reminders that with regular practice & patience, our body will get used to the routines. Yoga is a journey of self-discovery.

SELF DISCOVERY THROUGH YOGA

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Nura Arabi @_iChallenger

~ You won’t understand the gain that is waiting for you until you try it and judge from experience.

Nura Arabi, like other sisters in fitness found love in yoga. Nura is a physical education and health teacher and she teaches swimming and Zumba and she writes about  fitness. She started yoga in 2015 and practices twice a week since. She started learning yoga at a Yoga center, after which she learn via youtube videos at time of convenience.

To Nura, yoga is a good way to get deep into herself as it teaches patience, body awareness and improves muscular and mental strength.

Nura Arabi in Favourite Pose : Tripod Headstand

Nura Arabi in Favourite Pose : Tripod Headstand

USA

Yasmin Essa HC, AADP, 27 @ wellnesswithyasmin.com & @yasminessa

~ Yoga is an artistic form of expression
Yasmin started yoga when she was a senior in high school and has been into fitness since. She was the first female student trainer at Montclair State University, but it was after college her love for yoga grew. Yoga helps reduce pain she has on her back due to  idiopathic scoliosis.

After going to classes at studios over the years, Yasmin is now a self-taught yogini and a board certified Holistic Health Coach. She keeps her routine interesting combining different types of workout activities. She does a lot of strength training, some HIIT for cardio, and yoga for flexibility and lengthening all of which she shares on instagram

YASMIN GRADUATED FROM THE Institute for Integrative Nutrition

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Yasmin enjoys flowing from downward dog to plank to upward dog to child’s pose as it warms her body up for a more rigorous workout, or to stretch out.

She reminds newbies not to compare yourself with others and to focus on being most present in your own body, mind, and soul.

Chelsea, Wellness Blogger @ MuslimahHealthy.com

~ You can never  get bored with yoga

Chelsea started yoga in May, 2015 when she was traveling a lot and didn’t have access to a gym. She fell in love with it so much that decided to start a full-time practice. Chelsea finds there is always something to work towards whether it is more advanced poses, building strength/flexibility, or working on form and technique. A self taught and self-motivated person, Chelsea constantly progress and keeps pushing herself to get better and better in yoga.

She practices the Ashtanga yoga method, memorizes a sequence of poses and practices every day. Once she feels she has mastered a certain set of poses, she would move on add more into her routine until she eventually memorizes the entire Ashtanga sequence – around 40 poses. Like many of the other yoginis, Chelsea really love inversions and arm-balances because of the core and shoulder work she gets. Her favorites would have to be the forearm stand, handstand  and backbend.

She reminds other sisters not to be afraid about not being flexible enough or skinny enough and they are not important. Yoga is for absolutely everyone and it is a progression. Chelsea does many other types of workouts and finds yoga great workout. She actually needs to keep a sweat rag next to her mat during practice!

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What are you waiting for girls? Just get onto the mat and go through the beautiful journey of yoga. You can get a lot of help from these inspiring yogonis!

Celebrating Womanhood : We Pledge To Help Women Achieve Their Fitness Goals

We celebrate the glory of womanhood everyday. But every year on the 8th March, we celebrate the International Women’s Day. In Malaysia, we celebrate fitness for woman at the Malaysia Women Marathon on the 6th March 2016. There is also Penang Zumba Carnival 2016 happening a day earlier, 5th March 2016, at the Stadium Batu Kawan, Penang.

In supporting the International Women’s Day, here’s what the people at Nashata are going to do:

1. SPECIAL OFFERS
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At the store front, we are offering ultra products for fit ladies up to 50% discount. This includes the heather tops, mumtaz hijab and amin extended hijab. The special prices are valid from now until 13th March 2016. Also available at MWM Expo on the 4th & 5th March at Rimbayu.

Here are some suggested tops that go well with the MWM running tee.

Mix and Match : Run in Style

Mix and Match : Run in Style

2. OUR PLEDGE : To Help Women Achieve Their Fitness Goals

This year we are sponsoring 8 runners from Malaysia & Singapore to run the Full Marathon (42 km) at MWM. These are ladies and pacer from various backgrounds and ages but with a common determination to run. Here are the reasons why running a full marathon is important to these awesome runners and how running has helped them in their career and daily life.

  • Ainaa Samsudin, a business analyst
    I run full marathon to challenge myself. Besides building physical strength, I am also training my willpower and mental limits to prove to myself that sometimes it’s just mind over matter. My personal goal at MWM is to finish within the cut off time. Running has helped me in my career by improving how I prioritize and manage time. I learn what is really important to me and I build a schedule to achieve my goals. The corporate world and running scene in Malaysia are not very big and these 2 fields tend to overlap so it’s helpful to have the same interest.

    Azlina & Aina During LSD Training Together

    Azlina & Aina During LSD Training Together

  • Azlina Idris , a full time mom
    I love to challenge myself and push myself out of my comfort zone. To train for a Full Marathon (FM) is not an easy task; it takes sacrifice, determination and physical and mental strength. Becoming a marathoner has been one of my most proudest moment, aside from being a wife and a mom.
    My goal at MWM is to achieve a Personal Best (PB) would be great but seeing how this will be my first FM running with my husband, the main goal would be for both of us to complete the run with no injuries and have fun while doing so.
    Running has given me a sense of balance. When everything seems a little too much, I go out for a run and the problem/issues suddenly doesn’t seem so daunting. I only wish I had discovered the joys of running when I was still working; maybe I wouldn’t have been so stressed all the time. But better late than never!
  • Nur Nahsuhah Binti Zainal Abdin, a medic student
    I love running simply because I love being challenged. When you run 42km with your own time limit, actually you are challenge yourself to do things beyond your limits and it gives you a sense of achievement and satisfaction when you achieve it. This has always teaches me to not give up in every single thing I do and to always believe in myself. Nothing is impossible. The one that can limit you is YOU. Running FM for 5 to 6 hours is not easy and harder in  hot sun..but, what that I learn along the journey is worth the heat. I enjoy  running long hours while being entertained with favourite songs ; it cheers me up in bucket of sweats. MWM is such a great event as it is conducted with much convenience for ladies who want to participate in running events. I would like to complete my run below 5 hours at upcoming MWM. Other than that I would like to be a good example to hijabist ladies, that running modestly will never affect your performance..yup, never. Running never fails to release all those stresses I have to deal with in my  hectic life as a med student. I feel much better after a run. It has helped me to be more confident, positive in many aspects of life and it has widen my network. Running always teaches me to be myself, to be me and stay me. I urge other ladies to set your goals, lace up your shoes, smile proudly to yourself and start running! Because..it does change you in positive way.
Be Inspired by Nahsuhah

Nahsuhah runs 70km a week

 

3. Fashion Tips specially for Sports Fashionista at MWM 2016

Nashata will be at the MWM Expo 4-5th March. Come look for us at Rimbayu.

At 2:15pm, 4th March we are having a 30 mins Fashion Tips specially for Sports Fashionista at the MWM Expo. We will share about how to dress comfortably yet flattering enough for you to run marathon confidently. Other than that we will be sharing some tips on how to pose and look good for photoshoots while running. Intan Suraya who will be running at the MWM always look good in front of the camera. Find out how she does it!

Intan Suraya running at Pink Ultra 50

Intan Suraya ALWAYS looking great! At the Pink Ultra 50

 

Happy International Women’s Day girls!

 

The Weekend Runner: 30 minutes with Dato’ Nicol Ann David

On most Sundays, you would find me lacing up my running shoes and head out for a race at the break of dawn. But this week, I swapped medals for lanyards and number bibs for name cards as I had to work on GLC Open Day 2015. There were many great discussions and talk shows happening, and one of the main highlights for this event was when I attended a quick but meaningful forum by Dato’ Nicol Ann David. Squash is one of my favourite sports, so getting up close and personal with a world champion was a good learning opportunity. There are not many world-class Malaysian athletes out there, let alone female athletes. I hope Dato’ Nicol David will continue to inspire, and the next top squash female will also be a Malaysian when she retires.

 

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It’s not everyday that you get to meet a world-class sports icon!

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A fangirl moment here!

 

Through out the talk, Dato’ Nicol David has shown that climbing her way up and holding the no. 1 squash player position for 9 years was never an easy feat. According to her, the title of a champion must be earned through hard work and discipline, for she does not feel the title is hers to keep. Competitors and new rivals are always emerging, and the field of squash is finally picking up and becoming more popular these days. She has to be on her toes, constantly finding ways to improve herself.

 

It’s not easy to be a world champion, however it is achievable to have a mindset of a champion. There are 4 key points that were discussed by Dato’ Nicol David:

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Until next week,

The Weekend Runner.

Be Inspired : A Young Fitness Trainer Shares her Routine


Chelsea Panzarella, a beautiful soul born and raised in Rhode Island, USA. Raised with no religion but considered herself a non-practicing Christian. Alhamdulillah, she converted to Islam about 6-7 months ago. She is a fitness trainer.

We are honored to be given the opportunity to interview Chealsea where she shares her active lifestyle with us.

  1. What do you do before becoming fitness trainer?
    After graduating college, I took some time off before finding a job. I participated in a fitness competition and fell in love with the lifestyle clean eating and heavy weight lifting. I decided that I wanted to become a Personal Trainer to help inspire other to love fitness as much as I did.
  2. What motivates you to be a trainer?
    My own experience and love of health and fitness motivates me to be a trainer. I learned a lot about lifting weights and building muscle in order to lose and/or maintain weight. I’ve found that many women are scared of weights and have misconceptions of becoming too bulky. I want to educate them on the importance of both cardio and weight lifting. I want to inspire women to take control of their health in the right way!
  3. What does the training involve? biking? gym? Yoga?
    My training programs consist of nutrition plans and workout plans. Nutrition is based on whole, fresh foods and proper macronutrient balance (calories, lean protein, healthy fats, complex carbs). Exercise is based upon their fitness level, experience, and whether they workout at home or at a gym. It is typically a mix of weight training and cardio. I like to work with them to help them find exercises that they love because I want it to be enjoyable. My programs run 12 or 16 weeks in length, the reason being that I want it to become a lifestyle for them rather than a short term diet and workout program. I consistently communicate with clients and do weigh in’s every other week. Nutrition and workout plans change every 4 weeks based upon their progress. I also set up 1 month challenges in order to help people jumpstart their goals.
  4. Is it hard to get the Muslims to join your program?
    My businee is relatively new so I can’t really say for sure as I am still working on building that initial client base. I feel like many of the Muslim women really want to become healthier but they are confused about what health really means, or they don’t know where to start. I have a lot of people who ask for advice or about my programs but they have a hard time making that initial step and actually going for it.
  5. What is your opinion working out indoors and outdoors? Which do u prefer?
    For me personally I mostly workout indoors. I do a lot of heavy weight lifting as well as fitness classes like zumba, spin, and kickboxing so the gym is really where I get most of my exercise done. I also like the treadmill and elliptical because it allows be to do sprints without being able to slow down my pace. I do like to get outside once a week (when the weather permits) either for a distance run or a track workout.
  6. What is the obstacle of being a muslim trainer for you?
    The hardest part is not being able to show my progress. I think one of the biggest things people want to see in a trainer is that they are fit. I’ve had to find some new and creative way to post about my progress and knowledge. I have recently started posting some at home workouts which I think people are really enjoying!
  7. What is your daily workout routine like?
    As of right now I’m lifting 4 days a week. I alternate between chest/triceps, back/biceps, legs, shoulders/abs. Then I do 6 days a week of cardio. On weight days I do weights first then usually go to a workout class. On just cardio days I’ll usually do a HIIT (as shared below) workout.
  8. Are there any changes on your workout routine and diet after the conversion?
    A little bit but not too much. I’ve never been a fan of pork so Alhamdulillah that wasn’t hard for me to cut out! I’ve had to find some alternative ways to do some of the exercises I was used to because the new women’s gym, although it’s amazing, it doesn’t have all of the machines that a mixed gym would have. I’m still working on learning more about halal and sunnah foods, I have started eating a lot more honey and dates! I have also decided, starting this week actually, that I will begin to fast once per week. I need to prepare for my first ever Ramadan! I’ve also read that fasting has great health benefits so I’m super excited to implement this into my nutritional regimen.
  9. Do you take extra supplement for your health?
    I do take supplements but I like to keep them minimal and basic because nutrition is the most important part and supplements are only enhancers. I do, however, take multivitamins, fish oil, whey protein, and meal replacement shakes through Herbalife.
  10. Do you find the conversion helps you in terms of fitness?
    ABSOLUTELY! In so many ways I don’t know if I can write them all. Until I began covering up I never realized how much I was actually doing it for looks. Since wearing hijab, fitness is so much more to me. It is about feeling energized and accomplished, it is about inspiring others rather than just showing off, it’s about connecting with Muslimah’s around the world through health, it is about one day having kids and being able to keep up with them, and most importantly it’s about keeping this body that Allah has blessed me with healthy for as long as I can!

She delivers her training to clients online, so you can be anywhere, as long as you have internet access you are able to get Chelsea to guide you. This wonderful woman also shared a quick tip for workout. Simple, yet impactful.

 

Total Body HIIT Circuit

Key Points

HIIT (high intensity interval training) is a higher degree of interval training where one would perform short bursts of very high intensity exercises followed by a somewhat larger, smaller or equal period of active rest. HIIT training helps to improve cardiovascular health, metabolism, and intensifies the fat burning process.

This is a bodyweight workout that can be done outside, in the home, or in a gym.

You will perform 3 sets of the exercises grouped together. For example, you will complete each exercise in the first box once (25 bodyweight squats, 25 jump squats, pushups to failure, and 25 crunches, without rest in between…that equals one set. Go back to the top of the box and repeat 2 more times. Once you are done with the 3 sets you will execute 15 burpees.

 

THE WORKOUT

 

EXERCISE

REPS

SETS

BODYWEIGHT SQUATS

25

3

SQUAT JUMPS

25

3

PUSHUPS

TO FAILURE

3

CRUNCHES

25

3

After all sets are complete, execute 15 burpees

60 SECOND REST

EXERCISE

REPS

SETS

ALTERNATING STATIC LUNGES

25

3

ALTERNATING JUMP LUNGES

25

3

TRICEP PUSHUPS (hands under shoulders)

25

3

REVERSE CRUNCHES

25

3

After all sets are complete, execute high knees for 1 min

60 SECOND REST

EXERCISE

REPS

SETS

TUCK JUMPS

25

3

BURPEE SUICIDES (this is a burpee with a pushup at the bottom and a jump at the top)

25

3

PLANK JACKS (hold a plank and bring feet in and out like a jumping jack)

25

3

BICYCLE CRUNCHES

25

3

After all sets are complete execute mountain climbers for 30 sec

InsyaAllah, we will be getting more tips from her in the future.

 

What Brings More JOY in Running to Azlina Idris

Azlina Idris completed her first half marathon at the Standard Charted Marathon 2014 recently. It was a double accomplishment as she ran with her husband who started running after her. Furthermore, she started running less than a year ago, so a big hand of applause to Azlina & hubby.

azlinda idris

Azlina is an MBA holder and a mother of three growing up kids. After spending more than 13 years working at Telekom Malaysia, she decided to spend more time with her children and take better care of herself. Let’s Be Inspired by her story.

We have been following Azlina and admire her perseverance and training regime and today she shares with us more about her joy of running since 2013. A few months after she left Telekom Malaysia, she started a new schedule – which is running after sending off her kids to school. Her house in Bangi is close to a running track so she gets to run at least 3-4 times a week.

 

1. What is her training plan?

She does not attend any formal training as most of the training programs are conducted far from where she lives. Therefore, she trains alone or with  husband.  She reads a lot of articles about running and how to improve and she also get tips from her friends and met them via social media. She also does cardio and weight lifting on off-running days.

For the half marathon, she uses a 12-week training program from Runningworld.com. She keeps a training dairy to keep track of her schedule and weekly improvements. Apart from training, she make sure she eats good food; less frying food and more baking or grilling with little or no oil.

 

2. What makes her run enjoyable?

Most of the time she runs alone, and sometimes with her husband. A fit wife makes a fit husband. That is the case for Azlina as her husband started running a few months after her, and he lost almost 18 kg in 10 months!

Her husband has been her biggest supporter and his participation in all races has brought joy in her interest. Every weekend, they try out new routes and push each other to go further and faster. To her, the time spent on running brought them closer and healthier together.

Her kindle spirits definitely bring good to her husband. Many friends claim her husband look much younger and better looking now. 🙂

 

3. Fit Parents Raise Fit Kids

Azlina’s children have accepted that their parents are now avid runners. Some weekend mornings, they go to the lake where both her and her husband run while the kids play at the playground. Like her husband, her children are very supportive of her interest in running. Her children always look forward to the goody bags Azlina and her husband bring back from running events.

In September 2014, her children participated in the Kids Giant Run. It was fun but they complained about being tired. Perhaps there need to be more kids fun factors injected into Kids running events.
Azlina’s children will definitely benefit from having fit parents as studies show that children who grow up in families where both parents are physically active are nearly three times more likely to be active than kids whose parents are not active.

 

4. What is her biggest challenge in running?

Running alone.

Occasionally, she finds it hard to get out and lace up when she runs alone. She overcomes it by reminding herself how much better she feels after a good run first thing in the morning.

 

5. How does she decides which running event to participate in? 

To her as a medal collector, a finisher medal is a MUST. She also looks at the fees and the venue. Different routes and venues excite her as she does not want to go through the same route many times.

 

6. What does she wear when she runs and why?

Azlina wears Nashata products when she trains and participates in running events. She is a lover of Nashata’s Tops and here is why.

 

“I love the material of all Nashata products. They’re light, airy and dry fast. The design is very comfortable. It gives me the coverage I need yet doesn’t hinder me from running for hours. During the SCKLM, I was also able to perform Subuh prayers without the need for a telekung.”

The price is very reasonable for the quality of the products. I already have 4 Nashata Tops and a pair of Riada Pants. I would most probably buy more in the future.”, say Azlina.

 

We are pretty certain Azlina will perform her 1st Full Marathon soon. InsyaAllah 🙂

After all, she was the one who won the Fastest Hijabista Prize at the Cyberjaya Night Marathon in May 2014