Nasir, a former businessman is now a full-time trainer at Namma Crossfit and an inspiration to many.

“My interest in sports started when I was 5 years old. I dabbled in all sports back in the day, but I was thoroughly spoiled at home with junk food. My five years in the US was when things really started to go downhill with a bad diet and an inactive lifestyle. Upon my return in 2003, I realized I had to get my act together as I had gained a lot of weight, was smoking heavily and my numbers were out of control. Kicking the smoking habit (my biggest achievement!) was one of the hardest things that I’ve done till date, but I knew it HAD to be done.

I chanced upon Abinav Narayan who ran outdoor fitness sessions called StreetFit back then. My first class with him was at Cubbon Park and it was a Tabata session! It was one hour of pure torture (as anyone who does Tabata will tell you, it is an experience that you will never forget!). As I lay there, flat on my back, looking up at the sky, I knew that this is what I wanted to do in terms of fitness. I was one of those enthusiasts who showed up early for class. I got fit over the next couple of years and eventually started to assist Abinav.

In 2012, Abinav setup Namma CrossFit and I coached there part-time. I found myself enjoying my part-time job more than my full-time job! In fact, I used to talk to my clients about my gym instead of home furnishings!!! That was when I decided to coach full-time.

Food is a challenging aspect, especially my addiction to sugar. I have learned to control it and yet not deprive myself of it. I allow myself a piece of dark chocolate (70-80%) after a meal or on occasion, a hot chocolate without sugar. I add organic coconut palm sugar to my coffee or tea. I have cut off foods with hidden sugars or that are processed like cereals, breads, cookies etc. But I’m not a stickler as such; I do enjoy a biryani or a masala dosa occasionally. And I do allow myself to eat some dessert when I’m on holiday, but I also try to squeeze in a run, a workout or even just burpees in my room everyday. My approach to everything is to maintain some sense of balance.

For me, longevity is key! I want to stay fit and don’t want to limit myself because of age. Death is not in our hands, but we have control over how we live our lives. We have vitality that can be nurtured and we have a better chance at fighting disease. We have the power to unleash our potential to live life to the fullest. It’s just about enjoying the journey!”

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