Athlete Spotlight - Rajaa Halabi
Written by: Robyn Lynch
Date posted: December 10, 2015
START DATE: Oct 2012
WOD TIME: 6:30PM
PROFESSION: Registered Financial Analyst at Merrill Lynch
WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK? I would say the eggnog but that’s only seasonal. To be honest, and I’m going to get a little deep here, I’ve been through good times but also some pretty bad times in my life and Maxability is what gets me through the bad times and what makes the good times better. No matter what’s going on in my life, I walk through the door there’s an instant pressure lifted off of my shoulders. I know I always say it, but Maxability is my happy hour.
NOW vs. BACK THEN: I hate to admit it but I was one of those girls who didn’t want to get “big” lifting weights so I stuck to cardio and marathons (on Netflix). I thought I was pretty fit before I started CF but it became evident that I was not the moment Coach Tim and Coach Lanny almost threw up when I did my first squat at Maxability (for those of you who have never witnessed it, just picture the classic 1994 move, the Tootsee Roll). A PVC was an aggressive weight back then! I stuck with it and my mentality about fitness and body image all started to change and with A LOT of work, I am now in the best shape I have ever been in. I even pick up some heavy weight from time to time.
INJURY & THE BOOT: At first I was afraid, I was petrified. Kept thinking how could I workout without the foot on my right side! But seriously, in the beginning I was mentally defeated. It was frustrating for me because I had just started getting into a rhythm and hitting some PRs and it was a huge setback. I planned on taking time off but Coach and I had some quality talks and convinced me that coming back was the best thing to do. I ended up working out more in the boot than I ever did normally! It was difficult not being able to do everything but I was always given modifications which, by the way, were usually harder than the actual WODs! Some days it was mentally tough but everyone at the box was really supportive and helpful and gave me the push I needed to keep going. On top of all of that, my abs and upper body were rock solid or “on fleek” as the kids like to say.
FUN FACT ABOUT YOU: I once got stuck on a stalled train with one other woman and she was going into labor and I was the only one there and had to deliver her baby! None of that is true but I am part of Flash Mob America and have actually participated in a Flash Mob. I also have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Oh, and I hate ice cream cake.
FAVORITE TYPE OF WOD: Long sweaty chippers!
LEAST FAVORITE AND WHY? Thrusters and any overhead movement…have you seen how long my arms are?!
SHORT/LONG TERM GOALS: One of my goals is becoming more efficient at TTB and DUs. I hope to accomplish this by taking the time to practice and work on technique everyday. Another one of my goals is working with Coach Kim D to take my running game to the next level.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN CF: There is no way I can pick just one moment because there have been so many. The one thing that I can say is that they usually occur during the Open. Every year I say the forbidden words, “I can’t,” when the open workouts are announced and every year I do five burpees for it. My most memorable moments are when I think that there is no possible way I am going to finish a WOD but then I have Coach in my ear and the rest of our crazy box screaming with motivation. In that moment I have an out of body experience and I am able to do what I told myself I would never be able to accomplish.