I got to know Amir when he became a regular at my Saturday SWOD class a few months ago. I've been consistently impressed with his focus on form and attention to detail in his lifts. This shows in the strength gains I've seen. He's got a great personality and is always a great addition to the class. Keep it up Amir!
Name: Amir Ouki
Nickname / Alter Ego: I don't have a nickname, but I consider my dog to be my alter ego, so I guess it's Yoshi!
Hometown: London, England
Occupation: Business Development & Growth at ForUsAll
When did you first start CrossFitting/Strength Training?: About 3 years ago, I started SWODing at UB a couple of months ago.
When did you first start CrossFitting/Strength Training at UB?: UB and I are about to hit our 1 year anniversary, I'm hoping I'm out of the friend zone now.
Favorite WOD: Anything I can beat Zev at! I really love the SWODs too, I wish I had started adding them to my regular WOD routine sooner.
Least favorite WOD: K-K-Karen. I try not to check the programming online before coming in, but if I see 150 wall balls posted, you're probably not going to see me at class that evening...
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? I was going away backpacking across Asia for a year and I had 3 months to get as strong, fit and gain as much muscle as I could before leaving, in anticipation of losing it all over the coming 12 months. Honestly, it was meant to be a temporary means to an end, but I enjoyed it so much that I'm still at it 3 years later!
What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? I wouldn't describe myself as hyper-competitive when it comes to workout goals, so for me, it's about coming in for an hour a day, getting my daily workout in and having a laugh after work - a lot of the latter comes from the people I've met at UB (coaches and members). I've made some really awesome friends here that I have as much fun with at the bar as we do at the box.
What would be your favorite cheat meal and favorite "good" meal? I moved here from New York, so I'm pretty committed to In-N-Out right now. I'm currently eating a plate of couscous, kale and chicken - that's a good meal, right?
You've had scoliosis for a little while, how does Crossfit help that and how do you protect yourself from injury: I had to work really hard to get my spine straightened out, with the main after-effect being that the left side of my body is much stronger than my right, so when doing bar work I have to really focus on making sure the right side isn't slacking off. There are a couple of movements that are a total no-go (hyperextensions), but all-in-all, Crossfit has been really effective at achieving evenly distributed muscle gain across my body.