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Blogging in the time of more Islamophobia + updates + Olympics

Posted by on Aug 14, 2016 in Blog, Competition, News & Updates, Press Coverage | Comments Off on Blogging in the time of more Islamophobia + updates + Olympics

Blogging in the time of more Islamophobia + updates + Olympics

I thought to use a different title vs hello everyone, here is another blog post condensing everything that has happened over the past half year 🙂  This time, only 5 months have passed since the last one in March 2016.

Though the Asian Weightlifting competition did not work out and therefore no Olympic representation, this year in Rio there are some nice stories and diversity.   In some cases, I think, too much emphasis on what a woman is wearing or how she is described, versus her athletic feats and accomplishments, unfortunately.  Some examples Ibtihaj Muhammad, and the Egyptian volleyball team.

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March 2016 Musings & Fundraiser Update

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in Blog, News & Updates | Comments Off on March 2016 Musings & Fundraiser Update

March 2016 Musings & Fundraiser Update

I am sorry and sad to say that it is confirmed that no team of Pakistani women will be registered for the 2016 Asian Weightlifting Championships. Thanks to everyone for the support. I have refunded everyone’s donations. I hope to be able to help in some other capacity with the general issues of women’s empowerment and sports that we still struggle with. There has been improvement, but there is still a long road for more progress and support is always needed, not just monetary. If you are interested in helping out in the future, please let me know, send me your email address, and I can add you to an email list to keep you updated (in addition to the usual social media posts on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram and I am also on LinkedIn).

Below is an archive of the fundraiser page I had at LaunchGood.com. I also edited a cool and emotional trailer video for it which you will also see below. The page was active February 2016.

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2015 Highlights & Happy New Year to 2016

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Blog, Competition, News & Updates, Press Coverage | 1 comment

2015 Highlights & Happy New Year to 2016

This year has been so action-packed, that I didn’t even get the chance to update my blog properly this whole year, oops – I did it one more time!

From the Ride for Rights, to Saris to Suits to being on Buzzfeed – it’s been a very eventful time in my life, but here are some of my highlights in 2015: (click to read the entire post)

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January – September 2014: Condensed Updates

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Blog, Competition, News & Updates, Press Coverage | Comments Off on January – September 2014: Condensed Updates

January – September 2014: Condensed Updates

I haven’t written a post since January of this year.  8 months! I have been better at putting updates on my Facebook page.  I have had a lot of things going on since then and below is a summary —

Causes
Award
Conference Panel
Write-Ups

Women’s Encyclopedia

Competition

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Pakistan Four – Documentary teaser trailer

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Blog, News & Updates | Comments Off on Pakistan Four – Documentary teaser trailer

Pakistan Four – Documentary teaser trailer

Here is the teaser trailer for The Pakistan Four – Documentary.  I am one of the 4 ladies in it. It will premiere at the New York University (NYU) Film Festival, February 8-9, 2014 in New York City, NY, USA. If you are in NYC or can make it, please attend. Seating is limited, so please contact the Facebook page if you are interested in attending.  Thanks for your support!  More information is on the Facebook and Twitter (@thepakistanfour) page.

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If you are interested in a showing of the documentary in your city in the USA, preferably before the end of February 2014, please contact me.  Also showing the documentary in any part of the world (not only in Pakistan), is possible. Shehzad Hameed Ahmad, the filmmaker, is willing to travel anywhere with short notice.  He just needs to be hosted – plane ticket and a place to stay.  He does not have a goal of making a profit off the documentary, so the documentary can be viewed for free, but if there needs to be a ticket charge to help collect funds for hosting the documentary, that is OK.  It took a lot of blood, sweat & tears on everyone’s part, especially the filmmaker Shehzad. Hopefully the film can be shown in other cities, bringing an audience together to view, foster discussion and ultimately create positive change and dispel stereotypes.

2014 & going forward

Since my last competition September 21, 2013, I have not competed but have been re-focusing my training.  One major portion is working on fixing technique issues, doing volume to help make the improved technique more consistent (requiring less thinking on my part), the movement more fluent, and timing improved.  Shelly Truesdell has been coaching me in person since August 2013, and in this short amount of time, I feel I have made a lot of progress.  Travis Cooper continues to write my workouts, especially on the days I train alone without Shelly, and based on how my training is going and evolving, part of it based on the years we did work together in person.  How you train is something that I believe should be individualized for each person and having a good coach is valuable.

Weightlifting is a challenging sport, there are ups and downs, and there is the emotional and mental aspect that also needs to be fought.  I have been working on this, and I am getting better at dealing with it.  I am focusing on being positive, but realistic and eliminating negative thoughts.  I also have been continuing spending most of my time in research work, learning and applying the learning for my job search.  When you have other life responsibilities, they need to be taken into consideration in regards to your recovery, rest and how you perform and train.  As things progress, I might post some training videos again, and eventually one of a future competition!

НА ПОМОСТ В ЗАКРЫТОМ КОСТЮМЕ – article

Thanks a lot to Davit Sargsyan for this article about me that he wrote in Russian about my story. It is over at ShopOlympic in Russia – managed by WL competitor Armen Ghazaryan.

Salaam (peace)!

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Training Videos Explained

Posted by on Dec 24, 2013 in Training, Training Videos | Comments Off on Training Videos Explained

Training Videos Explained

My Youtube Channel, is where I keep all website videos (Competition, Training, Press, etc).

This menu section contains all posts of my Training videos from newest to oldest.

The ones below in this post are older videos I initially put up when I first put this website together June 2011.  Time flies!:

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Emory Weightlifting Classic – September 21, 2013

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Blog, Competition, Gallery | Comments Off on Emory Weightlifting Classic – September 21, 2013

Emory Weightlifting Classic – September 21, 2013

It has been a while since I competed, and I bombed out at the last two, so this past competition at Emory was more for me to get my confidence back, and help me mentally and emotionally. Shelly Truesdell has been coaching me for a few weeks (she’s been a big help, it makes a difference to have coaching and moral support in person), whenever we both can, and continuing training programming template by Travis Cooper.

We decided on taking conservative attempts, especially for the 1st attempts. This was the first time I had some family and friends (outside of weightlifting) spectating. As usual, there was some drama, such as, an unexpected road block on Emory campus, due to a race. I was going in circles finding the right parking lot near the athletic center where the competition was held. I ended up parking at the visitors parking lot that was the farthest away. A kind stranger also parked in the lot, helped us out by personally driving us to the entrance to the athletic center. With his help, I was able to make it just in time to register and compete. I actually walked very swiftly, but the inner adrenaline helped, in spite of my shaky hands, and I was able to hit 5/6 lifts.

Here is the video compilation of my lifts (embedded Youtube link)

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Support – updated February 2013

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Sponsorship, Support | Comments Off on Support – updated February 2013

Support – updated February 2013

This menu section contains posts on donation options/information and sponsorship I have received for past competitions. There are other ways to help, such as moral support, encouraging other women to be athletic and compete, travel discount tips, airline/hotel points, website/facebook/youtube technical work help, speaking engagements where I can receive an honorarium, and many more. I am still a one woman show 🙂

I am not competing as actively as I was the late half of 2011 and 2012, but if possible, I would like to compete this year, 2013, whether it is at a local competition, a USA national competition (masters and/or senior level), or representing Pakistan at an International weightlifting competition. Behind the scenes – training in the gym, and recovery takes up energy and time, as well as a financial investment. I love to weightlift, so I still continue to do so. If I can compete and help continue spreading awareness, encouraging other women, promoting interfaith, I would like to do so. But at the same time, I need to also take care of my own responsibilities outside of weightlifting. This limits what I can do, but I will do my best. If you can help in anyway, please contact me. Thanks to all who have and continue to support me.

Sincerely,
Kulsoom

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List of press links

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Press Coverage | Comments Off on List of press links

These links are over one year old now, they are the articles that came out when my story first went public June 2011. The posts in this category are archives and links to news coverage that occurred then and until now.

AJC 6/10/11

Atlanta TV

WSB 6/10/11

WXIA 6/10/11

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Ramadan 1434 AH/2013

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Blog, News & Updates, Training, Training Videos | 2 comments

Ramadan 1434 AH/2013

Training and June/July 2013 Training Video with music by Khumariyaan

My Ramadan Resources

Resources from Fit Muslimah & Amna AlHaddad

Resources from Stumptuous and BreakingMuscle

General articles for female athletes

Ramadan Embaraksha! (or Ramadan Mubarak/Kareem/Happy)

I wanted to wish everyone a blessed Ramadan. In this post, I have links to some resources, and information that I hope will help.  I always like to post photo-journalist photos, here are Photos of Ramadan 2013 – from The Atlantic, and something humorous 20 Memes to Get You Through Ramadan This Year.

Training

I have changed my training this year, going down to 4 days a week maximum for training. For Ramadan, I might do 3, or see how I feel and what my schedule allows. I will go with lighter reps unless I feel OK going for heavier rep attempts. I will start working out before iftar (fast break/ sunset), but I will be able to break fast/Maghrib then finish the rest of my work out.

As I am working towards finding a full time job (see more on my research projects here) and need to focus on other aspects of my life, I am not spending as much time and resources on weightlifting during 2011 and 2012. I still like to train, and I will compete when and where I can.

Here is a video I put together. I continue using video to help my training, so I have a compilation of clips from June till now. My training has changed a little bit. Travis Cooper, over with Team Muscle Driver USA in South Carolina, is writing my training programming and I am still working out at Coffee’s Gym and getting feedback there too.

Here is a link to the video on Youtube. For those with Youtube bans, here it is from Facebook:

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Southern Open, American Open Tennis Tournament & article

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Blog, Competition, Gallery, News & Updates | Comments Off on Southern Open, American Open Tennis Tournament & article

Southern Open, American Open Tennis Tournament & article

Atif Moon & the Atlanta Open Tennis Championships a NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, May 3-5, 2013

Those in Atlanta, GA, USA, this weekend, Atif Moon (Pakistani-American living in California, also the co-founder of Center for Global Understanding) will be competing in the Atlanta Open Tennis Championships a NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tournament. Come out and cheer him on! He will start competing this Friday May 3, 2013 & will be here through Sunday.

His first match is Friday 9:30am, then another match at 2pm if he wins the first match (inshALLAH!). Semi-finals will be Saturday, and finals Sunday. Weather forecast for this weekend is high chance of rain, weekend schedule is subject to change. Please check this website for tournament schedule and results. Go to “Draws” and then “Men’s Wheelchair A Singles”, which is the division Atif is in. There will also be a doubles one he plays in when they post the draw.

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Muslim Women in Sport: Culture vs Religion by Fatima Fakier

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Blog, Non USA Press Coverage, Press Coverage | Comments Off on Muslim Women in Sport: Culture vs Religion by Fatima Fakier

Muslim Women in Sport: Culture vs Religion by Fatima Fakier

Original link to the article over at Aquila Style

Muslim Women in Sport: Culture vs Religion

April 26, 2013 12:02 AM by Fatima Fakier

 

In a guest article, Fatima Fakier reports on the cultural and religious influences at play in this often divisive issue and examines the consequences of increased segregation.

The human body was designed for physical activity. Our bodies are perfectly engineered to fulfil our basic needs and to achieve what we set out to do.

Regular exercise stimulates a multitude of networks within our bodies, which benefits all our inner processes from immune-system function to emotional balance. Aside from weight loss, beating depression and combating PMS, women who exercise regularly or play sports tend to have a better body image regardless of their actual shape or size.

Muslim women face many barriers to sports and exercise, such as hijab bans, large-scale poverty and religious intolerance. But one of the biggest barriers originates from within their own communities.

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1st Pakistan Women’s National Weightlifting Championships & War Eagle Open competitions

Posted by on Mar 24, 2013 in Blog, Competition, News & Updates | 7 comments

1st Pakistan Women’s National Weightlifting Championships & War Eagle Open competitions

War Eagle Open March 23, 2013

I have not competed for about 1 year, since Korea April 2012, where I represented Pakistan in the Asian Weightlifting Championships. I also learned about today’s competition only a few days ago, so my training cycle was not programmed for this. I also decided not to compete as a 53kg. I decided to move up from a 48kg to 53kg the end of last summer 2012. My current weight is 54kg, and only having a few days to reduce my salt intake (basically dealing with my water retention issues), start better water drinking habits, deal with weight of my training clothes and the weigh in, I decided to not deal with any of it and just go suck it up and compete as a 58kg!

It has been a while in my training since I started hitting 45kg+ in the Snatch again. It has been a slow road to get my confidence back, while increasing the volume & weight of my training. I wanted to make higher weights for the Clean and Jerk as well, but God willing at the next competition.

My result: Snatch 42kg (successful – did not get this one on video), 45kg (missed), 45kg (missed) Clean and Jerk: 53kg (Successful), 56kg (press out on the jerk), 56kg (successful) Total Score: 98kg (216 lb)

The same video here on my Facebook page (for those who can not access Youtube)

Another local meet is being held at the end of April 2013 in the same city 1 hour driving distance from my house, so I hope to try again there.

Inaugural Pakistan Women’s National Weightlifting Championships March 23, 2013

In very exciting news, the Pakistan Weightlifting Federation held their first Women’s weightlifting Championships in Lahore, Pakistan! Mubarak (Congratulations) to all of the ladies who competed! I wish I could have been there in person. You might recognize the person on the wall behind the platform 😉 I couldn’t believe it when I saw, I feel extremely honored! I am happy that women have started competing there, and I hope the participation continues to grow and move forward. Keep a look out for more media from the competition and other updates in this regard.  Below are embedded pictures from the album on their Facebook page.

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March 2013 Training & Competition + other news

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Blog, Training, Training Videos | 2 comments

March 2013 Training & Competition + other news


Nowruz Mobarak!  نوروز مبارك (Happy Persian New Year)


New short training video compilation (3 minutes), I decided on a Farsi songs for the background.

  1. Man Amadeam من آمده ام by Googoosh گوگوش , an older song 
  2. Joone Khodet (Dokhtar Irooni) by Black Cats – بلک کتس – جون خودت a newer song.

The same video on VIMEO here (in case you can’t access by Youtube) I made some errors on the labeling for the sequence of Cleans, they are 60kg (132 lbs), 61kg (134 lbs), 62kg (136 lbs) and 63kg (138.9 lbs )


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Dec/Jan/Feb 2013 Training Videos & a few updates

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013 in Blog, News & Updates, Training, Training Videos | 1 comment

*For those in countries where Youtube is banned, I have the video uploaded on my Facebook page here.*

Its been almost 3 months since I put together a training video, and due to the delay, this will be a montage of clips from December 2012 till February 2013 with major editing, such as my rests in between repetitions. I am still working on technique, building confidence and as usual, fighting the demons! There are two PRs (personal records) in this video. Usual disclaimer: this is not intended to be an instructional video.

I am using only Pashto (my mother tongue) music in this video. These are the songs that appear (Lyrics and/or translations included in the Youtube video links):

  1. Za Sta Pashan Na Yam (translation: I AM NOT LIKE YOU!) by Naseer & Shahab
  2. Bibi Shireen by Zeek Afridi
  3. Za Pukhtoon Yam (translation: I am Pukhtoon [Pashtoon]) – by Naseer & Shahab – Awesome video here on Youtube & Facebook – This is Naseer & Shahab’s Facebook fan page
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Sponsors

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Sponsorship, Support | Comments Off on Sponsors

Sponsors

February 2013: 
byronJacksonChiropractor Dr. Byron Jackson is helping me with sports recovery and maintenance. He practices in Atlanta and Kennesaw, Georgia, USA

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The Asian Weightlifting Championships was held in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, April 2012

    Social Vision donated towards my trip, helping me cover the remainder not collected from donations and apparel proceeds. Approximately $6000

  • Dr. Susan Kaiser, a Professor in Women and Gender Studies at the University of California in Davis has donated $100. She is writing a book; Fashion and Cultural Studies, to be published by Berg in London in late 2012 or early 2013. It will contain a picture of me competing and will include my story, as she explains “as a brief case study of the interplay between identity/agency and cultural regulation– and how individual agency and identity issues can successfully challenge cultural regulation of style-fashion-dress.”
  • My good friend from high school, Mary Lewis has donated $25. She owns a business; Just Bead It! which specializes in handcrafted beaded jewelry and hair accessories.  My friend from my undergrad days at UCF, Saadia Qureshi, donated $20.
  • A gift of $27 from a brother who wishes to remain anonymous. And another brother donated $250 with the same wish.
  • Alix Floyd a fellow weightlifter at SAP Gym in Seoul, Korea (she is originally from Texas) donated $140.  She is going to attend the games and watch me compete!
  • My fellow Crossfit Atlanta gym members:  Leeanna Lim $100, Leslie Kali Eason $50 & Dan Antonelli $20, Kenley Osborne $20

Past sponsors:

The following donated to my trip to the American Open 2011
  • Loren Williams, from Decatur, Georgia, USA donated $25

The following donated to my World Weightlifting Championships Nov 5-11th 2011

The World Weightlifting Championships Nov 5-11th 2011, was in Paris, France.  I received donations from the Toronto, Canada community that completely covered my trip expenses, such as airfare, hotel, food, transportation, competition clothing needs.  I greatly appreciated the support and well wishes.  I would not have expected that grass roots efforts would gotten me there.

IFT – Islamic Foundation of Toronto
$5000 was donated by the IFT on behalf of the community.  I was invited to their 2011 Annual Appreciation Dinner October 16, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  They gave me the honor of speaking to the attendees.  Everyone was very welcoming, encouraging and supportive of my efforts.  After only meeting me once, they all have generously donated to my competition efforts.  I greatly appreciated this help.

Team Mushtaq Sayed “Realtors with a Personal Touch”
mushtaq.sayed@century21.ca
Office: 416-298-6000
Cell: 416-994-8786 Direct: 416-849-3497
Mushtaq Sayed & his family donated $500.  They spoke to me at the banquet, were very supportive and kind.
301-1825 Markham Road
Scarborough, ONM1B 4Z9

The following donated to my Senior USA Weightlifting Nationals competition (July 15, 2011)

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Why I am Not Married 2.0 OR Hear Kulsoom ROAR!

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Blog | 14 comments

Why I am Not Married 2.0 OR Hear Kulsoom ROAR!

Last year, I was invited to an interfaith banquet to be recognized for my efforts in weightlifting clothing accommodation. Busy between competitions and training, I still wanted to attend. The main organizers had supported me and it was a good cause. My friend Hiba went with me as my guest. I didn’t have a formal enough western style dress, instead I wore a Shalwar Kamees (Pakistani style clothing) with headscarf (or hijab). Hiba wore a business suit. A South Asian lady recognized me from an event I spoke at. Conversing with her, I said “this is my friend Hiba.” “Your GIRLFRIEND?!” she exclaimed with a shocked and distorted look on her face. Hiba and I looked at each other, I then turned to her and said, “No, I said this is my FRIEND Hiba.” She said “oh”, and walked away. We realized she thought Hiba was my lesbian girlfriend. Hiba wearing a suit with her hair pulled up, amplified this lady’s suspicions, but wondering who the “man” in our relationship was. Perhaps Hiba wearing the suit, or me, the weightlifter. Hiba is from Sudan, so in addition to thinking we were lesbians, she thought we were in an interracial relationship. This caused us to laugh and joke throughout the banquet. I am sure that lady wiggled her eyebrows like Bert in Sesame Street, thinking to herself, “I KNEW IT!”

Not everyone labels me a lesbian, and some might think, from my version 1.0 blog post (Why am I not Married?), “It’s true, Muslim men are jerks! No wonder Kulsoom is not married!” They CAN be jerks, but so can men of other religions and races.

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November/December Training Video & Updates

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Blog, News & Updates, Training, Training Videos | Comments Off on November/December Training Video & Updates


*This Video will not play on MOBILE phones, here is an alternative video link: http://youtu.be/FCPDqrddiHY
Future videos will not have this issue, as I have identified the problem with Youtube.*

I am continuing with volume training, more days a week, but less reps on each day. I have hit a few PRs, and have made some comeback PRs on my lifts. My video shows some of the PRs (personal records) I have hit, plus some other lifts I am training with.

November: A 60 Kg Power Clean was a PR (personal record), PR for Power clean from the hang position with 60kg, a comeback PR of 70kg Front Squat for 3 reps, and 3 single 60kg split jerk from the blocks. December 3: I matched my PR from over one year ago at 47kg. I attempted 49kg, I was close, but hopefully another time I make that plus more. I also hit a Muscle Snatch PR at 35KG. December 9: 105KG PR on an exercise called a lockout, Top Presses with 60kg, these are assistance, overloading exercises to help with the split jerk.

I have used a variety of music and iMovie editing functions for entertainment. Same disclaimer, I don’t do everything correctly, so don’t use this video as a learning guide. I am improving and learning, and the purpose of the video is to show my progress and have some fun! Check my blog and/or Youtube for past videos.

Ivanhoe Broadcast News
This news package was filmed this past March 2012 by Ivanhoe Broadcast News so a few of the facts are old (such as representing Pakistan).  Video embedded below (and also on their Youtube link)

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PAYC & OC Girl Scouts LA – Nov 9-11th, 2012

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

PAYC & OC Girl Scouts LA – Nov 9-11th, 2012

This post is about my trip to the Pakistan American Youth Conference, November 10th, 2012 in Los Angeles, California, as I mentioned previously in this blog post.

Friday – Arrival, Reunion, Girl Scouts Meeting

Conference Day

Last Day – Brunch Hopping then homeward bound

Full Album

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October 2012 Training Video Compilation part 2

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in Blog, Training, Training Videos | Comments Off on October 2012 Training Video Compilation part 2

I have put together a second video of training clips with background music again (Youtube link).   I had to re-upload the video due to music copyright issues and restrictions on playback, so now it sounds like Alvin and the Chipmunks.  It has one PR (personal record)! I am still focusing on technique, strength and volume. I am hopeful that things are starting to click again on my weaknesses.

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Why am I not married?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Blog | 3 comments

Why am I not married?

Marriage & Singledom

I get this question in various forms, some direct, some indirect. I can see why as not just in my race, culture, religion, but in all, many expect females to be married or partnered by a certain age. But even married, I could get other questions that are commonly asked, such as what do you do, how many kids do you have, what do your kids do, and etc….

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Challenges as a female speaker

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Challenges as a female speaker

Challenges as a female speaker

 

 

Though the title of this post is about speaking, I am addressing other issues and themes that this also relates to. When I travel (whether it is to compete, speak, attend an event), I meet new people, and experience various reactions to the multiple aspects of my identity. I also learn more about the aspects of my identity as I go into these different situations.

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Sept/2012: Pakistan article, Los Angeles, DC, Houston

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Blog, Gallery, News & Updates | Comments Off on Sept/2012: Pakistan article, Los Angeles, DC, Houston

Sept/2012: Pakistan article, Los Angeles, DC, Houston

Peshawar, Pakistan newspaper article scan

Los Angeles, California November 10, 2012 Saturday – PAKISTANI AMERICAN YOUTH CONFERENCE: Future Leaders Coming Together

State Department Eid ul Fitr reception Sept. 13, 2012, Pictures & Summary (& DC visit):

Training and competing

Houston trip + pictures

 

Peshawar, Pakistan newspaper article scan

My cousins, Mansoor and Asad, who live in Peshawar, Pakistan, told me that stories about me have appeared for the past 5 months. Mansoor scanned one of them for me. It is from an Urdu print newspaper called Mashriq (meaning – where the sun rises, or the east) published in Peshawar, Pakistan. It is translated and based on the original English article that I was interviewed for by the The Friday Times article

It is pretty awesome to see this, and I am happy to hear all of it is positive and very supportive.

I have the image scan of the article posted here:
http://www.liftingcovered.com/peshawar-pakistan-summer-2012/

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Training Summary & Video October 2012

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in Blog, Training, Training Videos | Comments Off on Training Summary & Video October 2012

Summary of my training is at the bottom of this post. The video below contains video clips of some of the exercises I am doing in training now (Sept/Oct 2012). I started on a high volume strength cycle/program during Ramadan and have continued until now. It is also focused on weaknesses in my technique. I will (hopefully) take and add more videos to my Youtube Channel, and either in this blog post or in new ones. I am making dua that the future videos are going to be of me making PRs!

Some of the exercises shown in the video are:

  • Power & Muscle snatch from the hang
  • Deadlift, Snatch and Clean grip, from the middle blocks
  • Clean from the blocks
  • Shoulder Press
  • Deadlift Cleans (fast)
  • Lockouts

Disclaimer, do not use this as a guide, I do not do everything 100% correctly. You can look up other websites for videos on training exercises for learning purposes.

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Pakistani American Youth Conference LA, CA, USA – Nov 10, 2012

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Pakistani American Youth Conference LA, CA, USA – Nov 10, 2012

Pakistani American Youth Conference LA, CA, USA – Nov 10, 2012

Presented by the Consulate General of Pakistan in Partnership with Young MALAC (Young Muslim American Leadership Advisory Council). YMALAC builds partnerships between the Muslim community and law enforcement through communication and interaction, working closely with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Co-Sponsored by Pakistan Link.

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Peshawar, Pakistan newspaper scan Summer 2012

Posted by on Sep 29, 2012 in Blog, Non USA Press Coverage | Comments Off on Peshawar, Pakistan newspaper scan Summer 2012

Peshawar, Pakistan newspaper scan Summer 2012
 My cousin in Peshawar, Pakistan scanned this for me.   September 2012It is translated and based on the original English article that I was interviewed for The Friday Times article.  Click on the image to enlarge.
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State Department Eid ul Fitr reception Sept. 13, 2012, travel & the American Open 2012

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Blog, News & Updates | Comments Off on State Department Eid ul Fitr reception Sept. 13, 2012, travel & the American Open 2012

Invitation to the State Department Eid ul Fitr reception Sept. 13, 2012

Article in The Friday Times (Pakistan newspaper)

MPA Event in Houston, Texas, Thursday, September 20, 2012

American Open Weightlifting Championships 2012

 

State Department Eid ul Fitr reception Sept. 13, 2012, Thursday evening:

I have been invited a second time to the Eid ul Fitr reception hosted by the The Secretary of State at the Department of State in Washington D.C.. Last year was the first time I was invited and I had the honor of being one of the speakers. After consulting with friends and family, I knew I had to go again this year. This time, I get to crash with my sister Shabana, who now lives in the area and works at BLH Technologies, Inc. We are planning to take Amani and Zalan (my niece and nephew) to the National Zoo. Hopefully other places if we have time, and for food, a place I have been told that is great and serves grass-fed zabihah/halal burgers:

Elevation Burgers

DROOL!

In my usual manner, I will take a lot of pictures and some video during the trip, then share them on the website and my Facebook page.

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The Friday Times (PAKISTAN) – Worth the Weight By Sonya Rehman

Posted by on Aug 31, 2012 in Non USA Press Coverage, Press Coverage | Comments Off on The Friday Times (PAKISTAN) – Worth the Weight By Sonya Rehman

The Friday Times (PAKISTAN) – Worth the Weight By Sonya Rehman

Published in Pakistan newspaper The Friday Times  August 31-September 06, 2012 – Vol. XXIV, No. 29. I was interviewed by Sonya Rehman, a Fullbright scholar living in Lahore, Pakistan. The unedited version is on her blog. She is a Fullbright scholar, and used that scholarship to attend Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism with an MS in Print Journalism. Original article located here  Below is a copy.

Interview By Sonya Rehman – Sonya Rehman interviews Kulsoom Abdullah, a star weightlifter of Pakistani origin who broke new ground in American sports when she refused to take off her hijab

Worth the weight

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Worth the Weight (un-edited)

Posted by on Aug 31, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Worth the Weight (un-edited)

Worth the Weight (un-edited)

The unedited version of the Friday Times article by Sonya Rehman at her blog. Copy below.

Worth the Weight

By Sonya Rehman

Slim and petite, one would never guess (at first glance) that Pakistani-American, Kulsoom Abdullah, has been Weightlifting – at both the national and international level since 2010 – in addition to Crossfitting.

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How Ramadan 2012 went & Eid Mubarak!

Posted by on Aug 19, 2012 in Blog, News & Updates | Comments Off on How Ramadan 2012 went & Eid Mubarak!

In Atlanta, Georgia (and other places) Eid ul Fitr is tomorrow, Sunday, August 19th, 2012. Today is the last day of Ramadan & fasting. For Eid tomorrow, we will attend the Eid salat (prayers) at the masjid and go out to eat 🙂

I wish everyone a blessed Eid Mubarak/Kareem! Please remember and pray for those who are suffering this Eid, here and in other parts of the world.

This month I was able to get some down time, not completely as it seems I always find something to do or feel the need to work on something as you can see by the contents of this blog post below:

My Academic Research

News, Press & Blogs

Saudi Women at the Olympics

My Interviews and mentions this Ramadan

My Facebook Page

Training & Coaching updates

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Kulsoom Abdullah: Lifting Weights and Breaking Barriers

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Kulsoom Abdullah: Lifting Weights and Breaking Barriers

Kulsoom Abdullah: Lifting Weights and Breaking Barriers

Sheba Siddiqui interviewed me for the website Masala Mommas. I am not a mom (I appreciate them) but I can relate to the masala for sure.

http://masalamommas.com/2012/08/13/kulsoom-abdullah-lifting-weights-breaking-barriers/

Kulsoom Abdullah: Lifting Weights and Breaking Barriers

Written on August 13, 2012

By: Sheba Siddiqui @shebasid and online at shebasiddiqui.com

Kulsoom Abdullah, a  Pakistani-American computer engineer, has been Olympic Weightliftingand Crossfitting for three years. Recently I had the chance to interview Kulsoom  on how she trains during Ramadan, what it’s like to be one of the only hijabi weightlifters in the world competing at an international level and how she represented Pakistan as its only female weightlifter.

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Lifting Covered: One Woman’s Experiences of Weightlifting and Islam, Part 2/2

Posted by on Aug 11, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Lifting Covered: One Woman’s Experiences of Weightlifting and Islam, Part 2/2

Lifting Covered: One Woman’s Experiences of Weightlifting and Islam, Part 2/2

Part 2 of the article by Valerie Worthington at BreakingMuscle.com.  Below is a copy

Lifting Covered: One Woman’s Experiences of Weightlifting and Islam, Part 2

Valerie Worthington – Contributor – Martial Arts, Educational Psychology

This article is one of a two part interview with weightlifter Kulsoom Abdullah:

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Lifting Covered: One Woman’s Experiences of Weightlifting and Islam, Part 1/2

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Lifting Covered: One Woman’s Experiences of Weightlifting and Islam, Part 1/2

Lifting Covered: One Woman’s Experiences of Weightlifting and Islam, Part 1/2

I was interviewed by Valerie Worthington from Breaking Muscle She is an experienced Brazilian jiu jitsu competitor & instructor. She also Crossfits. Check out her picture in the author’s bio on the right. It makes me feel more awesome I was interviewed by her. Below is a copy.

Lifting Covered: One Woman’s Experiences of Weightlifting and Islam, Part 1

Valerie Worthington – Contributor – Martial Arts, Educational Psychology
This article is one of a two part interview with weightlifter Kulsoom Abdullah:

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Opening doors for herself and other female athletes

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Opening doors for herself and other female athletes

Opening doors for herself and other female athletes

Azra Haqqie at Times Union, wrote a very encouraging and kind article about me and my efforts.  Below is a copy of the article.

Opening doors for herself and other female athletes

August 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm by Azra Haqqie
Kulsoom Abdullah almost made it to the London Olympics.

London Olympics medals (web grab)

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PBS Newshour Extra – Many Firsts for Women At 2012 Olympics

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in Press Coverage | Comments Off on PBS Newshour Extra – Many Firsts for Women At 2012 Olympics

PBS Newshour Extra – Many Firsts for Women At 2012 Olympics

I was interviewed and mentioned in this article below, original article is located here at pbs.org.  Below is a copy.

Many Firsts for Women At 2012 Olympics 

Posted: 08.01.12   Allison McCartney – The 2012 London Olympics mark the first time that every competing country will have at least one woman on their team. This comes after years of encouraging female athletes and altering rules that kept out women in religions and cultures with modest dress codes. 

sarahAttar

(Photo Caption: Sarah Attar of Saudi Arabia enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Attar is one of the first female athletes to compete for Saudi Arabia at the Olympics.)

Although it now seems difficult to imagine the Olympics without athletes like swimmer Missy Franklin and gymnast Gabby Douglas, women were not allowed to compete in the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, and their inclusion was controversial long afterwards.

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10 Most Inspiring Islamic Pictures

Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on 10 Most Inspiring Islamic Pictures

10 Most Inspiring Islamic Pictures

I felt honored I was even put on this list at BlessedIslam.com. I feel like I did nothing compared to the others.
http://www.blessedislam.com/entertainment/10-most-inspiring-islamic-pictures/

10 Most Inspiring Islamic Pictures

In every faith, race and creed, we can find beautiful inspiration. Inspiration to do good works and inspiration to be better human beings. Here are 10 beautiful pictures that, as well as being inspiring, give us a glimpse of Islamic teachings too.
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Saudi woman might not compete in the Olympics, my Ramadan progress & more

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Blog, News & Updates | Comments Off on Saudi woman might not compete in the Olympics, my Ramadan progress & more

Saudi woman might not compete in the Olympics, my Ramadan progress & more

Table of Contents

Saudi Women and Olympic Participation

My Ramadan & Training Progress

My diet

Future competitions?

BBC documentary appearance- Girl Power: Going for Gold

Strong! Atlanta Premiere Pictures

Saudi Women and Olympic Participation

Sarah Attar an 800 meter runner and Wojdan Shaherkani in Judo, are making history by being the first women to ever represent Saudi Arabia at the Olympics. I was very disappointed when I read that 16-year-old female Judo fighter, Wojdan Shaherkani, who is entered in the +78kg women’s weight class might not be able to compete. The International Judo Federation president Marius Vizer said she could not wear the hijab (headscarf) during competition and is quoted as saying “The athlete from Saudi Arabia will fight in the spirit of judo and according to the principles of judo without a hijab.” They also state safety reasons.

Please read Amna Al Haddad’s write-up on her blog about this issue titled: Hijab and Sports.

There are many female athletes who participate in sports with hijab and businesses are growing that are creating hijabs suitable for athletes. Before I competed in weightlifting, I practiced Taekwondo with hijab. I know females who practice the grappling martial arts, such as Judo, in hijab as well. There is a way to accomodate clothing in which the athlete does not have a competitive advantage over others AND still be safe. Safety was one of the reasons FIFA cited for banning the headscarf, but has recently FIFA lifted the headscarf ban for football.

I REALLY hope Wojdan Shaherkani gets to the mat in London. It has taken so much effort for her to get to this point, to be able to represent Saudi Arabia! As Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee, stated during the opening ceremony: “For the first time in Olympic history, all the participating teams will have female athletes. This is a major boost for gender equality.”

I am surprised the Judo Federation had not considered her clothing restrictions beforehand, but there is still hope for them to reconsider their decision and work on agreeing to a head covering for her that will comply with the rules and safety issues. It would be a generous on their part, not only for helping Shaherkani make history, but the spirt of sports and Olympic competition — bringing people from all over the world to the same arena, field, stadium and mat.

 

My Ramadan & Training Progress

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NPR – Many Muslim Olympians Get A Break On Ramadan Fasting

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Press Coverage | Comments Off on NPR – Many Muslim Olympians Get A Break On Ramadan Fasting

NPR – Many Muslim Olympians Get A Break On Ramadan Fasting

My Ramadan 2012 post is mentioned in the last paragraph of this article at NPR.  Below is a copy.

Many Muslim Olympians Get A Break On Ramadan Fasting

12:43 pm July 23, 2012 by 

Britain's Abdul Buhari competes in the discus at the European Athletics Championships last month. With the Olympics coinciding with Ramadan, Buhari and many other Muslim athletes are postponing their fasting until after their events.

Ian Walton/Getty ImagesBritain’s Abdul Buhari competes in the discus at the European Athletics Championships last month. With the Olympics coinciding with Ramadan, Buhari and many other Muslim athletes are postponing their fasting until after their events.
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Ramadan 1433AH/2012 Fasting & Diet with Weightlifting & Crossfit

Posted by on Jul 22, 2012 in Blog, News & Updates | Comments Off on Ramadan 1433AH/2012 Fasting & Diet with Weightlifting & Crossfit

Ramadan Embaraksha/Mubarak/Kareem! :] 

2013 Update: I have a Ramadan 2013 blog post linked here

Last year I wrote a piece on Ramadan (fasting), training and diet. It is located here (and at the bottom of this post):

http://www.liftingcovered.com/ramadan-fasting-weightlifting-20111432ah/

I decided to write another post based on what people have been asking me as an addendum but you can refer to the original post for more detail and scientific references.

This year Ramadan is about 2 weeks earlier and hotter than last year.  It also falls during the Olympics and in the midst of turmoil, such as in Syria.  President Obama sent Ramadan Greetings to American Muslims.

I always appreciate the galleries showing Ramadan around the world, such as one here and here.

Table of Contents

Disclaimers
Eating the pre-fast/pre-dawn/peshmanay/suhoor/sehri meal
What to eat after sunset (fast break/iftar), and dinner
When to workout
Crossfit related (Weightlifting & Metcons/Endurance)
Weightlifting!
Fasting in countries with long days (19 or more hours) or the sun does not set or rise:
What I am personally doing this year
My Ramadan post from last year 2011

Disclaimers:  

You need to consider your own health, current fitness level, allergies, and consulting with your medical professional. What I have written is something you can use as a guide or help you make decisions on what you need or want to do for Ramadan.  I encourage you to do your own research as well.  Here are links to some diet theories to look into: paleo, primal, keto, Gary Taubes and Eades’ books.

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No Olympics, going forward, Ramadan/Fasting 2012, CNN & more!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Blog, News & Updates | Comments Off on No Olympics, going forward, Ramadan/Fasting 2012, CNN & more!

No Olympics, going forward, Ramadan/Fasting 2012, CNN & more!

London 2012 Summer Olympics and my last efforts

Ramadan/Fasting 2012

CNN Interview

new PR (Personal Record) on video

Updates on Amna S. Al Haddad – female Emirati weightlifter

Strong! documentary showing in Atlanta, GA (July 21, 2012) and other cities:

Campaign to change coloring books’ depiction of weightlifters

London 2012 Summer Olympics and my last efforts

Considering the date, we can all conclude that I am definitely not going to the Olympics, representing Pakistan in weightlifting.

I had been training full time and waiting on the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) wildcard slot decisions.  According to the documentation posted on the IWF website, there are a total of 4 female wildcard/invitational slots.

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Column: Time for IOC to stand firm against Saudis – by Paul Newberry

Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in Blog, News & Updates, Press Coverage | Comments Off on Column: Time for IOC to stand firm against Saudis – by Paul Newberry

I am mentioned & quoted in this article from a phone interview today. Paul Newberry also covered my story last year. Link to the article: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=oly&id=8133556

Regarding the Olympics, as of this post, I still do not know if Pakistan is getting a wild card invitation from the International Weightlifting Federation and IOC for a female invitational slot for weightlifting. Thanks everyone for your support, I appreciate the encouragement. I am still continuing to train as anything can happen or is possible.

Column: Time for IOC to stand firm against Saudis
Updated: July 5, 2012, 6:35 PM ET
Associated Press

“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit …”

Those are the International Olympics Committee’s own words, spelled out at the very beginning of its charter, right after the preamble, under a section known as “Fundamental Principles of Olympism.”

It’s time for the IOC to live up to them.

If Saudi Arabia won’t allow women to compete at the London Games, tell the guys who run the oil-rich kingdom they can keep the rest of their team — the men — at home, too.

No more negotiations. No more sorting out the details. This is a major issue, no less important than a stand taken by the IOC nearly a half-century ago when faced with the issue of apartheid in South Africa.

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Summer Olympics 2012? my summer training, videos, & youthful motivation

Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in Blog, News & Updates | Comments Off on Summer Olympics 2012? my summer training, videos, & youthful motivation

Summer Olympics 2012? my summer training, videos, & youthful motivation

I wanted to write some updates on how things are going.

Summer Olympics 2012

My Summer Training

Salmah Shaikh & my niece Amani Khan
2012 Asian Weightlifting Championships video compilations

Summer Olympics & Training
First: what I am asked the most about is if I will be participating in the Olympics. I currently do not know if I am competing this summer 2012 in London. I have been training the same way 6 days a week so that I can be prepared in case I get the opportunity to represent Pakistan, if Pakistan receives one of the 4 female invitational/wildcard slots from the International Weightlifting Federation and I am selected to be that female.

My Summer Training
I train in a garage gym with no air conditioning. Atlanta, Georgia USA gets pretty hot, and the weather is humid.  I have to make sure I consistently drink fluids, additionally, it is important to keep body temperature down, so in between sets I sit in front of a fan and hold two ice packs. One I hold under my hijab (headscarf) around my neck, and the other under my scarf on the back of my neck. When I go up to do my lifts, I have to really make sure I get a lot of breathing and oxygen, otherwise, I get dizzy and I do not want to pass out, especially when attempting a maximum attempt. I will write more about fasting and Ramadan this year in my next blog post. If I do get to go to the Olympics, I will again sell Pakistan weightlifting t-shirts for fundraising purposes.

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2012 Asian Weightlifting Championships rest of my trip

Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Blog, News & Updates | Comments Off on 2012 Asian Weightlifting Championships rest of my trip

This post is about the rest of competition and my stay. Below I have an index if you want to go to a particular section in this post. Again, I have inserted some pictures in this post, but the entire album links are also included.

Day 5 – Wednesday – April 25, 2012

Around the hotel and a traditional Korean lunch

62KG men’s A session & dinner

Day 6 – Thursday – April 26, 2012 – Seoul

Day 7 – Friday – April 27, 2012

Day 8 – Saturday – April 28, 2012 – Seoul

Day 9 – Sunday – April 29, 2012

Day 10 – Monday – April 30, 2012

105KG+ men’s A session and closing ceremony

Departure – Tuesday – May 1, 2012 – Back to Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Finally – More on dealing with weirdos, possible psychos and why that should not be a deterrent for women going to competitions

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2012 Asian Weightlifting Championships the day before & competition day (3 & 4)

Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Blog, News & Updates | Comments Off on 2012 Asian Weightlifting Championships the day before & competition day (3 & 4)

2012 Asian Weightlifting Championships the day before & competition day (3 & 4)

The experiences and stories from the day before I competed and the day I competed will be shared in this post (the entire trip is split into multiple posts). I will insert some pictures from my album and a video compilation of my competition and lifting in this post. I met so many people and there are so many stories, but my blog posts are already so long I can only share a fraction.

Here is a link to the full album day 4 (on my website, but also includes the link to the album on my Picasa page):

http://www.liftingcovered.com/2012-asian-weightlifting-championships-day-4-my-competition-day/

For easier reading, I will include index titles and sections, and you can click these anchors to go to the specific place in the post.

Day 3 – Monday – April 23, 2012

My weight class registration, 48 or 53kg?

Day 4 – Tuesday – April 24, 2012 – my competition day

53kg

The line up – Introduction of the Athletes

Competition & Results

Video Compilation

Drug Testing

Training plans for the future

Exploring the City – Pyeongtaek

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2012 Asian Weightlifting Championships Last day! April 30,2012

Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Blog, Gallery | Comments Off on 2012 Asian Weightlifting Championships Last day! April 30,2012

2012 Asian Weightlifting Championships Last day! April 30,2012

Monday April 30, 2012 – Last day

The training hall was being shut down but I got to have a photo opportunity with athletes from India YAY
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The training hall was being shut down but I got to have a photo opportunity with athletes from India YAY29-Apr-2012 22:15, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 32.0mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 320
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29-Apr-2012 22:16, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 20.0mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 320
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29-Apr-2012 22:17, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 21.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
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29-Apr-2012 22:20, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 3.2, 22.0mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 100
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29-Apr-2012 22:20, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 17.0mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 320
Gift from Lahore, Pakistan
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Gift from Lahore, Pakistan29-Apr-2012 22:55, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 4.0, 17.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 100
Mr Hafiz Imran and I.
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Mr Hafiz Imran and I.29-Apr-2012 23:14, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 17.0mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 160
 
Just in case you forgot what I looked like by myself
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Just in case you forgot what I looked like by myself29-Apr-2012 23:19, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 20.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
They performed a traditional song during the break
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They performed a traditional song during the break30-Apr-2012 00:42, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 44.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 320
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30-Apr-2012 00:42, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 47.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400
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30-Apr-2012 00:43, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 50.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 320
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30-Apr-2012 00:45, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 23.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
line up for the 105+ A session
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line up for the 105+ A session30-Apr-2012 00:50, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 50.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 320
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30-Apr-2012 00:53, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 50.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 320
 
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30-Apr-2012 00:53, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 50.0mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 320
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30-Apr-2012 00:54, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 50.0mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 320
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30-Apr-2012 00:55, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 50.0mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 320
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30-Apr-2012 00:55, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 50.0mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 320
 

Full album over at my Picasa Google+ page:

2012 Asian Weightlifting Champs. Last day! April 30,2012
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2012 Asian Weightlifting Day 8 & 9 28-29/4/2012

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2012 Asian Weightlifting Day 8 & 9 28-29/4/2012

Saturday & Sunday April 28-29, 2012 – Day 8 & 9

I took pictures (are you surprised) while waiting for the train to Seoul, in the Pyeong Taek station
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I took pictures (are you surprised) while waiting for the train to Seoul, in the Pyeong Taek station27-Apr-2012 20:33, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 17.0mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 250
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27-Apr-2012 20:34, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 20.0mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 125
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27-Apr-2012 20:34, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 25.0mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 125
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27-Apr-2012 20:35, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 50.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 160
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27-Apr-2012 20:35, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 3.2, 20.0mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 100
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27-Apr-2012 20:36, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 50.0mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 250
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27-Apr-2012 20:37, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 3.5, 30.0mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 100
 
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27-Apr-2012 20:37, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 29.0mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 640
TV while you wait
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TV while you wait27-Apr-2012 20:38, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 36.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
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27-Apr-2012 20:51, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 5.6, 21.0mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 100
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27-Apr-2012 20:51, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 7.1, 41.0mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
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27-Apr-2012 20:52, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 5.6, 17.0mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 100
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27-Apr-2012 20:52, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 7.1, 19.0mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 100
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27-Apr-2012 22:01, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 3.5, 32.0mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 100
 
a fair was going on in the city center
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a fair was going on in the city center27-Apr-2012 23:15, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 8.0, 20.0mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
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27-Apr-2012 23:16, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 8.0, 17.0mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 100
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27-Apr-2012 23:28, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 32.0, 25.0mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 250
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27-Apr-2012 23:28, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 32.0, 25.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 320
 

Full album over at my Picasa Google+ page:

2012 Asian Weightlifting Day 8 & Day 9 April 28-29
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2012 Asian Weightlifting Day 6 & 7 26-27/4/2012 (Seoul/Pyeongtaek)

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2012 Asian Weightlifting Day 6 & 7 26-27/4/2012 (Seoul/Pyeongtaek)

Thursday and Friday April 26-27, 2012 – Day 6&7

on the train to Seoul
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on the train to Seoul26-Apr-2012 00:03, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 17.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 320
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26-Apr-2012 00:05, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 5.6, 17.0mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 100
Seoul station
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Seoul station26-Apr-2012 00:11, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 5.6, 23.0mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 100
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26-Apr-2012 00:11, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 6.3, 23.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 100
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26-Apr-2012 00:12, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 5.0, 22.0mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 100
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LOTTE Store (its like a Walmart, sort of)
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LOTTE Store (its like a Walmart, sort of)26-Apr-2012 00:42, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 4.0, 17.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 100
 
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Seoul metro
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Seoul metro26-Apr-2012 02:00, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 31.0mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 125
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26-Apr-2012 02:00, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 31.0mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 250
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26-Apr-2012 02:14, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 47.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 320
Olympic stadium.  They were setting up for Lady Gaga
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Olympic stadium. They were setting up for Lady Gaga26-Apr-2012 03:02, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 7.1, 38.0mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
 
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26-Apr-2012 03:03, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 8.0, 47.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
Olympic park
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Olympic park26-Apr-2012 03:04, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 9.0, 22.0mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
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26-Apr-2012 03:04, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 6.3, 17.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 100
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26-Apr-2012 03:05, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 9.0, 17.0mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
 

Full album over at my Picasa Google+ page:

2012 Asian Weightlifting Day 6 & Day 7 April 26-27 (Seoul/Pyeongtaek)
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2012 Asian Weightlifting Championships Day 5 April 25, 2012

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2012 Asian Weightlifting Championships Day 5 April 25, 2012

Wednesday April 25nd, 2012 – Day 5
Some walking around Songtan. We watch the men’s 62 kg A session. Travis video recorded the lifts, I took pictures. Dinner.

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25-Apr-2012 00:00, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 8.0, 17.0mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 100
near our hotel, all the country flags were set up on the bridge road
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near our hotel, all the country flags were set up on the bridge road25-Apr-2012 00:01, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 7.1, 17.0mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 100
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McDonalds is everywhere, even walking distance to our hotel
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McDonalds is everywhere, even walking distance to our hotel25-Apr-2012 00:23, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 26.0mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 125
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25-Apr-2012 00:25, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 28.0mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 800
they sell a bulgogi burger
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they sell a bulgogi burger25-Apr-2012 00:26, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 20.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
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7-11
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25-Apr-2012 00:51, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 17.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
I felt bad that I had the huge umbrella and they were sharing a mini one. (This was on the way to a restaurant, they helped me with translation)
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I felt bad that I had the huge umbrella and they were sharing a mini one. (This was on the way to a restaurant, they helped me with translation)25-Apr-2012 02:04, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 5.0, 17.0mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 100
 

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2012 Asian Weightlifting Championships Day 5 April 25, 2012
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2012 Asian Weightlifting Championships Day 4 (My Competition Day)

Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Blog, Gallery | Comments Off on 2012 Asian Weightlifting Championships Day 4 (My Competition Day)

2012 Asian Weightlifting Championships Day 4 (My Competition Day)

Tuesday April 24nd, 2012 – Day 4

just like the daewoo buses in Pakistan!
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just like the daewoo buses in Pakistan!23-Apr-2012 18:45, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 17.0mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 160
Retro tape cassettes YAY!
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Retro tape cassettes YAY!23-Apr-2012 18:45, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 45.0mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 400
testing out the camera
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testing out the camera23-Apr-2012 20:23, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 17.0mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 2000
testing out the camera & waiting for the 53kg weigh in.  This was probably after I saw special friend #1 (read my blog post if you want to know more)
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testing out the camera & waiting for the 53kg weigh in. This was probably after I saw special friend #1 (read my blog post if you want to know more)23-Apr-2012 20:24, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 17.0mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 3200
intros and line up
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intros and line up23-Apr-2012 22:50, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 17.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
Presentation of the athletes (read my blog if you want to know why I lifted in the 53kg and not in the 48kg session)
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Presentation of the athletes (read my blog if you want to know why I lifted in the 53kg and not in the 48kg session)23-Apr-2012 22:51, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 50.0mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 320
the technical officials & Judges
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the technical officials & Judges23-Apr-2012 22:52, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 50.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 3200
 
Snatch, 1st attempt 40kg
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Snatch, 1st attempt 40kg23-Apr-2012 23:05, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 40.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 2000
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23-Apr-2012 23:05, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 40.0mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 1600
3rd (sucessful attempt of 42KG)
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3rd (sucessful attempt of 42KG)23-Apr-2012 23:07, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 50.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 2000
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23-Apr-2012 23:09, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 50.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 2000
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23-Apr-2012 23:09, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 50.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 2000
Video screenshots of my 3rd attempt at 42kg.  This was my best lift in regards to technique and speed.
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Video screenshots of my 3rd attempt at 42kg. This was my best lift in regards to technique and speed.
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23-Apr-2012 23:46, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 50.0mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 1600
 
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23-Apr-2012 23:46, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 50.0mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 1600
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23-Apr-2012 23:46, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 50.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 2000
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23-Apr-2012 23:46, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 50.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 2000
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23-Apr-2012 23:49, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 22.0mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 800
 

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2012 Asian Weightlifting Championships (My competition session) Day 4 April 24, 2012
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2012 Asian Weightlifting Championships Days 1&2

Posted by on Apr 22, 2012 in Blog, News & Updates | 1 comment

First in the news:
USOC lifted the bar for Muslim woman by Philip Hersh at the Chicago Tribune:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/globetrotting/chi-usoc-lifted-the-bar-for-muslim-woman-20120412,0,5770306.column He also wrote 2 other articles last year. here and here

The IWF also has a copy here: http://www.iwf.net/2012/04/16/usoc-lifted-the-bar-for-muslim-woman/

Asian WL Championships Preparations

My schedule has been pretty hectic till I got to sit on the plane (and finally started typing towards this blog post). I generally train 6 days a week. When my shoulder got better, I started adding 2 days of 2 workout sessions for a total of 8 visits to the gym. I have been really focusing on snatch and the split jerk (my weaknesses) trying to be more consistent in technique. Doing a lot of volume work helps to maintain consistency which will lead to being able to get higher weights, as the higher you go and the closer the weight is to body weight, the more precise and fast you need to be in these lifts.

Day by day, I managed my time and had on going to do lists to prepare for Korea and I think this time (and hope) it will be more calm and an easier experience.

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