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.


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!


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)!