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April 21, 2016

Inner Strength: Amna Al Haddad Raises the Bar

Five years ago, Amna Al Haddad was a young journalist in the United Arab Emirates with an unhealthy lifestyle. This April 25, she hopes to qualify for Rio. 

“Before all this, I was depressed and a few pounds overweight,” Al Haddad recalls. “Then there was a day where I was like, ‘You can do much more than this. You can be better than this.' So, I said to myself, ‘Go and do something. Go for a walk.’ And that’s what I did. I went for a walk and that changed my life. From there, I started going to the gym normally and then I got into CrossFit, which changed my view of strength sports for women, and I just fell in love with weightlifting.”

This discovery eventually took her to the United States for her first competition. Located in Columbus, Ohio, it introduced her to a world of athletes with similar goals and her future coach, who encouraged her to transfer to Akron, Ohio, where he trained. The push was all Al Haddad needed to move from her home in Dubai to a training environment with a more established infrastructure for female weightlifters. Once settled in Akron, her new coach and the opportunity to train regularly with other athletes in her sport accelerated her progress. And despite a back injury last summer, Al Haddad still has her gaze set on Rio and qualifying with the UAE team, but her goals stretch beyond the games.

“It’s a journey. It’s not just going to Rio or not. It’s more about learning about who you are, and how you can impact the world in a positive way and that’s what I want to focus on: Keep impacting the world in a positive way.”

Amna Trains In This Gear

 

Amna's Favorite Things

Nike Free Transform Flyknit

“I love Nike Free. It’s all I want to wear when I’m not in my weightlifting shoes! The way it moves and expands with your foot is just perfect for me to wear in the gym when I’m not lifting or even just walking around.”

Nike Legend Poly Drift Tight

“The fit is really good – both the way they look as well as how they feel. And they come in so many patterns, which is really fun.“

Nike Metcon 2

“I think it’s so cool that Nike is making a shoe for high-intensity training. I want to inspire people with my story to get more into strength sports, and Nike wants that too, which is really important to me.”

To learn more about Amna and how she advances her athleticism check out the Nike Training Twitter and Instagram channels.

Inner Strength Documentary Series

This is the ninth installment of a documentary series that captures the inspiration and motivation that drive Nike athletes in their training. Their journeys vary as do their goals, but they share a common obsession with athleticism.