For Taz, CrossFit isn’t a matter of life and death – it’s more important than that! He had a taste of the Games in 2017 (Teens 16-17) and he’s going to Squat, Deadlift and Press all day everyday until he hits his goals. Get on the gain train and enjoy the ride because he’s got a big future ahead of him.
What’s your name and how old are you?
My name is Murtaza Nadeem and I am 17 years old.
How long have you been doing CrossFit and where do you train?
My first ever CrossFit workout was on December 23rd of 2015 (12 Days of Christmas) and I train at CrossFit Rotherham AKA the best gym in the world.
What keeps you coming back for more?What achievements are you most proud of?
I have a goal that I must reach. It’s either succeed or die so everyday I have to chip away at a wall till I get there. The most proud moment so far was probably Event 2 at the Games. Prior to the Games I’ve always lost competitions on the assault bike and I had to work really hard to get good at it. Coming 2nd on an assault bike workout was a big shock, I was expecting to finish well below top 10.
How was the Open / AGOQs / Games for you this year?
The Open was awesome, I went in with the mindset of finishing in the top 20 and after only the first workout I was on top of the leaderboard. The AGOQ was insanely stressful. I had no idea of what scores were good enough so I had to really put my faith in my fitness and say “this is the best I could do so this is good enough”.
Finally… the Games. At the time it felt like death! Constantly nervous, constantly stressed and constantly getting beat up by one workout after the other. Now however, I look back and it was the best time of my life. That is where I belong and that it where my end goal lies.
What are your strengths?
I’d like to say my strength is my cardio however that has not been the case recently. I think I have a long way before I’m as as fit as I’d like to be… A looong way away.
What are your weaknesses?
Until the games my main weakness was strength. I was always one of the weakest but I’m happy that it’s no longer the case. However, that’s among the teens. I’m up against the big boys now so it’s time to get even stronger now and even fitter as well.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Hmm I’m tempted to say I see myself as the Fittest on Earth in 5 years but even though 5 years is a long long time and alot can happen, I still don’t think I’ll be there by then. Realistically Id say at the games somewhere in the top 10 but I could always say screw it and go for 1st place anyway.
Who does your programming?
My training is programmed by Jak Cornwaith from JST Compete, my coach and I change the program around sometimes so we can get to doing what we want to do as well. The program is awesome but I also need my coach to see me and make technical adjustments straight away to prevent bad habits.
Can we find you on social media?
Who do you follow on social media that you’d recommend to others?
I only follow people or pages who motivate me. I follow a lot of athletes as they are doing what I’m working towards. I’d definitely recommend the teen athletes as there are some beasts out there. Luis Oscar Mora, GUI Malheiros, George Sterner, Daniel Ostolaza and many many more. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of us teens qualify for the games next year so watch the space!
Other pages I would recommend are my sponsors pages where you can keep up with some competitions I may be doing as a representative of ICON, Evolve RX, PH Nutrition, 80/20 health bar and kitchen and Vitamyn. I would also recommend my training partner Matt Rodway who’s been on onboard the gain train ever since I started!
What’s always in your kitbag?
Food. I always prep my entire days food early in the morning (thanks to Lucy Majury AKA my amazing nutritionist) and carry it around with me until I get back home at the end of the day.
Check out this great blog post for a fantastic insight on Taz’s nutrition and training during Ramadan
What advice would you give to a young person just starting out in CrossFit?
Go hard or go home.
If your goal is to be the best then you gotta work harder than the rest. Focus first on technique, it’s literally the most important thing ever. Once you’ve nailed that then add the weight and if you want to get stronger simply squat, deadlift and press all day every day…. Well, just everyday if you can.
Who or what inspires you?
Everyone inspires me. I could look at the best athletes as well as the worst athletes and find inspiration from both. Inspiration is everywhere, we just have to see them. And seeing them comes with a possible mindset.
Probably from Eric Thomas:
“Don’t try to quit, you’re already hurt, your already in pain, get a reward from it.”
I also really like this one:
“If it was easy, everyone would do it”.
What question would you have asked yourself that I missed? (& answer it)
If you’d have asked how big my biceps are, I’d just say “huge”.
Thanks for a great interview, Taz!
Check out the other athletes in the Meet the Teens series