Purposeful Fitness with Coach Ola
The Reality and Struggles of Triathlon Racing & Swimming for the Muslim Woman-Athlete

The Reality and Struggles of Triathlon Racing & Swimming for the Muslim Woman-Athlete

January 25, 2021

Introduction

 

In today’s episode, from the #swim4akhirah campaign, Coach Ola, Jeri, and Khadijah will discuss the reality and struggles of triathlon racing and swimming for the Muslim woman and athlete. The perspectives shared are quite interesting and unique so please enjoy this podcast with us.

 

Summary and Key Takeaways

 

Overall, there are many potential struggles a Muslim athlete may have to face but there is definitely hope. Their stories can help motivate and inspire you to become an athlete and participate in a triathlon. They have overcome these hurdles and it is truly exceptional and exciting to learn how. With focus and determination, so much good is possible.

 

Here are some key takeaways:

 

~Struggles as a Muslim athlete are shared as well as stories of success and overcoming them.

 

~Racism as an athlete is touched upon as well as what we can do to help remedy it and protect ourselves from its many negative effects.

 

~How they prepared/trained for their triathlon journey.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Thank you for joining us for this interesting presentation! We hope that you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have. Wishing you confidence, happiness, and success on your journey ahead!

 

Be Strong. Be Fit. BeFit4Akhirah!

 

Questions? 

Email befit4akhirah@gmail.com

 

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The Struggle of swimming for the Muslim Woman in Africa (English + Arabic)

The Struggle of swimming for the Muslim Woman in Africa (English + Arabic)

January 13, 2021

Introduction

 

In today’s episode, from the #swim4akhirah campaign, Coach Ola, Naadhirah, and Nipal will discuss the struggle of swimming for the muslim woman living in Africa.

 

Summary and Key Takeaways

 

Overall, this discussion delves into detail regarding what it's like to be a Muslim female swimmer in Africa. Please join us for this interesting discussion.

 

Here are some key takeaways:

~How did Fr3kls Aquatic begin?

~What problems and struggles might women in Africa experience as a Muslim swimmer?

~How can we support Muslim women in the middle east to become swimmers?

 

Conclusion

 

Thank you for joining us for this interesting presentation! We hope that you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have. Wishing you confidence, happiness, and success on your journey ahead!

 

Be Strong. Be Fit. BeFit4Akhirah!

 

Questions? 

Email befit4akhirah@gmail.com

 

Be sure to join the Purposeful Fitness Facebook group for support, chances to win prizes, workout calendars, and more!

The Impact of Working Out in Swimsuit on Mental Health

The Impact of Working Out in Swimsuit on Mental Health

January 6, 2021

Introduction

 

In today’s episode, from the #swim4akhirah campaign, Coach Ola and Abbie Fish will discuss how swimsuits can impact our mental health. This is an important topic for the modern day athlete as well as everyone else so be sure to tune in for the details!

 

Summary and Key Takeaways

 

Overall, this discussion delves into detail regarding swimsuits' impact on our individual mental health.

 

Here are some key takeaways:

 

~Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, and Allison Schmitt were discussed as well as swimmings' impact on their mental health.

 

~Sleep is critical for mental health! Coach Ola and Abbie Fish discuss the importance of a sometimes neglected habit.

 

~Stress management is another important factor that is delved into and we cannot afford to overlook it.

 

~Swimsuits can have a negative effect on many people and this may lead to them feeling insecure about their own bodies and comparing themselves to others. This subject is also investigated.

 

Conclusion

 

Thank you for joining us for this interesting presentation! We hope that you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have. Wishing you confidence, happiness, and success on your journey ahead!

 

Be Strong. Be Fit. BeFit4Akhirah!

 

Questions? 

Email befit4akhirah@gmail.com

 

Be sure to join the Purposeful Fitness Facebook group for support, chances to win prizes, workout calendars, and more!

Why the Muslim Communities Need to Speak Up More about Swimming for the Future Generation

Why the Muslim Communities Need to Speak Up More about Swimming for the Future Generation

December 30, 2020

Introduction

 

In today’s episode, from the #swim4akhirah campaign, Coach Ola and Nura will discuss the importance of Muslim communities speaking up about swimming for future generations. Please join us on this interesting talk and learn why swimming should be a topic of discussion for Muslims.

 

Summary and Key Takeaways

 

Overall, this discussion delves into detail regarding the importance of swimming and why it should be discussed with Muslims. Also, the appropriate ages to begin speaking to children regarding swimming.

 

Here are some key takeaways:

 

~At what age should children first be introduced to and spoken with about swimming? The Red Cross had mentioned that babies as early as 6 months could be taught. Muslims are also recommended to learn swimming due to the fact that it may be considered a sunnah.

 

~The hazards of leaving children alone in the water are immense. The parents should have knowledge of swimming because children can drown in the time it takes to respond to a text. Children should always be taught to ask permission before entering the water.

 

~Aquaphobia was also mentioned as well as some strategies to deal with this fear.

 

Conclusion

 

Thank you for joining us for this interesting presentation! We hope that you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have. Swimming is important and should definitely be discussed within the Muslim communities!

 

Be Strong. Be Fit. BeFit4Akhirah!

 

Questions? 

Email befit4akhirah@gmail.com

 

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History of Burikini & Modest Swimwear for Muslim Women & Women of Faith

History of Burikini & Modest Swimwear for Muslim Women & Women of Faith

December 23, 2020

Introduction

 

In today’s episode, from the #swim4akhirah campaign, Coach Ola and Shereen will discuss the history of the burkini. Please join us on this interesting talk and learn about the origins of the burkini and where it actually came from.

 

Summary and Key Takeaways

 

Overall, this discussion delves into detail regarding modest swimwear, where burkini originally came from, and the limitations that can come with modest fashion choices. It is important we recognize these key issues so we can make efforts to change how the world views modest swimmers.

 

Here are some key takeaways:

 

~The Christian/Jewish/Mormon groups actually were the first at popularizing modest swimwear.

 

~Burkini is actually a trademark term from a company and not just a style of bathing suit.

 

~Muslim teens may have felt limited fashion-wise due to the prior limited styles of modest swimwear.

 

~The design and fabrication of a swimsuit is also discussed.

 

~How did Splashgear come to be?

 

Conclusion

 

Thank you for joining us for this interesting presentation! We hope that you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have. Modest swimwear can be both stylish and comfortable and waves are being made to improve on that front. 

 

Be Strong. Be Fit. BeFit4Akhirah!

 

Questions? 

Email befit4akhirah@gmail.com

 

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The Importance of Water Safety & Learning How to Swim for Muslim Mothers

The Importance of Water Safety & Learning How to Swim for Muslim Mothers

December 16, 2020

Introduction

 

In today’s episode, from the #swim4akhirah campaign, Coach Ola, Carly, and Shanay will dive deep into water safety. They will also discuss how muslim mothers can incorporate swimming into their lives. Tune in for this interesting talk, with your favorite drink, and enjoy!

 

Summary and Key Takeaways

 

Overall, there are many hurdles to being a muslim woman especially living in the Western world. With our knowledge and efforts we want to make it easier for muslim ladies to swim and feel comfortable and happy doing so. Mothers are also included in this goal! Water safety is of critical importance for everyone as well.

 

Here are some key takeaways:

 

~Community centers could consider giving muslim ladies exclusive pool time.

 

~The CDC reports that ages 1-4 are the highest risk so water safety should be prioritized. 

 

~Learning how to swim is a recommended sunnah!

 

~Even if lifeguards are present you should always be near your children.

 

~Children should always be taught to ask permission to go to the pool/water.

 

~Life-vests should be strongly considered for all youth and adults unable to swim.

 

~Always swim with a buddy!

 

~Four-sided fencing should be placed around all bodies of water near your home especially if you have children. (ex: pools/hot tubs/koi fish ponds etc.)

 

~Get proper swim classes/education from instructors like Coach Ola! You could also take Coach Ola’s swimming course by clicking here.

 

Conclusion

 

Thank you for joining us! Remember to stay safe while swimming. The fact that swimming is a sunnah should prove to be motivational to us all. Overall, consider getting swimming classes or taking a swimming course to stay as safe as possible. Have a lovely week ahead!

 

Be Strong. Be Fit. BeFit4Akhirah!

 

Questions? 

Email befit4akhirah@gmail.com

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The mechanics behind dryland training for swimmers with Fabio Comana

The mechanics behind dryland training for swimmers with Fabio Comana

August 19, 2020

Fabio Comana is the director of continuing education for NASM®, and a faculty member at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. He was the original developer of ACE’s Integrated Fitness Training™ (IFT™) model and led development on their personal trainer educational workshops. Fabio has a wealth of experience from working as a collegiate head coach, strength and conditioning coach, and club manager for Club One. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, NASM, NSCA. 

 

In our interview, we dived in-depth around these topics:

  • The three pillars of training.
  • The importance of myofascial tissue for dryland training programs.
  • The lower extremities movement mechanics 

And of course so much more. 

 

We also would love to invite you to our social media campaign: #Swim4Akhirah and join us in our virtual webinars. To learn more about them, please visit www.linktree.com/befit4akhirah and make sure to follow along on social media @befit4akhirah

 

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Be Strong. Be Fit. BeFit4akhirah!

How to stay resilient during COVID-19 with Yaz Kubba?

How to stay resilient during COVID-19 with Yaz Kubba?

May 20, 2020

Today we meet with a special guest and personal friend, Yaz! We discuss favorite workouts and the importance of recovery. We also discuss how to make the most out of the COVID-19 situation and how to handle the quarantine. Optimism is imperative at this time and focusing on your mental health is critical. 

Reading is also discussed as well as how you can get your family members involved with your fitness at this time. 

Please enjoy this fun interview and stay safe and healthy!

 Make sure to follow us along on social media and tag us along:

Yaz @Yazfitpt and Ola @befit4akhirah

Be Strong. Be Fit. BeFit4Akhirah!

How to take care of your immunity system during Ramadan and Covid-19 with Noor Salem

How to take care of your immunity system during Ramadan and Covid-19 with Noor Salem

May 13, 2020

In today's episode, we discuss how you can take care of your immune system during Ramadan and also during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Noor Salem discusses the importance of organic foods and to prioritize eating as healthy as possible. The transition from processed foods to natural is an important one. Please join us as we learn how we can strengthen our immunity, in sha Allah. 

Noor Salem is the author of Sunnah Superfoods and can be found on www.noortrition.com

 

Be Strong. Be Fit. BeFit4Akhirah.

How mothers can manage their fitness journey during Ramadan & during covid-19 with Hanan Fadel

How mothers can manage their fitness journey during Ramadan & during covid-19 with Hanan Fadel

May 6, 2020

In today's episode, we discuss how mothers can manage their fitness journeys during the COVID-19 pandemic and during Ramadan.

Hanan Fadel discusses her personal training and how she specifically trains moms. She also discusses some of the difficulties moms may experience. This can bring up some potential hurdles especially at a time like now when someone may be fasting and may also be self-isolating. 

Hanan also discusses the importance of self-care and not pushing yourself too hard. She mentions how to make use of micro-workouts and still feel successful during these types of times.

She also gets into how to use exercise itself as a form of self-care and the difficulties of fasting while nursing.

QUE -> ROUTINE -> REWARD chain for habits is also discussed.

Let's explore how we can deal with some of these issues in today's episode. Join us. Whether you're a mom or not you may benefit from these ideas. #noexcuses #momlife

 

Be Strong. Be Fit. BeFit4Akhirah.

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