I’m the Director of Zone 4 and TNT for Onelife Fitness and Sport&Health Clubs. I’m happily married, and have a 9-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy. My wife is way smarter than me, and my kids are super athletes – I’ve been training them since they were two weeks old… seriously. I love strength coaching, road biking, and good food!
What makes your training style unique?:
I’m first and foremost a teacher. Not only do I want to guide my clients through effective workouts and help them adopt productive mindsets, my overarching goal is to teach why the training is necessary. As they begin to understand its importance, they start being more mindful of their overall health.
If you could change one behavior you see in your clients, what would it be?:
Effort. Simply put, sometimes you have to suck it up and do your best. How much weight you can lift or how quickly you can complete an exercise isn’t important – I don’t care if you’re a superstar. To me, the most important behavior is a commitment to trying your very best in every rep.
What is your favorite exercise? Why?:
Squats, hands down. Squats hit all of the largest muscle groups in the body. Because of the workload, a lot of endorphins are released, and they make you feel great.
Briefly describe your weekly workout schedule. Is it seasonal? How many rest days do you take each week?:
I usually do 2x 40-minute full-body strength training sessions, very similar to our Zone 4 and TNT progressions. I spend about 5 hours each week on my road bike as well. There isn’t an in or out season for me – I’m not competing in anything, just maintaining my health and fitness.
What is your favorite outdoor Washington D.C. activity? Do you have a favorite hike or run?:
Road-biking. There are so many great bicycle paths in our area, not to mention all the bike-friendly roads. In an area frequented by tourists, it’s nice to visit some of those tourist-y sites while getting a great cardio workout.
How do you recover from a tough workout?:
It’s all about proper nutrition – nothing crazy. Make sure you’re getting enough protein for your body, stay hydrated, and get effective, dedicated rest.
What is your favorite place in DC to get a healthy meal?:
My favorite spot is Moby Dicks. It’s an authentic Persian kabob house that uses traditional cooking techniques. I’m Persian, so it’s easy for me to get enveloped by the atmosphere.
Do you have anything on the horizon you would like to share?:
May is Get Active America month, so we're inviting everyone to come into their local Sport&Health or Onelife Fitness to try a free week of Zone 4 training. Tell them Maz sent you!