We interviewed the CrossFit athlete Rana El Deeb, the fittest woman in Egypt for the year 2017 and the winner of the 9th place at the 2017 El Fit competition.
Can you tell us about your background?
I have no sports background, other than doing some swimming, gymnastics, and basketball as a kid. After graduation and starting a desk job as a translator, I gained a little extra weight and started going to the gym to lose some weight like most people. I did that, but then I became addicted to working out because I loved the effect on my body and what I’ve become able to do.
How did you start?
I knew about Crossfit online and started doing it with a couple of friends back in Alexandria. After a while, I decided to quit my job and pursue my passion in CrossFit. I started by taking the Crossfit Level 1 course, which enables you to become a CF trainer, to understand the sport better and help other people live a better life. While I was in Dubai for the course, I met a couple of Crossfit Stars coaches who were there for the same course. We became friends and after we got back to Egypt, they invited me to train with them in the box and that’s when I heard about that competitor’s program Coached by Ramy Saleh. I asked to join the program because I was hooked on the sport and the progress am making. At first, it was very hard as I received the program online and did it on my own in Alexandria, which was very hard as we didn’t have a fully equipped box at that time. However, when it was time for the online worldwide annual CrossFit competition, The Open 2015, I decided to move to Cairo to pursue my passion in competing and coaching CrossFit.
How often do you train?
I mostly train twice a day 5 days a week, with 1-day recovery work, and 1 complete rest. However, I built up the intensity over time.
How did you make it?
I moved to Cairo with one goal in mind, be the best athlete that I could be and winning the open one day. Luckily, I achieved my goal this year and It only happened through hard work and commitment. I had to make a lot of sacrifices and make my training, learning, and self-development a priority. This means paying attention to every aspect of your life, from training, nutrition, and recovery, and skipping a lot of social outings and family events. However, for me, it was all worth it. I still have a long way to go as an athlete and a lot more to achieve.