Building a strong body and a strong mind have always been two of my most important focuses. For as long as I can remember, I’ve worked hard to overcome physical and mental challenges and strived to learn, grow and get stronger in the process.
I was born with severe pigeon toes in both feet, and I had surgery on my ankles when I was four months old. Despite wearing special shoes and getting physical therapy, it took me 10 years to learn to walk normally. To this day, I still experience knee and ankle pain — but I’ve never let it slow me down. In fact, my condition motivated me to always push beyond my limits and achieve my goals of getting stronger. During this lifelong journey, I became interested in the science behind exercise and recovery.
After getting my Master’s degree in exercise science and injury prevention, I began to pursue a Ph.D. in the same field. However, because of my deep interest in Eastern medicine and its principles of recovery, I switched to getting a Doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.
I moved from Iran to the United State in 2010, and since then have tried to learn from the best people in the industry — people who truly focus on fitness, strength and longevity. I’ve focused my training on Kettlebells, Barbells, Sandbags, TRX and bodyweight workouts because I know those programs produce sustainable results.
Here are a list of my certifications and continuing education degrees.
- Strong First Elite
- DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Master Trainer
- Certified Black Rank TRX Coach
- NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
- McGill Method Back & Spine Master
- Certified Functional & Strength Coach
- FMS Level 1
- Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach
It’s always been important to me to learn from people who are open, honest, and follow practical philosophies and training protocols. And now, after 17 years in the industry, I have the opportunity to put this training to use at THE STRONG DNA.
As one of my favorite philosophers, Marcus Aurelius, said: “You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” That’s exactly what I strive to do here at THE STRONG DNA — give you the science, tools, and the support you need to make your mind and body stronger than ever.