Welcome to FGA Athlete Spotlight! We, as a modest activewear brand, are here to support Muslim Athletes, Personal Trainers, Coaches and Content Creators in the health and wellness space, share their stories to inspire you to choose active living as a way of life, get started on your fitness journey and do amazing things in this world.
The first Athlete in this series is Mya Arifin, a Sydney-based mum of two, a personal trainer, a coach, a mentor and a muslimah.
Q: How did your fitness journey begin? How did it transform your life?
My official fitness journey started when the kids were younger about 7 years ago, I was tired, drained and I felt like I needed to do something about.
One day I was walking past my local shops and I saw a ladies only gym it was on the top floor and stairs only. I walked in and the lady at the desk (the owner) greeted me so warmly and had a chat with me. I felt something straight away and signed up that very day.
As I started a routine of doing the fitness classes I realised, this is something I would love to do as a career. I had always loved physical activities and was a bit of a tomboy when I was younger and I finally decided to further study and completed my Certificate III in fitness in 2015 and finished my diploma in fitness in 2019.
It has changed my life for the better in so many ways and I thank Allah (God) for it daily.
Q: What is the best thing about being a Personal Trainer?
The best thing about being a personal trainer is changing peoples lives, the fact that I am blessed with the skill to bettering peoples life is so humbling and gratifying it honestly makes me love my job even more.
Q: Have you encountered any challenges being a Muslim (Hijabi) woman in fitness? How did you overcome them?
At the moment I’m extremely lucky because I do life in a Muslim populated city and most of the women and people I work with are of the same faith, in saying that I’m not afraid to show that a Muslim woman can be covered, wear hijab and be fit and healthy.
Q: What is your number one advice for Muslim sisters who want to start their fitness journey?
The number one advice I would give Muslim sisters that are starting their fitness journey is to take it one step at a time. Pace yourself, it’s not about how fast you can get to your fitness goals it’s about how you can sustain the goals and keep it going throughout your life.
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