Amna Al Haddad
Sports Pioneer from the Middle East


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My First Int’l Weightlifting Competition Prep

Published on February 12th, 2013 | by Amna Al Haddad

The past few months have been nothing but grueling. Tears were shed. Blood was spilled. Breakthroughs took place. PR’s followed. All for training to get ready for my first weightlifting competition where I will be representing [&hellip... Read More



2012 in The Rearview Mirror: Crossfit, Journalism & Olympics

Published on January 1st, 2013 | by Amna Al Haddad

The best way to describe 2012 is that it has been like an unpredictable flight turbulence. Overwhelming. Emotional. Adventurous. Scary. Relieving. Exciting. But most of all, it has been life-changing. As human beings we grow up [&hellip... Read More



Seminar: Development of Weightlifting Sport in the UAE

Published on December 26th, 2012 | by Amna Al Haddad

The sport of weightlifting in definitely taking a big notice in the UAE and there are definitely a lot of efforts and steps being taken to improve the sport. Last weekend, I attended The Olympic Solidarity [&hellip... Read More



Reuters Photoshoot

Published on November 16th, 2012 | by Amna Al Haddad

Reuters Photoshoot Pictures taken by Jumana Al Heloueh at Train With FAST performance center in Dubai  ... Read More

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    Welcome to 999 Fitness

    Amna Al Haddad is a sports pioneer and female sport advocate from the Middle East. The first Emirati Hijabi Olympic Weightlifter, Nike Sponsored Athlete, and Arab Crossfitter competed in Asia Regionals. Holder of 9 IWF event medals. Motivational Speaker and Writer. Follow her journey here!

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    It was just like any typical day, sitting with my family with the TV on a UAE channel, that a petite, hijab-wearing young Emirati girl came on. She was pushing and pulling herself over and under obstacles and lifting weights. It was a local competition in Dubai that she was competing in alongside a big group of foreigners. I was determined to find out what this young Emirati girl was doing and to join in on the fun! After a little online investigation…that’s when I first knew who Amna Al-Haddad was and discovered the sport that has taken over my life, CrossFit.

    1st Kuwaiti Asia Regional competitor 2013

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