Tell us a little about you
My name is Feeroozeh Saghafi (Fee for short :) ) and I’m a part-time post-baccalaureate student at Cleveland State University as well as a CrossFit coach at CrossFit Mentality and a 2x CrossFit Games athlete.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and an MBA from John Carroll University. My love of sport and fitness stems from being involved in sports throughout my middle school, high school, and some college years. I turned to CrossFit early on as a freshman in college in order to develop healthy lifestyle habits, regain a sense of confidence in myself, and find freedom through movement alongside energetic and hard-working people.
Where did your fitness/athletic journey begin?
My CrossFit journey began when I was 18 years old, a freshman at John Carroll University, and was struggling to find a consistent and fun routine at the gym. I was not able to find the accountability I needed to maintain good healthy habits, I was lost at the gym when I went alone and had zero motivation to stick to something and be consistent. This is when someone introduced me to CrossFit and how it could help offer something different!
I took a look into it and began incorporating some workouts at my local gym. Soon enough, I called up the nearest CrossFit gym to give it a try and was hooked ever since! About a year and a half into CrossFit I began to look at the professional CrossFit athletes and admire their hard work, their confidence, and how beautiful their strength was- my goals began to shift and I wanted to chase the possibility of becoming one of those strong girls I was seeing on television.
I decided to call Scott Panchik at CrossFit Mentality to try several sessions at his gym- I instantly fell in love with the coaching, the programming, and his supportive community. I went from starting from nothing to qualifying to regionals as a team athlete, then qualifying as an individual regionals athlete, to now qualifying for my second CrossFit Games season.
What’s your favorite part of your sport?
I love that CrossFit is one of the most versatile and inclusive sports that is truly meant for anyone who is willing to put in the time and effort. It tests various elements of true fitness: running, swimming, biking, gymnastics, powerlifting, Olympic lifting, and agility- just to name a few. This sport allows an athlete to show their overall fitness capacity through various tests and time domains.
What I love most is that this is not a sport that cares about your weight or you're aesthetic- CrossFit is all about performance across the board and showing what your body is capable of!
What would people be surprised to know about you?
When I first started CrossFit I was extremely unfit, I was about 25lbs overweight, and I had ZERO experience walking through the gym doors. I have never lifted a barbell, had zero gymnastics background, had lost any conditioning I once had in high school.
What do you do outside of training?
Outside of training, I enjoy getting outside to play sports, enjoying the fresh air on a walk or on a hike, spending time with friends and family, traveling, exploring new restaurants and coffee shops, and taking time to try anything NEW
What’s your favorite kind of dessert?
ICE CREAM!! Favorite ice cream from Cleveland’s own, Mitchell’s Ice Cream
What’s been your most memorable time as an athlete?
So far my most memorable time as an athlete was getting to compete in the Coliseum at the CrossFit Games. It is a stage that I have dreamt of competing in since I began watching the CrossFit Games and wondered how that energy would feel like, being surrounded by thousands of fans, and having the honor to compete against the fittest in the WORLD.
It was a special moment- I went from dreaming it to living it my rookie year! Before beginning the weekend, Scott made sure to tell me to soak EVERY single moment in, make sure you smile, you look at the crowd and never allow a moment to slip away because being at the Games is an honor and the next year is never promised. And that’s exactly what I did!
What does your diet/nutrition look like?
I don’t follow a specific diet but I do make sure to eat clean, whole foods for most of my nutrition while still enjoying indulging meals 1-2x a week. I work with Mike Molloy at M2 Performance and Nutrition- he has been a tremendous addition to my performance as an athlete because he is able to monitor my intake, see what and how I am eating, how it is impacting my energy and performance levels, and adjust things accordingly. I eat about 6 meals a day and currently consume anywhere between 2,700 calories- 3,000 calories per day (depending on training volume).
Tell us a little about your training regimen - how do you prioritize your performance with the rest of your life?
My training regimen consists of mainly two sessions per day 4-5x per week with my training partner and coach, Scott Panchik at CrossFit Mentality. Typically we do a morning session, eat, recover, go to class/do homework, then get into an afternoon session as well. This allows me to keep intensity and intention with each piece of training instead of cramming it all in just several hours and helps me continue to build volume throughout the season!
For me, it’s extremely important to prioritize my time to make sure I’m getting in the training/studying/work/and sleep I need to complete for the day, but just like anyone else, some days get filled with more work or more stress than others because of school. That’s when I have to adjust training and spread the word throughout the week a bit more instead of stressing on getting everything done! ALL ABOUT TIME MANAGEMENT AND PRIORITIZING!
What’s the biggest piece of advice that you’ve been given, that’s made an impact on you as an individual, that you wish to share with others for their journey?
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned and is my own advice I continue to give to remind myself, our gym members, athletes, and those in pursuit of a big dream is to put your blinders on your own path and to not waste focus on someone else’s chapter.
Everyone is writing their own book and your book will always be UNIQUE to you. Focus on writing the best chapter, the best book, the best series you can without worrying on what others are doing and where they may be at. You will get it done and you will get to where you need to be when it’s time for YOU to get there. Ask questions, reach out for help, connect with like-minded people, and keep doing you!
Why do you choose Swolverine?
I choose Swolverine because of my health, my training, and my ethics require clean and trusted products at all times. Performance, recovery, and honesty in what I do, what I use, and how I recover is what I will always stand by and so should my supplements.