Farah Ann Hadi made her mark at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, bagging six medals including two golds. We catch up with the Nike Athlete on her quest for gold
What’s your training schedule been like in the run up to the SEA Games?
My training schedule is currently a morning session for an hour and half, and then an afternoon session from 3-7pm. The timing varies, but we train double sessions three times a week and one session three times a week. We’re off on Sundays.
How do you stay motivated through it all?
I think about my goals and what I need to do and push myself in order to achieve them. Everyone has days where they feel that they’re tired, and my advice is to push through these days and remember that everything that you do is a step closer to achieving your dreams, but don’t overdo it. Sometimes when I’m too tired, I will take a step back and rest or cut down on a few things to enable my body to recover.
Let’s decode athletic clothing. For a lot of women just getting into fitness, the variety of gear out there is overwhelming.
I think first and foremost get workout clothes that you feel comfortable in and which fit you right because you don’t want to feel uncomfortable (get ones that you look good in!) Invest in a good sports bra and shoes because these last the longest. Also, get tights that are either long or three-quarter length because you can use them for many training sessions. Don’t be afraid to try things on and ask people multiple times when you’re trying on sports gear to find the right fit.
What about shoes?
In my own gymnastic training I don’t wear shoes but I do have running and gym sessions, and for those I recommend getting a good sturdy shoe that you feel best suits you. An all-round shoe for me for running is the Nike Free RN Flyknit because it’s light and comfortable or the Nike Lunar Glide , and for gym, the Nike Free TR 6.
Nike Free TR7, RM399