Skinny-fat no more!

Meet Aziz

Aziz gets after it at TFW Portland


Aziz is a knowledge worker with a passion for helping people. His day is filled with answering phone calls, writing, editing videos and making a fucking difference. He loves his work, his life and consistently takes on big challenges.

Dealing with chronic pain gets in the way of everyday life

Aziz has suffered from back pain since he was a kid. Undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, medicated and misplaced, his pain got worse and worse. In addition to Aziz's chronic pain, he also had the unscientific condition known as "skinny fat" syndrome: too much bone and gristle... and not enough muscle.

Finding the right fit for a strength coach

Aziz had been aware of Training for Warriors for some time, but was worried that he didn't have the strength to actually complete the training sessions without injuring his back. He reached out to Coach Josh to see if they could come up with a plan that would work for him!

Building a plan that complements AND challenges Aziz

Together, Aziz and his coach worked out a plan that would get him moving in the right direction and would allow his body to slowly adapt to the demands of regular training. He used exercises that helped his back pain, while he also built muscle that helped him burn off some excess body fat. 

It was time to step outside his comfort zone

After the birth of his second child he realized that life's energy demands were very high. Needing to rise to the occasion and let go of old stories, he took the first step towards something he never had (a feeling of resilience) and did something he had never done. He started strength training.

Gains in confidence and physicality

Aziz met resistance early and often. His body was unused to moving under load, and resistance training seemed kind of scary and dangerous. His mind fed him lies about his frailty and the risk to his neck/back/trick-knee. He moved through all this in order to become strong and confident in what his body can do! One more way he has brought forth the warrior within!

Taking a risk pays off!

Aziz's only risk was to stay in pain, and not grow into the person he was meant to become. He could have avoided stress and the trouble challenging his de-conditioned body, but he stuck with it and now actually looks forward to gym days. He took the risk, and he gets the upside.