Yousef Albaqsami

Owner & Head Coach 

Founder of the first affiliated CrossFit gym in Kuwait CrossFit Q8 and the Head Coach. 

Yousef Albaqsami has been invovled in sports and coaching for many years. Albaqsami was a personal trainer at several local gyms for over 5 years before opening CrossFit Q8. He started his career offering strength and conditioning training to the Kuwaiti Jujitsu Team and other Martial Arts teams. He also trained and prepared athletes to obtain certificates and to qualify as assistant coaches. Albaqsami prides himself in his passion for programming and his knowledge and talent in that is proven by the success of his competitive athletes and of his clients reaching their fitness goals. 

He began his athletic career over 10 years ago competing in several forms of Martial Arts. Albaqsami traveled to Singapore, Thailand and spent over a month in Brazil for training. He was also involved in powerlifting, bodybuilding and strength and conditioning before moving onto CrossFit. In 2013, he competed in the Reebok CrossFit Games Asia Regional and ranked 26th place, making him the first Kuwaiti to qualify and compete at the Regional level. 

He has competed in many competitions in his athletic career. To list some of them: Abu Dhabi Brazilian Jujitsu World Championship, Kuwait Boxing Tournament, Strongman Tournament (ranked 1st place), Reebok CrossFit Games Open 2012, Dubai Core CrossFit Tournament (ranked 3rd place), Fitness First Tournament, Burn Room Throwdown, Reebok CrossFit Games Open 2013 (ranked 1st place), Reebok CrossFit Games Asia Regional 2013 (ranked 26th place), The Crush Games in Miami Florida 2014, Wodapalooza in Miami 2015 Rx division and in 2016 intermediate division, and most recently Reebok CrossFit Games Open 2016 (ranked 12th place). 

Other than his goal in making a name for himself as an elite athlete, Albaqsami is interested in promoting fitness, health and overall wellbeing in Kuwait. As a self-proclaimed ambassador for CrossFit in Kuwait he continues to educate the public on the sport through social media and by being featured on several TV and radio interviews. 

Certifications and Qualifications: 

  • CrossFit Level-2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level-1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
  • CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility Trainer
  • CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer
  • CrossFit Kettle-bell Trainer
  • ISSA certified General Fitness Trainer
  • ISSA certified Personal Trainer in Strength and Conditioning 
  • ISSA certified in Exercise Therapy
  • ISSA certified Youth Fitness Trainer
  • ISSA certified Senior Fitness Trainer

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Haya Alsharhan

General Manager & Coach 

A coach, a competitive athlete, and a mother, Haya Alsharhan helps her husband run and manage CrossFit Q8. 

Haya was introduced to CrossFit when she first joined CrossFit Q8 in April 2012 as part of the first group of members at the gym. 

Haya didn't have a background in sports before CrossFit. She kept herself active by putting together her own at-home workouts and she did lots of outdoor running. Before deciding to pursue a career in fitness, Haya had graduated with an Art History degree and worked at Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah. She experienced working as an assistant to the head curators at the museum and then worked as part of the education department. At the museum, she had the opportunity to interact with international VIP visitors, tourists, locals, young adults, and children. Through those interactions and experiences she was able to build and develop strong interpersonal skills. Haya has always been passionate about working with people and building relationships. So moving into a career of fitness and coaching felt like a natural transition. 

As Haya's passion for the sport grew, so did her competitive drive. Haya competed in several competitions locally and internationally: the First CrossFit competition and second CrossFit competition organized by CrossFit Q8, The BurnRoom Throwdown in Dubai, and she qualified and competed at the Reebok CrossFit Games Asia Regional 2013, making her the first Kuwaiti and first Arab woman to compete in the individual level at Regionals. She also competed in The Crush Games in Miami in 2014 only 5 months after giving birth to her daughter. Haya also competed and won the Battle of the East (GCC division) in Kuwait in 2015. In 2016, she competed in the scaled division at the Wodapalooza in Miami gaining lots of attention as the first Muslim athlete in a hijab to compete at the festival. 

Haya Alsharhan continues to train to get fitter and better each year, and also hopes to inspire other women by sharing her journey. She is constantly trying to better herself as a coach and to continue to help the members at CrossFit Q8 reach their fitness goals.

Certifications and Qualifications: 

  • CrossFit Level-2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level-1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility Trainer
  • CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer
  • CrossFit Kettle-bell Trainer
  • First Aid CPR AED - American Heart Association

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Ahmed Al Ali

Coach

Employment History 2014-2016

  • Currently coaching classes at CrossFit Q8
  • Personal Trainer at Anytime Fitness, Gold Coast: personal training, HIIT and Bodyweight Bootcamp classes, design personalized exercise programs, recruit and retain clients. 
  • Fitness Instructor at Vision by Halcyon Retirement Village, Gold Coast: training seniors, providing suitable exercises, rehab and injury prevention, circuit, aerobics and aqua classes, personal training, design personalized exercise programs. 
  • Personal Trainer at Stepz/Sierra Fitness Runaway Bay, Gold Coast: customer service, gym management, personal training, cash management, sales and marketing, design exercise programs, boxing and kettlebell classes, weight lifting instruction, recruit and retain clients, ensure safety of all clients, ensure all gym equipment are maintained. 

Certifications and Qualifications: 

  • Australian Institute of Fitness: Cert III in Fitness, Cert IV in Fitness
  • Level 1 Boxing and Kettlebell coach
  • CELUSA, University of South Australia (English Courses)
  • SAIBT, University of South Australia: Cert IV in Engineering, Diploma in Engineering and Technology


Aziz Al Khudher

Coach

Coaching at CrossFit Q8 since 2012.

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