Hi, I'm Tafiq Akhir,
Growing up, I watched my mom struggle with health and weight issues for most of her adult life. By the time she was in her mid-thirties, she had already survived 2 strokes and a cancer scare. She also went into early menopause in her late thirties with horrible symptoms that lasted for over a decade. By her early forty's, she was taking medication for everything from high blood pressure to osteoporosis, and she suffered from severe sleep apnea. Back then, we didn't even know what that was; we all just thought she had an odd snore.
At 52, my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 lung and bone cancer and was given 6 months to live. 3 months later, she had a minor heart attack, and 3 months after that, she passed away on New year's eve with me holding her hand.
Many years later, when I was a professional dancer, I was introduced to health and fitness in a completely different way. During a lift of my partner, I injured my shoulder, which led to physical therapy. It was in PT that I learned that exercise could be used to heal, strengthen and restore the body. Before that, I had only thought of exercise for its aesthetic benefits. I was fascinated by everything I saw during physical therapy and wanted to learn and know more. My physical therapist saw my passion and recommended that I consider personal training as a starting point. That was the beginning of my fitness career.