Sports & Health

Never a fan of team sports, I did gymnastics until high school and then started diving. I dove for Dartmouth until my senior year and joined an Egyptian parkour team when I moved to Cairo in 2011. One day, training on a playground outside the city, I flipped off an eight-foot ledge, over-rotated, and broke my neck. After 75 days in a plastic brace, I took my doctor's advice and retired from parkour, though I still fool around from time to time. As a grad student at the University of Iowa, I was lucky enough to be selected for Season 7 of "American Ninja Warrior," and I currently practice yoga, play squash and tennis, and do CrossFit. 



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How I Conquered 'American Ninja Warrior'

I didn't think my first attempt on the Monkey Pegs or the Rotating Log or the Double Salmon Ladder would be during the competition. Read more at Rolling Stone



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Everything I Learned at a Naked Workout Class

It's only after touching my entire, uncovered body to the ground that I consider how dirty the floor is. Read more at Vice.



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I Spent a Day Trying to Eat Like a Vegetarian Version of The Rock

In celebration of my Day of Bulking, I've bought large eggs—instead of jumbo—to make them easier to pop into my mouth whole, like super-sized Tic Tacs. Read more at Vice.