the CrossFit Crescent Team

Meet the fitness experts ready to help you achieve your fitness goals and your potential.


At CrossFit Crescent, we exist to build a community of people that work together to see restoration and growth in all areas of health and relationships. We do this by working together to restore the physical health and fitness of all our members in a way that encourages intensity with humility. Not only their physical health, but, also, health in the emotional realm, in relationships, in community, and more.

We are on a mission to be more than a gym, but to be a community that serves and champions each other and our great city. We would love to have you join us!

From that original motto we’ve expanded our vision and aim- as of Spring 2020 our team got together and dreamed and further clarified:

At Crescent, we know everyone faces stress and sickness that drains our energy & immunity. Our coaches guide you through efficient workouts & simple nutrition to build new habits to achieve the body & mindset to live with courage.

To help others our team will need to be three things very, very deeply:

Key Characteristics of our staff:
Encourager-we will highlight progress in fitness and in the life fitness allows you to live outside the gym. With
Engager– we interact with our members and community deeply- with emotional intelligence. We feel the pressure, the triumphs, the loss with our community.
Example– we inspire our community through our lives and excellence inside and outside the gym. We are so much more than a facility, we want to inspire this generation and community that there is something better.

How are we doing at being these three things to you? To our community?

Critical Actions of our staff
Coach– we improve movement, nutrition, and motivation
Celebrate– we recognize and highlight progress inside and outside the gym
Connect– we connect with our members and together we’re connected to Amman.

We named the gym CrossFit Crescent when we opened because we felt it was our calling to help Amman become a beacon of health and fitness for the entire Crescent world. We envisioned the entire Middle East and North Africa being impacted by our team.

If you cut out processed carbs and sugar and start doing squats, deadlifts and presses, you’ll live longer. But you’ll also live better. You’ll stay independent to an older age. You’ll have strength and mobility and the will to live right up until the end—to be blessing your kids, grandkids, and great grandkids by being with them and playing with them! The courage you’ve built through your fitness will pour into other areas of your life and community.

During the Fall of 2020 we will be bringing even more clarity to our vision. And we’ll need your help to see it accomplished. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced our team to grapple with the unseen, but far more destructive obesity pandemic. This quiet pandemic is the main enemy.

Obesity brings with it diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and so much more. Research is showing how obesity is the main predictor of one’s ability to fight off the Corona virus. If you are obese (have a Body Mass Index greater than 30) you have huge risks when you get the virus. If you aren’t obese, you have a fantastic chance of dealing with Covid quickly and returning to health.

Stress and busyness are damaging our bodies leaving us vulnerable to sickness. We have less time, more pressure, and feel depleted. We find themselves more sick, life only speeding up, and more confused about what to eat and how to stay healthy. We waste money on gym memberships and diets we never use. We find themselves quitting after a few weeks tired, injured, and feeling frustrated.

Our coaches prescribe to you efficient workouts, simple nutrition, and walk with you each step of the way as your progress safely. Through new habits, we help you recharge your energy, regain your immunity, and restore your body. Soon you will find yourself more efficient at work, enjoying more time with people you love, and taking courageous action in your life.

We will do this through personal training, group classes, nutrition coaching, and even online coaching. We have a membership option that’s perfect for you, your preferences, and your budget!

We truly believe- When people feel energized and strong they live with courage. And courage is what’s needed in this day. Courage to do what’s right. Courage to take risks to make progress. Courage is what we want to inspire.


Coach at Crescent Crossfit

Saif Haquz

General Manager
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CrossFit Level 3 Trainer
CrossFit Weightlifting
CrossFit Gymnastics
Certified Personal Trainer - IFPA
Yoga (Nafas Program) - NIFAA & Harkeh Institute
Power Monkey Camp 2019

When did you begin CrossFit and why?
In October 2014 I saw my friend, Omar Qayet, tagged in a photo after a CrossFit class. I was interested so I called him to find out what CrossFit was. Lol.

What is something you couldn’t live without?

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled?
Bali, Indonesia 🇮🇩

Coach at Crescent Crossfit

Faisal Shuqom

Head Coach
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CrossFit Level 3 Trainer
CrossFit Kettlebells
Tactical Athlete Instructor Level 1
CrossFit Weightlifting
CrossFit Gymnastics

When did you begin CrossFit and why?
The first time I tried CrossFit was in the summer of 2015. I tried it for a couple of months before heading back to university. I came back to Crescent in the summer of 2016, and I’m still here, here to stay. I have been a fan of the sport since 2013, amazed to see how much these athletes can do and endure, and how physically fit they are.

Who is your hero?
My late father, of course.

What is a hobby outside of CrossFit?


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CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
EMS Trainer

When did you begin CrossFit and why?
Five years ago. It was a coincidence that the gym I was working for had an event about CrossFit.

What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

What food would you choose to eat for the rest of your life?
It would have to be sweets.

Armand Nicolet

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CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
NSCA Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator

When did you begin CrossFit and why?
I began CrossFit in 2011 with home and park workouts because we couldn’t find a gym we liked. First experienced the box atmosphere and coaching in 2013 at CrossFit Chiang Mai in Thailand and loved it.

What is a hobby outside of CrossFit?
Besides CrossFit I enjoy anything outdoors, especially hiking up a mountain with my beautiful wife.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
I could probably eat dawali for the rest of my life, but no one would be willing to make it for me every day!


Hisham Bhat

Customer Relations
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What is your favorite thing about working at Crescent?
I really enjoy serving people! I love being a part of helping them stay at the gym and keeping them away from bad lifestyle habits and laziness. It is so awesome to help others stay active, happy, and enjoying their results.

What is one of your favorite hobbies?
Soccer ⚽️

What is your biggest accomplishment?
To be successful in my job! 💪🏽

Hannah Angel

Digital Media and Marketing
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When did you begin CrossFit and why?
I was really into sports growing up but working out was always boring for me. I joined CrossFit with one of my friends who was a beast. I was super intimidated at first and not motivated but she kept dragging me along, so I got addicted at some point in there.

What is a hobby outside of CrossFit?
Drinking coffee and painting

What’s your favorite snack?
Dark chocolate

Anna Freidel

Office Manager
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CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

When did you begin CrossFit and why?
I started spring of 2017. I was horribly out of shape and had some friends starting at the same time. I grew to love CrossFit pretty quickly and the process of growth and improvement.

What is one of your proudest accomplishments?
Hmmm, that’s a tough one. I think I would have to say the various things I have taught myself over the years, piano, knitting, swimming, and snowboarding.

What is something you enjoy about CrossFit?
Me and deadlifts are friends. But, really, I love the learning and growing process within CrossFit. How you can push yourself daily and strive for improvement and excellence.

Joe Stewart

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Ownership Team
M.A; CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

When did you begin CrossFit and why?
After a lifetime of sports, fitness, and weightlifting, I began CrossFit in 2013. By 2014, I was doing local competitions and was hooked. I believe in the methods and principles used in CrossFit to forge a lifelong pursuit of fitness.

Where is your favorite place you’ve ever travelled?
I have been blessed to have visited over fifteen countries, but I think the most unique would have to be India.

What is your greatest accomplishment?
Being a proud husband and father means everything to me.

Safa Hijazeen

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Ownership Team

James Vaughn

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Ownership Team