Elijah “EZ” Muhammad: 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

How you deal with success is important. But how you deal with failure is a true testament to character. And Elijah Muhammad passes both with flying colors.

A former basketball player at Tennessee Tech. University, Muhammad is a two-time CrossFit Games athlete who fell short of qualifying for Regionals in 2018 for the first time in eight years in the sport. 

“I always said as an athlete/coach/husband/father, you have 5-10 min to sulk about your performance or mistake. After that put your game face on because someone else needs you,” the dad of four and owner of CrossFit Unorthodox said on his Instagram page. ” That’s exactly what I will do.”

The 30-year-old was kind enough to share a few more pearls of wisdom, as Muhammad discusses everything from life perspective to music in our latest “12 Things You Didn’t Know About Me” series installment…

One of my weirdest traits is…“I have a extended side bone spur/growth on both my feet.”

The hardest movement for me to learn was… “The overhead squat, I used a band everyday and did overhead squats to work my mobility as well as add load/tension to my body.”

Elijah Muhammad: 12 Things You Didn't Know About Me

The song I know every word to is…. “Diddy- It’s All About The Benjamin’s. (Just sung it to make sure) I know hundreds of songs. [My] favorite workout song is Lecrae- Broke (right now). I don’t have one-all time favorite. But I have a favorite in each category and genre.”

The last time I cried was…. “The CrossFit Games South Regionals during an interview, when I was asked “What does it mean to have your family/wife with you?”

My go-to story to tell people about my family/siblings is… “[About] that time I accidentally blacked my sisters eye.”

The thing(s) I’d tell my younger self…

“1.) Understand everything takes time, be patient with yourself as you are with others.

2.) Keep God first and don’t conform for no one.

3.) Don’t try to keep everyone around. Let people come and go.”

I love the smell of…“Breakfast!”

Elijah Muhammad: 12 Things You Didn't Know About Me

I strongly dislike… “When people disrespect others. Especially publicly.”

If I could have one superpower …“It would be to be invisible.”

My favorite childhood memory is …“How proud my family was when I was awarded the first ever Heisman trophy for Little League football.”

The best piece of advice I ever got was… “‘Own your own and build for your family’. Work for yourself. If it fails you know why, if it succeeds you know why!”

My role model is… “My mother.  Because she never gave up on me! And always found a way. She played to win!”


More athletes from this series:

American Record Holder Quiana Welch

CrossFit Athlete Marcus Filly

2017 Fittest Woman on Earth Tia-Clair Toomey 

CrossFit Athlete Brent Fikowski

CrossFit Athlete Emily Abbott