Zarin Rashid wears many hats. She is a young industrialist, looking after one of the top garment manufacturing companies in the country. She is a fitness consultant and nutrition expert and a strict disciplinarian. But she is also a very promising and ambitious female golfer. So when we sat for a tete-a-tete with this multitalented individual, the conversation inevitably meandered from golf to fitness, business and life’s philosophies.
Who inspired and encouraged you to take up golf?
It was my father who influenced and inspired me to start golf from a young age (11 years old, to be exact) as he was always aware of how I was an active child, who loved playing sports.
Does the success of Siddikur Rahman and his wife Auroni inspire you?
I think what Siddikur and Auroni have achieved has given hope and strength to every golfer in Bangladesh with a dream to take it to the next level. It’s also admirable to see young female golfers taking the game seriously and working hard to turn it into a profession rather than just treating as a sport.
Does playing golf feature most of your free time?
Golfing is not how I spend most of my free time, but it’s the first thing I do everyday once I wake up.
What are the best things about golf?
It’s the feeling of being so close to nature and having the ability to connect with the mind as the game requires complete focus and attention.
Your first golfing experience?
It was a horrible one! I remember not being able to hit the ball or even the tee to be really honest. I thought the sport was lame as there wasn’t much movement involved and everyone had to be quiet so I threw the iron and left.
Your favorite golfing destinations, both at home and abroad?
I love Eagles Nest Golf Course in Canada. In Dhaka, Kurmitola Golf Club holds a special place in my heart as I had my first golf swing at this very ground.
Your favorite golfers, both at home and abroad?
My favorite golfers are my father and Siddikur Rahman at home and Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods abroad.
What is it about this game that attracts you most?
The fact that you use everything you have learnt from day 1 for every single shot you take. How you can never really assume how your game will go even if you’ve been playing for years. It’s always like a mystery you have to unravel.
Your worst nightmare on a golf course?
Definitely getting a ball into the bush as I have had many experiences where bush turned my whole game around!
Most memorable experience in golf?
I think it was Mobil Cup, when the ball went into the hole and came out resulting in me getting “nearest to the pin”. I still feel jitters when I play that hole because I would’ve gotten a hole-in-one if it didn’t pop out like it did and won a car or something!
Do you have any plan to do something for female golfers?
Upon seeing their hard work and will to take their career/game to another level, I definitely plan to sponsor the underprivileged golfers someday as they deserve the chance to prove it on an international platform.
What does your calendar look like between now and December?
Busy. There are tournaments almost every week from now till March. So I have been putting in more effort than usual to play my best game this season.
What has golf taught you in life?
To be calm/patient regardless of what the situation might be.
what about people who haven’t come to golf yet?
I always encourage my friends and everyone around me to come try it as it’s a beautiful game and most should get the opportunity to enjoy it at least once.
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After getting the first female pro, don’t you think there is significant momentum for women’s golf in Bangladesh?
I think women golfers in Bangladesh have gotten a better platform to showcase what they are capable of doing after Auroni set the bar high for us. Many industrialists and even the government has shown interest since then and it’s been refreshing to see.
If you had to define all that you do in a word, what would it be?
How would you describe your philosophy about being fit and healthy?
My philosophy about being fit is that I assume it to be a type of lifestyle I have chosen for myself as I think it’s crucial to care of your body and what you put inside. One phrase I live by is “what you put inside is what will show on the outside”. So treat your body with nothing but the best and you will see visible results on the exterior.
How did you get started towards becoming a fitness trainer/consultant?
I have always been an active/athletic person but I took it to another level once I started training with professional trainers during my University life in Toronto. They showed me the beauty of what actually happens as you work each muscle and introduced to me a whole new world of fitness that I soon got crazy over. Ever since then, I haven’t stopped wanting to learn more and spread it to motivate others. I use my social media platform @littlemisshourglass on Instagram to do so.
“YOUR best body, NO ONE else’s” — We love this quote. Can you share with our readers your philosophy behind women focusing more on their self-love and working to get their best body rather than focusing so much on what we might “think” is the perfect body?
I think most women focus more on how they look rather than how they feel and that’s one thing I always try and inspire individuals not to do. Your true beauty purely comes from the inside. Self-love is so important in the generation we live in because there are a million distractions that could easily make you think of yourself in a certain way or make you want to compare because someone else looks better on social media. You have to believe that beauty is not all about looks or a perfect body but the definition surpasses other hidden attributes like how you treat a person so try not to run after getting the ‘perfect body’ but instead, work on yourself as a person from the inside first.
What’s your favorite quote or mantra that you can’t live without?
“Everything you want is achievable if your focus is in the right place.”
Who or what gives you the most inspiration?
My father; he motivates and inspires me to do better every passing day.
Picture this, you’re living your most perfect day — what does this look like?
I like to believe everyday I live is a perfect one as it’s exactly what I picture it to be like the day before. Wake up and play golf with dad, then get ready and go to work. Then get back from work, then gym and then go to bed early and repeat.
What makes you laugh, smile, and be joyful?
My family, RM and some amazing souls I get to call my friends is the reason I am such a cheerful person at all times.
In the gym, you’re all about making each workout count for the individual goals and unlocking your best self; what are your two top tips for doing this?
First tip that I see a lot neglect: BREATHE (it’s so important to breathe properly when you exercise as it truly changes everything).
Second tip is, Please consult with a trainer or someone with adequate knowledge about postures if you aim to lift as one mistake can make you suffer forever.
How do your workouts differ from other workouts out there?
I don’t think I would say they differ from workouts out there but I solely focus on what my body requires to get to where I want to be. I set my workouts and plans according to my own goals and not what might have worked for Kim Kardashian or J Lo.
Do you have any tips or tricks to living healthy, lean, and fit?
Please put yourself first and focus on your diet. Follow a certain routine and eat only what you’re supposed to. Exercise regularly and read whenever you can.
How important is nutrition to you? Will you strongly suggest to golfers to follow a better diet to improve their fitness goals?
Nutrition is honestly the most important part when it comes to being fit. Not only golfers but everyone should follow a certain plan according to their body. Each being is different and so are their needs. Check with a nutritionist or you can contact me as well if you want to know what you should really eat, cheers!
How do you keep your fitness up to date?
I always push myself to be better and study on what more I can do or add to challenge myself so there’s a constant change in things so I don’t get bored of the same thing everyday.
How does working out help you deal with daily stresses?
Working out is known to release stress as endorphin is released in our body, which results in making your mood better. I often find that I have forgotten any sort of irritation that I dealt with during the day as I put all my concentration on my body movements during a workout.
What’s next for you?
-I plan to go deeper into fitness and work with more trainers/nutritionists.
-I want to take my golfing career to a professional level *fingers crossed*
-I want to keep working on my career as a fashion designer so I can have my own store soon.
Can you tell us a bit more about your company and your role in it?
After graduating in May from Toronto, I moved back to Dhaka and started working with my father in his company. TRZ Garments Ltd is one of the oldest outerwear manufacturing companies in Bangladesh. I am currently Head of R&D and I’m trying to add new/innovative designs to our existing products to give buyers the ability to choose and buy from what we present to them instead of it being the other way around. Let’s hope I can work my magic and impress the buyers with what I have in mind!