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Athlete Spotlight-Harrison Nguyen

  • CrossFit Victoria BC - Harrison

    1.  How did you find CrossFit?

    I thought I was fit…that was until I met Sean Bruce in the fall of 2008. We were on a course in Halifax and had a lot of time to kill so we worked out together quite a bit. After the first WOD he ran me through I remember laying on the ground almost on the verge of passing out and thinking “I want MORE!!!”

    2. What is your favourite CrossFit Exercise or WOD?


    In my opinion it epitomizes what CrossFit is. A true test of one’s heart; it pushes you to your mental and physical limits.

    3. How long have you been CrossFitting for?

    I remember walking into CrossFit Zone for the very first time on January 27th 2009 and falling in love with the place at first sight! Something about the fact that it didn’t look at ALL like a normal gym was what had hooked me. I did my baseline workout that day and I guess they say the rest is history. I can’t believe it’s already been one year!

    4. What do you do for a living?

    I am a Maritime Surface Officer (or MARS Officer) in the Canadian Navy. I am currently employed as a Bridge Watchkeeper on board HMCS PROTECTEUR. I am also a member of the ship’s dive team responsible for basic underwater maintenance.

    5. What are your hobbies?

    My passion in life has always been martial arts. I have been doing martial arts as long as I can remember. I did Wushu for 11 years as a child and am currently practicing Muay Thai which I have been doing for 4 years. I am also really into Chinese Lion and Dragon dancing (Come see me perform during the Chinese New Year Parade!) which I have been doing for about 3 years. Crossfit complements all my other hobbies nicely as it increases strength and stamina without making me bulky or slow.

    Quickfact: Did you know Fight Gone Bad was made for UFC Lightweight Champion BJ PENN?

    6. What are your goals?

    1 Muscle up by the end of the year, 30+ pull-ups, Bodyweight Clean and Jerk

    7. Why do you CrossFit?

    One word=COMMUNITY!

    The CrossFit Zone community is so great! Everyone is so supportive and caring it’s unreal. I’m a real lazy person believe it or not. Like most people, if I plan on working out on my own I am prone to skipping days because “I’m tired” or “I’m sore” or some other lame excuse. The people at CrossFit Zone make working out so much fun you actually feel bad if you skip a day.

    On another note, I was in a really bad accident during the holidays where I was on crutches for 3 weeks and couldn’t drive. Within a few days of calling Deanna and telling her about it I received a ton of help and support from everyone at CrossFit Zone. They made sure I had everything I needed to recover properly. I dare anyone to go to any “gym” and find a group of people as great as the crew from CrossFit Zone.

    8. Any Advice for future CrossFitters?

    Do not be discouraged by CrossFit. No matter how hard a WOD looks you can always scale it back to your level without sacrificing the intensity of the workout. CrossFit will get you into the best shape of your life and all you have to do is just give it a shot!

    Today’s Workout:

    Buy InMax Wall Balls in 2 minutes. That’s right … people were asking for this again!

    WOD -” To the Max”

    5 rounds – not for time,  of:

    • max pushups
    • 3 rep max overhead squat  (add weight each round)
    • max double unders
    • verticle jump
    • 100 m row

    * workout to be scored with the max total in each exercise.  See you in class for the explanation!!!

    Cash Out – stretching

    Running WOD

    8K recovery run

    Please post in the comments when and where you are doing your run if you would like people to join you!

    100 Day Burpee Challenge:

    Burpees today: 58

    Buy-in: 1711

    Workout of the Day

    1. Brian01-27-10

      Great spotlight Harrison! It’s always great to WOD with you.

    2. Kathleen01-27-10

      Have to agree with Harrison about the great COMMUNITY that Crossfit is. I used to go to the gym “to do my own thing” and didn’t much care to talk to people. I have to thank everyone who’s helped me, WOD’d with me, and yelled at me to “keep going” or “pick it up.” The gym is the best place to be — thank you!!!

    3. Sean Falconer01-27-10

      Looks fun. T-Bops and I will be there :-). I like that stretching has been making it’s way into the cash out more and more lately.

      Nice profile Harrison. You’re one of the loudest cheerleaders in the gym :-).

    4. Jer Bear01-27-10

      Max wall balls!

    5. toby01-27-10

      great words harrison, always inspiring to read shared thoughts!
      great work tonight cam, i need to improve my muscle ups to get near you on nasty girls.

    6. Harrison01-27-10

      Yeah. I guess I am kinda loud. I only mean it in a positive way though!

    7. cam01-27-10

      Harrison, always good to have you around and great to know a little bit more about ya. Glad you’re back in action and stronger than ever, keep it up!!!


    8. Felix01-27-10

      Always enjoyed your positive attitude and cheering man. There’s been more than a few workouts where I got decent times because of you. Awesome!

    9. Shannon (Bones)01-27-10

      What I enjoy the absolute most about you, Harrison, is the fact that you’re always yourself, no matter what. I admire that. And I happen to like ‘yourself’ a whole dang lot! 🙂

    10. Kathleen01-27-10

      One day Harrison made me laugh SO HARD during a workout — I loved it! Thank you Harrison – great energy!!

    11. Sean Falconer01-27-10

      Tough workout this morning, especially if you actually try to max out on every set. It was only Big E and me. We tried to set the bar high.

      I’ll be back at 5:30 today.

    12. b01-28-10

      yay! max wbs in 2mins-a brigit favourite! sorry i missed this one!

    13. eric01-28-10

      Gonna miss WODing with you Spidey, always fun! Thanks for joining me this morning.

    14. Brian01-28-10

      This was a fun WOD today.

    15. Empower Network04-11-13

      What’s up, this weekend is good for me, for the reason that this point in time i am reading this impressive educational paragraph here at my house.

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