This week, get to know Cuong! Cuong literally always has a smile on his face. He is so happy to be at Crossfit, work out and socialize. Along with his wife, Hoa, he shows up, works hard, and makes everyone smile. Being one of our few Vietnamese speaking members, he always volunteers to help communicate and assist when we need help. Cuong is always up for a challenge, and has recently shown interest in possibly competing! Here is what CFTH means to Cuong...
CFTH means a number of things to me : great people, great community, a safe work out environment and a sustainable healthy lifestyle. It also means pain, challenges and growth. It is an essential part of my life.
How long have you been doing Crossfit/how long at CFTH?
I've been doing CrossFit for almost 3 years. I started back in August 2016 at Adapt Cross Fit in Canberra, Australia as a way to improve fitness and fight against a sedentary lifestyle. My first time training at CFTH was in back in February 2017 as a dropin. When we settled back to Hanoi in July 2018, that's when I became full time member .
Favorite movement/WOD and why?
Deadlift - as it is a total body workout and there's many benefits that come with it. Also there's incredible positive energy in a heavy lifting session.
Something positive Crossfit has taught you?
Dedication - CF has taught me to dedicate my time, my effort to make it to the box and train no matter rain or shine. Through many failures and the inability to perform a certain movement, it forces me to want to get better.
Community support and camaraderie - you never have to suffer alone, and if you were the last person to finish, people will give you all sort of support and encouragement to get you through to the finish line and most likely pushing your limit. There were many times where I think I was dying but I didn't. What doesn't kill you make you stronger right?
Any advice for someone just starting?
Just keep on going to the class. Perseverance and consistency is the key.
How long have you been in Hanoi?
I was born and bred in Hanoi for the first 15 years and was abroad for 20 years before moving back here in Hanoi.
Favorite thing to do in Hanoi (outside of Crossfit)?
Would be golfing and dining out. Although dining out and Cross Fit just don't go well together. I'd like to think I do Crossfit training so that I can enjoy more food.
Favorite thing to eat in Hanoi?
Bun Cha (Grill Pork Vermicelli) and of course Pho (chicken or beef).