“I’m not fit enough to do CrossFit!”
“Hmmm… I need to get fit before I try that stuff!”
Self-doubt and finding reasons to not start things is something we all experience. There also seems to be a common mis-perception of CrossFit. It’s intense and hard work and there is a prerequisite level of skill and fitness required to start doing it. We’ve all seen the athletes on Netflix and Nike commercials and there’s no denying it takes years of hard graft to get to that level! However, for the majority of us, CrossFit is about becoming better versions of ourselves day by day. We all started somewhere and we have people of varying backgrounds and abilities training at our box. You start wherever your fitness level is and BUILD on it from there.
To build big towers, you need strong foundations. With this in mind, in May we launched an essentials course for all new members. This compulsory one week (3 session) course provides new members with the basics in movement, technique and terminology. At CrossFit Tay Ho, our aim is to ensure all members are moving safely and confidently throughout their workouts. By exposing new members to the common movements and movement patterns we use in the gym, members should feel able to do any workout that is written on the board when they arrive at group classes. The courses are capped at 6 people to make sure you are getting the individual attention you need from your Coach.
The course is also a great opportunity to get to know your Coach and fellow new members before joining the group class environment. All leading to you being able to train with us effectively, and become a better version of yourself each day.
So, NO MORE EXCUSES!
Come and join in the fun. Sign up to our next ESSENTIALS course - held on the 3rd week of every month and start you CrossFit journey with us.
Get started and Sign Up Here!
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).
In December 2017 more than 80 athletes from 20 countries came together in Northern Thailand's Chiang Mai to compete at the 2017 Thailand Throwdown. Among them, six athletes from Hanoi representing CrossFit Tay Ho!
CrossFit Tay Ho head coach Jacques, Aaron, Jenn, Brontee, assistant coach Patrick and Kal, representing CrossFit Tay Ho at the 2017 Thailand Throwdown in Chiang Mai.
They came to sweat and fight for each second and each kilogram on the barbell...
But they also came to have tons of fun...
And they finally finished the weekend with great success! Congratulations to...
In May 2017 we realized that our little Tay Ho box desperately needed some serious 'reconditioning'! The problems with our flooring started to affect the quality and safety of workouts, especially when heavy barbell work was involved. And although we all loved the patina of the box… we felt that a bucket of fresh paint and some new shelfs would do good as well. So we gathered the community and started a project!
Here is the box before the renovation...
When you start digging deep in the basement of a house in Hanoi… well, we discovered that there was no foundation, no concrete or whatsoever beneath the layers of gym mats, wood and (hollow) tiles of our box floor.
Hard work needs a strong team!
After taking out the old floor and paving over the concrete we could finally start to place the new shiny blue gym mats (made in Vietnam!).
And here is the result… our new 'heaven of gains'!
On December 4, 2016 the Hanoi CrossFit community came together to compete in the first CrossFit Tay Ho Throwdown! Who would be the fittest in Hanoi? How many PRs would be hit this day? And would all of the athletes have the mental strength to fight through the day? The gathering of athletes in the first daylight of competition day showed a crowd 110% ready to fight!
Check out our new Thursday class: The ‘Barbell Club’
From September 2016 on, coach Karl has introduced a new class in the weekly schedule: The ‘Barbell Club’.
So, what’s it all about?
Here an example from this weeks ‘Barbell Club’ focusing on “Jerk Work”: