CrossFit Strong  -- Athlete of The Month
  Strong Heart, Strong Mind, Strong Body
We chose Charlie as our athlete of the month because of his attitude and work ethic in the box. Before he was a member, Charlie was supporting CrossFit Strong in endurance runs and socials. He always follow rule number #1 of our box and meets everyone that walks in the door.  He is always working on his weaknesses before WOD's and after including listening to coaches and their cues to make him a better athlete.  His competitive spirit is unmatched but always checks his ego at the door and always willing to help his fellow CrossFitter. It is a pleasure to have him represent CrossFit Strong and we look for big things from Charlie. Just remember he can Judo you!
 Charlie Nguyen-Q&A  
How long have you been Crossfitting? — 3I started CF in November 2009.
What is your occupation? — I am a software nerd developer for an interactive advertising company. I also teach Judo at a MMA gym.
Where are you from? — I am originally from Oklahoma and I moved to Dallas about 4 years ago.
How did you hear about Crossfit Strong? -- Adrienne G. introduced Mylien (soon to be Mrs. Mylien Nguyen) and I to the introduction class on an open Saturday. We did 2 rounds of 10 wall balls, 10 smash balls, and 10 pull ups. I finished in about 2 and half minutes and my chest was burning for the rest of the day. After a few weeks, Mylien signed up. And for about 2 months, all she ever did was talk about CF, what they did, how sore she is, and how she can't wait to see what the next WOD was going to be. So after I finally recovered from some Judo injuries, I signed up in November.
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 Charlie's Transformation  
How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of CFS? -- I believe I have change mentally and physically. In the mental aspect, the workouts that I never done before in my life seemed impossible is now possible. And in the physical aspect, I have only repeated one WOD and that was Lynne. I increased my reps from 119 to 137. Looking back at the history, it only took me a month and a half to up my reps. I believe I am getting stronger every time I finish a WOD.
What is your favorite move? — I would have to say pull ups, but I need to learn the fluid mechanics of kipping.
What is your least favorite move? — If I tell you...I feel like this is going to be used against me in my B-day WOD so I am going to say strict pull ups.
What has been your favorite WOD so far? — It's a tie....Seven - No Whammies or Cindy.
What has been your least favorite WOD ? — Fight Gone Bad....but it hurts so good.
What are some of your goals that you have for yourself in the next year? — just want to lean up (an oriental version of Kyle so I can do my WOD without my shirt on) and be able to beat my previous time/reps in the WODs I have completed.
How do you see CrossFit as different from other programs? — The difference is in the members of CF and the CF coaches. Everyone has their own personal goal they want to achieve from losing weight, getting stronger, or obtaining better health. At CF, everyone pushes you to reach that personal goal. It's such a team effort and everyone wants you to do your best. Gale, Ben, Ashley, Kyle, Cat, Daemon, and Diesel helps me on exercises I haven't done before or struggle with and by doing that I want to push myself in the WOD to show them I can do it. And having Nicole ripped through the WOD with such determination is a true inspiration that you can't get from any other program.
Did you think a sport of elite fitness would ever be for you? — Gale...I rather skip this question. I have put over 13 years of my life into judo and it was so hard for me to leave my club. The competitiveness and stress that came with it was pretty overwhelming. But after never having set foot again at my old club, I can't believe I put that much time into it....Almost 3 hours a day...everyday for over 9 years. I know I could never do that again.
How can other people relate to your story? — I believe I am just a regular guy who likes to work out. I would go to a normal gym, workout for an hour, and go home. I would never get that extra push to work harder or have someone help me with my form. And for anyone who thinks CF is just a normal everyday gym, they are wrong. I like how the WOD is always something different, how everyone is extremely friendly, and how the coaches takes the time to help you in the workouts.
What is something that others may not know about you? -- I think everyone knows that I am engaged to Mylien. I don't think everyone knows that real reason I go is because of her. She has been a member of CF for about 5 months. And every since being a member of CF, she has blossomed into a stronger and more beautiful person. It's fun to talk about the WOD and how we did. It basically gave us another level of communication and activity we can share together. I owe my sincere gratitude to the CrossFit program and the coaches for everything you have done.