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Oc­cu­pa­tion: Spa con­sul­tant, Nail Bar Mil­wau­kee sa­lon and spa Age: 31


Seven lo­cal fit­ness freaks who in­spire with their com­mit­ment to be­ing ac­tive, in some cases against all odds.

At 5’2” and 106 pounds, Van Nguyen is a tiny bun­dle of en­ergy who, by her own ad­mis­sion, is very com­pet­i­tive. “Once I start some­thing, I get ob­sessed with it,” says Nguyen, who lives in Wauwatosa and works on Mil­wau­kee’s East Side.

In the past, she did half marathons, but to­day her sport is Spar­tan ob­sta­cle course rac­ing. “It’s ba­si­cally run­ning through mud car­ry­ing heavy items,” she says. Ev­ery year Nguyen tries to do one race at each level, the most pun­ish­ing be­ing Beast (30-35 ob­sta­cles over 12-14 miles, of­ten tak­ing three hours).

To get in shape for the races, Nguyen works out at a club three times a week for one to two hours, work­ing dif­fer­ent mus­cle groups. And be­cause some of the ob­sta­cles re­quire good grip strength, she rock climbs sev­eral times a week.

“Spar­tan rac­ing is like solv­ing a puz­zle all the time,” she says. “It keeps you present.”

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