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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.”