Sport and fitness in Thao Dien is something to boast about. But did you know you can find everything from dance classes to CrossFit gyms in the Thao Dien neighborhood? Take a look as we highlight three amazing women pursuing their fitness passions while motivating the Thao Dien community.
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Lyn Heard: Focusing On The Future of Athletic Youth
Lyn was a student-athlete throughout all of her education and went to college on a basketball scholarship. However, after she stopped playing competitively and started working in a corporate environment, she didn’t know how to maintain a healthy balance. Through her journey, she was able to help others with a similar athletic background and brought this mission to Vietnam.
Lyn runs the Premier Scholar Athletes (PSA) in Thao Dien. It is the culmination of three years of researching and connecting with the local community. PSA focuses on transparency, learning, and building a foundation for a healthy life. The children who enroll in this program are holistically learning balance, activity management, positive habit building, physical and mental awareness. Lyn believes in using the platform of sport to encourage doing good in the world and primarily focuses on encouraging the voices of young women in the community.
Shaping the future of sports one teammate at a time, children realize their endless potential and the bright future these habits can shape. As per Lyn, “The youth is our future, and it’s our responsibility to prepare them for their lives ahead with the tools we didn’t have or realize we needed.”
Liv Wihtol: Get On The Move & Keep Yourself Happy
Liv has been a Thao Dien resident for four years. Being part of a team in the Thao Dien community creates drive and a sustainable lifestyle in Vietnam. When she first arrived after teaching in Thailand, her main social outlet was enjoying the vibrant food & beverage options. Still, she didn’t find the bonds or motivation she needed to be fulfilled.
Liv’s sport and fitness in Thao Dien journey started with a co-ed soccer team that met on Tuesdays at the SSA field. It was a life-changing balance that introduced her to a variety of people, from coaches to like-minded individuals looking to stay fit. From one night a week, her schedule became full of different group activities, including basketball, running, walking, and cycling. Walking with friends is a prioritized hobby as it allows her time to connect and accomplish 5k!
Currently, with covid regulations, Liv is staying safe and doing a yoga accountability challenge with friends. She finds a way to squeeze in thirty minutes of exercise into her daily routine no matter what and loves the positive impact on her mindset.
Joanna Mierzwa: Strength And Female Power In CrossFit
Co-owner and coach Joanna Mierzwa is passionate about people finding movement and happiness. She has found a way to give this to her community with CrossFit Thao Dien. Joanna is originally from Poland and has been in Vietnam since October 2014.
Joanna’s fitness journey started from a young age breaking down barriers and gender stigmas in sports. She was a member of several teams throughout her school years and founded the CrossFit community while completing her physiotherapy degree. Crossfit was brand new in Poland and provided an equal balance of the competition and fun Joanna craved. Then, she began competing, winning, and inspiring others to join her journey. She brings this motivation, momentum, and passion every day to her CrossFit clients in Vietnam.
CrossFit Thao Dien has a class selection suitable for everyone, including mobility and weightlifting classes, CrossFit Kids program, and classes for women who are expecting or recently delivered. Don’t forget to speak to the amazing team of coaches for personal training or physio sessions!
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