Founder & Head Trainer at FITASPHUC
I'm Phuc Nguyen, FITASPHUC Founder and Head Trainer at FITASPHUC Gym. I've been helping inspire people to take action and begin their fitness journeys since 2019 and I have transformed the lives of hundreds of my clients through fitness and have helped them achieve their personal fitness goals. My mission to help as many people through fitness, in my gym and through my online courses that we are releasing soon.
Others find strength and resilience in the face of adversity. My journey surviving cancer taught me valuable lessons that I now share with others to inspire them to overcome their own challenges.
When I received the devastating news of my diagnosis, I was overwhelmed with fear and uncertainty. The doctors couldn't offer me any proven treatments or studies to guide us. I was in uncharted territory, and the reality of my situation hit me hard. I spent two weeks in the hospital bed, crying and grappling with the possibility of my own mortality. It was during this time that I asked the doctor a question that changed my life: "What happens if we can't treat it?" And the answer was blunt and harsh: "Then you will die."
In that moment, I made a decision. I refused to let fear dictate my life. I decided to fight with everything I had, even in the face of uncertainty. I realized that my health and well-being were crucial to my survival. So, I made a commitment to myself to prioritize my fitness and overall health.
Throughout my treatment, I discovered that being physically fit gave me the best chance of overcoming the odds. I pushed myself to stay active and maintained a positive mindset. Even when the chemotherapy failed to eradicate the cancer, I underwent a stem cell transplant and defied expectations by leaving isolation in just eight days instead of the expected three weeks. My determination and physical resilience were key factors in my recovery.
But it wasn't just about physical strength; it was about mental strength as well. The battle against cancer took a toll on me emotionally, especially when I was told that I would never be able to have children due to the treatments. However, I refused to accept that verdict. I believed that miracles were possible, and I held onto the hope of one day having a family of my own.
And that hope turned into reality. Against all odds, I now have three beautiful, healthy children. They are my miracles, a testament to the power of faith and resilience. My journey taught me that no matter how bleak the circumstances may seem, we should never give up hope.
Inspired by my own experiences, I pursued my passion for health and fitness. I became certified as a fitness and personal trainer, and I started running group boot camps in my backyard. Word spread, and within six months, I had to find a larger space. I leased a warehouse with the goal of building it into a gym—a place where I could help others prioritize their health and mental well-being.
Just as things were looking up, the COVID-19 pandemic struck, and all gyms were forced to close. But I didn't let that deter me. I adapted and offered outdoor one-on-one sessions in the parking lot. The demand grew, and I became incredibly busy during this challenging period. Despite the obstacles, I persevered.
Today, four years later, I am living my dream. I have built a thriving gym and have become a motivational speaker, sharing my life experiences to inspire others. I believe that my journey from the brink of death to a life filled with health, happiness, and a growing family is a testament to the power of resilience, determination, and the importance of prioritizing our well-being.
I want to encourage each and every one of you to embrace the challenges that life throws your way. Believe in your own strength, both physically and mentally. Find the motivation to prioritize your health because, as I discovered, "your health becomes everything when it is at nothing." Remember, there will be times when the odds are stacked against you, but you have the power to beat them.
Never underestimate the power of hope, faith, and your own inner strength. Embrace the challenges, overcome the obstacles, and create a life that is truly fulfilling. Your journey may be difficult, but remember!