“Push Yourself Beyond Limits”

By Jennifer Hunter and Hector Delgado

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, Videos

April 18, 2011

Video Article

“Push yourself beyond limits because it pays off in dividends,” says Hector Delgado of CrossFit Stony Brook.

Join Jennifer Hunter, a reporter for the Reebok CrossFit Games, as she interviews an inspiring athlete. Delgado is a CrossFitter who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was severely injured in Iraq during the invasion in 2003. He’s wheelchair-bound but has modified and scaled the workouts to continue to compete in the Open. Hunter catches him after workout 11.2 at CrossFit Old Bethpage/CrossFit Central Long Island in Farmingdale, N.Y.

After he returned to the States, Delgado says he had a rough time, both physically and mentally.

“I basically gave up for about a year on myself,” he says. “I did some disabled sports, but it wasn’t for me. I wanted to get out of the wheelchair.”

Then he found CrossFit, and, as he says, “the rest is history.”

“CrossFit has changed my life physically—I mean I could clearly do a lot more now with my limitations than I did when I was an able body. And mentally, I mean I don’t look at an obstacle in life as, ‘Well, I’m not sure if I can do this.’ I try to figure out a way that I can do this.“

7min 05sec

Additional reading: Athletes—Always by Russell Berger, published Nov. 4, 2010.

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30 Comments on ““Push Yourself Beyond Limits””


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Great feature, inspirational!


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Inspirational! Thank you, Hector!


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This guy is my hero!!! What a freaking testament to will and determination.


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Never underestimate the Marines! Absolutely outstanding!


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Hooah!! You are truly a warrior.


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Hector, you are a bad ass.


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Hector, you truly are an inspirational beast! You keep it up the fight, not just for yourself but for those around you. Semper Fi Marine!


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WOW. Absolutely amazing! You're an inspiration Hector.


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legit. True firebreather.


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it's stories like yours hector, that spark the fire for all of us crossfitters!!! you're an integral part to our community and I would like to personally thank you for sharing your dedication and determination! i wish you the best of health and great success in this years games :) !!!!!


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You're the fucking man! :D


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Nothing can stop that Marine! Oo-rah!


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Incredible video. The word 'inspiring' gets thrown around a lot, but it is fitting for Hector. Thank you, CFJ, for making this a free video. I will definitely share it with others.


Gerard Mcauliffe wrote …

Just brilliant. Respect!


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Wow that is amazing!


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hector is a beast!


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Hector, you give me and I hope all, the courage to do what we know is possble....


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My god youre awesome!


Rob Barrese wrote …

BZ Devil Dawg!


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Leading by example. Solid work.


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Oorah Bulk Fueler! 8th ESB represent!


Daniel Andrews wrote …

Thank you first for your service in the USMC, and now for your service in inspiring this community!
God bless you!


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I was choked up for 7:00 full minutes. Truly inspirational. Thank you!


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Great story! Keep it up man!


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OoRah, Devildog! Motivating.


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So freaking awesome! Makes me think about how weak my own self indulgent excuses and rationlizations can be. I love the idea about not thinking that you can't do something...thinking how you will get it done. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!


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Hector, you are an inspiration to all. Thank you for sharing your story.


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Hector, you are an inspiration to all. Thank you for sharing your story.


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Thank you for making me reflect how much more I should be capable of.

Eres un chingón!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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The Wall Street Journal did a story on Hector doing CrossFit over a year ago. I clipped the article and hung it on the bulletin board at my gym. I wondered from time to time how Hector was doing. This video warms my heart. All the best to you, Hector.

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