Simon “Thor” Damborg has had a long and arduous journey in becoming a competitive CrossFit athlete. Growing up, Simon enjoyed competing in several sports, the spectrum of which varied dramatically over the years. He excelled in volleyball and cross country as a child, which he attributes to his then extremely slender (see: “lanky”) physique. An avid high school rugby player, Simon felt his 6’2” 165lb frame needed some fortification in the gym to be more competitive. He spent his first year at the University of Victoria off the rugby field and in the weight room putting on muscle. Three years and 700lbs later, Simon didn’t have time to get back into rugby as he barely ever left the gym. At 245lbs, he’d certainly accomplished his goal to gain weight and strength.
Education, Athletic History & other Passions
CrossFit Level One Certified
CrossFit Level 2 Coaches Prep Certified
CrossFit Endurance Certified
BC Weightlifting Certified Club Coach
Occupational First Aid level II
Competitive CrossFit Athlete since 2009
2012 Canada West Regionals Team Competitor, 4th place finish overall
2011 Regionals competitor, Canada West
Competitive Olympic Weightlifter (232kg total in 94kg weight class)
Models for Lululemon, Reebok, and more
Writes for Sweat Rx Magazine & Local Publications
RYU Connector & Ambassador
Compex Canada Rep & Distributor
- More about Thor
During his final year at UVic, Simon was introduced to CrossFit, its training methods and ideology. Before ever setting foot in a box, he spent a year and a half doing his best to follow crossfit.com’s program in YMCA’s and GloboGyms, learning technique through YouTube videos and shrugging off perplexed looks from spectators on stairmasters. In 2009, Simon completed his level one CrossFit coaching certificate and joined his first official affiliate. He was immediately hooked by the camaraderie and competitive atmosphere that the CrossFit community provided and immediately began competing in CrossFit competitions of every type.
Now resting at around 205lbs, and more commonly referred to as “Thor” than Simon, he has beaten the PR’s (personal records) of all his former selves: with more speed and endurance than the 165lb 18 year old, and more strength and power than the 245lb behemoth. Thor has found his fit.
Since getting his CrossFit certification in 2009 Thor has helped over 1000 people from a variety of backgrounds find what fit means to them. He has coached at several facilities in the lower mainland, including the top performing CrossFit affiliate in Canada in 2012, Hybrid Athletics. He’s had great success working with clients of a variety of backgrounds and helping everything from soccer moms to high level Rugby teams and competitive CrossFit athletes increase their overall fitness and strength while simultaneously decreasing their bodyfat and any discomfort with their bodies.
Thor’s passion for fitness is infectious.
“Discovering a new level of health has changed my life, not only in how I look feel and perform, but how I feel about myself both inside and out. I want to help as many people as I can discover their ‘athlete within’ no matter what level that may be, which is why I love our slogan: Find Your Fit. Our bodies are nicer than any car, house, or pet we’ll ever own, and yet we constantly abuse them like we can buy another one if it breaks. I strongly believe if we can maximize our physical health and performance it will have a positive affect on our lives in more ways than anyone can imagine.”
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Testimonials for Thor:
I enjoy Thor's enthusiasm and confidence while instructing. He is good at pushing people to do their best while demonstrating patience and know-how. I feel very comfortable attending Thor's classes.
great combination of jolly and gruff... approachable and motivating!
One of the most outstanding coaches I've dealt with.
I always feel supported in Thor's classes... And pushed. Both of which are appreciated. Especially on a rainy Monday evening when I'd rather just run or sit in a hot tub than squat 😛
I really like Simon's coaching style. He is laid back but still confident in his instructions which gives a good balance to the class.
Great coach, knowledgable, approachable, friendly.
Great overall. Loves that Thor pushes me when I start to slow down/get tired and calls me out (in a nice way) when it is obvious I am being lazy