Harvey Turns 60
What to do in 60 Days Before You Turn 60
Interview of Harvey Berger by Nichole DeHart

I am privileged to work with one of the most inspiring members of Invictus. Harvey Berger, who turns 60 this week, has not only transformed his physique, but he has also transformed his mindset. He is one of the most determined people you will ever meet and has worked hard to transform his health. He is now off numerous medications, some for high blood pressure and diabetes, and is setting personal records all over the place. If you haven’t met Harvey yet, then here is a small introduction to one of the most inspiring 60 year olds you will ever meet!

So Harvey, do you have any sage advice for those aspiring to be like you when they turn 60.

Start CrossFit at 55. If you can’t start at 55, then start at 56. Don’t be worried about the age that you start CrossFit at. The important thing is that you start doing it as soon as possible!

Describe the best part of Invictus.

The people. Not just the coaches, but everybody who works out together. When you watch someone put out 100% or you work out with someone on a team, there is a connection that is created that is different than any other relationship.

Name 3 exercises that you love.

Whatever Nichole tells me to do and rowing.

What is your favorite workout?

Laying on the couch with a chocolate bar and lifting my hand to my mouth. Oh wait . . . or in the alternative, anything Nichole tells me to do.

How has Invictus affected your life?

It has completely changed my life. One of my great joys in life is looking forward to going to the gym every day. It has made me healthy, happier, more self confident, less stressed and I just love it.

What are you doing for your 60th birthday?

I can’t say because Nichole would not approve but it involves a lot of partying.

What are your future goals?

I am hoping to hit 16 goals in the 60 days before 60 (I am currently at 14 pr’s). As far as my future goals, I would like to at least hit that many pr’s in the 65 days before 65 and the 70 in the 70 days before 70. In other words, I want to continue to get better.

When are you going to start training for the 60 and up masters division?

I will start training for the master division at Games when CJ starts giving me a 10% discount because of my age.

If you were a superhero, what superhero would you be.

Shachole – a combination of Shane and Nichole! They are my superheroes!

If you could change your name to anything, what would it be?

Having been born and raised with the name Harvey Berger and being laughed at for 60 years, I don’t think I would bother changing it at this point.

Who do you like better, Nichole or Michele?

M put up with me when I started – she had to put up with a ton of bitching so she always has a special place in my heart. But Nichole is the happiest place on earth.

What has been the best moment of your Invictus career?

Every PR since January 28th – I am at 14! Only 2 more to go before I turn 60!

If you could be an animal, what animal would you be?

One of my dogs . . . what a life!

What would your life look like if you were not part of Invictus?

I would be a medical mess.

If you were to describe Invictus in one word, what would it be?

My life.
(Nichole: That is two words Harvey.
Harvey: When you are 60 you don’t have to play by the rules)

Last question, boxers or briefs.

Boxers . . . except when rowing, then it is compression shorts.

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Lorna Briddick
Lorna Briddick
March 25, 2013 8:22 pm

Happy Birthday Harvey!!! Here’s to a great start on the next 60!!!!

Jen Martin
Jen Martin
March 25, 2013 5:33 pm

Harvey- You are a crack up. Loved the interview.
You can do it! 2 more PR’s to go.

trick
trick
March 25, 2013 5:04 pm

this is fantastic, haha, thanks for sharing Harvey.

Kent

courtland
courtland
March 25, 2013 10:04 am

Looking great Harvey. Congratulations on getting a workout named after you. Have a fantastic 60th and keep up the hard work. Cheers.

Krazy K
Krazy K
March 25, 2013 9:52 am

Happy Birthday Harvey! You are such a joy to have in our Invictus Family. Love ya!

Taush
Taush
March 25, 2013 9:52 am

You are awesome Harvey!! Happy Happy Birthday!! =)

Drew
Drew
March 25, 2013 9:40 am

Happy B-Day Harvey! I can’t really walk because of 13.3 but I’m coming in for an attempt at the ‘fart gone bad’ in your honor! Looking forward to seeing you around the gym for many years to come amigo
-Drew

Adrienne
Adrienne
March 25, 2013 9:33 am

Happy Birthday, Harvey! To many more with your Invictus Family!

Shane
Shane
March 25, 2013 9:22 am

You’re a great man Harvey Berger. Thank you for being a part of all of our lives.

Kari
Kari
March 25, 2013 8:37 am

Harvey, when not getting PR’s at Invictus you should moonlight on the Vegas strip … your wit is a PR in itself.

The Claw
The Claw
March 25, 2013 8:22 am

Congratulations on all your successes Harvey! Cheering you on from up here in Santa Barbara!

Claw

heidi
heidi
March 25, 2013 8:09 am

Harvey- what an inspiration! Happy Birthday. You make 60 look like a blast!

Kim McLaughlin
Kim McLaughlin
March 25, 2013 7:37 am

Harvey — you’re amazing 🙂 Congrats on all your PRs!! Keep it up and Happy Birthday!

Stacy
Stacy
March 25, 2013 7:27 am

Happy Birthday Harvey!
I’ve witnessed many of those pr’s and am excited for more! Hope your 60th is the best year yet! Happy Partying!

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M
March 25, 2013 7:11 am

Happy Birthday, Farty H! I still remember our first session together like it was yesterday. 🙂 So proud of all that you’ve accomplished and you should be too!

Cynthia
Cynthia
March 25, 2013 6:20 am

Harvey is AWESOME!!!!

Steph
Steph
March 25, 2013 1:53 am

Wishing you a happy birthday Harvey!! I won’t be there to tell you in person, but I can’t wait for you to smash your goals!! Just picture me yelling in your ear 🙂