Because we are celebrating our freedom this week, I thought it only fitting to do so by honoring those men and women who have lost their lives protecting said freedom. SO, we will be running HERO WEEK starting tomorrow. Each workout is named after someone who lost their lives defending us.
Although we ask you push yourselves this week, there is no incorrect way to honor the fallen. As always, we will still customize each workout for your particular needs. If you have concerns grab a coach and talk it out!
Below is an article run by the CrossFit Journal describing WHY we do these workouts. Enjoy and good luck this week!
Why do we do Hero WODs?
“To the average CrossFitter, Hero workouts are symbolic gestures of respect for our Fallen. CrossFitters from all over the world, regardless of country or allegiance, throw themselves wholeheartedly at these intentionally gut-wrenching workouts that serve as a tribute to our lost protectors.
They serve as a way to immortalize the fallen and remind ourselves that even in their untimely deaths these fellow CrossFitters were committed to the safety and freedom of the rest of us.
For those of us who undertake these physical tests, the psychological effects of performing a Hero workout are tremendous. It’s easy to treat these prescriptions as any workout of the day, but for those who take the time to learn about the heroes they honor, the WODs can become as spiritual and emotionally demanding as they are physically grueling.
When keeping the stories behind the real-life heroes in mind, slowing down during a Hero workout becomes harder to justify. When the pain of pushing harder becomes too great, I am reminded of the sacrifice these men made for my freedom, and my struggle becomes laughable. And when I compare my temporary suffering to the lifelong sorrow felt by the grieving families of these men, dropping the bar becomes an embarrassment to my country.
The Hero workout is more than a test of physical ability. It bridges the gap between the body and the mind, emotion and experience, and gives us the chance to do more than just remember our soldiers. It gives us the chance to sweat, bleed, suffer and grieve for our fallen heroes one rep at a time.”
— Russell Berger, CFJ 2010
12 Deadlifts 155/105
9 Hang Power Cleans
6 Push Jerks
USAF SSgt Timothy P. Davis, 28, was killed on Feburary, 20 2009 supporting operations in OEF when his vehicle was struck by an IED. Timothy is survived by his wife, Megan, and their son, T.J.
JULY 4th WORKOUT WILL BE AT 9am