The 2018 CrossFit Games are complete and the victors have been crowned. It’s such an exciting show to watch. Dave Castro puts those athletes through hell and back (who starts a competition with a marathon row?). It’s damn impressive to see the top athletes in the world crush workouts all weekend.
But I find something even more impressive. Below is a picture of an 8:30 class from last week. Take a look at it. All ages. All abilities. Grandmothers. Mothers. New moms. And even expecting moms. All under the same roof, working out side-by-side. THAT is damn impressive.
CrossFit affiliates get a bad reputation, because the public watches the CrossFit Games, and thinks that’s what we do. Sure, they’re still doing CrossFit, but they’re doing it as a test (14 in fact). And some of those tests are straight up crazy.
At CrossFit Moncton, we train. We practice. We support and care for each other. It doesn’t look like the CrossFit Games. So when people say CrossFit is crazy, they obviously haven’t come to CrossFit Moncton for a Bring a Friend Day yet. They’re just making assumptions based on what they saw on TV. Next time someone says that to you, show them this picture and ask them to count all the crazy people*.
**Gym will open Monday from 10-11:30, Open Gym style. No need to register. Just some up and get some work done.**
Hang from a pull-up bar for 6 minutes
Each time you drop from the bar, perform:
*40 min cap
Movement option: Hang from 1 ring (using both hands) with feet elevated on box. Scale again by having feet on floor.
Scaling option: 400-m run + 15 push-ups
U.S. Army Spc. Christopher J. Coffland, 43, of Baltimore, Maryland, died Nov. 13, 2009, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Coffland, who joined the Army a month before reaching the enlistment age limit of 42, was assigned to the 323rd Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Meade, Maryland. He was deployed to Afghanistan two weeks prior to his death.
Coffland was a CrossFit athlete who was known to have demolished the U.S. Army Physical Fitness Test, which features push-ups, sit-ups and a 2-mile run. He was particularly fond of long workouts, heavy lifts, distance sprints, push-ups and sit-ups.
Welcome to the beginning of Hero Month. CrossFit was originally intended for Police/Fire/Military personnel. Due to the nature of their jobs, they do not know what challenges they will face on any given day. So training for the unknown (CrossFit) seems like a good fit.
These workouts are not easy (nor should they be). If you think about the struggles that these men and women went through, it might give you some extra strength to push through.
Our first one, Saman.
Khun Saman died while diving through a flooded cave supplying air tanks to a group of 12 young students and their coach who were trapped 3.2 kilometers into the flooded cave. He successfully delivered the tanks, but died on the return dive on July 6.
Khun Saman was 38 years old, and volunteered for the mission to rescue the boys. The rescue involved dozens of people from many different countries, with a very dangerous and complex rescue into a flooded cave with extremely narrow passages.
All of the children and their coach were successfully rescued.
Khun Saman’s widow, Waleeporn Kunan told the BBC “Saman once said we never knew when we would die. We can’t control that, so we need to cherish every day.”
CrossFit Hero WODs are designed to reflect the person and their mission.
The Saman Hero WOD will include running 3.2 kilometers — the distance the boys and their coaches were into the cave. Each round will include 13 deadlifts, representing the 13 people that Saman gave his life to rescue, and 17 wall ball repetitions, representing their 17 days underground.
13 Deadlifts (185/125#/55-60%)
17 Wall balls