We had a great turnout for our Memorial Day Hero WOD! Thank you to everyone who took the time to come and honor the fallen. In true CrossFit style we threw the unknown and unknowable at you, and changed up the WOD last minute! Due to logistics and the large class sizes we expected (and got)…we went with the workout that got the second-most votes, Whitten. It definitely didn’t disappoint, and challenged us all physically and mentally….as a true hero WOD should!
For all of you who voted for Holleyman, have no fear! Holleyman will be the first of many Hero workouts we’ll do EVERY Friday going forward….all leading up to our 4th of July Murph! That’s right, Hero WOD Friday…we think the following words from Russel Berger of CrossFit HQ perfectly sums up the purpose of doing these workouts.
“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.” Russel Berger, CrossFit Journal.