Celebrate Memorial Day…

25 May

with a WOD. For Warriors.

Last week our Iron Works women had the privilege and honor of participating in the WOD for Warriors. It was an inspiring morning filled with a lot of hard work, sweat, burpee box jumps, pull-ups, squats, digging deep, and team work. Leigh and I are so fortunate to be in the company of such dominating women, and they truly gave it their all for the cause.

Check out the women in the above photograph: real Army wives, (4 are veterans), having countless years of combined deployment separations, mothers of many children, doing EXTRAordinary things on a daily basis to improve their health, well-being, fitness, and strength. And, believe us….they are getting stronger every day!

The man in the photo…well, we were honored to have a special guest counting our reps for us. A true American hero, MAJ Daniel Gade.  He is the real reason all CrossFitters across the globe are doing this WOD.

It is really important for all Americans to do what they can to bridge the gap between Military and Civilian society for our veterans.  Plenty of people are so quick to spout the phrase “I support our Troops.”  What does that even mean?  I implore you to take stock before you say that.  What exactly are you actually doing to support them?  Find a way.  Even if it is just passing over a Starbucks gift card to a service member (especially an Enlisted member), you are putting your action where your mouth is.   There are many strong organizations that contribute to this cause.  Team Red White and Blue is leading the way.

The WOD for Warriors is one great way to actively remember the blood, sweat, and tears shed by thousands upon thousands of Americans, and to remind you to do something for the veterans who keep our standard of living so high.

So, before the usual Memorial Day barbecue cook-out find your inner warrior, get inspired by past-present-and-future American heroes, and get some work done first!

“21 Guns – A Memorial Salute”
 excerpt from WOD for Warriors site 

Partner #1:

21 Pull-ups
21 Burpee Box Jumps (20″ Rxd)
21 Firemans Carry Back Squat
21 Burpee Box Jumps
21 Pull-Ups

Partner #2 executes
Partner #1 again
Partner #2 again

The 21 reps signify a 21 gun salute, the 5 exercises are one for each Branch of the Military. Executing with a Partner signifies the bonds we aim to create between our Nation’s Warriors and the communities they grow in and return to, and doing it twice reflects the fact that we honor both the living and the deceased. 

Peace to each soul that sleepeth;
Rest to each faithful eye that weepeth.

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