Wednesday, September 11, 2013

CrossFit recently organized a fundraising event to support the families of the nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighting team that tragically lost their lives on June 30, 2013 while fighting a fire in Yarnell, AZ.  We thought today would be a great day to remember those that serve our country and if you are interested you can donate to the cause at https://hotshots19.crossfit.com/.  Your support will be collected by the CrossFit Kids Foundation where 100% of the donations will be distributed to the families.

Mobility/Warm Up

Run 400 meters
10 Squats
Barbell Behind the Neck Rack Stretch
10 Power Cleans w/ barbell (work each position of the clean)
10 Lat Activations
Warm Up for Workout

“HotShots 19”

6 rounds for time:

30 Squats

19 Power Cleans (135/95)

7 Strict Pullups

Run 400 meters

-45 min time cap-

Cool Down

Calf Stretch
Pigeon, 1 minute each side
Samson Stretch, 1 minute each side
10 Wall Extensions

rin from VBC representing at the MDR Fran-off

This brutal workout commemorates 19 wildland firefighters who died doing something incredibly difficult and dangerous. Before moving to Los Angeles, I spent two fire seasons working for the US Forest Service on a crew similar to the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

To this day, I have never experienced any CrossFit workout or day of competition that compares to hiking in extreme heat with 60 pounds on your back just to get to a spot where you can run a chainsaw and begin clearing brush from the edge of an oncoming front of flames. It is one of the most arduous and dangerous work environments on the planet and it takes a special individual to devote their lives to the possibility of being on assignment for weeks at a time and face very real danger on a daily basis. I moved to the big city after just two seasons looking to work for a municipal department and pursue CrossFit.

With that being said, this hero workout is a special one. These 19 people did not die at war, but rather were directly protecting American person and property, much like crews do every summer a short drive from here in the Angeles National Forest.

Come in today and push your limits grinding this thing out. Because you can.

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