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CrossFit Hero Workout Sisson

I went to the gym today and did CrossFit Hero WOD Sisson. U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Justin Sisson, 23, assigned to 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, died June 3, 2013, from wounds caused by a suicide bomber in Chamkani, Afghanistan.

His Hero Workout consists of a 20-minute AMRAP:

  • 1 rope climb
  • 5 burpees

  • 200 m run

And wearing a weight vest.

This workout was plain fun. I almost didn’t do it because I was hesitant that I would be able to do this CrossFit Workout with a weight vest, but it wasn’t all that bad. I did extra rounds because it was just plain fun. Try this workout out for size when you can!

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Changing your CrossFit Programming

As I mentioned yesterday, I did Barbara Ann. The next day I had planned another heavy leg workout, but when I woke up, I knew I couldn’t do that. So, I had to come up with one that was all upper body. I did some ring dips, strict pull ups, and dumbbell push press.

I was a bit disappointed because I wanted to do the others more; however, the beauty of CrossFit is that there’s always another day to do the workout.

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Crossfit Girl Workout: Barbara Ann

Barbara Ann is a new CrossFit Girl workout that was just released almost a year ago. This new workout consists of

5 Rounds for Time with a mandatory 3 minute rest between each round.

  • 20 Handstand pushups
  • 30 Deadlifts (135/95)
  • 40 sit ups
  • 50 double unders

I did this workout on Monday, and it took me 41 minutes. I hate resting in CrossFit workouts; I just do. If it hadn’t have been a Benchmark CrossFit workout, I would have skipped the rest.

However, I didn’t think much about this workout; until today. I woke up, and my quadriceps are killing me. It’s painful to go up and down the stairs. I’m assuming the deadlifts got me. It as a lot of volume, and as I get older, my body just can’t recover as well from this.

It was a fun workout that I’ll definitely do again.

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The Difference a Squat Makes

As most of you know, CrossFit Girl Workout Grace consists of 30 clean and jerks for time with the ladies at 95 lbs and the guys at 135 lbs. Last Friday, at our CrossFit gym, we did 30 squat clean and jerks at 105 lbs for the ladies and 145 lbs for the guys.

Let me tell you the difference a squat makes: a BIG difference. That extra little movement not only takes extra time, but it’s infinitely harder and more work. Plus, add on the extra 10 lbs, and it’s a whole different workout.

I finished in under 9 minutes, but it was definitely hard.

CrossFit programming at its finest!

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CrossFit Girl Workout Elizabeth

I have been struggling with CrossFit lately. Not necessarily CrossFit though; it’s more with my weight and my abilities.

Injuries have taken their toll, and after I hurt my back last fall, it’s been a rough road back. Throw in competing in CrossFit competitions against gals 20 years younger than me, and you get the point.

Today, Bergeron’s CompTrain had Elizabeth, a girl CrossFit workout that’s been around since the beginning, programmed. I looked at SugarWOD, the app I’ve had since the very beginning that tracks all of my CrossFit wods I want to remember. The last time I did it was two years ago with a time of over 22 minutes, so I thought, “I can beat that. My ring dips are much better now.”

Elizabeth is:

21-15-9 of

  • Squat Cleans 95 lbs for women
  • Ring Dips

So I begin. My time: 13:43. I smashed my old record by almost 9 minutes! I haven’t had a PR this big in at least a year. I was super excited and quite surprised. It’s these rare moments like these that keep me getting up at 2:30 in the morning, working out alone in my garage, doing strength workouts I don’t particularly enjoy, and keeping moving even though I don’t want to.

After six years of CrossFit, it’s all mental. All of it. Sure, there are weights you can’t lift and perhaps movements you can’t do, but those are the extremes. The daily grind is what makes the difference. So keep grinding away even when every moment sucks and you’re sore and would rather sleep and the like.

It’s only you you are against. So defeat yourself every time.

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CrossFit 12 Days of Christmas WOD

One of my favorite CrossFit workouts is the 12 Days of Christmas WOD. The beauty of this WOD is that you can use any 12 movements of CrossFit and mix and match to create a workout that will beat you up.

It’s performed like the song. You start with one move, such as a deadlift. Then you go on to two reps of a move, such as a hang power clean, and then you repeat the one movement, the deadlift. Then, you progress to three reps of another movement, say a push jerk. Then you repeat the two hang power cleans and the one deadlift. You do this until you get to 12, which would then be your final round.

By round seven and eight, you are dying, that’s for sure, especially if there are a lot of heavy barbell movements.

For me, I enjoy workouts that beat the crap out of me and that are long. Those are my favorite.

I did this workout by myself in the garage and then I dropped in at CrossFit Cheyenne to do theirs. It was a great time, and I wish we’d do this more often than once a year!

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A Thanksgiving Tradition I Couldn’t Let Die

For the last five years, I’ve done CrossFit Hero Workout Murph, in honor of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, on or near Thanksgiving. This year, I seriously considered not doing it. No CrossFit gyms that I knew of was doing it because of COVID. And I’m trying to take it easy on CrossFit so I can heal and come back better.

However, I had to. My first CrossFit workout ever was a half-Murph, and I still remember how it beat me up. It has special meaning to me.

So I suited up. I put on my vest, warmed up my garage, and got ready to go. Admittedly, I didn’t PR (I wasn’t really trying to). My run sucked, which it has ever since that heavy 10k I inadvertently did. The pull ups were a lot harder than I thought they’d be (it took me three days for my arms to recover). But I felt really good afterwards.

I couldn’t let this Thanksgiving tradition die when it seems like so many other traditions are dying around me. God bless Lieutenant Murphy, his family, and all of the service men and women who fight for our freedoms that we cannot let erode away.

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CrossFit Hero Workout: Chad

Brutal.

That’s the word that can sum up this CrossFit Hero WOD.

The challenge is mental, not necessarily physical.

The CrossFit workout is:

1,000 Box Step-ups on a 20 inch box wearing a ruck sack (45/35 lbs).

This CrossFit workout honors Chad Wilkinson who tragically took his own life on Oct. 29th, 2018, due to the effects of war serving our great nation. He had PTSD and blast wave injuries and was an active duty SEAL.

The Story Behind the CrossFit Hero Workout Chad

At the time of his tragid death, he was training to clim Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in South America, by doing 1000 step-ups wearing a backpack.

Dave Castro posted the workout on December 14th, 2018, and this workout has taken on a life of its own, becoming an official CrossFit Hero WOD named in his honor. It will probably become a Veteran’s Day tradition in a lot of CrossFit boxes every year. Fitting.

Raising Suicide Awareness

As sad as this it, it points to what is great about CrossFit and what draws so many together. Hopefully, Chad’s death will raise awareness of suicide and maybe save someone else before it’s too late.

No doubt this CrossFit Hero Workout has been one of the hardest I’m done in a long time. It took me 1 hour and 20 minutes with a weight vest. The 400-700 was the hardest of all. Once you get to 800, it seemed easy because the worst was over.

Take the time. Honor Chad. Thank a veteran. And spread the word of suicide prevention.

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I PR’ed CrossFit Hero Workout DT

After five years of CrossFit, PRs or personal records, are hard to come by. So when they happen, they are special, indeed.

Today, we did DT, a CrossFit Hero WOD I’ve written about before. It is:

  • 12 Deadlifts (105 lbs)
  • 9 Hang Power cleans
  • 6 Push Jerks

I PR’ed by over 2 minutes, which was super exciting for me.

When you’ve been doing CrossFit for this long, it’s a constant mental struggle and lots of ebbs and flows. PR’s and CrossFit competitions help to keep me motivated on the days I don’t want to workout at all.

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CrossFit Murph

One of my all-time favorite CrossFit workouts is Murph. Murph is a Hero CrossFit WOD, named after Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy who gave his life fighting for our freedoms in Afghanistan in 2005. One of the best things about CrossFit is these Hero Workouts. I’m still working through them, but to honor the fallen, and I can’t think of a better thing.

It’s tradition to perform Murph on Memorial Day at CrossFit boxes around the country, and it’s always fun. This year, I did it at 5 am, and although I did not PR, I did well. My daughter completed her first full Murph this year, so it was great.

The CrossFit Murph Workout consists of:

  • 1 mile run
  • 100 pull ups
  • 200 push ups
  • 300 air squats
  • 1 mile run

It’s a killer workout that requires mental fortitude and desire to finish. For me, it’s much more than that. It’s about celebrating life, our freedoms, and those who have fought and died for them. It’s about remembering how hard life can be, but rejoicing in its blessings as well. It’s about preparing mentally for the worst, and appreciating the best. It’s about community, which is not as it once was this year, but will be happening soon enough.

If you get a chance, do this workout.  You won’t regret it.