|Me and Matt Ramsey after the very first WOD in the |
official CrossFit Walter Reed space.
Since becoming involved with CrossFit Walter Reed, I have heard the stories about crossfitting in the various gym spaces at both the old Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well as the combined Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. I experienced the same issues when I first began CrossFit at Golds Gym. Globo gyms and workout spaces simply are not geared towards this type of exercise!
With the space secured and ready, and the delivery of brand new equipment care of Rouge Fitness, Brian Wilson (Owner/Coach Patriot CrossFit and Potomac CrossFit), Matt Ramsey (Fellow amputee crossfitter from CrossFit Rubicon and 10th Mountain Division soldier) and I decided to bust out a quick inaugural WOD. With just the three of us, we broke a sweat and discussed the future of this project.
On 21 June, we had our official Grand Opening. On hand we had several Wounded Warriors from both the U.S. Army and the U.S.M.C. Everything from single amputees, dual amputees to upper body amputees and soldiers with mobility limiting injuries. We also had several fans of the project as well as Marines from the Marine Corp Detachment. The turn out was great. Strength work and a nice Metcon to open the box properly. I was able to witness just how scalable CrossFit is. From dual amputees doing dumbbell deadlifts from a bench to single leg amputees deadlifting from the store and learning to perform the push press.
We are already starting to expand classes. Class has been on Thursdays at 1430 but will expand to two classes a week (for now). Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1400. These are open to Wounded Warriors and Military or Civilian Staff who bring these Wounded Warriors to class as a part of their PT session. If you are not a Wounded Warrior you can use the CrossFit Affiliate Finder to locate an affiliate near you.
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If you want to show your support for CrossFit Walter Reed you can purchase a shirt. $10 of each shirt goes to supporting CrossFit Walter Reed and any supplies the box may need.