Faith RX'D In Connecticut

                CT is now the newest recipient of a chapter of Faith Rx’d.  While it has no affiliation with CrossFit, it was founded in the community of CrossFit by Jim and Becky Conzelman and Chip Pugh. 

                Faith Rx’d is a growing community with almost 60 chapters in and outside the US that meet to strengthen “faith and fitness” and to serve their communities.  Monthly meetings are held in CrossFit affiliate boxes or gyms designed for a group style WOD workout (work out of the day).

                Faith Rx’d Hartford/Springfield is led by Joe Fisher who is a director/chaplin of the chapter.  Joe is active in the CrossFit community and pastor of Trinity Grace Church in Suffield.  Like so many others, the sport of CrossFit was appealing to him because of the community aspect involved.  When talking with him, he had a great point that I want to share.  Joe said "you could go to a regular gym with a fully packed parking lot, but that doesn’t mean you will experience community on the inside". Faith RX'D is all about community within the larger community of Corssfit.

                I have found that one of the reasons CrossFit boxes and gyms like them have members that are so successful physically is because of the accountability and community support you will find there.  Being a pastor and knowing the importance of physical fitness, Joe had a desire to combine those two passions to help encourage people.  A friend suggested that he look into Faith Rx’d and here we are with another great addition to a state that has so many options for health and fitness.

                I had the privilege to attend the inaugural meeting on 11-11 that was held at Land Warrior CrossFit, Joe’s home CF.  The meeting started with a partner WOD.  There were 25 of us total.  Dave Tripp, owner of Land Warrior as on scene to explain the warm up and WOD.  Since many of those in attendance had never done a CrossFit style workout, Dave explained everything perfectly, to bring everyone up to speed. 

                The WOD was a ten minute As Many Reps As Possible:

·         50 calories to burn on the rowing machine (25 per partner)

·         50 wall balls (back and forth partner to partner over a bar)

·         50 step ups or box jumps

That was one rep, AMRAP for ten minutes (harder than it sounds!)

                Following the workout was a cool down and the message of the day, MOD (my term, not theirs).  The message was based on the tattoo Rich Fronning has on his side.  Rich is a superstar in the CrossFit world.  He was a runner up at the CrossFit games in 2010 and won first place 2011-2015.  The tattoo along his side is visible when he raises his arms in victory, which he does often.  It is the Bible passage Galations 6:14.  “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

                After the meeting, most people hung around for a little while and had some snacks and talked a bit.  I got a chance to talk with Joe then and he expressed his interest in growing the Faith Rx’d chapter and bringing the event to other CrossFit boxes or gyms that can handle this type of WOD. Contact him if you or someone you know would be interested in providing a facility.

                Even though it’s a faith based event, it’s open to all and run in a way where most people who don’t identify as religious would still feel comfortable.    The next meet with be 12-16 again at Land Warrior.  We will be listing the meets on our CrossFit Events Page and to contact Joe email him at  hartford-springfield@faithrxd.org

Buy Local, Eat Healthy
LiveFit CT
- Keith

2016 Warrior Games

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                We all have a strong need for community. Dave Tripp and Dave Flint as owners and coaches as well as the rest of the team of Land Warrior CrossFit have steadily over the last few years been building an amazing community within the larger CT CrossFit Community.  I had the opportunity to experience their 3rd annual Warrior Games.  I wasn’t disappointed .  They put on a great event and it gets better every year. 

                This year they doubled last years participants with 49 teams which included:

                18 male Rx teams

                8 male scaled

                11 Female Rx teams

                12 scaled Female teams

                They also went from 5000 in cash and prizes to 7000, NOT bad! Bears Smokehouse BBQ provided the food and 100% of their profits went to K9s for Warriors.  Their mission statement is “K9s for Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to warriors suffering from post traumatic stress, disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post 9/11.  Our goal is to empower them to return to civilian life with dignity and independence."

                There were three WODs for the day with a final 4th WOD for those teams that qualified.

                WOD 1:

250m run
Max deadlifts   
250m run
Max cleans
250m run
max snatches

WOD 2:

3  Rep MAX cluster
8:00 to establish

WOD 3

100 Double unders or 80 single unders for scaled
80 wall balls
60 box jumpovers or step ups for scaled
40 pull ups
20/20 calorie row                                                                                                                  
 
The completion was tough with a 4 way tie for the female scaled and a 2 way tie for 3rd in the mens scaled after 3 WODs!

                The 4th WOD was:           

                Mens Rx:                                                                             Women’s Rx:

                30 calorie on assault bike                                              20 Calories on bike
                2 Muscle ups                                                                     2 Muscle ups
                30 calories on bike                                                         20 Calories on bike
                4 Muscle ups                                                                     4 muscle ups
                30 calories on bike                                                         20 Calories on bike
                6 Muscle ups                                                                     6 Muscle ups
                30 calories on bike                                                         30 calories on bike
                8 Muscle ups                                                                     8 Muscle ups
                30 calories on bike                                                         30 calories on bike
                Max MU’s                                                                           Max Musclue ups

 

                Scaled Men:                                                                       Scaled Female:

                40 calories on assault bike                                            40 calories on bike
                40 Kettle bell swings                                                     40 Kettle bell swings
                40 calories on bike                                                        40 calories on bike
                40 KB swings                                                                 40 KB swings

 

                Congratulations to everyone who put it on the line and competed and to Land Warrior CrossFit for another great event.

                A special congrats to the winning team

Rx men:

1.       CF Gridlock:  Andrew Barcomb and Jason Assad

2.       Just Made It: Jake Marconi and Tim Dearanjo

3.       Dr. Evil and Mini Me: Tyler Oleksake and Paul Lentini

Rx Female:

1.       Swole Sistas- CF Swarm: Laura Hardy and Steph Cecrenski

2.       Rising Blue Line- Thin Blue Line: Sara Nagle and Kelly Lawler

3.       Assad Assault- Grid Lock CF: Lori Assad and Jiselle Assad

Scaled Men:

1.       Washed Up: TJ Baril and Bill Banl

2.       Dad Bod Squad: Kevin Charland and Matt Lang

3.       Young Guns: CF Factory Wood Rd.: Jonn Elworthy and John Sanchez

Scaled Female:

1.       Team Wheystead: Kathryn Niemiroski and Alicia Demers

2.       Team Uniswole: Sara Cowan and Kayla Brasile

3.       Sweaty Coconuts: Amanda Schiessl and Kelli McDonald

Buy Local, Eat Healthy,
Live Fit CT
-Keith

 

To see photos from the event please check out our facebook page
To see a list of more events like this check out our CrossFit Events page

1st Annual Hero WOD for Brian Tripp

 MSG Brian Tripp

MSG Brian Tripp

    On 3-16-2016 I had the honor and privilege of attending the first annual Hero WOD for MSG Brian Tripp held at Land Warrior CrossFit in Suffield.  Brian was a career Army NCO and retired after 23 years of service.  Like so many of our returning men and women, he secretly battled unresolved issues and left us far too early on Easter Sunday April 24, 2011.  Brian was tragically one of the 22 veterans that commit suicide everyday.  
    I have heard that statistic before- 22 veterans a day, but while doing some research for this article, I was confronted with the sobering fact that, it is 8030 of our men and women per year.  To quote Brian’s brother Dave Tripp, “the 22 is not just a number or statistic, it is a deep scar in my family’s life, it is a hole that could never be filled, it is a question that can never be answered and many people share those wounds.”
    To anyone who has attended a veteran’s funeral service, they know without a doubt, it is not the crack of the rifle volley, it is the silence between shots that is deafening.  It echos the silence of a loved one gone too soon…
    Dave Tripp co-owner of LandWarrior Crossfit started the memorial event with a few words of gratitude for everyone showing up, a few words about his brother, and about the seriousness of this issue.  He followed that with a reading of a “Letter To Brian”- here are the first two sentences of his letter, 
“Happy Birthday brother, hope this message finds you well and you can hear me.
How is heaven?  I pray that you have found peace and have healed from what pains you here on earth.”
    
This is real!
    I applaud the Tripp family for sharing the way that they are.  Instead of retreating from the pain, they are actively keeping Brian’s memory alive and bringing attention to this problem.  
    This event itself was well thought out and by all means, a success.  There were two workout heats.  The first had 47 people participate and 37 in the second.  The workout also had significance built in.  Brian’s birthday is 3-7-1968.
    The WOD (Workout Of the Day) was:
        3   pull-ups
        7   wall balls
      19   sit ups
      68  double unders
For as many reps as possible for a time of 23 minutes representing Brian’s 23 years of military service. 
    Land Warrior Crossfit was named after a business Dave and Brian shared.  After Brian’s passing, the LandWarrior Crossfit was soon born carrying the honor of Brian- the original Land Warrior.
    Owners Dave Tripp and Dave Flint have created a special place in LandWarrior Crossfit.  It is clear that it is a tight community and type of place we all need, a place of friends and support.
    Proceeds from the event went to the MSG Brian Tripp Scholarship Fund
 

Please support our Veterans and their families

22  to 0

-Keith

For pictures of the event please go to our facebook page