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 email@example.com
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