For those of you who know a little about CrossFit's history, you probably know how rooted it is with in the military services. CrossFit started as a way to not only build fitness in those who protect us, but a proven methodology that can save your life. Realizing this, police departments, first responders and nearly every branch of the military embrace CrossFit as their way to do fitness. Knowing this, a young man by the name of Aaron Rodriguez strolled into TSAC on day on the recommendation of a member. Aaron came in to take his already high level of fitness to new levels - he knew that in order to pass the up-coming challenge he would need to do everything he could.
I'll never forget the his first WOD, he completed it and asked Clint if they could do "The Fran" he had heard so much about. I cannot tell you how lucky I am to have witnessed this - as it was this workout that earned him his title "Crazy Aaron". During this final round of Fran he started yelling out "Fran, Fran, Fran" after nearly every rep. It was this unique quality that we all realized he was special (like needs a helmet special).
Aaron walked in already knowing a great deal of the movements and standards that CrossFit had to offer. To no surprise he was already "Fit". The movements he didn't know he proceeded to pick up his first week. His second day he learned to kip, then proceeded to learn to butterfly. After that he did a muscle up his first attempt, it was plain to see that this guy was an athlete.
What I didn't know until later is that Aaron would only be with us temporarily. He was set to ship out and join the Navy Seal Training Program in August. Aaron continued along - WODing and grunting - moaning his way through just about every WOD, until before you knew it he got a call from his recruiting office. Due to his amazing fitness level and readiness for duty - the Navy offered to ship him out early.
This brings us to today... And finally the purpose of this post. To wish Aaron the best of luck and also thank him for his bravery. He is putting himself through one of the hardest training programs in the world and doing it voluntarily. We will miss you while your gone but know that you will be back soon to show off those amazing animal print shirts and grunts of exhaustion. Take care and Bon Voyage from all of TSAC!
Today is a Tribute to Aaron - a pairing of his favorite and his least favorite movements...
A. Snatch 1-1-1
B. For Time:
20 DB Man Makers (40/20)
40 Wallballs (20/14)
1 Mile Run
(20 min cut off)
*we will be using a new 400m - see coach for details.