Hero Workouts

I get a lot of fantastic emails these days. Gone are the days when I dreaded scrolling through an inbox filled mostly with spam; now I look forward to it. Thanks to This is Fit, I get feedback, questions, offers to network, and lots of great stories. They’re all inspiring, but recently, one email stood out among the rest. Kevin Forde and I grew up in the same small town. (We didn’t know each other. He’s a lot, um, *cough* younger than me.) Kevin is a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and is currently in Saudi Arabia. We are connected because of Facebook. He messaged me one day about the CrossFit-type workouts they do. People tell me about their workouts all the time, and because I am constantly on the prowl for new exercise ideas, I usually assume it’s something I’ve heard before. This time was no different. “Oh, you do some CrossFit workouts? That’s cool,” I replied. I like CrossFit. I know what it’s about. Turns out, these aren’t just CrossFit workouts. These are Hero Workouts. “The Hero workouts are a series of high-intensity CrossFit-based routines designed to honor agents who have fallen in deployed environments,” Special Agent Forde wrote. Oh. OH. Wow. He had my attention. He offered to send me the workouts. Humbled, I replied, “Please do.” Sample Workout #1 – “Hero: Special Agent Thomas” -Medicine Ball Thrusts x 10 (face wall, two hand thrust straight up, catch, squat and repeat) -Push-Ups x 10 -Dumbbell Farmer’s Walk x 40 meters (20 out / 20 back – half of body weight) *Complete this circuit 10...