Hero workouts honor men and women from the military, law enforcement, and first responder communities that have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country, and are also part of our greater CrossFit community. Hero workouts pay tribute to service members in two ways: they keep the workout’s namesake in our collective memory, and give us the opportunity to be the best versions of ourselves.
Beyond being physically demanding, Hero workouts often require a degree of mental toughness too. Going in with this understanding, and remembering why we’re doing it, not only helps you get through the workout, but can also help you push to new levels. I recall doing the workout “Collin”, in honor of Navy Special Warfare Operator Chief Collin Trent Thomas, on a particularly chilly day. Those sandbag runs sucked, my hands felt like they were freezing, and it made the thought of picking up the barbell much less appealing. I thought about Collin’s sacrifice, and his family, and kept going. When Hero workouts get tough, and you want to quit, think of the Hero and their family, and remind yourself why you’re doing it.
One of the best ways to honor fallen servicemen and women is by taking advantage of the freedoms afforded us to make the most of ourselves. Every time you step into the gym is an opportunity to improve. It’s a chance to work towards being the smartest, strongest, toughest, fastest, kindest, best version of yourself that you can be. Hero workouts themselves are a vehicle to achieve this goal. Giving your best effort, as you work towards being your best self is a fitting tribute to those that have given their lives for our freedom.
Whether the best way for you to approach a Hero workout is with some modification, or if you’re getting after it “Rx”, the most important thing is that you are doing the workout. Exercise integrity, and exercise with integrity. Do all the reps, and do them to the standards set out for you. Giving your full, best effort in a Hero workout is more important than the score.