• CHAD Sat Nov 13th 10a, BBQ @ 11a RSVP

  • Ian Doyle is our new head coach

  • Legends & Boot Camp reimagined

  • Veteran’s Day: 9/10a Only

A note from Courtney about Chad – the workout and the soldier.

Second Wind Fam –

In honor of Veteran’s Day next month, let’s talk about hero workouts. The hero WOD bridges the gap between the body and the mind and gives our community the chance to do more than just remember our soldiers and first responders. When the pain of going faster or doing more becomes too much, we remember the sacrifices they made for our freedom. Most of us are familiar with hero WOD “Murph,” where the community comes together to honor Lt. Michael Murphy. The feeling of accomplishment and comradery we share with one another makes that day something special and more than just a workout.

On October 29, 2018, after 22 years of service, active duty Navy SEAL Chad Wilkinson took his own life due to the effects of numerous deployments, several TBIs, blast wave injuries, and PTSD. Chad was not just any highly decorated hero. He was a father, son, brother, husband, and CrossFitter that believed in living a great story. His wife, Sara, is an L4 CrossFit Coach and seminar flowmaster, and a member of the CrossFit Seminar Staff.

At Chad’s funeral, Sara recounted when she walked into their garage to find Chad doing step-ups wearing a backpack. He was training to climb Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the Americas (22,841 ft!) and the highest trekking peak in the world, by doing 1000 step-ups at a time with a 45lb rucksack. A few weeks after the funeral, Dave Castro posted that he and a few friends were doing 1000 step-ups with a 45lb ruck in honor of Chad. And that’s how the hero workout “Chad” was born. The workout itself is simple. Yet, it is an achievement that goes above and beyond any ordinary workout. It is the embodiment of the character of a hero that lived his life “BIG” and decided that ordinary was not enough.

On Saturday, November 13, 2021, the Second Wind community is going to come together to perform “Chad” in honor of our fallen brother.  While it may seem daunting, the beauty of this workout is that it is infinitely scalable. We will offer many scaling options so that all athletes can participate safely. My hope is that we can come together, suffer a little bit, and show our support for our Veterans. We ask that you reserve your spot for the workout in advance by signing up via the link below.  Afterward, we plan to cheers a few beers to each other and to all our Service members and veterans.

Link to more info about the workout and about Veteran suicide prevention, please check out: https://chad1000x.com/

Link to Reserve Your Spot:

“The point is not to do 1000 step-ups with 45lbs. The point is to contribute in some form or fashion. Perhaps you think about their name, how they died, the family they left behind, and you’ve done them justice. What you write on the whiteboard isn’t as important as the time and heart you put into that workout” – Sara Wilkinson.

Looking forward to sharing this experience with you all,
Coach Courtney

Ian Doyle, SWCF’s new head coach!

Here’s a note from Ian (ian@secondwindcrossfit.com):

Hey everyone! My name is Ian, I was born and raised in Vienna, Va, and I have a Bachelor of Science in Biology. I found CrossFit back in 2011, and trained competitively until I graduated in 2015. For the last six years I’ve been a full-time coach and have fallen even more in love with the CrossFit community.

I can’t wait to bea part of the Second Wind family!

Legends & Boot Camp

Are now “Circuit Strength and Conditioning”.  These workouts will be a sequence of time-based exercises (the simplest being an EMOM), and will usually be based on the WOD. We get two big benefits from this:

  • It’s even easier to get a great workout if you’re 80 years old or 25 years old, so Legends & Bootcamp peeps all have more options for class times.
  • Basing workouts on the WODs provides an on-ramp to join regular CrossFit Classes.

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