On February 12-13, 2008, a CrossFit HQ staff went to Alamo CrossFit in San Antonio, TX for a special Level 1 certification seminar. Members of the Warrior Transition Battalion from the Brooke Army Medical Center gathered to learn the basics of functional movement and how to scale for any starting point.
In this video from CrossFit Again Faster, the soldiers work out. There is one prescribed workout, which is scaled and/or modified differently for nearly every athlete. The ambulatory head out the front door, and are required to navigate traffic in the parking lot. The wheelchair bound head out the back door and have to navigate obstacles and each other. Pushups, pullups, modified climbs, it’s all there.
Most of these soldiers had been in rehab for at least a few months, but few of them had seen elevated heartrates since their injuries. This weekend changed that. CrossFit-style rehab requires intensity, and intensity brings results.
This seminar was originally proposed to be held at the hospital, but several administrators thought it would be a bad idea to introduce this kind of training to these soldiers. Brian Ipock and Rick Martinez were undeterred, and brought the event to Alamo CrossFit.