This video tells of the birth of a CrossFit affiliate within the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. It all began with a handful of cadets doing CrossFit workouts.They faced obstacles familiar to civilian CrossFitters: a globo gym environment complete with mirrors, curl bars, and dirty looks from people using machines and doing body-building exercises.
Major Dan Blackmon describes how CrossFit grew on the West Point campus. An important milestone was sending some cadets, who were early adopters of CrossFit, to a cert. The breakthrough came when the West Point Class of ’62 contributed funds to fully equip a CrossFit gym called Black and Gold CrossFit. Today, voluntary CrossFit workouts at West Point attract as many as 100+ athletes.
The video includes Cadet Chris Villareal describing how he built a custom pull-up bar structure that can accommodate up to 18 athletes doing kipping pull-ups at the same time. Chris fabricated the structure as a project for his engineering class.
Boz and Todd, who conducted a CrossFit Level 1 cert at West Point on April 28-29, 2009, get a guided tour of their famous indoor obstacle course. The video continues with a look at a very special version of Fran: 21 thrusters at 95 pounds and 6 very challenging rope climbs; followed by 15 thrusters and 6 rope climbs; followed by 9 thrusters and 1 rope climb.
Dan sees every soldier as an athlete and should be treated as such. But unlike professional athletes, soldiers don’t know when and how the game will be played. That’s why they need to be prepared for everything. Conventional PT tests are no longer good enough because they measure only push-ups, sit-ups, and how fast soldiers can run two miles.
The cadets seen in this video will soon be second lieutenants in the United States Army. They are using CrossFit to prepare not just for the PT tests, but also for the rigors of combat.