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October 02, 2009

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Keith Zeier fought for a year to learn how to walk. Learning the push jerk at a Level 1 Cert is going to be easy.

Zeier discovered CrossFit in 2006, when he was a recon Marine stationed in Iraq. Only months later, an improvised explosive device (IED) left him unable to walk, let alone do Fran. During a year of surgeries and rehab, Zeier got back into CrossFit and used it to prove the doctors wrong.

Once he was back on his feet, he was determined to run 100 miles from Key Largo to Key West to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a group dedicated to providing scholarship grants to the children of deceased special-ops personnel and financial aid to severely wounded servicepeople and their families.

Unable to put in a lot of miles in training, Zeier used CrossFit to help him complete the run and raise over $78,000. Keith was featured on The Today Show on, and he shared his inspirational story with the CrossFit Journal at a Level 1 Cert held Aug. 8-9, 2009, at CrossFit South Brooklyn.

Video by Again Faster.

5min 33sec

Additional reading: CrossFit, Stoicism and an American Prisoner of War by Andrew Thompson with Tony Budding, published Dec. 1, 2004.



9 Comments on “Brooklyn’s Wounded Warrior: Keith Zeier”


wrote …

Thank you Keith for your service in Iraq, and for your dedication to your wounded and fallen brothers back in the States.

How can we donate to your NYC Marathon campaign in support of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation?


wrote …

Thank you Keith for the video, your service and your inspiration to us all.

Does Special Operations Warrior Foundation have a website?


wrote …

Thanks Keith for all you have done and all you continue to do.


wrote …

Semper Fi Keith! You're a positive role model for other Cross Fitters and all the children you've raised money to support.


Ian Carver wrote …

Much respect and support, Keith. You are an inspiration to all of us. Thanks for your service and continued efforts to support your brothers in arms and educate your fellow countrymen.


replied to comment from Trevor Frayne


wrote …

Much respect, Keith. That's how Brooklyn thrives!


wrote …

Great video and great spirit! Good luck with all you set out to do!


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Thanks Keith for pushing through your injuries, rehab, daily grind, and passion for helping others! You're an inspiration dude! Rock on!

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