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