In early December 2009, Chris Spealler visited CrossFit Sri Ram Ashram, an orphanage outside of Haridwar, India. Home to 65 abandoned children, the orphanage has a CrossFit program courtesy of Rashmi Cole, who first trained at CrossFit Santa Cruz before taking the program back to India.
Though their Internet access is limited, the kids took a huge interest in last year’s CrossFit Games. They studied all the athlete profiles and found a special interest in Chris Spealler, a great trainer and one of the nicest guys in CrossFit. He’s also a lot closer to their size than any other top athlete, and he proved that size didn’t have to be a disadvantage in CrossFit.
In this video, Spealler teaches a group of orphans the thruster, breaking it down into a front squat and a push press. Then it’s time for a five-round WOD consisting of a 200-meter run followed by 10 dumbbell thrusters and 10 box jumps.
If you would like to know more about Sri Ram Ashram or donate much-needed equipment, contact Rashmi Cole.
Additional reading: CrossFit in the Ashram by Rashmi Cole, published Jan. 19, 2009.