The 2011 Iron Dog Challenge champion, CrossFitter Larry Myers Jr., works as a K-9 officer at the Orange County Sherriff’s office in Orange, Va. The challenge is an annual event held by the Danville Police Department and consists of a series of obstacles that officers and their K-9 partners must traverse.
Winning the challenge came as a surprise to Myers.
“People were asking if I was a gazelle and how did I do that—I didn’t believe it,” he says. “I felt I could have done better.”
Myers shows off his backyard CrossFit training facility, which he admits is “minimalist.” He has self-constructed pull-ups bars, a “rope” made of chain, and tractor tires for tire flips, drags and even box jumps. His barbells are old and rusted, but he doesn’t mind.
“The greatest thing about having old weights is you can throw them everywhere you want. You don’t have to worry when they break. You don’t care,” he says.
CrossFit has been another bonding experience for Myers and his K-9 partner, Loki. They work out together, with Myers holding his dog while squatting, and the pair start workouts with a long run. The officer says CrossFit has improved his cardiovascular endurance so that he can communicate with his dog and his colleagues while in the heat of a chase.
Additional reading: Police Training by Greg Glassman, published March 1, 2003.