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CrossFit Walter Reed by Dillon Behr and Brian Wilson - CrossFit Journal

CrossFit Walter Reed

By Dillon Behr and Brian Wilson

In Affiliation, CrossFit, HD Videos, LEO/Mil

July 25, 2012

Video Article

At the largest military medical center in the U.S., a wounded veteran continued doing CrossFit as part of his physical therapy. From there, an idea was born.

Dillon Behr, founder of CrossFit Walter Reed, started hosting a weekly class for patients of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

“One of the biggest challenges was that we were still doing this in the Globo Gym capacity, and we had talked to a lot of people trying to get space—our own dedicated space for our own CrossFit gym on base—and we were having a lot of push-back from it,” Behr said.

So when the email came in from an employee and CrossFitter at Walter Reed’s building facilities and management department offering warehouse space, there was no hesitation.

CrossFit itself donated money for the equipment, and the affiliate was up and running April 16.

The goal is to provide a basic understanding of movements and methodology and build confidence, says Brian Wilson, owner of Potomac CrossFit, who’s been coaching classes at Walter Reed for more than a year.

“It carries over tremendously in just their attitudes,” he says.

7min 33sec

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Additional reading: Serving the Soldiers by Brian Wilson, published April 16, 2012.

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10 Comments on “CrossFit Walter Reed”


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It would be awesome if this were a free download. I would like to share this with some friends.


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Would love to see this as a free download! Currently working with paralyzed Veterans and would love to be able to show them CrossFit is possible again!


Michael Schaal wrote …

Brian stuff Brian! Giving people their "swagger" back.... Awesome!


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One of the most moving videos I have seen on the Journal. What can we do to help?


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I would love to share this with some people that might want to get involved! Is there anyway to do that?


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Guys.. incredible work. Definitely make this a free download.

I know a few other people in the DC area working with wounded vets and they love it. There's a great paralympic military rowing program in the area if any of them want to get on the water in a shell. They're sending a pair to London to represent the US in the Paralymic games this summer.


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Just tremendous! Keep up the great work!


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For those asking about a means to display this to others, all Journal videos can be downloaded and saved to harddrive etc. Worst case put it on an SD card.


wrote …

Looks like it's now available for free download. Thanks!


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I am glad to see that Dillon was able to pull it off; I couldn't be more proud of him.

Best of luck brother!

Juan Valentin
SOF W2 Athlete
CF LVL 1, Strike Coach

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