Heart of a Warrior

By Emily Beers

In CrossFit Games, LEO/Mil

July 27, 2012

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Wounded Warriors inspire on Saturday afternoon at the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games.

At the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games, Ali Barrera from Alamo CrossFit is holding a sign that says “Crush Fran, Stomp Hope.”

She’s in California to cheer on Mike Gallardo, an athlete from her affiliate in San Antonio, Texas.

Gallardo is a war veteran who lost his leg while serving with the United States military, and he’s part of the Wounded Warriors demonstration at the Games.

Barrera competes against Gallardo at her box all the time. It’s hard not to notice the fact that he’s missing his left leg. And although she can imagine, Barrera has no idea how and when Gallardo’s injury happened.

Then she looks over, and there’s Gallardo doing Fran. He does 21 thrusters in a row and then hits the pull-up bar and does 21 unbroken pull-ups. He completes Fran in 5:03, with one good leg.

Barrera admits that it’s hard not to be inspired by Gallardo.

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1 Comment on “Heart of a Warrior”


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Awesome article and a great accomplishment. I know many a wounded warrior that I have had the honor of serving with that are still knocking out WOD's and crushing boundaries. Keep driving on brother.


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