As we head into the 4th of July weekend, I’m posting an excerpt from Learning to Breathe Fire that explores the kinship between CrossFit and military training – the rigors of it, and the bonds that people form when they face difficult and uncomfortable physical challenges as a group. Fire has been warmly received by veterans from Fort Bragg to Camp Leatherneck, and I’m supporting a military nonprofit, TeamRWB.org, which is dedicated to improving the lives of returning veterans through fitness. Books purchased through this link will benefit TeamRWB.org.
Fallujah, For Time: Sprinting Wars and the Next Generation of Combat Training
By this time, CrossFit was proliferating across two war zones and infiltrating military bases around the world. It was cheap, improvised, and time-efficient. It didn’t break in heat or dust. And it made soldiers physically more powerful than they’d ever been, in a new era of military conflict that demanded heavy loads be hauled as quickly as possible from point to point. Counter-insurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan was not a game of long marches and precise campaigns. In a landscape of steep hillsides, hot stairwells, and dangerous corners, hazard boiled up in sudden twenty minute bursts of load-bearing cardiovascular suck. It was CrossFit as a live fire exercise, and any soldier with half a brain knows to train as you fight….
Read the full chapter here: Learning to Breathe Fire – TeamRWB Excerpt