I wanted to write this as a way to say thank you to CrossFit, specifically CrossFit Colosseum. I am both a police officer and a soldier. Almost immediately, I began to notice the benefits of training with extreme intensity in both of my professions. As a police officer, almost on a daily basis, I am involved in situations that test my endurance and strength. From lengthy foot pursuits to people resisting arrest, I cannot say enough about the requirement to have enough left in the tank to effect the arrest once you actually catch the person. As a soldier, it goes without saying that muscular endurance is paramount. It is all about the ability to sustain yourself for long periods of time, over difficult terrain, in difficult weather conditions usually wearing very heavy loads and still be able to fight.
For the last several months, I have been experiencing the best of both worlds. I am currently deployed in Afghanistan as a police mentor. Every day, when I go to work, I am wearing over 70 lbs of kit. My job involves involves a lot of foot patrols, many in excess of 10 km. In this environment, the importance of watching your arcs instead of sucking wind cannot be understated.
Back at the FOB, I am doing the WOD and still get strange looks from the bigger is better crowd. I am spreading the word about CrossFit to as many soldiers as I can. On a personal note, I am 40 years old and I only wish I had CrossFit 20 years ago when I first joined the Army.