6 Year Old Doing Lift for Life Workout for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

We’re so proud of our 6 year old, James, for wanting to help others in need!  With the massive devastation in the Philippines, we asked, what can we do to make a difference?

Therefore, James and I will be participating in the CrossFit workout:
Lift For Life:
A Unified and Global Effort for the Survivors Devastated by Typhoon Haiyan
This Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at our local, Peachtree Corners CrossFit gym, CrossFit PPG, we’ll raise funds based on the number of rounds of the workout we complete.  The details and what you can do to be involved (and help us help them) are below.


* On November 7, 2013, The Philippines experienced the worst Typhoon in history. Thousands lost their lives amid catastrophic damage.

* The people in The Philippines are among the friendliest and most hard working on earth.  I work with many friends based in the Philippines.  Those I work with directly were not hurt in the storm but many have family and friends in the devastated areas.

* We love the CrossFit workouts and spirit and have been doing the workouts together.  The CrossFit Community in the Philippines and around the world is doing something together to raise the barbell, raise the spirit and raise a nation… the Lift for Life workout.

* Athletes all around the world will be completing this WOD (workout of the day) to raise funds for those in the devastated area.  In the AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) workout, the athletes will perform as many rounds as possible in the allotted time, and thus, raising funds based on the number of rounds completed (James will be doing a scaled version of the workout that is safe for him).

* Therefore, those who would like to support James (and me) in his first effort to raise money for others in need can pledge your support.  For example, something like $2, $5 or $10 per round for each round we complete.  (We haven’t done this before, so don’t know how many rounds we’d do, but I’d guess I’d be around 5 or 6 and James will probably be around 8 or 9).  I’ll be matching all donations up to $100.  After we complete the workout, we’ll let you know how many rounds we completed and then you can make your donation securely via PayPal at http://crossfitinsurrecto.com/lift-for-life/ to go directly to those in need.

* Below is the workout with the meaning behind it from CrossFit Insurrecto (the CrossFit gym in The Philippines organizing this effort).  I added comments for those who may not be familiar with CrossFit terminology…


WOD (Workout of the day)
“YOLANDA” – the name given to of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
Rx 95/75 (Men’s weight = barbell w/ 95 pounds, women’s weight = barbell w/ 75 pounds)
(James’s scaled version will be using a nearly weightless PVC pipe)
BUY IN: 100 DU (double-unders, which are jump ropes where the rope goes around twice; James’s scaled version will be doing regular jump rope)
24 MIN AMRAP – for the 24 hours Haiyan devastated Visayas in the Philippines
(this means you do as many rounds as possible in 24 minutes)
11 BURPEES – for the month of NOVEMBER when Yolanda made landfall
(Burpees are like a push-up and then you jump up and clap you’re hands above your head)
7 FLOOR TO OVERHEAD – for the day of the month Yolanda made landfall
(this means taking the barbell from ground to overhead – or for James with the PVC pipe)
13 BACK SQUATS – for the year, 2013
(putting the bar on your back and doing a squat)

The 100 double-unders at the start represent the evacuation prior to Yolanda.
The 24 minute AMRAP workout represents the 24 hours the storm hit The Philippines
The 100 double-unders at the end represent the persevering endurance of the recovery/relief efforts.


…so we’ll be lifting for life.  You can help with prayers, pledges, doing the workout, attending the event (come out to the gym to cheer us on), spreading the word (like and share this post) or buying the Lift for Life t-shirt (on the website above).

If you want to be involved and make a pledge to help us, add a comment or send me a message and thanks for your support for in helping out the wonderful people in The Philippines who need our prayers and support!

(Edit: Thanks for all the support on Facebook.  For those on Facebook, you can see the original post on my FB timeline here.)


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