Borja G., getting some grip work in.
Today, the MPH community says goodbye to Austin W., as he heads back to Santa Cruz, CA to await deployment orders from the United States Marine Corps. Austin joined us in September, quietly ripped through the Elements Workshop and quickly became one of our hardest working athletes. He wanted everything, immediately. Whether it was kipping pull-ups, double unders, muscle ups, etc., Austin could be found on the bar, with a jump rope in hand or on the rings after every class—all in earnest pursuit of the skills he lacked.
It was no surprise to then watch Austin not only acquire these skills within days (if not minutes), but to cultivate them quickly to use in the next workout. He exemplified the work ethic we desire from everyone, including ourselves.
So, as you head off to better weather (at least for now), we want you to remember two things, Austin:
- Greatness—it’s not for everyone.
- That lather/paste you like to work up in the chalk bucket, well, if anyone asks, you didn’t learn it from us.
Good luck, Lieutenant.
–Melody, Rebekka and John
as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes:
3x hang squat clean @ 155/105-lbs.
5x push jerk
7x strict pull-up
Austin: Safe travels out there. Keep the wind at your back and stay safe.
While I was not feeling up to going in tomorrow morning I am now going to bed to rest up so as to do this one. I will be there at 8:00AM in your honor…it’s all I can do….it’s the least I can do.
We’ll miss you Austin. Jeff
TAke care Austin. Keep crosfiitting and we will see you at MPH again if ur ever in town. All the best.
It has been an honor to train next to you these past several weeks. You are an awesome athlete!! I wish you all the best. Visit soon.
Take care of yourself, big dog. It’s been a pleasure seeing you at 8 every day. Stay safe and godspeed. If you find yourself at Camp Lejune, let me know, both of my girlfriend’s brothers are Master Gunnery Sergeants down there.
AUSTIN! keep up the strong work and preach the xfit gospel everywhere you go!
Best of luck in all your future journeys, Austin.
We already knew you were a stud, Joe, but two girlfriends?
wouldn’t that be girlfriends’ though? Ha ha !
God bless you, Austin, and thanks for your service and your sacrifices. SF
Austin- It has been fun getting to know you and work out with you. Thanks for being with us, and thank you for your service to the country. God Speed.
I’m honored and grateful that I had the opportunity to learn and train with such great athletes. Everyone is inspiring in the way they worked out, and it pushed me to want to become better as well. I didn’t get to know many of you as much as I would have liked, but Crossfit MPH will always have that special significance of being my “first”, and you were all there with me…
John – you are just a big softie. The most kind hearted and gentle man I’ve ever met.
Mel – you’re a hardass.
BK – you’ve got some of the greatest coaches this side of the Pacific Ocean looking out for you, keep learning from them and I know some day I’ll see a new gym on the block, “BK’s – where you don’t have it your way”
Thanks everyone, for everything; you’ve inspired me in crossfit and I will carry that with me and continue to train for the rest of my life.
Austin C. Worth
Best of luck, Austin! Get some!
Keep your head down and good luck!
In the spirit of this holiday, I thought I would share something that was sent to me by a good friend. Happy Thanksgiving to my Crossfit Family.
Perspectives – A Thanksgiving Story
One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live.
They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.
On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, ‘How was the trip?’
‘It was great, Dad.’
‘Did you see how poor people live?’ the father asked.
‘Oh yeah,’ said the son.
‘So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?’, asked the father
The son answered:
‘I saw that we have one dog and they had four.
We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.
We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.
Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.
We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.
We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.
We buy our food, but they grow theirs.
We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them. ‘
The boy’s father was speechless.
Then his son added, ‘Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.’
Isn’t perspective a wonderful thing?
Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don’t have.
Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends!
‘Life is too short and friends are too few.’
Dave, your story really moved me, and reminded me of a commitment I made to myself to be more giving this holiday season. A few days ago we all discussed on the blog the possibility of getting together to serve a charity in some way. Let’s reopen that dialogue (perhaps on Monday, after the holiday). I want us to join forces and do something this year…
How do you feel about this? http://www.dccentralkitchen.org/volunteer.php
We could all volunteer for one of their food cooking or food prep sessions, or we could organize a food/clothing drive) and deliver stuff to the shelter…
I like the idea of the philanthropic work, but the Ritz where I (and now Jeff) work is partnered with them for a number of events including the Capital Food Fight 2 weeks ago. I don’t know if they have anything coming up, but their events are generally well put together.
I like it very much. Count me in.
Thanks for the story Dave. Once again Austin, you will be missed. I hope to see you back soon. Steve, how did the State Dinner go at the White House? Jeff
Ralph A.: 9 rounds + 3x hang squat clean (95-lbs.; sub: 1x bodyrow)
Borja G.: 6 rounds +… 5x push jerk (115-lbs.; sub: jump-stretch strict pull-up, green)
Ted K.: 4 rounds +… 3x pull-up (95-lbs.)
Christine S.: 7 rounds +… 6x jump-stretch strict pull-up (25-lb. dbs; sub: jump-stretch strict pull-up, red)
Stuart W.: 5 rounds + 3x hang squat clean (20-lb. dbs; sub: jump-stretch strict pull-up, green)
Jeremy N.: 4 rounds +… 5x push jerk (sub: jump-stretch strict pull-up, green)
Kris C.: 7 rounds +… 1x push jerk (55-lbs.; sub: jump-stretch strict pull-up, blue)
Mike S.: 6 rounds +… 4x pull-up (135-lbs.)
Caitlin F.: 6 rounds + 2x hang squat clean (35-lb. dbs; sub: jump-stretch strict pull-up, green)
Sidra C.: 4 rounds (80-lbs.; sub: jump-stretch strict pull-up, blue)
Jessica H.: 3 rounds +… 3x pull-up (80-lbs.)
David O.: 6 rounds +… 2x pull-up (50-lb. dbs)
Austin W.: 4 rounds + 1x hang squat clean (135-lbs.)
Ravi S.: 3 rounds +… 1x jump-stretch strict pull-up (75-lbs.; sub: jump-stretch strict pull-up, red)
Jen M.: 5 rounds (25-lb. dbs; sub: hang power clean, jump-stretch strict pull-up, blue)
Ivy F.: 6 rounds + 2x hang squat clean (95-lbs.; sub: jump-stretch strict pull-up, green)
Sean M.: 5 rounds + 2x hang squat clean (135-lbs.; sub: 1x bodyrow)
StuLu: 5 rounds + 3x hang squat clean (105-lbs.)
Steve D.: 6 rounds + 1x hang squat clean
Rob K.: 5 rounds + 3x hang squat clean (135-lbs.)
Jeff W.: 5 rounds (115-lbs.)
Mayra C.: 7 rounds +… 3x jump-stretch strict pull-up (30-lb. dbs; sub: jump-stretch strict pull-up, green)
Neil A.: 5 rounds (50-lb. dbs)
Susanna B.: 8 rounds +… 5x push jerk (15-lb. dbs; sub: 1x bodyrow)
Joe P.: 4 rounds +… 3x pull-up
David C.: 8 rounds (20-lb. dbs; sub: jump/kip pull-up, 12″)
Nicole C.: 12 rounds (15-lb. dbs; sub: 1x bodyrow)
Amy S.: 12 rounds (15-lb. dbs; sub: 1x bodyrow)
Erin H.: 6 rounds +… 4x jump-stretch strict pull-up (15-lb. dbs clean, 20-lb. dbs jerk; sub: jump-stretch strict pull-up, red)
Daniel B.: 7 rounds (20-lb. dbs; sub: jump/kip pull-up, 12″)
Adam C.: 11 rounds +… 6x pushup (40-lb. dbs; sub: pushup)
Joe F.: 8 rounds +… 3x push jerk (45-lb. dbs)
Wayne C.: 6 rounds + 3x hang squat clean (95-lbs.; sub: jump-stretch strict pull-up, blue)
Jonathan H.: 6 +… 2x push jerk (95-lbs.; sub: jump-stretch strict pull-up, blue)
Charlotte H.: 12 rounds + 3x hang squat clean (25-lb. dbs; sub: 1x bodyrow)
Way to rock your first group WOD Susanna!
Thank you for the wonderful morning. The plank make sure we all will get that extra piece of turkey.
For Austin the Marine
“Nobody Ever Drowned In Sweat”
With Respect and deep thanks for your service