For so many of us, athletics and activity are what drive us to integrate into the community and become eager participants in life. It is no exaggeration to say that these activities are what we have come to define ourselves by. They are our happiness; our existence. And for some of us, sport has literally saved our lives. All those who have had so much passion for something that it has shaped our lifestyle, know that it often means going against the grain and shaking up the norm in order to achieve our goals.
CrossFit embraces fitness as a lifestyle, not just a means to looking good, and because of that it has redefined for the better what it means to be “fit”, “strong”, “healthy”, “feminine” or even “human”. The increasing popularity of CrossFit is a testament to the power of that message, and it is exactly this reshaping and reconceptualization that needs to be achieved for those who live with disability.
Despite gradually increasing exposure and media, it is still exceedingly difficult for persons with disabilities to engage in physical activity. Challenges like the social stigma that individuals with disabilities face in the community, limited options for adapted recreation, and the high costs of adaptive sports equipment limit recreational opportunities. Our goal with the Ability WOD is to raise the nation’s awareness and understanding for those with disabilities, and to promote physical activity and everything that comes along with it – self-esteem, camaraderie, and purpose. That takes both funding and individuals willing to go the extra mile for a worthy population. We hope you will join us in making that goal a reality by taking part in our event and adopting this mission as your own.
Thank you so much for your support and participation.
Your friends at the Global Abilities Foundation
Global Abilities Foundation partners with local CrossFit boxes to host the Ability Workout of the Day (WOD) to help persons with disabilities get access to recreation. The Ability WOD features athletes of all abilities participating in a challenging workout that showcases the power and capability inside each person. Registration fees and donations fund CrossFit and other recreation opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Specific WOD and scaled versions
15 min AMRAP:
2 muscle ups
4 tall box jumps (30" M/24" F)
6 thrusters (135 M, 95 F)
8 toes to bar
Scaled version for able-bodied participants:
- The sub for muscle ups would be 3 pull-ups and 3 dips per muscle up. These can be band assisted if needed.
- The height of the box jump can be scaled to ability as can the thruster weight. Individuals could also do step-ups instead of box jumps.
- If the athlete is unfamiliar with a barbell thruster, he/she can use dumbbells instead.
- For toes-to-bar, either knees to elbow or hanging knee raises.
- No scale for burpees.
Athletes with disabilities should check with their coaches for adaptions to these exercises
We are grateful to our sponsors that help make the Ability Workout of the Day possible.
Video production by Sean O'Grady and Michelle Grottenthaler.