BRENT R. TAYLOR // 11|12|19

We created todays HERO WOD in honor of Brent R. Taylor.

39 min AMRAP (Brents age)

7 movements (1 for each of his children)

15 reps of each (the number of years he was married)

– – – – – – – – –

Brent R. Taylor, the mayor of North Ogden, Utah, and a father of seven, was killed in action Saturday while serving in Afghanistan as a member of the Army National Guard, officials confirmed.

Taylor, 39, was killed in an apparent insider attack after a member of the Afghan security forces opened fire at a base in Kabul where foreign troops provide training to Afghan forces. The attack wounded another U.S. service member. Maj. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, adjutant general of the Utah National Guard, confirmed that the person who opened fire on Taylor was killed immediately.

Taylor is survived by his wife, Jennie, and their seven children who range in age from 11 months to 13 years old.

“Brent’s life impacted so many of us in remarkable ways, and we are grateful for the expressions of gratitude and sympathy that we have received. We are especially grateful for the love and support shown to Brent’s grieving children,” family spokeswoman Kristy Pack said in an email.

“As one of many, many military families to give the ultimate sacrifice, we also want to express our love for this great nation and the pride that we feel knowing that Brent gave his life in service to his country — the country he and Jennie both love so much,” she added.

News of Taylor’s death brought shock and grief to a Utah community in which he had served as mayor since 2013 and, before that, as a City Council member.

“I hate this. I’m struggling for words,” Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox posted Saturday. “I love Mayor Taylor, his amazing wife Jennie and his 7 sweet kids. Utah weeps for them today. This war has once again cost us the best blood of a generation. We must rally around his family. Thank you for your sacrifice my friend.”

At a news conference Sunday, a visibly emotional Gov. Gary R. Herbert (R) called it “a sad day for Utah.” He said others had discouraged Taylor from deploying a fourth time, telling him, “You’ve done enough. You’ve done your part.”

And yet, Taylor insisted he wanted to go back.

“He thought he could do some good in Afghanistan, to help the people be liberated,” Herbert said. “That’s an admirable quality that we all ought to emulate. What can we do to help our fellow man?”

Herbert noted it is military protocol to wait 24 hours after contacting next of kin before publicly identifying a fallen service member, but acknowledged tributes to Taylor had already begun spreading on social media the day before.

Taylor announced his deployment to his constituents in early January via Facebook Live, explaining that he had been called to help train Afghan commando units after President Trump had ordered an increase in the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

“There are three great loyalties that have guided my life and everything in it: God, family and country,” Taylor said then. “While I am far from perfect in any of these respects, I have given my life to serve all three of these loyalties whenever and however I can. And right now there is a need for my experience and skills to serve in our nation’s long-lasting war in Afghanistan.”

He anticipated his deployment would last 12 months and reassured North Ogden citizens that the city would be in good hands.

During the past 10 months, Taylor posted periodic updates of his Afghanistan service to Facebook, often sounding and looking optimistic.

In September, he celebrated from afar his 15th anniversary with his wife, Jennie Taylor. In their marriage, they had endured five years apart during four of Taylor’s deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, he wrote. Earlier that month, he wrote, he had watched his youngest child learn to walk via Skype.

“[Jennie] is truly the center of our home and at the very center of all our lives,” Taylor wrote. “I second Winston Churchill, who said: ‘My most brilliant achievement was . . . to persuade my wife to marry me.’ ”

In his last Facebook post, dated Oct. 28, Taylor quoted Franklin D. Roosevelt — “In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved” — and spoke with pride about witnessing Afghanistan’s first parliamentary elections in eight years, despite threats of violence.

“As the USA gets ready to vote in our own election next week, I hope everyone back home exercises their precious right to vote,” Taylor wrote. “And that whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, that we all remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us. ‘United we stand, divided we fall.’ God Bless America.”

On Twitter, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) called Taylor “a hero to all of us.”

“Brent was a hero, a patriot, a wonderful father, and a dear friend,” Hatch wrote. “News of his death in Afghanistan is devastating. My prayers and love are with Jennie and his 7 young children. His service will always be remembered.”


wod | BRENT R TAYLOR

39 min AMRAP:

15 burpees

15 CTB

15 squat cleans #115 / #75

15 box jumps 24″ / 20″

15 ttb

15 push ups

15 kbs 2 / 1.5

*compare to 11|12|18

Posted in WOD

ARMISTICE // 11|11|19

Veterans Day has been observed since 1954 by the U.S. and its origins date back to Armistice Day 1918, which marked the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front in WWI. Veterans Day preserves the historical significance of the 11/11/1918, but also focuses attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. WOD for Warriors is held yearly on the 11th month, 11th day and 11th hour to celebrate the service of all U.S. military Veterans in a meaningful way within their own communities.

The significance of the repetitions in this workout can be seen in the layout where the 11 min AMRAP, 11 power cleans and 11 burpees over the bar represent the 11th month, 11th day and 11th hour while the 19 deadlifts and 18 pull ups represent the year 1918, Armistice Day.


strength | skill

15 min EMOM

2 deadlift + 1 power clean @ 75% of your clean 1RM


wod | ARMISTICE

11 min AMRAP:

11 Power Cleans #135 / #95

11 Burpees Over Bar

19 Deadlifts #135 / #95

18 Pull-Ups


  • YOU DO HAVE THE OPTION TO DO OR RE-DO 20.5
Posted in WOD

20.5 // 11|8|19

wod | 20.5

For time, partitioned any way:

40 muscle ups

80 cal row

120 wall ball shots

♀ 14-lb. ball to 9 ft. ♂ 20-lb. ball to 10 ft.

Time cap: 20 minutes

for more details visit: games.crossfit.com

Posted in WOD

DOUBLE LIFE // 11|7|19

strength | skill

  1. Shoulder Press 3×4 (build as possible, no bouncing)
  2. Push Press: 3×3 (build as possible, no jerking)

+

In 5 min warm up your SDHP.


wod | DOUBLE LIFE

7 min amrap of:

10 SDHP 135/95

10 push press 135/95

  • COMPARE TO 11|7|17
Posted in WOD

HIGHER LOVE //11|4|19

You can do or re-do 20.4! Don’t forget to enter your score!!


strength | skill

15 minutes of handstand work. make a plan. execute the plan.


wod | HIGHER LOVE

50 calories

30 single arm db snatch #50 / #35

30 sit ups

30 burpees

25 calories

30 burpees

30 sit ups

30 single arm db snatch

50 calories

Posted in WOD

20.4 // 11|1|19

wod | 20.4

30 box jumps
15 clean and jerks, 65 | 95 lb. 30 box jumps
15 clean and jerks, 85 | 135 lb. 30 box jumps
10 clean and jerks, 115 | 185 lb. 30 single-leg squats
10 clean and jerks, 145 | 225 lb. 30 single-leg squats
5 clean and jerks, 175 | 275 lb. 30 single-leg squats
5 clean and jerks, 205 | 315 lb.

♀ 20-in. box ♂ 24-in. box

Time cap: 20 minutes

Posted in WOD

TREATS // 10|31|19

strength | skill

Sled Push.

Complete 3, 200′ sled pushes as fast as possible w approx. 3 min rest between.

men: sled + #180

women: sled + 140


wod | TREATS

4 rounds of:

100 Double-Unders

30 Kettlebell Swings 1.5 / 1.0

20 Box Jumps 24″ / 20″

  • compare to 10|31|16
Posted in WOD