With One Arm Tied Behind Your Back…

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CrossFit is hard. But can you imagine doing it with one arm tied behind your back? How about with no arm at all? I have been following a CrossFit athlete on Instagram named Krystal Cantu. She is not a games athlete but she is the single most inspiring CrossFitter I have come across. Almost a year ago, on August 2, 2013, Krystal was in a car accident that resulted in the loss of her right arm.

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On her Instagram account you can see her CrossFitting just a few days before the crash and less than 3 weeks later she is already dumbbell snatching. Less than two months later, she is competing in a local CrossFit competition. Wall balls, 215# deadlifts, 80#  thrusters, muscle-up progressions, you name it, it’s all there in her training. She is truly a testament to hard work and perseverance. Recently she hit a lifetime PR of 115# on her clean, which is above any weight she had cleaned even before the accident. She’s kicking ass and all with a smile on her face. It’s a good reminder for all of us to be thankful for what we do have and to keep working hard and having fun.

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Overhead Squat 3-3-3-3-3
2 Rounds:
20 Pull-ups
30 Push-ups
40 Sit-ups
50 Air Squats
3:00 Rest

Hyball is Coming… August 8-10, Sean O’Connell is hosting his annual softball and camping weekend to benefit the Sean Collier Scholarship Fund. A$100 donation includes: 2 nights in the Camp Lyndon cabins, an American Apparel t-shirt with custom logo, new sunglasses, Dunkin’ breakfast and Chipotle lunch on Saturday, all of your keg beer for the weekend, and live graffiti work by Vert Series painter Merk ThoseAll remaining proceeds will be donated to Sean’s scholarship, and matched by Dell Inc. You can register at www.HyannisHyball.com, or by bringing a check to Sean at CFF in the evening. Morning regulars can coordinate by emailing Sean here.

  4 comments for “With One Arm Tied Behind Your Back…

  1. Shane B
    July 17, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Very cool story!

    OHS – 205# (half assed attempt at 225#)
    WOD – 9:28 Rx

    Nice work 5:30

  2. Steve
    July 17, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Awesome post Mandy, having volunteered with NEHSA it is a great reminder that when it comes to our bodies almost anything is possible if you work hard, are determined and have friends beside you.

  3. Elyse
    July 17, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    ohs: 95#
    wod: 18:17 – scaled pull-ups to jumping pull-ups, nice change from using a band. first round was 7:14, second was 8:03

    great story, so inspiring!

  4. Sophie
    July 18, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    OHS 90
    Wod: 15:35 second round 10,20,30,40

    That was hard! Nice job 4pm!

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