Last year I traveled to Honduras with Students Helping Honduras for the first time and it was so unbelievable. This year, I went back to Villa Soleada and got to bring a friend along who you all know… LAURIE! We had a blast down there, and she wrote this awesome post about her experience there. Enjoy! ~Maggie
As a lot of you know, Maggie and I went to Honduras with Students Helping Honduras for our last week of winter break. For around 8 hours a day for four days straight, we moved big planks of wood, rocks, bags of concrete, and lifted thousands of buckets of sand. The first day of work, our task was to move huge piles of rocks to another area. Automatically Maggie and I started trying to find the biggest ones we could lift, making a game/ workout out of it (ha isn’t that the same thing??). It was so much fun and that fact that we were smiling and enjoying it to the extent that we were shocked most of the people there. The next couple days our job was to move 5 huge piles of sand into the “to be” classrooms of the new school building. One by one we assembly-lined thousands (literally 1,000′s.. we counted) of buckets of sand into the classrooms, creating the foundation of the school floor. For count of people moving the buckets, it was 5 guys and Maggie and I. I never would have thought for one second that I would ever have had the strength and stamina to work as hard as we did for 4 days straight. Usually when you work on collective projects like this you wonder how much of a difference you actually make, and I am so proud to say that the amount of work that was accomplished would not have been nearly as much without Maggie and I. We single handedly moved mountains, and I can honestly say I would not have been able to do that before CrossFit. After our second day of working, I was sitting on one of the tall sand piles, so exhausted, and I clearly remember thinking about how CrossFit has – without a doubt, changed my life. Not only has the work that I have exhausted in the past year at RARE changed me mentally and physically, but now I could see that it has also changed what I can do for the world. That is a very powerful thing and I feel so much stronger because of it. This is such an amazing thing we have found here in Fredericksburg and I am so happy knowing that the community at RARE has changed so many of your lives just as it has changed mine. I thank all of you for that.
On The Minute for as long as possible:
3 x Power Clean (165 lbs / 115 lbs)
3 x Front Squat (165 lbs / 115 lbs)
3 x Jerks (165 lbs / 115 lbs)
Post Score to Comments. Scale the weight in order to get the 9 reps per minute and go for as long as you can.
Pick a weight that you can get 6-9 rounds of. If you don’t finish 5 rounds, you went too heavy.