Quote of the Week 5-16-2022

“Healing takes time, and asking for help is a courageous step.”

NEWS

Welcome back friends!  In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month and our Member of the Month Big Willy P I have turned over this week’s blog to him…

The past three years have been tough on all of us in a myriad of ways. In a recent study, the Boston University of Public Health found that depression rates among Americans have tripled since 2019 – and it’s getting worse. The isolation and uncertainty most of us feel has been unrelenting, with many feeling as if there is no end in sight.

This was something I struggled with last year in particular. I moved here from Hong Kong by way of Florida to work at the family business in Riverhead in late 2018. Aside from my girlfriend, I didn’t know anyone here and had no real opportunity to meet new people – a problem that only got harder with the pandemic. After lockdown, my girlfriend went back to her apartment in the city, leaving me 60 miles away from my only friend. For an outgoing kid that had never spent a weekend without a party to host or a night without a dinner to attend, it was crushing.  

On May 6th, 2021, alone, isolated, and drowning in medical debt from Covid complications, I decided to take my own life.

I was talked down from the bridge that I was on and spent 8 days in psychiatric care. The scars of the incident have never gone away, but, through communities like CrossFit631 I have found a way forward even in my darkest days.

My journey here started as a way to have a place close to home that I could go to when I wasn’t feeling safe alone. In the year that has followed, it has become not only a haven, but a font of confidence, energy, and positivity that I carry with me through the week. Strongman Saturdays with Casper and the crew, showed me that I am so much stronger than I give myself credit for. That I can push beyond the voices in my head that tell me to give up. Crossfit nights with Dave and Anthony allowed me to climb mountains – to quiet the noise and press on until the work is done. 

The Member of the Month WOD we’ve created is designed to celebrate those who, like me, are still here. It is also designed to bring awareness to the many millions who are not. 

Like my friend, Anthony. At 17. 

Like my older brother, Chris. At 22.

When you do the workout (or right now), I want you to think about people in your life that you could reach out to for support or those in your life that may need support. 

No burden is meant to be carried alone. It is not shameful and you are not weak if you ask others to help carry the load.

If you are going through something similar or have been through something similar, just know all of us at 631 are glad that you are STILL HERE.

I know I am.

– Will

Some Resources:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/suicide-prevention.page
https://jedfoundation.org/mental-health-resource-center/

Sucide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

PROGRAMMING

Big singles this week for our Strength coupled with some very challenging Metcons.  Murph is right around the corner folks- time to get it right.  Please do your best to attend our Member of the Month WOD Tuesday.

LET’S GET AFTER IT!

Monday

Strength 

Deadlift

6-6-3-3-1-1

Metcon

“Snake Eyes”

AMRAP 12

3 Power Snatch (95#/65#)

3 CTB

3 Box Jumps

6 Power Snatch

6 CTB

6 Box Jumps

Add 3 Reps Each Round

Tuesday

Metcon

“Still Here”

1 Rope Climb

800m Run

27 Box Jumps

3 Bear Complex

82 Double Unders

55 Wallballs 

After All Athletes Finish-

11:30 Wall Sit Holding DB or D-ball

Wednesday 

Strength 

Bench Press

6-6-3-3-1-1

Metcon

1000m Row

50 HSPU

30 Ring Dips

Thursday 

Strength

Core Circuit 

Metcon

10 Rounds

20 Doubles

5 T2B

5 Burpees

5 Reverse Burpees

5 KBS

Friday 

Strength

Back Squat

6-6-3-3-1-1

Metcon

“Sunny & 75”

75 OHS (95#/65#)

Every 3 Mins 

Starting at 0:00

400m Run

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