Veterans Day Hero Workout
DEDICATED TO CHAD WILKINSON
1000X Step Ups completed as a team, partner, or individual for time.
1. Slick/Beginner // No rucksack. You pick the height of the step-ups.
2. Standard/Intermediate // 30#/20# rucksack. You pick the height of the step-ups.
3. Expert // 45# rucksack. Use 20" box for step-ups.
“Even while serving as a SEAL, Chad took time to scale up to the Expert version. There is zero shame in starting Slick, or with Standard weight, or in sharing the steps with a friend.”
— Sara Wilkinson
On Oct. 29, 2018, Navy SEAL Chad Wilkinson took his own life.
“He was my husband, he was my teammate, he was at home, he wasn’t on foreign soil, and it was my watch,” says Sara Wilkinson, Chad’s wife. “There’s a lot of shame and guilt and regret that comes to people and families who’ve lost someone to suicide. And I carry that, too.”
During his many deployments across more than two decades of service, Chad suffered from several traumatic brain injuries, blast-wave injuries, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He is one of more than 30,000 active-duty personnel and veterans who have died by suicide in the post-9/11 era.
“That’s an alarming statistic,” Sara says.
Though she bears grief that will last a lifetime, Sara, a former CrossFit Seminar Staff Trainer, has chosen to honor her husband’s memory by sharing his story — and inviting others to show their support for service members on Veterans Day by completing the Hero workout Chad, a workout inspired by Chad’s mountain-climbing training protocol.