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Dexter Wise 08-10-2011 10:18 PM

Excess Equipment for Deployed Soldiers
Hello, my name is Dexter Wise. I'm currently deployed to Afghanistan and trying to get my soldiers to go away from 1/4 squats and bicep curls as the staples of their workout. I've started doing CrossFit workouts once a week (I had to throw an incentive in there...if I get beat then I'll take their guard shift, KP, replace them on a detail, etc) but we have limited equipment. We have been able to make do with what we have but my feeling is more equipment would lead to more soldiers participating and being able to get better workouts in.

We have 3 barbells, 1 kettlebell, 1 squat rack with an attached pullup bar, 1 C2 rower, 1 GHD, and 2 jump ropes currently. We are scheduled to be followed by another unit who will be here for approximately a year so anything sent will be used and appreciated by many soldiers.

I am not positive about this but military members can use the military postal service to mail items weighing less than 70 lbs to other military addresses for free. If someone could verify or refute that it would be appreciated, as would any excess barbells, kettlebells, etc you may have and be willing to send to us.

Here is my address if you are able to help:
2LT Dexter Wise
A/1-84 FA
COP Qaisar
APO AE 09368

Eric J Leon 08-10-2011 10:36 PM

Re: Excess Equipment for Deployed Soldiers
Hey Dexter,

The downside to heavy things like kettlebells rowers etc is that they tend to be expensive and heavy to ship. Some ideas and directions you might look into if equipment doesn't materialize.

Look into getting a couple sets of rings, they're cheap ($70 a pair from Rogue), easy to ship, and really all you need for upper body training. Coach in some earlier articles, if IRC, talks about how he can get someone up to a 2x bw bench press with just rings.

Some reading:

Talks about using ammo cans, LMTV tires, etc
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List of WODs requiring zero to minimal equipment
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Nate Napolitano 08-10-2011 10:43 PM

Re: Excess Equipment for Deployed Soldiers
This has been discussed before here: [url][/url] WFS

Hopefully you can find some helpful tips in there. If I had extra equipment and could afford the shipping I would love to help out but until then I hope you can make do and hopefully find some good stuff.

Dexter Wise 08-11-2011 01:11 AM

Re: Excess Equipment for Deployed Soldiers
Thanks a lot for the links. I had been trying to find some information/threads exactly like that but hadn't had any luck.

James Davidson 08-11-2011 08:34 AM

Re: Excess Equipment for Deployed Soldiers
Even if you can't get some good equipment look into getting TRX systems. Can get a great workout everywhere you go in the sandbox its what me and my supervisor did. But then again we weren't near any gyms to lift traditional weights the whole time either.

Dave Mahoney 08-13-2011 06:41 AM

Re: Excess Equipment for Deployed Soldiers

Be very carful when soliciting for support. I know your heart is in the right place but I would brush up on the rules for accepting "gifts". I would run this past an Ethics Counselor, otherwise you are putting your Career and CO's at risk.

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