CrossFit bills itself as among the toughest sports in the world. A multi-discipline assault on ones body, which draws on gymnastics, weightlifting and a hundred other things, the winner of the annual CrossFit Games is crowned, at least colloquially, The Fittest Man On Earth.
And yet the sport is the first to acknowledge that toughness, real toughness, is something that goes far beyond the confines of the gym.
For years the sport has honoured fallen servicemen and women by naming workouts after them. Hero Wods* are designed, as you’d expect, to be among the hardest tests you’ll face in the gym, often prescribed to be done in silence, and sometimes in a weight vest to mirror the body armour worn by those it is named after.
While the vast majority of those whose names appear at the top of these gruelling workouts are from the American military, yesterday, for the first time, a British soldier had his name co-sign the sweat and burning muscles of a thousand athletes.
Sgt Jonathan Stuart ‘Hollywood’ Hollingsworth was killed ten years ago today, in Basra, Iraq while serving with D Squadron, 22nd SAS Regiment. He received the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross and Queen’s Gallantry Medal for bravery in the line of duty.
A Yorkshireman by way of Hereford, the owners of Crossfit Hereford helped organise this tribute, which Crossfit sent out yesterday to more than three million followers on Facebook and Twitter.
(*Wod is CrossFit term meaning Workout of the Day)
If you’re feeling brave, have a go at it today:
(For exercise descriptions, visit www.crossfit.com, or call in to one of the county's CrossFit gyms)