What if there was a way to crush a workout, bring a community together and support the bravest people in Canada all at the same time? That’s the idea behind a WOD to REMEMBER, a unique new way to honour veterans with muscle instead of words.

Inspired by Sacrifice

Bill Holder is a martial artist who trains at the Rocky Point Fitness CrossFit box located in Coquitlam, BC. In 2015, RPF selected a challenging Hero WOD for its members on November 11th. It’s an annual tradition for this box and following completion of the WOD, Bill took his youngest son to a nearby park for the Remembrance Day ceremony at the cenotaph. “Watching the ceremony, I began to think about the workout I’d just completed and the meaning of the service I was now attending” said Bill. “I wondered if there was something more that could be done to honour the brave men and women of our armed forces, our veterans, and their families, on Remembrance Day.”

Engaging a Community

Many CrossFit boxes across Canada schedule a Hero WOD for November 11th. Bill’s idea was to reach out to every box in Canada and invite them to schedule a Remembrance Day Hero WOD that could be used as a fundraising opportunity. He wanted to create a fun charity drive that would allow athletes and others to demonstrate their support in a meaningful way. “I raised the idea with Wounded Warriors Canada and received an enthusiastic response!” said Bill. “And one year later, with the help of a lot of caring people, A WOD to REMEMBER rumbled to life.”

You Can Make a Difference

There are over 500 CrossFit boxes in Canada. Imagine what could happen if every box scheduled a Hero WOD for November 11th and CrossFit athletes across the country stepped up to participate by asking friends and family to support their efforts by making a donation to Wounded Warriors Canada.

How To Get Involved

The CrossFit community has a strong history of honoring our armed forces. Now it’s time to put some muscle behind that support. If you’re a Crossfit athlete or Box, you can set up as a fundraiser or simply make a donation. Every little bit helps in making a difference in the lives of those who have sacrificed so much so we may enjoy the freedoms we do today.

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About the Founder

A third degree black belt in traditional Shito-Ryu karate, American Masters silver medalist and Crossfit devotee, A WOD to REMEMBER founder Bill Holder is as inspiring as he is accomplished. A dad to three great kids, Bill works full time as a partner in one of Vancouver’s largest law firms, and does his best to find innovative ways to positively impact his community.