Ranger School at 40 years old… congratulations are in order.
On 10 December, 2010, at nearly 40 years of age, I graduated from the United States Army Ranger School and I absolutely could not have done it without the help of Ron Holmes and the unbelievable group of men and women that trained with us in Bagram, Afghanistan!
Prior to meeting Ron I was training for Ranger School on my own and I was getting increasingly frustrated with my lack of progress. My motivation was right where it needed to be but I was lost in my training plan and my workouts were unorganized and not mutually supportive.
About three weeks into my training, I found Ron and his dedicated group of “Cross-fitters”. I was reluctant to join them because they didn’t seem to follow what I thought the correct path was: Push-ups, Sit-ups, Chin-ups and Running, PERIOD! Nevertheless I decided to join the group if for no other reason than to say that I at least gave it a shot and it didn’t work for me… We followed the Cross-fit Wilmington and Cross-fit Main websites and on those nights where Ron was feeling particularly sinister – he either combined the two workouts or created his own form of pain for us!
It took no time at all for me to recognize the immense value and payoff from the workouts, and after a few weeks, I was completely obsessed with the program Ron was providing us. However, the real proof would be my physical (and mental) performance at Ranger School. I went in with some apprehension because after running an average of about 40 miles a week, I dropped down to only running the distances and or duration prescribed in the cross-fit workouts. Remarkably when I ran the five mile portion of my Ranger Physical Fitness Test (RPFT), my time actually decreased from 36 minutes to just less than 33 minutes! As it turned out, the run and other events from the RPFT (Push-ups, Sit-ups and Chin-ups) were just a small taste of the success I would have at Ranger School. The real proof came much later as I was training in the rugged mountains of Dahlonega, Georgia. After more than three weeks of severe physical and mental stress and very little sleep, my strength was still there and my legs never failed me! Even several weeks later while walking between 8 and 17 Kilometers a day through the difficult swampy terrain in Florida, my conditioning never let me down!
Now that I am home, I am going to take a week or two to heal and recover a bit, but come the first of the year, I’ll be back in the gym following the Cross-fits Wilmington and Main website and working out with other Cross-fit believers!
I can’t thank Ron, my incredible group, and the rest of the Cross-fit Wilmington team enough!
Rangers Lead the Way!
LTC Chris Colavita
United States Army
The “Not Normal” Contest is over!
Tomorrow is the weigh in and picture day for the “Not Normal / Give yourself Abs for Christmas” contest. We’ll see who stuck to their pledge and proves to everyone dropping a few pounds is not difficult if you set your mind to it. On Monday we’ll announce the winners and show to everyone who’s rocking a new look for Christmas.
100 Wall Ball Shots (10ft-20lbs/9ft-14lbs)
Rest 2 minutes
100 Wall Ball Shots
Rest 3 minutes
100 Wall Ball Shots