A Heart of Fury

Around 75 members and coaches went to Prescott to support the Hotshot 19 Fundraiser.

Around 75 members and coaches went to Prescott to support the Hotshot 19 Fundraiser.

When you look around CrossFit Fury you may see a lot of big muscles. You may see intensity, grit and lots of weight being thrown around. What you may not see, at least at first glance, is how big of a heart this gym has. It is the beating of this heart that is the cadence of life at Fury. Ask any member and they will tell you that there is something special about Fury.

Coach Aimee Berencsi cheers on fellow Coach Brandi Kalafat.

Coach Aimee Berencsi cheers on fellow Coach Brandi Kalafat.

“I love how our members support anything we do. Whether it is for a family in the gym or people they have never met, you can always count on our members to support what we do.” Coach Aimee Berencsi, Trainer, CrossFit Fury

This past Saturday, August 31, about seventy-five Fury athletes and members headed up to Prescott, AZ to attend the “Hotshots 19” Fundraiser at Captain CrossFit in support of the families of the nineteen fallen firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew that died fighting the Yarnell Hill fire this past June. Of the seventy-five Fury members, twenty of them took on the grueling hero workout that consisted of six rounds of 30 air squats, 19 power cleans (90lb./135lb.), 7 strict pull-ups and a 400 meter run all within a 40 minute time cap. It was a long, mental workout that required grit, intensity and a big dose of heart.

“That wasn’t an easy workout and for many members that was their first heroes WOD outside the gym. That says a lot about our members. It’s pretty cool they wanted to support the event knowing the workout would most likely be out of their comfort zone.” Coach Aimee Berencsi

Lyndsi Waldeck took on her first heros wod and competition outside the gym!

Lyndsi Waldeck took on her first heros wod and competition outside the gym!

Each heat consisted of one hundred participants and began every hour on the hour until about 3:00 p.m. The athletes in each heat varied from seasoned professional CrossFitters like Rich Froning, Dan Bailey, Chris Spealler, Wes Piatt, our very own Peter Egyed, Lindsey Valenzuela and Becca Voigt to local firefighters to teenagers to people who had never even worked out – many of these athletes doing this workout as their first CrossFit workout ever. The heat at 1:00 p.m. not only included three time Fittest Man on Earth, Rich Froning, but also had several of the widowed wives of the fallen firefighters as well as the sole survivor from Hotshots crew, Brendan McDonough. It was an emotional heat that began with a butterfly release in honor of the fallen and a prayer from Games competitor, Dan Bailey.

“There is something special about Fury. I felt honored to compete on behalf of our gym.” Melanie LaBoy, CrossFitter at CrossFit Fury.

The Hotshot Fundraiser hit close to home for fellow fireman, Ken Barnes.

The Hotshot Fundraiser hit close to home for fellow fireman, Ken Barnes.

For Melanie Laboy, her first workout in a public setting was a very positive experience. “The volunteers were fantastic. There was one volunteer who stayed with me and wouldn’t let me put the bar down during my last set. Here we were virtually strangers and he was counting every rep for me. I love that about CrossFit” said Melanie. Athletes were reminded throughout the day that this workout was not a competition. And although the premise was a bit different than usual, every athlete from every skill set gave everything they had and put forth their best effort leaving everything on the mountain. The event has raised over $225,000 and people continue to contribute to the CrossFit Kids fund through the donation site where 100% of the proceeds will go to the families of the lost heroes.

“This will never be ‘just a job’ for me.” Peter Egyed, Owner, Coach, Competitor CrossFit Fury

Peter got to take on the the Hotshot wod along side fellow Games competitors Rich Fronging, Chris Spealler, Dan Bailey, Rebecca Voight and Lindsay Valenzuela.

Peter got to take on the the Hotshot wod along side fellow Games competitors Rich Fronging, Chris Spealler, Dan Bailey, Rebecca Voight and Lindsay Valenzuela.

For a gym that has more than doubled in size over the past year, it should come as no surprise that the owner would view his members and his community as more than just a job. “Seeing life change never gets old. I like that we can see lives changed not only through health and getting stronger but by what we can do together in the community. It was awesome to see how many members we had at the event supporting this cause” states Egyed.

CrossFit will always be more than lifting and getting stronger. Fury will always be more than just a gym – a beating heart bringing the community together.

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