On Saturday April 12, 2014 I hosted (at my local gym CrossFit En Fuego), AMRAP for RONIN. Ronin is my 7yo son, and he has autism.
This was a fundraising WOD to raise money for Autism Speaks. Ronin and I are walking on Saturday April 26th in Tampa in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks as part of team Laps for Logan, Running for Ronin.
For each $5 donation the participants received a raffle ticket for a chance to win some great prizes!! I had gift cards to lululemon, Capital Tacos, World of Beer, Dick's Sporting Goods, AirHeads Indoor Trampoline Arena, Lilla Rose, and products from Debbie Marlow Massage (a one hour massage!!) a month long membership to CrossFit En Fuego PLUS 3 "Ignition Series" classes, Feetures, Polar Heart Rate Monitors, Fit Aid, and the Sox Box.
This was a 30 minute partner WOD and it was designed to keep you moving and breathing hard for a full 30 minutes!!
I introduced Ronin to the group, gave a few quick words about Autism, went briefly over the WOD, and then turned the reigns over to our coaches, Angel & Sarah. They took everyone outside for some line drills.
Ronin watched Coach Sarah with undivided attention.
And he took the warm-up very seriously!
Ronin did this workout with his babysitter, Katie. Katie's mom, Hope has been a fitness friend of mine for quite some time. But it was only recently that I learned that Hope's brother has autism, so this WOD'ing for Autism meant a little something extra to Katie and Hope. They even wore their Team Up for Autism Speaks shirts that Hope earned for training, and competing in the Dopey Challenge this year.
Ronin and Katie tackled the WOD together. Rather than doing all the movements apart, they worked together. Ronin used 5# hand weights for the shoulder to overhead and Katie used 10# hand weights.
And 3,2,1 and the group was off!! 1/2 started on the400m run, while the other half began the shoulder-to-overhead. Again, Ronin and Katie stayed together, so when they came in from the run, they started on the shoulder to overhead together. And when they reached 20 combined, they moved to the next activity.
Some of the movements had to be scaled for our young athletes. For example, instead of doing knees to elbows hanging from the rig, which neither could reach, they did the exercise while laying on their back holding on to the rig. BRILLIANT!! In fact, I've been doing knees to elbows this way myself this past week because I feel it more in my core.
By the time the 30 minutes was called, these two kids completed a total of 5 rounds!! That means that they ran 2000 meters, 80 shoulder to overhead, 80 knees to elbows, 80 ring rows, and 80 lunges.
I also had a fellow Tampa Bay Blogger and CrossFit friend, Lydia come out to support AMRAP for Ronin.
Lydia is such an inspiration, and a huge reason why I gave CrossFit a try in the first place!
Lydia even managed to win the Polar FT7 heart rate monitor that we raffled off!!
I'd like to give a HUGE thank you to Denise from Run DMT for taking such great photos (photo credit in this post goes to her!!) and for being such a great friend and coming out to support us!! Denise is a runner, but I knew one way or another I'd get her in to CrossFit En Fuego!!
We raised over $345.00 for Autism Speaks and had a great time doing it!!
A special thanks to the LOL Party Shop for donating 24 red, blue, and yellow balloons that we used to make the gym nice and festive!! I picked up the balloons on Friday afternoon, and they kept their helium (and therefore my kids and dog entertained) for over a week!!
If you'd like to donate to Autism Speaks on behalf of Ronin, you may do so HERE. We still need $95 to make it into the "Grand Club" which a special place reserved for the top fundraising teams.
Thanks again to everyone who came out for this special event, and to those companies that donated products for the raffle.
We'll see you again for #AMRAP4RONIN 2015!!