CrossFit has very strong ties to the military/first responders. The training style and methodology is utilized in many instances. This relationship also comes with the unfortunate consequence: loss.
Many service men and women give their lives for a cause that is bigger than themselves: for their country and for their comrades. Hero WODs were created to honor these fallen individuals.
There is nothing glamorous about the workouts. These WODs are usually longer, heavier, and grittier than many others done on a day-to-day basis. But there is something different about them. It's more than just a WOD- it's a living memorial, to many, for a complete stranger. But the connection is simple: he or she believed in our freedom, and our safety. These hero's made the ultimate sacrifice. How can we even come close to thanking them?