Top Fuel CrossFit holding event for Warrior's Walk

2014-05-19T22:00:00Z 2014-05-19T22:55:10Z Top Fuel CrossFit holding event for Warrior's WalkJohn Burbridge, (219) 933-3371

"The easiest day was yesterday" is not quite CrossFit's motto.

Maybe something more of the lines of "you never know what tomorrow will bring."

"Our workouts constantly vary," CrossFit trainer Nick Novak said. "We do a lot of functional training, but it's always different from day to day."

That's why Top Fuel CrossFit, with locations in Merrillville, Highland and Valparaiso, is going a little against its own grain when it will host a fundraiser for the Warrior's Walk Foundation, Saturday at its Merrillville location (4162 West. 82nd Ave. — behind the Lexus dealership on U.S. 30).

The event, which starts at 10 a.m., consists of a 5K run/walk and two CrossFit "Workout of the Day" named after decorated service men.

One is called the "Murph" which, unlike most CrossFit WODs, hasn't changed in years.

"It was named after Michael Murphy, who was a lieutenant with the Navy Seals," Novak said of the Medal of Honor recipient, who in 2005 died fighting the Taliban in Aghanistan after courageously exposing himself to fierce enemy fire in order to transmit a clear radio signal for reinforcements.

An avid adherent to CrossFit, Murphy designed a personal workout consisting of a mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats followed by another mile run.

"He did it with a weighted vest," Novak said of Murphy's workout, which he called "Body Armor" before CrossFit renamed it in his honor to be performed during national and local fundraisers for military charities.

"For this, you don't have to wear a weighted vest, and for people who might not be able to do 100 pull-ups or 200 push-ups, we have ways to assist them," Novak said.

The other WOD is called the "Hargis", named after Army Ranger Josh Hargis, who lost both of his legs below the knees when his regiment was attacked last fall in southern Afghanistan by insurgents using improvised explosives.

While still recovering from his injuries, Hargis famously saluted from his hospital bed when receiving the Purple Heart.

The Warrior's Walk Foundation was founded to assist Texas-native Hargis and his expectant wife Taylor during the long recovery process.

"We still don't know what type of workout the 'Hargis' is going to be," Novak said. "We're still tweaking it a little, and we want it to be a surprise."

Chicago native and Dyer resident Novak and fellow trainer Rob Wellman, of Merrillville, compose and orchestrate the individual and group sessions at the Top Fuel CrossFit Highland location, 3150 45th St., which opened two weeks ago.

Participants for Saturday's event don't need to be CrossFit clients, and may opt to participate in only one event, two events or all three.

"We don't plan to give out trophies or keep scores," said Novak, "but we'll try to recognize outstanding performances."

Like Hargis, Novak's younger brother Marc Novak, of St. John, is also an Army Ranger who served in Afghanistan. That in part further inspired Novak to pitch the Memorial Day weekend "Warrior's Walk" fundraiser to Top Fuel's owners.

"He's back in the states at Fort Benning (in Geogia)," Novak said of his brother. "When he was over there, we were naturally worried about what could happen.

"But like so many who serve our country, he believes in what he's doing."

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