Fitness for Mental Health a CrossFit event to help raise money for mental health

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The information below was taken from my Just Giving page. If you would like to donate then please head over to this link where your donation will be hugely appreciated. Also, if you would like to buy some “Fitness for Mental Health” merch, head over to here. 90% of all profits will be doanted to Mind Charity.

We will be performing a Crossfit workout named Becky on the 12th of October. Anyone can participate and all donations will be greatly appreciated. If you do perform the workout, a video of your performance will also be greatly appreciated too, in order to help spread and raise awareness for mental health. You can use the hashtag #FitnessForMentalHealth on all your favourite social networks to help spread awareness.

I’m doing this because my wife and I have both suffered from severe mental health. I’ve had major anxieties due to work, to a point where I would throw up constantly if I took a day off work. My wife has had severe depression because of struggles within her life. We also know so many people who either suffer or have had suffered from mental health in one way or another.

I want to give something back to everyone who suffers through life and doesn’t want to wake up in the morning for work or to see friends. This is why I’m fundraising and all donations received will be going to Mind Charity because they do some amazing work for those that suffer from mental health.

The workout is as follows…

For Time

  • 800 meter Run
  • 30 Squat Snatches (95/65 lb)
  • 400 meter Run
  • 30 Hang Cleans (95/65 lb)
  • 200 meter Run
  • 30 Back Squats (95/65 lb)
  • 400 meter Run
  • 30 Push-Ups
  • 800 meter Run
  • 30 Pull-Ups

A little background behind the Crossfit workout called Becky…

“Becky” Rebecca Sefscik, a coach at Crossfit The Tracks (Erlanger, KY) and US military veteran, created this workout herself in 2012. Becky Sefscik took her own life on August 31, 2015, after a battle with PTSD.

Her box’s website posted that the workout “was tough, just like Becky…She was one of our favourite trainers, best friends and she’s missed every day. She was not only an amazing coach, but she was one of the strongest people we all knew, mentally and physically.”

In 2015, starting with a CrossFit The Tracks fundraising event on September 7, over 100 gyms and thousands of CrossFitters worldwide did this WOD in a celebration of Becky’s life and supporting 22 Until Valhalla for veterans and families affected by suicide and PTSD.

This man found out he has cancer, give him some love.

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I haven’t watched his videos in a while, but this one caught my eye as it was titled “Well this sucks”. Curiosity got the better of me, and I had to take a look. He talks about recently opening up with mental health and struggles to find tell us his news. He gets to a point where he tells us, and it’s testicular cancer. Fuck.

He goes onto explain his visits and then, later on, they will have to remove both. He won’t be able to have kids and he doesn’t know how to tell his family or his wife. To me, this is absolutely heartbreaking. A genuinely kind and caring person who shows his interests online has been hit with this terrible news.

What really breaks my heart is the fact he and his wife wanted kids, and now they can’t have any, it’s horrific and I feel we need to let him know we’re here for him.

Give him some love

I’ve asked my Twitter followers to show him some love and support and I hope they are doing. I would like to ask my readers to do the same. Please head on over to his channel and show him some love.

Check yourself before you wreck yourself…

Please also remember to check yourself regularly, it doesn’t take long and it could literally save your life. Deadpool has a fantastically funny yet serious video regarding this issue. Remember if you feel a lump, please get it checked out.

My fundraiser for Mental Health has started

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This is just a quick blog post to let you know I will be starting my first fundraiser for mental health. It will be the CrossFit workout Becky, and all donations will be going to Mind charity. I hope you are excited as I am regarding this event, and will join me as the event starts. When more details arise, I will be sure to update you all.

I have donated £175 to Macmillan Cancer Research

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A few weeks ago, I took part in a Crossfit event called Battle Cancer. This event was in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research, and it was a spectacular event.

I created a campaign due to Battle Cancer not having one which reached £175 and has now donated to Macmillan. I want to thank my friends and family for supporting me, and I hope to do this again in the future.

Hopefully next year, we can get more donations and more people helping out. If anyone would like me as part of their team for next year, please feel free to ask.

Battle Cancer will have many more events in even more areas such as… Berlin, Las Vegas, Manchester, London and Madrid. My dream is to attend all of them, but this is dependent on money.

I Competed at Battle Cancer

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On Saturday the 20th of October, I competed at Battle Cancer alongside 3 of my CrossFit friends; Pete, Phil and Matt. The event had somewhere around 1,000 people attending to watch a range of CrossFit teams compete with one another.

They had teams of males, females and mixed which could either compete at RX or scaled levels. All money raised from ticket sales went to Macmillan Cancer Support. I created my own personal GoFundMe to help raise funds for the charity which has raised close to £200 so far.

The atmosphere and the crowd were incredible, and we loved every second. The workouts were tough, yet enjoyable. The worst for me was a 50kg med-ball carry. I thought I was going to cry during this, but I held it in and finished the workout.

I have now found some weaknesses that I can improve such as heavy med ball carries, and I will be focusing on this in the future.

Scott and Pete did an incredible job with Battle Cancer, and I can’t wait to see it grow even further. Hopefully, the next event I attend will be at Berlin (fingers crossed).

This guy is an absolute legend!