Kalsu at The Farm

AO: The Farm

QIC: Infinity
The PAX: Infinity, Running Man, Chile, and Rocketman (FNG)

Warm up:


10 Air Squats IC

15 Don Quixote IC

20 Arm Circles IC

10 Merkins IC

Short run

The Thang: Kalsu!

Background: The “Kalsu” Hero WOD honors 1st Lt. James Robert Kalsu, 11th Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, who was killed in action on July 21, 1970 in the A Shau Valley, Vietnam. On lists of the hardest CrossFit workouts, “Kalsu,” is a frequent contender. Here is the workout, pretty simple, really:

100 coupon thrusters, 5 burpees EMOM, starting with 5 burpees

After recovering from Kalsu, we used the F3 card deck to randomly choose the remaining workouts:

10 Alternating Side Squats IC

10 Ranger Merkins IC

10 Oblique Crunches, each side

10 Bonnie Blair IC

20 Heels to Heaven


10 Rosalita IC

10 Hello Dolly IC

20 Flutter Kicks IC

10 American Hammers IC

10 Nolan Ryan, each side IC

Observations: Kalsu is a challenging workout. All the PAX stuck with it to the end, though, and got a great burn. No one passed out or spilled the merlot, as far as I am aware…


Proverbs 27:17 – “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend” (KJV). F3 simplifies this verse to “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” I like to blend the two, as I like the use of the word “friend” in the KJV: “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens his friend.” We are all out here to sharpen not just ourselves, but each other. Together we will reach our goals more quickly and with more meaning.

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