Today is the official observance of the 4th of July. And today we honor a CrossFit Hero.

In the true tradition of how we (as CrossFitters) celebrate the holidays related to our independence, we chose the newest CrossFit Hero, “Peyton”. Peyton was announced on Saturday, July 3rd. You can find the full Hero HERE (click link).

After a spirited warm up, we’ll hit our four round Monday.  Planks, wall balls, banded pull apart and a brand new movement: landmine presses.

Atypical of a Monday, we’ll team up for the Hero WOD:



The CrossFit community mourns the loss of Chad Robert Peyton, a beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend. Chad, a U.S. Army veteran with 10 years of military service, struggled with depression and anxiety. He took his own life on May 17, 2021.

Chad received a Congressional nomination to attend West Point, where he graduated with a B.S. in May 2003 before being commissioned as an aviation officer in the U.S. Army.

Chad became a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot and served in Germany during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. He was subsequently promoted to Captain and stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, from 2006 until 2009, when he was transferred to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During his military service, he was awarded the Bronze Star and many other awards and commendations.

In 2012, Chad was honorably discharged from the Army and relocated to Santa Cruz, California, where he became a beloved member of the local CrossFit community. He and his wife, Nicole, were married in September 2014.

When he wasn’t flying helicopters as a first responder, Chad enjoyed spending time with his family, doing CrossFit, hiking in the forest, surfing, traveling, and helping his friends and fellow veterans.

Chad is survived by Nicole, who works on the publishing team at the CrossFit Home Office; his two children, Isla, 5, and Ellis, 3; and many other friends and family members.

If you or someone you know is struggling with PTSD, anxiety, or depression, call the National Center for PTSD hotline right away: 1-800-273-8255. All calls are completely confidential.

GMRX Options:
Teams of 2
Complete as many rounds as possible in 16 minutes of:
10 assisted* pull-ups or ring rows

10 dumbbell thrusters,  25/35 lb., 20/30 lb., 15/25 lb., 10/20 lb, 7.5/15 lb, 5/7.5 lb,

*Stop and perform 40 single-unders or supported jumps or 40x JJ or 40x toe ups every 2 minutes, including at 0:00.


*assisted: jumping, jumping chest to bar, banded, banded chest to bar