CrossFit Community Member Robert Hartley Completes 31 Hero WODs in 31 Hours

September 20, 2022 by
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A member of the CrossFit community has just taken on a major test. Robert Hartley, a Kentucky State Trooper and co-owner of CrossFit Inevitable, completed 31 Hero WODs in 31 hours. 

The backstory: The specific 31 Hero WODs come courtesy of Thin Gray Line CrossFit, the official CrossFit Affiliate of the Kentucky State Police Academy. These workouts honor KSP troopers who died in the line of duty, dating back to Trooper Harold Toll, whose End of Watch date was November 14, 1948. 

  • The workouts take into account the respective badge numbers, ages, and End of Watch dates. Each cadet of the Kentucky State Police must complete all 31 workouts over a six-month period while they are in the academy.
  • The first example, “Toll,” consists of four rounds of 11 burpees, 121 single-unders, 14 air squats, 121 single-unders, and 48 sit-ups (butterfly). 
  • Another example is “Cunningham,” a workout that honors Trooper Clinton E. Cunningham. This two-round workout consists of 24 back squats (95/65), 24 lunges (95/65), 24 push-press (95/65), 24 sit-ups, 24 burpees, 24 Supermans, 24 sit-ups, 24 push-press (95/65), 24 lunges (95/65), and 24 back squats (95/65). 

The process: According to Hartley’s workout board, he started with Toll, the first of the 31 Hero WODs. He then moved on to McNeely and Childs, which must be done together. McNeely features two 100-foot bear crawls, nine front squats (115/85), and seven push-press. Childs takes place after a three-minute rest and consists of four rounds of four power cleans (115/85) and eight thrusters.

  • The grueling schedule, which began at 8:30 a.m. on September 12, continued with Barrett, Huffman, and Miller. Hartley then took on Leonard, Harris, and Brady before hitting workout number 10, McCoun. 
  • This process continued until Hartley hit the final Hero WOD, Cam. This final test was a 31-minute AMRAP consisting of nine thrusters (95/65), five push-ups, and four pull-ups with a 100-meter sprint between each round. This workout took Hartley right to the edge of his time cap. 

“I went to war with my mind, my body slowly broke down, and I went beyond exhaustion,” Hartley wrote on Instagram. “Halfway in I was beginning to fall behind my planned pace, and didn’t think I would finish. With the help of my team of family, friends, gym community, and some coworkers around me, I somehow managed to complete the last and final workout at 1529 hours on Tuesday, September 13th (the EOW date for the last Trooper to be killed in the line of duty). I had 1 minute to spare.”

The purpose: Hartley explained that this process started with a feeling that he needed to do something to push himself and prove that people don’t have to set limits on themselves. Taking on the 31 Hero WODs felt like the perfect option considering that he could honor those who served the people of Kentucky before him.

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