If you have not heard of CrossFit, it is a hardcore, high intensity, explosive workout. Once the circuit is explained, participants do as many reps as they can in a certain amount of time. Lief Lawson and his wife opened Carson City CrossFit three years ago and as intimidating as this may look, they have coached all fitness levels. "We're inclusive of everybody and anybody," explains Lief. One client, however, has more-than-impressed them though.
Peter Wade was turned on to CrossFit back in August, but had never before stepped into a gym. "No, I was a big wave rider." His life changed while riding waves in Hawaii, however, when he scraped his leg on coral reef. Peter says it led to cellulitis, or a really bad staph infection. "The coral reef infection caused blood clots and the blood clots caused gangrene and the gangrene caused me to get an amputation," explained Peter. He lost his leg below the knee and spent months in a wheelchair before learning to walk again on a prosthetic leg. Since then, Peter has refused to put limitations on himself.
"That's because I don't want to be different than anyone else." He does not expect special treatment either. At Carson City CrossFit he is pushed just like every other athlete. He performs box jumps, toe-to-bar touches, jumps rope and lifts heavy like everyone else. His advanced, custom leg helps him get it done.
Scott Forrester, of Forrester Custom Prosthetics, designed Peter's prosthesis specifically for CrossFit to give him more range of motion. "Another thing is we put a very shock-absorbing foot on the prosthesis, so that it helps absorb shock with box jumps and when he's pounding on it." Scott says watching it work for Peter is incredibly rewarding. "It makes this all worth it."
The prosthesis, couple with Peter's drive, determination and competitive spirit, has helped him accomplish every goal he has set for himself. From jumping rope to handstand push-ups, Peter is an inspiration to many people. Life may have slowed him down, but he says there is no excuse for giving up.
To get involved at Carson City CrossFit, log onto: http://www.carsoncitycrossfit.com/.
To learn more about Forrester Custom Prosthetics, log onto: http://www.forresterprosthetics.com/
Written by Kristen Remington