We’re honoring those who served this Veterans Day by hosting a special Hero WOD “CHAD”. We’re getting the word out early to help raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention. On Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, all classes will be doing the HERO WOD “CHAD” which consists of 1000 step-ups to a 20″ box (weighted or unweighted) for time. You can do this solo, you can partner up, or you can scale the height and/or weight and/or number of reps. It’s about the why we do it, not the how.

Sara Wilkinson (Chad’s surviving wife) presents this hero workout in honor of Navy SEAL Chad Wilkinson who took his life on October 29, 2018 due to the effects of numerous deployments, several TBIs, blast wave injuries and PTSD.

The workout is modeled after his preparation training for an upcoming deployment. When his wife, Sara, spoke at his funeral, she recounted the story about when she walked into the garage to find Chad doing step-ups wearing a weighted backpack. He was training before he had to climb Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in South America, by doing 1000 step-ups at a time.

You have the option to contribute to the cause through the link below, which takes you to Chad’s suicide prevention fundraising page.


Sara’s goal is to honor Chad’s life and legacy and to raise awareness for suicide prevention.

Last year’s CHAD 1000X event saw 4,500+ registered participants (with over $100K raised) looking to be a part of something greater than themselves. To not only bring awareness to the epidemic of suicide, particularly among veterans, but also to help be part of the solution through the support to the Navy SEAL Foundation and other veteran health initiatives.

This year, join us again in paying respect to Chad Wilkinson and all those who have been lost to suicide, while also committing to try to change the number. #CHAD1000X