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Hope for the Warriors™

The mission of Hope for the Warriors™ is to enhance quality of life for US Service Members and their families nationwide who have been adversely affected by injuries or death in the line of duty. Hope for the Warriors™ actively seeks to ensure that the sacrifices of wounded and fallen warriors and their families are never forgotten nor their needs unmet, particularly with regard to the short and long-term care of the severely injured.


On Saturday April 24, 2010, I will be spending the day teaching fitness classes at Ying Yang Yoga Center in Olney, Maryland.  Alicia and Raul Cuervo, owners of the center, have graciously offered to put on a fundraising event in their space to benefit Hope for the Warriors.

Together we will honor our nation’s warriors that have been severely wounded by participating in fitness classes that celebrate movement.  I will be teaching comprehensive 90 minute fitness classes that will be open to people of all ages and abilities.

I encourage everyone to come out and participate in a class.  I am offering a 9:30 AM class and an 11:00 AM class.  After these classes fill up, I will open another section in the afternoon. 

The classes will focus on functional movements that improve overall strength, muscular endurance, balance, flexibility, and core strength/stability.  All movements can be done without the use of any equipment and can be done anywhere. 

The exercise segment will be approximately 60 minutes per class. The other 30 minutes will be dedicated to teaching you how to incorporate these skills into your life as well as answering any fitness related questions that you may have.

After the morning classes, Yin Yang Yoga Center will be holding a cook-out lunch also to benefit Hope for The Warriors. Please check back frequently for details.

A minimum donation of $25 will reserve your seat in a class.

Register by clicking here or by visiting Ying Yang Yoga Center in Olney, Maryland.

In the "Sponsoring" field, please use 0930YOGAFIT if registering for the 9:30 AM class and 1100YOGAFIT if registering for the 11:00 AM class.



Watch the final ten muscle ups here. [wmv] [mov] [iPod/iPhone]

Check back, I will be including a photo gallery of the event, and a full length video that documents the entire evening.

Operation Pull for Hope was a tremendous success. Donations are still coming in, but as of November 15, 2009, $53,080 was raised.

I would like to specifically thank the following people:

Jeannie Bassi
Jed and Ginger Letchford
Sam Lumia
Greg and Lauren Glassman
CrossFit HQ
Marco Greenberg
Byron Speight
FDNY Pipes and Drums
Kevin Williams
Sgt Michael Voigt, USMC
Hope for the Warriors Staff
Jeff Tucker
Vadim and Olga of CrossFit Long Island City
Staci Rudnitsky
My family
Mac Ward

Operation Pull for Hope was developed to raise funds and awareness for the Hope for the Warriors™.

Being a native New Yorker, the events of 9/11 had and continue to have a profound impact on my life. I am eternally grateful to the men and women of the FDNY, NYPD, PAPD, and uniformed services. It is their bravery and selfless devotion that allow me the freedom to feel safe in my hometown and pursue my dreams.

It is my honor to contribute in some small way to improving the quality of life for those who made tremendous sacrifices for our citizens. I will attack this challenge with the same determination that those serving our country give every day.

The concept was simple: On November 14, 2009 I attemped 100 Muscle Ups in less than one hour finishing in 35 minutes flat! 53 volunteers did muscle ups along side me, and donations totaled over $53,000.

Watch a short explanation of Operation Pull for Hope by clicking here. [wmv] [mov] [iPod/iPhone]

Gillian trains to benefit Hope for the Warriors Part 1 - video [wmv] [mov]

Gillian trains to benefit Hope for the Warriors Part 2 - video [wmv] [mov]

Gillian trains to benefit Hope for the Warriors Part 3 - video [wmv] [mov]

More information about Hope for the Warriors™ can be found by going to their website.