Charlies wod                                                                      

Trident Community, family and friends – there is no way I can possibly put into words how grateful I am for everyone’s support and participation in the fundraiser for Charlie’s therapy this past weekend. Thank you just doesn’t seem to cut it. I’ve never before been a recipient of such kindness and generosity of that magnitude. It seemed that people were literally tripping over each other to offer support for me and my family – financially and emotionally. I can honestly say that the Trident community provided me with the absolute most memorable and humbling moments of my entire adult life on Saturday. I’m still seeing pictures of the event in my mind and getting chills.

 Beyond what you’ve all done for my family, I hope everyone can eventually understand how powerful their contributions are on a much larger scale. Although we’ve come a long way, there is still a huge gap between the autistic population and the “neurotypicals”, especially in the educational systems for children. That’s not to say that special education programs shouldn’t exist for children with autism, it’s simply a point that we’ve not yet found a way for the two worlds to truly co-exist in a natural environment. I believe that is simply a product of the public not fully understanding what autism is or how to be truly compassionate and understanding when it comes to living and operating with a group of individuals whose minds simply work a little differently than the rest of the population.

I could go on forever with this topic, but my point is simply this – YOU have helped make a HUGE stride toward closing this gap. You helped the Ciri family directly, but you’ve contributed to a larger, much more important picture indirectly…and it’s my promise to you that you will see that someday! Your effort WILL be paid forward on a grander scale.

When I first learned of Charlie’s diagnosis, there was a long time that I walked around with constant sadness. To the parents out there, you’ve all certainly had that heart-breaking moment when someone tells you in some way, shape or form that your child is not perfect. What I’ve realized during this journey is that Charlie is the best gift that I could have ever been given. He has brought more joy and happiness into my life than I could’ve ever dreamed possible, with his gentle heart and infectious smile. When it really sinks in how much of a blessing he is, to me and to the world…I realize how senseless and short-sighted it is to walk around carrying that sadness. Yes, I still have moments of sadness – that’s part of being a parent, but now I recognize that those short moments are just part of a much happier and more powerful journey.


Trident community, friends, and family…you have given us one more reason to believe that there is a universe full of hope and optimism in that journey.

With your help, we are now be in a position to cover all the expenses associated with getting Charlie the help he needs through therapy for at least a full year. Yes, you have helped us raise over 20 thousand dollars!! I’m still staring at the screen as I’m writing this in disbelief. I hope that number in itself warms your heart just knowing that you had a hand in it. Beyond that, when you see Charlie in a year, I know that you’ll be able to feel an unmatchable sense of pride in knowing that you’ve had a MAJOR role in his growth and progress.

Thank you for your support, generosity and selflessness. Thank you for inspiring my family’s faith in human kindness. But most of all, thank you for keeping Charlie in the game.

My deepest love to all of you…

Coach Chad

This blog post was originally posted by Trident athlete Ericka Andersen on as a guest post.

Rocking the Trident shirt and overheads squats.

Most of the time, when I tell people I do CrossFit (that’s kind of a lot with me!), people respond with curiosity, surprise and actually — a level of respect I never expected.

I’m automatically labeled “hardcore” in some way or another. Oh, you’re one of those people? You like to climb up walls and flip tires and hit sledgehammers for no reason — stuff like that.

They’ve heard it’s hard. Painful. Sweaty. I always say, “You should do it!” and get crazy eyes back with a general response of “Um, no thanks, I’ll leave that to you.”

But I’m here to tell you, convince you, that you do not have to be some kind of Army ninja to do CrossFit — to enjoy CrossFit, to fall in love with it.

For some reason, CrossFit has become a very polarizing subject on the Internets of fitness. Please disregard the madness and take it from someone who loves two sports equally (running!) — CrossFit isn’t a cult, it’s just a fun place to go get your fitness on. More fun than any place I’ve ever gone to do so.

Oh and me? Hardcore. Not so much. You know I still can’t do a strict pull up right? It’s been a year and a half. You are NOT expected to be a strongman when you walk into that gym — or when you walk about 2 years. Your supposed to go in, do your best, push yourself and come out feeling stronger, better, inspired.

6 Reasons CrossFit Works for Regular People

1. 45-minute classes. You aren’t running 10 miles here, it’s a 45 minute class, including a warm-up and stretching time afterward. Your main workout will be 8-25 minutes depending on the day. You DO got time for that. And you can push yourself hard for a short period of time, feel awesome and not spend “hours at the gym.”

2. Scale Your Weight. If you’ve ever been to a spin class, you know you can “cheat” on how much pressure you are putting on the bike. Same here. No one cares if you don’t use the recommended weight during your workout. You do you. Your hard is your hard, their hard is theirs. Beginners should start easy to get used to the movements anyway. Just scale down and go. You don’t have to kill yourself.

3. Movie Music. You know when you are watching an inspiring movie scene and the perfect song comes up as they are running, boxing, jumping or whatever? Being at CrossFit makes you feel like you are IN that movie. The music is super loud, you are super sweaty, you are in the moment, you are feeling on top of the world. Who doesn’t love that feeling?

4. Help is on the way. CrossFit classes have multiple coaches there to help you get your form right. And dont’ worry about that, it has taken be a full 16 months to understand how to do a correct deadlift, you are not alone! The coaches want to help you and all you gotta do is ask. That’s what they are there for.

5. This is NOT boot camp. If you really don’t want to do something, you don’t have to do it. If you are afraid of rope climbs, you can do a scaled down exercise. If you are aren’t ready for a box jump, you can step up. No one forces you do to anything and it’s totally not disrespected if you do your own thing.

6. Everyone does not look like Rocky. The majority of people in your CrossFit class are going to be average joes. I’ve got everyone from toothpick like girls without an ounce of muscle to extremely overweight guys that literally cannot even jog because they are so heavy. I’ve got plenty of people in their 40s and 50s as well as lots in their 20s and 30s. I’ve even met an 80-year-old CrossFitter! There is NO body type requirement and no need to feel self-conscious. Yes, there are some super buff people there but like I said, not the majority. I see these places as way less judgmental than the gym. People see you as a person and they respect you for trying something like CrossFit.

I’m constantly hearing that people need motivation for working out. This has been the ultimate motivation for me for the past 16 months.

Rarely do I ever say, “I don’t want to go!” CrossFit has given me a new love for fitness. As someone who never really strength trained in my life, I can honestly say this was the answer.