MBS/Musana Team Returns
After a 10-day trip in Uganda Africa, our team returned last week. For everyone that helped make this trip happen, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. All of us gained a tremendous amount of appreciation for what we have here in the United States. You may know that Uganda and the area that we visited is very poor with an extremely high population of children. The MBS team had the awesome opportunity of meeting 200 of the children at Musana and sharing our love of fitness. However, it wasn’t your typical “3,2,1 – Go” sort of workouts…we found that the children didn’t need it to be structured to be fun. In fact, they were just happy to squat, pushup, cartwheel, and play games nearly all day. There were many points where I really began to question whether or not I was really in “shape” at all because I had to take numerous water breaks while the kids kept going and going.
The MBS team did get to put their muscles to work. We helped build a fence with 200 lb. concrete fence posts. We shoveled cement, dug holes, bagged corn, carried bags of sand 800 meters through jungle (Ok, maybe not jungle. But, it was pretty heavy duty vegetation.), and lifted 40-90 lb. kids for thousands of repetitions in the beating sun.
We played basketball, volleyball, soccer, Frisbee, duck duck goose, tag, and some other games that we never quite figured out. For many of the games, they had their own rules (prison rules of sorts) that we weren’t familiar with, so we had to improvise. There was a basketball game that lasted 8 hours (or so it seemed) in 100 degree heat…we had to switch our team members 2-3 times for water breaks while the kids kept going.
The children were a reflection of the people in Uganda. Probably the biggest takeaway I had personally is how kind, generous, and loving the people were. Everywhere we went, we were met with smiles, dancing, and songs. As we walked through the town, we were greeted with “knuckles” from the kids (some crazy greeting where the kids run up and bump their knuckles on yours). In all of our meetings with the local staff at Musana and other workers in the community, we were accepted like family and always taken care of.
I can’t speak for everyone on the trip, but personally I was going into the trip expecting to see poor, broken, and likely unhappy people. But, it was actually just the opposite. I saw men, women, and children that had overcome difficulties and were stronger because of it. They were empowered by the adversity they had faced. It reminded me of the struggles we face and overcome in CrossFit.
We got to see and do some cool things on our trip. We visited the beginning of the Nile river where we saw a monkey and thought we saw a crocodile. Also, we put our lives on the line by riding a motorcycle cab through the countryside. Except for our one stop on the first day to purchase “meat on a stick” we went absolutely the opposite of paleo and ate 100% carbs for 8 days…I hope to never do that again! We did some touristy stuff like shopping and witnessing a mob on the street. Lastly, we met a bunch of great people that had inspiring stories that we can share now.
Thanks again to all of you that supported our trip. Thanks to Flatirons Church and the folks behind putting the trip together. Thanks to Andrea, Leah, and Sally, the girls that started Musana and had the vision to make a poor situation better.
You can get more thoughts on the trip through Leah’s blog HERE. We will be posting some more pictures as they come available.
Workout of the Day
Clean, 5×5 no heavier than 185/125 lbs. Work on technique.
2 Rounds for time:
40 Double unders
30 Calorie row
For the cleans, go for 80% of 1RM or HEAVY…whatever language gets the point across that I want this to slow you down!