November 20, 2012
We mourn the loss of our friend, Joe Lengel, December 22, 1954 - November 19th, 2012, affiliate owner and two-time CrossFit Games Masters competitor from CrossFit Toledo.
"Fit for the Fight" by E.M. Burton, CrossFit Journal article [pdf]
"Shea's Story" - video [wmv] [mov] [HD mov]
Posted by Pukie at November 20, 2012 5:00 PM
Joe was an incredible man and mentor. Prayers go out to his family and community.
RIP Joe, my thoughts and prayers go out to your family, friends and athletes!!!
Man that is just horrible news. My thoughts and prayers go to his friends and family. I'm sure he changed many lives.
Praying for your family....RIP
Terrible and sad news. Hopefully they catch the SOB that did this. Pray for Joe and his family. Who else thinks a hero WOD needs to be made to honor Joe?
That is terribly sad news. RIP Joe. My thoughts are with his family and community.
RIP Joe! Thoughts and prayer to his family. I agree with Tim a Hero WOD would show great Honor.
Very sad news and my thoughts are with his family
I hope they catch the scum who did this .my thoughts and prayers to the family
Saw on the news they have video of the whole event. Hope to hear they were able made an arrest.
No offense, but to be cruelly or unfairly killed doesnt make someone a hero. Don't mean to say not to make a WOD in his honor, but I think you need to be careful not to make the term hero simply mean "unfortunate victim". Again I don't mean to be offensive and he may have been heroic, but that part is important.
So sorry to hear the news. My thoughts are with his friends and family
Ben #10, normally I would agree with you.
However - a couple of things. I think that in general, "hero" wod is used in this case as more of a generic term because we dont have a category yet for this. We have Girl's named wods and we have hero wods.
We have "Amanda" in memory of Amanda Miller, a games competitor who died of cancer. She was a girl, ergo, the wod sort of falls into the "girls".
We have no category for this. Perhaps it's time for a new line of wods - Memorial Wods.
that said, the man was killed in the line of duty, LITERALLY. IN other words, none of the heros was killed in the service of CrossFit. Joe was opening his box - he was there for only one reason - to open the box for his class. No one has ever been killed in the service of the sport. No one. Until now.
Very sad news. Prayers and thoughts from Crossfit Sri Ram Ashram
Heroes come in all forms. Someone who was a mentor and who touched lives for the better is a hero in my eyes. Tragic loss for the Crossfit community - my heart goes out to his friends and family.
RIP Joe, prayers go out to your family, friends and athletes. I hope they catch the coward that took you away from them!
RIP Joe. Prayers and thoughts go to your family and friends during this time.
Joe was many things...husband, father, grandfather, coach, mentor and a crossfitter. I would not be involved or doing what I do today in CF if was not for him and his love for this sport.
Shocked and saddened about Joe. Praying for your family.
RIP, Joe. God bless your family, friends, and community.
Thank you for your kind words. Joe's sons are making this Hero WOD, for our fallen friend, mentor, coach...such an inspiration to all, including me. Hope to have it posted soon <3
Please keep his family in your prayers.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you
and your family. Senseless crime that
I hope does not go unpunished.
Such a sad story. My heart goes out to Joe's family and friends.
When someone shot at him from behind in the dark he turned and faced his attacker... He's a hero to me.
so sad to hear about joe. please let us know how to help his family in any way possible.
What a horrific tragedy. RIP, Joe.
Joe, you were a gracious man and tremendous athlete. I was looking forward to seeing you Wednesday when I visited for the holidays. My heart and thoughts are with his family and box members. I'm pretty certain tht he opened the first crossfit box in the Toledo area, and I'm sure changed many lives. Rest in peace.
Rest in peace brother, Being from Toledo and hearing of the man you were....I'll make up my own wod in your honor if they don't.
Point taken #12. As a veteran, though, I cringe to hear "hero" often diluted to mean "good person". We already have many excellent synonyms for "good person." The vets I know that died weren't just "good" people, they were heroes.
Just opening the Box for the day. God bless this man, his family and the athletes he touched. RIP sir.
Shea: You rock! Keep up the great work!
Pat #12 I agree with you. You were getting beat up for your comment. Hero WOD's have their unwritten standards I am sure. Let HQ come up with their WOD for him but not a Hero IMHO.
He was the best coach/mentor I could ask for in a crossfit coach. I trained with him for 4 months and it was not nearly long enough. When I showed up this morning, I felt such a tremendous sense of loss. My heart goes out to Joe and his family and they deserve every ounce of support we can give. He undoubtably deserves a Hero WOD.
RIP Joe. Thank you for everything.
This man changed my life for the better in more than one way! We love and miss you Joe RIP!
Shea: Strong work!! I am the father of two boys with type one diabetes ages 5 and 3. They aren't at your level yet but everyday when i get off shift at the firehouse we do a crossfit kids WOD. They love it!!! it helps allot with thier Blood glucose. Keep it it kiddo!!!! I am glad to see more kids with type one get involved with crossfit.
Joe: may we share as a community in what you started at your box and give to others selflessly in your honor. My prayers of comfort go out to your box family and relatives.
My condolences to his family, friends, and community after this sensless murder.
Praying for his family and friends.
I didn't know him, never heard of him, but it's absolutely disgusting to hear of his loss. Just terrible to hear about this.
Thought and prayers go out to his family, friends, neighbors and the entire CrossFit community. So sad to see these things happen.
As a Master judge at the games I remember meeting and seeing this man smiling and having a fantastic time. This is very somber news.
We lose a great competitor (Joe) and we gain another one (shea)
I never knew Joe but it's always sad to hear of a crossfitter and someone that shared the same pain that we all share during our wods. RIP Joe.
And as for Shea....she's going to be a BEAST. I def have to support her since I'm a diabetic myself. GOOOOOO SHEA!!!!
My condolences to Mr. Lengel's family and friends. What a terrible loss.
RIP, Joe. Condolences to the family and gym community.
God Bless you and your family.
Our thoughts and Prayers go out to his family.
Terrible tragedy. However, I would also like to commend the community (at least those in this thread) on the civil respectable discussion over the unwritten rules of Hero WODs. I think that it speaks volumes to the maturity of you dedicated crossfitters without egos--just trying to be fitter through helping others along the way. This could have easily become a tragic discussion of it's own. RIP Joe.
This is really sad. I'm so sorry for him and his family. My sincerest condolences.
That is a tragedy, RIP. I pray to god to give his family and friend the strength to overcome this tragedy.
RIP.. that is very upsetting!!
RIP.. that is very upsetting!!
Very inspirational Shea!! get her a Level one :p
and sorry for the double post!
Rest in peace, Joe.
Another example of how life can change in an instant. Live life to the fullest.
Condolences to Joe's family and friends and family at the gym. This is so sad. I am so sorry.
All the lives he has changed through CrossFit and coaching will live on in his honor. That can never be taken away.
My sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Joe. This is a tremendous loss.
Joe was nice enough to let me drop in for a couple free workouts this past Labor Day week when I was in Toledo for work. A very generous and inspirational man. Rest In Peace, brother.
Still having a hard time grasping this reality. It was a pleasure knowing Joe and his family and wish everyone the best. Thanks for everything! RIP...
Make it a WOD in memory of the guy... Not a hero WOD. Those are for our fallen service members and first responders.
RIP Joe!! What about a crossfit hall of fame WOD? Could be used in stead of Hero WOD?
Joe was a friend. He was a servant leader. He would lift a lot of weight, but he would also mop the floor and clean the bathroom. We talked almost everyday in the box. I couldn't help but be struck by his humility. Whenever I would pay him a compliment or tell him that he was deserving of greater recognition, he would shy away and remind me of scripture, "Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exhalted." I think Joe would prefer to be remembered for his kind and gentle nature rather than as a Hero - though he is a Hero to many.
Joe was a friend. He was a servant leader. He would lift a lot of weight, but he would also mop the floor and clean the bathroom. We talked almost everyday in the box. I couldn't help but be struck by his humility. Whenever I would pay him a compliment or tell him that he was deserving of greater recognition, he would shy away and remind me of scripture, "Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exhalted." I think Joe would prefer to be remembered for his kind and gentle nature than as a Hero - though he is a Hero to many.
RIP Joe - our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. -CF Medford NJ
Sending my thoughts and prayers to Joe's family, friends, and Crossfit family. Such sad news.
From yesterday at Comet: 4 RFT 100' Walking lunge w/45# (scaled to 35)/30 Box Jump 24"/20 PU. 23:40. That 4th round was just cruel. --bingo
57 Kettlebell Swings (32kg)
Row C2 for 57 seconds (damper setting 10)
57 Box jumps (24")
57 seconds of shuttle runs
57 Burpee Pullups (CTB)
57 Wallball shots (20#)
To the Lengel family,
I am very sorry for your loss.
I have a question concerning the "outside 90 drill" video from a couple days ago. I first want to state that I have huge respect for Mr. Blauer and appreciate all he does. Although, I am questioning the statement he made in the video that "intensity trumps technique." I agree that this is probably true in all aspects of a fight or self-defense situation, but it seems to contradict what I have learned and been taught about crossfit. In crossfit, is the evolution not form, efficiency, intensity, respectively? I would really like to hear multiple opinions on this, I am more than open minded. Thanks
Rest in peace, sir. All the angels and St. Peter will now have a superb CrossFit trainer.
RIP Joe. I was in town for 3 months for school and joined his box. It is 100% because of him that I have been a CrossFitter since then. and not once in those 3 months could i beat that "old man" in a wod! Helluva guy...
RIP Joe. May his family be comforted and carried by his memories.
Justice for Joe swiftly and accurately.
Réquiem ætérnam dona ei Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat ei. Requiéscat in pace. Amen.
Drew- relating to CrossFit, the protocol is
As far as self defense, it is probably more appropriate to worry about high intensity no matter what. You can't always keep good form in a fight. You do what you have to do!!!
I believe a "Remembrance wod" would be fitting. RIP Joe, peace to the Lengel family. Sorry for your loss.
How about 21-15-9 to the perps face with a hammer fist
He was a great man. I was fortunate enough to have known him. While working at the box he was also a pastor. Every time I went up to WOD he would never charge me or my friends. It's a great loss to the community...
I never weigh in here but I felt compelled to read the comments. First my condolence to the family and his friends. Such a senseless tragedy. I have to doubt that he was an example to all and a good man. that said, a "Hero WOD" is not the way to honor him. Call it something else-it doesn't take away from his life nor accomplishments. "Hero" has been watered down and his "memorial" "remembrance" wod needs to be just that. "Amanda" remembers her will, determination and spirit without the "Hero" label. The soldiers, cops, and firemen that knowingly and willingly put themselves in harms way so that others may live may be called heros. Even then- a hero is something extrordinary. Let's keep in that way.
M/ 38/ 134 lbs/ 5'-6"
Last night I had to squeeze in a WOD after taking care of the kids and then preparing food for Thanksgiving... mid way while making a dessert I decided it would be better to go to the gym quickly rather than wake up SUPER early and get one.. since Wednesday, today, we're going to be driving and it'll be a long tiring day.
I did a triplet of:
Floor Plate Push/Drive across the floor 100'
High Box Jumps (8-10 reps),
Single Arm dumbell power snatch (5 reps each arm)
I would basically do these in sequence with very little rest between movements. I would increase the weight and heights each round.. I did this for about 35 minutes. I was PRing in the box jump.. I was concentrating on using my hips like a dip and exploding upward.. so there would hopefully be a carry over for Olympic movements. everything kind of prefatigued the next movement.. nice fun change of pace.
I was/ am super sore from my heavy DL/ OHS couplet the night before.
For box jumps I was using the max height of the bench on top of a new additional (I think it was 5 inserts below the platform, under the bench)
I was using (2) 45 lb plates stacked on the floor for most rounds.
Got up to using 60 lbs for single arm power snatch and they felt good.
Floor Plate Push/Drive across the floor 100' (kind of similar to a prowler, but you push a weight or stack of weight plates across a carpetted floor for 100' - great on posterior and legs.., and makes you keep up the pace.. if you slow down at all it's a lot more work... and you HAVE to keep super low because the weights are on the floor)
Shea you champ keep it up
2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2 Bench (all kg)
Bahhhh, closing in on BW but up from previous pr about 7 months ago which was ~52kg.
Open Workout 12.2: 30 reps
Overall: 45 reps in 10 minutes