by Michael Maina
The most intense fitness training I have ever seen was quickly turning into a three-month race against time to learn Olympic lifting, build muscle, and mind-map the movements as a blind amputee. Corey Reed was in the ultimate challenge of his life. It was a tight three-month schedule, as Corey Reed, who had never done CrossFit, prepared for a national competition that would take place in another State. With the fact that he was blind and couldn't see what he was doing, some of us (friends, family, and the entire RWC team) were really wondering if this was even possible. If you're throwing over a hundred-pound weight overhead, you better know where that bar is going to land. He couldn't see the bar! That's what makes Corey Reed special. He just believes he can. But this journey would bring Corey to a place of absolute physical exhaustion. None of us at RWC had done any competitive CrossFit, so we didn't know what we didn't know.
As Corey Reed's friend and business partner at Ride With Core, my job was to film it all, to follow Corey through the twists and turns of this wild RIDE. A few weeks in to training, his hands were bleeding and he looked like he was losing what little weight he had. All I could think about was that we were running out of time. Quitting wasn't an option. CrossFit Los Angeles - Coach Kenny Kane told Corey straight up, "If you get tired and no show or start complaining, we are done." Kenny didn't want to treat Corey special. We didn't know if he meant it, but Corey didn't want to find out either. So many things could go wrong. Weights all over the floor he could trip on while loading the bar, just finding the nearlings was difficult. Can't see the box he's jumping on or the wall balls that are part of CrossFit. Locating jump ropes, water, bar clamps, the right weight on the bar. All for time? Didn't matter to Corey, he just started and wouldn't quit. No excuses! It's humbling to watch someone do what you seriously doubt possible for yourself. Inspiring? It goes way beyond that. As we started filming the documentary series, things just evolved.