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3 x 6-8 Bench Press​(15 min)
3 sec eccentric
​​1 sec pause at bottom and top

Running Clock​(24 min)

Every 4 min x 3​(12 min)

200m Run
10 T2B
200m Run
10 Ring Row
Every 4 min x 3​(12 min)

15 cal Bike
15 Back Ext
15/cal Bike
20m Dual Front Rack Carry

Our Ultimate CrossFit Blood Drive is scheduled for June 30!!!  Sign up in the gym today!!!

So, why should you give blood?

Well, everyone has their own reasons for why they give blood, the biggest being that it helps to save the lives of others.  But did you know that donating blood has health benefits for you as well?

It’s true!  According to the Life Extension blog, donating blood can:

1. Protect Your Heart by Reducing Oxidative Stress

Iron in your blood can oxidize resulting in damage to your cells and tissues. The increase in oxidative stress is most dangerous to your cardiovascular system.

According to a new study published by the American Medical Association, giving blood every six months led to fewer heart attacks and strokes in test participants ages 43 to 61.

Excessive iron is thought to contribute to heart disease, especially at its early stages. Donating blood on a regular basis reduces the iron stores in the body and this study supports the theory that reducing iron appears to preserve cardiovascular health.

A second study of 2,682 men in Finland, reported in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that men who donated blood at least once a year had an 88 percent lower risk of heart attacks than non-donors.

This same group of researchers published a follow-up study and found that men who donated blood were less likely than non-donors to show any signs of cardiovascular disease.1

2. Protect Against Developing Cancer

Give blood to help lower your risk of cancer. According to the Miller-Keystone Blood Center, consistent blood donation is associated with lowered risks for cancers including liver, lung, colon, stomach and throat cancers.2

Risk levels dropped in correlation with how often participants donated blood. The association between lower cancer risk and donating blood might also stem from reducing oxidative stress. Free radical compounds can damage your DNA. Damaged genetic material is the hallmark of all cancers.

For me, my own personal reasons have grown and developed over time. 

The first time I donated blood was in high school, with a permission slip from my parents.  I donated because one of my older brothers was committed to donating – his reason was because our mother needed a blood transfusion when he was born. 

From that point on, I tried to donate here and there whenever I could, but lost my eligibility for a few years because I didn’t meet the weight requirement.  When I was a bit older and healthier, I began donating again, and my new reason came into my life.

Sitting and donating blood at the YMCA, I started chatting with a woman next to me.  She was going on and on about how happy she was to be visiting her granddaughter.  As it turned out her granddaughter was the same age as my daughter (2 at the time), but instead of playing with my daughter in the childwatch, her granddaughter was in the hospital.  Her granddaughter was Isabella Santos.  Imagining how awful it would be to watch your child fighting for his/her life and realizing how incredibly blessed I was to have such a healthy child, I asked if there was anything I could do.  The grandmother’s reply…”just keep giving blood”.  And so I have.

As an O- donor, I’m classified as the “universal donor,” meaning that my blood can be given to anyone and is critical for emergency situations, especially those involving children and babies.  There is always a significant demand for O-blood, so I’ve committed to donate every 56 days.

So those are my reasons, what will yours be?

Please think about donating.  If you have any questions or concerns about the process or eligibility as a donor, please contact the Community Blood Center at  704-972-4700.