Ep 67 – Sobriety Through CrossFit: Brian Reap’s Story

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“My dog won’t release the twig in his mouth unless I offer him a huge branch. Alcohol was my twig. CrossFit and recovery is my branch.” Sobriety WOD

After finding early success as a young champion competitive freestyle skier, Brian Reap fell into to drugs and alcohol after an injury. Addiction had a strong grip on him for many years, and he eventually found himself in Federal prison facing a 5-10 year sentence. It was through CrossFit that Brian was given a second chance – he found his way out of prison with a new passion and purpose in life. Today, Brian is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and member of CrossFit Port Royal Sound. He is also a coach for Sobriety WOD, leading free workouts for others searching for sobriety. Brian’s story is real, unique and gives a strong sense hope to others battling addiction.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Brain’s athletic background, including his Competitive Freestyle Skiing career
  • How Brian fell into drugs and alcohol after an injury
  • When Brian realized he had a family history of addiction and suffered from addiction himself
  • Brian’s marriage and his early attempts to quit drugs and alcohol
  • Brian’s “rock bottom” point; his arrest and sentencing in Federal prison
  • Life in prison and Brian’s road to recovery
  • How Brian found CrossFit and what attracted him to it
  • How Brian discovered Sobriety WOD
  • The similarities between CrossFit and Alcoholics Anonymous
  • How Brian runs a Sobriety WOD class
  • How Brian approaches his everyday life now
  • How you and/or your affiliate can get involved
  • Advice for addiction and recovery
  • Three things Brian does on a regular basis that have the biggest impact on his health
  • One thing Brian struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Brian

You can learn more about Sobriety WOD on their websiteTwitter, Instagram or Facebook.

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Ep 30 – Nadia Johnston on How CrossFit Helped Her to Overcome Eating Disorders and Depression

Ep 37 – Steph Hammerman on Overcoming Obstacles, Teaching CrossFit, and Crushing Cancer

Ep 53 – Amelia Boone on Achievement and Growing Through Obstacles

Ep 55 – Lindy Barber on Overcoming a Life-Changing Injury and Finding her Flow on Team CrossFit Mayhem

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

Question: Have you ever experienced a “rock bottom” moment? Maybe it didn’t involve addiction or a prison sentence, but was there ever a time where you felt at your lowest that in retrospect allowed you to become your best? Tell me about it in the comments below.