CrossFit Journal

November 26, 2016

Brian Riley was exposed to CrossFit while serving as a Marine, but an injury overseas forced him to relearn everything. Now he’s putting his experiences as an adaptive athlete to good use at CrossFit Del Mar in San Diego, California.

Riley was stationed in Afghanistan when he took a medium-machine-gun round to the lower left leg. The injury resulted in a below-the-knee amputation.

After returning home, he began attending CrossFit Del Mar’s free Wednesday classes for Wounded Warriors.

“It was kind of an eye-opening experience … how much the biomechanics change when you don’t have an ankle, and then how much stays the same,” Riley says.

The coaching team at CrossFit Del Mar soon realized that Riley had much to contribute to the community. They sent him to a Level 1 Certificate Course. He became a Level 2 Trainer soon after.

Now he’s using what he’s learned about himself to help other adaptive athletes discover what they’re capable of.

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