I just finished my firehouse ROM WOD session, uninterrupted, so I’m feeling all #SWOLE and #FLEXY. If you have no idea what ROM WOD is, google it. Trust me.  But that’s not what this blog is about. Actually, I should first say, that this is going to be my blog. Yup, Robert Piparo, aka Pip’s personal Blog. I have tried to blog before about a very sensitive topic to me. It’s started out great, but I just wasn’t able to continue. Maybe this will help me kickstart that story again, who knows. Back to this blog.

This morning I woke up to this message on my facebook wall.

I was a little surprised because much to the dismay of my haters out there. I didn’t make a big amount of fanfare about being in the CrossFit Open this year.  Not that I think there is anything wrong with doing it, I just didn’t.  I didn’t even attend Friday Night Lights at my Box for 18.1 (because I was traveling home from EMS Today).Instead, I snuck in on Sunday afternoon and had my buddy (another coach) be my judge. Fun Fact, Mrs. Pip did the workout with me (she does not do CrossFit). But somehow always does an Open Wod with me. She crushed it, me not so much.

I’m fairly certain I have never met Joey DiFabio before, but he took the time to notice me on the worldwide firefighter leaderboard, and post those kind words. Then a rush of different emotions ran thru my head. And they all circled back to one thing. How Fitness has really changed my life for the better, and so many different people around me. I bet you thought I was going to say how CrossFit changed my life, that’s just part of it though.

I love being a part of the CrossFit community, but a huge misunderstanding about me is that I think CF is the be all end all to Firefighter Fitness and Fitness in general.  At Expo’s people start their introduction with, “I don’t do CrossFit” or “I tried CrossFit and didn’t like it”. Listen, it’s all good, you need to find the style of “Fitness” that works for you. Clearly, CF is working for Joey, even post-surgery. It’s worked for many, many more people as well. But don’t think that’s all there is to Fitness and to 555 Fitness. All we want is a healthier Emergency Services Community.

So a huge thank you to Joey for calling me out, PS I’m getting those 2 reps back on 18.2 buddy, so watch out. Here’s a shout out to all my fellow emergency responders in the 2018 CrossFit Open #HosesoverCuffs. Keep an eye on this blog for more of my fun facts, travels and general motivational moments. And feel free to comment with any questions you would like to know about me, fitness or 555.



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Pip is the director of 555 Fitness and a Lieutenant with the City Of New Brunswick Fire Department in New Jersey. Pip is also a NREMT-P and a Crossfit Level 1 instructor who coaches at Iron Crossfit North Brunswick