How Crossfit and #22Pushups Benefits One Family

By: Joyce Frost (@itsjoycefrost)

Have you ever had greatness stare you right in the face, but you still couldn’t see it no matter how hard you tried?  I’ve had it happen to me recently. I’ve known Kyle Welsh for almost 42 years.  It took me that long to realize just how strong and amazing she is.  And I finally realized it on July 9, 2016, with just one Facebook post…

Today is Day 1 of my challenge to do 22 pushups a day for 22 days.  Today I did 22 PU.  I am doing this in an attempt to raise awareness to the fact that 22 American Vets will commit suicide today.  Today I’m asking {insert friend’s name} to take on the challenge to help spread the word!  Copy & paste this to each video.
Everyone has a purpose!  Continue to find the emotional & physical strength you never thought existed.  Please spread the word that veteran suicide is not the answer.  A new video will be posted each day for the next 22 days, each day challenging something new.
How it works:  Video yourself executing 22 push ups.  Post video to social media using hashtags below.  Tag friends to continue to spread the word.
The goal is to raise awareness of our Service Members who are battling this disorder.
#22pushups for #22kill #fightlikehell #ptsdawareness

On Day 1 of this challenge, Kyle attached a video of herself effortlessly performing 22 pushups alongside her 12-year-old son Colin and 8-year-old daughter Julia.  And it didn’t stop here.  She continued this challenge religiously for the next 21 days as she promised.

As a huge mental health advocate, I was instantly drawn to the cause automatically recognizing the #ptsdawareness (post-traumatic stress disorder awareness). But at the same time, I have to admit I felt stupid for not knowing about it in the first place. So of course, I set out to learn what inspired Kyle to take on this noble cause and found her to be humbler than her normal sarcastic and witty self.

Joyce Frost: You’ve been promoting this program for the past 15 days on FB.  What exactly is the program and how did you get involved?

Kyle Welsh: I learned about it on FB and was tagged. I saw others do it and read about it. It’s similar to the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness with others. So I tried to tag people outside of my close group of friends to open it up across the country.  

Joyce Frost: As a mental health advocate, I know the importance of mental and physical health. You and your family do CrossFit. How has this high-intensity fitness regimen benefitted all three of you?

Kyle Welsh: I feel mental and physical health are important. It’s definitely important to my family. All three of us are involved in CrossFit. Colin sees the difference it has made in our physical strength. It’s something that we can do together as Mom and son.

Joyce Frost: You have a special needs child who just recently completed her 2nd triathlon (Girlz Tri.Du.Rule). How does she continue to inspire you?

Kyle Welsh: I ran a half-marathon a few years ago, and it really pushes you both physically and mentally. At one point, I didn’t think I could keep going. But I thought of Julia who can’t run, and I started crying because I can run. She continues to inspire me. 

It was a pleasure speaking to Kyle who teaches courage, empathy, perseverance, overcoming obstacles, being your personal best, and above all, the importance of family.

If you want to learn more about the 22 Pushup Challenge, I encourage you to visit & donate to and  #22KILL is a global movement created by veterans with a mission to raise awareness of veteran suicide and mental health issues such as PTS. They even recruit Veteran Advocates aka “Battle Buddies.”  Being part of Buddy Project, I always encourage making as many new buddies as possible.


1.800.273.8255 #1 - Veterans Crisis Line


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