Working out for a cause

Hometown Heroes

What started out as a Lubbock man’s campaign back in January to help raise money for veterans by working out has now spread across the country, including in Amarillo

“It’s been the best thing that could’ve happened for the cause, and it’s always funny how stuff happens that way you know,” said Owner of Macroholics Nutrition, David Barnett.

Lubbock resident David Barnett has a passion for working out and helping out, especially with those in the military.

“I’ve always been humbled by the idea that my daughter gets to sleep in a warm dry bed and has no awareness at all of danger or violence, and I think we owe a lot of that to our service members,” said Barnett.

That honor prompted Barnett to do a CrossFit workout called Murph every single day to raise money for Soldier’s Angels, a non-profit that provides aid and comfort to military members and their families. But on day 106 of his campaign, Barnett’s journey took a hit when he was injured in a post-Murph workout that ultimately sidelined him for the next couple of months

“The moment when I went to start to stand up to squat, my back just kind of tweaked out on me and I dropped the bar and was on all fours and I couldn’t stand up,” said Barnett.

That did not stop people from wanting to continue Barnett’s mission. One of those being in Amarillo, CrossFit 806 owner and friend Kyle Cato.

“Knowing that he went down with a little injury and that he needs some help. When asked to help it was a no-brainer,” said Cato.

“It’s incredibly humbling just to know anyone cares about what I’m trying to do or what I want to accomplish, and all that credit is just mirrored outward,” said Barnett.

This Murph workout is no joke.

“It’s starting with a one-mile run followed by a 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 air squats ending with another one-mile run,” said Cato.

To think it all started with an unfortunate injury.

“It’s so much better rather than me just doing it myself because we’re getting so many different communities introduced to what’s going on,” Barnett said.

To date, Barnett’s campaign has raised a little more than $16,000 to Soldier’s Angels with a goal of $25,000 in mind.

There has also been a social media push to get actor and workout enthusiast Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson involved.

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