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And How Did You Spend YOUR Memorial Day Weekend?

The unofficial kickoff to summer was sunny, hot, beautiful — in other words, summery. (Today — not so much.)

You and I and nearly everyone else in Westport went to the beach, opened the pool, grilled burgers and/or drank beer/wine/margaritas.

Dozens of other much more motivated and noble folks raised money for a great cause.

A great Memorial Day-related cause, in fact.

CrossFit Westport hosted a “Hero” Workshop. Honoring Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy — immortalized in the movie “Lone Survivor,” about a Navy SEALs mission to take out a Taliban leader — it involves a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats, and another 1-mile run.

There were 4 heats yesterday morning — and all were packed. Veterans, community members and local fitness businesses participated.

All funds raised go to the Catch a Lift Fund. The organization provides gym memberships and home gym equipment to help wounded post-9/11 service members heal mentally and physically, through physical fitness.

Westport photographer Irene Penny captured all the action.

If her photos make you feel like a slacker — don’t worry. You can join the “Hero” Workshop next year.

Or make a contribution to the Catch a Lift Fund here.

Local trainer Andrew Berman of Mental Grit Fitness gives it his all.

Local trainer Andrew Berman of Mental Grit Fitness gives it his all. (Photo/Irene Penny)

This team rocked the "Hero" Workout.

This team rocked the “Hero” Workshop. Top (from left): Jeff Queiroga, Timmy Palko, Kali Stamos. Wearing the bandanna: Chris Bronski. (Photo/Irene Penny)

Rhodie Lorenz -- owner of JoyRide Cycling -- was one of my local fitness business owners at CrossFit yesterday.

Rhodie Lorenz — owner of JoyRide Cycling — was one of many local fitness business owners at CrossFit yesterday.

 

 

The Women Of CrossFit

CrossFit Westport is actually just over the line, in Norwalk. But the no-frills, community-minded gym draws a corps of devotees from our town. They’re all ages, all abilities, all fitness levels — and both genders.

Recently, Westport photographer Irene Penny shot an ad campaign for sports bras there.

Irene Penny at work.

Irene Penny at work.

She wanted to create the polar opposite of the most recent Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. It featured a beautiful young model with her pants down.

“I look to celebrate images of real strength and beauty — be it a 48-year-old CrossFit athlete who is also a competitor, mother, entrepreneur and coach, or a sparkling moment on a Westport beach,” Irene says.

Her landscape photos — large scale, color-saturated, plexiglass-framed — are available at Lillian August.

Her fitness portraits are equally stunning. Ten large-scale prints of local athletes were featured in a solo exhibit last spring at Athleta on Main Street.

Amy Mandelbaum: owner and head coach of CrossFit, and a 4-time CrossFit Masters Games Athlete.

Amy Mandelbaum: owner and head coach of CrossFit, and a 4-time CrossFit Masters Games Athlete.

Irene — who started as a fashion assistant with Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair and allure magazines — launched her own career here in 2014. It’s now as strong — and in the same great shape — as the women she honors.

(Hat tip: Alli DiVincenzo)