Celebrating The Life Of

Jeff Giosi 

The Giosi WOD

The Giosi WOD is a fundraiser that carries on the legacy of Jeff Giosi. A legacy of unshakeable faith, enthusiasm, hope, and compassion for a better world. Using fitness as a catalyst to create positive change, and forging beauty from the ashes to build and uplift community.

Fundraising

The inaugural year will raise money for a “Phoenix Fund” for the Giosi sons, Arlen and Mackie. The money raised will be saved and used to support the boys as they grow into men.

Each year following, will be a fundraiser for the Forgiven Warrior Foundation which will carry on the mission of using fitness as a catalyst to create positive change. Specifically, it will fund outreach wellness programs that are designed to support community with functional fitness and holistic health initiatives.

CrossFit Morgantown Event

Doors open 7:30 AM

Small Welcome/Presentation 8:00 AM

First heat 8:30 AM

WOD Meaning

10, 20, 30, 20, 10 is a repetition scheme that represents Jeff’s date of passing, January 23, 2021. (1.23.21)

The repetitions are broken up by 1 Power Clean and 3 Front Squats, which represent the ages of Jeff’s sons, Mackie (1-year-old) and Arlen (3-years-old) at the time of his passing.

The time cap is listed at 29 minutes to honor the wedding anniversary of Jeff and Sarah, which took place on August 29th.

Registration

All are invited to participate in the Giosi workout the weekend of April 10th. To register to participate, please visit HERE.

Divisions

Elite Men/Women

RX Men/Women

Scaled Men/Women

Novice Men/Women

29 Minute Time Cap

Jeff (Elite) 

10 Deadlifts (315/205)
10 Bar Muscle-Ups

1 Power Clean (245/155)
3 Front Squats (245/155)

20 Deficit Handstand Push-Ups, 4”/2”
20 Bar Facing Burpees

1 Power Clean (245/155)
3 Front Squats (245/155)

30 Alternating Dumbbell Snatches (70lb/50lb)
30 Toes-To-Bar

1 Power Clean (245/155)
3 Front Squats (245/155)

20 Deficit Handstand Push-Ups, 4”/2”
20 Bar Facing Burpees

1 Power Clean (245/155)
3 Front Squats (245/155)

10 Deadlifts (315/205)
10 Bar Muscle-Ups

**Athletes may have two barbells or choose to change weights. They may also have someone else change weights for them. This is the only division that will require this. 

 

Sarah (RX) 

10 Deadlifts (185/125)
10 Chest-To-Bar Pull-Ups

1 Power Clean (185/125)
3 Front Squats (185/125)

20 Handstand Push-Ups
20 Bar Facing Burpees

1 Power Clean (185/125)
3 Front Squats (185/125)

30 Alternating Dumbbell Snatches (50lb/35lb)
30 Toes-To-Bar

1 Power Clean (185/125)
3 Front Squats (185/125)

20 Handstand Push-Ups
20 Bar Facing Burpees

1 Power Clean (185/125)
3 Front Squats (185/125)

10 Deadlifts (185/125)
10 Chest-To-Bars

 

Arlen (Scaled) 

10 Deadlifts (135/95)
10 Pull-Ups

1 Power Clean (135/95)
3 Front Squats (135/95)

20 Double Dumbell Strict Presses (25/15)
20 Lateral Barbell Burpees

1 Power Clean (135/95)
3 Front Squats (135/95)

30 Alternating Dumbbell Snatches (25/15)
30 Hanging Knee Raises

1 Power Clean (135/95)
3 Front Squats (135/95)

20 Double Dumbell Strict Presses (25/15)
20 Lateral Barbell Burpees

1 Power Clean (135/95)
3 Front Squats (135/95)

10 Deadlifts (135/95)
10 Pull-Ups

 

Mackie (Novice) 

10 Deadlifts (95/75)
10 Ring Rows

1 Power Clean (95/75)
3 Front Squats (95/75)

20 Double Dumbell Strict Presses (15/10)
20 Burpees (You may also opt to do Burpees To Box)

1 Power Clean (95/75)
3 Front Squats (95/75)

30 Alternating Dumbbell Snatches (15/10)
30 Sit Ups

1 Power Clean (95/75)
3 Front Squats (95/75)

20 Double Dumbell Strict Presses (15/10)
20 Burpees (You may also opt to do Burpees To Box)

1 Power Clean (95/75)
3 Front Squats (95/75)

10 Deadlifts (95/75)
10 Ring Rows

GIOSI TEE

Jeff cared deeply about tee shirt design and symbolism. To honor him, we have partnered with Box 13 and One-P to create Jeff-worthy apparel.

The Inverted Triangle – Represents balance and growth. A regular triangle/pyramid shape diminishes over time as it grows, but the inverted triangle grows bigger and stronger all while balancing on a solid seemingly impossible foundation.

Friendship, Love, Loyalty – This is represented in the three corners of the triangle. Friendship, in the upper left, is represented by two interlocking rings. Loyalty, in the top right, is represented by the Celtic claddagh ring symbol of a heart with a crown over top. The claddagh was also a special symbol used throughout Jeff and Sarah’s wedding. Finally, love is at the bottom and is represented by the ultimate sign of love: the cross. The cross also represents the solid foundation that everything else is built upon and gives reason for the inverted pyramid to never falter.

Fire – The triangles at the bottom represent the flames of the phoenix and being reborn stronger than before. It also represents Jeff’s time as a firefighter in North Carolina.

Stars – The forty stars represent the years that Jeff lived to the fullest.

A Special Number – Jeff and Sarah have had a special number of 1221 for years. The roman numerals for 12 21 are in the background to represent this special number. Behind the phoenix head, the number 3 has also been added in, since Jeff’s death date was 1.23.21.

Phoenix – The rising phoenix needs no explanation.

Wings and Sons – There are wings coming from Jeff and merging with the phoenix wings. Within the wings, there are abstract letters “A” and “M” to represent Jeff’s 3-year-old, Arlen, and 1-year-old, Mackie.

Heart – The wings of the phoenix and Jeff’s wings combine to form a giant heart that represents the love Jeff so generously gave. In addition to housing the “A” and “M” for Arlen and Mackie, the lines also represent the energy that was constantly flowing through him and out of him. The heart also represents the way in which he died.

Strength and Honor – Strength and honor sit at the top to encapsulate all that he achieved. It also represents the memorial event as a whole.

Birth and Death – On the sides, his birth date and death date serve as bookends for everything in between, however, they do not prevent the pyramid from growing endlessly upwards.

Jeff – Finally, the main image is a silhouette of Jeff taking his final deadlift. Deadlifts were Jeff’s favorite fitness movement and is the very last movement he made before taking his last breath. In the image we see his strength. His love and marriage to Sarah is also represented here with the wedding band on his left hand.

Community Memorial

All are invited to attend a special memorial gathering for Jeff. This event will focus on honoring many aspects of his life and character, while also serving as an opportunity to formally participate in an act of remembrance.

Event Details

Monongalia County Extension Services & 4-H Center in Morgantown WV

  • Use 270 Mylan Park Ln, Morgantown, WV 26501 for GPS directions.
  • This space is primarily outdoors, but will be covered.

5:30 – 8:30 PM
Ceremony to take place at 7:15 PM

  • Casual attire
  • Food trucks will be available on site for independent purchases
  • Facemasks & Social Distancing Required Per Current CDC Recommendations

Hotel Accomodations

There are many amazing hotels and restaurants in the greater Morgantown area. We have blocked rooms with discounts available at the following hotels. When booking a reservation, simply mention that you are attending the Giosi Memorial.

Fairfield Inn & Suites This hotel is closest to the memorial venue and does offer a shuttle. They are also located near a number of shopping and restaurant options. (2 miles)

Hotel Morgan This hotel is a little further away, but has been newly renovated and holds special meaning to the Giosi family. This is where Sarah’s father gave her away to Jeff on their wedding day. (5.2 miles.)

Marriot Waterfront This hotel is located on the waterfront and very near downtown Morgantown. They do offer a shuttle and have an in-house restaurant and Starbucks. (5.2 miles)

Remembering Jeff Giosi

with STRENGTH and HONOR

On Saturday, January 23rd, 2021, Jeffrey Michael Giosi was victoriously received into the mighty arms of his Everlasting Father.

Jeff cherished life and pursued it to the full. He loved his wife of five years, Sarah Rebekah Rowan Giosi, and their two boys Arlen Fahy (3) and Mackie Wade (1), with his whole heart, and claimed them as his greatest blessing, joy, and legacy. Driven by the pursuit of deep connections, ultimate truth, and authentic relationships, Jeff is revered by all who knew him as a man of God, a faithful husband, devoted father, friend, hero, mentor, and brother.

Jeff entered the world on April 12th, 1980, in Port Jefferson, Long Island, New York. In his short but full 40 years, he called several states home, but was a Mountaineer through and through. Jeff attended West Virginia University earning a B.S. in Physical Education/ Teacher Education and an M.S. in Strength and Conditioning. He was an integral part of the WVU athletic department as a strength and conditioning coach from 2002 to 2008. For a short time, Jeff followed the call to North Carolina where he proudly served as a firefighter for the Greenville Fire-Rescue Department and a Fire Academy educator.

After North Carolina, Jeff went to Michigan to work with his mentor, world-renowned strength coach, Mike Barwis. Jeff trained all levels of athletes–from amateur and college to Olympic and professional–but before long, those country roads led Jeff back home to West Virginia, where he belonged.

In 2014, Jeff became the proud owner of Crossfit Morgantown and adopted the slogan, “Friendship, Love, and Loyalty.” He devoted himself to this community, coaching each member, not only in wellness, but in life. He encouraged everyone he met to believe they could become the best version of themselves–the person he believed them to be. Jeff would often say, “My goal when I wake up is to encourage and inspire everyone I come in contact with.”

Jeff believed that what we do, say, and think in any instant is the essence of life– “Because we aren’t guaranteed anything else.” Jeff embraced the ideal memento mori, which means “Remember Your Death,” and he urged others to, “Love like you are going to die tomorrow; dream like you are going to live forever.”

Jeff loved fully, and his relationship with Christ empowered him to be unabashedly authentic and to love recklessly. He trusted that God’s plan is sovereign and that He shapes us in every circumstance, good or bad. Without a doubt, Jeff wanted everyone he met to seize God’s trajectory for their own life, and to be a beacon of all that is good in the world.

Jeff is survived by parents Doreen and Dennis Keene, Frank Giosi, and Cindy and Arlen Rowan; siblings Kris Giosi, Anthony and Jessica Rowan, and Shon and Michelle Rowan; nieces and nephews Christian, Foster, Chandler, Bailey, Lizzie, Nicky, and Freedom. Also surviving is the brotherhood and sisterhood of friends who are blessed to have run alongside Jeff in his race.

On January 30th, 2021, his loved ones gathered around their forgiven warrior in a private ceremony at McCulla Funeral Home in Westover, WV.

Knowing how widely Jeff was loved, the Morgantown community and all who were impacted by him are invited to a memorial event in his honor, set to take place on April 10th in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Love like you’re going to die tomorrow. Dream like you’re going to live forever.

News & Media

Honoring Jeff

MEMORIAL GOFUNDME
FRIENDS & FAMILY SUPPORT PAGE
WAJR ARTICLE
MORNING CHALK UP ARTICLE
DOMINION POST ARTICLE
5WDTV ARTICLE
“THE IMPACT OF JEFF GIOSI” ARTICLE
THE DA ONLINE ARTICLE
12WBOY ARTICLE