Jesse Crespo

Hi Friends: 

Asking you to join me in helping a hometown friend and affiliate owner, Jesse Crespo. He's from Milford and owns CrossFit 1Force in NJ. On March 19, Jesse suffered two large strokes. The strokes went undetected for five days. Once they went undetected, Jesse underwent an emergent craniotomy to save his life.

Despite the enormity of what happened, Jesse continues to marvel his medical teams with his progress. There is no doubt that Jesse’s strength and fitness level saved his life. Jesse is in a medical hospital rehab working to get his strength up and his functioning back.

Jesse’s wife Erin will be taking a leave of absence from her day job and the box to be by his side. Teams of family and friends are helping care for their four children and mini golden doodle Rico. Our CrossFit 1Force staff is banning together to keep the community informed, engaged and of course—fit AF.

Jesse’s influence is felt far and wide in the CrossFit community. Over the past decade, Jesse has trained thousands of athletes and mentored many amazing coaches—and six have gone on to open affiliates in the area. I was hoping you would join CrossFit Milford to help Jesse and his family during this difficult time.


CrossFits across the country will band together for this benefit WOD on April 27. The workout is an easy to execute AMRAP  #CreatedbyCrespo. Like all of his workouts, it is sure to be simultaneously awful and awesome. The workout below can be done as a partner WOD or individual.

One partner works for "30 seconds while the other rests

18 Min AMRAP

18 Wall Balls (14/18)

18 Kettlebell Swings (53/35)

18 Box jumps (24/20)

18 Burpees to a  45lb Plate

18 is the intracranial pressure in Jesse’s skull when they performed the craniotomy.

Participating is easy:

  1. Email  to confirm participation. She will promote your location on social as a One Mind 1Force participating affiliate.

  2. Complete the workout on 4/27 and collect donations as you see fit. The event will help drive stroke awareness and show support for the Crespo family.

  3. Take pictures & use the hashtag #onemind1force. We’re hoping to create a wave of support for Jesse that he can watch on social media that day. Let's amplify the power of our community. 

  4. Send collected donations through the GoFundMe.


Most importantly, please arm yourself with the knowledge to save yourself or someone you love. Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. Jesse’s cerebellum stroke signs included confusion, trouble speaking, trouble seeing, loss of balance and coordination, intense headache and vomiting.

The more common signs of stroke can be remembered with a simple acronym: FAST.

FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

ARMS: Ask the person to lift both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

TIME: Call 911 immediately.

Jesse, Erin and the entire CrossFit 1Force community are connected by years of fabulous friendship and fitness. We’ve come together countless times to help people in our community with pride and generosity. This could be any one of us, Jesse is young, fit and had no prior history or warning signs. I know he would be there for us if we needed him. Thank you in advance for your support.

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Ashley Baillargeon