Will Bardenwerper was an Airborne Ranger-qualified infantry officer in the United States Army. In 2010, Will received a master's degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Upon graduation, he was selected to join the Pentagon in 2010 as a Presidential Management Fellow, where he spent the next four years working on the development and implementation of defense strategy with senior leaders in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Will is a graduate of Princeton University, where he majored in English. He has written for the New York Times and Washington Post. In his free time, Will enjoys tough CrossFit workouts, playing ice hockey, and rooting for the New York Mets and Washington Capitals.
On the morning of Memorial Day, I found myself soaked in sweat, laying flat on my stomach, head-pounding, arms shaking as I closed in on finishing the prescribed 200 push-ups. I was not alone. Surrounding me in the austere and sweltering warehouse-like gym were a few dozen people, all battling the heat to labor through hundreds of push-ups, pull-ups and air squats, bookended by mile-long runs.