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“Allyson Felix”

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  • 4 Rounds for Time
  • 12 Sumo Deadlifts (135/95 lb)
  • 26 Medicine Ball Bear Hug Air Squats (20/14 lb)
  • 12 Sumo Deadlifts (135/95 lb)
  • 26 Medicine Ball Bear Reverse Lunges (20/14 lb)
  • 400 meter Row

With a running clock, as fast as possible complete the prescribed work in the order written for 4 rounds.

Score is the time on the clock when the last round of the Row is completed.


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Background: This workout is dedicated to Allyson Felix, born November 18, 1985, an American track and field sprinter.

Alyssa competes in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters. At 200 meters, she is the 2012 Olympic champion, a 3-time World champion (2005–2009), and 2-time Olympic silver medalist (2004 and 2008). At 400 meters, she is the 2015 World champion, 2011 World silver medalist, 2016 Olympic silver medalist, and 2017 World bronze medalist.

Felix has won five additional Olympic gold medals as a member of the United States’ women’s relay teams: three at 4 × 400 meters (2008-2016), and two at 4 x 100 meters (2012 and 2016). The 2012 U.S. Olympic 4 x 100 meters team also set the women’s 4×100 meters world-record that still stands. Felix is the only female track and field athlete to ever win six Olympic gold medals, and is tied with Merlene Ottey as the most decorated female Olympian in track and field history, with a total of nine Olympic medals. Felix is also the most decorated athlete, male or female, in World Athletics Championships history with 18 career medals, and also has the most number of gold medals at 13.

This workout honors the contributions she made off the track as a trailblazer for all women and advocate for mothers in sports. Felix details in Times Opinion piece, “Allyson Felix: My Nike Pregnancy Story”, her 2018 contract negotiation while deciding to start a family. The values she was told when first signing with Nike were not what she experienced when her pay was cut and she pressured to return to full form after an early C-Section due to medical issues.

This may sound triggering as Black mothers face dangerous mortality rates when giving birth in America no matter their status, as we saw with Serena Williams. Felix and others speaking out sparked a wave of changes among fitness apparel companies in 2019. Black athletes continue to affect change among our community and the country at large. Allyson Felix is now an Athleta sponsored athlete.

“..I’m not willing to accept is the enduring status quo around maternity. I asked Nike to contractually guarantee that I wouldn’t be punished if I didn’t perform at my best in the months surrounding childbirth. I wanted to set a new standard. If I, one of Nike’s most widely marketed athletes, couldn’t secure these protections, who could?” – Allyson Felix

This workout was designed by Iron Roots Athlete @iron.roots.athlete as part of their celebration for the Black History Month in February. Their mission for this celebration is to educate people on lesser-known athletes who have helped to shape and influence American Sports.

They encourage you to do continued research and follow up with their action items through donation, volunteering, and most importantly being active in your allyship.

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