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Hero WOD for Lt Brendan Looney

1.3K 106
  • 40 Rounds for Time
  • 5 Pull-Ups
  • 10 Push-Ups
  • 15 Air Squats
  • Buy-Out: 3 mile Run

With a running clock, as fast as possible complete 40 rounds of 5 Pull-Ups, 10 Push-Ups, and 15 Air Squats. Then Run 3 miles.

Score is the time on the clock when the last mile is completed.


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Background: This hero workout is dedicated to Lt. Brendan Looney, a Navy SEAL, who was one of the nine U.S. troops killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Afghanistan on September 21, 2010. He was 29 years old.

Brendan was born on February 24, 1981 in Silver Spring and raised in Owings, Maryland, where he attended DeMatha Catholic High School, and excelled as a football and baseball player before graduating in 1999.

After high school, Brendan attended the United States Naval Academy, where he made the switch from football to lacrosse and went on to become an All-American in the sport. In his senior year at the Academy, Brendan took the field alongside his brothers Stephen and Billy, something he described as a “once in lifetime chance.” That same year, he led his team to the NCAA National Championship game.

After graduation, Brendan was commissioned as an intelligence officer and assigned with Commander Naval Forces Korea, Detachment Chinhae. In May 2006, he received orders to Naval Special Warfare Group TWO, after which he reported to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S). Through his toughness, hard work and leadership, Brendan was selected as “Honorman” of Class 265, where his name will be forever engraved in Naval Special Warfare history as the best that Class 265 had to offer. Upon graduation from BUD/S, Brendan reported to SEAL Team THREE where shortly after, celebrating with his family and friends, he married his girlfriend of five years, Amy Hastings.

Three days after his wedding, he met his teammates on deployment in Iraq. Upon redeployment and follow-on training cycle, he deployed as the Alpha Platoon Assistant Officer in Charge to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Brendan was killed on his 59th mission while conducting combat operations in the Zabul province of Afghanistan.

As a SEAL, Brendan was described as a skilled operator who led and motivated the people around him. As a brother, Brendan was protective, crushing any opponent who dared go after his brothers on the lacrosse field and making sure to phone his younger sisters before each school dance. As a son, he honored his parents in every aspect of his life, remaining humble in victory and gracious in defeat. As a friend, Brendan was often referred to as the “the best,” always willing to lend a hand when needed and never expecting anything in return. As a husband, he upheld his commitment to be faithful, honest, and loyal to his wife Amy, whom he loved unconditionally.

Even though his life came to a tragic and early end, he accomplished more than most people will in their entire lives. Brendan Looney, in life, was a shining beacon of light, integrity, and kindness. In death, he continues to inspire greatness in others. Brendan was survived by his wife, Amy, his parents, Kevin and Maureen, and his five siblings, Steve, Billy, Bridget, Erin, and Kellie.

The workout was designed by Brendan himself and had been doing it since he attended the United States Naval Academy. We first saw the workout posted by a fellow veteran and certified personal trainer Coach Joe of @illuminatiiron (San Diego, CA, USA). Joe also graduated from the Academy and has a close relationship with fellow grads who passed on Lt. Looney’s story.

See also: “Looney” Hero WOD (different workout, same person)

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