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“Eric Garner”


Iron Roots Athlete Memorial WOD

2.2K 270
  • 11 Rounds for Time
  • 9 Burpees
  • 15 Air Squats

With a running clock, as fast as possible perform the prescribed work in the order written for 11 rounds.

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

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Advanced Athletes
11 Rounds for Time
9 Devil Presses (2×40/25 lb)
15 Air Squats

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Background: This memorial workout is dedicated to Eric Garner who was killed on July 14, 2014.

Born on September 15, 1970, Eric died in the New York City borough of Staten Island after Daniel Pantaleo, a New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer, put him in a chokehold while arresting him (despite chokeholds being banned in NYPD since 1993). Video footage of the incident generated widespread national attention and raised questions about the appropriate use of force by law enforcement.

This workout was created by Miranda Alcaraz @fearlessmiranda and Iron Roots Athlete @iron.roots.athlete as part of their initiative to continue fostering conversations on the progress of supporting people of color in the fitness community. It was one of the initial memorial WODs for their ‘Walk With Us: A Program Series With a Purpose.’

The rep scheme signifies:
– 11 rounds for the number of times Eric said “I can’t breathe” during the arrest that lead to his death
– 9 and 15 reps for the month and day of Eric’s birthday.

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