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Hero WOD for Dennis James Ferderer Jr.

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  • AMRAP in 22 minutes
  • Buy-In: 1 minute Wall Ball Shots (20/14 lb)
  • Directly into, AMRAP in 20 minutes of:
  • 1 Power Clean (115/85 lb)
  • 3 Push Presses (115/85 lb)
  • 2 Thrusters (115/85 lb)
  • 11 Box Jumps (24/20 in)
  • Cash-Out: 1 min Farmer's Carry (2x70/50 lb)

On a 22-minute clock, perform as many repetitions as possible (AMRAP) of the prescribed work. Athlete must complete the buy-in of 1 minute max reps of Wall Ball Shots. Then in the next 20 minutes, perform AMRAP of 1 Power Clean, 3 Push Presses, 2 Thrusters, and 11 Box Jumps. Finally, in the last minute, complete max distance of Farmer’s Carry (count 1 repetition for every 10 meters of Farmer’s Carry).

Score is the total number of repetitions completed before the 22-minute clock stops.

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Background: This hero workout is dedicated to U.S. Army Dennis James Ferderer Jr., of New Salem, North Dakota who was killed on November 2, 2005, in Duluiyah, Iraq while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom, when a grenade hit his vehicle.  He was serving with the Army Active duty 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. He was 20 years old.

Born on January 3, 1985, Dennis was always helpful—sometimes too helpful.  During the course of a remodeling project that included floor refinishing, his parents woke up at 5 a.m. one morning to noises. Upon investigation, they found their 2-year-old son in the kitchen.  He had found a nail and hammer, and had brought it upstairs and was hammering a nail into the kitchen floor. He thought he was helping Dad, putting the floor in, said his mother, Claudina Ferderer.

He smiled all the time, said Robin Doll, Ferderer’s history teacher. He liked the lighthearted side of a lot of things. Whatever we were talking about, he’d find something funny to say about it. He grew up on a dairy farm and loved farm work and hunting pheasants. Childhood friend Madalyn Klingenstein remembers his tremendous compassion for people, his constant smile, but also him hiding her shoes from her during class in third grade.

Dennis served as an altar boy at Saint Pius V Catholic Church.  He graduated New Salem High School in 2003 and began his Army career at Fort Benning, Georgia.

The workout was designed by Coach Tom Roehlig @tomroehlig, CF-L2, of CrossFit Massillon @crossfitmassillon (Massillon, OH, USA) after one of their clients, David Jatich requested a workout to recognize Dennis. David served together with Dennis and is a long time CrossFitter.

The rep scheme signifies:
– 1/3 reps for Dennis’s birthday on January 3
– 11/2 reps for the date when he passed on November 2
– 20 minutes for his age when he died.

The movements were programmes to represent the struggle these amazing men endure.

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