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Big Shoulder CrossFit Memorial WOD

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  • AMRAP in 25 minutes
  • 7 Snatches (155/105 lb)
  • 21 Bar Facing Burpees
  • 20 Pull-Ups
  • Buy-Out: 1,994 meter Weighted Run (20/14 lb)

On a 25-minute clock, complete as many rounds and repetitions as possible (“AMRAP“) of the prescribed work in the order written. After the 25-minute mark, perform a 1,994 meter Run.

Score is the total number of rounds and repetitions completed before the 25-minute clock stops.

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Background: This workout is dedicated to Nicole “Niki” Hladik an amazing daughter, sister, wife, niece, aunt, friend, firefighter, paramedic and member of Big Shoulders CrossFit @bigshoulderscrossfit (Elmhurst, IL, USA) who died from suicide at the age of 25 on July 21, 2020.

Nicole loved life and loved being active. She was a regular at the gym often coming 6+ times a week. She loved to work on her weaknesses and would stay after class to work on technique and ask questions. Her hard work and tenacity quickly made her one of the fittest women in the gym. She was an inspiration to her gym family, not just because of her strong performance and amazing will, but because she took every opportunity to lift others up. She was a loud supportive cheering section on a tough WOD and would often pace the last person at end of a long running WOD after she’d already finished her own.

Nicole had an exciting career she loved as a firefighter and paramedic. She was the first female Firefighter/Paramedic in her department in twenty years and was looking forward to paving the way for more women to become first responders.

In her honor, Coach Brendan Ziegler @baziegler created this workout. The rep scheme represents her age (25) and the date that she passed (7-21-20). The length of the Weighted Run (1994) represents the year she was born.

Nicole always struggled with Snatches, but for that exact reason, she also LOVED them because of the challenge they presented. She could fly through Burpees, and was the Pull-Up queen! She was always up for an extra run or loaded carry after a workout. The workout includes these movements as an honor to her strengths as well as her love of a challenge.

The final carry, starting at the 25-minute mark is done as a collective group, to memorialize her ability to connect with and include others through her love of fitness. It represents her tenacity to always go above and beyond, even after the WOD was done.

This WOD was first performed by Nicole’s family and friends at BSCF on July 25, 2020 as the inaugural event for the Stay Strong, Nicole Hladik Foundation.

Stay Strong, the Nicole Hladik Foundation was created to continue her extremely important work of forging paths for more women to become first responders. Funding for Stay Strong will enable other women to pursue their dream careers in the fire service by removing legal and financial barriers, and providing female mentorship along the way.

Please share your workouts and workout pictures using the hashtag #staystrong4niki.

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