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“I Can’t Breathe”

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Memorial WOD for George Floyd

5.1K 283
  • For Time
  • 1,600 meter Run
  • 30 Burpees
  • 800 meter Run
  • 20 Burpees
  • 400 meter Run
  • 10 Burpees
  • 400 meter Run
  • 20 Burpees
  • 800 meter Run
  • 30 Burpees
  • 1,600 meter Run

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

Score is the time on the clock when the last round of the 1,600 meter Run is completed.

Editor’s Note: We understand that without context the title of this workout can come across as tone deaf or hurtful. This is not the intent of the workout’s creator, Angelo Rogers, nor WODwell. Please see Angelo’s post about his inspiration and intent behind the workout he designed in George Floyd’s memory – it inspired us to share:

From Angelo’s post: “I think the name “I Can’t Breathe” is an important reminder of the injustice that has sparked the need for change in all of us. The times we are experiencing humble us and remind us how much we can really push ourselves even when life seems to be crushing down on top of us. The message is not meant to offend anyone. The title is not meant to be a play on words. It’s meant to be a reminder of the injustice, to accept the challenge of change and adversity head on.

He also posted the following in response to individuals no social media who said they were offended by the title of the workout:

…you have that right to disagree. In my opinion there is no correlation between the pain of a man’s last moments and the strenuous capacity of the workout. Metaphorically speaking I can’t breathe indicates I can’t breathe I can’t catch my breath because of all the injustices that continue to happen. I can’t breathe because we keep seeing the same incidents occurring with the same end results. I can’t breathe because when is there going to be change. A metaphor carried out by millions of people, including strong, powerful African American leaders such as Jesse Jackson, Lebron James, Jamie Foxx, Nick Cannon, Kobe Bryant-RIP, etc. We are asking for a breath. We are crying for a breath. The message is largely a rally cry. It’s a reminder. Symbols can be painful. Hard to hear or look at but they are the cause for emotion inside you to motivate you to rise. It’s directed towards social change…

We were moved by Angelo’s words and actions. When he reached out to us and asked us to share his workout, we agreed. Since then the feedback we received from the black fitness community has been overwhelmingly positive. Some not. We will continue to listen.

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Background: This memorial workout is dedicated to George Floyd who died in police custody after being brutally arrested by four Minneapolis police officers on May 25, 2020. His killing sparked peaceful protests and riots in hundreds of cities in the US.

George Floyd was recognized as a peace activist and a respected community leader.

This workout was designed by Angelo Rogers, a first responder, and validated by Coach Joe Masley @joemasley of Grit Athlete @gritathlete.

See also: "Justice for George", "George Floyd", and "Big Floyd" (same person, different workouts)
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