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“Jonah Lomu”


Memorial WOD

8.4K 84
  • For Time
  • 1975 meter Run
  • 11 Sandbag Ground-to-Over-Shoulder (55/45 lb)
  • 11 Thrusters (135/95 lb)
  • 11 Handstand Push-Ups
  • 11 Hang Squat Cleans (135/95 lb)
  • 11 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups
  • 11 Shoulder-to-Overheads (135/95 lb)
  • 11 Back Squats (135/95 lb)
  • 11 Power Cleans (135/95 lb)
  • 37 Wall Ball Shots (20/14 lb)
  • 40 Kettlebell Swings (1.5/1 Pood)

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namesake photo

Jonah Tali Lomu, MNZM (12 May 1975 – 18 November 2015) was a New Zealand rugby union player of Tongan descent. The significance of the numbers from the WOD: born in 1975, played left wing (#11: in Rugby all shirts imply position) scored 37 tries from 63 tests at international level, died at age 40.

He was the youngest ever All Black when he played his first international in 1994 at the age of 19 years and 45 days. Lomu finished with sixty-three caps and scored 37 international tries. He has been described as the first true global superstar of rugby union and as having a huge impact on the game. Lomu was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame on 9 October 2007, and the IRB Hall of Fame on 24 October 2011.

He made a comeback after undergoing a kidney transplant in 2004, finally retiring from professional rugby in 2007. He died suddenly on 18 November 2015.

We first found this WOD posted on a New Zealand CrossFitter’s personal blog from 2015. He mentioned the workout was programmed by his box but we’re unable to determine who created it. If you know please tell us.

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