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“Marsha P. Johnson”


Pacific Strength Memorial WOD

2.0K 57
  • Three AMRAPs in 25 minutes 20 seconds
  • From 0:00-4:50, AMRAP of:
  • 6 Single-Arm Dumbbell Squat Cleans (50/35 lb, 3 per arm)
  • 28 Doube-Unders
  • 6 Single-Arm Dumbbell Push Presses (50/35 lb, 3 per arm)
  • 9 Burpees
  • Rest 2 minutes 10 seconds
  • From 7:00-14:00, AMRAP of:
  • 6 Single-Arm Alternating Devil Presses (50/35 lb)
  • 280 meter Run
  • 6 Single-Arm Dumbbell Hang Power Cleans (50/35 lb, 3 per arm)
  • 9 Goblet Reverse Lunges (50/35 lb)
  • Rest 2 minutes
  • Finally from 16:00-25:20, AMRAP of:
  • 60 meter Shuttle Sprint
  • 2 Single-Arm Devil Cleans (50/35 lb)
  • 8 Overhead Stationary Reverse Lunges (50/35 lb)
  • 6 Push-Ups
  • 9 Air Squats

On a 25:20-clock, perform the prescribed work in the order written. The workout has three sections with rest in between. The first section is for 4:50, the second section is from 7:00-14:00, and the final section is from 16:00-25:20.

Score is the total number of repetitions completed before the 25:20-clock is completed.

Movement Standards

Goblet Reverse Lunge: This is a standard Reverse Lunge while holding a Dumbbell is a Goblet Squat position.

Single-Arm Devil Clean: Perform a Burpee while holding the Dumbbell on the ground. Stand on full extension and perform a Clean.

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Background: This memorial workout is dedicated to Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson who was an African-American transgender activist and pioneer.

Born on August 24, 1945, Marsha was a key figure in the events that followed the police raid on the village gay bar Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969. Many mark this moment as the birth of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement.

Marsha and her friend Sylvia Rivera co-founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) and they became fixtures in the community, especially in their commitment to helping homeless transgender youth. STAR provided services – including shelter 9the first was a trailer truck) – to homeless lgBTQ+ people in New York City, Chicago, California and England for a few years in the early 1970s but eventually disbanded.

On July 6, 1992, at the age of 46, Marsha’s body was found floating in the Hudson River off the West Village Piers. The police initially ruled her death a suicide despite claims from her friends and others in the community that she was not suicidal. 25 years later, NYC Anti-Violence Project re-opened this investigation. But to this day, her case remains unsolved.

The workout was designed by Pacific Strength @pacificstrength (Oakland, CA, USA).

The significance of the workout:
– 4:50 for the year Marsha was born
– 6-28-6-9 reps for the date when the remarkable incident took place in Stonewall
– 7:00 for the year 1970 when Marsha and Sylvia founded STAR
– 9:20 for the year 1992 when Marsha passed away.

See also: “Marsha P. Johnson” Memorial WOD (same person, different workout)

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