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“Oscar Grant”

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Iron Roots Athlete Memorial WOD

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  • AMRAP in 22 minutes
  • 11 Deadlifts (135/95 lb)
  • 4 Hang Squat Cleans + Front Squats
  • 25 V-Ups

On a 22-minute clock, perform as many rounds and repetitions as possible (AMRAP) of the prescribed work in the order written. Each round consists of 11 Deadlifts, 4 Hang Squat Clean + Front Squat Complexes, and 25 V-Ups.

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

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Background: This workout is dedicated to Oscar Grant III, who was a 22-year-old African-American who was killed on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2009, by a BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California.

Responding to reports of a fight on a crowded Bay Area Rapid Transit train returning from San Francisco, BART Police officers detained Grant and several other passengers on the platform at the Fruitvale BART Station. BART officer Anthony Pirone kneed Grant in the head and forced the unarmed Grant to lie face down on the platform. While Pirone held Grant down in a prone position, Mehserle drew his pistol and shot Grant in the back. Grant was rushed to Highland Hospital in Oakland and pronounced dead later that day. The events were captured on multiple official and private digital video and privately owned cell phone cameras. Owners disseminated their footage to media outlets and to various websites where it went viral. Both peaceful and violent protests took place in the following days.

This workout was designed by Coach Alisa @mgfitness.go in collaboration with Iron Roots Athlete @iron.roots.athelete as part of their initiative to continue fostering conversations on the progress of supporting people of color in the fitness community. It was one of the initial memorial WODs for their ‘Walk With Us: A Program Series With a Purpose.’

The rep scheme signifies:
– 22 minutes for the age of Oscar when he died
– 11 Deadlifts for the total months served by the officer Mehserle for the murder of Grant
– 4 complexes for the age of Grant’s daughter when her father was taken from her.
– 25 V-Ups for the age of Grant’s girlfriend when she was made a single mother.

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