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“Rep. John Lewis”

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Memorial WOD

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  • 16 Rounds for Time
  • 2 minute Ruck March (30/20 lb)
  • 45 Mountain Climbers (2-count)
  • 33 Plank Shoulder Taps (2-count)
  • 13 Ruck Thrusters (30/20 lb)
  • Ruck stays on the whole time except during the Thrusters, when it's used as the weight.

With a running clock, as fast as possible perform the prescribed work in the order written for 16 rounds. Athlete wears a Ruck (a weighted backpack) through the entire workout, except during the Thrusters, when the Ruck is removed and used as the Thruster weight.

Score is the time on the clock when the last round of the Thrusters is completed.

Movement Standards

Ruck March: While wearing a Ruck, march in place for 2 minutes.

Shoulder Tap: From a Plank Hold position, tap the right shoulder with the right hand and the left shoulder with the left hand. Left + right shoulder tap counts as one rep.

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Background: This workout is dedicated to John Lewis, a member of the US House of Representatives and a Civil Rights activist, who died on July 17, 2020 from pancreatic cancer.

Born on February 21, 1940, Lewis was one of the “Big Six” leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington. He fulfilled many key roles in the civil rights movement and its actions to end legalized racial segregation in the United States. In 1965, Lewis led the first of three Selma to Montgomery marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. In an incident that became known as Bloody Sunday, state troopers and police then attacked the marchers, including Lewis.

He was a leader of the Democratic Party in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 1991 as a Chief Deputy Whip and from 2003 as Senior Chief Deputy Whip. Lewis received many honorary degrees and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

This workout was first posted by 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:
– 16 rounds for the number of times Lewis was re-elected as Georgia’s 5th district representative
– 2 minutes for the position being voted on every two years and Lewis gained 70% of votes all but 1 time
– 45 Mountain Climbers for the number of times Lewis was arrested for nonviolent charges in his life longe fight as an American civil rights leader
– 33 Shoulder Taps for the years he served in the house of representatives
– 13 Thursters for Lewis being one of the 13 original freedom riders.

See also: “John Lewis” Memorial WOD (same person, different workout)

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