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“Stuart McGrath”

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  • For Time
  • 21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps of:
  • Squat Cleans (60/40 kg)
  • Wall Ball Shots (20/14 lb)
  • Jerks (60/40 kg)
  • Bar Facing Burpees

With a running clock, as fast as possible perform the prescribed work. Athlete must complete 21 reps of Squat Cleans, Wall Ball Shots, Jerks (any kind), and Bar Facing Burpees. After the 21 reps, move on to 18 reps, decreasing by 3 reps every round.

Score is the time on the clock when the last round of the Bar Facing Burpees is completed.

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Background: Dedicated to Acting Serjeant Stuart McGrath, 28, of Buckinghamshire UK,  who died in an explosion while on foot patrol in Gereshk district, central Helmand province Afghanistan, on September 16, 2009.

Serjeant McGrath, born in Princes Risborough on 5 December 1980, began his Army training in October 1999 and joined 1st Battalion The Royal Green Jackets in June the following year (The Royal Green Jackets was one of five infantry regiments which combined to form The Rifles in 2007).

He made an early start to junior leadership, completing a Junior Non-Commissioned Officer (JNCO) cadre in November 2001. From an early stage, he specialised in mortaring, completing both standard and advanced mortar courses with excellent results in 2004 and 2005.

From the beginning, he stood out as a fiercely bright and determined individual. Not being satisfied with the standard career path for a Mortarman, he put himself forward to attend the Platoon Serjeants’ Battle Course following his tour in Afghanistan; he wanted to push himself into the most demanding roles the Army had to offer.

An intensely energetic and fit Rifleman, Serjeant McGrath led a team from the battalion to complete the Dublin Marathon in November 2008. Younger than all the others in his role, he had endless potential.

Serjeant McGrath leaves his wife, Emma, three sons, Ryan, Daniel, and Dylan, and his daughter, Niamh, born in June whilst he was already deployed to Afghanistan.

The workout was designed by Nato Hero WOD @nato_hero_wod.

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