20 min AMRAP:
- 2 muscle-ups
- 4 handstand push-ups
- 8 kettlebell swings (2/1.5 pood)
Here’s another great Hero WOD. Like all Hero WODs, this workout is dedicated to the life and memory of a fallen American hero. This one’s in honor of Chief Petty Officer Nate Hardy who was tragically killed February 4th 2008 during combat operations in Iraq.
These Hero WODs are fun and challenging ways to push ourselves while honoring those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for us. Often the WOD is designed with that Hero’s favorite workouts or exercises in mind. Nate must have been one tough dude.
So, where does the Hero WOD tradition come from? These workouts were often put together as fundraisers for the Hero’s families. In the case of Nate, it was originally a fundraiser for the Nate Hardy Memorial Fund. So, the tradition has its roots in CrossFit’s deep support for the military and law enforcement communities. In fact, CrossFit got its start as one of the chosen training regimens of America’s military nearly 20 years ago. It was quickly adopted by special forces and combat units as an effective program to develop the general physical preparedness that a soldier needs. CrossFit also rapidly spread through America’s fire departments and police academies for the same reasons. This General Physical Preparedness (GPP), combined with the infinite scalability and accessibility of the program, is also exactly why CrossFit is perfect for the average person. It gets you ready for the unexpected and provides a functional fitness that helps you succeed in the real world.