A hero workout of the day (WODs) aka Hero WOD is a workout tribute specifically to a fallen soldier, member of the military, and/or first responder. The workout is usually harder and longer than most programmed workouts in functional fitness and CrossFit gyms alike. The reason? To show tribute and respect to the work, dedication, and labor that the fallen hero gave to our country to protect and defend our freedoms.
Remembering Sgt. Leandro Jasso
Sgt. Leandro Jasso, 25, was born June 19, 1993 in Washington and was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. He was killed November 24, 2018, in Nimroz province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was immediately treated and medically evacuated to the nearest medical treatment facility, where he died of his wounds.
A native of Leavenworth, Washington, Sgt. Jasso enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 2012. He completed One Station Unit Training as an Infantryman and the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. Following initial training, he successfully completed Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 1 and was assigned to 2nd Ranger Battalion, where he served as an Assistant Machine Gunner, Automatic Rifleman and Grenadier.
Sgt. Jasso’s military education includes the Basic Leader Course and U.S. Army Ranger Course. His awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge and Expert Rifle Marksmanship Badge.
Sgt. Jasso deployed twice before in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. At the time of his death, Sgt. Jasso was serving as a team leader on his third deployment to Afghanistan.
Source: Lead The Way Fund
Hero WOD “Jasso” 2nd Ranger Battalion
Originally posted by the Go Army 2nd Ranger Battalion, the hero workout “Jasso” is to pay respect and testament to the legacy left behind by Sgt. Leandro Jasso. The workout has a 2-mile kit run buy-in followed by ez bar curled, skull crushers, and rope climbs, as well as a 1-mile kit run buy-out.
“JASSO” Hero WOD
2-mile kit run
50 —> 60lb ez bar curls
50 —> 60lb skull crushers
3 rope climbs
1-mile kit run
SGT Leandro A.S Jasso
June 19, 1993 - November 24, 2018
Nimruz Province, Afghanistan
1st Platoon, Alpha Company
Why Do We Do Hero WODs
While the main focus of the workout is often to pay tribute, respect, and remembrance to the fallen hero, hero WODs are also a great test of physical ability and performance capacity. Not only are you going to enter into the workout experiencing great physical tests, but you’re also going to cross barriers between the body, the mind, emotions and experience. You might cry, you might scream, you might bleed even, but with a deeper connection to the workout and the ‘why’, you give tribute one grueling rep at a time.
If there are two things we love, it’s CrossFit and our military, first responders, and all the selfless individuals on the front lines. Please join us as we remember Sgt. Leandro Jasso alongside our box mates.
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**Note: This Hero / Tribute WOD, originally attributed to Lead The Way Fund