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. In this article, we're highlighting Hero WOD "JOSH".
Remembering U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Hager
Staff Sergeant Joshua Hager was age 29 when killed while serving Operation Iraqi Freedom on February 23, 2007. He enlisted in the Army in 1998 and was awarded the “Iron Mike” (Audie Murphy) award. He was ‘fast-tracked’ for promotion and served with distinction in Korea. He was also awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Hero WOD "JOSH"
This Hero WOD is made up of overhead squats and pull-ups for time.
21 Overhead Squats (95/65 lb)
15 Overhead Squats (95/65 lb)
9 Overhead Squats (95/65 lb)
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 Officer Sgt. Joshua Hager alongside our box mates.