#NeverForget – 9/11 Memorial Workout

#NeverForget – 9/11 Memorial Workout

Workout Date:





Kitten, Shatter, Lamont, Billboard, Flash, Podcast, Weedeater, Flyover, Sunshine, Beaker, Lombardi, Valvano, High Interest, Bling, Quaker, Geno, Chewy, Hot Tub, Rousey, Hoser, OneCall (QIC)

The Thang:

66, cool, misty, but the major rain held off

9/11 affected many of us profoundly.  Terrorism was brought front and center to our great country.  2,977 men, women, and children lost their lives.  Any of us old enough know exactly where we were and what we were doing when the first Twin Tower was struck 16 years ago.  Many of us had family, friends, loved ones, directly and indirectly affected by this tragic event.  YHC is originally from NY.  I have many friends and family with the NYPD and FDNY, and still others that worked in and around downtown NYC.  Calling, emailing, trying to find out what happened, who was there, who had been hurt or killed, the unknown minutes and hours that went by as we waited and waited.  Getting only news reports but no specifics.  It was brutal.  It is something YHC will definitely #NeverForget.

Last year, to honor 9/11, we did a workout on a Saturday that lasted over 2 hours and it was brutal.  Today, we had 45 minutes and we had to respect work and school (if not cancelled for some) so YHC modified the workout from last year.  The initial plan called for use of the football field, but wanting to respect the field that was very wet, YHC moved the beatdown to the parking lot, and had to modify some exercises on the weinke that would have used the benches and bleachers.  (#T-Claps to High Interest for catching that so modification could be made).

Over the last few days, Hoser and YHC had some discussions as Hoser thought it would be a good idea to read a timeline of the events of 9/11 as well as read names of the fallen first responders.  YHC had the timeline already and knew that Hoser always carried the list of the fallen in his ruck sack.  Many from the FDNY served their last day on 9/11 and that hits close to home for Hoser.  So we called for a 0515 start.  15 minutes to have a little memorial service and to read the names and get our minds set for the day.

So at 0515, YHC read the following information/timeline:

On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center (110-story skyscraper) in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Often referred to simply as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defining the presidency of George W. Bush. A total of 2,977 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC, and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. This included 400 police officers and firefighters. Specifically:
– 2,753 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were intentionally crashed into the north and south towers or as a result of the crashes.
– 343 were New York City firefighters, another 23 were New York City police officers and 37 others were officers at the Port Authority.
– The victims ranged in age from two to 85 years. Approximately 75-80% of the victims were men.
– At the Pentagon in Washington, 184 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.
– Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 40 passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died when the plane crashed into a field.

– 8:46 am ET – American Airlines Flight 11 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
– 9:03 am ET – United Airlines Flight 175 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
– 9:37 am ET – American Airlines Flight 77 (traveling from Dulles, Virginia to Los Angeles) strikes the Pentagon Building in Washington.
– 9:59 am ET – South tower of WTC collapses in approximately 10 seconds.
– 10:03 am ET – United Airlines Flight 93 (traveling from Newark, New Jersey to San Francisco) crashes in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
– 10:28 am ET – North tower of WTC collapses. The time between the first attack and the collapse of both World Trade Center towers is 102 minutes

Hoser then read the names of the fallen NYPD officers, the Port Authority officers, and started with the FDNY.  He made it through the C’s, before calling it for time, and with everyone realizing the profound impact this incident had.  The reading was done with the silence of the PAX and was moving.  Hoser shared some great thoughts about 9/11 and the impact every day can have in our lives.  #NeverForget

At this time YHC gave the 1 minute warning, handed out the sheets with the timeline and the beatdown, then gave the Disclaimer – modify if you need to, but really really push yourself and remember the 2,977 people that died.  We won’t die.  It may hurt, but we will not die.  Keep at it.  Work together.

We all moseyed to the far parking lot and partnered up.

This will be done DORA style:
1 PAX will start exercising while the other runs back and forth.  Then switch.  Cumulative reps.

The initial plan was for 16 exercises – 186 reps of each exercise #’s 1-15, 187 of #16.  To total 2,977.  We had to modify some.

The exercises were broken down – chest/upper body, legs, arms, cardio, core
1. Merkins
2. Squats
3. Dips (we did these on our partner’s back as they planked)
4. SSH’s
5. LBC’s

6. CDDs
7. Lunges (count each leg)
8. Curls (we used resistance from our partner)
9. Plank Jacks
10. Flutters (2-count)

Time was becoming an issue.  YHC announced to do the next 5 exercises cumulatively without the running.  But even that was taking some time, and some PAX had not gotten to these yet, so….we circled up and everyone did 10 of the following (with some extra exercises for rep count)

11. Diamond Merkins
12. Wide arm Merkins
13. Slap the ground jump squats
14. American Hammers
15. Mountain Climbers
16. American Hammers
17. BBSU’s

In the circle, we will EACH count 10 reps of Overhead presses…all around the circle, do not stop, do them all.

Think about this, the time between the first attack and the collapse of both World Trade Center towers was 102 minutes.  102 minutes of so many people seeing, hearing, experiencing pure and utter horror.  First responders entering crashing buildings that were on fire; regular people trying to help others.  Think about what they went through.  102 minutes that seemed like it would never end.  We are just outside doing a workout.  And we know it will end.  It hurts, but nothing like what these people went through. #NeverForget

10 Burpees OYO (we were to do 102, but again, time)

SPRINT AYG 110 Yards back to the flags


Count-O-Rama – 21
Prayer request – All those affected by 9/11
Prayer request – America
Prayer request – Tan Lines recovery
Prayer requests upspoken

It is all pretty much said above.  Thank you men for coming out and doing the harder thing.  Thank you for your leadership, friendship, accountability, and guidance.  Men, without you, without F3, many of our workouts are probably impossible.  With each of us there together, pushing each other, we can do the hard thing.  We can punish our bodies as a small token to those that lost so much more or were punished in so much more of a dramatic way. Thank you Brothers of Gloom.


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