January 28, 2020

Lawan Andimi Hero WOD

Cold, but not too much. Great morning for F3-ing. YHC placed some cones on the rugby pitch and cranked up some Juju tunes.


SSH, Imperial Walkers, Hillbillies, Daisy Pickers, mosey to the pitch

YHC designed this Hero-WOD-style workout in honor of Lawan Andimi, a Nigerian pastor who was killed by Boko Haram a week ago. More on that below.

Starting under the uprights on one end of the field, perform the following reps:
24 hand-release merkins
50 squats
75 2-count mountain climbers
75 LBCs

Take a lap around the field, approx 335 meters. PAX were instructed to pick up the six after each lap, then we started the next round of reps together.

We completed four rounds and moseyed back to the parking lot.

Flutter kicks, box cutters, rosalita, low plank

6 PAX, no effin G’s

Reverend Andimi was kidnapped on January 2nd. He was a pastor and regional denomination leader, as well as a husband and father. In a January 13th hostage video, he said:

By the grace of God, I will be together with my wife, my children, and my colleagues…[But] if the opportunity has not been granted, maybe it is the will of God…Be patient, don’t cry, don’t worry. But thank God for everything.

On January 20th, he was beheaded and went to his eternal reward.

The reps we did this morning symbolize the 224 Nigerian Christians that were kidnapped during a 12 month period from 2018-2019. We ran approximately 1,350m, representing the number of Christians killed in Nigeria during that same period.

You can read more about Andimi and the situation in Nigeria here: https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/january/nigeria-boko-haram-kidnapped-pastor-hostage-video-testimony.html

The Kobe Bryant news Sunday was shocking. It is truly tragic for his family and the families of the others involved. Not to take away anything from that, but it caused me to reflect on how I reacted to and felt after hearing other recent news reports. When I initially heard about Andimi’s death, my response was much more casual. The same is true about recent news in Memphis of children being killed in drive-by shootings. I guess I’ve grown accustomed to hearing these types of reports. That shouldn’t be so.

So today, we endured a microscopic amount of suffering to honor a man who gave his life as a way to hopefully enliven our senses to that tragedy.

The PAX spent a moment in silence, then thanked the Sky Q for his providence and asked his blessing on our day.

Throughout the workout, we listened to a playlist of Juju music, a genre of Nigerian pop music.

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