Non-profit organization to host ‘Workout of the Day’ event to honor fallen US service members


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Thousands of CrossFit athletes and workout enthusiasts will head to the gym next week with one common goal: to honor fallen U.S. service members.

On April 29, CrossFit venues and other gyms across the country participate in the annual “Manion WOD” (Workout of the Day) event hosted by the Travis Manion Foundation (TMF).

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People attending the Travis Manion Foundation’s annual Manion WOD to honor the nation’s fallen heroes.
(Travis Manion Foundation)

Ryan Manion, president of the Travis Manion Foundation, told Fox News Digital that CrossFit gyms sometimes offer a “workout of the day,” or WOD, to honor deceased heroes who were active in the CrossFit community.

Over the past eight years, many gyms have dedicated a workout to Manion’s brother, 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed by an enemy sniper in Iraq in April 2007 while putting on his injured teammates safe. Manon was 26 years old.

People attending the Travis Manion Foundation's annual Manion WOD to honor the nation's fallen heroes.

People attending the Travis Manion Foundation’s annual Manion WOD to honor the nation’s fallen heroes.
(Travis Manion Foundation)

Ryan Manion described the “Manion WOD” as an “extreme” leg workout tailored to his brother, who is known to have a stronger lower body.

The workout consists of seven sets of a 400-meter run and 29 weighted back squats, 135 pounds for men and 95 pounds for women.

“Your legs died after doing it,” Ryan Manion said.

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Even amid the grueling training, Ryan Manion says she tries to remember that “as hard as it is, it’s not as hard as what our men and women on the front lines do for us every day”.

People attending the Travis Manion Foundation's annual Manion WOD to honor the nation's fallen heroes.

People attending the Travis Manion Foundation’s annual Manion WOD to honor the nation’s fallen heroes.
(Travis Manion Foundation)

Although the event is called the “Manion WOD,” the goal is to “galvanize communities” around honoring “all of our fallen service members who gave their lives,” according to Manion.

The event is probably the organization’s toughest, but it’s designed to push people “in even deeper ways,” she added.

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“A lot of times we don’t always understand what we are capable of achieving,” said Ryan Manion. “There’s no better way to be inspired by the men and women who gave their lives in service to this country.”

People attending the Travis Manion Foundation's annual Manion WOD to honor the nation's fallen heroes.

People attending the Travis Manion Foundation’s annual Manion WOD to honor the nation’s fallen heroes.
(Travis Manion Foundation)

Over 156 gyms and 2,000 people have already registered to participate in this year’s Manion WOD.

If you don’t belong to a gym, Ryan Manion said attendees can still register and participate in virtual events.

Entry fees for the event benefit the nonprofit organization, which works to help Gold Star veterans and families transition to civilian life, continue serving out of uniform and to become role models for their communities.


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