As many of you know, our member, Becky Freeman, lost her mother, Melissa, to PSP on May 19, 2016. This WOD is for her.
We will be doing the Melissa WOD on Saturday, May 28, 2016 for the 9am class and11am class.
The workout is 5 Rounds for Time:
6 Deadlifts- 12 Chest to Bar pullups- 16 Burpees
This workout is to honor her and remember her.
The number 5 represents the month of May, in which Melissa passed away. The number 6 represents 2006 when Melissa first started experiencing symptoms of PSP. The number 12 represents 2012 when Melissa was diagnosed with PSP. The number 16 represents the year, 2016, when Melissa passed away. The exercises were specifically chosen to represent a few things in Melissa’s life.
Deadlifts: For all the hard-work she put into gardening and her home, along with the extremely heavy burden she carried for so long with PSP.
Pullups/CTB: Melissa always wanted to be able to do one when she trained with Becky; furthermore, representing the way she pulled herself up every day dealing with PSP. All throughout her life, she was someone who pulled people up versus bringing them down.
Burpees: Mom liked the saying, “Keep calm and carry on,” no matter what she or someone else was struggling through. She taught us that no matter what knocks you down in life, you find the strength to get back up and carry on.
For those unfamiliar with PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy), it is a rare disease that does not have a cure. PSP is a cruel disease in that those who are affected lose their independence; ability to speak and swallow; ability to walk; and will eventually lose all abilities to perform activities of daily living. These people are aware of the losses taking place, however, can do nothing about it. Those with PSP will inevitably pass away due to complications of the disease (falls, aspiration, etc).
For more information on PSP click HERE. Please help Becky to continue teaching people about this rare disease. Perhaps one day there will be a cure.