Welcome back once again guys to another week of Tuesday Challenge. I hope we all had a good week taking the kettlebells down and your grip has managed to recover sufficiently for this week.
I have been promising you all something big and this week is the week. Before we get into the workout I want to explain to you all why we are doing what we are doing this week. This workout is in memory of someone who I had the pleasure of going to school with and playing rugby alongside for many years.
Lieutenant Oliver Richard Augustin
This week’s workout will be in memory of Lieutenant Oliver Richard Augustin of 42 Commando Royal Marines, who was killed in Afghanistan on Friday 27th May 2011.
Lieutenant Ollie Augustin Royal Marines was born in Kent on 16 March 1988. He attended Dartford Grammar School before leaving aged 18 to spend a year travelling.
During this time he spent two months volunteering at a school in Kenya before travelling down to South Africa through Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Botswana. He then flew on to Australia where he spent six months working, before concluding his travels in New Zealand, Fiji and Hawaii.
On return, whilst undergoing the application procedure to join the Royal Marines as a Commissioned Officer, he studied at Bexley College and was employed as a fitter and plasterer.
Lieutenant Augustin Royal Marines began Officer Training in September 2009, passing fit for duty in December 2010. His first appointment was in Command of Fire Support Group, Juliet Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines.
He leaves behind his father Sean, his mother Jane and his sister Sarah.
Buy In: 42 Burpees
16x Pull Ups
27x Press Ups
Buy Out: 42 Burpees
*THIS WORKOUT IS TO BE COMPLETED WEARING A WEIGHTED VEST*
This workout begins with a “Buy In”, this means you need to complete 42 Burpees before you an move into the 7 rounds of bodyweight movement.
Once you have completed the 42 Burpees you then begin your first round of 16x Pull Ups, 23x Squats and 27x Press Ups. You do not need to complete any Burpees before you start each round, you work through purely 7 rounds of the Pull Ups, Squats and Press Ups.
Once you have finished your 7 rounds of the above movements you finish the workout with 42 Burpees, so you “Buy Out” of the workout using these. This will mean you will do 84 Burpees in total, please do not do these at the start and end of each round!
All of the numbers and movements in this workout represent and mean something.
- 42 (Burpees) was chosen as Ollie was in 42 Commando Royal Marines, an elite unit within the British Military.
- 7 (Rounds) chosen as Ollie played as an openside flanker when we were at school. When we toured Canada in 2005 he was squad number 7 and Neil Back was his favourite player at the time.
- 16 (Pull Ups) as Ollie was born 16th March 1988.
- 23 (Squats) as this was the age Ollie was when he paid the greatest sacrifice.
- 27 (Press Ups) as it was on Friday 27th May 2011 when he was taken from us.
All of the movements from the workout have been selected as these exercises are the most common on any military circuit. During basic training and selection Ollie and his team would have done countless amounts of them.
If you need to scale this workout then you have two options. The first would be to not wear a weighted vest when doing it. The second would be to swap the pull ups and do recline rows instead.
However, there is a reason behind the movements and the workout itself. Ollie paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live in a place where we have the freedom to choose what we do and when we do it. I think once a year getting something like this done as written is very little to ask and useful for reminding ourselves how lucky we are to have people like Ollie protecting our freedom.
Thank you for reading and as always have fun and stay STRONG!