Forging Youth Resilience’s IGNITE Workout Returns for Mental Health Awareness Month

April 24, 2022 by
Photo Credit: Forging Youth Resilience
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For the second year in a row, CrossFit community members will have an opportunity to support underserved youth by taking part in the second annual IGNITE workout fundraiser for Forging Youth Resilience.

Jory Johnston, Forging Youth Resilience Director of Development, spoke about the benefits of the initiative: “Hosting IGNITE during Mental Health Awareness month brings immense significance to the workout fundraiser. It will be an opportunity for the fitness community to recognize that fitness transforms lives by improving mental health.”

Remind me: Previously known as Steve’s Club, Forging Youth Resilience began in 2007 with a program in Camden, NJ., but it has expanded to 20 nationwide. The goal is to provide health education and leadership opportunities for at-risk children through weekly classes. 

  • The FYR classes, which are made available to youth through donations, include goal setting and reflection, workouts, nutrition education, and connection with mentors and coaches.
  • Forging Youth Resilience holds special IGNITE workouts each year to help raise funds.The first iteration ran during the month of October 2021 and featured two versions of the workout. 

The second-annual IGNITE workout will take place from May 1-31 as FYR sets out to raise $50,000 to provide services to the community at no cost. The reason for the change is to coincide with Mental Health Awareness month. 

The workout: There are two parts to the 2022 IGNITE workout with an 18-minute time cap to complete both. 

  • Part 1 consists of 21-15-9 repetitions of thrusters (95 pounds for men, 65 pounds for women), lateral burpees over the bar, and sit-ups.
  • Part 2 requires the athletes to establish a max complex of one power clean and one hang squat clean.  

There are multiple donation options for the community members that want to get involved. The tiers start at $10 and run up to $1,000, which helps a member of Forging Youth Resilience pursue their CrossFit Level 1 certification. 

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