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Oct 4

Fee Saghafi Programs Workout to Honor Mahsa Amini, the Iranian Woman Killed for How She Wore Her Hijab – Morning Chalk Up

Photo Credit: Fee Saghafi (@fee.saghafi)

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When Fee Saghafis inbox was flooded with messages from Iranians in the middle of September, she felt immediately compelled to help be their voice, said the 2019 CrossFit Games athlete, who grew up in the United States but whose father is Iranian.

The messages were, of course, about Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old woman who was arrested by Irans Law Enforcement Command for not wearing her hijab in accordance with government standards, and later died on September 16 after she was allegedly beaten by police. Her death has sparked ongoing worldwide protests that inspired Saghafi to speak up.

When you have a full inbox of messages asking for helpI needed to try to help the best way I can, Saghafi explained to the Morning Chalk Up.

On Instagram, she wrote: Even though my feet have never walked the life of oppressed Iranian women, my blood and my roots will always be like theirsEven though most of us cant understand and feel the oppression theyve experienced doesnt mean we cant stand with them and help be their voice.

Taking action: To show her support for Iranian women, and to honor Amini, Saghafi did what CrossFit athletes often do. She created a workout called MAHSA, a 22-minute AMRAP of 9 thrusters (135/95), 13 bar-facing burpees and a 200-meter run and posted the video of her tackling it.

The workout: Each component of MAHSA has a symbolic component to it, Saghafi explained, even the 22-minute time domain, which represents the age Amini was when she was killed.

The big picture: Even though a workout wont stop human rights abuses from happening, in Iran or elsewhere in the world, its representative of the freedom Saghafi has to pursue the life she wants to live, freedom Saghafi hopes all Iranian women will one day experience. But this wont happen in silence. Thats why Saghafi is using her social media platform to take a stand against something much bigger than fitness.

She added: I am an Iranian woman. I stand with Iranian women. I will be a voice for them, and I will keep honoring all of them.

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