Pumping iron to honor South Toledo murder victim

Matt Lengel, Joe Lengel's son, during the CrossFit routine dedicated to his father.

Joe Lengel, the owner of the Intensity CrossFit gym on Warehouse Drive, was

shot and killed Monday morning

. A day later, Intensity CrossFit gym in East Toledo joined up at

Black Swamp Crossfit

in Sylvania to dedicate a crossfit workout routine to Joe.

Before the workout began, Aaron Lengel, one of Joeâ??s sons, spoke about his father."What my dad demonstrated with his life was any community he was in, he was for other people, he poured his life into other people," Joe said.


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Tuesday's timed workout was appropriately titled, â??Joe.â?? The slain gym owner's son said the workout, created by Joe's two sons, was designed as a tribute to the man who inspired many through exercise.

One round of â??Joeâ?? consisted of 10 thrusters, 10 bar-facing burpees, 10 pull-ups, and 57 double-unders with a jump rope. To complete workout, ten rounds had to completed.

â??My dad loved thrusters,â?? Aaron said. â??We were thinking about putting over-head squats in the workout because he hated over-head squats. We went with Burpees instead. He did not like those either. He loved pull-ups.â??

57 was the number chosen for the double-unders, because that was how old Joe was when he died. â??Double-unders were the movement that kept (Joe) out of the 2010 Crossfit games,â?? Aaron said.

â??This is just a testament to who he was, and the legacy that he leaves."



Amulya Raghuveer

contributed to this article.)