Carry on my Wayward Son

14 15 men gathered this morning in the parking lot of New Bern High School with the expectation that they would jumping around, looking silly, and  carrying a few things. We did just that.

Warm-a-rama:

  • SSH x10 IC
  • 5 Burpee welcome for our latecomer
  • resume SSH x10 IC
  • Carrot Pickers x12 IC (previously known as cherry pickers but carrot pickers makes much more sense to YHC).
  • Sun Gods x 10 IC

THANG

Mosey to the covered area for a little circuit work. 7 minutes and As Many Rounds As Possible of the following:

Round 1

  • Burpees x10
  • Jump Lunges x30 (15 each leg)
  • Hand Release Merkins x15
  • Squats x30
  • Rinse and Repeat Above in sequence until 7 minutes were up.

Round 2

  • X-Jumps x16 (8 each side)
  • Irkins on the Box x15
  • Knee Ups x24 (12 each leg)
  • Dips x15
  • Rinse and Repeat Above in sequence until 7 minutes were up.

YHC noticed a small migration to boxes further back as the sun started creeping in a bit more.

Next up was a “crowd favorite,” Balls to the Wall. Not sure where YHC’s instruction went awry as Balls to the Wall was clearly stated, however Pax must have wanted wall sits instead since they had all lined up with their backs to the wall. YHC usually takes requests but really wanted to make sure some shoulder press work was in the cards with what was to follow shortly. So, request denied; Balls to the Wall it was going to be.  First Pax was to get off wall for 5 squats and then return to BTTW while next pax did 5 squats; continue down the line until all Pax performed 5 squats. Burnt.

Head on over to the football stadium parking lot where there happened to be 8 cinder blocks that are, you know, “usually there.” Math was not in our favor for this round of exercise, but our Pax are not simply jocks. The mathletes among us mostly got us sorted for these parter Farmer’s Carries.

Round 1

Parter 1 carried two cinder blocks, one in each hand, to the 3rd light pole, left them for their partner to pick up and ran back to the start. While waiting, Partner B did WMDs x10 (Werkins, Merkins, Diamond Merkins). Flap jack. The remaining pairs that did not get cinder blocks the first time now get their turn while remaining Pax did LBCs.

Round 2s and 3

  • Partner A carried one block down to the 2nd light pole, left them for their partner to pick up and ran back to the start while Partner 2 held plank. Flap jack.
  • Partner A carried one block down to the 2nd light pole, left them for their partner to pick up and ran back to the start while Partner 2 did mountain climbers. Flap jack.

Break for some Pax led Mary where we did Imperial Storm Troopers and one more exercise that YHC can’t remember, likely due to several days and several beers between The Bear and the writing of this back blast.

Round 4

  • Parter 1 carried one block backwards to 1st light pole, left them for their partner to pick up and ran backwards to the start while Parter 2 did squats. Flap jack.

Staying with same partners, and this is where it got really fun, each pax did:

  • Cinder block Squats  x10 – 2 rounds.
  • Partner Block Burpees / Block Webs (burpees with cinder blocks)
    • Partner 1 drops down to do a Merkin on the cinder block. Returns to the standing position and presses the cinder block above his head to complete one rep. Pass cinder block to Partner for their rep.
    • Pass back to other partner to complete above for two reps and so on.
    • Goal was to increase up to 10 reps. Most Pax got to 6 reps; that was enough.

Time was closing in on 0800 so lunge walks back to the gathering spot while trading the cinder block back and forth with your partner. Drop blocks and circle up for Mary.

Dealer’s choice went like so:

  • Acolyte – You guessed it – Superman Banana. xSome
  • Someone else – Something fun and challenging xSome (again, this time for our mathletes, (x)days + (y)beers^2 = forgetful (Q), y ≠ 0
  • YHC – Freddy Mercurys x15

Done.

 

YHC has often felt like it might be inappropriate to say “Happy Memorial Day,” as it seems to be such a solemn holiday. However as more thought was put into it, YHC thinks that the men and women whom we honor would likely want the result of their greatest effort to be our happiness. So while this holiday might be in memoriam of those fallen,  they fell so that we as Americans may continue to be happy, and it is our responsbility this weekend to do so in rembrance of them. Cheers and Happy Memorial Day.

 

Mr. Roboto

 

 

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