1.12.21 “I need help” @ AO Mastodon

It was a nice crisp morning for Bloomer’s VQ. 18 PAX should up for the beatdown. Coupons were required.

The workout today was called “I need you,” because it is important for men to admit that we need other men in our lives. Not just to move heavy pianos or refrigerators, but we need to be accountable to other men and allow them to know what is going on internally. Ecc 4:9-12 says,

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity is the man who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.


  • 30x Arm Circles
  • 20x Side Straddle Hops
  • 15x Merkins
  • 20 Air Squats

Thang 1: 4 Min Partner Challenge

One person would do continuous burpees while their partner would do continuous air squats. If a person needed a break or was slowing down they would say, “I need help.” At that point they would switch exercises and continue until one of them said, “I need help.”

Thang 2: Be the Blade – As Iron sharpens Iron, so one man sharpens another.

Partners spread out around the circle parking lot with their coupons. One partner would run 1 lap around the parking lot circle while their partner would be completing the required exercise until their running partner return. Then they would switch places and complete the other half of the round. Once both partners completed the run and the required movement they would move to the next movement and work through the list accordingly. Partners were encouraged to verbalize the phrase, “I need you or I need help” when they transitioned.

  1. Coupon merkins
  2. Lunges with a coupon
  3. Coupon swings
  4. Big boy sit ups
  5. Shoulder press
  6. Curls
  7. Set ups
  8. Thrusters
  9. Side straddle hop
  10. Tricep extensions
  11. Murder bunnies

Thang 3: 3 Minutes of Mary

One person would do flutter kicks while their partner would do American hammers. If a person needed a break or was slowing down they would say, “I need help.” At that point they would switch exercises and continue until one of them said, “I need help.” The three minutes were brutal and switching easily went from 40-50 seconds a piece to 15-20 seconds or less by the end of the time.


We prayed for the return to school for kids and employees. The protection of our marriages for those who are married. Banks had a tough day ahead and a friend of a friend’s brother passed away.


Men, I don’t know where you are in your life or what is going on, but it is vitally important to have a friend who you can be honest with. Being gut level honest with one other person about what is going on (good and bad) protects your life. We protect your body by working out, but are we protecting our marriages, our hearts, our minds, how we parent, and our daily decisions with the same veracity.

Don’t be the man who battles life alone or walks through the dark night of the soul alone. Let a trusted friend into year heart and mind. Let your friend be a Blade to encourage and spur you on. You will save yourself a lot of hurt and pain and poor choices if you let someone know what is going on. It may be humbling or even humiliating at times, but it is totally work it. Your Blade can help protect you and keep you on the right path.

I encourage you to do the most MANLY thing you can do by sharing your weaknesses and short comings with a trust brother.