Return of the Desert Fathers

Backblast: Return of the Desert Fathers
Date: Wednesday, 1/18/22 – 5:30 AM
PAX@DaVinci@Panhandle (respect), @Shiplap@Jolly (respect), @SAGA@Sparrow@Tortuga (respect), @Pool Boy
FNGs: 0
Q@Da Vinci
Total: 8
Conditions: annoyingly mild

Warmorama, follow the leader to Joshua Tree

Thang: The PAX chose from Wild, Mild or Child (concealed in envelopes – read saying and then do exercise)

  1. Wild

Panhandle flutters to 60
“A beginner who is insulted and tolerates it is like a tree that is watered each day.” Isaiah 1
“The beginning of evil is distraction.” Poemen 43

Around the school with every staircase (burpee for early finish)
“A beginner who is insulted and tolerates it is like a tree that is watered each day.” Isaiah 1

Sprint to goal posts, 70% back
“Go and attach yourself to a person who fears God, and from your contact with that person he will teach you too to fear God” Poemen 65

Jacobs ladder (10x up the hill, increasing burpees, 1 – 10)
“We see three physical activities with Abba Pambo: no food until evening every day, silence, and a great deal of handiwork.” Poemen 149

30 burpees
“The beginning of evil is distraction.” Poemen 43

2. Mild

Panhandle Flutters to 40
“Do not entrust your conscience to somebody in whose heart you do not have confidence.” Poemen S 14

Around the school with every other staircase (burpees if you finish early)
“If a person has humility, is indifferent to goods, and does not pass judgment, the fear of God comes to him.” Euprepius 5

Sprint to goal posts, 40% back
“A person is as in need of humble-mindedness and of the fear of God as he is of the breath that comes out of his nose.” Poemen 49

Jacobs ladder (7x up the hill, increasing burpees to 1-7 )
“It is said of abba Pior that every day he started all over again” Poemen 85

20 burpees
“Do not fulfill your own will; rather accept the obligation to humble yourself before your brother.” Poemen 157

3. Child

Panhandle Flutters to 30
“Deeds are good, but indifferent to posssessions is greater than all.” Theodore of Pherme1

Around the school with no staircases (burpee if you finish early)
“A brother said to Abba Poemen, ’If I fall into grievous sin, my thoughts devour me and accuse me, saying ’Why did you fall?” The elder said to him: ’at whatever time a person fall into a misdeed and say, ‘I sinned,’ it is done with, immediately.” Poemen 98

Mozy lap
“We do not need anything other than alert intelligence.” Poemen 134

Jacobs ladder (5x up the hill, increasing burpees to 1-7 )
“A person living with his neighbor ought to be like a pillar of stone: insulted but not getting angry; revered without becoming haughty.” Poemen S 11

10 burpees
“Satan does not know by which passion the soul is worsted. He sows, but he know not whether he will reap; he sows some people with porneia, others with slanderous thoughts, and likewise with the rest of the passion and to whatever passion he notices a soul inclining, he fires it up.” Matoes 4

“If Moses had not led the sheep to a fold, he would not have seen what he saw at the bush.” Poemen S 8

Prayer: Prayed

Love Crusade

Date: 11/22/22
AO: #ao_mastodon
PAX: @SAGA@LeMond@Hershey@Bloomer@Stock boy@Beaker @majorcrunch @Majorette@Dilbert@Panhandle@T-bone@Jolly@Spokes@Hancock@Dogear@Sparrow@Big Mac@Captain Crunch@Da Vinci
FNGs: 0
Q: @Da Vinci
Total: 19 PAX

Warm-O-Rama and Thang:  Departing from the Love Crusade song, we exercised through each Crusade, highlighting (among other moments) St. Francis’s peaceful encounter with the Sultan Melek al-Kamil in 1219.

Moleskin: “The Kingdom of God is within you.”

COR/NOR/COT: Prayers for traveling PAX, Stockboy’s daughter, health of our families

Exit the Nineties (aka Da Vinci’s Folly)

Backblast: Exit the Nineties
Date: 9/15/22

PAX: @jolly @saga @pinkdrink @bloomer @Janhus @spokes @poolboy @majorette @T-Bone @panhandle @bopeep @bigmac @patdown @hancock @tortuga @archive @Davinci
FNGs: 2
Total: 19

RADIOHEAD - OK Computer - Music

After entering the Nineties on Tuesday, today we exit them with a workout set to the late Nineties album OK Computer, which critiques assent to computer technology, but which was only possible because of computer technology.

Warmorama follow the leader.

Jacobs Ladder:  7 burpees (at this point Da Vinci blew a calf muscle, imparting at great cost to himself the crucial life lesson of not Qing twice in the same week)

Workout with these two exercises with each song.

  1. Derkens and Dutch Bazookas
  2. Dips and Dollys
  3. Curls & LBCs
  4. Overhead Press & Outlaws
  5. Skullcrushers & Scissor Kick
  6. Merkens and Mary of your choice
  7. Rows & Russian Twists
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Moleskin: In his book The Life We’re Looking For Andy Croush makes a distnction between DEVICES VS. INSTRUMENTS

Fill your home with devices that play music, and the chance that you will maintain the habits of practice that aallow you to make music yourself, to create rather than consume, will shrink. Sign up for an unlimited video-streaming service, and somehow the time available for reading books – and concentrating on them – will seem to dwindle.

Instruments expand the capacity of human beings without shrinking other parts of us at the same time. They do so because they extend our capacities by further developing our hearts, souls, minds, and strength – further involving us in the glorious and difficult work of being persons in the world.   (140,142).

Enter the Nineties

Backblast: Enter the Nineties
Date: 9/13/22

PAX: @LeMond @poolboy @pinkdrink @spokes @saga @maniac @T-Bone @Tortuga @patdown @panhandle @hancock @majorette @jolly @davinci
FNGs: 0
Total: 14

This week we enter the Nineties with a workout set to the early Nineties album Siamese Dream.

Warmorama to “Disarm” follow the leader

Jacobs Ladder:  9 burpees

  1. Lunges and LBCs
  2. Hand Release Merkens and American Hammers
  3. Squats and Flutters
  4. Side straddle hops and BBSU
  5. Wide Merkens and Leg Lifts
  6. Bonnie Blairs and Crunchy Frogs

Jacobs Ladder:  3 burpees 

Moleskin: In his book Christ is Time which puts Nineties music into conversation with theology, my friend Mark Edwards says, “I have learned more Christian theology from what Nietzsche rejects than from what most professing Christian theologian affirm…”

Commenting on the lyrics “Today is the greatest day” he contrasts two ways of making that claim.

First, he cites Nietzshe:

“If some day or night a demon were to sneak after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you, ‘This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more, and there will be nothing new in it …’ How well disposed you have to become to yourself to love to crave nothing more fervently…”

But instead of this Mark counsels not the idolatrous seizing of time, but gratitude for it:

 “When Christ is encountered, when one repents of trying to be the Übermensch at the center of all history, when one sets aside one’s own master plan and simply follows the Rabbi down uncharted roads, then one begins to understand that this life, our lives, her life and indeed my today is a gift of the crucified and resurrected Lord of Time, who is Jesus of Nazareth.”  (p. 150).

COT: Prayers for Maniac, Naomi, Lemond.


Backblast: Monday Run/Ruck club
Date: Monday, 1/03/22
PAX: @Jolly@Tortuga@8Track@Panhandle@Sparrow@Archive@Shiplap@Cheese@Ranger Rick@TBTF@Da Vinci
FNGs: 0
Q@Da Vinci
Total: 12
Conditions: 7 degrees
Warm-Up: Burpees to Cold as Ice.
The Thang: We ran, we rucked. And we had enough PAX (exceeding the 7 degrees) to count as a CLUSTERFREEZE.                                                                                                                           Moleskin: “Does a tall man deserve to be tall? Does Prince Steren deserve to be the son of a king? A bird might think he deserves to swim as well as a fish, but if he sits moping on the riverbank instead of using the wings God gave him, the fox is going to eat him. “Your brother would rather have his own way than be happy. He’s thrown away the grace he was given because it’s not the grace he had in mind.” The Truthspeaker paused to reflect on that. “There’s not much hope for a person who won’t live in the grace he’s given.”
 ―  Jonathan Rogers,  The Secret of the Swamp King (edited) 

St. Nick Run/Ruck

Date: 12/06/2021
AO: #ao_mastodon
PAX: @Jolly @Sparrow @Spokes @Cheese @Tortuga @Beaker @Panhandle @Shiplap @SAGA @Zoro @Archive @Da Vinci
FNGs: 0
Q: @Da Vinci
Total: 12WOR

After the Saint Nick EC we ran and we rucked.

From William Bennett’s The True St. Nicholas

Yes, Santa Claus is sometimes overexposed and exploited. But anything good is open to being exploited. In fact, anything good is likely to be exploited. Such is human nature. Saint Nicholas, in his heyday, was arguably just as overused and overexposed as Santa Claus is today. People called upon him to fulfill every conceivable desire, from finding a husband to conquering an enemy. The citizens of Bari went so far as to steal his bones to give their city a boost. For that matter, Saint Nicholas was well connected with commerce and materialism long before Santa Claus came along. Many a ship captain prayed to Nicholas for a profitable voyage, many a merchant invoked his name in sealing a lucrative deal. Trade guilds appropriated him in hopes of selling more buttons, barrels, and boots.

Even so… “Santa Claus is, in a very real sense, the result of a Christ-inspired goodness that has rippled down seventeen centuries, from Nicholas’ time to our own. Despite secularization and commercialization, Santa Claus is a manifestation of Nicholas’s decision to give to others. The history of Saint Nicholas is a kind of miracle in itself. It is a legacy that resonates with God’s love.”

Takeaway: Behind Santa Claus is Saint Nicholas, and behind Saint Nicholas is the Christ whom he defended, suffered for, and in whose name he gave gifts.

Arctic Grail

That is, the Northwest Passage Workout.

Date: Tuesday, 11/9/2021

AO: #ao_mastodon

PAX: @SAGA @Spoke @Hotbox @PandaExpress @Tortuga @Zoro @Wetburrito @Bloomer @Hancock @TBTF @Katniss @BigMac @T-Bone @Aloha @Pink Drink @Bumble @Sparrow @Calvin Klein @8Track @Banks @Gummibear @CapnCrunch @Jolly @Panhandle @Da Vinci

FNG: 2

Q: @Da Vinci

Total: 25

Warmorama to Stan Rogers’s Northwest Passage. Omens: Lady Jane drapes her husband’s sleeping body with the flag she sowed for him; they name the ships “Terror” and “Erebus” (goddess of chaos and darkness)

Depart May 1845, Mozy to evoke the smooth sailing.

Last seen by whalers July 1845: Kraken burpees to The Wellerman.

Two lights forward one light back (with Kraken burpee at back light)

THE MISTAKE: Peel sound: Hands only on bridge.

Marooned 25 miles off King William Island, 60 miles from success (60 BBSU)

Sledge attempt: Burpee death marh (Bear crawl scout run with 5 burpees at back)

AMRAP (7 ways to die, 7 abyss merkens, 7 dips, 7 bench squats) during the rock remix of Northwest Passage

Cannibalism: Plank contest, losers run to top of hoffa for fence derkens

Moleskin: Was the 1845 expedition just a “failure”? Was Sir John Franklin, a devout Christian, just seeking glory? Was it marked by hubris (outrageous arrogance)? Can both be true? We should beware false grails and the horrible disease that afflicts we older men, “stillgotitis” Though I must say that it didn’t make sense to me until our discussion afterwards. Hotbox pointed out that Franklin’s Bible or journal had the passage marked “if I dwell inn the uttermost parts of the sea, you are there.” Sparrow pointed out the inevitability of death. Later journeys (Roald Amundsen) learned the need to humbly learn from the Inuit (many of whom are themselves Christian! ). Saga pointed out that “success is the formation of a soul.”

On those terms, perhaps the mission was a success.

Merken History Beatdown

July 4th would be meaningless without October 19th, when (240 years ago today), the siege of Yorktown concluded in 1781. This was the end of the Revolutionary War, leading ten years later to the Bill of Rights. It is beyond the power of your local free men’s workout group to determine if this was a just war (Canada achieved independence without one), but leadership within this war did keep others from dying. We will reenact thee war, premised on the Bill of Rights that it led to, ten years later in 1791.

Warmorama to Neil Diamond’s “They’re Coming to America” (follow the Q body scan).

Zip line cannon balls while PAX do burpees to commemorate the Battle of the Chesapeake where the English Navy was defeaated by the French, making the siege of Yorktown possible.

THE SIEGE: First person done is Alexander Hamilton who storms Redoubt 10 and we all follow. Numbers are either 49 (age of Washington), 26 (age of Hamilton) or 81 (year of battle)The First Amendment provides several rights protections: to express ideas through speech and the press, to assemble or gather with a group to protest or for other reasons, and to ask the government to fix problems. It also protects the right to religious beliefs and practices. It prevents the government from creating or favoring a religion.  THRUSTERS. The Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear arms.  CURLS. The Third Amendment prevents government from forcing homeowners to allow soldiers to use their homes. Before the Revolutionary War, laws gave British soldiers the right to take over private homes. FLUTTERKICKS. The Fourth Amendment bars the government from unreasonable search and seizure of an individual or their private property.  BURPEES. The Fifth Amendment provides several protections for people accused of crimes. It states that serious criminal charges must be started by a grand jury.  A person cannot be tried twice for the same offense (double jeopardy) or have property taken away without just compensation. People have the right against self-incrimination and cannot be imprisoned without due process of law (fair procedures and trials.)   AMERICAN HAMMERS. The Sixth Amendment provides additional protections to people accused of crimes, such as the right to a speedy and public trial, trial by an impartial jury in criminal cases, and to be informed of criminal charges. Witnesses must face the accused, and the accused is allowed his or her own witnesses and to be represented by a lawyer.  MERKENSThe Seventh Amendment extends the right to a jury trial in Federal civil cases. MUCHO LEGGOThe Eighth Amendment bars excessive bail and fines and cruel and unusual punishment. HAND RELEASE BURPEESThe Ninth Amendment states that listing specific rights in the Constitution does not mean that people do not have other rights that have not been spelled out.  Skull crushers or BBSU. The Tenth Amendment says that the Federal Government only has those powers delegated in the Constitution. If it isn’t listed, it belongs to the states or to the people. COUPON WORKOUT OF YOUR CHOICE.

Moleskin: “If we forget about this spiritual revolution growing out of the Great Awakening and concentrate only on the nation’s political origins, we have no way to explain one of the most striking features of contemporary America… it is remarkably religious. Jonathan Edwards is a towering figure among the founding fathers of the first American revolution, the spiritual revolution of the awakening. He was the Thomas Jefferson of that revolution, not only its leading philosopher but also a sometimes controversial practical leader. George Whitefield was the George Washington of the awakening, the widely admired general in the field.” -George Marsden. Yes, it’s true that Washington, Jefferson, Edwards and Whitfield owned slaves. We need to sit with that. And we also need to sit with the fact that Jonathan Edwards Junior (Edwards’ son) was an abolitionist. That is where the energy of the Great Awakening was leading.

COT: Prayers for many things articulated by many PAX. Gratitude for a country whose ideals can include more and more people – the “We” keeps getting bigger, but which requires more than the limiting ideals of the Bill of Rights to endure. PAX: @MajorCrunch, @8Traack, @Panhandle, @BoPeep, @Zoro, @Jolly, @Bloomer, @Hotbox, @Tortuga, @T-Bone, @Beaker, @PandaExpress, @Banks, @Shiplap, @BigMac, @Sparrow, @Saga, @DaVinci (Q)


Warmorama: Follow the leader body scan to Meet me in the Morning

The Thang: With partner, keep doing single exercise while your partner summits Hoffa, runs to the path and back. Try to match your reps the next round.

Music is a combination of Blood on the Tracks (1974) with Slow Train Comin’ (1979)

When you Gonna Wake Up: Merkens

Shelter from the Storm: Culrs

Precious Angel: Curls

I Believe in Your: Rows

Buckets of Rain: Overhead Press

Slow Train Comin’: Dips

Change My Way of Thinkin’: Lunges

Tangled Up in Blue: LBCs

Moleskin: The last minute of When He Returns:

Surrender your crown on this blood stained ground, take off your mask
He sees your deeds, he knows your needs even before you ask
How long can you falsify and deny what is real
How long can you hate yourself for the weakness you conceal
Of every earthly plan that be known to man, he is unconcerned
He’s got plans of his own to set up his throne
When he returns

PAX present: @panhandle, @hotbox, @pandaexpress, @ralphy, @tortuga, @bloomer, @8track, @yankee, @bigmac, @saga, @aloha, @gummibear, @jolly, @banks, @crack, @katniss, @cookies, @davinci (Q)

Sweating to the Oldies (2000s)

On August 10th the reverse timeline began as we move through the decades.

After a warm up to Eminem’s Lose Yourself (full body scan following the Q, neck rolls, arm circles, tappy taps, goofballs) we gathered at the base of Hoffa for a millennium.

The Thang: First Pax to 100 runs to the hill and ends the exercise for all. On return Pax can resume said exercise or switch to Mary of his choice. Winner gets a 5 burpee penalty for next round but also gets to choose the next exercise. The set list:

Moleskin: Many refugees see our suburban world, jaded to the teenager, as paradise itself. What in your life could you stand to look at like a refugee?

COT: DaVinci (Q) Panhandle, BigMac, Hotbox, Jolly, Baker, Aloha, Drumline, TBTF, Cookies, Dottie, Blues Clues, Sparrow, Capn Crunch.