7.28.20 — Keep Tuesday “Extra” (Again?)

With mist off the lake and plenty of dew on the ground, the PAX rolled in (DaVinci, Big Mac, TBTF, Shiplap, Banks, HotBox, and Crunch(QIC)) ready to get after it. The Q had recently injured himself in a brief 2 seconds of woodworking stupidity, so his planned coupon-heavy beatdown was out the window. The challenge, to bring the heat with some classic bodyweight movements worthy of the name of beatdown and balance out the merkin mania that has seized the Qs of recent weeks.

The Standard

  • Motivators
  • Don Quixotes x15
  • Mountain Man Poopers ICx15
  • Dora 1,2,3 (but with Bernies (Bernices?) on the hill run) — It was fun to introduce this bread and butter workout to a few of the newer PAX. As Shiplap explained, “it’s like Greta, but without the coupon”. lol.

The Business End

Time to repeat those muscles but with some heavier hitting reps to dial things up. 

  • Archer Push-ups x10
  • Ol’ Ironsides (Boat/Canoe + American Hammer ICx20 (x2))
  • Dan Taylors (you know and love them, now do them up to 11!) — we worked in some wider side-to-side lunges to mix things up a little bit. TOTALLY different muscle groups…

“Abs for Days” (15 min of Mary)

The flip side of “if you can’t do it, don’t Q it.” is “Q to your strong suit”. Apparently, I’m known for core exercises, so we did some until it hurt, then we did some more.

  • Dr. W’s ICx15
  • 100s OYO
  • Crunchy Frogs (aka “Dutch Bazookas”) ICx10
  • Heel Touches ICx20
  • J-Lo #1 ICx15 each side
  • J-Lo #2 ICx20

COR/NOR/COT — It was a beautiful day that made you grateful to be out and awake for it. Prayers for the group, for God’s presence to be with each of us as we go about our day serving those around us. Lifting up the brothers here, in Naperville, and beyond that more would be added and that the PAX would grow in grace and wisdom in this season.

06.30.2020 – Restrictor Plate Racing

It was another humid day at the AO, but 6 PAX (Archive, Captain Crunch, TBTF, Banks, Katniss, Gummibear) showed up for the beatdown. YHC promised to try something more creative than usual and hopefully didn’t disappoint.

Warm-O-Rama:

  • 7x Motivators
  • 15x Tin Soldiers

The Thang:

The PAX broke up into 3 teams – Archive & Captain Crunch aka Caphive, Gummibear and Katniss aka Gumminiss, and Banks & TBTF aka Bantf. Each PAX was responsible for the following reps, but the team could split them up however they would like:

  • 5x Burpees
  • 10x BBS
  • 15x Coupon Curls
  • 20x Merkins
  • 25x Squats

After the reps were complete, the PAX needed to run to the top of Hoffa, first full team to the top won that round. After each round, one PAX on the winning team would progress to increasingly harder reps.

First set of restrictor plates:

  • 5x Blockees
  • 10x Coupon Sit Ups
  • 15x Double Coupon Curls
  • 20x Hand Release Merkins
  • 25x Coupon Squats

Second set of restrictor plates:

  • 5x Sandees (Burpee with a Sandbag)
  • 10x Sandbag Sit Ups
  • 15x Double Coupon Curls
  • 20x Hand Release Merkins
  • 25x Sandbag Squats

The results:

  • Round 1 went to Caphive, they added the first restrictor plates for 1 PAX
  • Round 2 went to Bantf, they added the first restrictor plates for 1 PAX
  • Round 3 went to Gumminiss, they added the first restrictor plates for 1 PAX
  • Round 4 went to Caphive, they added the first restrictor plates for both PAX
  • Round 5 went to Gumminiss, they added the first restrictor plates for both PAX
  • Round 6 went to Gumminiss, they added the second restrictor plates for 1 PAX
  • Round 7 went to Bantf, they added the first restrictor plates for both PAX
  • Round 8 went to Caphive to finish it off

Final Score: Gumminiss – 3, Caphive – 3, Bantf – 3

After all PAX were sufficiently gassed, we put everything back and circled up around the flag.

COR/NOR/COT

Prayers for safe travels for us all this summer as we venture off into the world and that we all keep things in perspective and don’t let the news in the world today get us down. Great job today men!

6.15.2020 – Ruck Day

It was another beautiful day at AO Mastodon, even if it was a bit chilly to start out with. 5 faithful PAX (Noodles, Captain Crunch, Shiplap, Archive, and Banks) showed up to see if YHC would continue the recent escalations in rep counts, or if we would return to more of a normal routine.

Warm-O-Rama:

  • 5x Motivators
  • 15x Tin Soldiers
  • 15x Mountain Man Poopers

The Thang:

  • We started off with a Merkin Mile: 25 Merkins 4x as we rucked around the perimeter of the AO
  • Next we did some Catch Me If You Can (5x Burpees and then run to catch the group) as we rucked around the interior loop
  • We finished at Hoffa and ran the hill twice and completed the following exercises:
    • 25x Ruck High Pull
    • 25x Ruck Squat Thruster
    • 25x Ruck Swing
    • 25x Ruck Overhead Press
  • We then headed back to the flag and completed 25x American Hammers

COR/NOR/COT:

Prayers for a good upcoming week and motivation in our daily lives as we work from home. Also prayers for those making decisions to look to the long term and not be short sited with all of the COVID noise going on.

3.17.20 – St Patty’s Day Beatdown

It was a beautiful morning at AO Mastodon, and as weather is warming up, more legs are being shown off! 5 faithful PAX (Shiplap, Dovetail, Katniss, Captain Crunch, Banks) showed up to see what festivities were in store.

Warm-O-Rama:

  • 7x Motivators
  • 15x Tin Soldiers
  • 10x Merkins IC

The Thang:

  • Burpee Mile – 12 Burpees, run 1/4 mile. Repeat for a total of 48 Burpees & 1+ mi run
  • Interval Workout – Intervals set up for every 2 min, complete the following exercises: Pull-ups, Burpees, Merkins, Dips. Start at 5, build to 10, and back down to 5. For a total of 80 of each. It should be noted that I heard several mumblings about wanting to puke in the middle of this…

COR/NOR/COT:

Prayers for those who could not be there, for our country and everyone to keep their sanity in this time of need. Take advantage of the time at home with families to do things you have not done in a while. Thankful for this group to help bring some normalcy to our lives.

3.2.20 — Too Much of a Good Thing

7 PAX (Archive, TBTF, Ship Lap, Hoser, Noodles, Crunch, and Gummi Bear) posted in a bamly 34 degree Gloom for a Ruck day. YHC and TBTF were right on the heels of having done Day 1 of our STAR course training (7.5 miles without stopping), so naturally it was time to double down on some leg-conditioning.

  • Ruck Motivators IC x5
  • Abe Vigodas IC x15
  • Imperial Walkers IC x20

Ruck Mosey to the back stretch of the Archive Mile. Dropped rucks for something new and different:

Cossack Squats wide stance, squat down on one leg while the other is kept straight, keeping both heels in contact with the ground. It is a one-legged squat, but mainly a flexibility exercise. After something new and different to limber us up, it was time for the tried and true.

Dan Taylors – 1 Squat, 4 Lunges; 2 Squats; 8 Lunges; … ; 8 Squats, 32 Lunges.

It’s always darkest before the Dan.

Rucking felt mighty different after that, not least because we found Gummi Bear coming the other way looking for us! We crossed the island and were spared any hill runs or coupons. Instead a dusty old WOD from last April’s ruck challenge was dragged out:

  • 10 American Hammers
  • 10 Ruck Push-ups
  • 10 Overhead Squats
  • Repeat the above for 10 sets

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With only about 15 minutes on the clock, most PAX got between 6-8 sets in before the mosey to the flag. YHC could not keep his arms straight on his squats. Room for improvement, I guess.

Short and sweet and a good follow up to a long ruck.

COR/NOR/COT: Prayers for health for Noodles and family to get back up to 100% and stay there for a while — for Ship Lap and his goals to drop 30 in 3 months — for the growth and health of the group moving forward into the warmer half of the year — for personal health and growth among the brothers.

2.29.2020 – Leap Day Festivities

It was another sunny, but cold start at AO Mastodon. With Noodles having to man the home front, YHC had to step up and come up with a Q to do both Noodles and Leap Day Proud. Six faithful PAX (Archive, Captain Crunch, Katniss, Shiplap, TBTF, Banks) showed up for a morning that was no longer gloomy!

Warm-O-Rama:

With it being leap day and all, YHC wanted to make sure all PAX were properly loosened up for what was for sure to be a jumping adventure!

  • 7x Motivators
  • 15x Tin Soldiers IC
  • 15x Mountain Man Poopers IC
  • 25x Calf Raises IC
  • 25x Squats
  • 15x Merkins IC

Thang #1:

We started off jogging the Archive mile and made multiple stops along the way.

  • Stop 1 – 10x Pull ups
  • Stop 2 – 25x Frog Jumps
  • Stop 3 – 10x Bropees (Burpee, but give a high five at the top!)
  • Stop 4 – 25x Squat Jacks
  • Stop 5 – 10x Power Hand Release Merkin (Merkin pushing your upper body off the ground as high as possible)
  • Stop 6 – Chilly Broad Jumps (PAX Plank while other PAX broad jump over them Indian Run style)
  • Stop 7 – 10x Pull ups
  • Stop 8 – Broad Jump Burpees (Went from 1 light post to the next)
  • Stop 9 – 15x Star Jumps
  • Stop 10 – 10x Pop up Merkins (Power Merkin pushing up to get hands and feet off the ground at the same time)
  • Stop 11 – Coupons
    • 25x overhead press jacks (Jumping Jack lifting coupon overhead each time)
    • Bolt 45’s

Thang #2: The Race

The PAX broke up into 2 teams, one of 3, one of 2 and performed leap frog’s across the tennis courts, completed a total of 25 Crunchy Frog and 25 Merkins Per PAX, and then leap frogged back to the start. The intention was to race multiple times, but the first one was so exhausting YHC called an audible and started a round robin Q

Thang #3: Round Robin Q

I know I am going to forget something here, but this is what I recall:

  • 7x Welsh Dragons
  • 25x Pickle Pointers
  • 15x W Situps
  • 25x Bicycles IC
  • 15x BBS
  • 15x LBC
  • 1 Round Guantanamo
  • 100 100’s
  • 7,000 J Lo’s (Captain Crunch is a beast on these, I vote we change the name… I honestly blacked out somewhere in here)
  • 25x Superman Raises
  • 100 Mountain Climbers in low plank

COR/NOR/COT:

It was a great Leap Day, and the group agreed that Noodles would approve. Prayers for Noodles and his family, Praise for Archive’s good news, and prayers for all of those who could not be with us.

2.22.20 — Full Metal Coupons

5 PAX got stronger (Noodles, Hot Box, Katniss, Ship Lap, Captain Crunch).

It was a balmy 30 degrees and the sun had just punched over the trees. After a standard warm-up and a random recon mosey to stall for a possible 6th, we grabbed the coupons and headed for the hill. Hoffa was freshly de-iced and open for business.

After prepping the winkie for the day, the Q had scrawled in the empty corner:

This is my coupon. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My coupon is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

The theme of the day was partner work, coupons, and some good ol’ favorites to cover the bases and point out what we’d been lacking this whole week: leg work.

The Thang: FLORA 1, 2, 3s

Partner work with coupons:

  • 100 Merkins – both PAX keep their feet on the coupons. Do 10 merkins while your partner planks and swap until you’ve completed 100 total reps.
  • 200 LBCs – hold the coupon overhead while doing crunches, partner holds feed 6″ off ground with coupon overhead. Swap every 20.
  • 300 Goblet Squats – hold the coupon. Do 30 squats while your partner holds the bottom squat position. Flapjack.

The Other Thang: Sparta 1, 2, 3s

Another Dora (or in this case Flora) but the partner runs the hill with a coupon, does 10 Merkins on the block at the top and runs back (like the Spartan). Blocks were technically optional on the reps on this one, but no one woke up for easy today. (Katniss did break a block on the frozen ground half-way through, but he immediately went and got another)

The “Extra”: Burny Bernie Legs

The boys got done with plenty of time on the clock, so we rolled in the extra fun that had been planned.

  • (Bernie Sanders hill run + 20 Star Jumps + Lunging down the hill) x 3 = FUN. TIMES.

4MOM: Ol’ Ironsides

Since our pain was mainly located in only one major muscle group, we dusted this one off again for great effect. Ended with 15 seconds left on the clock.

  • ( Boat/Canoe + American Hammer ICx20 ) x 2

COR/NOR/COT: Prayers for those unable to post from injuries and illness —  for Noodles’ 2.0 and his dedication tomorrow — for Mrs. Crunch and her new writing opportunity that the momentum of it would snowball into even more in the future

Moleskin: Really impressed at the determination and joyful good cheer of this group of crazy guys (YHC included) who would think a breezy February dawn working out in the park was the kind of thing to wake up early for, the kind of thing to go to bed early for! In big and small ways it has transformed my life, and it’s fun to watch others discover it and enjoy it with the same strange, sore enthusiasm.

That’s not to say you old regular dudes weren’t missed! Just 5 on a Saturday already feels weak! It’s warm! The sun has returned! The hill is clear! See you next time!

2.11.20 – Musical Montage

It ended up being another beautiful morning at AO Mastodon and now that the sun is coming up earlier we get to see a nice sunrise as well! 5 Faithful PAX (Hotbox, Captain Crunch, Shiplap, Gummibear, Banks) all showed up to see what sort of crazy thing YHC came up with for our BC+ Tuesday workouts. YHC was feeling particularly creative and decided to try out a whole new routine on the unsuspecting PAX.

Warm-O-Rama:

  • Mosey around the parking lot
  • 25 SSH IC
  • 15 Tin Soldiers IC

The Thang:

We completed circuits having one person be the pacer and all other PAX completed the exercises until the pacer was completed. The whole time, music was playing and when special songs came on, we stopped and completed the required exercise.

Circuit #1: We completed 2 times

  • 25 Merkins w/ Sandbag – This was the pacer
  • Table squat to overhead press
  • Abyss Merkins
  • Hodor’s w/ coupon
  • Squats w/Sandbag

Circuit #2: We completed once

  • 10 Burpees w/Sandbag – Named Sandy’s
  • Derkins
  • Reverse Lunges off the picnic table
  • Curls
  • Alternating sandbag lifts to shoulder

The Songs:

  • Bodies (Drowning Pool) Complete a Donkey Kick when it says, “Let the bodies hit the floor”, complete merkins when it says “1,2,3,4” Plank all other times
  • Cupid Shuffle (Cupid) Complete a Merkin every time it says “Down” Plank all other times and move right left as directed
  • Flower (Moby) Squat down and hold when it says”Bring Sally Down” stand when it says “Bring Sally Up”
  • Tubthumping (Chumbawamba) Complete a Burpee when it says,”I get Knocked Down”, complete Side Straddle Hops all other times
  • Thunderstruck (ACDC) Hold plank and complete merkins everytime you hear “Thunder”

COR/NOR/COT

This was definitely a new workout and I appreciate the PAX indulging me in this one. Prayers for support for the family while Hotbox is travelling and for friends of Captain Crunch. Great Job today HIM!

2.8.20 – 5 Alive Returns!

It was another beautiful day at AO Mastodon, and 9 faithful PAX (Archive, Captain Crunch, Noodles, Hotbox, TBTF, Shiplap, Katniss, Jazz Hands, Banks) came out for what promised to be a beatdown not soon to be forgotten! It had been a while since 5 Alive resurrected itself, so YHC thought there was no better time than to feel alive than on a snow covered February morning!

Warm-O-Rama:

  • 7x Motivators
  • 15x Tin Soldiers
  • 15x Mountain Man Poopers
  • 10x Merkins IC

Thang 1: 5 Alive!

  • Run the short mile stopping at each lamp post until the Thang is complete
  • 1st Lamp – 1 Burpee
  • 2nd Lamp – 2 Burpees – this progresses up to the 5th lamp post and doing 5 Burpees
  • 6th Lamp – 5 Burpees, 1 Merkin – The Merkins increase by 1 until the 10th lamp post
  • 11th Lamp – 5 Burpees, 5 Merkins, 1 Star Jump – The Star Jumps Increase until the 15th lamp post
  • 16th Lamp – 5 Burpees, 5 Merkins, 5 Star Jump, 1 Dive Bomber – The Dive Bombers increase until the 20th lamp post
  • 21st Lamp – 5 Burpees, 5 Merkins, 5 Star Jumps, 5 Dive Bombers, 1 Squat – The Squats increase until the 25th lamp post
  • 25th Lamp – The routine culminates with 5 Burpees, 5 Merkins, 5 Star Jumps, 5 Dive Bombers, and 5 Squats
  • From there, run the rest of the mile to the C.O.O.T.I.E.S.

For those of you counting at home, that adds up to the following:

  • 115 Burpees
  • 90 Merkins
  • 65 Star Jumps
  • 40 Dive Bombers
  • 15 Squats

Thang 2: A Little Competition

The PAX split into 2 teams at 4 stations and completed the following, each PAX would complete 5 of the exercise at their station and then sprint to tag their team mate at the next station. We completed 2 rounds of each PAX completing all stations. The stations were:

  • 5x Pullups
  • 5x Dips
  • 5x Merkins
  • Sprint up the hill and down the slide to the finish!

4 MOM:

  • 50x Flutter Kicks IC
  • 25x each side oblique crunches IC
  • Boat/Canoe

COR/NOR/COT:

The lesson behind today’s workout is when you put your mind to something and focus you can do it. This was exhibited today through “I can do 5 of anything”, but this can be applied to everyday life when you keep moving forward and don’t quit! Prayers for health for Hotbox and Archive and for Jazz Hands to restore a little bit of normalcy to their lives. Great job today HIMs!

2.6.20 – Slowest Bank Heist Ever

As the new snow coated AO-Mastodon, 7 PAX (Archive, Gummi Bear, Hot Box, Noodles, Katniss, Banks, Crunch) arrived to enjoy a tour of the AO. It had been far too long under the grip of slippery ice and hard snow. They got warmed up, paired off, and they set out to check out the trails.

Warm-O-Rama:

  • Motivators IC x7
  • ATMs (Shoulder Touch ICx15, Tempo Merkins ICx10, Fast Merkins x10)

The Thang:

  • Tortoise and Hare B.O.M.B.S. (sandbag / ruck / teams) Pairs had one sandbag or two rucksacks. Partner #1 carries the bag/rucks and starts walking. Partner #2 does first exercise on the list and then chases down Partner #1. When he catches his partner, they swap: Partner #2 takes the rucksack while Partner #1 does the same exercise. Repeat until all exercises have been done 5 times BY EACH partner.
    • 5 Burpees (50 per pair)
    • 10 Outlaws (100 per pair)
    • 15 Merkins (150 per pair)
    • 20 Big Boy Sit-ups (200 per pair)
    • 25 Squats (250 per pair)

One pair completed the whole set (Go, Archive and Banks!). The rest of us wrapped up with them on their last set of 25 at the flag. Gummi Bear successfully scouted a few places where the ice was still present and slick.

COR/NOR/COT: Prayers for focus and energy for the rest of the week — thanks for health and prayers for it’s continuance. Protection, health, and encouragement for the brothers who were out this week.

With the brightness of the snow, I was kind of expecting the camera work to go better.

And a quick EC sled session afterwards!

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