Revolution Birthday Bash

The conditions: A cool 43 degrees F, and wet! Today was YHC's 53rd birthday with "53" being the theme for the work out. Revolution is fastly becoming a 'young bucks' AO with lots of college students and of course old men like YHC that can't escape the grip of the rack monster for the 0530 gloom. And then there are the double downers like Radar, Woodchip, and Chainsaw whom regularly attend Revolution. Radar led us in the Pledge of Allegiance before we began the warm-up.


  • SSH - 53 x2 (lots of mumble chatter after the 25th rep)
  • Pennington's - 53 x2, Forward, Straight Up, and Reversed (mumble chatter again!)

 The Thang:   The PAX counted off by ones and twos. The ones moseyed to the coupon pile to retrieve cement cylinders. The twos planked on basketballs (borrowed from Waterbug) until the ones got back. The PAX was staggered in a circle with the cylinders and basketballs. YHC would call out an exercise  - one for the cylinder and one for the basketball. Each exercise lasted for 53 seconds. Each PAX would complete as many reps possible of that exercise. When completed the PAX would rotate clockwise leaving the coupon for the next man. Again YHC called out another series of exercises for each of the coupons. This lasted until a cycle of all the exercises were completed. The birthday circle of pain consisted of the following exercises:

  • Basketball (BB) - Plank
  • Cement Cylinder (CC) - Chest Press
  • BB - Left Leg Balance - torso parallel to ground
  • CC - Curls
  • BB - Right Leg Balance - torso parallel to ground
  • CC - Overhead Press
  • BB - V-Ups
  • CC - Hand Staggered Merkins
  • BB - Reverse Plank
  • CC - Big Boy Sit-Ups
  • BB - Hartsville Hammers
  • CC - Chest Rows
  • BB - Mountain Climbers
  • CC - Left Leg Captain Morgan Squats
  • BB - Burpee's
  • CC - Right Leg Captain Morgan Squats
  • BB - Ball Pass Through
  • CC - Squats

Back to the Mary

  • SSH - 53 x2 (lots of mumble chatter AGAIN!)
  • Flutter Kicks - 53 x2 (Radar wished me a Happy Birthday on the 53rd rep!)


COT: Announcements and Prayer Requests.

  • Announcements - Saturdays Convergence work out will also serve as a Q school to help sharpen and hone the skill set for Q'ing
  • The Christmas gift drive for area kids is on - all related info hast been posted on the various GroupMe chats.


  • Devo: Comes for Robert Frost's Poem - "The Road Not Taken"


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference


Sometimes you find yourself at one of life's many "forks in the road" and you have to decide which road to take. Many times the easiest thing to do when faced with having to make a difficult decision is to take the easy and popular way, without much thought being applied. But that does not always translate into the best decision dependent upon the circumstances. Sometimes you have to go against conventional wisdom and make the tough decision, the unpopular decision - sometimes you have to take the road less traveled. When facing such decisions, ask God for wisdom and discernment because nothing is too tough, big or difficult for God.

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