When YHC and his Co-Q Repo were discussing this impending beatdown they decided that even in the dark and the rain it was a "Suns Out Guns Out" kind of day, so this upper body monster commenced. YHC was actually on time for the workout, even posting a few minutes early to the shock and dismay of the Pax. Head even mentioned that when he pulled up and saw YHC's truck already parked that he assumed his own clock must have been wrong and he was in fact actually late. But alas that was not the case and the beatdown started promptly at 5:30 with a call to circle up by Co-Q Repo.
- 15 X SSH IC
- 15 X Pennington's IC
- 15 X Merkins OYO
- 20 X Choppin' Wood IC
The Pax was informed to each grab a cinder block and partner up on the sidewalk. When they returned with said cinder blocks the workout was laid out. One partner would start on the sidewalk and the other at the flag. Blocks would be used at both ends. When traversing back and forth between the two stations two burpees would be hit when approaching the swing set both coming and going. On the sidewalk end 300 of each exercise were to be completed by each team. At the flag 20 reps of an exercise on the sheet, descending down the sheet each time were to be completed before going back to tag your partner out and send him to the flag. (This may sound incredibly familiar to anyone who was at the 11/19 Convergence. Admittedly your Co-Q's did ape this aspect from Goldi's workout that day in the parking lot. But in our defense it was a helluva workout that morning AND most of the Revolution guys weren't there so they would be none the wiser.)
The Sidewalk Set of Workouts (With Blocks):
- Hartsville Hammers (300)
- Chest Press (300)
- Overhead Press (300)
- Curls (300)
The Flag Set of Workouts (With Blocks):
- Incline Merkins (20)
- Decline Merkins (20)
- SSH (20) (Without Blocks Obviously)
- Mountain Climbers(20) (Ditto)
- Rows (20)
About two thirds of the way through the call was made to modify from swing set burpees in to lunges. This came after YHC busted his ass attempting a burpee for what felt like the millionth time in that damn mud, causing much derision from PowderBoy who was obviously not paying enough attention to his own workout since he had time for jokes. The highlights of this section included YHC threatening to hide behind his Co-Q's car and sucker punch him the next morning when he left for work after a spat over the ridiculous number of Hartsville Hammer's Repo had assigned even though he knew his Co-Q DESPISES ab work as well as Repo's absolute refusal to keep an accurate count on the team's number of reps leading to YHC doing about 30 extra curls thus rendering the aforementioned sucker punch an idle threat. The Pax was absolutely GASSED by the time each team had completed their 300 but everyone did indeed finish with a little help from their brothers picking up reps. Co-Q Repo called recover and we circled up for Name-arama and the devo which was to be delivered by YHC LazyBoy who is to be perfectly honest beginning to get a bit of a big head regarding his ability to inspire the Pax in this situation.
"On the back of this F3 shirt right here it says: "Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying". That reminded me of one of my favorite quotes from one of my heroes; Coach Lou Holtz he said : "Life is really quite exciting. One day you’re drinking the wine, and the next day you’re picking more grapes. There are certain things in the world we all have in common such as time. Everybody has sixty seconds to a minute, sixty minutes to an hour, twenty-four hours to a day; the difference is what we do with that time and how we use it. As Reverend Harrington says, “if you’re killing time it’s not murder, but pure suicide." And that just led me down a Lou Holtz wormhole so here's a few of my favorite Dr. Lou quotes:
On the four cornerstones needed in life:
“You need something to do, someone to love, something to believe in and something to hope for.”
“If you want to be happy for a day, go out and play golf. If you want to be happy for a week, go on a cruise. If you want to be happy for a month, get a new car. If you want to be happy for a year, win the lottery.
“But if you want to he happy for a lifetime, make sure you add value to everyone you come in contact with.”
And to tie it up a little spiritually:
"I can't, I just can't believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary"
In the F3 book "Freed To Lead" they talk about being a "High Impact Man" which is defined as : " A man dedicated to forcible contact to strong effect. A Disrupter. That Somebody who makes things happen." I definitely thought those quotes speak to that idea. And I gotta be honest fellas that really speaks to me. It really appeals to me and when I look around this circle I damn sure think I see a bunch of guys who feel the same way. And I actually wanted to finish this one up with Coach Holtz's Team Prayer."
Team Prayer By Coach Lou Holtz:
This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good. But what I do today is important because I'm exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tomorrow comes this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place that which I have traded. I want it to be gain not loss, good not evil, success not failure.
I know I shall not regret the price I have paid for it because the future is just a whole string of now's!