QIC:  Starbucks

Date: 11/02/2021

PAX:  Gretel, Dundee, Roomba, Blue, Oil Change, Shake N Bake, Hasbro, Milkman, Doogie, Hoveround, U-Turn

AO:  The Huey


46 degrees with a slight drizzle. It smelled clean.


5 Burpees OYO

15 Squats IC

10 Little Baby Arm Circles (LBACs) IC

10 Reverse LBACs IC

10 Seal Claps

10 Willie Mays Hays

10 Third Grade Exercise

25 Side Straddle Blocks IC

The Thang

It’s that time of year where football, baseball, and basketball are all being played. It’s a heck of a time to be alive. To celebrate, we did a SPORTS-themed workout.


We started on the basketball court and worked on our fundamentals:

Jump Shooting: 100 Bobby Hurleys

Defense: We did a slide drill. With our butts down, heads up, and arms extended, we shuffled side-to-side across the court touching each line before returning back to the side-out line. Basically a sideways suicide.

Rebounding: 20 Side Straddle Blocks


We moved next door to the tennis court and worked on our serves:

5 Woodchoppers in each direction

Carry block to other service line.

4 Woodchoppers in each direction

Carry block to other service line





On to the baseball field to work on our base running. The plan was for us all to hit a Cycle (single, double, triple, and home run), but we came up a little short because of time constraints.

Bear crawl to first base. 1 Burpee. Crawl bear back home.

Bear crawl to second base. 2 Burpees. Crawl bear back home.

Bear crawl to third base. 3 Burpee. Crawl bear back bome.

Bear crawl all the way around the bases. 4 Burpees. Bear crawl back around the bases.


We went to the football field, aka the parking lot, to work on our lead blocking:

Overhead walking lunge 10 yards – 10 Thrusters – Carry block back to start

Overheard walking lunge 20 yards – 10 Thrusters – Carry block back to start

Overhead walking lunge 30 yards – 10 Thrusters – Carry block back to start

Overhead walking lunge 40 yards – 10 Thrusters – Carry block back to start

With about 2 minutes left, I remember that I had failed to honor the late, great, Kobe Bean Bryant. So we dropped our blocks for a quick 81 Bobby Hurleys (or as many as possible) until the clock struck 6:00.


The Standard is the Standard.

And things of that nature.


Who knew that Shake N Bake was a prophet? When I said that this is the time of year that we have all the major sports playing, Shake N Bake proclaimed that baseball would be lasting exactly 1 more day. I turned on the news this morning to learn that baseball had ended. Well done Shake N Bake.

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    We are the Priests of the Temples of Detention

    QIC:  Starbucks

    Date: 10/25/2021

    PAX: She Shed, Second Base, Snatch, Ponce, Nordictrack, Happy Ending, U-turn, Blue, Sherlock, Roomba, Chunks, 8 Seconds, and Lyft

    AO: Detention


    The morning was black with a moon. The air was crisp and still. The HIM gathered on the lonely fluorescent-lit hill.

    Features distorted in the fluorescent light. Their faces were twisted and grotesque. Silent and stern in the sweltering night. The HIM moved like demons possessed.

    Also, 56 degrees.


    Plank + Disclaimer

    Merkins x 10 in cadence

    Plank Jacks x 10 in cadence

    Mountain Climbers x 10 in cadence

    Willie Mays Hayes x 10 in cadence

    Third Grade x 10 in cadence

    Little Baby Arm Circles x 10 in cadence; Reverse

    5 Burpees OYO

    The Thang

    Each routine below was inspired by a song by Rush. We performed the routine to the song listed for the duration of the song (although we had to cut a couple short).

    YYZ (4:24)
    Before leaving the warmup circle, we got on our six for YYZ. The song YYZ was inspired by the sound of morse code, which is irrelevant to the workout, but a fun fact.

    YYZ = Hello Dolly (Y) + Hello Dolly (Y) + Flutter Kick (Z)

    Pax performed 2 Hello Dollys and 1 Flutter Kick while the song played. For every break, there was a 3 Burpee penalty.

    Red Barchetta (6:10)

    Drive like the wind
    Straining the limits of machine and man
    Laughing out loud with fear and hope
    I’ve got a desperate plan

    A barchetta is a small race car, so we imitated small cars. We partnered up. The partner on the left was the driver. The partner on the right was the passenger. The driver and the passenger were required to travel side by side. The driver bear crawled. The passenger walking lunged. Driver and passenger switched positions at will.

    We made our way from the upper parking lot to the lower pavilion.

    Turns out, bear crawls and walking lunges work a lot of the same muscles in the legs. Who knew?

    2112 (20:00)

    And the meek shall inherit the earth

    At the Pavilion: 21 Bulgarian Split Squats/ 12 Pullups


    By the Food Truck: 21 Squats/ 12 Dive Bombers

    Rinse and Repeat

    Jacob’s Ladder (7:30)

    Follow men’s eyes as they look to the skies
    The shifting shafts of shining weave the fabric of their dreams…

    Run the hill. Do 1 Burpee at the top.

    Run the hill again. Do 2 Burpees at the top.


    Tom Sawyer 4:37)

    Changes aren’t permanent. But change is.

    In Freed to Lead, it talks about Tom Sawyer (from the book) whitewashing the fence. So we did some wall work.

    1 Burpee, 2 Wall Donkey Kicks

    2 Burpees, 4 Wall Donkey Kicks

    3 Burpees, 6 Donkey Kicks.



    A lot of times, once you examine your fears and take them apart, you realize that the thing actually causing you tension isn’t nearly as fearful as you at first thought.

    I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear


    “I think it’s the next song.”

    “No, same song.”

    “Ok, it’s ending.”

    “8:00 minutes left”