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QIC:  Bonsai

Date: 12/21/2021

PAX: Cavity Search, Picabo, Sousa, Tatonka, Toe Tag

AO: Parliament


Not bad at all, once you got moving.


Side Straddle Hops

Hold Plank till late PAX falls in

Forward Fold (IC)

Baby Arm Circles (Forward and Back)

Seal Claps

Rockin’ Night Clubs

Willie Mays Hayes

The Thang

Glow sticks were placed on the track to mark 5 lines for suicides. In between each full set of suicides PAX performed an exercise from the list below, starting the first exercise with 20 reps and increasing by 20 reps for each exercise (final exercise = 100 reps):

Squat Jumps
Bird Dogs
Imperial Walkers

PAX who finished held plank until Q called everyone in for 5-Minutes of Mary.

Toe Tag – American Hammers
Cavity Search – American Hammers
Sousa – Aquamans
Tatonka – American Hammers
Picabo – 1-min Plank


It is difficult to live as a christian, but it is incredibly easy to become one. All that God asks is that we confess we are sinners and believe in Jesus.

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9-10a

This is an option available to everyone at all times. You are never more than one step away from salvation. No matter how much you have messed up, how bad your sins are, you can be saved in a moment.

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    Playlist of Pain

    QIC: Bonsai

    Date: 01/28/2021

    PAX: Abercrombie, Clothespin, 9 Volt, Mrs. Baker, Thin Mint, Tinkerbell, El Chapo

    AO: The Battery


    33 degrees wasn’t so bad at first, but the 13mph winds were exceptionally unpleasant.


    Mosey around the dog park and group up in the parking lot.

    10 SSH – IC

    Forward Fold – Silent Count

    10 SSH – IC

    10 Third Grade Exercise – IC

    5 Worlds Greatest Stretch – IC each side

    10 SSH – IC

    10 Don Quixote’s (Windmills) – IC

    10 SSH – IC

    Mosey to the skate park for the Thang.

    The Thang

    The Thang consisted of various songs that used repeating words to trigger an exercise.

    “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba
    SSH throughout the song dropping for a burpee every time the song says “I get knocked down”. Extra Credit: Double up the Burpees by dropping every time they sing “down”.

    “ABC” by Jackson 5
    On your six. Maintain flutter kicks or Freddie Mercurys throughout the song. During the chorus, perform an Alphabet exercise. Alphabet exercise is to draw the uppercase alphabet with your toes, keeping your feet off the ground. Return to flutter kicks/Mercurys during verses and pick up where you left of for each chorus. Try to get through the whole alphabet before the end of the song, moving to 1-10, then lowercase letters if you do.

    “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas
    Hold Al Gore while punching during verses. Front Kick or Imperial Walker during chorus, alternating legs. Extra Credit: Squat between kicks.

    “Roxanne” by The Police
    On your six. Pickle pointers until you hear the trigger words. Big Boi Situp on “Roxanne”. Box Cutter on “Red Lights”.

    Indian Run around the dog park. Stopped halfway to do some arm exercises to loosen up. 5 each IC of Little Baby Arm Circles forward, backward, seal claps, overhead claps, Moroccan Night Clubs. Moseyed back to the skate park.

    “Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid
    Hold plank position and perform exercises based on a few trigger words in the song.

    – “Cupid Shuffle” – Shoulder Touches
    – “Down, Down, Do your dance” – Merkin, then Spiderman (Extra Credit: two merkins)
    – “To the Right” – Plank shuffle right
    – “To the Left” – Plank shuffle left
    – “Now kick” – Donkey Kick
    – “Walk it” – Mountain Climber

    “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC
    Keep step ups going throughout the song. Squat on the trigger word “Thunder”.


    QIC spoke about personal experience with needing to trust in God despite life not looking like you may expect or want it to. You have people around you to help you stay on the right path. We have the bible as a guide to making right decisions. God did not bring us to where we are just to abandon us.

    Proverbs 3:5-6 (New International Version)

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart
        and lean not on your own understanding;
    in all your ways submit to him,
        and he will make your paths straight.[a]


    Mrs Baker’s shoulder was holding up surprisingly well despite all those squats.

    Clothespin is a glutton for punishment. Almost 50 Burpees during Tubthumping.

    I need to teach some of you all how to punch.

    I underestimated the difficulty of doing all of these songs at once. Some modifications were required….

    Dirty Regifter Santa

    QIC: Bonsai

    Date: 12/18/2020

    PAX: Sidekick, mothballs, sex wax, bandwagon, mayhem, Escobar, Bernie, MIA, oui oui, Vaccine, Tatonka, AOL, Toe Tag, Toe Jelly, Clothespin

    AO: Hacksaw


    Some of the PAX commented that icicles were forming on their foreheads.  This fact was unconfirmed, however, recently every day has felt cold enough to reasonably complain about.  Low 20s, sky was clear and starry.


    I’m not a big fan of SSHs so I kept the PAX active throughout the workout with a boxer shuffle between exercises.  Fists up, bouncing lightly on the balls of the feet.

    20x Pogo Jumps – OYO as high as you can

    10x Butt Kickers – OYO, both sides

    10x Imperial Walkers – IC

    30 sec Forward Fold – Silent Count

    10x Side Stretches – IC

    10x Arm Circles – IC, Forward and Backward

    10x Jabs – IC, 2x Forward Punches, 1x Backward punch each count, then switched sides

    10x Front Kicks – IC, both sides

    The Thang

    PAX counted off and were split into teams of Odds and Evens and told to group up on opposite sides of the flag pole.

    Around the short track were 3 locations with different types of “presents”.  The three locations were Bricks, Weights (of various forms), and Coupons.  PAX were given a rundown of the rules of the game, the goal of which was to see which team could give the most “presents” to the other team.

    When the music began PAX moseyed around the short track in a counterclockwise direction, picking up a present from one of the locations on the way and carrying it around the track back to their team’s location.  Once back at the flag pole they would perform one of the below series of exercises to correspond with the chosen present then gift the present to the other team by placing it on the other team’s side of the flag pole.  After presents were all claimed, mosey around the track then perform the series of exercises x2 to move the present to the other team.  Cut the mosey for the last 5 mins, much to Tatonka’s dismay. Continued until time was called.


    • Bricks
      • 5 Brickies (Burpees with Bricks)
      • 10 Nutcrackers (Starting with bricks above your head do a lunge, simultaneously bring the bricks together between your legs, then back above your head)
      • 15 SSH w/ Bricks Wonderbras w/ bricks held together
    • Weights (10lb weight plates, 8lb Duct Taped sand bags, Firewood of various weight)
      • 5 American Thors (Big Boi situp w/ a set of 4 American Hammers for each count)
      • 10 Squat Thrusts
      • 15 Tricep Extensions
    • Coupons
      • 5 Goblet Squats
      • 10 Derkins
      • 15 Curls for the Girls

    After time was called PAX had a few mins left.  Spent some time stacking and organizing the presents then a couple ab exercises.

    • Alphabets (on your six, legs 6 inches off the ground, trace the alphabet in capital letters with your feet)
    • Freddy Mercury until time


    QIC spoke on how as men we are responsible for remaining alert and preparing for the future, not in fear but in wisdom, recognizing that we can experience changes in our circumstances that we may never anticipate.  Referenced AoM article about alertness.

    Through Chubby’s and a non-profit my wife has been working for I have met individuals who had good jobs, large homes, and great families but due to circumstances they never expected they face foreclosure, and an inability to pay utilities or feed their families.  Be it sickness, layoff, COVID, or separation we can’t always predict what the future brings but we can be generally prepared for a variety of storms by setting up sandbags in our lives.

    Sandbags can be relationships, financial savings, family, paying off debt, mentors who can provide wisdom, new skills, anything that helps you to navigate and withstand adverse situations.  It is important to recognize and reinforce your sandbags consciously before the storms come.


    What do you call ‘in cadence’ that is not 4 count?  1 count cadence?  Single count?  Regardless, QIC will work on how to end the count.  Inflection on a single number is hard.

    “Even” team won, but there is an ongoing investigation into claims of cheating.  There are rumors some PAX traveled clockwise to grab a coupon and cut the mosey short.  Pending review.

    Clothespin and Sidekick volleyed the 45lb ruck sack.  They seemed to get a bit of a high off of the increased weight, though some might say the ‘high’ came from the 8lb duct taped weights.  Let’s hope Clothespin never gets pulled over….

    Decided last minute to cut the SSH w/ bricks due to them being a bit slick with ice.  Airborne bricks were deemed probable and though we will happily assist injured PAX to their car we prefer to avoid it best we can.

    41 bricks, 18 coupons, 18 weights, 10 logs, a 45lb rucksack, and 8 duct taped bags of….hmmm.  I love playing with toys but maybe less is more sometimes.  Special thanks to those who helped pack it all up at the end.

    Note for next time I want to use a whiteboard.  Dry erase markers freeze. You don’t want to be in a position where you have 16 men all referring to the same hastily written out half sheet of paper.

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