This One Time, at Cinco de Mayo…

QIC: Bandcamp

DATE: Cinco de Mayo 2021 (ay ay ay!)

PAX: She Shed, Ponce de Leon (Respect), Cleaver, Ringwald, Mr. Clean, Ohms, U-Turn, Snatch, Dundee, Bobbit, Shameless, Hoser, FNG-Dangler, Blue, Daisy

AO: Detention


Warm, wet, and dark. Like a big bowl of Mexican mole sauce.


5 SSH’s in cadence

5 Merkins in cadence

5 Mountain Climbers in cadence

5 SSH’s in cadence

5 (10) Willy Maze Haze

20 seconds forward fold OYO

5 SSH’s in cadence

5 seal claps in cadence

5 Michael Phelps in cadence

20 seconds of Cobra OYO

20 seconds of Toe Merkins OYO

The Thang

Let’s Eat Some Chips!

Play “Llego el Pavo” by Silvio Mora

1. Run in place (dancing optional)

2. Each time the singer gobbles, rolls his r’s, or the trumpets play the theme everyone drops and does a Merkin or deep squat-to-vertical power jump (your choice)

Note: speed and quick recovery is key

Don’t forget the guac!

Slice and Chop the onions, avocado, jalapeño and tomato: 30 seconds of Freddy Mercuries

Mince the garlic: 30 seconds of Little Baby Crunches

Grill the ingredients: 15 seconds of swimmers then flip over for 15 seconds of flutter kicks

Carve out the avocado meat: 30 seconds of American hammers

Crush the ingredients together: 30 seconds of Big Boy Sit-ups

Add some chili powder, salt and lime: 30 seconds of shoulder touch planks

Make as much guac as needed (we did 3 rounds)

Dinner Time!

Ask what people want to order, then everyone completes 40 of each exercise

Taco: V-up

Burrito: 180 degrees jumping spins (arms tucked in)

Enchilada: jumping lunges (each leg)

Tamale: wide arm Merkins

Empanadas: deep squats

Horchata: narrow arm Merkins

Roasted Street Corn: overhead seal claps

Mole: heel touches (lying down on back) each side

Rice: mountain climbers (each leg)

Beans: side straddle hops

Margarita: fast windmills (each side)

Churros: High knees (each leg)

Sopaipillas: 2 single 20-second Merkins

Mexican Trivia!

Everyone holds plank in a circle. Trivia questions are asked…if the answer is guessed incorrectly, the penalty is that everyone performs 5 burpees and returns to their previous position. If the question is answered correctly, everyone alternates to a squat or back to plank.

1. What is the unofficial anthem of Mexico?

Cielito Lindo

2. What does Cinco de Mayo commemorate?

Victory of the Battle of Puebla

3. What does this word mean in English: fuego


4. How many states does Mexico have?


5. What are the colors of the Mexican flag?

Green, white, and red

6. In what year did Mexico gain its independence?


7. Roughly how many pounds of avocados are purchased for Cinco de Mayo every year?

87 million

8. What is the capitol of Mexico?

Mexico City

9. El Paso’s neighboring Mexican city is?


10. What is the national dish of Mexico?


Finish off with some more chips!

Play La Bamba by Los Lobos

1. Everybody run in place

2. Every time Bamba is said, everyone does a Merkin or deep squat-to-vertical power jump

Extra Time

We had 1 minute of extra time, so we did 10 pickle pointers in cadence


Each of us is in charge of establishing our personal culture. (When I say personal culture, in this context I mean the characteristics that people associate with those in your area of influence, such as hard-working or athletic.) If we’re married, if we have kids, or even if we’re just working or schooling in our community, we each hold the responsibility of driving the culture for those around us. That means we stand against things we believe are wrong, and stand up for things we believe are right. See something, say something. Our personal culture directly impacts others. We have to set the culture of excellence in our daily lives, plant those seeds of good so that others can reap the benefits later. That’s what the American founding fathers did. Philippians 2:4 speaks to this: Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also the interests of others. That’s an example of culture-building. If we’re going to be High Impact Men, we have to establish a bold culture of good in our homes and workplaces. But that doesn’t mean we have to re-invent the wheel: we can pull in good ideas from other cultures (such as things other leaders do) and keep out bad ones (like being lazy). In the end if we’re leaders we are also the gatekeepers and shepherds of cultural ideals to those God placed in our lives. As a Christian, I look to Jesus Christ’s example of living and try (most often terribly) at emulating what He said and did. Building our culture is a responsibility but also a privilege that we hone every day when we wake up, and being here this morning is a great example of culture-building in the community. It’s part of being a leader, being an HIM, and building a legacy.


Ohms came in at 0530 (like most location start times) instead of 0515, but then he lapped everybody on the exercises so I think he gets a pass. Some gringos actually know a few things about Mexican trivia…I was impressed.

Recent Backblasts

    Continue reading “This One Time, at Cinco de Mayo…”