07/29/2021 – Thursday – The Colosseum – Boot Camp

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I had originally planned a different Beatdown for this, but Pi and I decided to create a Hero WOD for Arthur W. Countryman, a Plainfield native who served as a technical sergeant in the Army during World War II. The 37-year-old was assigned to Company F within the 4th Infantry Division’s 12th Infantry Regiment. In 1944, he was part of the unit that battled German forces in Germany’s Hürtgen Forest when he was reported killed in action Nov. 20.

His remains, found by a German woodcutter, weren’t discovered until 1947. Countryman was then buried at Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium in 1950. In 2019, his body was disinterred and sent to a lab in Nebraska, where he was identified last month by a Department of Defense agency tasked with identifying military personnel. Plainfield police will help escort Arthur’s remains from Midway Airport to Plainfield’s Overman Jones Funeral Home on Thursday, July 29.

Arthur W. Countryman also happens to be the great-grandparent of 5 Crossroads PAX: Jellystone, Ron Swanson, Dr. Fauci, Trojan, and Pergo.

Pi and I put our minds together and came up with this Hero Workout of the Day in Arthur’s honor — The Arthur W. Countryman Mile.


Reps were in count of 37, the age Arthur W. Countryman was when he was killed in action.
  • 37 SSH
  • 37 Imperial Walkers
  • 37 Tappy-taps
  • 37 seconds of stretching

The Thangs

Thang 1:The Arthur W. Countryman Mile We used the perimeter of the parking lot (a ¼ mile perimeter) as our course, with a station at each corner:
  • Corner 1: 11 Burpees (November)
  • Corner 2: 20 Merkins (20th)
  • Corner 3: 44 Squats (1944)
  • Corner 4: 77 LBCs (77 years later his remains are identified)
Rinse and repeat 4 rounds (4th Infantry) for 1 mile. We finished the mile with a few minutes to spare before Mary, so we had Jellystone and Ron Swanson lead the PAX with a shovel flag in tow around the lot for one more lap.


  • 11 WWI sit-ups
  • 20 American Hammers
  • 44 Flutter Kicks (1 each leg)
  • 77 second plank hold
  • Rinse and repeat until 6:00 (we got one and half rounds in and then held plank for 30 seconds)

Circle of Trust (CoT)

I read the words from the Intro section to the PAX after Warm-O-Rama so they could understand why we were doing the workout we were about to embark on, and in whose honor we were doing it in. It was an honor and privilege to lead a workout in Arthur’s memory, and also have 2 of his great-grandsons in attendance to lead us as well. We ended the COT by addressing the flag and listening to the Star-Spangled Banner. We did this in honor of our freedom, freedom that Arthur W. Countryman gave his life to defend.

Naked Man Moleskine

This workout turned out better than I imagined it would. We carried the shovel flag with us from corner to corner and planted it as we did the exercises. If I were to change anything, I would adjust Warm-O-Rama to include less Tappy-Taps and one additional exercise. Having Jellystone and Ron Swanson with us to honor their great-grandfather made the experience that much better.
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July 29, 2021

The Colosseum

Who was there?

Total PAX: 10

PAX that HC’d:5-Putt, Den Mother, Happy Camper, Heifer, Jellystone, Nickelback, Ron Swanson, Toby, Tourniquet, Vern
Fartsacks:Lug Nutz

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