I arrived at the Ridge a little after 05:00. The temperature was about 20 degrees, but there was little to no wind which helped. The parking lot was clear of ice and snow, so we were in good shape for what I had in store for the PAX.
Motivators from 8
Tappy Taps x 10
Imperial Walkers x 12
Abe Vigodas x 12
Arm Circles x 10
Thang 1 – Coupon Work in the Parking Lot 5:20 – 5:32
12 Minutes AMRAP
- 15 Shoulder Press
- 15 Curls
- 15 Chest Press
- 15 Rows
- 15 Squats
Mosey to the east side of the hill
Thang 2 – Collab with Black Diamond 5:35 – 5:45
10`s in the Field – Always 10 Big Boys near the path on the east side of the hill then run to the Community Center for 1 burpee and increase by 1 until 10 burpees are reached.
Mosey back to the parking lot
Thang 3 – 5:48 – 5:55 Parking Lot
Fire Drill: All the PAX circled up and started with high knees. In rotation, the PAX call out “Fire” and all PAX hit the ground, roll right, perform 2 merkins, roll back left, perform another 2 merkins, then back up to high knees. Go around the circle with the “stop, drop and roll” until all PAX have called “Fire”.
We made it all the way around once and got into another round with plank jacks instead of merkins.
V-Ups x 15
Captain Thors to 6×24
Freddie Mercuries x 15
High Plank into Nolan Rolans – 12 each side OYO
LBCs AMRAP until 06:00
I am participating in a 70 Day Challenge that Dilly Dilly started at the beginning of this month. It has helped me to focus on a healthier lifestyle, especially the no booze part. One aspect of the challenge is to read for at least 10 minutes a day. The first book I tackled was Man’s Search for Meaning by Frankl. The author was a psychologist who survived the Nazi concentration camps. He details all the horrors that went on in the camps, including getting separated from his family who all ended up dying in the camps (although he wasn’t aware of that until he got out himself). The book is about finding the meaning of one’s life, and I really enjoyed it.
Frankl references Nietzsche’s quote “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how,” and adds a few gems himself such as “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves,” and “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
The book made me think about gratitude as much as how to find the meaning of my life. Reading how this man was torn from his family and subjected to the unnecessary torture that went on in those camps made me realize how lucky I am to be alive when and where I am. There is a lot going on in our current world but remember to take time to be grateful for what, and more importantly, who, you have in your life. Don’t take anything for granted and make sure that you let those that you care about know that is the case.
Naked Man Moleskin:
Sparkler and I planned a crossover between the normal boot camp and the black diamond and I thought it worked quite well. Both groups intertwined and did big boys plus burpees/blockees. The point in doing this was to demonstrate that black diamond workouts shouldn’t be intimidating to the PAX. The Fire Drill aspect of my beatdown was harder than I thought it would be; I’ll definitely be including that again in my future plans. Toby did a great job as Site Q today; you wouldn’t have known it was his first time on his own as he performed his duties like a veteran.