The Return of Bunker

AO: The Colosseum

When: 04/08/2021


Number of Pax: 20

Pax Names: Better Call Saul, Bunker, Cyclone, Fish Sticks, Foundation, Gopher, Jellystone, Joe Dirt, John Denver, Morticia, Pawn Star, Second Best, Second City, Shooter Mcgavin, Short Sale, SkidMark, Slinky, Toby, Tourniquet, Vern,

Number of FNGS: 0

FNG Names:

QIC: Gopher

The BackBlast:


Great to see Bunker back in the gloom!  Rain stopped just before the workout and for the most part held off for most of the workout.


Mosey around the parking lot including high knees, butt kicks, karaoke both directions, stop and do one exercise at each corner

SSH – 25 IC

Tappy Taps – 10 IC

Imperial Walkers – 10 IC

Arm Circles – 10 both directions IC

Count off by 2’s for Indian runs.

Tabata style workout.  Each round perform each exercise for 45 sec and then 15 sec transition/rest.  Once the round is compete the groups will line up for an Indian run around the parking lot which is approximately ¼ mile.  Start next round and continue cycle.

The Thang

Round 1

Shoulder Press

Carolina Dry Docks

Shoulder Taps

Big Boys

Lion Kings

Round 2

Goblet Squat

Bobby Hurleys

Coupon Squat



Round 3


Skull Crushers


Flutter Kicks


Round 4

Coupon Press

Plank Jacks

Scissor Kicks

Peter Parkers


Round 5

Coupon Swing

Lawn Mowers

Grady Corns

Leg Lifts

Monkey Humpers


For those of you that don’t know my job is an Operations Manager at a chemical plant in Morris, IL.  I have responsibility for half of the plants operations and my organization largely consists of the Operating Technicians who run the process.  The Technicians are divided into 4 shifts that rotate days and nights over a 4 week period and then repeat.  I have a control room meeting scheduled every Friday for an hour in the afternoon with the shift working to discuss safety, plant and unit goals, answer questions, etc.  After starting to read the book Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink at the end of 2020 I decided that these concepts could be very beneficial for my group.  I made the decision to purchase the book for everyone and we would cover one chapter per month as there is conveniently 12 chapters in the book.  As I began distributing the books, I received the full gambit of responses.  Some of my favorites include “Aaron people don’t actually read books anymore, just ask your kids” and “you know this would be the longest book I’ve ever read in my life”.  I knew going into this that not everyone would read the book and actively participate and I was alright with that from the get go.  My goal or hope was that at least half of the people per shift would read the chapter and participate in a conversation similar to what we are doing at QSource.  We are now in our 4th month and covering the chapter “check your ego”.  My prediction about participation turned out to be pretty accurate.  It differs from shift to shift but participation is somewhere between 30-60% of the shift.  So what about the other 40-70%.  The beauty of doing this in the control room meeting is that the rest are a captive audience and through osmosis are still being exposed to the concepts.

I had a conversation with one of my Supervisors yesterday about how they thought this was going and they thought surprisingly well.  He said that the language is even starting to be thrown around which I feel is a great step.  Technicians will make joking barbs at their coworkers like “that’s not extreme ownership” or “you better check your ego buddy”.

The point in me telling this story is that I think at different moments in our lives we can have unachievable expectations that can prevent us from start something.  If my expectation coming in would have been that everyone read the book and participated, I would now see what’s happening as a failure.  But its not.  Not everything has to be 100% or perfect to make an impact and not everything happens or changes for the better overnight.  My message is to set realistic goals and expectations.  By doing this it will set you in motion and begin your journey of acceleration in whatever area you choose.