- QIC: Double D
- When: 10/09/2018
- Pax: Anchorman, Asphalt, Assassin, Barney Fife, Barry Manilow, Bass-o-matic, Beacon, Boogie Down, Bunson, Cake Boss, Corn Hole, Culture Club, Double D, Dungaree, Fogerty, Gekko, Half Dome, Magnum, Norm, Pinup, Polaroid, Rebel, Short Sale, Strawberry, Twister, White Lightning, wide right
- Posted In: The Ballroom
22 boot campers (including 1 FNG) and 5 runners posted to THE Ballroom this week looking for some #Encouragement along the pothole-filled road of life. YHC offered a full Disclaimer for the benefit of our FNG (T-claps to Barney Fife on the EH) tipped the cap to Sir Topham Hat, who passed the Q baton to YHC due to work travel. The word of the month (Encouragement) served as the inspiration for today’s adventures in the gloom, so thanks also to Chicken Hawk for his continued wisdom with that program.
Encouragement: root word = Courage
Courage (noun): strength in the face of fear
With this backdrop, the workout unfolded with the objective of getting pax in touch with their own sense of #Fear to illustrate the experience of #Courage and the need/ability/practice of exercising it and #Encouragement of their brothers.
warm up run to the football field
COP — SSH, IWs, Hillbilly walkers, Bombjacks, merkins, burpees
Line up along sideline, 3/4 pace sprints — to near hash/back, then far hash/back, lastly far sideline/back
Circle up for the Main Event (Fear or Favorite)
Pax were asked to identify the exercise they most #Fear when they hear the Q say “The next exercise is ___________.” They were also asked to imagine their #Favorite exercise they like to call when they are Q. Then we launched into 30 mins of Pax-suggested/Q-chosen exercises.
Plank jacks (Fogerty), Gravedigger (Culture Club), Partner Carry (Bass-o-Matic), V-up Roll-up (Polaroid), Sprints (FNG!), Moroccan Night Clubs (Assassin), Jack Webb (Magnum), Squats (Strawberry), Burpees (Pinup), Merkin (Rebel), Knee Tar N’Dyae (Rebel), Tunnel of Love (Twister)
Final ab work — American Hammer, Flutter
T-claps to the pax for the enthusiastic participation, mumblechatter and #Encouragement throughout. Apologies to those pax whose exercise I missed and those who I mismatched in the list above. I know we started with Fogerty catching much flak for a stuttering proclamation of “Plank Jacks” to get us rolling. Bass-o-matic challenged himself and all the pax in the early going with the Partner Carry call-out. Yes, YHC quickly claimed FNG/Half Dome as partner (purely for teamwork purposes, I can assure you…it had nothing to do with his svelte frame). Pinup threw down the gauntlet, claiming Burpees as both his Fear and his Favorite (1500 in September seems to prove the point — well done!). Strawberry (on only his 2nd post!) showed he knows the proper rhythm of a workout by calling for Squats immediately after Jack Webb (get this man into Q school ASAP!). And Twister had his mic drop moment with Tunnel of Love to cap it all off. Fun times throughout!
Welcome to FNG/Half Dome, who posted at the behest of Barney Fife (kudos to both)!
Finally, just a recap on the theme to reinforce the message. YHC, in my prideful youth and throughout a very long stretch of adulthood, deluded myself that I was purely self-motivated, and no outside influence, inspiration or good words could make a difference to my spirit or performance. While my M openly claimed her need for affirmation and #Encouragement, I laughed those things off, as though those who needed them were weak, meek and timid. I also claimed to have few worries or fears throughout these periods. A-ha!!! There it is — the smoking gun. Since #Courage can only exist in the midst of #Fear, I must’ve needed nor displayed any #Courage throughout these years. And in the absence of feeling #Fear and gathering up #Courage, I had no recognition of the need or value of #Encouragement. And, so it follows sadly, that in the absence of my personal experience of these, I fumbled and floundered in expressing #Encouragement to those around me who longed for it. This shortcoming became a significant blind spot and weakness in leading others, including my family. Yes, sad. Yes, true.
While I still have plenty of room for growth in the area of #Encouragement of others, my ship turned around when I became more sensitized to my own fears, and I felt the power of #Encouragement from others, and I demonstrated the #Courage that was somewhat dormant inside me. So, the lesson here — soften your heart, look yourself in the mirror, get in touch with your #Fear. From that point, you may find immense personal growth opportunity and the ability to better relate and #Impact those around you through #Encouragement.
Thank you to Short Sale for the Q opportunity and to all the pax for making the experience real!