Had a little challenge on my hands for this one – a group of the Deep regulars including the site Q were taking on the Savage Race course, so for those who were not peer pressured into participating in that, I had to make the Saturday boot camp just as awful (minus the ice bath obstacle).
Rolled up w/ my fellow Lake Ridge guys Lutefisk, Olaf and Pothole and we waited for what I thought would be just a few guys rolling in. This is not the case anymore – these pax roll out in numbers and we had 22 including some very brave 2.0’s in attendance all ready to work, including 1 2.0 who’s 11th birthday it was this week. Royale gave me a heads up a couple days ago, so the workout was made with that in mind, nothing but 11’s for Pierce, aka Lancelot.
1. For those that know me, I’m not a big fan of warm-ups, although I may need to rethink that during hour long workouts. Our “warm-up” – mosey over to the nice 400m track across the street and do 4 laps, stopping every 100 meters to do an exercise 11 or 22 times for birthday boy.
- lap 1 – merkins (stop 1 – 11 merkins, stop 2 – 22 merkins, stop 3 – 11 merkins, stop 4 – 11 merkins)
- lap 2 – squat jumps (stop 1 – 11 reps, stop 2 – 22 reps, stop 3 – 11 reps, stop 4 – 11 reps)
- lap 3 – big boy sit-ups (stop 1 – 11 reps, stop 2 – 22 reps, stop 3 – 11 reps, stop 4 – 11 reps)
- lap 4 – yep, burpees (11 reps per stop)
2. With the warm of 1.2 miles, 66 merkins, 66 jump squats, 66 big boys and 44 burpees complete, we moseyed back across the street and hit the baseball field…all dirt, some rocks, no grass. Asked all 22 to count off by 2’s so we had two teams then I explained the rules. I set the 15 minute timer, blast some old school papa roach, and you try to score as many runs as you can in the 15 min. How to score a run? Like this:
- lunge walk to 1st base, then do 11 diamond merkins
- bear crawl to 2nd base, then do 11 jump squats
- broad jump to 3rd base, then do 11 donkey kicks
- crab walk home, do 11 burpees, then step on home plate. That’s 1 run.
Believe Lutefisk scored 5 runs, otherwise everyone else was hovering around 3 to 4 runs. The intent which I totally overlooked in the heat of exhaustion was to add up both teams scores and issue a penalty to the losing team:
Loser: burpeee bounce from home to 1st base (ie. burpee where you go down, do a push up, but explode up and forward 3 times so that you cover some ground on the uptick, then up, jump and that’s 1 burpee. Do as many as you need to, to get to 1st base.
Winner: mack tar jais along the first base line while the the poor saps do burpee bounces.
3. From there we hit the hills behind the baseball field for some true 11’s. Start at the bottom of the hill with 1 “worst merkin” (wide grip merkin, reg merkin, diamond merkin = 1 worst merkin), run up and 10 knee tucks, then back down for 2 worst merkins (ie. really 6 merkins lol). This just about killed the group. I was very encouraged to see at about the 5 or 6 count of worst merkins that every single pax was modifying lol. I think I even saw some Pax’s faces face down in the weedy grass we were in.
4. We had about 5 minutes left and we were at 2.3 miles, so I really wanted that 3 mile mark. We moseyed to the gate near COT and I told the pax about the X crunch suicide we’d do. For those of you doing the app based ab challenge that Nasa organized, there is a “X Crunch” that absolutely sucks. Basically start in the v-sit position, go down all the way and make an X with your arms and legs and then back up to v-sit position.
- 5 x-crunches at the start line (basically the gate) then run to the 1st corner at the back of the school
- Do 5 more x-crunches on corner of school and run back to start line
- Do 5 more at the start line, as you pass 1st corner in the back of the school, do 5 more, and then when you get to the next corner do 5 more. Then run back to the start line.
That took us to exactly an hour which was good because I think I may have gotten beat up had we kept going. Had a great time w/ this group again (second time in a week!). Cannot believe how much they’ve grown this place in the last year. Props to the EH’ing machines over there and the consistency with how often they post.
Hope to get back out to the Deep a little more consistently now that my third son is no longer a little baby. Thanks Shakespeare for the chance to lead this great group.