Cumulative BLIMPS

Cumulative BLIMPS

10 PAX showed up on an extra hot and muggy day for my 2nd Q at The Arsenal. My Wienke turned out to be a pretty nasty beat down that I think everyone is glad that they didn’t fartsack.


Mosey behind the school for a warmup. It was the first time I noticed the basketball courts. Does anybody use those for anything? Probably not because there were no lights and it was pitch black. Maybe I’ll check it out in the future, but back to the warmup.

  • Side Straddle Hop x 20 IC
  • Seal Clap x 10 IC
  • Mountain Climber x 20 IC
  • Potato Picker x 10 IC

The Thang

Mosey to the playground for BLIMPS with a lap between each exercise. The kicker – the BLIMPS are cumulative.

  • 1 lap, 5 burpees
  • 1 lap, 5 burpees, 10 lunges
  • … continue until
  • 1 lap, 5 burpees, 10 lunges, 15 imperial walkers, 20 merkins, 25 plank jacks, 30 squats

This brings us to a grand total of 6 laps (a little less than ¾ of a mile), 30 burpees, 50 lunges, 60 IW’s, 60 merkins, 50 plank jacks, and 30 squats in about 20-25 minutes. I just noticed the pyramid the numbers make; I like it even more now.

Next, I planned on taking us to the large student lot behind the football field but read my watch wrong, thought we were running low on time, and audibled to take us back toward launch to climb the wall in front of the school. Over the wall’s zigs and zags, with a burpee on each landing. It wasn’t until the end of this that I realized we actually had plenty more time, about 20 minutes!

Well, maybe I can get this back on track. There are nicely spaced no parking signs that we’ve used before, not quite as large spaces as the student lot’s planters but will do in a pinch.

PAX partnered up, there was one group of 3 that I was in, but that really didn’t matter because the distance was short enough to keep everyone together. While partner 1 runs to each no parking sign, partner 2 performs an exercise, AMRAP.

  • First sign, Mike Tysons
  • Second sign, high jump knee to chest
  • Third sign, Peter Parkers
  • Fourth sign, Parker Peters

At this point we had about 7 minutes left and were already by launch, so we finished the mosey to launch and finished with a full round of Mary that every PAX got to call an exercise.

COT & Announcements

A single announcement from Soft Pretzel – Sandbox project was moved to August 3 from 9 – 12ish. Sounds like a really great opportunity to help a family in need of it.


  • I took some inspiration from my recent post at Baywatch in Wilmington, we just don’t have a surf to dive in to. Maybe someone should consider taking PAX to Sugar Creek or the Catawba to make up for this.
  • I have un-enthusiastic disclaimer delivery, but truthfully, I was just trying to remember everything.
  • Jumping over walls and doing exercises laying down on each side isn’t a great idea. 10 ft of wall allows for about 3 PAX to comfortably go over at once. If they then lay down to do an exercise like a burpee with 7 other PAX trying to get over without being able to see them, disaster can ensue. Thanks Fire Hazard for your experience and making this apparent to everyone before even the first wall. To thank you, I kicked you on a burpee.
  • I was sure I wasn’t going to get through my whole Wienke and when I read my watch wrong, it really screwed me up. Luckily, we were able to recover and still deliver a solid beat down, we just had a little more Mary than I had planned.
  • It was really hot. I think it was Atlas or Happy Meal wringing out their shirts and head bands and it sounded like a bucket of water was being tossed.
  • Cumulative BLIMPS were a big success. The format was simple and strong, and they left you feeling ready for a mosey to recover.
  • During the final no parking sign runs I didn’t make it clear that the exercise was changing each round, so after the first round the first runners started to take off again and I shouted for them to wait because the next exercise was different. This was a mistake because I broke their flow and I could have just told the group that was now doing the 2nd exercise and it would have been apparent when the running group returned that the exercise had changed. Good lesson for future Q’s.
  • Based on a few of these observations I’ll be attending Q school later this month. I’m hoping to get some good tips and tricks and things to look out for in future Q’s

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