13 men slid out of the fartsack and came out into the gloom for a workout on the frozen tundra of Calvary Church.  YHC has had a brutal work at week, so I had to go to the workout archives…but what it lacks in creativity it makes up for in difficulty.

The Thang:

10 burpees OYO

Jog to courtyard area on side of church with the fancy turf.


  • Merkins x 20
  • SSH x 20
  • Merkins x 18
  • Slow Squats x 18
  • Merkins x 16
  • IW x 16
  • Merkins x 14
  • Calf raises x 14
  • Merkins x 12
  • Lunges x 12
  • Merkins x 10

Jog to parking lot

Merkin Suicides (5 cones)
Run to first cone and back/do 2x exercise

Run to second cone and back / do 4x exercise, etc.

  • Wide-arm Merkins
  • Merkins
  • Diamond Merkins
  • Man-maker Merkins
  • 8 count Body-builder Merkins

Jog to soccer field

Jack Webb

  • 1 pushup 4 arm raises
  • 2 pushups 8 arm raises…etc.
  • Up to 10 pushups 40 arm raises

Jog to pavilion

  • Decline Merkins x 20
  • Peoples chair (arms to side, arms in front, arms overhead, overhead presses x 20 on rounds 2 & 3)
  • Repeato x 3

Jog to shovel flag for some Mary

  • LBC x 14
  • Dolly x 14 hold’em
  • Flutter x 14 hold’em



The tights were out in full force today as the temperatures dropped into the high 20s.  Only YHC and Mermaid (I think) toughed out the cold with bare legs…although I wished I had the pants when kneeling on the frozen tundra for the Jack Webbs #kneelock.

The pax were pleased with the return of merkinfest today.  I enjoy workouts that target specific areas, and this one definitely fits the bill.  I expect all of us to have some sore shoulders for the rest of the day and tomorrow.  The merkin suicides are more of a crowd pleaser than I remember from the first time, and I was beginning to wonder how I managed to finish this part of the workout the first go-round.  One way is to follow Zip’s approach – “if you ain’t cheatin’ you ain’t tryin’!”  The 8-count body builder merkins are particularly tough…seems like you’ll never finish.

There was a fair bit of chatter from the pax today, and I expect nothing less than that when Zip is involved.  A few comments during the peoples chair…YHC took a little Jane Fonda and leg warmer ribbing from the group, but I think I got the point across.  All in good fun.

Great work out there today guys.  As always it was a pleasure leading!

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10 years ago

Aye brother “B”, out of the archives or not — that was a nasty beat down today thoroughly enjoyed by ALL! As for the mumble chatter and name calling — sure it was all in good fun but trust me, it was a result of the downpainment that the PAX was being force fed. The PAX was spent after the suicides and didn’t want to move after that. Recall Matlock’s question for lil JW? “Why did we have to come all the way down here for this instead of staying where we were?” #legsofjello #atthebeachandstuckinsandagain

Great work by all today and again, T-Claps to our Q.

10 years ago

P.S., anyone know if Joker is still driving around the parking lot at the ROCK? Lobster Roll and I kept seeing this mystery car this morning driving around that finally parked to watch that we’re convinced was him. I’m guessing he didn’t join because he’d forgotten his furry sweatervest at the house.

10 years ago

Nice lead Baracus. Don’t know if you had a # in mind for the merkinfest but 355 by my count was adequate. Count me in as another one in shorts though I did wear the calf sleeves.

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