Playing the hand you were dealt

  • When:07/19/14
  • QIC: Swiss Miss
  • The PAX: Sissorhands, Matador, Blitzen, Pele, Geraldo

Playing the hand you were dealt

A cool misting rain greeted our merry band of men this surprisingly-cool July morning.  Sissorhands came jogging in just as we got going.  Here’s the thang:

Warm-up: lap around track; second lap w/Frankenstein (aka Toy Soldier), back-kicks, high-knees, internal skip, external skip.  Mosey to parking lot.

COP: 15 SSH, 15 4-count chest-to-ground Merkins, 15 IW, 10 4-count side lunges, 10 mountain climber

Mosey to playground, cards dealt to each (52 + jokers).  Each man in turn: Call each card, join in called exercise, repeat until you finish your hand.  10-count between hands. Aces=1, Faces=10 except Q of Spades = 11.  Joker is wild – holder’s choice (SM got one and called single dead bug – crowd pleaser.  Pele got other – 4 LBC)

  • Hearts = Spartan burpie (bonus = regular burpie)
  • Diamond = Merkin (bonus = diamond)
  • Club = supine pull-up (bonus = regular pull-up)
  • Spade = dead bug (no need for bonus, it’s plenty fun as is)

With one round done and time running short, mosey to bleachers for speed round: Q calls suit, 5 of called exercise until get to Joker, then audible for more, for Mary, or time out.

  • Hearts = squats (bonus = jump squats)
  • Diamond = CDD (bonus = feet on bleachers)
  • Club = lunge (bonus = Sister Mary Catherine – no takers)
  • Spade = dips

Joker finally shows it’s face with just enough time to mosey to school, grab some wall and 60sec people’s chair with 20 air presses in cadence.

Mosey to parking lot for name-a-rama and announcements.  Solid send-off by Pele.



Hard to believe it’s mid-July and in the 60s.  Welcome relief from the heat.

Travel claimed a few men, taper claimed another (though how missing a no-run, moderate intensity workout can be excused by “taper” is a mystery to YHC), and I’m guessing the patter of rain plus the siren song of the fartsack claimed the rest.  Those who did come were not disappointed by the mix of exercises and few seconds of breath-catching between card calls. Intensity may have drifted a bit north of “moderate” with the second round of cards, as there was no pause between calls and no 10-counts.  People’s chair w/presses that YHC failed to synchronize (presses ended with 10 more seconds of chair time) was a real #crowdpleaser.  As always, I consider it a privilege to lead. Thank you for the opportunity.



F3 Camp @ Camp Thunderbird August 16-17.  Much fun was had by all last year.  Real deal for all activities and food.  Don’t miss it.

Young Life Mud Run is Sept 20.  Info @


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9 years ago

Hate that I missed this…particularly in light that it was a no-to-low-running post. Next week!

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