8 pax ignored the warning and posted for a proclaimed beatdown. Did it live up to the hyperbole? Read on and judge for yourselves, but only those who were there really know what happened The Day the Music Stopped…
Great group of guys this morning. Plenty of mumble chatter early on (welcome, site FNG Zipadee!) and encouragement later on, when our chatter was spent. The plan was for timed work, instead of counts, to enable both the faster pax (Bulldog, Fletch) and slower pax (YHC) to keep their heart rates up and push themselves to the limit. Based on observation, I think the objective was met.
YHC accomplished a rare double today with two crowd pleasers! First was the Turkish Getups. Not sure if was just the TGUs, the fact that we were doing them on asphalt, or the combination. We need the TGUs (they’re the broccoli of exercises), so next time we’ll mosey to the grass – YHC thought we’d be pressed for time today (we weren’t). The second was the Slow Freddie Mercury’s at the end. (mental note – Bulldog kryptonite)
The Armor Builders were a strong start, after COP & TGUs, with heavy presses and front squats. In a bit of a Q-fail, YHC realized in writing this up that he’d called for swings instead of cleans. Sorry. Knew something didn’t feel right about the transition to the press.
The Playground circuit was tough, as Bulldog remarked that none of the 3 exercises offered a break. Aye. Tougher than on paper.
By the time the Ascending circuit came around, we were spent. Nonetheless, everyone pressed on, making it up to at least 10 before we started the descent, and at least a couple made it 12.
The only real complaint about the 22 degree temperature this morning came from YHC’s iPhone. While the pax were shedding clothes and working through the playground circuit, the iPhone, which had been supplying our motivational tunes/distraction for the past 25 minutes, abruptly went silent and reported it was overheated and needed to cool down before continuing! Of course, it was too cold, not too hot, and that in itself was a malfunction. It didn’t resume functioning until it was back home, warm and toasty. Learning: 25-30 minutes is the limit for an iPhone functioning in sub-freezing temps, unless it’s in your pocket (not happening at a workout). Sound off below if you have an idea for keeping a phone warm during a workout (use pocket warmers?). We really needed something to distract us for the rest of the workout as we suffered in silence, broken only by the grunts of sweaty men.
Thanks for the opportunity to lead, gentlemen. It’s always an honor.