Halloween Tricks (the Treat was No Burpees!)

  • When:10/31/15
  • QIC: High Tide
  • The PAX: Mall Cop, Daisy, Marge, Fizzy, Nuke, Empty Nester (WD), 777 (R), Pele, Goon, High Tide (Q)(preKB)

Halloween Tricks (the Treat was No Burpees!)

10 men assembled on the grounds of Olde Providence Elementary, determined to earn the right to feast on Halloween candy come evening, having conquered the tricks of the gloom.  Here’s how it happened:

The Thang


  • Lap around the 1/8 mile track
  • 10 merkins in cadence
  • 2 laps around the track (YHC was too busy yapping to stop after one)
  • 15 imperial walkers in cadence
  • Another lap around the track
  • 15 side straddle hops in cadence

Mosey to the playground

Mini Murph

  • 1/2 mile run – done – see COP, above
  • 5 pullups
  • 10 merkins
  • 15 squats
  • Plank when done
  • Rinse & repeat for 10 rounds (or, was it 9…?)
  • 1/2 mile run – we’ll get it done on the way to “the hill”

Mosey to football field

  • 13 LBC’s in cadence  (13 because, well, it’s Halloween.  Duh)

Mosey through the ‘haunted’ forest to the neighborhood hill beyond

Triple Nickel

  • 5 trips up the hill and back (“speed up” and “slow down”)
  • 5 merkins at the top
  • 5 star jumps at the bottom
  • Dead bugs OYO while pax gathers between trips up the hill

Mosey back to football field

  • 13 flutters in cadence

Mosey to concession stand


  • 10 incline merkins
  • 10 side lunges (5 per side)
  • 10 Bulgarian split squats (5 per side)
  • Side straddle hops OYO while pax complete circuit
  • Rinse & repeat 4x total

Mosey to front of school

Mary – in the long, cool, wet grass (infested with ants, I’m told)

  • 13 Mason Twist in cadence
  • 13 Dolly’s in cadence
  • 13 Cumberland Co Viaduct’s – per side
  • Elbow plank – for an undetermined amount of time

Mosey back to the launch parking lot

  • 13 Side straddle hops in cadence




Joe Davis Memorial Run – January 9th – 5k & 10k options – great event for your first running event (YHC & many others had their first at last year’s event) – raises funds for the Keystone substance abuse treatment center – in memory of our own Rock Thrill’s brother

Virgin Q – Ascent is a great and welcoming AO for your first Q.  It’s a great opportunity to step up to support and give back to the Ascent pax.  It’s not as hard as some may fear, and it’s actually pretty fun.  Plus, you get to choose all the exercises!  Additionally, you can split the Q with a veteran Q for added support and to lessen the time requirement of your first Q.  Let Pele know if you’re interested or have questions.

Naked Moleskine:

Wow!  It was great to see the pax continue to roll in as we neared “go” time.  10 pax, a mix of new (to YHC) and familiar faces, was a great start to this Halloween morning.  In the spirit of Halloween, YHC wanted to come up with a clever Halloween theme, but sadly, your Q is/was not very creatively gifted.  Therefore, you had to settle for a bag full of tricks, instead of treats.  And you all crushed it!  Some good-natured mumblechatter & grumbling at times, which is expected or Q isn’t doing his job, but you jumped right to work.  Well done!  (And, I hope you’re experiencing a little “comfortable” soreness this morning – the reminder of your solid workout and promise of gains to come!)

The Murph (& Mini or 1/2 Murph) and Cindy (from Crossfit) workouts are well known to be some of YHC’s favorites, as they provide a solid beatdown, allow you to get some serious volume, and provide a great benchmark of your progress over time.  Plus, we don’t get enough pullups in our workouts, so we made up for it today!

The Triple Nickel just sux, but hill repeats are good for us (some I’m told).  So, we did ’em.

The Refreshments at the Concession Stand were to give us some needed lateral movement strength, as you just don’t get that in straight-line running, and the Bulgarian split-squats provided more stability plus leg & glute strength training.

Thanks, as always, for the opportunity to lead.  It’s an honor, and I hope, if you’re not already a veteran Q, that you grab hold of the opportunity for your Virgin Q (VQ) soon!


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