The Gift of Exercise

The Gift of Exercise

Twas the night before Diesel…and YHC was wrapping presents and preparing to inject a little holiday spirit into what would be an icy cold morning.

Warm Up:

  • Arm Circles – 10 little forward and back; 10 big forward and back
  • Potato Pickers – 10 IC

Enough of that, there’s PRESENTS!

The Thang:

YHC promised presents and presents were had. Out comes Santa’s bag of goodies with presents for PAX young and old. Each PAX takes a turn reaching into the gift bag and pulling out a wrapped present. Then everyone “shares” their gift:

  • 20x Merkins
  • 20x Squats
  • 15x Coupon Swings
  • 20x Shoulder Presses
  • 15x Goblet Squats
  • 20x Curls
  • 30x Bent Over Rows
  • 40x LBCs
  • 10x Lunges (each leg)
  • 20x Squat Thrusters
  • 15x Tricep Extensions
  • 25x Mountain Climbers

Now we’re REALLY warmed up so it’s time for some Christmas stations. The timer for these stations was the aptly named “One Horse Open Slay” #notfusedit but the battle rope was nowhere to be found. Audible!

  • Load the Sleigh (timer)- Farmer’s Carry around the two islands w/ 2 50lb weights
  • Last Minute Holiday Shopper – 35lb plates (held at arm’s length in front of you like a steering wheel)
  • Carol of the Bell Ringers – Kettle bell swings
  • Toy Makers – Man Makers with dumbbells
  • Boxing Day (hey, it’s close to Christmas) – Alternate hands punching with dumbbells
  • Rise and Shine, it’s Christmas Morning – Big Boi Sit Ups with Slam Balls
  • Chop some wood for the fire – Sledge hammer the tire

2 rounds of the above. YHC had also created a few more holiday exercises but somehow completely forgot about them:

  • Santa’s Bowl Full of Jelly – V Ups
  • Snow Angels – Plank Jacks
  • Ice Skaters – Speed Skaters

With around 10 minutes left it was time for a holiday faux pas: Regifting!

YHC bundled up all the gifts previously given and dropped them back into Santa’s gift bag for redistribution of the wealth. We managed to make it through Merkins, Goblet Squats, Mountain Climbers, Shoulder Presses, and Bent Over Rows before 0615.


This one was fun to think up and though it took a bit of work to wrap all the “presents” it was worth it. Check out GroupMe as Spike managed to get some good pictures of the gift exchange. We’ve had one other “themed” workout with Foundation giving us his Wrestlemania workout a few months back. They’re a ton of fun and I think everyone enjoyed the break for the usual.

The 50 lb weight is no joke for a Farmer’s Carry and we worked with two of them today. I heard some good encouragement going on today. Sometimes a brother needs some of that and you don’t even know it. We’ve got some good leaders that do it regularly, but if you haven’t found yourself fist bumping a fellow PAX or giving them an attaboy every once in a while, I’d encourage you to try it out. It could make the difference between someone finishing an exercise or not. Giving it everything or ratcheting it down towards the end. Posting once a week or stepping it up to multiple posts. Showing up or fartsacking.

Leave no man behind, but leave no man where you find him.

YHC took us out. Merry Christmas everybody

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