(written by and posted for Shank)
7 PAX, including YHC, posted in the Turning Point gloom with clear eyes and sound hearts; hungry for a heaping helping of Sux. YHC bumbled and stumbled, with frequent deep breaths, but completed his Q with brothers appearing sufficiently winded and wet. (Note to self: LBC’s, cadence, and breathing do not work in harmony, but never make it known that the Pax nearly had to deal with a 911; Q needs oxygen…YHC digresses)
Under a sliver of moon, a Jacob’s Ladder, and Dice of Discipline Brickorama ensued, with much embrace and heart felt thanks from the Pax. So overwhelming was the excitement, the Q obliged with a rigged dice roll to grant the perceived desire for five more Burpees to end the last course. The PAX rejoiced in unity; ah brethren in unity; so very beautiful.
The Weather: 58 degrees; Glorious chill in the gloom under a sliver of moon.
BOM & Prayer
Mosey around sidewalks and down the steps to the soccer filed lot:
- 20 Imperial Walkers (IC)
- 15 SSH’s (IC)
- 15 Squats (IC)
- 20 Little Arm Circles – 10 forward, 10 backwards (IC)
- 15 Through the Tunnel (IC)
- 10 Merkins (IC)
- 15 Windmills (IC)
Jacob’s Ladder (via the Hill beside the soccer field steps)
- Bottom of Hill – Squat Station (OYO), Started with 1 Squat and ran to top of hill for Merkins
- Top of Hill – Merkins Station (OYO), Started with 10 Merkins, then run back down hill for next set of Squats
- Pax continued until Squats reached 10, and until Merkins reached 1; with hill run in between each set / station
- Plank when complete
- Mosey to brick pile for next exercise
Dice & Bricks Do The Body Good! YEAH! BABY!! YEAH!!!
“Dice of Discipline” Brickorama
- Each man retrieved (2) double bricks from pile
- Circled in field and proceeded to take turns rolling dice to determine count.
- Exercise rotation of Curls, Triceps Extensions, and Shoulder Presses (OYO)
- First dice set rolled by man to the left of Q
- A roll of 6 or less is multiplied by 5X, and 7 or higher on the roll is multiplied by 3X for that particluar set count rotation
- Any doubles adds (5) Burpees to that set
- Plank when finished
- Post plank exercise of Merkins (IC), Mountain Climbers (IC), and Plank Jacks (IC) were rotated between each set completion prior to next dice roll
- Time allotted allowed each member of the PAX to roll twice, and Peggy got a 3rd roll, with 4 lucky doubles! (YHC did rig the last roll a bit with my foot to ensure the Burpee award was presented. The Q is always here is serve and the PAX was getting depressed wanting doubles again.)
- Totals of all sets:
- 104 Merkins (14 sets of “lucky” 7; except for one set of 6 when the Q had counting issues)
- 105 Mountain Climbers (15 sets of 7)
- 105 Plank Jacks (15 sets of 7)
- Curl Sets (5 iterations) of 12, 27, 24, 30, & 20 – 113 Curls (OYO via rotating sets)
- Triceps Extensions Sets (5 iterations) of 21, 12, 33, 15, 25 – 106 TE’s (OYO via rotating sets)
- Shoulder Press Sets (5 iterations) of 15, 27, 30, 21, 24 – 117 Shoulder Presses (OYO via rotating sets)
- Planked for the last minute; “Ding”, “Ding” goes the bell!
- Jacobs Ladder & “Dice of Discipline #CrowdPleaser and minimal mumble-chatter as The Pax agreed to ALL #GETBETTERTOGETHER
- Amazed by the endurance, encouragement, and commitment of every man represented. Privileged to work with each of these men.
Mosey back to Shovel Flag
- COT, BOM, & Prayer
- Prayer for the men at the new Lexington High School AO
- Prayer for Walker and Family
- Reminder of the Gauntlet next week
Learning to not trust in the strength of men, but in the strength of Christ
(Jeremiah 17: 5-8)”This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord.
6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future.
They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land.
7 But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”
Thought: Though we can make our bodies stronger via natural exercise the trials and weaknesses of our spiritual walk cannot be solved by physical, human strength. Our Savior purchased a “strength” for us via the Cross that requires us to rely on his strength. A strength that is far greater and more capable than our human strength will ever be. Let our prayer be to learn to walk and live in “His” strength to not be discouraged when our own strength fails us.