Backblast 7/6 Norton Commons Black Ops- Mr. Hat/Grinder Co-Q

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This workout was months in the making.  I had gone to a Mr. Hat workout back in the winter and saw him incorporate some fun (and challenging) Yoga moves into his routine.  Yoga has always intrigued me, so I wanted to learn more.  While he’ll claim he’s no expert, he knows a heck of a lot more about it than I do, so I asked him if he’d be willing to show me and a few others some moves.  That turned into a Co-Q workout with the two of us, and double the fun for all PAX in attendance.

PAX: Snowman, Fergie, Catfish, Milton, Old Bay, Glen Ross, Ashley, Steerage, Gypsy, Jitterbug (R), Mr. Hat (Q), Grinder (Q)

First half of the workout was led by YHC.  We moseyed to the soccer field for warm-ups:  A little downward dog (not trying to steal too much of Mr. Hat’s thunder) into a runner’s stretch, SSHs, Abe Vigodas, Grass Grabbers, and some Michael Phelps.  Once loose, we counted off into two groups and moseyed down the road, then back along the pond path and landings using a variety of methods.  We did some Prisoner Runs, some Native American Runs, and some Bear Crawls, ending back at the amphitheater.

Next, it was time for some Crazy 8’s. We did 8 slow reps of 8 exercises IC, focusing on full movement while moving up one level of the amphitheater with each set.  Exercises consisted of Merkins, Copperhead Squats, Dips, Burpees, SSHs, Decline Plank Jacks, Mountain Climbers, Copperhead Lunges, and Crab Cakes.  We moseyed back down to the amphitheater stage and Mr. Hat took over.

The next 25 minutes, Mr. Hat put us through a non-stop circuit of Yoga moves that tested our stamina, strength, and flexibility.  Again, he says he’s not an expert, but he could have fooled us as he went seamlessly move through move, making sure we worked both halves of our bodies equally.  The most challenging move was a little less complex than what the guy is doing in the photo above, but did consist of us attempting to support all our body weight with our hands as we rested our knees on our elbows above.  Between sweaty legs and fear of face-planting, I’m not sure if anyone in the group fully pulled it off, but I can assure you I didn’t come close.  That was what was so cool about his workout though- it not only gave us variety we don’t usually get at our workouts but also opened up a whole new world of challenges for anyone looking to pursue it further. Mr. Hat finished by recommending some Youtube Yoga workouts (Sean Vigue) that we could check out if we wanted to learn more.  And the sure sign that it was a good workout? I had parts of my core that I never knew existed aching the next day.

We moseyed back up to the flag for COT and then headed off to conquer Friday.  I was excited to see some new PAX there that had never posted at NC before and was happy to hear that they liked the site.  If you haven’t been, you’ll have to come check it out.

Photo Credit to Glen Ross (aka photo ninja)

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