Back Blast “Memory Games” 29-Jul-2020 the Blender at the Mutt Wednesday 05:30 Crock Pot Q

PAX: 12
Plumb Bob
Left Eye
Fall Guy (R)
Tin Cup
Crock Pot (Q)

Weather: 70 deg, low humidity. The weather was refreshing compared to that of the past 14 days.

YHC is not a professional, nor has he received any certification or training. Everything Q says is merely a suggestion. You as a PAX are here voluntarily on your own free will. This will likely be a high intensity exercise, so if you have any medical condition or physical limitation, you should consider not participating. You are encouraged to modify everything as necessary according to your ability, disability, injury, fitness level, etc.

Warm Up:
Side Straddle Hops (IC): x15
Slooooow Grass Grabbers (IC): x10
Stay down, hold left ankle: 10 count
Stay down, hold right ankle: 10 count
Downward Dog: 10 count
Cobra: 10 Count
Kendra Newman forward: 10 count
Kendra Newman backward: 10 count
Michael Phelps: 10 count
Imperial Walker (IC): x10
Toy Soldiers (IC): x10
SSH @ 1.5x (IC): x15

YHC set up two whiteboards on campus at the Mutt equidistant from where everyone had their lifting stations. The boards were remotely located, thus a PAX from group A would run to the left, group B would run to the right. This way we each had our own spaced out stations and didn’t cross paths while running. The idea was that the PAX would run two at a time, one to each board. PAX would choose an exercise and announce it upon their return to the big group. Each PAX had the ability to choose from the two options and do AMRAP for 60 seconds. At that point the next pair of PAX would sprint to and from the whiteboards, bringing back two more exercises. If we completed the board, we’d do a new round.

You’re smart, so you knew there would be a catch. The catch was you had to remember the exercises that had been chosen prior to your turn. If a PAX mistakenly repeated an exercise, everyone did 10 man makers as punishment. Thus, you had to remember all the exercises and make a smart choice when you got to the board. This got harder as we progressed due to the mixture of fatigue and the dwindling list of acceptable options.

Here is the list of exercises:
Calf Raise
Coupon Swing
Swimmers Press
Triceps Extension
Bench Press
Trunk Rotations
American Hammer
Big Boys
Planked Pull Through

Did you count the exercises? I know, I know, it’s a jerk move to put an odd number of exercises on a list to be chosen in pairs……. and I did it anyway. Whatever. It guaranteed us at least one set of ‘punishment’ man makers per round. But the fun started much sooner than expected.

The first pair of PAX took off and returned quickly. Now, I’m not saying I had low expectations for the group, but suffice it to say I was astounded when the first group chose American Hammers and Bench Press. You see, the exercises (though evenly distributed into 5 upper body, 5 lower body, and 5 core, I’m a weirdo like that) were listed on the whiteboards alphabetically. The first 60 seconds were pure mental bliss for YHC as I silently celebrated that the men of the Mutt had figured out the easiest way to tackle the list. It eliminated the problem of memorization AND they had done so without explicit coordination.

That glimmer of hope only lasted a moment, as hilarity ensued. Somehow, a PAX who shall remain nameless came back and announced “Pickle Pounders” as the next exercise. Not only are pickle pounders not a coupon exercise, it wasn’t even on the list (nor was anything even remotely similar). YHC will never understand how something like this happened, however it was more in line with my expectations of the group. We all did 10 punishment man makers as Buschhhhh asked aloud how a memory game could ever impair one’s reading ability. Not to be outdone, Digiorno, who shall be named because he did it just to be funny, announced “Saturday nights” as his first exercise. It was also not on the list. He knew this, because by the time YHC announced 10 more man makers for the group, Digiorno had already done three of his 10.

Believe it or not, we did several rounds of the memory game before time was called.

I’ll keep it classy, as I was an invited guest to the Mutt and I’m not in the business of biting the hand that feeds me. They treated me great, so I’ll return the favor and be sure NOT to mention the following things in this back blast: Buschhhhh was obviously using a coupon that only weighed 25 pounds, Fridge took way too long to choose an exercise (dude stood in front of the whiteboard like it was written in Spanish), Fall Guy was the only one solid enough to use the coupon during sets of American Hammers, and Backdraft wore a big goofy grin the ENTIRE workout because he was my partner and could see my cheat sheet.

Announcements: This weekends golf scramble at Sleepy Hollow, proceeds benefiting Hope Scarves.

Way back in the Old Testament, Moses was leading God’s people and they had made it just close enough to see the land that God had promised to give them. Moses sent out 12 spies to check everything out and bring back a report about the land, the crops, the people, the army, the buildings, and the city. 12 dudes went into the same place, saw the same things, and came back with vastly different reports. 10 guys were scared to death. One of them even said specifically that they were like grasshoppers compared to the army warriors in the city. Those 10 spies saw only the obstacles.

2 guys (Joshua and Caleb) came back with a different report. They saw the opportunities. The land was worth fighting for and the enemy was able to be defeated.

Today’s workout was designed to mimic that scenario. Go to the board, see the same thing everyone else sees, and make the choice of the ‘opportunity’, not the ‘obstacle’. YHC’s challenge to the men of the Mutt was simple. Be the kind of man who goes into a situation, sees what everyone else sees, and focuses on the opportunities, not the obstacles. We need that more than ever.

NakedMan Moleskin:
It was great to see a (recovered) Tin Cup back out with PAX keeping his distance but pushing himself.

NakedMan Moleskin 2:
This is more of a philosophical statement, as it doesn’t apply so much right now in the foggy and unique COVID-19 situation. But, in general, here are examples why you should make it a priority to visit the PAX at other sites: Backdraft made sure I had everything I needed before the Q. He even did a double check to make sure I knew I had scheduled Qs on back-to-back days. Immediately after the workout Digiorno asked me how my family, and in particular, my two sons were doing. Note that he’s only met them once but still specifically asked about them. In just the time between the Q and the posting of this back blast, Fall Guy and I have exchanged messages over slack and Fridge hit me up to say it was a great Q.

This is caliber of men that I’ve met at every site. I encourage you to be this kind of man when people visit your AO, and that you go visit theirs. [hops off soap box]

To the Mutt: much love. I’ll be back.

Until next meal,
Crock Pot

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