Backblast 8.8 The Ruiner @ The O

155mm Howitizer

PAX (8): Flo Jo, Handbook, Nan Moore, Porkchop, Scuba Steve, Shyster, Vincent,        Violet (Q)

Since I planned to use “Old Cannons” Lane as the location for the workout, I decided to use Artillery as the theme.  Having been an Artilleryman for 7.5 years, I used this opportunity to “drop” some “knowledge bombs” on the PAX.

Warm Up: Since Mortars are kind of like Artillery but not as cool or as hard, the warm up was Mortar themed.  Figured it made since because the warm up is kind of a like a workout, but not as cool or as hard.  PAX moseyed from the Flag to the intersection of Old Cannons Lane and Seneca Park Road with three stops enroute.  PAX performed the same 4 exercises at each stopping point.  PAX performed the number of repetitions equal to the caliber of the mortar system discussed.

Stop 1: 60mm Mortar – Assigned to Light Infantry Companies, Max Range= 3500 m, Blast Radius=15m

  • Mountain Climbers (IC) x 15 reps
  • Monkey Humpers (IC) x 15 reps
  • Four Count Shoulder Touches (IC) x 15 reps
  • Imperial Squat Walkers (IC) x 15 reps

Stop 2: 81mm Mortar – Assigned to Light Infantry Battalions, Max Range= 5600m, Blast Radius=20m

  • Mountain Climbers (IC) x 20 reps
  • Monkey Humpers (IC) x 20 reps
  • Four Count Shoulder Touches (IC) x 20 reps
  • Imperial Squat Walkers (IC) x 21 reps

Stop 3: 120mm Mortar – Assigned to Mechanized Infantry and Stryker Infantry Companies/Battalions, Max Range= 7200m, Blast Radius=24m

  • Mountain Climbers (IC) x 30 reps
  • Monkey Humpers (IC) x 30 reps
  • Four Count Shoulder Touches (IC) x 30 reps
  • Imperial Squat Walkers (IC) x 30 reps

 

The Thang: PAX Ran a loop using Old Cannons Lane, Park Hills Drive and Seneca Park Road (approximately .5 miles in length.  There were four exercise stations along the route.  PAX performed the number of repetitions equal to the caliber of the Artillery piece discussed.   PAX complete two rounds of the loop.

Station 1: 105mm Howitzer – Towed Artillery piece assigned to Light Infantry Divisions, Max Range= 17.5km (10.9 miles), Blast Radius=30m

  • Merkins x 40 reps
  • LBC x 40 reps
  • Groiners x 25 reps

Station 2: 155mm Howitzer – Towed Artillery Assigned to Mechanized and Stryker Infantry Divisions, Max Range= 24km (14.9 miles), Blast Radius=70m

  • Flutter Kicks (single count) x 100 reps
  • Overhead Arm Claps (single count) x 55 reps

Station 3: 155mm Howitzer (Paladin) – Self-propelled Artillery Assigned to Mechanized Infantry and Armor Divisions, Max Range= 22km (13.67 miles), Blast Radius=70m

  • Side Straddle Hops (single count) x 100 reps
  • Shoulder Taps x 55 reps

Station 4: Red Legs – Artillerymen are known as “Red Legs”.  The tradition started in the Mexican American War when Artillery soldiers were issued uniforms with a red stripe down the pants leg.  This tradition continued through the Civil War and then transitioned to dress uniforms through WWI.  Artillerymen now wear Red Socks with their dress uniform to continue the tradition.

  • Criss-Cross Squats x 40 reps
  • Lunges (single count) x 40 reps

 Please note that I purposely failed to recognize the MLRS, HIMARS and LMARs Artillery systems since those units and the men that comprise them are wimps.

After completing two rounds of the loop, the PAX completed one all you got sprint up Old Cannons Lane.

We then Moseyed back to the Flag with one stop to complete 15 T-Bones (see me after a workout and I will demonstrate the T-Bone because I cannot even attempt to articulate how to perform the exercise).

COR, NOR, COT: Announcements included monthly ruck (August 21) and charitable opportunities that are posted on slack.   Lifted up leadership for our households, community, government, and country and asked the Lord to lead through us.  God Bless.

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