The Tower of Pain (TOP) made it’s debut at Star this am. The TOP, which is kept in a top secret location in Hickory, has been described as impressive, striking, dramatic, spectacular, stunning, and awe-inspiring. At least YHC describes it this way. His M, on the other hand, describes it as tiny cardboard box with silly exercises written on the side, that takes up space in the garage. Whatever. Anyway, it was transported over the river this morning, in all of it’s magnificence, then this happened:
46 degrees, calm, clear, and cool. Perfect gloom.
Warm up in CoP around the SF IC
SSH X 20
Plank Jack X 20
ATT X 20
Peter Parker X 20
Lunge Walk X 20 CCW
Parker Peter X 20
High Knees X 20 CW
Mosey to the CarWash for ascending ladder circuit
3 different exercises at 3 different stations, performed ascending (1,2,3,4….to 10)
Station 1 – Tricep Dips (total 55)
Station 2 – Squats (total 55)
Station 3 – Burpees (total 55)
Mosey to left side of Lowes and partner up for Tower of Pain Relay
While man one sprints to the back of the building and back, man two performs as many exercises (as inscribed on the tower) as possible. Then man one performs the same exercise while man two sprints. Continue until both have completed the following series of exercises:
Mosey back to Star for COT/BOM
1) Hotlips cannot dance (River style or otherwise).
2) During the warmup, the CCW Lunge walk and CW High Knees turned into the most awful version of “Follow the Leader” that I’ve ever been part of (Dancing Clowns?).
3) These guys don’t give up. YHC attempted to provide a solid, challenging workout that these men would not soon forget. They kept getting after it!! #Encouragement
– Family Fun Day is Saturday – Contact Cropduster if you are interested
– Smoky Mountain Relay April 21-22 – HBC is the Q. See him to get signed up (that means you too Plank). http://smr.smokymountainrelay.com/
YHC paraphrased the issue of loving your enemy, Gods love, and Frederick Buechners quote from Francis Chans book “Crazy Love”:
“The love for equals is a human thing—of friend for friend, brother for brother. It is to love what is loving and lovely. The world smiles. The love for the less fortunate is a beautiful thing—the love for those who suffer, for those who are poor, the sick, the failures, the unlovely. This is compassion, and it touches the heart of the world. The love for the more fortunate is a rare thing—to love those who succeed where we fail, to rejoice without envy with those who rejoice, the love of the rich for the rich, of the black man for the white man. The world is always bewildered by its saints. And then there is the love for the enemy—love for the one who does not love you but mocks, threatens, and inflicts pain. The tortured’s love for the torturer. This is God’s love. It conquers the world.”
Proud to lead you men today.