Showed up a little early at “The Mount” to scout out the AO and put out some cones. It was little soggy from the rain, about 56 degrees and about 80% chance of rain – Perfect! The PAX all rolled in on time and we got started at 5:30 sharp.
Side Straddle Hops x 20, IC
Wind Mills x 14, IC
Alternating toe touches x 15, IC
Peter Parkers x 15, IC
Then we got right into the Thang:
Before we got started I had set 4 cones out in a large loop through the parking lot and field at the AO. These would be our pain stations for our BLIMP Ladder. We would start with Burpees x 10, then head to Lunge station x 10 each leg;
Then back to Burpees station x 10, then to lunge station x 10 each leg, then Imperial Storm Troopers station x 10 each leg;
Then back to Burpees station x 10, then to lunge station x 10 each leg, then Imperial Storm Troopers station x 10 each leg, then Merkins station x 20;
Then back to Burpees station x 10, then to lunge station x 10 each leg, then Imperial Storm Troopers station x 10 each leg, then Merkins station x 20, then Plank Jacks station x 30;
Then back to Burpees station x 10, then to lunge station x 10 each leg, then Imperial Storm Troopers station x 10 each leg, then Merkins station x 20, then Plank Jacks station x 30, then back to starting station for Squats x 40 which completed our BLIMP ladder.
We then Moseyed over to the block pile behind the Walgreen’s up the street from the AO. We did 2 sets of the following exercises with our blocks OYO:
Curls x 20
Kettle Bell Swings x 15
Overhead Presses x 15
Staggered Arm Merkins, alternating each time x 10 each arm
Skull Crushers x 15
Bent over rows x 20
Scissor Squats (Block overhead optional) x 10 each leg
After completing our 2 sets of block work we moseyed back to the AO for some Abs:
Dying Cockroach x 20
Box Cutters x 15
Pretzels x 8 each side and then time was up, 5:16 am
We circled up for the count off, name-o-rama and WOD.
For the WOD I had prepared to talk about patience and was going to read Romans 8:24 – 30, however, on my drive to the AO I heard a bit on the radio where a charity the station runs was getting ready to sneak into someones house and provide a struggling family with a Christmas this year that otherwise would not have been able to provide any gifts for the kid(s). They read the letter that was sent to the station nominating this family and it almost brought me to tears. Basically one of the teachers from the child’s school that works with this kid nominated the family. The family lived in a small mobile home that wasn’t in great shape and was struggling to make ends meet and would not be able to provide Christmas gifts for the child. The child was an 8 year old boy in 3rd grade (My son is 8 and in the 3rd grade so maybe that’s why this hit home with me) who was born with a hearing disability and has permanent implants to be able to hear and therefore gets some additional help at school. If this wasn’t bad enough, the boy was recently diagnosed with a rare disorder that would cause the boy to slowly loose his vision over the next year. The vision loss had started and the teacher nominating the child believed this would likely be the last Christmas this boy would ever be able to see and therefore wanted to make it something special that he could always remember.
This story just really put things in perspective for me. We all have our daily routines and its easy to forget how fortunate we are and how much we take for granted each day, especially this time of year. I challenged everyone to just take some time to appreciate all that they have and are blessed with and try to find a way this holiday season to help make a difference in someone else’s life who is less fortunate.