Backblast #215 – War.


Date: August 3, 2019

Preblast: I’m posting the pre-blast one day early so you have one more night to swing by a grocery store. Here’s the deal: Saturday’s workout was planned to be a team vs team workout, so let’s make it a friendly competition!! At the end of the workout, the *LOSING* team will have to do the number of *burpees* equal to how many items the *WINNING* team brought for donation. In avoidance of doubt, here are some examples. If you bring a box of package oatmeal packets, that counts as a single item. If you bring a box of granola bars, that counts as a single item. I’m bringing a 4X6 folding table as part of the workout, so lets plan on filling that table full of donations and rally around @Hasselhoff in support of this good cause. I will take your early HCs for this 0700 Saturday Morning workout @ the Zoo.

AO: The Zoo

60° / 90% Humidity / 29.3in Pressure

Core Principles and Disclaimer recited to 9 PAX

Kraut, Hanz, Bald Eagle, Dapends, Hank the Tank, Roid Rage, Stalin, Basic Bro, Snoop (QIC)

Capri Lap
Cherry Pickers with a Back Clap IC X15
Arm Circles X30 → Overhead Claps X30  → Seal Claps X30 → 30 Second count from Basic Bro while keeping arms raised at side.
Jump Lunges to Burpee (This was new and I struggled through the cadence. It needs a bit of work).
Lateral Bear Crawl to cone (About 15 Yards) and back.
High Knees to cone and back. 

The Thang
We filled the table with food donations for Hand to Hand! I asked the group if somebody would be willing to step up and lead the second team, as the group would be broken into two teams competing against each other. Hank the Tank step up and took leadership over team one. 

As the preblast indicated, the team that lost, was going to have to do the total number of burpees equal to the amount of items brought by the winning team. This is when I broke it to the PAX, that the winning team was going to be decided by luck.

Team 1 Vs Team 2 in a friendly game of war.

YHC shuffled and split the deck, giving Hank the Tank the opportunity to choose which pile he wanted to play from.

The rules were simple: Each round would have a winning team, dictated by who won the card flip. Any numbered cards would get +10 reps to the number showing, Face cards were 25 reps, and Aces were 30 reps. The winning team of the flip, got to do the lower amount of reps showing (The losing card) and the losing team had to do reps equal to the winning card showing.

Round 1
Army crawl to 1st cones + Merkins: Won by team 1
Mosey to 2nd cones + Jump Squats: Won by Team 2
Army crawl to 1st cones + Lunges: Won by Team 2
Mosey to 2nd cones + LBCs: Won by Team 2.

At the end of the first round, it was 3-1, which team 2 taking a solid lead. As a break for motivation, the PAX did motivators from 4.

Round 2
Army crawl to 1st cones + WW1 Situps: Won by team 1
Mosey to 2nd cones + Squats: Won by Team 1
Army crawl to 1st cones + Plank Jacks: Won by Team 2
Mosey to 2nd cones + SSH: Won by Team 2.

At the end of the second round, it was team 2 in the lead with 5 wins. Team 1 was trailing by 2 with 3 wins, however there was some nefarious behavior by team 1, possibly attempting to rig the deck, so the two claimed wins in round 2 were suspect. 

Motivators from 4 before running into the 3rd round, which wouldn’t be fully completed due to time.

Round 3
High Knees to 1st cones + Mountain Climbers: Won by team 1
Mosey to 2nd cones + BBS: Won by Team 2
High Knees to 2nd cones + Shoulder Taps: Won by Team 2

In the end, team 2 (Stalin, Dapends, Hanz, and Snoop) won with a commanding lead of 7 to 4ish. This resulted in team 1 having to split a total of 69 Burpees, for a total of 14 from each PAX on team 1 (Basic Bro, Hank the Tank, Bald Eagle, Kraut, Roid Rage)

American Hammers IC X20
Circle of Merkins. Three times around the circle, adding a merkin rep each time
Boat Canoe 



“The people we surround ourselves with either raise or lower our standards. They either help us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves or encourage us to become lesser versions of ourselves. We become like our friends. No man becomes great on his own. No woman becomes great on her own. The people around them help to make them great.We all need people in our lives who raise our standards, remind us of our essential purpose, and challenge us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves.” 


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