5 Core Principles: Free of charge | Open to all men | Held outdoors, rain or shine, hot or cold | Led by men who participate in the workout in a rotating fashion with no training or certification necessary | End w/ a Circle of Trust
*It only took me 3 Q’s to finally recite all of the 5 Core Principles on my own…”Mommy wow! I’m a big kid now!”
Pax were informed that the Q has been to a few beatdowns at The Stairs, but the Q has never attacked the stairs head-on to see what he could do. That challenge has been nagging the Q, so that will be the Thang. The Q invited other Pax to join him, or to take the time during the warmup to determine how they want to challenge themselves on this beatdown.
-Spread the legs 10 count stretch to the left, right, and middle
All Pax decided to take the stairs.
-Pax took on the Stairs AMRAP, and were encouraged to plank during any needed recovery period. Pax completed various amounts of flights, with 7 flights being the most completed by a single Pax.
I see now why we often mix in exercises with climbing The Stairs!!
In honor of the Beaker beatdown, Pax completed Dealer’s Choice Mary. Each Pax would call out an exercise of their choice and lead the exercise by counting the cadence:
-Toto, 15 LBC
-Splitter, 15 Scissor Kicks
-Bart Simpson, 12 WWII Situps
At one of my first Coffeeteria’s, in response to learning that I had been a police officer, Bald Eagle asked how I handled situations where another officer was not following the law. I didn’t have the words at the time, but I’ve reflected on that conversation since.
Before I was an offer, “Professional Courtesy” was letting other officer’s off with a warning when you encountered them breaking minor laws (speeding, running stop signs, etc). I was trained that “Professional Courtesy” is conducting yourself in a way where you don’t put other officer’s in a position where they have to decide whether to give me a ticket or a warning. You don’t speed, you go 5 under the speed limit. You don’t roll through stop signs, you do a full stop and wait an extra 2 seconds. If you’re ever pulled over, you never bring up that you’re a police officer, so that it doesn’t put the other officer in a position where they might compromise their ethics.
So when I was put in a position where I pulled over another officer, or when an officer was driving drunk, I didn’t struggle with what to do. Their poor decision broke the “Professional Courtesy” code, I was only responding to their poor decisions. They got a ticket, or were arrested, every time.
As a police officer, I held myself to a higher standard to protect other officers from having to make a decision that could compromise their ethics. As a husband, father and leader, I am still working to hold myself to a higher stander so that those around me aren’t put in a position where they may have to make a decision on whether to compromise their ethics. It’s a journey, not a destination.
~Do you presume to criticize the great Oz?!!?