Protect the Family Jewels!

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  • When: 7/14/16
  • QIC: Drone
  • The PAX: Toxic (respect), SOC, Feud, Jumanji, Heisenberg, Big Bird, OTC, Biiiiing, Pyro, Snuffy (respect), Sticky Rice, LIFO, Eileen

It was a dark and gloomy morning, and YHC decided to take the 15 dedicated pax back to basics with a baseline workout.


  • 15 x BAC fwd/bkwd (IC)
  • 10 x Merkins (IC)
  • 15 x J. Lo’s (IC)

The Thang

Mosey to the edge of the field, partner up, disclaimer about proper form enforced by partner.  2 minutes max reps each while partner counts, then flapjack.

  • Merkins (chest to ground, full elbow extension)
  • Big Boy Situps (shoulder blades to ground, elbows to legs)
  • Dead Hang Pull Ups (chin over bar, arms locked at bottom)
  • Squats (butt to bench)
  • Kettle block swings (knees slightly bent on downswing, block eye level on upswing)
  • Box jumps

The pax who were unfamiliar with Kettle Bell Swing form quickly learned to “swing low, sweet chariot” to avoid crushing their respective cojones when swinging a 37-lb. cinder block between their legs.  Due to limited cinder blocks for KBS, half of the pax did box jumps first and then switched.

Prison Cell AMRAP (5 min.)

  • 1 lap around field
  • 10 Pull ups
  • 10 Prison Cell Merkin Burpees (PCMB) – think mountain climber + burpee; start at plank, one rep is left knee up, Merkin, right knee up, Merkin, jump, Merkin
  • 30 Jumping Squats

The clock cut this crowdpleaser short, and most pax were only able to complete one round.  Might be one for a revisit down the road…

Naked Grimy Moleskin

YHC resonated with Barker’s BoM message from last week about the challenges of life and the need to simplify and focus on what is truly important.  Personally, it’s been a stressful few months – two sibling weddings, a graduation, and the death of a loved one in a six-week span, plus five straight weekends of travel, financial strains, a broken AC unit, and having to move out of our house to have it tented for termites have left YHC and my M struggling to breathe emotionally and relationally.  I’ve heard people say that “God won’t give us more than we can handle” – I call BS.  God regularly gives us more than we can handle, because He wants us to depend on Him, and we won’t truly depend on Him if we think we have everything under control.

The story of Gideon in the book of Judges is a perfect example: “The Lord said to Gideon, “The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’” (7:2) God whittled Gideon’s army down from 32,000 to 300 men just so that they would be forced to trust Him and would know beyond any doubt that their victory was His doing.  Is it any different with us?  He gives us more than we can handle in our own strength so that we will turn to Him and He can prove Himself faithful.


  • Trinity Rescue breakfast next Friday 7/22 – food prep instructions to be announced
  • GrowRuck 001 registration $100, Jax Pax slots are still available until September
  • GrowRuck prep conference call, date and time TBD

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