Independence Day history lesson beatdown

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12 PAX chose not to fartsack on the holiday. The conditions were typical Florida. HOT and HUMID. YHC decided to honor the holiday with some facts about the American Flag as well as facts about July 4th. YHC took the year of the event and added numbers together to get how many of each exercise we were going to complete.

  • We started with a little warm up to Tubthumping but used Dubish Heroes version. (We ended up doing 28 burpees) –  There have been 27 official versions of the American flag
  • First flag 1777 – 22 LBC
  • Independence Day became a federal holiday in 1870 – 16 Star Jacks OYO
  • Contrary to popular belief, only two Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The majority of signers penned their signatures on August 2, 1776, – 2 pull ups and 21 merkins
  • The holiday does not celebrate the signing of the Declaration; it celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress.
  • The flag, as it flies today with 50 stars and 13 stripes, was designed in 1958 by 17-year-old high school student, Robert G. Heft, of Lancaster, Ohio – lap around
  • Our country now boasts 318.9 million citizens, but on the first Fourth of July there were only 2.5 million – 25 American Hammer
  • The oldest, continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States is the 4th of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island; it began in 1785 – 21 mountain climbers IC
  • The “Star Spangled Banner” was written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812 and not decreed the official national anthem of the United States until 1931 – 26 Raise the Roof IC
  • Three U.S. Presidents, John Adams (2), Thomas Jefferson (3) and James Monroe (5), died on July 4th; Adams and Jefferson died within hours of each other in 1826 while Monroe died in 1831 – 20 groiners and 16 sumo squats with leg lift
  • The country’s 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on Independence Day in 1872 – 30 Heisenberg step-ups, 15 each leg
  • To avoid cracking it, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. To mark the quintessential day, every fourth of July it is symbolically tapped 13 times – 13 smurf jacks
  • The average age of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. Benjamin Franklin was the oldest at age 70, and Edward Rutledge was the youngest at age 26 – 45 step lunge walk
  • 56 people signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pa – 28 Pickle Pounders/28 Proud Pickles
  • 13 original colonies

Delaware – Dips

Rhode Island – Reverse Crunch

Pennsylvania – People’s air presses

South Carolina – Carolina Dry Docs

New Jersey – Jump Squats

Georgia – Goofballs

Connecticut – Chillcut Peter Parker

Massachusetts – Monkey Humpers

Maryland – Makhtar N’Diayes

North Carolina – Never Cross Dolly

New Hampshire – Hydraulic Squat

Virginia – V Ups

New York – Rockette Hillbillies

Captain Thor to 10/40.

Ended with a quick stretch.


During the workout (to rest a little), YHC read parts of the Declaration of Independence.

Instead of praying, YHC decided to end the workout with saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

Please pray for Synape’s sister in dealing with a tragedy this week. Please keep our President and leaders in our prayers.

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