Deck o’ Pain

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  • When: 02/25/2020
  • QIC: Doink
  • The PAX: Fifty Cent, Hacker, Scholls

4 Pax ventured out to Thunderdome for a gloomy, smoky (something is burning in the JCP area) Deck-o’-Pain beatdown…

The format was simple, the execution could have been better—YHC will work on that for next time. 


Disclaimer given, F3 Principles and Mission discussed and warmup commenced:

  • SSH x12 IC
  • Big Arm Circles Fwd & Back x8 IC
  • Michael Phelps x10 IC
  • Reacher x10 IC
  • Mosey lap around pavilion

The Thang:

With some coupons and a deck of cards YHC explained the concept. For the remaining time of the workout:

1 Pax would run about 40 yards away to pick a card—the card’s suit and number corresponded to the exercise and number of reps.

Before choosing a card though, the pax had to do a ‘buy in’ which consisted of:

  • 5 hand release merkins
  • 10 dips
  • 10 LBCs

Exercises were as follows:

  • ACES (of any suit): 15 Burpees
  • CLUBS: Manmakers
  • DIAMONDS: Decline Merkins
  • SPADES: Pencil Squats
  • HEARTS: Coupon Overhead Press

So process was:

  • Buy in (5 HR Merkins/10 dips/10 LBC) — 1 Pax run to pick up card — return and do exercise/reps, plank for 6 — repeat until time called…

All told we did:

  • 30 Burpees (2 Aces pulled)
  • 19 Manmakers
  • 28 Pencil Squats
  • 20 Coupon overhead press
  • 50 Decline Merkins
  • 95 HR Merkins/190 Dips/190 LBC (+ or – a set)


Announcements and Prayer requests: prayers for parenting wisdom and for our 2.0s to make good/better choices and their mental well being, prayers for healing of physical ailments and safe travels (@Scholls heading to Israel!), and for a friend’s young child battling cancer for a 3rd time. Thankful for the opportunity to lead and be out with these HIM.

Rounded it out with a blog post that I read from a former student (about Pursuing the Good) and which really struck me, as I relate strongly to the ‘man looking in the mirror’ in this passage:

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”

Additionally, shared a quote from Marcus Aurelius about being a good man:

“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.”

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