Block Around The Clock (aka Intentional Focus)

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  • When: 08/20/2020
  • QIC: Xenu
  • The PAX: Bernie4Points, Zamboni, Shameless, Charmin, Heisenberg, Updraft, Mr. Woodchuck, Screech, Eileen, Snuffleupagus, Shock Treatment, Septum, Bowzer, Pelican, Seatdown, LIFO, B for Burt, Pick 6, PUD, Lego, Green Eggs,

22 PAX (and their block) gathered at a flooded, ant infested BOHICA to spend time together getting better.  

We started with the COP which was really just showcasing some of the block exercises that would experienced in the THING.  That included the Crying Baby (YHC favorite),  Chest Press, Flutter Kicks and Block Swings.   

The THING and message were simple.  Do half-ass exercises, get half-ass results.  Speed doesn’t matter, form does.  FOCUS.  When I said go, everybody ran to one of the 8 positions on the clock laid out on the field and did the block exercise listed on the cone. 8 stations, 8 block exercises, targeting all areas of the body.

Exercises (each performed with a block)

  • Crying Baby
  • Chest Press
  • Military Press
  • Curls
  • Block Swings
  • Squats
  • Flutter Kicks
  • Calf Raises

Between stations, carry block over head or held out from chest.  When you complete the circuit, put down the block and run a lap.  Rinse & Repeat.  Each circuit had a few less reps.  

Everyone roughly finished 5 laps.  To celebrate the effort (and the train), we performed 10 blockees and then carried our blocks overhead to the COT to wrap it up.   

Rough math puts it at 15,200 lbs (7.5 tons) being moved by each PAX today.

In the COT, YHC shared a story.  A few weeks back I was watching a show on TV called Brain Games. It was explained that the brain doesn’t multi-task.  It is just very efficient moving back and forth between task. To be efficient, it short circuits steps it thinks might not be important.  That’s why you end up with less than stellar results when you multi-task.

Naturally, I was multi-tasking while watching.  I was looking at my phone.  It was then that my daughter walked by and said goodnight.  I said goodnight while I continued doing the other things.  

It took a second, but the light bulb went on.  What was I doing?  I put the phone down, turned away from the TV, and went to tell my daughter good night again.  Focus on just her.  

This is what i mean by ‘Intentional Focus‘.  One thing at a time.  Do it right.  Do it well.  I need to get so much better at this.

Prayers for the teachers and students returning to school.

Trinity tomorrow.  Help if you can.




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