On this Moday April 19, 2021, Wasted and 14 other Pax commemorated the start of the Revolutionary War – Saigon Sam, Deuce, Dollar Bill, Full Monty, Sofa, Terminator, Prunetang, GNC, Mulligan, Allstate, Outhouse, Inside Out, Yardsale…plus we welcomed FNG Double Wide (Don Smith), all joined in on a fact-filled intense block beatdown at the Badlands AO, while listening to patriotic tunes. This is a recollection of what occured.
Welcomed everyone to F3, a free, volunteer peer-led workout. I am not a professional, so it is each individual’s responsibility to please exercise safe and modify as necessary to avoid injury. F3 stands for Fitness, Fellowship and Faith.
On this day, April 19, 1775, the Revolutionary War began with the confrontation between British troops and local militia at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts. Throughout the war, state troops and local militias supplemented the Continental (Federal) Army. The total number of men who served in the Continental Army is not known, but the largest active total force at one time is thought to be 24,000.
The American Revolutionary War began on April 19, 1775, with a battle between British soldiers and American revolutionaries at Concord and Lexington in Massachusetts. The first shot of the war – the so-called “shot heard ’round the world”.
Warm-up: (to honor those brave revolutionists,we paced everything at 17 and 75 reps)
- Mosey march round parking lot, blocks above heads in rifle carry position
- bbsu 25, merkins 25, ssh 25 (75)
- little baby arm circles forward, backward – 17
- Michael Phelps – 17
1Q): How many American Colonies were there that went to war with Great Britain in the American War of Independence? C: 13
Round 1 – 17 reps manmakers, soldier / rifle carry block around parking lot, then 75 reps consisting of 25 blockees, 25 squats, 25 thrusters
2aQ): What was the incident where British troops fired on a mob, killing five people in Boston, later called? Boston Massacre; 2bQ): The Boston Tea Party took place in? 1773; 2cQ): What did the patriots disguise themselves as at the Boston Tea Party? Native Americans
Round 2 – 17 reps squats, soldier/rifle carry block around parking lot while peforming native american walk, then 75 reps consisting of 25 squats, 25 thrusters, 25 kettle bell swings
3Q): Who warned the colonial militia that British General Gage was coming? Paul Revere
Round 3 – 17 reps thrusters, soldier/rifle carry block around parking lot while peforming native american walk, then 75 reps consisting of 25 thrusters, 25 shoulder presses, 25 deadlifts
4Q): Who led the Continental Army? George Washington
Round 4 – 17 flutter kicks, soldier/rifle carry block around parking lot, then 75 reps consisting of 25 flutter kicks, 25, hello dollys, 25 heels to heaven
5Q): Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? Thomas Jefferson
Round 5 – 17 blockees / manmakers
…if there was time, we would repeat from Round 1 again and have some extra trivia…. there wasnt time…..but here is the trivia
Q: When did congress order the publication of the Declaration of Independence? July 4, 1776
Q: What document declared the colonies as the free and independent United States of America? Declaration of Independence
Q: What European countries did the American Colonies receive crucial aid from? Spain and France
- Naming of FNG
- Prayer requests
The first shot of the war – the so-called “shot heard ’round the world” is not actually known to history. The term comes from a poem, “Concord Hymn”, by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.”
The bridge in question is North Bridge, in Concord, where it is established that the first shots by American soldiers acting under orders were taken, as well as the first British fatalities and retreat.
The war would end eight years later with the independence of a new country born of the Thirteen Colonies – the United States of America.
F3 is non-denominational, but I am a Christian, so we ended this session with a Christian prayer:
For Christians in Leadership Positions: (found this while researching revolutiomnary war)
Loving Lord, I bring before You the many leaders of the world, and those in high positions, knowing that the nation whose God is the Lord is a blessed nation indeed. I pray for those leaders around the world, and these men who decide to come out into the gloom to lead me,, who are seeking to abide by the truth of Your law. May they be tools, used by You, to maintain justice and righteousness in their respective positions and nations.
I particularly lift up those men and women whom You have called into national leadership positions and pray that they will give You first place in their lives. May they seek You diligently in prayer when they are called upon to make difficult decisions that affect the lives of so many people.
Lead and guide them into all truth and guard them from the ridicule that Christian leaders of our nations inevitably have to face in a world that has predominantly abandoned the truth of Scripture.
Lord, I lift up all kings, governors and those in high positions, and pray that You will bring many to faith in the Lord Jesus, so that we may all live peaceably in this world into which You have placed us.
Protect our nation O Lord I pray, and bring us back to a nation whose God is the Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.