Saturday, December 3
Always 70 and Sunny
Always 70 and Sunny

First Day of School — Teamwork then Recess


On this sunny and 70 morning in the RVA, 16 regulars and 1 FNG posted (at least briefly) for a beatdown on the beautiful dew-filled fields of NoToll and it went a little something like this:

Mosey to the (SNIPER…Viral is down, I repeat, Viral is down — check on our brother and carry on…) to the back parking lot for COP, including:

  • SSHs IC x20
  • Don Quixote’s x10
  • Helicopter x10
  • Hillbillies x15
  • Hand-Release Merkins x15
  • Flutter Kicks x20


Mosey to the first field and partner up by the fence for the first set of partner exercises…Wilson was solo until Flashdance appeared out of the darkness to fill-in for Viral.  The Bat signal worked.

  • 20 PLTs x3 with your partner
  • 20 (2-count) Boo-yah Merkins – down, up, clap right hands, then down, up clap left hands = 1…yes, the PAX LOVED this one!
  • Al Gore for the six

Mosey to the Pavillion for more Partner exercises – keeping your same partner –

  • Dora 1, 2 (no time for 3) — Partner 1 sprints across the field and back while Partner 2 does box jumps and then box cutters = complete 100 box jumps and 200 box cutters as a team.
  • Plank-o-rama for the six
  • 20 last box cutters for everyone OYO to help the last team finish

RECESS TIME:  Mosey to the front field (which appeared damp and freshly mowed of course) for some Ultimate Fris-BURPEE.  Partners split up – one skins, one shirts to form 2 teams.  Each time the Frisbee hit the ground (except kickoffs), the ENTIRE PAX did 1 Burpee where they were and then play continued.  I believe the final score was Skins 3, Shirts 1, but I KNOW for a fact that we did a LOT of Burpees.  Note to self – it is time for the glow in the dark Frisbee.

Mosey back to the Flag (avoiding obstacles) for number-rama, name-a-rama and COT.  YHC took us out.



Another great crowd at NoToll – though YHC was a little worried there wasn’t going to be enough for the RECESS activity until the New Market clown car (with McRib close behind) came rolling in right on time.  Then, our man Viral found a loose obstacle (branch, twig, root??) no more than 10 steps into the mosey and went down with a twisted ankle.  He left, got some ice and returned for COT…hope you’re feeling better brother.  I’ll leave it to Big Data to determine points for injuries, but I think returning for COT and BOM counts in my book!

While the lighting was difficult and the bazooka arm of Viral was sorely missed, the PAX got their Burpee quota in and had some fun with Ultimate Fris-BURPEE.  I don’t know about you guys, but between that, the Dora sprints and the 40 booyah merkins, I was gassed…and FULL OF BLADES OF GRASS EVERYWHERE…EVERYWHERE.  By my watch, we logged 2.2 miles in total.

Welcome Cheesesteak – hope to see you back out again soon!

Great work men.  Always a pleasure to lead.  Thanks for following along today.

No more Gumbo for you!



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  1. Great fields for some Fris-burpee fun, good call Gumbo, that might be the last time we can do that and have some light. Still finding grass in random places.
    Points for coming back for the COT Viral.

  2. I’m still laughing about the SNIPER.

    I was so bummed to miss the fun. After y’all headed out for COP I limped back to the car and went home and grabbed some ice and wanted to come back for the COT. Glad I did. I knew I wouldn’t be able to walk all the way down to the field but it was great hearing the cheers and groans of each score (and burpee) from the parking lot. 😀

    The ankle is stiff and about the size of a medium-sized piece of citrus, so I’ll do my best to stay off it for a little while. I imagine I’ll be showing in the comments more than any of the workouts for a few days. 🙂

  3. Nice job Gumbo! Those booya merkins kicked my butt.

    Viral get better soon!

    Welcome Cheesesteak!


  4. Thanks everyone.

    Oh and welcome Cheesesteak! Just so you know, someone doesn’t always get painfully injured at each workout. 😀