16 pax decided to follow Lab Rat and jump up on the sofa to protect their precious feet from the burning lava below. With no mothers to yell at them to get off the furniture, they proceeded as follows:
- Warmup COT to keep from pulling anything.
- Balance lap around the loop staying on the curb. Everything not curb is lava.
- Run along the curb when available to the rusty cage.
- Get to Higher Ground:
- Partner assisted muscle ups X5: Pullup, then keep going until you are above the bar with arms straight.
- Partner assisted bar swings X2?: Pullup, then swing your feet above the bar so you are inverted. With stomach on the bar, swing up to the top of the bar. This was hard.
- Over to the parallel bars, hang underneath by hands and feet, traverse the length of the bar. Ground is lava, obviously. X2.
- Leap of Faith: At amphitheater, starting at the bottom, leap from one level to the next alternating legs. The grass is lava. Go back down bunny hopping. The rocks are lava back down.
- Human Steeplechase: Run out 10 feet and plank. Next guy runs out and jumps plankers +10 feet then planks. Continue until the end of the lawn. On the way back, crawl underneath plankers.
Credit or blame of this workout goes to Hardywood for lending me the book, “Natural Born Heroes” by Christopher McDougall. It’s a mixed up story about parkour, alternative dieting, Greek mythology and a badass group of Cretan rebels and British archaeologists turned war heroes during World War 2. Hard to get going because he jumps around characters a bit much, but the message is a good one. What are we built to do as humans? Hunt, gather, escape danger, protect the tribe, and share information. This morning was an attempt to share information about escaping danger. What better way to test our capabilities then the game everybody probably played as a kid, “the floor is lava”? I seriously thought it would be an easier workout overall with 0 merkins (not a single merkin) or situps, but by the end, there was lots of red mud and sweat, mixed in with a bit of blood for good measure. IF you DID NOT feel like you got your money’s worth out of the workout this morning, the good news is that you can attend several boot camps tomorrow to get your fill of the usual exercises. I had fun…I especially liked the assisted muscle ups. That might be a personal challenge going forward, to be able to do 1 unassisted. We’ll see.
Apology of the week goes out to Bodos for ripping off his callous (ouch!!!) Let me know if I can buy you a pair of gloves.