Always 70 and Sunny
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Getting Your Hands Dirty


Two Davillians converged on the Atlee parking lot to slosh through a workout, hot-potato style. Here is what happened.


(Helix Q)

Mosey to bus loop for COP:

  • SSH x 20 IC + burpees x 2
  • Lunge Squats x 10 each leg IC + burpees x 4
  • Arm Circles (10 small, 5 big, reverso) IC + burpees x 6
  • Helicopters x 10 IC + burpees x 8
  • Copperhead Squats x 10 IC + burpees x 6
  • Don Quixotes x 10 + IC burpees x 4
  • Flutter kicks x 20 + IC burpees x 2

A few steps to crosswalk for a partner exercise:

One partner runs to gas pump and back while the other partner progresses forward with an exercise. Switch partners until both arrive at gas pump. Exercises were Russian Soldiers, Bear Crawl, Burpee Broad Jumps.

Mosey to basketball court.

  • A. pull-ups x 3
  • B. Run to 1st basketball goal and do 10 Squats; return to A.
  • C. Run to 2nd basketball goal and do 20 Merkins; return to A.
  • D. Run to 3rd basketball goal and do 10 Squats; return to A.
  • E. Run to 4th basketball goal and do 20 Merkins; return to A.
  • (Total 15 pull-ups, 40 Squats, 60 Merkins)

(Phonics Q)

Mosey to soccer field. 11s, traversing from bleachers to bench on either side of field. Exercises were Dips with full extension (think APDs) and Mountain Climbers.

Mosey to Senior parking lot by football practice field for multiple rounds of Touch-5-Trees. When returning to base, do 20 Merkins. Exercises at each tree were:

  • Round 1 – Burpees x 2
  • Round 2 – Freddy Mercurys x 10
  • Round 3 – Monkey Humpers x 10
  • Round 4 – LBCs x 20

Mosey to benches by Atlee entrance near bus loop for one leg squats (back leg on bench) Tabata style, one round (eight sets of 20 sec with 10 sec rest, alternating legs)

Back to virtual flag for Plank-O-Rama and Minutes of Mary. Exercises were:

  • Alternating Carolina Dry Docks and Merkins x 10 IC
  • Side plank hip lifts x 10 IC, each side
  • Reverse plank hip lifts x 10 IC
  • American Hammers x 20 IC
  • Heels to Heaven x 20 IC

Numberama, Name-o-rama, Helix took us out.


Looking out the window now, seeing blue sky and yellow sun, it is hard to imagine that just a couple of hours ago the atmosphere was quite different – wet, muddy, dark, and just cold enough to be uncomfortable. The worst, though, was pulling into an empty parking lot two minutes before go-time. In short order, though, Phonics came on the scene, and suddenly the outlook changed.

Phonics and Helix quickly confirmed that neither had called the Q, so Phonics granted Helix the first half. Helix kept things dry. Phonics, however, grabbed the reigns and, in no time, the Pax was immersed in sloshing sounds, mud sprays, and a need to high-step to minimize slipping. Now it felt like an F3 workout.

In post-workout discussion, Phonics reflected on the sterile environment we have lived in for the past year with hand sanitizers, masks, other PPE, and avoiding human touch. Much hopeful talk about 2021 seems to focus on returning to normal. But pre-COVID “normal” was not perfect. From YHC’s perspective, 2020 was a time of tremendous progress and lessons learned. Many of our practices from 2020 should change. Some, however, should not. We should slosh through mud puddles. Washing hands is critical for public health; but it may be important, too, to find times to get our hands dirty – palms bracing the earth in a communal cadence of Merkins.

Many thanks to Phonics for letting YHC share in the workout this morning.


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  1. Great working out with you today Helix. Today’s workout was a smoker. Although we did not cover nearly as much of the campus as last week, it seemed like we were in constant motion and likely covered a similar distance. Enjoyed the conversation after the workout about Covid, the immune system, and 2021.

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