June 4, 2018

Arms N Abs Return to Germantown with a side of ROCK

THE SCENE:  Mid-60s and sunny. The gloom was beautiful.
It was delivered with gusto.


25 mountain climbers (was supposed to be 20 but Q forgot; grumblechatter commenced quickly)
Partner up – leg swings
Mosey to Backseat’s truck where an array of coupons were waiting. Mosey with coupons to other side of parking lot.

YHC brought out a reprisal of what I hope has become a Levee favorite – Arms and Abs extravaganza

PAX partnered up and commenced to locate a station to begin the beatdown. To make it easy (and because YHC is forgetful) PAX were instructed to do 50 total reps of all exercises. One HIM did arms while other did abs. Upon completion, all PAX backpedaled appx 60 yards, then turned around and backpedaled 60 to the next station. A variety of arm exercises including cherry pickers, overhead claps, etc. were performed until all in.

Arm stations consisted of:

  • Standard Merkins
  • Alternating arm merkins on CMU
  • Overhead press with kettlebell
  • Kettlebell curls
  • Bent over flys
  • Forward arm extensions with dumbbell
  • Upright Rows

Ab stations consisted of a rotation of:

  • Flutter Kicks
  • American Hammers (USA!!!!)
  • Hello Dollies
  • Jane Fondas

PAX were treated to an assortment of classic rock tunes designed to amp up the excitement and help the group power through a tough workout. At one point Billy Blanks confided that he doesn’t listen to music recorded before he was born. One can (and should) surmise that his playlist is full of Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber (or Justice Beaver if you’re a fan of the Office), One Direction, and the Jonas Brothers. NTTAWWT.

Upon completion of the arms and abs fest, PAX split into teams for individual 120 yard (and back) sprints. One team was significantly ahead of the other and on the trailing team’s final leg Captain Obvious decided to only run halfway. PAX assumed this would be the most egregious cheat of the morning until we later saw that the Morg had opened a DayCare Center in Bartlett to assure victory in KoTB. Whatever it takes, I guess.

We had about 5 minutes of Mary left and rotated around for some Dealer’s Choice. YHC made the mistake of calling on Cheesesteak first, who then proceeded to order 60 seconds of plank (which turned into like 80 seconds because he sucks at counting apparently).

Ponder, a Willy Loman from Knoxville, was invited to partake with one of their ab exercises and apparently he’s a traveling salesman that specializes in dealing pain because he rolled off some gosh-awful nonsense called ATMs that left everyone half dead.

14; Backseat, Slicnut, Bombay, Captain Obvious, Woody, C-Lo, Billy Blanks, Barney, Cheesesteak, Moneybags, Snowman, MeterMaid, Anklet, and the aforementioned guest Ponder


Whatever is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovely, excellent, admirable, and praiseworthy, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5

My challenge is to take every thought captive today. Think on holy things and when the devil comes at you with temptations whether it’s anger, jealousy, lust or any other things common to men – ask the Lord to help you own that moment and that thought.
“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
Our character and our legacy are just the result of the cumulative result of our thoughts.

I enjoyed getting up this morning and delivering a beatdown. I have heard several PAX talk about being in a bit of a rut lately with workouts, diet, etc. and I have suffered the same problem. But it’s self-inflicted and only we can own our thoughts and own our actions – it’s incumbent upon US to do something about it and get up and post. Attack each day with a positive attitude and pay the rent at your AO of choice!

Continue to pray for Slicnut’s parents (involved in MVA over the weekend) and Harry Caray’s son who is thankfully recovering from a drowning incident last week.