January 8, 2019

Decades of JAMS and Pull-ups


59 degrees….perfect weather.

YHC wanted to try a new workout, which also coincided with playing some historically great (and not so great) music. In order to revisit some of the great JAMS of previous decades, I picked songs that hit #1 on the Billboard chart from the 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999, and 2009…the #1 song of the first week of 2019 is extremely lame and unworthy of the airwaves. 

1969 – “Na na na na hey hey hey goodbye” by Steam

SSH x20 IC

Dixie Pickers x10 IC

Imperial Walkers x10 IC

Hillbillies x10 IC

Squats x10 IC


We had to pause briefly from the #1 hits for a Cheesteak staple, “Chumbawumba” burpees, but then it was back to the hits

2009 – “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas

Mosey to the stables

The stables at The Blazing Saddle are a glorious opportunity, one all should experience. They are clean, well-lit (our awesome AOQ U-Rock found a light switch for us), and have built-in pull-up bars at every stall. That made a for new routine I called JAMS.

Routine for the morning was 100 JAMS with a pair of stable pullups (Jump lunges, Abs, Merkins, Squats)

  • 20 jump lunges
  • Run down the length of the stable, around, and back 
  • 2 pull-ups
  • 20 LBC’s
  • 2 pull-ups
  • Run down the length of the stable, around, and back 
  • 2 pull-ups 
  • 20 Merkins
  • Run down the length of the stable, around, and back 
  • 2 pull-ups
  • 20 Squats
  • Run down the length of the stable, around, and back 
  • 2 pull-ups
  • Repeat 5 times to get 100 reps of all exercises with 40 pull-ups

During this section of the workout the following #1 JAMS were heard:

1969 – “Get Back” by The Bealtes

1979 – “My Sharona” by The Knack

1979 – “Don’t Stop til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson

1979 – “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor

1989 – “Hangin’ Tough” by NKOTB

1989 – “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel

During the mosey back to Startex we heard “Two Princes” by The Spin Doctors, a 1999 #1 hit.

Again, deviating from the #1 JAMS for a Cheesteak staple, we did squats to “Flower” by Moby. The PAX groaned.


Because life would suck without Mary, we listened to the 2009 #1 hit, “My Life Would Suck Without You” by Kelly Clarkson.

Dealer’s Choice: Watchita picked flutter kicks x20 IC, Woody picked BBSU x20 and 1040 picked dying cockroaches x10 IC


Sparky, Woody, 1040, Murse, Halpert, Watchita, U-Rock, Tomb Raider, Cheesesteak on Q

Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Righteousness is one of those words that has a bad reputation these days. It’s probably most often associated with self-righteousness, which is basically when I do something that’s more about me than anyone else. Righteousness is when we do the things that keep us in right relationship with God and our neighbors.

There are a lot of things I hunger and thirst for, but sometimes righteousness isn’t one of them. I am thirsty for water almost all day. I got a drink before I posted and I’m thirsty now and will get some water before I even get home. I’m hungry almost all day, too, and rarely miss a meal.

Sometimes, when people hurt me, offend me, disappoint me, or let me down, I’m happy to hurt them. Or when I have a bad day, or when I’m tired or hangry, I’m more likely to lash out.  So instead of hungering for righteousness, I hunger for retaliation or vengeance.

In the same way I hunger for food, I should hunger for doing what’s right. That means I don’t just shrug at the opportunity to do what’s right, I look for doing right like I scour the fridge when I am late to eat lunch. And I want to do right not to please God enough to earn his approval. I do right because God made me to live just like him. 

John Piper says we should hunger and thirst for God and his word more than eating, exercise, consuming media, or kissing my wife…that’s a challenge for us to desire to do right and be right and live right by getting our priorities aligned. 


LOVE the atmosphere at The Blazing Saddle. It’s peaceful but full of gloomy opportunities.

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