September 10, 2020

Preparing on the Sunny Day

Humid, 73 degrees at the Armory. Clears skies, half moon overhead.



Sun gods for 1 minute, Daisy pickers IC 15, imperial walkers IC 15, Hillbillies IC 15, windmills IC 15

2 Rounds with a ruck, cmu or 50 pound sandbag (Hobo): 50 squats, 40 curls, 30 overhead press, 20 merkins, 10 blockies.

1 1/2 Round: 50 calf raises, 40 squat thrusters, 30 dips, 20 lunges, 10 bodybuilders.

MARY: BBS 15 IC, WWI situps IC 15

Hobo, Snowman, La-Z-Boy, Bakers Dozen, Bandwagon, Orange Julius (QIC)


Preparing on the Sunny Day

Here’s a lesson to test your mind’s mettle: take part of a wee in which you have only the most meager and cheap food, dress scantily in shabby clothes and ask yourself if this is really the worst that you feared. It is when times are good that you should gird yourself for tougher times ahead, for when Fortune is kind the soul can build defenses against her ravages. So it is that soldiers practice maneuvers in peacetime, erecting bunkers with no enemies in sight and exhausting themselves under no attack to that when it comes they won’t grow tired.” —-Seneca, Moral Letters, 18.5-6

What if you spent one day a month experiencing the effects of poverty, hunger, complete isolation or any other thing you might fear? After the initial culture shock, it would start to feel normal and no longer quite so scary.

There are plenty of misfortunes one can practice, plenty of problems one can solve in advance. Pretend your hot water has been turned off. Pretend your wallet has been stolen. Pretend your cushy mattress was far away and that you have to sleep on the floor, or that your car was repossessed and you to walk everywhere. Pretend you lost your job and need to find a new one. Again, don’t just think about these things but live them. And do it now, while things are good. As Seneca reminds us: : It is precisely in times of immunity from care that the soul should toughen itself beforehand for occasions of greater stress…If you would not have a man flinch when the crisis comes, train him before it comes.”—–Ryan Holiday, The Daily Stoic


Armory is a great AO to explore weight bearing exercises though what looks good on paper may not always translate well in practice.


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