June 8, 2020

“Say Anything” other than Cusacks


Done & Done

I warned the group that one rule of Qing a workout is you should be able to do the workout yourself….this one was going to test my ability to do just that but then again, we didn’t get up early to pick daisies all morning!

SSH x 25 IC

Imperial Walkers x 15 IC

Daisy Pickers x 15 IC

Stretch on your own for 30 seconds

Merkin Mile (ish)

  • PAX were instructed to don their rucks, pick up a CMU or just fall in line for a mosey from Startex around the pond.  Stopped four times to do 10 merkins OYO.  Held plank till all in. (~0.5 mile run)


CMU Circuits

  • Performed the following exercises as a group.  Once everyone in the group finished the set, we moved on to the next exercise.  Exercises were as follows:
    • Blockee x 10
    • CMU Curls x 25
    • CMU Flutter Kicks x 20 (IC)
    • Manmaker Merkin x 15
    • Elf on a Shelf x 15
    • Hold Low Plank – 1 min (45 sec for rounds 2 and 3)
    • Cusack – Carry CMU above your head and walked a lap around the parking lot
  • Rinse and Repeat 2x for a total of 3 rounds

Held Plank for 30 seconds until time

10 PAX:  Nature Boy, Peeping Tom, Pronto Pup, Boudreaux, Billy Blanks, Hobo, Halpert, La-Z-Boy, Snowman, Steinbrenner (QIC)

(This is in essence what I shared but not verbatim as I felt a need to speak from the heart)


I shared the following quote that I came across and struck a chord with me:  “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


When I saw this quote it reminded me of my college roommate Vasell who happens to be black.  We met our senior year in high school and struck up a friendship and decided to be roommates at the University of Delaware the following year.  We lived together 3 of the 4 years in college.  My college experience was enriched by living with him and getting a better understanding of a culture that was different than what I grew up with.  While I knew many black people I never really hung out with any.  Don’t know why but I guess we tend to gravitate towards people like us (looks and other).


While I thought I had learned a lot about what it might be like to be a black person through my college experience, the recent events in our society have opened my eyes to the fact that 22 years after graduating college, I have much to learn.  I thought of my buddy and what it must be like to get pulled over and because of the color of his skin, he actually may be scared for his life (I fear not being able to find my insurance card).  This is not because I believe police officers are racist – in fact, I believe most police officers are good people and have the best of intentions.  It is because our society has allowed racism to persist.


While I recognize the current events are not isolated events in our society, they have woken me up and frankly made me angry that here we are almost 250 years old as a country and we still have a society where people are not treated according to “who” they are but by “what” they are.


I for one am going to be deliberate and learn more, lead better, and do my best to push us forward as a country.  I have many opportunities as a leader at my job (of which >90% of my employees in Memphis are black).  I need to do better and I challenge others to do the same.

I was amazed at Halpert completing this workout while wearing a weight vest.  I loved how Hobo refused to put his block down during the Cusacks as he knew Pronto Pup was walking behind him crushing it.  What an awesome turnout for the Armory…..a gem of an AO in F3 Memphis.  Peeping Tom giving Slicnut a run for his money for best looking Jeep in F3 Memphis.


About being able to do the workout you are Qing….did pretty well but almost splashed during PLC….that was fun and will be coming back again!

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