September 25, 2019 // Stinson Park // AO – Heavy Metal // 60s //
PAX: Stella, Bloodshot, McConaughey, Hightower, Samples (Respect!), Gumbo, TC (Respect!), Betamax, Folsom, Tin Cup
Warm O’ Rama
1. SSH ICx25
2. Sun Gods IC x10 forward, x10 reverse
3. Tappy Taps ICx10
4. Merkins (narrow) x15
5. Merkins (wide) x15
6. Merkins x15
Trademark continued his playlist of mostly-80s thrash metal for the PAX (think pre-radio Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Maiden, etc.) through Warm O’ Rama and into the Thang. The PAX did not seem particularly pumped up by the music, to Trademark’s bewilderment. Trademark then realized that this music is now as old as Bing Crosby songs were when Trademark was listening to metal in the mid-80s. Trademark felt old, but kept playing his music throughout.
The PAX went through a fairly simple routine of two consecutive rounds of back (30 dead lifts, 20 bent over rows), two consecutive rounds of chest/triceps (30 chest press, 20 chest flies, 20 standing triceps press), two consecutive rounds of shoulders (15 overhead/military press, 12 lateral flies, 10 rear/reverse flies), and then one set of 30 alternating bicep curls. This was followed by 25 LBCs (IC) and an unknown number of Marge & Homers. The whole process was then repeated, except that reps were slightly decreased slightly, and the LBCs/M&Hs were replaced by Freddie Mercuries. The PAX made it to a third round, but only got through dead lifts and bent over rows before Omaha was called.
American hammers ICx35
It was deathly quiet, other than someone (Hightower?) remarking that the song Master of Puppets always makes him think of a scene from Old School. Trademark internalized his head banging to avoid making the PAX uncomfortable, like a true leader.
Prayer requests included Waffle House for making his transition to QLI, and the PAX were reminded of the upcoming run for Lowman’s daughter (Waffle House and Lowman were also in our post-COT prayers).
Trademark admitted to not always being positive about the knee injuries keeping him out most of the last 8 weeks or so. Negative feelings like feeling sorry for yourself – and then irritated at yourself for that when you think of how many things you have to be grateful for – can ping pong around your head. To himself, and to other PAX who are (or will be) injured, Trademark said that, while it’s important to focus on what you can do rather than what you can’t do, it’s also important to actually continue to DO what you can do, rather than just think about it and try to be grateful. If Trademark had done that from the start (e.g., more upper body, elliptical or swimming rather than running, etc.), he would be ripped beyond belief by now. Maybe not, but continuing to DO what you still can do has a ripple effect: Your fitness is maintained for the most part, you feel more positive about yourself, and you feel more positive about your chances of returning to full action with the other PAX some day.