Thursday, February 10, 2022 | The Berm | Stone Creek AO | 5:15AM | Clear & Breezy, 26 degrees

PAX: Panty Hose, Chucky, Toto (aka The Commander), Arm Bar, Skipper, Farve, Truly, Ozark, Skeet, Doggie Paddle, Al Borland, Villa, House Party, Sparty, and Wait Time.
QIC: Wait Time

The PAX were greeted with love at The Berm. This pre-Valentine’s Day workout was a gentle reminder in the gloom that we all had Valentine’s that we need to recognize this weekend. After sharing the mission statement, principles and the disclaimer (including: ‘I am not your friend for the next 45 minutes,”) we moseyed for Warm-A-Rama.

PAX moseyed entirely too close to the apartments near the park. We thought we were using inside voices, but apparently failed to dial it down enough.

WARM-A-RAMA:
SSH x 15 IC | Sun Gods x 20 IC | Chinooks x 20 IC | Cherry Pickers x 15 IC | Moroccan Night Clubs x 15 IC | Garland Pose x 10 IC | Yoga Squats x 10 | Half Pigeon x 20 IC

PAX moseyed to the basketball court for the Pre-Thang and Thang.

PRE-THANG: THE STEINL
Plank x 30 | Chilcutt x 30 | Merkins x 10 | Amazing Spider Man x 10 IC | Merkins x 10 | Plank x 30 | Chilcutt x 30 | Merkins x 10 | Amazing Spider Man x 10 IC | Merkins x 10

THANG: BAGS O’ LOVE

PAX were divided into pairs. Ten sand bags were placed at one end of the basketball court. Partner A completed the designated exercise (AMRAP) while Partner B ran a suicide on the basketball court. When Partner B ran the length of the court at the end of the suicide, he completed two BURPEES. When finished with the suicide the partners flap-jacked. The following exercises were completed:

SQUATS | Uneven Merkins | Overhead Press | Lunge with Twist | Big-Boy Sit-Ups | Squat Thruster | Rocky Balboa | Full Body Crunch | Hydraulic Squat

Just as we started the THANG, a neighbor from the nearby apartments approached the PAX and demanded to speak with “the Commander.” The honorable Site Q, Toto, was a true HIM. Toto stepped in and spoke with our early morning guest and apologized for awakening him. Of course, before the conversation was over Toto EH’d our visitor to no avail.

At 5:50 AM, “Omaha” was called for 6MOM.

6MOM: PAX honored the greatest love affair in television history: MARGE & HOMER x 10. In honor of the Super Bowl, PAX honored one of the greatest Super Bowl commercials of all-time: CINDY CRAWFORD x 20 IC https://youtu.be/YtK-yq-BQDU
We finished with AMERICAN HAMMER x 30 IC (RANCID STYLE).

PRAYERS: Nugent’s family – especially Nicki. Prayers for PAX members doing the “Hard 75” workout.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: POLAR PLUNGE (details on Slack). Farva leading the Rabbit Hole workout on Sunday. Great way to burn some Super Bowl calories.

COT: “LOVE MAKES OUR SOUL CRAWL OUT FROM ITS HIDING PLACE.” – ZORA NEALE HURSTON

I recently read this quote. I reflected how so many PAX members have loved me over the years, and helped me crawl out from my hiding places. I often see PAX members share struggles during the COT, and they are always accepted with open arms by their peers. I know that has been my experience any time that I am brave enough to share my brokenness. I am grateful for all the PAX the continually show me love and are willing to play the perpetual “hide and seek.”

TRUTH NUGGET THURSDAY: “BRAVERY”

I read the book, “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle. Several women in my company were raving about the book and as a father of a 15 year old daughter, I thought I might learn something about empowering women. What I didn’t realize was – the book made a strong personal impact on me. There were many stories that Doyle told throughout the book. I particularly like the story she told about BRAVERY.

Doyle took her two young daughters to the mall to have their ears pierced. Her youngest daughter was a free spirit and she fearlessly ran into the store and jumped into the chair. The employee at the store asked her “where is your mother?” Glennon came running in and explained that both of her daughters wanted their ears pierced.

The youngest daughter finished with barely a tear. At that point, the older daughter decided that she did not want to get her ears pierced. She quietly told Glennon that she changed her mind. The youngest daughter prodded her older sister, “C,mon, you only live once!”

The store employee said, “C’mon, don’t you want to be brave like your little sister?”

The older daughter held her ground and they left the store. On the ride home, Doyle reflected on her daughters’ courage, especially the bravery shown by her oldest daughter. I really appreciated what she wrote.

“Brave does not mean feeling afraid and doing it anyway.” If your teenage daughter goes to a keg party, you don’t want her to surrender to the peer pressure just to show “bravery.”

Doyle wrote, “Brave means living from the inside out. Bravery means in every uncertain moment, turning inward, feeling for the ‘knowing’ and speaking it out loud.”

“Brave is not asking the crowd what is brave. It can actually mean that ‘brave’ requires you to let everyone down but yourself.”

This passage really struck a cord. This was not my definition of bravery – especially when I was a young man. When I was young, no one dare me to do something. Unfortunately, I was only doing it to let others define bravery for me.

As I reflected on this definition of bravery, I thought of our disclaimer “modify as needed.” For PAX members, modifying an exercise is a very brave act. Being the six over and over again, is being brave because you are coming back repeatedly to get more fit and become a better man. No one cares if you are first or last in the gloom – as long as you are there.

Great conversation on bravery. It was an honor to lead the discussion.

Grace & Peace,

Wait Time

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