AO: Lightning Rod

QIC: Angus

PAX: FNG Arthur Burke, Buckin’ Bobcat, Danish, Lumbergh, and Walkman.


Nice and wet from heavy rain over the weekend. 55 degrees. You will not ever hear me complain about this weather. Lumbergh showed up early for coupons, again. YHC got a 3 mile run in before the workout, again. Everybody was present, on time, and bright eyed. Ready to go! We had three birthdays to celebrate: Danish 38, YHC 33, and Lumbergh 37. More to come on that later.

Warm Up (Circle of Pain)

There was a little chatter about the launch events that occurred over the weekend. Other than that there wasn’t much mumble leading up to getting things started. All COP exercises were done in cadence unless specified otherwise.

  • SSH x 25
  • Windmills x 15
  • SSH x 20
  • Third Grade Exercises x 15
  • SSH x 15
  • Little Bitty Arm Circles x 10 (FWD/BWD)
  • Cherry Pickers x 15
  • Scissor Arms x 15
  • Overhead Press x 10
  • Merkins x 10

The Thang


We kept it right in the court yard to start the 1st of 4 circuits. Repeat each circuit 4 times. 12 Reps of each exercise.

Circuit 1
Decline Merkins, Lunges, Flutter Kicks
Travel: Frog Jumps across Perform all exercises on the either side. Repeat until you’ve completed the circuit 4 times.

Mosey to the tennis court

Circuit 2 (SAME DEAL)
Curls, Block Squats, Big Bois

I had a feeling there would be some chatter on this one as there was still a good amount of water on the tennis court… the pax did not disappoint. There was much to be said about getting wet. As I always say, “You only get wet once”.

Travel: Rifle Carry — down and back. Perform all exercises on the same side. Repeat until you’ve completed the circuit 4 times.

Mosey to the Hill

Circuit 3 (SAME DEAL)
Release Merkins, Jump Squats, American Hammer

We got our 6 wet… why not just go ahead and balance things out and get the front side too. YHC called for the release merkins. After a demonstration the pax understood, Walkman verbally confirmed. Might as well get the front wet too.

Travel: Bear Crawl the hill. Perform all exercises on the either side. Repeat until you’ve completed the circuit 4 times.

Mosey back to the Tennis Court // We made it to the Tennis Court but we ran out of time to do the last circuit — here’s what was planned anyway.

Circuit 4 (SAME DEAL)
Overhead press, Block Squats, Big Bois
Travel: Rifle Carry. Perform all exercises on the same side. Repeat until you’ve completed the circuit 4 times.

We took off back to the courtyard — with 7 minutes to spare. Lumbergh was picking up the six supporting the FNG throughout his first workout. We don’t leave men behind. This is a great example of how we can support one another no matter the fitness level.


> LBC, Flutter, Box Cutter, Hollywoods


Déjà vu is the feeling that one has lived through the present situation before. 

So we repeated today’s workout from Friday on purpose. Not just because it was easier on planning because frankly it was. I also chose to repeat it because I liked it and when you lead you get to choose. But I was also hoping to get through more coupon work so I figured what the heck. 

But as I was rewriting the workout and making adjustments I started thinking about deja vu. 

Immediately that scene from the matrix comes to mind. Or maybe even Groundhog Day. 

That is what my year has felt like. it has been easy to get overwhelmed by the repetitive slog. And it eventually turned to apathy. Brief glimpses of losing hope or even faith.

I understand these moments of pressure have an overwhelming ripple effect causing blindness to Good that is no doubt in proximity to all of us. I also recognize that these are the moments that produce the most growth. 

As great (at least some would say great) William Joel once said: 

The joy of life is made up of obscure and seemingly mundane victories that give us our own small satisfactions.

And you know, that’s a big part of why I get out of bed everyday. I have Identified my small victories. And I’m practicing the discipline of celebrating these moments. 

I can’t control what is happening in the world. But I can make the effort to master my own self. And showing up here choosing to get my ass kicked a little bit a couple days a week is just what I need to keep my eyes open. And to activity look for and celebrate obscurity. 

We openly discussed what this means. Walkman affirmed the truth to this as it has applied to his own life and what that will continue to look like as we transition into a Post-Covid Portland Winter. We will all need to continue the discipline of celebrating obscurity.


Go check out the Lava Field on Saturday.
Clackamas High School at 7am


Welcome to Arthur Burke nicknamed “Bunny” — we kinda scraped the bottom of the barrel on that one but Lumbergh came through. From FNGs favorite movie The Big Lebowski. Welcome and great hustle!

Closing Prayer / Mantra

I begin this day with humility. So that my ears can hear any person as my teacher. And my heart can be spurred to be upright. 

I begin this day with thankfulness. So my eyes can see all the good things I have around me. And greed cannot interfere with my ability give away what I’ve learned. 

I begin this day with kindness. So while my hands are strong and my will is iron. I have the fortitude to have a gentle touch. 

With humility, thankfulness, and kindness as our guide let us recognize our own limitations to shape the world and strive to be masters of our selves. 

I ask these things to be a better man. Not for my own gain but for my family, for my friends, and those who are near. 


We also closed out the workout with birthday burpees. Danish, Lumbergh, and I paid the penalty by age.

> Angus Out