Cave Dwellers and The Keynes Economy

AO: Lightning Rod

QIC: Angus

PAX: Danish, Herbie, Lumbergh, Walkman


49 Degrees / Wet / Cloudy Skies but the air was clear with no fog

Warm Up (Circle of Pain)

SSH x 20
TGE x 15
SSH x 20
Windmill x 15
SSH x 20
IW x 10

Mosey to the corner

HK (Fast Tempo) x 12
BK x 12
Incline Merkin x 10
Decline Merkin x 10
Monkey Humpers x 10

Mosey to the Tennis Court

The Thang

We started off with a new one “Cave Dwellers”. The point is to stay in a low position for the entirety of the routine — don’t recover to your knees or to your feet until the Q calls it or until you have done the specified number of rounds.

Cave Dwellers
• 10 merkins (or other low ground activity, eg. plank, maktar, plank jack)
• Gorilla Crawl ~20 yards (or any low ground traveling exercise)
• 10 mountain climbers (vary exercise to increase or decrease difficulty)
• backwards bear crawl, back to start

repeato x 3 (or however many times the Q desires), remember the point is to stay low and avoid recovering to knees or up to feet until all rounds have been completed.

Mosey over to the hill


Start at the bottom of the hill — start with 1 of the first exercise run to the top of the hill and do 10 of the opposing exercise run back down to the bottom, then 2 at the bottom and 9 at the top. Repeat until you are at 10 at the bottom and 1 at the top.

• Hand Release Burpees at the bottom
• Squat Jumps at the top

Walkman admitted this one was particularly challenging and brought him close to the edge of splashing merlot… the pax hustled hard and it showed. This was tough and you wouldn’t think the hand release on those burpees

Head back to the Tennis Court

Cave Dwellers
• 10 merkins (Audible — Hand Release Merkins to make the most of the wet)
• Gorilla Crawl ~20 yards
• 10 Shoulder Taps
• backwards bear crawl, back to start

Mosey back to the Courtyard


LBC x 20
LBX x 20
Flutters x 20
Freddy x 10
Box Cutter x 10
Hollywoods x 10 (each side)
Pickle Pounders x 20 (I planned to just keep going on these to run out the clock)


Reminder of what it takes to be an effective leader:

Vision Articulation Persuasion Exhortation (VAPE)

Having vision is the ability to see that which cannot be seen. Simon Sinek articulates it like this:

Vision is the equivalent of an iceberg — being able to see that which others cannot see because it lies beneath. And when we work with a small group of people who say “I believe what you believe” and you work together and what happens is a little piece of the iceberg starts to show. And a couple more people are opened to the reality of this vision. And a little more iceberg shows up. And you will say… this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Articulation is the effective communication of that vision. 

There’s a story about a meeting between FDR and the economist John Maynard Keynes that lasted over an hour despite FDR’s incredibly busy schedule. Some say if FDR understood Keynes approach to economics then the Great Depression might have ended much earlier. 

At first blush it’s easy to think this is FDRs fault for not understanding, but in reality we should shift the burden of responsibility from the listener to the explainer. 

In this situation the genius locked inside Keynes head might as well not have existed. It was his responsibility to articulate so that his vision was as obvious to FDR as it was to him. 

It’s important to note, while we may have a clear understanding of the information we are attempting to articulate if we fail to know the person, we may likely fail to get our ideas across. 

Knowing the person transforms your ability to communicate effectively.

It is by knowing the person we are afforded the opportunity to communicate with precision and clarity. 

On a personal note

I loved the chatter we’ve had in CoT lately — it’s a product of our good momentum in culture. If you made it this far thank you for reading and keep checking in on your brothers in and out of the gloom.

Angus Out