Inspiration for the beatdown came from Irene’s Q at the Boneyard where he incorporated an exercise called “Obama” – 4 Bear Crawls and 4 Merkins to represent the 44th president. YHC was thinking to himself – why go directly to the 44th, when we can go through all of them one by one?
Pre-blast announced a Presidential-themed beatdown. Not sure if PAX were more excited about YHC’s Q or the possibility of Dr. Rico’s return. Doesn’t really matter as long as they show up in numbers, and they did! Already more than a few cars when YHC rolled in and more came up until the last second.
After validating that there are no FNGs, a short disclaimer was given along with a campaign promise – Read my lips, there wouldn’t be Burpees.
I can’t figure out why, but PAX did not believe me.
We moseyed toward the lake view and saw all the Veteran Flags, which was pretty impressive and inspiring to run between them.
Warmup included Copper Head Squats, Imperial Walkers, Windmills and Moroccan Night Clubs.
Part 1: 1st to 9th Presidents
When the first president was sworn in to office in 1789 there were 13 states in the union. The campaign promise did not hold for long and we honored that with 13 OYO Burpees.
For the first 9 presidents there weren’t any bear crawls to do, just straight forward Merkins. 1 for the first president, 2 for the second… all the way to 9. 45 Merkins total.
The 9th president was William Henry Harrison, who died from pneumonia on his 32nd day in office. For his honor we did an Indian Run toward the tennis courts at the back of the parking lot counting the PAX sprinting forward. Not sure how accurate the count was, but we reached the tennis court exactly on the 32nd call.
Part 2: 10th to 19th Presidents
There were 26 states in the union when the 10th president was sworn in and so we did 26 Big Boyz.
Merkins and Bear Crawls: 1 Bear crawl and no merkins for the 10th president, followed by 1 bear crawl and 1 merkins… all the way to 1 bear crawl and 9 merkins. PAX were offered the tennis court to protect delicate hands, but all chose to remain on the rough parking lot. Respect.
The 19th President was Rutherford B Hayes who was considered a weak president. He did not Articulate well his plans, believing they were obvious and rational and do not require explanation. He also didn’t follow up on what he said he’ll do and was more talk than action. YHC reminded that Articulation is one of the Effective leadership skills (part of V.A.P.E) and Commitment is part of the Virtuous leadership skills (part of the 5 Cs).
What better way to exemplify clear commands and following on them than a Burpee Circle with high knees? YHC’s leadership skills were questioned when I didn’t clarify the direction of the Burpee circle but that was resolved quickly enough.
Part 3: 20th to 29th Presidents
38 States in the union at the start of the 20th presidency in 1881. 38 Flatter Kicks alpha.
Merkins and Bear Crawls – PAX understood the format by now, going from 2 Bear Crawls and no merkins to 2 bear crawls and 9 merkins.
29th President was Warren G Harding that won the popular vote by 26.2%. YHC chose a crowd pleaser – 26 single count Bonnie Blairs. In retrospect, alpha count Bonnie Blairs would have been even more popular.
Recovery run – a single loop around the parking lot
Part 4: 30th to 39th Presidents
The 30th presidency begun in 1923 with 48 states, which we honored with 48 LBCs.
Merkins and Bear Crawls, from 3-0 to 3-9.
Jimmy Carter, the 39th president, is still alive at the age of 98! 98 SSH.
Part 5: 40th to 46th Presidents
All current 50 states were part of the union by 1981, when the 40th presidency begun. 50 Squats.
We moseyed a few feet in the parking lot to enjoy a smoother surface that also happens to be a decline to really enjoy the merkins and bear crawls – 4-0 to 4-6.
We then moseyed to the end of the parking lot next to the flag to honor the current president who’s still going with 46 Freddie Mercuries.
The peaceful gloom was interrupted with something that’s between a broken air horn and gun shots, presumably accompanied by a biological warfare. We decided to shift a few feet closer to the flag for the Mary.
IC T-Bombs, Gas Pumpers, J-Los and Monkey Humpers. Followed by 1 min Low Plank, some IC Hillbillies and 5 OYO Burpees.
Prayers for Mayflower’s mom’s health.
Announcements: Santa Ruck; F3 Foundation Accelerate campaign; Blood Drive
Honored to lead the group, even though I cannot be elected to presidency. It was fun learning all the trivia pieces and matching (badly) with exercises. It would be a good day if the presidential candidates would all be F3 or FIA pax, and even better if they’ll be running with their F3 Names.