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  • Workout Date - 09/29/2017
  • Q In Charge - BOGO
  • The PAX - 12th Man, Abacus, BOGO, Clarinet, Dorothy, Fargo, Francis, Gauc, Giselle, Herbie, Lip Balm, Meatloaf, Partner, Stable Boy, Waterboy, Whittle
  • AO - Hurricane Alley

Q – 9/29/17

The gloom was a cool 62 degrees with humidity less than 90%. Maybe summer is leaving after all. Fingers crossed. The groaning began when YHC walked into the Alley with cones and was only increased when I asked the PAX to grab a block before 5:15. I was only trying to give them the maximum amount of time to better themselves, but it was not appreciated.

During the block retrieval, 2 interesting things occurred:

First,  a vicious rumor started circulating that I had somehow strong-armed the Q from Guac. I don’t remember it that way, but later he would say, “Never again will I give up the Q.”  

Second, the dynamic duo of Abacus and Clarinet, who have each begun to take half of the shovel flag home for accountability purposes, didn’t properly plant Ol’ Glory, resulting in 13 burpees for the PAX. Thanks guys…

In the face of all this, I stepped into the circle and we began…


  • Windmill – 10 IC
  • SSH – 20 IC
  • Mountain Climber – 20 IC

Mosey 1 lap around the track to put the cones out and stretch our legs.

The Thang


PAX will perform each movement AMRAP for 75 seconds. When the 75 seconds is up or the PAX has reached their burnout, they will sprint 100 yards and wait for the rest of the PAX. Rinse and repeat the AMRAP with a new movement. Run back the 100 yards to the flag.

Movement list:

  1. Block Curls
  2. BBSU
  3. Squats with block
  4. Hand-release Merkins
  5. American Hammer with block
  6. Bobby Hurleys
  7. Manmakers (Merkin on a block, stand up, block press)
  8. Freddie Mercury
  9. Lunges with block overhead
  10. Burpees
  11. Flutters with block overhead
  12. Smurf Jacks
  13. Pull-ups
  14. Heels to Heaven
  15. Tricep Extensions



1. Adversity isn’t optional. It’s inevitable.

  • We will all face adversity.
    • 1 Peter 4:12 – “Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.”
    • John 16:33 – “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows…”
  • There are 3 types of people here…
    • Have just faced adversity
    • Are currently facing adversity
    • Are about to face adversity
  • Examples of adversity
    • Sickness
    • Financial
    • Relational tension with spouse
    • Parenting
    • Temptation
    • Depression
    • Loss of a loved one
  • Challenge: Identify the test.
    • Instead of allowing adversity to happen to you and make you a victim.
    • Be on the lookout. Be ready.
    • Because…

2. Adversity creates capacity.

  • Clay illustration
    • Clay, by itself, has no capacity.
    • However, clay is put through adversity
      • Pressing, Pounding, Stretching, Tearning, Molding, Spinning, Cooking
    • But when it’s all finished, you’ve got something that has capacity.
    • You’ve got something useful.
  • We’re the same way.
    • The stretching, tearing, and heat we endure in life may feel unpleasant in the moment, but it is creating for us a capacity that comfort can not give us.
    • Many unsuccessful people in life got to where they are by following the path of comfort.
    • They refused to embrace adversity, and they are receiving their reward.
    • James 1:2-5 (NLT) – “Dear brothers and sisters,a when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
    • 1 Peter 4:12-13 – “Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.”
  • Alabama/Clemson illustration
    • Both champions had home losses early in the season.
    • They allowed that adversity to make them stronger.
    • Challenge: Know that God will use adversity for good.

3. Adversity isn’t meant to be faced alone.

  • With God
    • John 16:33 – “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
    • Jesus, who has overcome every adversity life has to offer, will walk through our adversity with us.
    • We just have to ask.
    • He’s not going to force his help on us.
    • We have to show the humility to ask for help.
    • The sooner we realize that we aren’t enough and reach out our hands, the less pain we are going to have to endure alone.
  • With others
    • Proverbs 17:17 – “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”
    • Don’t try to be too tough and think that you can do it on your own. You will be destroyed.
    • We all have people in our lives that have tried to live their life without other people (dads, uncles, friends)
    • You may be able to appear tough on the outside, like you don’t need anybody.
    • But those people are vulnerable to attack, and whether they will admit it or not, they aren’t living the full life that God created them to live.
  • Challenge: Reach out to others for help.

Prayer Requests

  • Waterboy’s friend’s dad with aggressive cancer.
  • 12th man’s wife’s uncle diagnosed with cancer.

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