I See a Little Silhouetto of a Man

  • Workout Date - 11/18/2014
  • Q In Charge - Grilled Cheese On a Donut
  • The PAX - Early Thang- Ice Man, Sponge Bob, Houdini, Hootie, Longbottom, Grit, Satisfry, Slim, GCOD Main Thang- 00, Mr. Winslow, Mab Mab, Latka, Bubba Gump, LIBOR, Golden Shoes, Castaway, Training Wheels Lion's Den- Dollywood, Inspector Gadget, Caviar
  • AO -

Are you ready, hey, are you ready for this
Are you hangin’ on the edge of your seat

After YHC’s last two Q’s had only 4 PAX, he decided something needed to be done. Large draws like 1D’s free coffeepaloza and the Rundle Brother’s Main St Beach Blast were detering the PAX from the uniqueness that is a GCOD Q. A question presented itself to YHC: How could he guarantee an audience for his next endeavor and prevent an alternative option from drawing the PAX away? The answer he found was quite simple. YHC would comandeer the Q for all three downtown workouts on the 18th day of the 11th month in the 2014th year of our Lord. Problem solved. Oh, and to avoid suspicion, he would write himself in as Q for the Early Thang and then indicate a “Special Guest Q” on the calendar for Main Thang and Lion’s Den. In the end, 21 curious men came out to see what the fuss was all about.

Ooh, recommended at the price
Insatiable an appetite
Wanna try ?

Pre Warm Up
Stop off at Lion’s Den at 0450 to leave them a large sidewalk chalk note indicating where to find their Special Guest.

Lion's Den Note

Warm Up

Since its “cold”, YHC decides to be kind and warm up with some SSH. Call out the Exercise and get some serious mumble chatter from SpongeBoob and Grit about the volume of YHC’s voice and not being in the center of the circle. Scratch the SSH.

Oh, I’m burnin’ through the sky yeah
Two hundred degrees
That’s why they call me Mister Fahrenheit
I’m trav’ling at the speed of light
I wanna make a supersonic man out of you

10 Burpees OYO
10 Seconds Rest
10 Burpees OYO
10 Seconds Rest
10 Burpees OYO
10 Seconds Rest

PAX are fairly silent at this point save Houdini, who appears to be aroused and talking dirty. Whatever floats your boat…

25 Box Jumps OYO

The Thang

Mosey around the Peace Center down to the Rock Pavillion. Grab some wall.

Buddy you’re a boy make a big noise
Playin’ in the street gonna be a big man some day

11s Dips/Derkins

Joe Hendrix up the Rock Stairs back to the front of the Peace Center. Note:
1. This sucked.
2. Joe Hendrix : Houdini :: Pullups : Fat Kid- He can’t do them.

25 Squats

Notice the circle forming for the Main Thang and see the Q Confusion forming in their brains. YHC calls for the #JenniferSmith.

The early crew circles the wagons around the late crew and performs 10 MonkeyHumpers (Paul Rundle where were you?). It should be noted that this is the first Jennifer Smithing executed by the Swamp Rabbits very own Jennifer Smith award winner.

The early crew joins the circle and YHC steps to the center. The extra 15 minutes in the sack didn’t appear to have done much good as they seem confused by this occurance. Yes, YHC is your Q as well. YHC confirms that the Late Thang is the Easy Thang and therefore we only do one round of 10 burpees as a warmup.

Mosey down to Starbucks where YHC has parked the fly Hyundai to pick up the tunes. Pull a uturn and head down SRT and down to Falls Park. All the way down to the Turn Around by the creepy dark underpass where the homeless prey on unsuspecting solo runners. Inform the PAX that the tunes will start in 5 minutes when the Lion’s Den crew completes their 1.3 mile mosey to meet us. Since we won’t be getting that leg workout, let’s do some Dan Taylor while we wait. We did that up to 5 and then something else, but YHC can’t recall.

The Lion’s Den Crew arrives. Queue the Music…

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality…

Lion’s Den crew hasn’t done any burpees yet today and it’s 0540. That’s just wrong. 10 Burpees OYO.

From this point on, things got a little weird. How weird you ask? About as weird as it can get when 21 guys exercise in a park in the dark while blasting out Queen songs for 25 minutes.

For the duration of the workout, Freddie Mercury serenaded us through the follow tunes:

Bohemian Rhapsody
We Will Rock You
We Are the Champions
Killer Queen
Don’t Stop Me Now

YHC kept the tempo high and called out exercises to be completed until a new exercise was called. This portion was rather off the cuff and included the following:

Laps- She’s a Killer Queen
High Knee Jumps- Gunpowder, gelatine
Squats- Dynamite with a laser beam
Merkins- Guaranteed to blow your mind
Burpees- Anytime
Russian Twists- Drop of a hat she’s as willing as
In and Outs- Playful as a pussy cat
LBCs- Then momentarily out of action
High Knees- Temporarily out of gas
Butt Kicks- To absolutely drive you wild, wild..
Burps- She’s all out to get you
Flutters- She’s a Killer Queen

The PAX scoff at YHC’s attempt to incorporate some of the Bay Area’s Team Bad Boy’s signature moves during We Will Rock You. Apologies, but the beat practically begs for the ol’ shuffle shuffle clap move. Nevertheless, we did do some high knee *jazz* hand maneuvers during Don’t Stop Me Now.

I’m having such a good time
I’m having a ball

Fortunately, the sub freezing temperatures aided YHC’s falsetto allowing him to speak just like a baroness, fastidious and precise.

Another One Bites the Dust

Plank-o-rama for the entire 3:34 seconds of this repetitive, repetitive number. 16 Times the title is repeated.

Are you happy ? Are you satisfied ?
How long can you stand the heat

YHC’s trial run of planking for the duration of the song didn’t include the 100 burpees and however many merkins prior. For those PAX that missed today, it makes a significant difference.

Bicycle Race

Wait so is this why they’re called Freddie Mercury’s- Slim

What would a Queen Workout Mix be without the Freddie Mercury? Not any good, thats what. 3 Minutes of bicycle racing interspursed with some air humpers.

I don’t believe in Peter Pan
Frankenstein or Superman
All I wanna do is…

At this point a couple groups of runners passed by and thought we were training for the next Crystal Light Aerobics Championships. It’s not easy being a supersonic man, like an atom bomb about to oh oh oh oh oh explode. Don’t stop me, don’t stop me, don’t stop me…

Too late, my time has come
Sends shivers down my spine
Body’s aching all the time
Goodbye everybody – I’ve got to go
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth

We bid farewell to the Lion’s Den crew after a quick COT and send them on their mosey home. The Peace Center crews follow the SRT back to the Shovel Flags and blast out some Flash Gordon and Crazy Little Thing Called Love on the way.


Thanks for the Prayers for Grit. He has received some good news
Praise for Wingnut’s family. His wife just delivered a slightly early, but healthy baby boy this weekend.

Convergence at Bon Secours Arena on Thursday. No other downtown AOs. Toys for Tots. See preblast for details.

F3Connect Lunch Thursday at Fried Green Tomatoes. Gump from Charlotte is our Speaker. See you there.

Thank you for allowing YHC the opportunity to take over your workouts this AM.

We are the champions, my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting till the end…

I hope you enjoyed it. If your didn’t, at least you now know a few more Queen songs than before.

Solid work by the early crew banging out 100 burpees (not too shabby for Lion’s Den and Main Thang with 60 & 70 respectively). Great effort on the nearly 3 mile round trip run by the Lion’s Den crew to join whatever the hell it was I Q’ed.


11 thoughts on “I See a Little Silhouetto of a Man”

      1. I was slightly concerned about violating a noise ordinance. I weighed the risk versus reward potential and determined it was a risk worth taking. Although a visit from the GPD would have made a great anecdote for the backblast.

  1. This was EPIC. Well done GCOD. I hate to give you a compliment after all the Jennifer Smith comments, but this was fantastic. You combined two of my favorite things: 70s/80s music and air humpers. It was like a typical Wednesday night.

  2. I’d say it was half and half. The most impressive thing was him getting up early enough to leave a note for the #LionsDen PAX to join us at Falls Park. Another creative Q from GCOD, as we’re getting accustomed to……

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