Northeast Tennessee

Santa Needs a GPS

Northeast Tennessee Johnson City Iron Horse (Founders Park)

Unseasonably warm (58) for a December morning, 15 PAX found their way to Iron Horse for a trip around the world with Santa.
TTT – 10 IC

LBAC – 10 IC

LBAC Reverse – 10 IC

WMH – 10 IC

Merkin – 15 IC

Slaughter Motivator – 20 IC – Perform a 5 count Motivator and then perform 5 burpees. Rinse and repeat Xs 4. QIC had been thinking through exactly how to modify the traditional motivator to bake in a slaughter starter but didn’t have a chance to “rehearse” the movement. That coupled with 3 hours of sleep resulted in plan B described above and the initial cadence was less than impressive. T-claps to Jar-Jar for jumping in and counting us down.

Santa Clause is coming to town so the PAX needed to walk in the shoes of the jolly ol’ elf. Cones and countries (moves) were setup around the AO. PAX stayed together for round 1 and then OYO for a bonus round. QIC was only expecting 9-10 based on Slack feedback so it got a little crowded but work was done and a merry time was had by all.

  • BRAZIL – 10 Brazilian Crunches (R+L=1)
  • CANADA – Polar Bear Crawl (to the cone and back)
  • JAPAN – 10 Sumo Squats Jump
  • KENYA – Run 1 Lap
  • ISREAL – 20 Heels to Heaven
  • CHINA – 20 Great Wall Jumps
  • AUSTRALIA – 20 Down Under Decline Merkins
  • FRANCE – 10 Eiffel Step Runs (up and down = 1)
  • RUSSIA – 20 Russian Twists (R+L=1)
  • ENGLAND – 10 London Bridge Leg Lifts (R+L=1)
  • BAHAMAS – Crab Walk (to the cone and back)
  • NEPAL – 20 Mount Everest Mountain Climbers (R+L=1)
  • SWITZERLAND – 20 Swiss Alps Skis (R+L=1)
  • USA – 20 Merkins
  • EGYPT – 20 Pyramid Merkins

QIC calculated the circuit and moving at a good speed all 15 moves can be completed in close to 15 minutes. Strong work on this circuit.


LBC – 20 IC (thanks Rite Aid)

Flutter kicks – 30 IC

Plank knee taps – 20 IC

Elevator merkins – 45 sec

Scissor Twist (Dying Cockroach per the Exicon) – 10 IC

Christmas can be a time of high stress and introduce dynamics which take our focus off the truth behind the holiday. This week I’ve reflected on what it must have been like for Joseph as he worried about the safety of his family, struggled to understand his role, and when the time came desperately searched for a place for his wife to birth our King. Joseph was clearly a man of great faith but also little resources. How inadequate he must have felt at times with the responsibility to provide for the Son of God. As fathers and husbands, we feel those same pressures daily but they can certainly be magnified during the Christmas season. Like Joseph, we must seek to let our faith guide us and live lives of humility and service to our families. It is out responsibility to fix our eyes on the cross during the Christmas season and point our families in the same direction. Gifts, gathering, and celebrating is a blessing of the season without a doubt. However, the greatest gift, gathering, and celebration the world will ever know occurred in a cramped, dark, damp stable so many years ago. And there stood Joseph with the weight of it all bearing down on his heart and mind. We must find hope and faith in our weight, which we can do so because Jesus was born to bring us salvation.

Merry Christmas my brothers. I truly thank God for the men you are and for being part of my life.

Please keep Swingline in your prayers and sign up to provide a meal if you feel led to do so

Prayers for Donatello’s parents and upcoming decisions he will face

Prayers for all those traveling


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