Northeast Tennessee

Let’s do a few Merkins

Northeast Tennessee Johnson City Iron Horse (Founders Park)

With the July Merkin challenge in full swing, 25 PAX were assured they would meet their totals today during the workout—without a single set with more than 10 reps.




  • Merkins (5 OYO)
  • SSH (20 IC)
  • LBAC (10 IC)
  • Squats (10 IC)
  • TTT (10 IC)
  • IW (10 IC)
  • Windmills (10 IC)

It’s time to introduce the PAX to the Burp/Merkin ladder. The PAX performed a single burpee, progressivly adding a single merkin rep at the bottom. Since we are men—we went up to 10 AND back down to 1. Deceptive. Shut the mumble chatter up quickly.

That’s a nice even 100 merkins if you are keeping count

Mosey over to Tombstone Hill for some more…merkins with a side of burpees.

Bent Jacobs Ladder

  • Up the hill -> 1 burpee back down -> 10 merkins
  • Progress 7 trips up the hill adding a burpee each trip up to 7

Are you kidding me? Bent Jacobs ladder was rudely interrupted by the burpee train…

That’s another 70 merkins + 28 including burpee reps (98 total).

Mosey over to the Ampitheater for some 120’s (introduced by YHC on Week 4 of the launch)

  • 10 merkins at base level -> 5 box jumps to next level -> 10 squats -> 5 box jumps to next level -> 10 merkins -> 5 box jumps to next level -> 10 squats (20 merkins & 20 squats each round)
  • Rinse and repeat for 6 rounds

That’s another 120 merkins and an exact total of 323 on the day (plus any burpee train reps). Stick a fork in the arms—they are done.


  • Countarama
  • Namearama


Strong work by the PAX. We have 20+ participating in the 10,000 merkin challenge and others continuing various other extended challenges. These guys are killing it. I wanted to do my part to help the men get in their reps.


  • 2nd F get together at the Highlands neighborhood pool (July 15th)
  • Crazy 8’s in Kingsport (July 15th)
  • Kingsport launch (August 12)


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