Northeast Tennessee

Magnum Madness

Northeast Tennessee Johnson City Arrowhead (Indian Trail)

It was a chilly day, one of the first of fall in the 30’s.  The PAX came prepared (at least the 10 brave ones that showed up) with long sleeves, gloves, hats, and yoga pants.

Abe Vigoda IC X 10

WMH 10 count each side

LBACs IC X 15 front, reverse, then chinooks

Slaughter Starter (yes it is, it is still in the warm-up)


The PAX love the magnum block.  It’s a 12 inch corner block that weighs in at 45.5 lbs (that’s 20.7 kg for the English folks).  The PAX lined up in 2 lines of 5 with each 2-man group carrying/passing the block to the 2 men behind them in synchronized Indian Run fashion.  The PAX carried Magnum to the playground for a little parking spot drill.

2 groups of men partnered up with partner #1 picking a parking spot doing Merkins (X10), Squats (X10), Dry-docks (X10), and American Hammers (X20) in circuit fashion while partner #2 did 5 pull-ups on the monkey bars and ran a suicide in the parking lot.  Tag-off, rinse and repeat until time is called.  Most PAX got 3-4 circuits completed.

Why did we bring Magnum?  Well we can’t carry from the playground to the track, if we don’t take it to the playground to begin with.  Take Magnum back the same way he came and join up on the field in the Bearmuda Triangle.  It was scary out there and the PAX can easily get lost in the dark.  Good thing Honeysuckle was using his noggin’ and brought glow sticks to wrap around the orange cones.  No PAX wondering out of this triangle.  Three groups divided up starting in each corner of the Bearmuda Triangle crawling to the next cone (counter-clockwise) and doing a Burpee ladder (1, 2, 3, etc.).  Most PAX made it to 7 Burpees before time was called.

That concluded the Madness.

What is faith? Hebrews 11:1 says it is “…the assurance of things hoped, the conviction of things not seen.”  The entire chapter (11) talks about a celebrity list from the O.T..  In Hebrews 12:1 we see the word “therefore”.  Because of all those who have gone before us, because we are surrounded by “so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith….”

So what is faith? Hebrews 11 lays out a good description.  As we struggle to endure the race set before us, for the Christian, be reminded of Hebrews 12:4, which says: “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.”  So when you’re down and you think you can’t keep going, be reminded that our faith (for the Christian) rests in Christ alone, who “for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

As we encourage one another physically, let me encourage you to spend some time spiritually pondering this great mystery and gift of faith.  We don’t have to face the obstacles of life alone.

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