YHC was excited to host the first official Friday beatdown for Cherokee County, but with all the go, no go, same name, different name chatter leading up to the event I didn’t advertise as well as I should have. When I first agreed to Q it up I had visions of playground themed exercises, Another Bad Creation pumping through the speaker and finishing it off with FairLife Chocolate milk in lieu of coffee, but with the pressure of the name change I had to switch it up. I thought we would have some good numbers with a mix from Paragon and Kodiak given Avery is almost right in the middle of the two, so I immediately thought partner exercises would be perfect, especially if we paired up with Kodiak/Paragon pairings, a UNION if you will. Seems an apt name, especially with Avery’s location off Union Hill Rd. Being one to prefer options and also enjoying music incorporated into the beatdown, I brought a themed playlist that kicked off Outkast’s Speakerboxx and kept it going with some of their other classic hits. During the COT, the naming topic came up and a fair challenge was raised as to why we would even need to come up with a new name and who they were that said otherwise. And then it happened, someone, whom shall not be singled out, suggested a name that was accepted unanimously by all in attendance. Due to length and to avoid hurting any feelings we decided to shorten it to the quasi-official name, The Playground – SYLD. Who knew it would spark so much intrigue and chatter on the cooler? The only way to find out what it stands for is to post next Friday! Without further ado, here’s what went down in between the start and the finish:
SSH x 20 IC
Windmill x 10 IC
Sun gods OYO forward and reverse
Mosey to the front of the school, partner up for some Doricides.
Partner A start on exercises while partner B sprints to first light pole does one burpee, comes back and sprints to second light pole for two burpees and switches with partner A picking up where they left off. Exercises were 100 merkins, 200 LBCs, 300 squats. Had to dodge an early arrival to the school that we weren’t sure if it was the janitor or if Homeboy had called the principal to join us.
Stayed put to do some partner carries to the first light pole and did 10 patty cake merkins and 10 big boy sit ups, switch it up to the second light pole and 20 patty cake merkins and 20 big boy sit ups. Do the same heading back to the start.
Contradictory to the southern music playing, albeit a different genre altogether, we started on some Tammy Wynettes. Partner A standing and partner B on their six performed American Hammers/Hillbillies simultaneously switching out after every 10 reps with the Q sounding the cadence up to 100.
Still had plenty of time, so went with a favorite of mine that doesn’t have a name that I’m aware of, so I call it the See ya when I see ya. Partners run in opposite directions around the parking circle and when they encounter each other do 5 bropees and keep going. Did this for 3 full laps, not 3 encounters.
With time still on the clock we did a crunchy frog ring of fire x 2 per C4’s request and then a hand release merkin ring of fire until time was up.
Thankful for the awesome day and those that could make it out. Keep Homeboy, his father, friends and family members in your thoughts and prayers as his father goes through treatment. Special shout out to the current mothers, will be mothers, mothers to others and all the ladies out there that give so much of themselves to ensure things run smoothly and take care of things to allow us the opportunity to gather in the gloom. Make it a special weekend for them and remember that more than any gift you can give; time and appreciation are some of the most valued.
It was a pleasure gents! Deuces up, A-Town down, and we out!