THE SCENE: Wet and warm
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Administered
Projectivator x 10 IC
Moroccan Nightclub x 10 IC
Overhead Claps x 10 IC
Squats x 10 IC
Merkins x 10 IC
Mountain Climbers x 10 IC
CMU Curls x 26 OYO
Mosey to the amphitheater
“Seven X”: Imagine a large X dissecting the amphitheater stage. Starting at one corner of the X, perform the exercise then bear crawl to the center of the X, turn left and bear crawl to the next corner (clockwise).
Corner 1 – Curls
Corner 2 – Squats
Corner 3 – Overhead presses
Corner 4 – CMU Swings
Round 1, 7×1 = 7 reps of each
Round 2, 7×2 = 14 reps
Round 3, 21 reps…
Round 4, 28 reps…
I’d planned to do additional sets….but we’ve got more work to do. Move along, you lucky guy!
Battle buddy up…
P1 – heavy bear to the line and back
P2 – LBC
Cycle through 2x
P1 – heavy lunge to the line and back
P2 – Clean and press CMU
Cycle through 2x
P1 – sprint to the rail and back
P2 – Plyometric merkins on CMUs
Cycle through 2x
Tabata – 20 seconds work + 10 seconds rest (goal is 20 reps each set)
Round 1: Goblet squats (3 sets)
Round 2: Tricep extensions (3 sets)
Round 3: Weighted crunch w/ CMU (3 sets)
Round 4: Curls (3 sets)
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
This Word of encouragement may be meaningless to you today… If so, I ask you to tuck these words into your heart, so that you will be reminded of them if you ever do need them – or that you will share them with someone in your life who needs them now. These are words of encouragement for someone who is suffering after a profound loss. These are words that you will need to know in one of life’s darkest moments – but that might seem insensitive, or certainly uncomfortable, for someone to tell you. Listen for a minute and remind your future self of these words…
If you asked any historian, “Who are the Top 5 most remarkable U.S. presidents in history?”, odds are good that their list would include our 26th – Teddy Roosevelt. He was a fascinating character and accomplished a tremendous amount in his life. Assistant Secretary of the Navy… Hero of the Spanish-American war… Governor of New York… Vice-president, then youngest person ever to become President… While in office, he was the first president to have a telephone installed in the white house… first president to ride in a submarine… first to leave the country while in office (to check on his little side-hustle, the Panama Canal…), first president to be awarded the Medal of Honor, first to be awarded the Noble Peace Prize, and on and on…. A remarkable life!
BUT – before he did any of those things – when he was just 25 years old – he endured a pain that is unimaginable to me. On Valentine’s Day 1884, in the same house – both his mother and his wife died of unrelated diseases. In his journal that day, young Roosevelt drew a large X and wrote only a single sentence, “the light has gone out of my life”.
Roosevelt was so deeply grieved that he left his newborn daughter with his sister and escaped by himself to the Dakota Territory. It was there that he learned to ride and rope, he lived among hardened men, he developed into the man who would later be nicknamed “The Lion”, and he completely reoriented the trajectory of his life. After three years, he returned home and assumed custody of his daughter. It would be another decade more before those notable achievements in public life would start.
Here’s what I want you to remember from Teddy Roosevelt’s early life;
- If you ever have the misfortune of suffering a profound loss, you may feel like life cannot go on (“the light has gone out of my life”) – in those moments, take your refuge in the Lord our Comfort, and know this – life WILL go on for you. Grieve in a healthy way but remember in those terrible moments that your grief will come to an end. From the Psalms, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18) “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all” (Psalm 34:19). “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3).
- Difficult as it may be to consider in that moment, your grief may be transformative for you. Like Roosevelt, your grief may be the catalyst for you to reorient your life. Sometimes you’re in a dark place and you feel like you’ve been buried – but actually you’ve been planted and are getting ready to grow (hat tip, Christine Caine). Grief can deepen your faith in God and your reliance on His strength over your own. It can prepare you to have empathy for others who will suffer after you. It can give you laser focus on what matters most in life.
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10).
Prayers for Curveball’s daughter, who is traveling to The Great White North