It’s the holiday season again and all the classic movies are back on TV. How can we create a theme for a December beatdown based on a Holiday movie? 2020 has given everyone new challenges and pains to deal with. Pain can be a way to show us that something is important and needs our attention, it can tell us that we need to change, and sometimes pain can be funny (when it’s in a movie and happening to someone else).
Which brings us to Home Alone, the holiday classic from the 90s has plenty of pain to use as motivation on a rainy December morning. During our beatdown, we celebrated the pain of hard working, blue collar criminals Marv Murchins and Harry Lyme (aka the Wet Bandits) and their adventures of dealing with the abandoned lonely boy named Kevin. This was an overtime beatdown (+60 mins) and we did 1205 (Dec. 5th) reps of Home Alone pain inspired exercises to say goodbye to 2020.
Where: The Arise at WWCP, 7am EST. It’s been raining for over a day so we took cover at the pavilion.
Who: 12 (Dos Equis, Trail-blazer, Photo Finish, FNG (Red Card), ScarU, Cruiser, Dick Clark, Brisket, Red Coat, Black Hole, Pharmer, Mountie (Q))
Warm it up:
Some simple stretching and Motivators to get the blood moving before we get after it.
Here is the plan, pyramid workout inspired by all the awful things that happen to the “bad” guys in Home Alone. Kevin didn’t kill them, so we should survive this too.
10 rounds, 10 exercises, 20 reps each (with a few modifications).
We should be sick of seeing “2020” by the end of this.
Let’s introduce the activities-
We also had Monkey Humpers for the tripwire scene and
American Hammers when the zip line swings into the wall, but I couldn’t find the gifs for those. Thanks to the internet for all the gifs, it’s amazing what is out there.
Here is the chart, round by round…
After all the sets and a little over the regular 60 mins, we completed 1205 reps for Dec. 05, 2020!!
We had 12 in person for this workout including a new FNG aka RedCard . He is a friend and co-worker of mine who has recently moved to the area. He hung in there for a pretty long beatdown for the first session but I’m sure he’ll come back.
This year reminds me of a lesson I heard from the “Richest Man in Babylon” and it’s been a helpful reminder throughout this year. “Make work your friend” is my shortened version, when you aren’t sure what to do, do the work and things will get better. Here is the actual quote..
When no buyers were near, he talked to me earnestly to impress upon me how valuable work would be to me in the future: ‘Some men hate it. They make it their enemy. Better to treat it like a friend, make thyself like it. Don’t mind because it is hard. If thou thinkest about what a good house thou build, then who cares if the beams are heavy and it is far from the well to carry the water for the plaster. Promise me, boy, if thou get a master, work for him as hard as thou canst. If he does not appreciate all thou do, never mind. Remember, work, well-done, does good to the man who does it. It makes him a better man.George S. Clason, The Richest Man in Babylon
Thanks as always to everyone at F3Princeton that motivates me to show up and bring my best to get better. Happy to be here and putting in the work.
F3Princeton, Keep showing up!