It’s only appropriate that on the very day we decide to do the infamous “Sebastian” workout (7 minutes of burpees), it is the namesake Sebastian’s birthday. Happy Birthday dude. We fucking ate birthday burpees for breakfast.
According to the source called wikipedia, “Seven minutes in heaven is a teenagers’ party game first recorded as being played in Cincinnati in the early 1950s.Two people are selected to go into a closet or other dark enclosed space and do whatever they like for seven minutes. It is common for the participants to kiss, but participants may instead choose to talk, engage in some other (usually quiet) activity, or do nothing at all. Variations on the game expand the time allowed to any reasonable short period up to 5 hours. The participants can be selected by various methods, such as spinning a bottle, or drawing lots. Limits are established either before the game or by the two participants once alone.”
All I have to say about that is Cincinnati just got way cooler in my eyes.
According to the November Project, “Seven minutes in heaven is a badass workout done in two parts. Part 1: Seven minutes of hug tag, wherein seven taggers run around like crazies and chase down all the other tribe members. Players can only be safe while hugging in groups of 3, and are only safe for three seconds, no matter how long they hug. When tagged, players must do 20 air squats in order to get back into the game. Part 2: Seven minutes of burpees. Plus 30 more seconds, just for good measure.”
A little commentary on the NP version…
About hug tag: Personally, I like the introduction of the threesome. It’s far more interesting and challenging to coordinate than the simple “pairing up” of the original Seven Minutes in Heaven. HR Karl is concerned about the social media rumors of threesomes, but HR Karl needs to relax a little bit. Loosen up. Maybe he needs a threesome. And Seven Minutes of something. Ok, just give him a hug.
About the seven minutes: While the original game was seven minutes, variations included extending the time for, let me quote here, “a reasonable short period up to 5 hours.” What the fuck original Seven Minutes in Heaven?!? 5 hours of anything is borderline torture. See tribe? See how nice #DEE is by only making you do 7 minutes?? I mean, how would that Destination Deck feel?…you arrive for the bounce at 6:29 and you finish up at 11:29, just in time to shower before lunch!? Seriously, you’re damn lucky you got only 7 minutes of heavenly heaven this morning.
About those extra 30 seconds of burpees: You know, like when I was a kid, and we used to give out birthday spanks. If you were 6, you didn’t just get 6 spanks, you got 6…and “one to grow on.” So 7 AND A HALF minutes of heaven is just like, more heaven. And it makes you grow. Yeah, exactly, it’s good for you.
So, we all got to experience the badass NP Seven Minutes in Heaven in between our run to and from the Deck. You also get to track your score for Birthday Sebastians, so you know how badass you are next time we do it and you crush your score.
And now your homework, which is also in two parts.
Part 1: First, think about how much easier it was to do all those burpees, any amount that you completed, WITH other people. Knowing they were supporting you by doing them too. Not doing them for you. Not by just watching you. Instead by doing them with you. Today, your homework is to find a way to support someone by doing something challenging with them. Join them, be side-by-side in the effort without trying to take it away from them or just fucking gawk at them. Make a stronger community with this homework, and do it TODAY. And maybe share that story with the rest of us. Put it right in the comments section of the FB post. I dare you.
Part 2: It’s badass, it’s fun, it’s funny, it’s weird, and it’s really cool. Get ‘er done folks. Deadline is 19 days away.
The Tribe is Fucking Cool.