The Valley of the Sun kicked off May Day in style as NP_Phx_FamilyFeud has officially begun! This morning saw Team Blue, Team Red, Team Yellow, and Team Green duke it out in an AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) circuit workout consisting of squats, leg lifts, box jumps, burpees, push-ups and stairs. The desert sun was intense but nothing compared to the focus on the competitors.
It’s Wednesday. It’s 5:45am. My Alarm clock is belting “Forever Young” by Alphaville. It’s minus too much outside. It’s snowing. WTF am I doing? Every part of my body and most of my brain is saying to me that the time for morning burpees was in the Alphaville days. Its not 1984 anymore. I’m not a kid anymore. It’s time to hit snooze and stay in bed. But that was only most of my brain saying that… there is that tiny voice that starts with a whisper and slowly grows with each electronic pulse belting over the speak until I can no longer hear “go back to bed” and can only hear “JUST SHOW UP!!!”. This is November Project.
Visitors often think the desert looks inhospitable. Well, they’re wrong. My family doesn’t just survive here, we thrive here. Heck, have you seen how my tribe packs the local hills and theater during the summer? True inspiration.
I’ve seen a lot of new years come and go. Think these buff saguaro arms grow overnight? Well, they don’t. I’ve been lucky that my tribe’s awesome workouts keep me looking young, but don’t be fooled, I’ve seen many moons. Between family photosynthesis sessions and binge watching my cousins on Planet Earth, I’ve had some time to reflect this holiday week.
On Wednesday, October 24, we’ll be celebrating 5 YEARS of November Project DC. What better way to celebrate than with AT LEAST 500 people working out together? Smiling together? Sweating together?
The tribe was split into three countries led by their three captains: Tara representing Columbia, Dan representing USA, and Tammy representing Jamaica.
The teams were counted off by, “1. 2. 3.” Then, the morning’s competition began! There were THREE EPIC EVENTS where team work, strategy, and a thing we like to call – MATH – came into play.
=&0=&: The Slalom Obstacle Course – “Where the warm-up also counts for points!” Each team lined the course in either a low sumo squat position, the Olympic torch position, or the (high or low) bridge position. Each person became the Slalom-er and took the course! Modifications for hopping the sumo? CURLING MOTION AROUND THEM! Modifications for the torch postion? CALF RAISES INSTEAD OF TORCH JUMPS! Modifications for bridges? STEP OVER INSTEAD OF CRAWL UNDER! For first half of the race, all teams were in steady compeition. At the turn around point, USA pulled out a demanding lead and Colombia edged out Jamaica just in the knick of time!
=&1=&: USA (3 points), Colombia (2 points), and Jamaica (1 point).
=&2=& The Great TRIPLE Skate – “Where it’s all about burpees!” Each team was split up on the top platform and then divded into 5 mini groups to take on this event. (For example: we had 30 people this morning. Each team had ten athletes and were split into 5 mini groups of 2 for this event.) The first group at the top began their burpees while the second group at the top ran down to the second platform to tap out the group doing Speed Skate-r’s, then the SS’s ran down to the next platform to tap out the 180 Degree Spinners, and the 180’s then ran down to release the Ski Jumpers—who then ran to the back to the top to releave the people doing burpees. Rinse, burpee, math. The points from this round were the total tally of each team’s burpees after 12 mins of play.
=&1=&: Colombia (225), USA (177), and Jamaica (162).
=&4=&: The Bob-Luge – “Where things really heated up!” Each team took their positions around the momument and again, split up into sub groups, this time into 3 mini teams. The three teams were either Bobsledding, Skeleton Luging, or…running around the monument. The sledders were doing their ‘_____’ twists, the lugers were holding whichever variation of plank they could muster, and the runners were sprinting their asses off to releave the sledders. The time began and the teams hustled: runners tapped out sledders who tapped out the lugers who then ran. What were the points based off of for this round, you ask? Each complete lap around the monumnet. (It was a doozy if I do say so myself)
=&1=&: Jamaica (67), Colombia (61), and USA (51).
This morning was filled wirh surprises, and ultimately, all the controlled chaos.
=&6=&: First Place – Colombia (288), Second Place – USA (231), and Jamaica (230).
Thanks for playing, Brooklyn. You all are winners in my sappy, burpee-loving heart. And Jeanie, you can go ahead and come back from Aruba now (Don’t forget the flamingos!)
I first met Kendary in 2005, he is a subject matter expert for SBM in our region by then. To me, he is a quiet person but very knowledgeable in his profession. He is also my personal investment fund and retirement scheme adviser. I invited him to our NP_Pledge workout at the beginning of February 2017, since then he has become the warrior for Wednesday morning hills.