Workout Date:





Bling, Lombardi, Boxcar, Hoser, Stronger than Dad (Bling 2.0), OneCall (QIC)

The Thang:

High 60’s, decent breeze, gorgeous sky!

Today is FLAG DAY!  So I put together a solid beatdown with some awesome information expecting literally dozens of PAX after our strong convergence numbers.  Surprised at so many missing.  Saw Fergie hiding down south choosing the easier path.  Only 6 at #BS too, so numbers were low.  I know Valvano and Headgear are resting for the upcoming HTL.  Kiwi resting for his bday Q.  Rousey said he’d be there; wasn’t – too busy studying rope climbs.  Anyhow, with 5 of the men out there to get better and having come off double ruck events last weekend and no need for hardcore training, and Stronger than Dad being out there by demand of his dad (although his is currently in his 4th hour of a nap…might need to change that name…even Bling only naps for 2 hours)…I modified a bit, but we still got some solid work in and sweated a lot!

The THANG interspersed with information:

Flag Day, also called National Flag Day, in the United States is a a day honoring the national flag, observed on June 14.  The holiday commemorates the date in 1777 when the United States approved the design for its first national flag. Flag Day is celebrated on Monday, June 14, 2021 in the United States.

In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 as the official date for Flag Day, and in 1949 the U.S. Congress permanently established the date as National Flag Day.

So we warmed up with a ruck lap and then a ruck and sandbag lap.
Then for 6/14, we did 14 reps of 6 exercises – with our rucks on!
Flutters – did these IC

Then we went to the bleachers.  1777
Up and down
7 lunges over to next set of stairs
7 squats
7 calf raises
(4 flights; 3 sets of these exercises)
Definitely a leg burner

Group Plank
I came up with this last night after learning that knobs at The Citadel now have to low plank as part of their PFT test.  1:06 is the minimum standard.  4:20 is top score.
So we did a lap, and then group planked and did this 4 times.
1 minute plank with rucks.  Last round we did 1:30 to make sure we could all maintain at least the minimum standard!  All passed.  Some cheated.


As you celebrate the anniversary of the Stars and Stripes, here are some fast facts about “Old Glory.”

  1. Bernard Cigrand, a small-town Wisconsin teacher, originated the idea for an annual flag day, to be celebrated across the country every June 14, in 1885. That year, he led his school in the first formal observance of the holiday. Cigrand, who later changed careers and practiced dentistry in Illinois, continued to promote his concept and advocate respect for the flag throughout his life.
  2. It is widely believed that Betsy Ross who assisted the Revolutionary War effort by repairing uniforms and sewing tents, made and helped design the first American flag. However, there is no historical evidence that she contributed to Old Glory’s creation. It was not until her grandson William Canby held an 1870 press conference to recount the story that the American public learned of her possible role.
  3. The lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” America’s national anthem since 1931, are taken from a patriotic poem written by Francis Scott Key after he witnessed the Battle of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. His words were set to the tune of “To Anacreon in Heaven,” a popular British drinking song.
  4. In the 1950s, when it seemed certain that Alaska would be admitted to the Union, designers began retooling the American flag to add a 49th star to the existing 48. Meanwhile, a 17-year-old Ohio student named Bob Heft borrowed his mother’s sewing machine, disassembled his family’s 48-star flag and stitched on 50 stars in a proportional pattern. He handed in his creation to his history teacher for a class project, explaining that he expected Hawaii would soon achieve statehood as well. Heft also sent the flag to his congressman, Walter Moeller, who presented it to President Eisenhower after both new states joined the Union. Eisenhower selected Heft’s design, and on July 4, 1960, the president and the high school student stood together as the 50-star flag was raised for the first time. Heft’s teacher promptly changed his grade from a B- to an A.
  5. Unlike setting an intact flag on fire, flying one upside-down is not always intended as an act of protest. According to the Flag Code, it can also be an official distress signal.After completing the FLAG portion, we lined up in the far end zone, and LOOK!  There was a distress signal at the other end of the field 110 yards away.  Our bags were our men!!!!  Run to get them!!!  And “fireman” carry them back!!  We thankfully saved everyone.
  6. The Flag Code stipulates that the Stars and Stripes should not be used as apparel, bedding or drapery.I told Bling last night this was a Flag Day workout.  I fully expected him to wear his sexy flag shorts.  And I was then going to punish the group for this violation of the Flag Code with 100 4 count flutters.  He did not wear them, so, with 3 minutes left, I allowed the PAX a reward and they could stretch!
  7. The practice of draping coffins in the American flag is not reserved for military veterans and government officials. On the contrary, any burial may incorporate this tradition.
  8. Etiquette calls for American flags to be illuminated by sunlight or another light source while on display.
  9. During the Vietnam War era, some demonstrators burned American flags as an act of protest. The Flag Protection Act of 1968 was enacted in response, making it illegal to burn or otherwise deface the Stars and Stripes. In two landmark decisions 20 years later, the Supreme Court ruled that the government couldn’t curb individuals’ First Amendment rights by prohibiting desecration of the U.S. flag. Respectful burning of damaged flags according to established protocol has always been acceptable.
  10. When flags are taken down from their poles, care must be taken to keep them from touching the ground. In fact, the American flag should always be kept aloft, meaning that rugs and carpets featuring the Stars and Stripes are barred by the Flag Code.
  11. When the flags of cities, states, localities or groups are flown on the same staff as the American flag, Old Glory should always be at the peak. When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they should be of equivalent size and flown from separate staffs of the same height.
  12. The Flag Code strictly prohibits adding an insignia, drawing or other markings to the Stars and Stripes. Some American politicians have been known to defy this regulation by signing copies of the U.S. flag for their supporters.
  13. Ever wondered how to correctly fold an American flag? First, enlist a partner and stand facing each other, each holding both corners of one of the rectangle’s shorter sides. Working together, lift the half of the flag that usually hangs on the bottom over the half that contains the blue field of stars. Next, fold the flag lengthwise a second time so that the stars are visible on the outside. Make a triangular fold at the striped end, bringing one corner up to meet the top edge. Continue to fold the flag in this manner until only a triangle of star-studded blue can be seen.


Count-O-Rama – 6
Prayer requests unspoken
by YHC

– We worked hard and we learned some facts under a beautiful sunrise.  Great being out there with you studs!

– Freed to Bleed July 16 and every 56ish days thereafter until 2050.  Sign up for all of them.  Every PAX at EM and WaveRucker always donate (except Boxcar).  Hoser gives double!!  That’s why we crushed the challenge much to Pikachu’s chagrin.
– Fill Q sheets
– Check out Rousey’s Spartan Channel and go do these races – they are a blast
– New Name?  LOL


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