We The People

We The People

Workout Date:





Texas Ranger (AO); Brown Bag (Nant’an); Cast Away (Local Boy); Quaker (QIC/1stF Q)

The Thang:

AO: The Village

Conditions: 74 degrees & Humid

This was YHC’s second of 2 back to back Q’s. Yesterday was the Multideck of Madness. Not wanting to repeat a beatdown, YHC thought he would do a Independence Day themed BeatDown. I look up some historical facts and paired them up with some exercise. The plan was to run from point to point around the AO making periodic stops to answer trivia, however, YHC noticed immediately that Brown Bag’s knee was still bothering him so I modified the WO by remaining circled up by the Shovel Flag and doing only 1 full body exercise throughout the WO. Special thanks to Brown Bag for providing the tunes for this morning’s beatdown and also silently convincing me to modify the work out. Read on test your knowledge & see what went down.

COP: 25 SSH IC; Capri lap; 15 TTT; 20 Rocky Balboas IC; 15 Windmills IC; 15 Mountain Climbers; 22 Merkins; 15 LBAC IC; 15 LBAC in Reverse; 15 Cherry Pickers IC


Name the 13 Original Colonies – start off easy

Round 1 – right answer 2 Burpees – wrong answer = 5 Burpees

South Carolina

New York

New Jersey

Texas Ranger ran out of time – therefore wrong answer

We had 3 correct answers & 1 incorrect = 11 Burpees

Round 2  – right answer 3 burpees, wrong answer = 7 burpees

Texas Ranger guessed Maine – incorrect

3 Correct & 1 incorrect = 16 Burpees

Round 3 – right answer 4 burpees – – -wrong answer = 10 burpees

22 Burpees

Round 4 – right answer 5 burpees – – -wrong answer = 12 burpees

Texas Ranger may have gone 0 for 3, but then Brown Bag tried to help him out with “Vermont” . . . unfortunately this too was a wrong answer.

1 wrong answer = 12 Burpees

61 total Burpees

Note: Vermont – was not an original colony. It was actually part of New York before becoming a state.

Give the Nickname of the 13 Original States – This was a hard one, but the PAX did a great job! TR totally redeemed himself

2 Burpees for a right answer; 4 Burpees for a wrong answer

TR went 4 for 4 . . .  (South Carolina -Palmetto, George – Peach, North Carolina-Tar Heel, Massachusetts -Bay State) – 8 burpees

Brown Bag went 2-3 –  New York – Empire State,  Pennsylvania -Keystone State (some thought it was Quaker State) and he missed Connecticut – calling it the Atlantic State & the Bay State (after judges review both responses were incorrect) – 8 Burpees

Cast Away was 0 for 3 (goose egg) – He thought Virginia was the Lovers State, Thought Rhode Island was the “Providence State” and believed Maryland was the Crab State . . . these were all excellent guesses but no cigars – 12 Burpees

YHC – got New Hampshire – Granite State, New Jersey -Garden State, & Connecticut – Nutmeg State – (Note: YHC wrote the trivia questions which helped) – 10 Burpees

38 total

How many Colonies signed the Declaration of Independence – 5 burpee for every wrong answer . . . 15 Burpees for the right answer

Guesses were all over the place: as low as 3 & as high as 11 . . .it would have been a real hoot if the answer was 13!!

8 wrong answers = 40

1 right answer = 15

Total Burpees = 55

Finally 12 out of 13 called by Brown Bag – – If you can guess what state abstained we would do no burpees . . . Cast Away called out South Carolina . . .Wrong, TR called Texas . . .wrong; Brown Bag called Delaware but this was the “1st State”, therefore wrong . . . 15 burpees

Correct Answer is New York – apparently the traffic was heavy through the Lincoln Tunnel and on 95 the day of the signing therefore New York abstained.

1 right answer = 15

How Many Delegates were at the 2nd Continental Congress:

There were 4 wrong answers and 1 Correct

5 Burpees  + 56 SSH IC (One for each Delegate)

Name 4 Signers of the Declaration

There are 56 Singers of the Declaration of Independence so how hard could it be to name just 4 of them?

Right answer = 2 Burpees

Ceasar Rodney from Delaware, Name of Local High School near OCMD

John Adams – 2nd President

John Handcock – BIG SIGNER, President of 2nd Continental Congress

Thomas Jefferson – Writer of the Declaration of Independence; 3rd President

Total Burpees = 8

Wrong answer = 4 Burpees

James Madison – 4th President, Wrote 1st draft of Constitution & Bill of Rights but did not sign the Declaration of Independence

1 PAX ran out of time.

8 Burpees

Total Burpees = 16

Name a Revolutionary War Battle – 5 Burpees for a right answer, 10 Burpees for a wrong answer

Brown Bag – Valley Forge – Correct – 5 Burpees

Castaway – Battle of Cowpens (He needed alot of help with this one)(This is required knowledge for all 4 grade students in Horry County and since Castaway is a local boy YHC thought this would be a slam dunk – NOPE) – 5 Burpees

Texas Ranger and YHC could not come up with any other battles . . . 10 Burpees

Bonus Question for Texas Ranger – Name 1 battle between Texas and Mexico . . . after much deliberation TR blurts out, “The Alamo” – correct!! – 5 Burpees

Total Burpees = 25

Bonus Questions: PAX get to ask YHC questions – If YHC gets it right the PAX do 12 Burpees; if YHC gets it wrong he does 12 Burpees

Question #1 from Brown Bag – “What was city was the 1st US Capital? (6 Burpees for the right answer and 12 for the wrong answer)

YHC answered “New York”  – – – Brown Bag thought it was Philadelphia – neither of us were completely sure . .  .12 Burpees for Everyone!

NOTE: Brown Bag looked it up after the beatdown and the 1st Capital was in New York City

Castaway – “Recite the Declaration of Independence”

YHC at first could not get the Gettysburg Address out of my head (“Four Score and seven years ago . . .”) Then the words just started to flow. . . “We the People in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility  . . . “

Everyone was impressed, unfortunately these were the words of the Constitution!!!

Everyone did 10 Burpees for a strong finish

6:15 – Time Called


Count-o-rama = 4




Moleskin – Burpees are easy when your having fun!  Our time together flew by with lots of laughs & plenty of burpees! No one kept count but we estimate 244 burpees which would have been exactly the number of years since the Declaration of Independence was signed, but lo we fell about 7 burpees shy of the mark. Great push by everyone!! Thanks for humoring me. It was an honor to lead.

56 men  created the greatest nation that ever existed & changed the course of history for the entire world  . . .we must never forget our past  . . . nothing is impossible.

Actual Words of Declaration of Independence

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.



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