AO: Hard Knocks University Bootcamp - Wednesday

When: 07/07/2021


Number of Pax: 8

Pax Names: Brutus, Bubbles, Chilipepper, Olympus, Papa Smurf, Posh, Spartan,

Number of FNGS: 0

FNG Names: N/A

QIC: Crabcakes

The BackBlast:

77 Degrees overcast skies wind 8mph but Elsa and her rain stayed away…..

YHC arrived a few minutes early to set up the parking lot in preparation for today’s beatdown.  Not sure what to expect from the weather or from a PAX turnout perspective, YHC planned a pretty simple straightforward beatdown for the gloom.

13 PAX braved the elements and made their way to University Corner for either the traditional beatdown or the first official Ruck beatdown from this location.

YHC Reviewed the 5 Core Principles and then the PAX split off.  YHC led the beatdown and Dragnet led the Ruck.

We set off on a 1 lap mosey around the parking lot…..high knees, nur, carioca to both sides and then the PAX proceeded to the COP.

COP Consisted of the following…all IC


Strawberry Pickers- 21


Seal Claps-11

Agitators- 7

The Thang consisted of the following simple straight forward concept…

Round of 7’s Burpees/Big Boy Sit Up’s

Pax started at the Curb with 1 count of the first exercise and then ran to the 2nd light pole and completed 6 of the second.  Pax returned to the curb to complete 2 count of the first exercise and then ran to the 2nd light pole to complete 5 of the second.  Each round the PAX completed a total of 7 exercises.  This pattern continued until 6 count was completed at curb and a 1 count at the lightpole.

Round of 11’s Carolina Dry Docks/Flutter Kicks 

Same Concept as above but count was now 11

The 3rd and final round was a round of 21’s Merkins/Squats

Majority of Pax made it to 8 Merkins and 13 Squats before time expired…

Throughout the Beatdown the PAX were treated to an Elsa inspired soundtrack…

Rock You Like a Hurricane-Scorpions

Purple Rain-Prince

Wind Of Change-Scorpions

Hurricane-Luke Combs

Have you ever seen the Rain-Creedence Clearwater Revival

Fire and Rain- James Taylor

November Rain- Guns N’s Roses

Fool In the Rain-Originally done by Led Zeppelin this morning was O.A.R



July 10th Green Beret Ruck Event

August- Ragnar Trail Event in WV


Ripkens friend Andrew and his struggle with alcohol

Bubbles- Blood Pressure and safe peaceful travels on Friday

Bing- Co-Worker and PAX from Aiken, SC leaning on him for assistance

Bonnie Sidecki-lost her mother over the weekend

Stagecoach-Prayers for a positive outcome with his job search

Thanks for braving the elements and joining me in the Gloom,


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