08/04/2023 - the_mud_room - Back-to-School Time again!

AO: The M.U.D room

When: 08/04/2023

QIC: Songbird


Number of Pax: 4

Number of FNGS: 0

Pax Names:

Buzz, Cruiser, Tex, Songbird


With kiddos going back to school this week (and next), I used my annual school-themed beatdown! As always I used the music from High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, the TV show about high school students and all their teenage angst 🙂

We were in the parking deck due to a bit of rain this am, so we started in our normal section on the ground floor with Intro/Stretching/Warmups:

We stretched out our muscles, then we did a warmup together of “Copying notes and passing notes”- everyone did windmills, while we passed around 5 jumping jacks. After that we ran/walked a lap around.

The Thang:

We then proceeded to “switch classes” between different areas of the parking deck.

We started with MATH class at our mats, by doing some addition, making sums of 12 with pairs of exercises.

  • 1 burpee + 11 floor tricep dips
  • 2 Merkins (push-ups) + 10 mountain climbers (L/R is one)
  • 3 BGSs + 9 LBCs
  • 4 speed skaters + 8 Raggedy Anns (L/R is one)
  • 5 cross jacks + 7 plank jacks
  • 6 Imperial walkers + 6 pendulum squats (L/R is one)

Then we ran/walked around the lot to get to an area where there were parking bumpers lined up, for HISTORY class, learning about “wars.”

  • Toy Soldiers, down and back a portion of the lot
  • AMRAP (“as many reps as possible,” until I said stop) Military Step-ups on individual parking bumpers
  • AMRAP Soldier jacks

We ran/walked around the lot again to get to the area where we had put our weights, for SPANISH class. We counted our weight training reps in Spanish!

  • 10 Bicep curls
  • 10 Tricep curls
  • 10 Overhead press
  • 10 Reverse flys

We ran/walked around the lot again to get back to our mats, for SCIENCE class, where we learned about animals.

  • AMRAP Seal jacks
  • AMRAP Monkey humpers
  • AMRAP Kangaroos (4 high knees, squat down and touch the ground)
  • AMRAP Donkey kicks
  • AMRAP Narwhals (switch sides at command)
  • AMRAP Crunchy Frogs

Next was PE, starting with Track, by running to yet another area of the lot.

  • Dribbling imaginary soccer balls, down the lot and back
  • Circled up and did Basketball shots, 10 each side
  • 10 Volleyball squats/shuffles (L/R as one)
  • Cheerleading: 10 Star jumps

Finally we ran back to our mats to finish the school day with English class, doing some ab exercises.

  • On your back, Spell out your whole name with your raised legs stuck together
  • AMRAP Making exclamation points: leg-raise, then dot the exclamation point with a  sky-kick, lower legs down, then repeat
  • AMRAP “Erasing the board,” with legs together, sweep them horizontally back and forth, lowering and raising as you go

We then participated in some After-school Extra-curriculars:

  • Run the “bases” for a baseball game, around the green
  • Swimming across the lot back and forth – freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, then butterfly

We finished up with Stretching/Cooldown together. I always enjoy this beatdown a lot, going “back to school” along with all the kiddos!!😊


Since we were back to school today, the COT was about learning…

The Bible says in Proverbs 9:9 –

       Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;

        teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

The message is: Be a life-long learner – always humbly learning and willing to learn…in life, character, academics, sports, skills, God, the Bible, and people! So let’s keep stretching and growing, because we’re never done, we’ve never “arrived”!


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