In honor of our veterans this Veteran’s Day I offer…
What’s a hero?
The world’s first recorded hero is Marduk, the Mesopotamian deity of the ancient mythic tale known as the Enuma Elish. In that story, Marduk is the only god courageous enough to face Tiamat, the dragon of chaos.
The oldest known hero recorded in the English language is Beowulf. He is the only warrior with enough courage to pit his strength and prowess against the terrible Grendel and his even more horrific mother.
But lots of people are heroic and they’re not warriors. Think about the people you look up to as heroes. What characteristic do they share?
A hero does what others are afraid to do.
But it’s more than that. If it heroism was just about being brave and overcoming fear, then criminals would be heroes because they have the courage to break laws. A hero’s bravery must serve a noble purpose.
A hero behaves honorably.
“Honor means recognizing your obligations, then having the courage to do what is right.” ~Forrest Morgan, Living the Martial Way
Now let’s carry this brief exploration of heroism into…
Cabal Fang Workout of the Week #80
1) Do something heroic. Think of something you’ve been reluctant or afraid to do, something that serves a higher purpose, and make a plan for getting it done. Doesn’t have to be earth shattering — smaller might even be better. Maybe there’s a family member in need of an intervention, a friend who needs help with a daunting task, a volunteer job you’d have to bite the bullet to complete etc.
2) Self Destruct Sequence. See if you can beat my PR of 28:18. This workout comes from my Top 10 calisthenics book The Calisthenics Codex (Click here to get it at Barnes & Noble, here to get it on iTunes/iBooks or go here get it at Smashwords in any format).
- Zombie Squats (50)
- Pushups, diamond (25)
- Jump Squats (100)
- Bodybuilders (25)
- Pikes (25)
- Jump Squats, split (50)
- Pushups, barrel roll (25)
- Bicycles (50 each side)
- Burpees (25)
- Twisters (25 each side)
- Wall Touches (100)
- Pushups, hopping/clapping (25)
3) Noodle around a little. If you have a partner, spend 10 minutes practicing your standing locks a.k.a. “the Star of Ishtar.” No partner? Get yourself a pool noodle and bungee it to a tree, post or heavy bag to use as a training arm. If you feel like making it fancy, put a fake elbow in it.