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Subject: Re: [shovelglove] Scenario based shovelglove
From: Reinhard Engels
Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2004 06:44:42 -0700 (PDT)

"Scenario based shovelglove" is something that
definitely needs to make it to the homepage. It's
hilarious. It's inspiring. And you got the whole
family into it. I had no idea they even made 4 pound
sledges. Not just does it sound like a ridiculous
amount of fun, but what an engine for coming up with
new moves. And as for sustaining interest, what could
beat cycling through different (ideally 5, I guess)
scenarios? Please post the details of any other
scenarios you come up with. I think I'm going to have
to give this a shot myself...

Thank you!


--- "D." <allan2015@...> wrote:
> I wanted to share my first attempt at a shovelglove
> workout with everyone. The post may run long, hope
> you
> don't mind. 
> First let me say I bought a 10 lb and an 8 lb
> sledge.
> I have a 17 and an 11 year old son who want to do
> this
> with me. They had no 12 lb at Home Depot. The 10 is
> right for me and my teenager, I need to get a
> smaller,
> 4 lb for my 11 year old. Just in case you are going
> to
> get your kids involved, too. 
> And a quick note - I did my workout outside,
> neighbors
> be damned. It was 95* outside and the sun was high,
> I
> figure they had to work in the heat in the old days,
> I
> will try it, too!
> To the workout: 
> _____________________________________
> I decided to base the workout on a scenario. I
> called
> it "preparing the defenses."
> First, I had to "clear the land," better known as
> mowing the lawn for you mundanes. You can skip this
> part if your castle or village does not have a
> prairie.
> Next was to "dig the moat." This consisted of
> shoveling over each shoulder 10x, to each side 10x,
> and to the front 10x. I finished the motion because
> I
> liked what one poster wrote here, that he couldn't
> imagine shoveling without putting the dirt
> somewhere.
> Then, we had to "row across the river" to get to the
> forest. This consisted of kneeling on one knee and
> rowing x20, switching sides and rowing another 20x.
> Next, we chopped down trees to use in the palisade.
> This was "chopping trees" for 20x each side. 
> Then you "load the lumber" onto the boat. This was
> done by squatting with the shovelglove held at arms
> length downward at a 45* in front of you, rising and
> then, with a shift of body weight to that side,
> thrusting the shovelglove sideways while still 
> holding it horizontally in front of you. Think of
> actually loading a board onto the back of a pick up
> truck, this is the motion I used. This was done 10x
> each side.
> Then we "rowed back across the river," using the
> rows
> used earlier.
> Then we had to "drive the poles," as described on
> the
> site, 20x each side. This was to set up the village
> defenses <grin>. 
> Afterwards, we "packed the dirt," which is basically
> churn butter except the shovelglove was held lower
> with the head almost on the ground, 20x. 
> Once we completed the days work, we "celebrated" by
> hoisting the shovelglove overhead with two hands 3x,
> shifting grip and hoisting another 3x. 
> And finally, we "saluted" the king and his entourage
> as they reviewed our handiwork. This was done by
> holding the sloglo down at the side, and using only
> forearms if you can, raise it so it is straight in
> front of you, elbow at your side and forearm
> parallel
> to the ground. This was done 3x each arm (there were
> a
> lot of officials in the parade. ;-) 
> AND FINALLY - WE HAD A BLAST! My teenager loves
> swinging the sloglo and the imagery of it all,as do
> I.
> I need to get a 4 lb for my 11 year old but we will
> all be doing this soon. We are both a little sore
> across the upper back, shoulders, and traps, but
> this
> is a good sore, I assure you. One caveat - I didnt'
> get his done in 14 minutes. It took 20. (I don't
> know
> if you could workout like this much longer than that
> anyway. Makes one wonder how they actually built
> castles and pyramids with manual labor!)
> In our next workout, we are going to "fight off the
> invaders," since we just "prepared the defenses."
> This
> will be mostly swinging, chopping, and thrusting
> movements. If anyone wants to read about it, let me
> know, as I do not want to take up a lot of bandwidth
> with these kind of posts if others are not
> interested.
> Sorry its so long. I enjoyed it so much though that
> I
> wanted to share it with the other enthusiasts. 
> Happy shovelgloving!
> -- Allan 
> =====
> "Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;
> He thinks too much: such men are dangerous."
> -- William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act I, Scene
> 2
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