Motivation
Last Wednesday I went to the High School Graduation for a few of our kids that are involved in our non profit Youth program.  They attend Silverado High School at the other end of Via Fabricante.  One of my youth, Jhoan, actually hand delivered me an invitation and told me it would mean a lot to him if I would go.  We have had some real heart to heart conversations over the past several months that have resulted in a real push for him to graduate.  Jhoan made it.  Working with the kids from Silverado has been very eye opening for me.  I went to High School in the area and knew of kids that disappeared to Silverado.  Many were for disciplinary issues and the school has a stigma for that is where the losers and trouble makers go.  I can tell you from first hand experience that there are kids at that school who may be losing the battle of education but they are not losers.  Many have a strong desire to achieve.  They just don’t know how or don’t have the support structure.  They have been handed some life experiences that many adults could not handle.  Hearing some of the students speak at the graduation was also inspiring.  Not the most eloquent but very heartfelt and sincere.  When I found Jhoan after the ceremony he was taking pictures with family.  When we caught eyes he broke from the group and made his way through his family to shake my hand and thank me for coming.  It was one of the most genuine “Thank You’s” I have ever received.  Jhoan and the graduating class from Silverado have a tough road ahead of them.  Yet, they have all seen tough times and I believe those experiences may have been the best education they could have received.
Strength
The Turkish Get Up is an odd motion at first but as you practice it and get better it is a great range of motion, strength, balance, and coordination drill.  Learn to love this movement if you want to increase shoulder mobility and strength.
Workout Strategy
Team Workouts are beneficial in many ways.  They hold us accountable, they give us a cheering section, they give us planned breaks.  Let’s have some fun and make the most of this team workout.  Rules go as follows.  Only one person  can be working at a time.  Hold one another accountable for good range of motion and technique.  For the anchored sit ups you hold one another’s feet.  The person doing the sit ups needs to touch their elbows to the top of their knees.  You can break up the repetitions however you seem fit.  Suggestion is to keep the number of repetitions small and keep the speed and intensity high.  For the relay portion, each person runs 200 meters at a time.  
 
Workout of the Day
Strength of the Day Turkish Get Up
Level 1: Teams of Three:

100 Burpees

150 Kettlebell Swings, 

200 Anchored Sit Ups

250 Air Squats

1800 meter relay run

Level 2:Teams of Three:

125 Burpees

175 Kettlebell Swings, 35/18#

225 Anchored Sit Ups

275 Air Squats

1800 meter relay run

Level 3:Teams of Three:

150 Burpees

200 Kettlebell Swings, 44/26#

250 Anchored Sit Ups

300 Air Squats

1800 meter relay run

Level 4:Teams of Three:

150 Burpees

200 Kettlebell Swings, 53/35#

250 Anchored Sit Ups

300 Air Squats

1800 meter relay run

Get More Awesome: 2×1 minute flutter kicks – rest 1 minute between sets