Bill Russell Tribute

Conditions: 81 (felt like 86), 78% humidity, nice breeze.

PAX: (4), Minivan (r), Radar, Tubbs, Bartman (QIC)

Disclaimer: Not a trained professional.  Work out at your own risk.  Modify as needed. You’re already here, might as well make the best of the next 45 minutes.


  • Squats x 15 IC, SSH’s x 15 IC, AC’s x 15 IC (both directions), TTT x 15 IC. 15 reps in honor of the amazing 15 yr span where Bill Russell either won an NCAA championship (2), Olympic Gold Medal (1) or an NBA Championship (11)
  • Mosey 1 lap. In honor of Russell’s Olympic gold medal.

Thang: 11’s, in honor of Russell’s 11 NBA championships (in a 13 year career, 2 of which while he was a player / coach)

  • Blockees and Bobby Hurley’s. In honor of Russell changing the way the game was played with a defense that included prodigious shot blocking. Do a defensive slide shuffle from blockees to Bobby Hurley’s and back.
  • Run 2 sets of ladders. In honor of Russell’s 2 NCAA championships (and one of my HS coaches go-to’s for conditioning)
  • 2nd set of 11’s. Squats w/block and merkins. Rifle carry the block from point to point.


  • Perfect Planks for 15-20 sec at a time until time.



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Bill Russell was the 1st black head coach in any of the major sports. In a span of 15 years he won 14 championships, either NCAA, Olympic or NBA. He AVERAGED 22.5 rebounds a game for his career. While never a very high scoring player, he changed the game with his defense and team-first attitude which are both driven by making the choice to do the hard thing and sacrifice for the greater good. He made the choice to work hard, to do the hard things which made his TEAM better. We need to make the choice to do the hard things each day.


  • For Carter’s continued healing and peace during this challenging time
  • For Goose’s continued healing.
  • For peace of mind for Minivan and Linda in the lead-up to the wedding.
  • Thankfulness that we get to come out and push ourselves and each other to prepare us/each other for God’s work in our lives.
  • Unspoken


  • Total of each exercise in 11’s is 55…the same # as the win streak Russell had while playing in college.
  • Thank you Radar for suggesting we rifle carry the blocks. Well done and well received.
  • Lateral movement is very important as you age.
  • You should be peeing 22 times a day. YHC has that covered.
  • It’s getting hot out there fella’s…hydrate or die. Seriously, drink water throughout the day.
  • #Nofnslack

It gets said each time but it is truly an honor and privilege to take the Q and lead you men and I know I get pushed beyond my comfort zone each time I do. Thank you for the opportunity.

Bartman, out!

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