Going Primal at Pantheon

At 0514, Pusher learned that YHC had the Q for Pantheon this morning and acknowledged that he needs to check Twitter more often. But, he stayed, along with six other PAX who didn’t know what they were getting themselves into.

At 0515, the disclaimer was given, and a promise was made that there would be no levitating, as apparently that was a concern to some.

Took a long, slow mosey around the back of the school with high knees, lunge walks, knees-to-chest, and toy soldiers thrown in before circling up in the side/hidden parking lot for COP.


10 Slow windmills IC

15 Hillbilly walkers IC

20 Moroccan night clubs IC

Wrist and elbow mobility (wrist circles, elbow circles, wrist lock, wrist stretch)

10 Merkins IC

Quick downward dog to honeymooner combo for good measure

Mosey back around to the front of the school for the real fun.

The Thang, Part 1

I am a huge fan of exploring mobility and building flexibility and athleticism at the same time. This morning, we did a series of different animal “walks” or “crawls” in front of the pillars, as there’s a nice, straight, flat area to work with. We didn’t get through all of them, but this was the plan:

Bear crawl (2 lengths)

Crawl bear (1 length)

Anteater walk (1 length; Tesh complained about this a lot, so you know it burned)

Crab walk (forward 1 length, backward 1 length; Never Never is a king crab walker)

Fiddler crab (lateral crab walk, facing the school for 2 lengths; Shady modified with some sort of flipping breakdancer spin move, while Pusher, Sugar Daddy, and some others modified with what ultimately turned into a butt scoot)

Monkey/gorilla crawl (facing the school for 2 lengths; Lutefisk demonstrated good form with pointed toes and everything)

Sneaky gorilla (1 length, lots of knuckle dragging, i.e., glove destroying)

Low bunny hops (1 length)

We didn’t get to komodo dragon crawl, chameleon walk (this one would be a real crowd pleaser), frog jumps, and one or two equally horrible others. But, with time running short-ish, I wanted to make good on my promise to alleviate the pain and bring back the inverted burpee. So up we went to the soccer field for

The Thang, Part Deux

Burpee 11’s just sounds bad. Add in a bear crawl and LBCs and it’s even better. Cones were lined up 30 yards apart with a row at the halfway point. PAX started with 10 burpees, bear crawl to the middle cones for 20 10 LBCs, then bear crawl to the far cones for 1 inverted burpee. Bear crawl back to the middle, 20 10 more LBCs, and bear crawl to the start. Rinse and repeat, 11’s style (9 burpees, 2 inverted burpees, 8 burpees, 3 inverted burpees, etc., but always 10 LBCs).

We got maybe halfway through this last part before time ran out and we moseyed walked to COT to wrap up.


  • Fish Sticks needs a Q for next week, but YHC is apparently not invited. Pusher and Shady both indicated they were possibilities.
  • Yeti is coming up February 24. Do it, or make a relay team, or pass out water, or something.
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Prayers and Praises

  • Pusher mentioned Cesspool (PAX in Columbia) is in a hard place, as his wife is having health issues that came to a head over the holidays. Prayers for her, and for him and their kids.
  • Shady has a friend at work dealing with infertility
  • Shady is also looking at pursuing another job within his organization
  • Praise that Tesh’s job is going well, even if it means he has to work to make money

Thanks to Fish Sticks for the opportunity to lead these men, and for the PAX who put up with this nonsense. You don’t get better if you don’t push yourself to do new things, and I think we did a few new things, and had some fun in the process.


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Snow Day – Pantheonish – RUCKS – SNOW

So yeah, I knew Tempo was going to be closed but I really really really wanted to “play” in the snow.  So I threw it out on Twitter that I would be at the Pantheon field with sandbags and a RUCK if anyone wanted to join.

To my SURPRISE, OLAF and Maximus were there!!!

The workout:

Warm – Up

Unload the Truck – Workout in itself

Sandbag lap around the field

A second lap around the field but now we tossed sandbags the entire way

Half lap tossing/carrying sandbags

Coupon Suicides 

These ran the entire length of the soccer field – How it went down

Mosey carrying sandbag – 40, 60 , 80 to first check point – drop it sprint back to start and back to coupon – exercise – 40 = curls, 60 = Squats, 80 = Deadlift – Carry back to the start grab a different weight and repeat to next stop until we did the whole field.  That went down twice.

Circle of Pain 

Gathered in a circle and each took turns calling out exercises

Round 1 

Rad – Curls

Olaf – Overhead Press

Maximus – Tricep Extension

Round 2 

Rad – Ruck Swings

Olaf – Lift up and over soccer goal post (AWESOME IDEA)

Maximus – Cleans with squats and overhead

Round 3 

Rad – Run a lap around field alternating carrys – Bear Hug – Farmer Right – Farmer Left – Overhead – Tray Carry – Carry by waist strap

Olaf – Low Slow Squats

Maximus – Curls

Thanks for coming out guys and always allowing us to push ourselves further than we think.  Prayers for officers and safe travels.



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Pantheon Tribute to Mr. Clean and His Bride

Warmup:  Indian Run with High Knees, Lunges, Karaoke, Side Shuffle

The Thang:

Split Soccer Field – one side = plyometric exercises and other side weight exercises for 9 reps each side to celebrate 2018:

Station 1:  Side Straddle hops to summersault to Station 2:  Pullups on Fence,

Station 3:  Bombjacks to Lunge to Station 4:  30lb kettlebell swing,

Station 5:  Burpees to Crabwalk to Station 6:  50lb Ruck Press,

Station 7:  High Knees to Bear Crawl to Station 8:  20 lb Sandbag American Hammer,

Station 9:  Squat Jumps to 1/2 Suicide to Station 10:  40lb Sandbag Slam,

Station 11:  Goofballs to Bear Crawl to Station 12:  20lb Ruck Upright Rows,

Station 13:  Roll Merkin to Gorilla Walkers to Station 14:  10lb KettleBell Mace

Men rotated to parking lot run when done to circle of power for superman pumps to merkins in Jack Webb Fashion.

Rinse and repeat.

Prayers:  For Mr. Cleans Family and his Bride Cindy for strenght and wisdom as they celebrate her life.  For Lutefisks mother to be cured of cancer.

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If in Tega Cay you utilize hills and RUN

YHC took the message from Maxims at Tuesday’s Beyond WO to heart. We all find reasons to not push through difficult times; if thats a workout, raising kids, marriage, we tend to find a reason to give up or divert what really needs to be done. Your mind will convince you to stop or divert, but your body can go beyond what you think you can’t do. This resonated with me as I feel that I have been finding excuses for not being a better man, father and husband. What better way to start changing my mentality by locking shields with my F3 brothers and as the TV show Survivor states “expect the unexpected”. This starts with something that YHC needs to do more of to get better – RUNNING (and yes no Pull-ups today – shocker)

The Thang:

Nice mossy warm up run around the entire TCES

COP at front doors for 15 Windmills, squats, Moroccan nightclubs, IW, LBCs, merkins.

Line up at crosswalk for suicides:

Round 1: to first drop off sign then to second drop off sign (didn’t realize how long a run that was) then 5 merkins at end

Round 2: to end of sidewalk, to first drop off sign, to fire hydrant, then 10 merkins

Round 3 rinse and repeat round 2 but run backwards out and then forward back in, then 10 merkins

Round 4: rinse and repeat round 2 but run backwards both directions, then 10 merkins

Round 5: rinse and repeat round 1

Mossy to intersection near baseball field and circle up for:

Flutters, Bridge (raising each leg for 5 seconds each), LBCs

Mossy to intersection of Tega Cay Drive and Hubert Graham Way

Run to bottom of hill (about 0.25 miles down) and do 10 squats, run back up to intersection and 5 merkins – Rinse and Repeat for 3 times

Mossy back to school intersection at baseball field and circle up for another round of bridges and hammy stretches

Suicides for 2 rounds to fire hydrant and first drop off sign

3 minutes of Mary called out by each PAX


Now, can we all fight through difficulties and go Beyond what we think we can’t do? I sure hope that I can embrace Maximus words everyday and push beyond my boundaries in all aspects of life. Funny, as I write this backblast I recall something I said when I co-hosted the the Fort invergence this past fall I challenged each PAX to do something new and different….here it is and what a great challenge! Go Beyond my mental abilities.

Prayers to our good pal Mr. Clean as he and his family go through the loss of a loved one and allow them to see love, faith, and the LORD. Prayers to YHC friend Sherry who is in ICU recovering from intestinal surgery. Always a honor to Q, thanks Fishsticks!


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A Visit to the Memorial Gardens

Five men showed up for a post holiday beatdown on a chilly Wednesday morning.  After a brief disclaimer, we headed over to the side of the school for the following warm-up exercises:

SSH x 20

Windmill x15

Imperial Walker x 20

Moroccan Night Club x20

Next, we moseyed to the Tega Cay Memorial Garden for a quick dedication ceremony.  Several months ago, I ordered a brick to honor my grandfather’s service in the Navy.  He had a very big impact on my life when I was young.  He taught me how to be respectful and how to work hard for the things you value and the ones you love. He was physically active and a competitor at every sport he played.   He was a man of faith and always cared about helping others.  He passed away  when he was 99 year old so it was only right to honor him with 99 merkins.

We then ran over to the bottom of the outside theater for a burpee ladder.  At each level, we did burpees (5, 10, 15) and ran down the bottom for bomb jacks.  After a ten count rest, we made our way to the front of the school for leg lunges and squats between the columns.

Next, we ventured to mini track for alternating run/plank and ab exercises.  One person ran around the track while the others planked until the last person completed their run.  The next round was a run/LBC combination.

We finished off with balls to the wall along the columns in front of the school.

Great job by all!


Joe Davis 5/10k

Rooster Relay


Mr. Clean and his family

Family and friend who are battling illnesses



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Christmas Convergence – “Boot Camp” mixed w/ some BD

Mosey around the school to the back right lot and circled up for some extended warm-up.  Got right into it:

-merkins x20 in cadence
-stay in position – mountain climbers x20 in cadence
-stay in position – shoulder taps x20 in cadence
-now that shoulders were warm – side straddle hop x30 (fast / slow every 5)
-squats x20
-freddies x20 (fast / slow every 5)
-burpees OYO x5
-windmill x10
-moraccan night club x20

First up – Tabata 40 seconds on / 20 seconds off.  Had the 40 or so pax count off by 8 as we had 8 parking spots w/ an exercise.  Name of the game is each group of 5 stays together and moves through all parking spots (exercises) after they complete 40 seconds max rep / 20 sec rest.  Did all 8 exercises (8 minutes) x 2.  Exercises were as follows:

-crunchy frogs
-jump lunges
-diamond merkins
-band curls (thanks Witch Hunt for loaning the bands)
-jump squats
-hand release merkins
-toe touches

Next up – three exercises all the same rep count followed by a big lap around the lot.

-10 reps each – wide arm merkin / squats / rocky’s (then lap)
-20 reps each – seal jack / jump knee tuck / american hammers (then lap)
-30 reps each – merkins / lunges each leg / LBC’s (then lap)

Fish Sticks was the pace car the entire time on those laps.  CoPay gave him a run for his money on the last lap, but I’m pretty sure Fish Sticks can back pedal faster than most of us.

Gave the Pax a choice – we can go back down the ladder and do the x20 and x10 exercises above, or they could participate in something I call a “BBC”.  Repeat quickly understood at least one of those “B’s” meant burpee, but for some reason the Pax still went w/ option 2.

BBC =  Burpee Broad Chase:  partner up, size doesn’t matter.  We had about 100 yards from where we were to the main loop in front of the school.  How to get there?  Partner 1 starts doing burpee broad jumps (that’s how you get there!) while partner 2 runs the 100 yards, and then back to the start and then back to wherever their partner has gotten at that point doing their burpee broad jumps.  When they catch them, they switch, and partner 2 does the burpee broad jump and partner 1 starts running to the end, back to the start, and then all the way back to their partner.  You keep switching until the burpee broad jump partner has made it all the way.  We planked until the last group finished and moseyed on over to COT.

Thanks for the chance to lead guys.  A lot of complaining and mumble chatter which I interpret as an effective workout.  Now you guys can eat whatever you want over the next 3-4 days.  Merry Christmas!

Cha Ching


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Pantheon: 45min Plank…..can you do it?

It was forecast to be 100% rain at 5am and when I let the K-9 out at 4:40, it was not raining. Thank you Sky Q!! It drizzled on and off but no downpour. I was glad to see 7 PAX arrive so that me and Fish Stix did not push each other to the point of Merlot splash. Was nice to have even number of 8 because I’m a little OCD and like even numbers.

Away we went after the disclaimer and other chatter….

Mosey to back of school and form the letter “L” under the over hang to stay dry…..one time its drizzling

  • 20 SSHs
  • 10 Windmills
  • 20 Squats
  • 10 merkins

Mosey to swings

  • 20 swing crunches
  • 10 Inch Worm Merkins
  • 2 rounds

Mosey to road behind school (rain stopped)

  1. Run 100 yards, do 100 SSHs, Run back and plank for 6
  2. Run 75 yards, do 75 Mtn Climbers, Run back and plank for 6
  3. Run 50 yards, do 50 LBCs, Run back and plank for 6
  4. Run 25 yards, do 25 Merkins, Run back and plank for 6
  5. Run 10 yards, do 10 Burpees, Run back and plank for 6

Mosey to far side of school and form “L” again drizzling again

  • Lazy Dora 1,2,3
    • 100 Merkins – Partner 1 Planks, Partner 2 does 10 reps and switch back and forth
    • 200 LBCs – Partner 1 Planks, Partner 2 does 20 reps and switch back and forth
    • 300 squats – Partner 1 Squat Hold, Partner 2 does 10 reps and switch back and forth

Mosey to front of school find grassy spot

Jack Webb Plank Jacks

  • 1 merkin, 1 plank jack: 4 overhead claps
  • 2 merkins, 2 plank jacks: 8over head claps
  • 3 merkins, 3 plank jacks: 12over head claps
  • 4 merkins, 4 plank jacks: 16over head claps
  • 5 merkins, 5 plank jacks: 20over head claps


We talked about some of out favorite things about Christmas. Some of them were Cards, giving gifts, smiles on kids faces, being with family and my own was the peace and quiet on Christmas Eve was always my favorite…..away from the chaos of life.

We live in scary times; loss of jobs, marriages are tough, kids are angry or depressed, war, terror, fires, hunger, division and illnesses. No different than 2000 years ago in Bethlehem when the king was killing people at will and the roman soldiers were occupying the land and it was intimidating and scary. However they whole point of Jesus coming on Christmas was to remove fear. Believe in him and know the peace he brings and be confident that he has your back and you wipe fear from your future.

Humbled and honored to lead. Thank you Fish Stix!

Cake Boss

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In just under a month, we will have an opportunity to run one of the best races of the year which has become our Signature Fort Race, The Joe Davis Run for Recovery.

This year is going to be particularly special in that we will also be adding the opportunity to push race chariots for SPEED FOR NEED.

Here’s how you get involved, if you know of someone who has a child with a disability, someone who has a child whose home has been affected by addiction, or a child in some other kind of need, then DM Dark Helmet on Twitter and let him know. If you would like to help push, let him know.

We have a chance to have as many as 6 chairs there (several are already spoken for, but some are empty). That’s the most of any race yet…

So man up! Register, find a “Track Commander” to push, and let’s get after it!

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Hey lets Play on the Hill

Warm up AROUND Car lane High Knees, Butt Kickers, Side Shuffles, Toy Soldiers
COP – Windmills, MNC’s, Mountain Climbers, SSH’s (51), maybe some others.

Mosey to the Hill
Stopped for 10 Derkins and 20 Dips on Guard rails

    • Btm – 10 burpees
    • Backward run 1/3 way – 20 Derkins
    • Backward Lunges 1/3 way -20 Decline Carolina Dry Docks
    • Run to top – 20 Dips
    • Jog down – Repeat

Round 2

      • Backward run 1/3 way – 20 Squats
      • Backward Lunges 1/3 way – 20 Monkey Humpers
      • Run to top – 20 bomb jacks
      • Jog down – Repeat

    Jog to bottom, backwards run to topMosey back to School
    Stopped for 10 Derkins and 20 Dips on Guard rails
    Stopped for Squats, Merkins
    Mosey to Pillars – Wall sits with 10 counts
    Abs – LBC’s, Freddy’s, Hello Dollies, Rosalita’s, Protractor

All in all it was a quite morning.  But I’m always humbled by the ability of these men.

Honored for the opportunity.


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Its Christmas time and the word of the month is giving so I am asking if you would take moments pray about giving to help a fellow pax. Last year Stang got the Fort and the Rock pax to donate gift cards, cash and presents for me and my family.  This was huge for me and my family, with that  being said I feel the need to help a fellow pax and give back. I have been in touch with our pax of the Fort looking for someone to help out. This morning in COT it was mentioned by Destiny that a fellow pax’s son has just been diagnosed with leukemia and his wife is pregnant with twins. Then again Ginsu and Rock thrill had a tweet about it and come to find out it is an Area51  pax named Bout time his sons name is Jennings. This hits close to home and just knew this is who we need to help this year. a few

If I have never had the pleasure of posting with you in the Gloom I would like to take a second and share my story, Dec 2015 on Christmas eve my 2.5 year old daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia ALL Type B, on Christmas day she had surgery to have a port installed and her first 3 rounds of chemo. We spent Christmas in the hospital and I broke down never cried so hard in my life. I reached out to God prayed that everything will be okay and about 10 min later after the took my daughter back for surgery he answered my pray because a peace just came over me and heard the words its going to be okay.  The last 2 years have been a hard 2 years with ups and downs but also have enlightened me, allowed me to get closer to God.  It also allowed me to become apart of F3 with out the men of this group not sure where I would be mentally and physically today. I like to thank you for the push the words of encouragement.


I am asking pax to give what your heart tells you. Prayers gift cards, cash etc. I have seen what awesome pax you can be when challenged to give you all always go above and beyond.

See your site Q’s for collections and or Dark helmet , Stang, Witch hunt, Royale and Cornerstone, we want to wrap it up by 12/22/17


2 Corinthians 9:7

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Proverbs 18:16

A gift opens the way
and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.

Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.


Thanks Again HIMS


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