My Varsity VQ

I’m afraid of Varsity…not gonna sugar coat it.  Hardcore Boot Camps scare me, especially AO’s that have pull-up bars on site.  I stay as far away from them as possible.  So, to get me to one of these crazy AO’s, you’ll have to ask me to Q.  I tried my best to make this not moderate.  I probably only hurt myself though.

We started by running around the NAFO parking lot.  25 SSH here, 25 SSH there, 25 more here and then 25 more there.  SSH are my favorite warmup exercise because…science says it’s the best. Our last stop in the lot was for a few Merkins.

Next we moseyed towards Sugar Creek Elementary.  I head faked a pitstop at the pull-up bars but kept going.  At the bottom of the hill I decided it would be good to run back up the hill and then back down.  I hate running.

Next obstacle was the Basketball Court.  We ran Suicides, Bear Crawled, Crab Walked, and Lunged. This is why I #Slowburn on Fridays.

I had my speaker box setup in the bus loop to entertain us while we worked it.  We split into 2 teams.  1 team worked out while the other team ran a lap.  Exercises included: Balls to the Wall, Merkins, LBC’s, Big Boy Situps, Planks of sorts, Makhtar N’Diayes…I tried to get a good mix in.

When I decided I couldn’t take anymore running, I put Chumbawamba’s Tubthumping on the speaker and we did 28 burpees in 3m32s. I hear they’ve done more burpees in less time at Varsity.  Beasts!

It was time for COT.  I tried to walk a bit but Ginsu said he felt like running so we ran back.  A couple Ruckers met us there and we closed it out with a Big Ball of Man.  Happy Birthday to Dark Helmet! Thank you Kielbasa for the opportunity.  I’ll trade you Q’s again in a couple months!

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It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere

5 HIMs showed up at the NaFo “bar” this morning, and by bar I mean the pull up bars.

We started off with a mosey around the parking lot, with some buttkickers and high knees mixed in for good measure.  At the top of the bus loop we circled up for some warm-ups and completed SSH, windmills, imperial walkers, cherry pickers, hillbilly walkers, and seal jacks.

From there, we continued the mosey down to the pull-up bars, behind the JROTC building.

The thang:

Pyramids consisting of 1 pull-up, 2 chin-ups, 3 merkins, 4 alt lunges, 5 squats, 4 alt lunges, 3 carolina dry docks, 2 chin-ups, 1 pull-up, followed by either jog to the bottom of the hill near Sugar Creek Elementary School or sprint to the stop sign in front of the JROTC building and back, on your 6 for Mary (led by the PAX – protractor, dying cockroach, front and side LBCs, hello dolly, plank jacks, v-ups) and then back to the bar.  Rinse and repeat until COT.  Completed a plank waterfall with 1 min left before COT.

We spoke of the importance of good form, challenging yourself (UvU), and encouraging one another other (ISI).

Count-o-Rama, Name-o-Rama, Announcments, Prayers/Praises,

Prayed for teachers and unspoken prayers.

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Abs/Arms/Shoulder Work at Varsity – 3/30/18

8 Good Men joined YHC at the Varsity on this Good Friday.

Mosey around the parking lot to the black top.

Warmup

  • 20 side straddle hops
  • 10 count count Moroccan night clubs
  • 10 4 count windmills
  • 15 4 count merkins
  • 20 mountain climbers
  • 10 4 count pickle pounders (not sure if that is the actual name…but it is now…thanks Jekyll)
  • 10 4 count high steps

The Thang

  • line up on the black top goal line
  • 10 Carolina dry docs every 10 yards
  • sprint back to start
  • 20 4 count flutter
  • 5 pickle pounders every 10 yards
  • sprint back to start
  • 20 4 count flutters w/ holds

Mosey across the parking lot, down the hill to the wall

  • 10 4 count wall sit toe touches
  • 5 4 count hand stand merkins
  • rinse repeat x3

Mosey to the pull up bars

  • 10 pull up/toes to bar combos (1 pull up, 1 toes to bar, x 10)
  • Captain Thors 5×20
  • 10 pull up/toes to bar combos (1 pull up, 1 toes to bar, x 10)
  • 10 Xs and Os
  • 10 chin up/knees to chest combos (1 chin up, 1 knees to chest, x10)
  • 10 4 count heels to heaven
  • 10 chin up/knees to chest combos (1 chin up, 1 knees to chest, x10)
  • 10 4 count freddie mercury
  • 5 combo ups (1 hand in pull up position, 1 hand in chin up position)
  • switch hands, 5 more

Mosey to COT

– Ginsu

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Five for Six at the Varsity

Typical Varsity style the number of Pax was low but the pain was high on a beautiful morning to post.
The year is short so far but there are already two major learnings through my word of the year and the short time on the Journey
  • My lack of emotional presence is a huge factor in my relationship challenges with my wife and kids… my word is NOW and much of that is learning to be more present
  • If bearing fruit is the yard stick by which you measure your abiding in Christ then I have a long way to travel on my journey because as I look at the fruit I bear it is a little under ripe and the yield is not high.
Rule of the day – 3 Burpees on every transition between exercises.
All Hands Mosey to band parking lot with a single rule (the hands must touch the ground with every step) – bear crawl, crab walk forward, lunge Walk with hands touching the ground, inch worms, crab walk backwards
Warm up at the band parking lot – Exercise run (50 out followed by 3 burpees)
– SSH, Imperial Walker, CCD, Mountain Climbers
Six man fail 100 yard run on regular exercises, 200 yard run on ab exercises
– Merkins
– Dips
– CCD
– LBC
– Plank
and a few others thrown in their by the pax
Wall work
– Balls to the wall
Mosey to COT… regular style.
It is always an honor to lead this group.  AYE!
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666 Plus

Thanks Kielbasa for the opportunity to Q, especially the reminder a few days before. You have been doing an amazing job as site Q and it is greatly appreciated by the PAX. The crazy gifs you find in the eastern European dark web are always a classic!

The PAX gathered, we saw the Site Q coming in hot, planted the flag, and we were off.

As YHC set up, Kielbasa led coordinated warmups, especially the SSHs. May be its me, but seems like the count does not match the actions…hey its early and its like the lips are not matching up on the actors.

So after that, the main course was served.

6 minute stations, 3 exercises per station, 15 reps per exercise, 6 stations, 20 seconds rests….that’s like 2 minutes of rest!!

R1 – Merkins, Jump Squats, Freddie Mercuries
R2 – CDD, Bomjack, Dying Cockroach
R3 – Block Curl, 50# KB Swing, Box Cutters
R4 – Pull Ups, Bar Hang, Smurf Jack
R5 – Bear crawl to curb and back, KB shoulder press, V-Up
R6 – Burpees, run down hill, burpees, run backwards up hill, burpees

By that time there was encouragement to finish, discussion of naps, and a great start to Friday.

COT.

Close out prayers.

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Repeating Til We Get It Right- Groundhog Day Style

It was an awesome day for an F3 workout! Temperature in the 40’s. Had rained, but wasn’t currently raining. AO was Nation Ford HS- great location. It was Groundhog Day (not sure if that matters or not). It was Friday and pretty importantly, I woke up this morning on the right side of the grass (The top, that would be the top side).

There had been a little hype on the tweets prior to this workout. That may have been initiated by me, but with Beyond on the other side of the Fort, I was hoping to forestall any of the PAX who might have been tempted to make it a Fartsack Friday. If I wasn’t Q, I might have been tempted to make it a Fartsack Friday. Instead, I promised some hard work, some fellowship and maybe even a message to boot.

I’ve been noticeably absent from posting at Varsity for several months. This may be especially puzzling considering Varsity is about 3/4 mile from the house. Not that I haven’t been posting on Fridays, quite to the contrary. I’ve posted nearly every Friday since September, but at the other HS in town for slinging KBs. Gotta plug here for the Hive. Come on over for a month of Fridays and see if you don’t get stronger. I know I did. Just putting it out there.

I wasn’t sure what to expect for numbers what with so many other good options. That said I filled up the war wagon with a stack of gear and planned for a few or lots of PAX. When I arrived at the AO the second thing I noticed (first, that it wasn’t raining) was that the pile of cinder blocks that have resided at this site for, quite literally years, went MIA in the last 3 days. Oh, the disappointment. So, hairburners and block drags are off the menu for this morning. I hope all the cindys find their way home…

The Thang

Mosey to the bus loop. Then repeat, to start off our theme for Groundhog day.
Circle up by the HS for a bit of the COP.
20 X GoofBalls IC
10 X Merkins IC
30 X Morrocan Nightclubs IC
Front-Back-Go drills until the Q called stop
Mosey to the back of the JROTC building where the main event would be.

In the fashion of the Bill Murray classic Groundhog Day, we did everything AMRAP style. Hopefully until we get it right. The important thing is that you keep pushing at each station.

Timer = Carry the 60 lb sandback to the bottom of the hill, around the first parking lot island and back, then everyone switches stations
1. Pull-ups -Big rubber bands available for some help.
2. Battle rope
3. 30 lb upright row
4. 2 x 30 lb dumbell thrusters
5. 40 or 50 lb KB swings
6. Jump rope
7. 2 bucket farmer carry
8. 30 lb slam ball

500 watt work light
USB speaker for the tunes

I think everyone made about 3 rounds and it was an Awesome Day!

NMM

During the beginning mosey I asked the question Phil Connors (Bill Murray) asked in the movie. “What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” While, I don’t think that any of the PAX feel exactly that way, sometimes we can feel like we aren’t having the impact that we’d like to have. I challenge all the PAX to initiate that change that will get them out of that comfort zone and give them the opportunities to have that influence that they need to have as leaders.

Geronimo! Out

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Keeping it Simple; Repeats at the Varsity – 1/19/18

8 PAX gathered in the NaFo Parking lot, fresh off a lazy snow day, to get it back on track with a pre-dawn beatdown.

Mosey around the lot

Warmup

  • 35 Side Straddle Hops
  • 5 burpees OYO
  • 15 Windmills
  • 5 burpees OYO
  • 30 Low Slow Squats
  • 5 burpees OYO
  • 10 4 count Merkins
  • 20 4 count Mountain Climbers
  • 5 burpees OYO
  • 20 Moroccan Night Clubs
  • 5 burpees OYO

Mosey to the snow covered pull up bars

The WO

  • 10 pull ups
  • 10 jump squats
  • 10 pull ups
  • 10 jump squats
  • Run to bottom of the hill
  • 5 burpees
  • Run to top of the hill
  • 20 LBCs
  • Run to bottom of the hill
  • 5 burpees
  • Run to top of the hill
  • 20 LBCs
  • Rinse and repeat above 3x

Mosey to the parking lot

The Cool down

  • 10 4-count Mountain Merkins
  • Boats and Canoes
  • 10 4-count Mountain Merkins
  • Freddy Mercury
  • 10 4-count Mountain Merkins
  • Captain Thors to 5×20
  • 10 4-count Mary Catherine Gallaghers (jump lunges)
  • Flutter
  • 104-count Mary CGs
  • Protractor
  • 5 burpees OYO

COT

Announcements

  • Rooster
  • Yeti

Prayers

  • Listening, not just hearing
  • York County PD, especially Officer Doty & Family
  • Work Transitions
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Ramp up at the Varsity

It was a great day in the gloom as the temperatures were perfect (low 40s) and the company was great!  There is something special about leading a pax of 20 or more but I most savor the opportunity to lead just a few guys and start to learn what is going on in their lives and to engage throughout the work out.  It was a privilege to lead the group today especially since my 2.0 was within the pax.

The message had to do with looking back on the year and to look at the opportunities for the areas of life where you can focus on improving in 2018.  For me I’ve had a few lessons.

  • 2 years ago I found a Whetstone partner and he is an amazing support for me through my life.  Every man needs a man to help sharpen them.
  • The root of many of my issues in my marriage and parenting is often my own selfishness and lack of presence.  I need to be more present with my family when I’m with them.
  • I need more than I used to to in order to be nourished in the Bible.  I need a group to hold me accountable

The Thang!

First a round of stretching

Warm up – exercise and run around the circle (SSH, Hillbilly Walkers, Emperial Walkers,  Merkins,  plank, mountain climbers)

Mosey to the High school wall

– Wall sits 1 min wall sit

– 15/10/5mule kicks/ planks 10 count down the line

– Peter Parker’s on the Wall

–  5/3/2 hand stands/ plank

3 min of Mary

Band parking lot

– suicides

–  20 yard plate push relay / 50+ yards

–  Leap frog/ elbow plank

–  Bear crawl, crab walk, lunge walk alternate every 10 yards

Aye!  Merry Christmas to all!

CH

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JOE DAVIS + SPEED FOR NEED = IMPACT

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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THE PAX OF FORT PLEDGES TO HELP ANOTHER BROTHER AND HIS FAMILY OUT

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

Cornerstone

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