Mystery Filthy Fifty at Crows Nest

As I was heading out the door, I was asked to Q today. I had already been thinking about the Weinke for my next Q the same week, so obviously I threw all that out the door and started over as I was driving to the AO

Completely forgot the disclaimer for a bunch of vets though, so ooops.

Moseyed around toward the Y with the standard butt kickers, toy soldiers, bear crawl… wait what? and then stayed in plank as we crawled into a circle for some stretching and warmup

Partner DORA 1-2-3
Pointed out a short distance to run and swap with your partner through 100 merkins, 200 squats and 300 LBCs (a classic in my opinion)

I keep with me a brown paper bag of exercises printed out into baseball card sleeves (mega cheap guys, maybe have one in your arsenal as well just in case) so we did 50 OYO of each exercise that was drawn by the PAX

In no particular order
Monkey Humper
Pistol Squat
LBC
CDD
Big Boys
SSH
Inchworm Merkin (this was slooooooow)
Overhead clap
Apollo Creed – no one could agree or remember what this was so we did something Wolverine called out where you sit up like an American Hammer but instead of twisting, you alternate punch and alternate bicycle kick your legs out. makes more sense when you see it, need to name it

Moseyed back for 4 MoM (dolly, box cutters, protractor)
And ended the workout with 5 burpees as expected 6:00:01 was the time

CoT
Sweati July 14 at First Baptist Fort Mill – in the newsletter
Homebrew,DaVinci,NASA doing the GoRuckLight in Colulmbia on 6/30

Homebrew’s brother? is engaged now!
Witch Hunt is traveling to St Louis
Wolverine just hit 2 years in F3!!!
Nemo admitted he needs to have a better attitude even though his life is going great with a wonderful family, kids and job. AYE!!

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Steal the flag, pop the balloon

It started with bacon.

Well, really it started with Cha Ching’s Q last week, where fifth grade games were the theme of the day. In planning the weinke for today, YHC decided to stick with this theme, and the first game to come to mind was “Steal the Bacon.” So, six PAX posted in the gloom of Crow’s Nest for YHC’s take on an old favorite (that apparently nobody has heard of).

Disclaimer was given, and off we went on a mosey to one of the side drop-off lots for a quick warmup including knees-to-chest, quad stretches, side shuffles, karaokes, and toy soldiers. We also did a handful of side-straddle hops, low slow squats, windmills, merkins, downward dogs, and a honeymooner (just one…though, just one honeymooner sounds like a bad honeymoon).

Mosey back around to the front for

THE THANG

Five pink balloons, each with a card with an exercise tucked inside, were taped to cones at one end of a 50-yard stretch of road. PAX were divided into two teams and given the basic rules.

  • Complete the buy-in exercise, then go to far cone and back according to prescribed movement
  • Depending on round, assigned team member of winning team would pop balloon to determine group exercise.
  • Losing team on a given round would do five burpees before all PAX complete group exercise.
  • Rinse and repeat for all five balloons.

To add to the fun, every PAX was given a strip of fabric (cut up tee shirt) to serve as a flag/tail tucked into the back of his waistband. In addition to everything else, PAX were to protect their flag. If they lose it to another PAX, they were to immediately complete five burpees. They would then re-insert the flag and continue on. There was no limit to the number of times a PAX could lose his flag.

Round 1:

50 merkins, followed by a run down and back. First PAX back popped the balloon. Card exercise: 100 plank jacks.

Round 2:

40 monkey humpers followed by sneak gorilla down and back. Second PAX back popped the balloon. Card exercise: 30 breakdancer merkins.

Round 3:

30 CDD followed by bear crawl down and back. Third PAX (protect the six!) popped the balloon. Card exercise: 50 30 leg-cross squat turns. These apparently take some coordination. Who knew?

Round 4:

40 crab cakes followed by crab walk down and back. Third PAX back popped the balloon. We ended up popping both remaining balloons and choosing 50 hillbilly squat walkers as the final exercise (as opposed to 50 donkey kicks).

The flag football approach added a fun dynamic to the workout, leading to a killer workout that engaged the brain as well. The final round took a long time, as strategy played heavily into the completion of the crab walks. This actually turned out a lot better than anticipated. Look forward to bringing this one back around again.

Announcements:

  • PAINtheon on Wednesday
  • Hog and Coyote on Saturday
  • Sweati in July

Prayers and Praises

  • QBert and family back to the beach after the workout
  • Cha Ching and family and life with new baby

It was a hike to get to the AO, but man it was fun. Grateful for the chance to lead.

Jedi

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Russian Roulette

To start:

Simple stretching while I explained the idea of what I call Russian Roulette.  During the workout, rock songs from a 90s and 00s playlist were blasted on shuffle.  One song on the playlist would function as a punishment song and, if played, the entire group would have a punishment to complete during the length of the song.  Naturally, that song was by Nickelback because they might be the worst band of all time (as if having to listen to Nickelback wasn’t bad enough, the group would have something terrible to do during that time as well).

 

The Thang:

PAX split into pairs to work through 6 different stations of various exercises.  Each set of exercises were completed twice before moving on to another station.  Each station were as followed:

  1. 2x40lb Sandbag Farmers Carry, Medicine Ball Balance Merkin, LBC’s w/ 10lb weight
  2. Agility Ladder SSH’s, Dumbbell Tricep Extensions, Flutter Kicks
  3. Burpee Medicine Ball Slam, 40lb Sandbag Bicep Curl, Big Boy Situp w/ 10lb weight
  4. Jump Rope, 40lb Sandbag Squat w/ Overhead Press at the top, and Freddie Mercury’s
  5. Ski Jump Over Jump Rope, Carolina Dry Docks, Medicine Ball American Hammers
  6. Plyo Box Jumps or Step Ups, Band Chest Press, Dying Cockroach

Based on my observation, most PAX completed one full round plus a few extra stations in the time that we had.  Luckily for us, Nickelback never played.  Next time, when I shorten the playlist, we may not be so lucky.

 

P.S. – Just in case you weren’t aware… Nickelback sucks.

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Lots of wallsitting at the Deep

I fluctuate between wanting to do something super original and brutal and just going with repetition. Saturday I did both. I had COP fairly close to COT, saving the moseys for later. I had us go to the hill but instead of elevens, I entertained the idea of low crawling up the hill. We did it twice, running back down both times. Has potential but lots of anthills. Decided to mosey us to the nearest corner of the school to do indian wall sit. All of us lined up on the wall and sat it, with caboose bearcrawling to the front. we did this till the end of the western wall of the school.

I underestimated the length of the far end of that middle school.

took about 30 minutes to make it to the end. Moseyed to the football field for the main event.

BLIMPS x2, the second set of blimps in reverse order of reps, to get the burpees in hardcore. 120 yards each way, 1440 yards total. Took long enough leave us with time for  5 minutes of ab lab, started with my favorite, Freddy had a fat girlfriend.

Felt really sore sunday in my shoulders, given that we didn’t go super hard on shoulder stuff, not sure why haha.

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What was Paula Abdul doing at the Poopdeck!?

There were 11 PAX including Adretti, who we lost to I.R. a couple months ago, at the Poopdeck on a nice Thursday morning.

At 5:15 sharp I gave  a quick dislamer we moseyed to the gravel-filled parking lot below where we circled up for some cadence exercises.

Warm-A-Rama

  • SSH x20
  • Moroccan Night Clubs x20
  • Windmills x10
  • Imperial Squat Walker x10
  • Evil Lance Armstrong x20 (10 each leg) Got this from our F3 Plano brothers.  It consists of extending 1 leg out 6″ off the ground and then doing a Freddy Mercury with the other leg.  And then switching legs.  It pains so good.

1st exercise: Spartans runs

After warming up a bit I discussed our first exercise of the morning which were some Spartan runs.  I had setup some cones about 100 yards apart.  We were going to sprint 100 yards “AYG” and then 20 merkins (5 each of wide, normal, diamond, ranger).  We repeated this 5x. Grand total 100 varied Merkins and a whole lot of heaving breathing and a couple of premature starters (Royale, Wolverine).  I wonder….

2nd exercise: Del Brown

I had some additional cones setup 25 yards apart.  We were to do 5 diamond burpees, crab walk 25 yards perform 5 wolverine burpees (thanks to our false starters) crab walk back 25 yards and do 5 more diamond burpees.

We did this 2 times, although I felt bad and called and Omaha on the Wolverine burpees during round 2.  I figured once was enough punishment.  Grand total 5 normal burpees, 20 diamond burpees, and 5 wolverine burpees, and 100 yards of crab walking. FUN!

3rd exercise: Paula Abdul!

Yep, she was spotted at the Poopdeck and as it turns out, I think the Poopdeck is just where she belongs.

I had 6 cones about 50-60 ft. apart.  Each of the 6 cones had an exercise written on them.  In typical Paula fashion, we were to Bear Crawl to the 2nd cone, perform the exercise, and then Crawl Bear back the 1st cone.  We were going to do this until we got to the end.  So, 2 cones forward 1 cone back, breakdown as follows:

  • Cone #2 – 15 Flutters IC
  • Cone #1 – 15 “Hand Clap” Merkins (did we skip this one or did I just black out?)
  • Cone #3 – 10 Crab Cakes IC
  • Cone #2 – 15 Flutters IC
  • Cone #4 – 10 Donkey Kicks
  • Cone #3 – 10 Crab Cakes IC
  • Cone #5 – 5 Kraken Burpees
  • Cone #4 – 10 Donkey Kicks
  • Cone #6 – 10 Jumping Spiders
  • Cone #5 – 5 Kraken Burpees

Then a nice mosey back to CoT for 4 minutes of “Ablab” where 4 of us called out some exercises which ended up consisting of LBC’s, Dying Cockroaches, Flutters, and Big Boy situps.

We finished up with the tycial Announcments, Praises, & Prayers.  We prayed for our children, specifically, prayers to overcome struggle as they grow into adulthood.

This was  a tough workout, we all survived and got better.  Shout out to Andretti’s for making it through a tough workout to return to.   Thanks for the Q Peg.

Until next time…

Flux

 

 

 

 

 

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Assault on Hill 5-11(Crows Nest)

This is the first Q I have had since at least january.  I knew I wanted to do something that would be a slog and make good use of the terrain at Crows Nest. After a brief mosey to do COP, We did a Bataan Death march(five burpees for the man in front) to the fence behind the elementary school and back to the big hill overlooking the baseball field.  The main event was to be a series of 5 elevens. hence the title:

1.Squats at top, merkins at bottom, (starting with 10 on bottom for all evolutions)

2. freddie mercury  top monkey humpers bottom

3. LBC top and Burpees bottom

4.Jump squats top and mountain climbers bottom

5.big boy sit ups up top and peter parkers at bottom

We only got to the third evolution about midway in, and I mixed up the order reading my winky in the dark, so the third evo we did jump squats up top instead of LBCs. Its probably good we hit time, because I could tell in myself and the PAX that we were running out of steam, practically walking up hill at the end.

I mentioned this to PAX in attendance that it dawned on me that the repetitive and difficult nature of the thang I devised was not unlike what I feel I am currently going through professionally. I have been working for nearly two weeks straight with no day off and no overtime compensation because I am salaried. I find myself in a job and career field in which I have no future I could see myself in. I live alone and with a schedule like mine its practically impossible for me to have a normal social or romantic life. But day after day I go in, because I am certain that this is not the end of the road. I know that six o clock will hit and I will not collapse. So too will I find a new opportunity. We didn’t take Hill 5-11 but we fought through it till the end.

 

 

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Board of Bad Decisions…a week late

Realizing this is a week late, it is readily acknowledged that the bulk of the information contained herein is probably incorrect. But, this is the first opportunity YHC has had to sit before a computer, and since realization of obligation outweighs desire to further procrastinate, the outdated and inaccurate backblast is hereby submitted.

The call went out a day early for a replacement Q for Poopdeck, and since I was leaving town for a week, I thought, “What better way to make sure I get one last workout in with the PAX than to Q before we leave?” So, I foolishly committed, and seven HIMs more foolish braver than I posted on a pleasant Thursday morning.

There was some mumblechatter leading up to the disclaimer, including discussion on the structural strength of triangles and parking on glass shards. It was special.

Disclaimer made, followed by a mosey around the parking lot a couple times. I think we stretched a bit, maybe did some windmills, some squats, and I know we did some merkins. Then we went up to the parking lot by the abandoned grocery store. I don’t know what it was. We were in cat lady territory.

In the parking lot, cones were laid out. Three cones marked “center,” with four cones lined up in 5-yard increments going one direction and four cones lined up in 10-yard increments going the other direction. PAX divided into two teams of two pairs each and the Board of Bad Decisions made its debut. The general guideline: teams compete in assigned exercise to determine who will choose from the board. Winning team would then pick a number (1-6; pushing exercises), a letter (A-F; static exercises) and a shape (I think we had circle, square, rectangle, oval, trapezoid, and triangle; movements). The numbered and lettered exercises would be performed in pairs, with partner A doing one set of the assigned number of reps of numbered exercise while partner B holds assigned letter exercise. Then both partners would perform the shape movement to the cone 5 yards away, run back past center to the 10-yard cone on the other side, back to center, movement to second cone on first side, run to second cone on other side, etc. It’s like a double-sided suicide cupcake. It really makes more sense when you’re DOING it, though double-sided cupcakes sound delicious.

You’ll have to trust me on that.

Round 1:

Teams competed in static crow hold. It lasted maybe 5 seconds. Do more yoga.

Exercises:

4 X 25 squat jumps per person

Hollow body rocks

Burpee broad jumps (these were only done to 5-yard cone each time)

Round 2:

Teams competed in 15 burpees. Same team won this round.

Exercises:

5 X 20 lunges per leg per person (this took FOREVER)

Planche plank (like plank, but with hands under hips)

Sneaky gorilla

Round 3:

No competition. The team that kept losing got to choose.

Exercises:

4 X 25 Makhtar N’Diayes

Al Gores

Walking humpers (walking in monkey humper position; we only did the 10-yard and 20-yard cones on one side and the 20 and 40-yard cones on the other)

We ran out of time to go any further. Quick mosey back to COT, where there were some announcements and some prayer requests. All I remember is, there are a lot of us with friends and family members with serious health issues. Please be in prayer for them, the people caring for them, and our brothers who are affected.

Thanks to Peg for the opportunity to do this, and to the PAX who showed up and dealt with my insanity. They learned mid-way through that this was originally supposed to be for one of my BEYOND Q’s, but I didn’t have a good place at the AO to do it, so it got shelved…and modified. There’s a harder version that will make an appearance sometime soon.

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Log Jammin’

7 men posted at Crow’s Nest to rumble with some lumber on a very breezy Monday morning. Disclaimer was disclaimed, and we were off moseying around to the back of the school. I had strategically parked my truck around the back and the tailgate was down, revealing a slew of logs who would become our friends for the next 45 mins. The size and weights varied, but most were in the 30 lb range. PAX were encouraged to select a log that would challenge them, but not cause injury.

Penalties for the day: (1) you hit a PAX with your log – 10 burpee penalty (2) you hit the Q with a log – 25 burpee penalty. Thankfully, no penalties were needed.

Warmup

  • 20 SSH
  • 20 MNCs
  • 10 low slow squats with log
  • Finkle swings
  • Log pickers – weed picker position, roll the log out until you feel it in your calves then hold. Repeat x3

The Thang

 

Hill Runs with Log

Log jog to the hill. PAX ran up and down the hill with their log, carrying it whatever way they saw fit. Lots of front carries, with a few shoulder carries in the mix as well. Each time you arrive at the bottom of the hill, do 5 derkins on the log (logs were about 1.5 feet high). At the top of the hill, do the next exercise on the list until all 5 rounds are complete.

  • 20 derkins
  • 20 curls
  • 20 rows
  • 20 Al Gore squats
  • 20 American Hammers

Plenty of pain here. PAX did LBCs until the 6. Peg was asked to select between option A or B. He chose A, so we rinsed and repeated the whole sequence. Another option was given after round 2, and Nemo selected Colorado over Arizona. So we moved on to the next event. False democracy at its best.

 

Peoples Chair with Logs

I poached this idea from Double D’s Black Friday workout, only we used logs instead of Cindy. All the logs were handed off down the line then, passed back to the side they stated from. Then PAX got a break … by doing 10 burpees.

Repeat x 5, for a total of 50 burpees, and plenty of time on the wall.

 

I gave a quick NMM before heading to the final event of the morning. See Below.

 

Lumberjack Webbs

Similar to the original, but with more wood and more pain. Each PAX retrieved 2 split pieces of firewood from the truck and circled up on the grass with their logs. Ratio of 1:3 was used because we were short on time, and due to the added weight. 1 derkin on the log, then 3 overhead claps while holding a piece of firewood in each hand. Then 2 derkins + 6 firewood claps, 3 derkins +9 firewood claps… ect. This was a real crowd pleaser. Much mumble chatter abounded. We only got through 8 rounds before time ran out, but that was plenty to get the shoulders burning, especially after the burpees and derkins from earlier.

Mosey back to COT, for announcements, prayers, and praises.

 

NMM

Sticking with the theme of the day we discussed the following passage from scripture:

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Matt 7:1-5

This is something I need to be reminded of frequently. In my marriage, at work, with my children- where am I keeping score? We can be very quick to extend ourselves grace while withholding it from others. We all have logs of selfishness and vice that we carry around every day, and maybe the reason we can’t see them is we have become used to them. So have a look in the mirror. What is your log? What can you remove from your life to make you a better man of God? The next part of Jesus’ challenge is to then extend grace to those that struggling with the specks in their eyes. Be ruthless with the sin in your own life, while overlooking the faults of others – do the harder thing.

 

Thank you Flux for the opportunity to lead!

 

Stay Classy,

Homebrew

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Our 2 Year Celebration for F3 in Lake Wylie @ the Deep!

I was privileged to get the opportunity to lead (with Dark Helmet) the 1st workout at the Deep, and on this Celebration Day to get the opportunity to lead once again! We’ve seen a lot of new and consistent faces over that 2 years and I truly feel there is something special about the guys that come from the west side of Lake Wylie.  It was really great to show up 10 minutes before the 7am launch and see so many of the tenured Fort Mill PAX already there to support us at this celebration!

I used that opportunity to open with a little message.  3 of the PAX were FNGs, so I gave the long disclaimer, but then I asked for a show of hands for how many years each PAX had been posting at F3.  It was awesome to see guys like Cornhole, Sen Tressel, Maximus and Spitz who have been posting 4-5 YEARS now.  All of those guys have had a direct impact on my life so I was really honored that they came out to support our Lake Wylie PAX.

The Thang

Quick mosey around the parking lot for a dynamic warmup

Made it over to the soccer field for our COP

SSHs – Imperial Squat Walkers – Windmills – MNCs – Merkins – Mountain Climbers – Yoga – Plank Jacks

Before we got into the next evolution, I shared several messages about the foundation of F3.  Started with the Mission, T-Claps to NASA for knowing it by heart! Then I shared one of my favorite Q Source Posts, the Daily Red Pill.  (Link Below)

The Daily Red Pill Feb 2017

1st Exercise Evolution

4 corners – PAX counted off by 4s

There were 4 cones set up at the corners of the field.  1 in the center. What would a Lake Wylie celebration be without the original exercise FOUNDED AT THE 1ST WORKOUT? That’s right, 5 Kraken Burpees (check the lexicon if you do not know this favorite).  That was our center cone.  The groups would split up and run to their assigned number, complete the exercise, run back and do 5 Kraken Burpees

1st corner = 20  Worst Merkin Ever (Wide Arm Merkin, Regular Merkin then Diamond Merkin = 1 rep)

2nd corner = 40 Flutter Kicks double count

3rd corner = 30 Jump Squats

4th Corner = 30 Imperial Squat Walkers

Took a break and shared some more about Sad Clowns, and how F3 is the antidote to Sad Clown Syndrome from the DRP post.

2nd Evolution = Mosey over to the big hill

Partner Up

1 partner down and up the hill, 2nd partner says and does the exercise I call until I’m tired of it.

They were: CCDs – Burpees – SSHs : This lasted a lot longer than 2 sentences gives credit.

More discussion around DRP

3rd Evolution = Mosey to the back of the school

Lt Dangers to the 1st basketball goal That’s a lunge – lunge – squat – merkin (crowd pleaser)

Bear Crawl to the 2nd BB goal

Lt Dangers back to the end of the school

That’s like 200 yards, little Link (Bones 9 year old 2.0) crushed us all – including his Dad!

4th Evolution = Mosey to the front of the school

Time was running short, I had two boards with 5 exercises set up, audibled to just 1 board.  We did the five exercises in cadence.

5th Evolution = Saved 6 minutes for my last favorite – Captain Thors!

1 big boy sit up to 4 America Hammers, go to 10…we ran out of time at the 9 rotation.  It hurt anyways!

COT was great with 3 new FNGS, two were 2.0 of regular PAX and they held their own!

Cross Check (Peg’s 2.0 Logan) for his lacrosse skills

FIFA (Flux’s 2.0 Evan) for his soccer skills

Wesley our 29 year old previous college pole vaulter so his F3 name forever shall be Bubka!

It was really a great time with great friends and great mubblechatter.  I hope everyone else enjoyed it as much as I did.

(and we got 16 out to Coffeeteria, our best part of Saturdays)

An Honor to Lead

-Royale

 

 

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Cinder Block Surprise at Crow’s Nest

A beautiful morning for my first Q at the new Crow’s Nest deep in Lake Wylie.  It’s also the closest AO to my house so I was able to set up the night before.  I warned the attending PAX to bring gloves, but my P200 brother Peg still couldn’t find his…lucky for his white collar hands (like mine) I brought several extra pairs.

We had six men ready to roll at 5:15am, gave the disclaimer (including a modify if it’s too dangerous for you) and we started out.

Light jog to the north parking lot with a dynamic warmup including,

High Knees – Butt Kickers – side shuffles – toy soldiers

COP

20 SSHs – 20 MNCs – 15 IWs – 8 Abe Vagota  Windmills – 10 Merkins – 20 Mountain Climbers – 15 Plank Jacks

Small mosey to the hidden big old white board with some cider block coupons.

Partner Up

1 PAX will use the cider block for an exercise while the other partner does exercise #2, then rotate

Exercises were:

20 Curls –> Flutters

20 Overhead Presses –> Calf Raises

30 Bent Rows –> Squats

30 Durkins –> LBCs

10 Man Makers –> American Hammers

20 Tricep Ext –> Lunges

30 Irkins –> Rosalitas

30 Squats –> Imperial Walkers

The men did such a good job we got to do the whole rotation twice. Lots of good mumble chatter and sharing from Peg about Childrens Attention Home, YHC about G-Fit and Flux about the BrewRuck 002 from this weekend.

We moved over to the wall of the school to do:

Wall sits while each PAX did 5 Merkins

BTTW 30 count

Wall sits while each PAX did 2 burpees

We went back to the cinder blocks, grabbed one for the walk back to COT and the PAX changed holding positions when I called for a switch.

Back to COT for Announcements

Read your newsletter, Word of the month is Worthy

Spring is here, start EHing the guys back out!

Happy to start my day the right way,  and a big shout out to Flux for leading this new AO in Lake Wylie!

An Honor to Lead…

-Royale

 

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