CSPAN Send off Convergence

141 Men came to show the Respectable**CSPAN** some Respect!!

He leaves The Fort and heads north or as Dredd refers to Yankee land. Not gone forever but just up the road 600 miles to start a new chapter in life and in F3 as he will launch F3Philly.

I am not the most eloquent with my back-blasts and I am usually to the point with posting the workout, add some words and being done, however since I can’t get Italian Job to write this up and Double D challenged the PAX to think of one word to represent CSAPN, I think that is the best way to document this convergence.

Thank you CSPAN for being all of these things and more to you r brothers in the PAX. As posted on Twitter and many of these were repeated multiple times:

brother
camaraderie
commitment
confidence
connected
consistent
courageous
dedicated
empathetic
example
genuine
handsome
HIM
honorable
humble
humility
impact
influence
influencer
insightful
inspiration
integrity
investor
legend
magnanimous
model
respect
selfless
servant
shepherd
solid
squaredaway
steadfast
steady
wise

The Workout looked like this:

WWL at the Q:

  • Mosey around the lot
  • Line up; karaoke, side shuffle, high knees, butt kickers, toy solders, lungewalk, power skips
  • COP
    • SSH, squat, merkin, moroccan night club, 10 Flying squirrels
Double D at the Q:
  • Run to practice field
  • Plank sequence
  • Split into 2 groups on each sideline
  • Sprint to center and back to sideline
  • Monkey humpers x25
  • Rinse + repeat with Merkins x 25
  • CDDs x25
  • Burpees x25
Longshanks at the Q:
  • Burpees
  • Lunges
  • Inch worm Merkins
  • Maktar Ndiayes
  • Plank Jacks
  • Squats.

Dredd at the Q:

  • Prayer for CSPAN
  • Merkin/Ab Lab series
  • Truth Nuggets and Leadership development with Major Payne, Wegmans, & Drop Thrill
  • Mosey to hill behind Bob Jones Stadium
  • Prayer for CSPAN heading to F3Philly…..”CSPAN Coming”
  • More Merkin/Ab lab series

COT:

141 Count, Name O’rama, 2 FNGs (Bikini & Manzel), Skinny Jeans pray out over CSPAN and his IMPACT on men and for Sky Q’s kingdom.

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Pain Stations and Partner Beatdown on tap at Bermuda Triangle

YHC is a big fan of getting up at 4:20 for the Q at the 5:00AM launch of Bermuda Triangle.  Fresh off 3 miles of Suicides courtesy of Which Hunt at Poopdeck, I was excited to get after it, hoping for a strong turnout.  Disclaimer was delivered and the we got to business.  Here is how it went down:

Warm-o-rama:

Started with a 400 meter (more or less) modified indian run where the lead runner passes back overhead a 10lb medicine ball.  Last man sprints to the front of the line and so on until we arrived back near the flag:

  • 20 SSH IC
  • 15 Imperial Walkers IC
  • 15 Weed pullers IC
  • 10 Merkins IC
  • 15 Mountain Climbers IC

Next on to Part 1 of the workout: a 3 station beat down with pain stations spread around the 400 meter track.

Station 1:

  • 10 Jump squats
  • 10 single count curls/arm (25lb dumbells)
  • 20 Nolan Ryan’s (10/side)
  • 25 LBCs (single count) => run to station 2

Station 2:

  • 10 Lunges per leg
  • 10 WWII Sit ups
  • 10 Tricep hammers/ arm (20lb dumbells)
  • 10 Diamond merkins => run to station 3

Station 3:

  • 25 SSH
  • 20 Flutters (per leg)
  • 15 Derkins
  • 15 CDDs

Rinse and repeat once

Unfortunately for the Pax, we still had 15 minutes left, so on the Part 2: 

Partners would split reps, with one running about 100 yards while the other got cracking:

  • 100 Lunges
  • 75 Ranger Merkins
  • 75 Bobby Hurley Squats
  • 75 Carolina Dry docks
  • 75 Crab Cakes
  • 75 Werkins
  • 75 Monkey Humpers
  • 100 LBCs
  • 40 Flying Squirrels

The leaders only got as far as the Monkey humpers.  Pax were told completion at home was optional.

In Closing

We circled up to name 31 year old FNG Matt Hickey , now forever to be known as “Love Bite”.  Praises and prayers for health and healing, comfort and celebration were brought forth.  YHC closed the COT with prayer.

As always, I’m grateful to be a part of F3 Nation and fort the opportunity to Q.

-Wolverine

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The Modified Murph

Michael Murphy was a Navy Seal from my neck of the woods on Long Island, New York who died in service to this great nation.  The Murph challenge has been gaining steam for the last couple of years as many people have taken to the challenge of doing a 1 mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 pushups, 300 squats and then running another mile with a 20-30 lb ruck sack on.  I did my first modified Murph this past memorial day(no ruck sack) and could not wait to do another, so I figured I would do a modified one and torture my F3 buddies along the way.

We did a quick mosey on over the back basketball courts with side shuffle’s and toy soldiers worked in.  

COP

10-SSH w/2 Donkey Kicks

10-Sungods fwd and reverse w/4 DK’s

10-Windmills w/6 DK’s

10-Cherry Pickers w/8 DK’s

10-Down Dog into Thigh Masters each leg w/10DK’s

The Thang

Since I figured everyone can run forward, I decided on having everyone nur for 2 laps around the track that surrounds the basketball courts then do 100 pull-ups, 200 archer ‘mericans and 300 one legged squats then nur for another 2 laps.  I instructed the Pax to do the modified Murph in 10 sets of 10 pull-ups, 20 archer ‘mericans and 30 one legged squats.  There wasn’t much mumble chatter for this workout and Austin Powers even threatened to get even with me the next time he was on Q.  Little does the late showing Mr. Powers understand, I enjoy a good challenge, the harder the better.  Dr. Evil is in the house!

Around set 6 I figured in the interest of time that we do regular push ups and squats to finish the Murph.  Unfortunately, there is no modification for pull ups.  My timer rang at 5:55 and everyone was in the middle nuring the last 2 laps so I had us mosey back to COT where we finished up the workout with 4 minutes of Mary.

Big Boy Sit Up’s until a runner ran to the far island and back.

Freddie Mercury’s until a runner ran to the far island and back.

Hello Dollie’s until a runner ran to the far island and back.

LBC’s until a runner ran to the far island and back.

Observations:  Better late than never AP.  Respectable Olaf and Haushka ran during the boot camp and were not part of the name-o-rama but respect to them for coming out in the gloom and training.

Prayers to the family of String Bean(Will Frederick) from the York Pax who has gone to be with Sky Q.  A tough loss at only 23.  Prayers for Stang’s mother in law who is having bypass surgery today.  Prayers always for Pax looking for work or dealing with the loss of a loved one.

Peace brothers.

 

 

 

 

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Cats, Kicks, and Crawls at Poopdeck

10 PAX posted in the gloom at Poopdeck with early comments that “at least it feels cooler today.” We obviously hadn’t started moving yet. After a quick – and disjointed due to late arrivals – disclaimer, off we moseyed in a counter-clockwise fashion around the parking lot. Cutting around to the backside of the building, leaping over the Dark-Helmet-eating curb, we threw in some side shuffles and toy soldiers before circling up behind Sherwin Williams for a quick-ish COP.

10 windmills

10 merkins

10 hillbilly imperial hillbilly squat walkers (these need a better name)

15 mountain climbers

10 thigh masters per leg, interspersed with downward dog

Quick scatter like cockroaches when the Crazy Cat Lady rounded the bend at 84mph and almost crashed into us. Crazy Cat Lady sighting = 5 burpees. Thanks for nothing.

With that done and adrenaline high after yet another near-death experience with our feline-loving “friend,” we moseyed to the upper shopping center lot for the main event.

The Thang

I don’t know distances between them, but there are two rows of parking spots that have light posts. We used these as our side lines. There are two rows of parking spots in between these rows. In both of the rows with the light posts, four cones were spread roughly ten yards apart (plus a light post), making for five “spots” on each line. It makes sense if you were there.

General rules: move as prescribed, do assigned exercise at each cone and last light post in row, do five plank circles (think dizzy bat without the bat and in a plank), then run like a drunk person to the other side of the parking lot where the other line of cones was. Pretty straightforward but not.

Round 1: broad jump to the cone, 5 Tony Hawk burpees, broad jump to the next cone, 5 Tony Hawk burpees, etc. (Total of 50 Tony Hawk burpees). Lots of spinning this round. Requests were made for motion sickness meds. Also, “there’s the humidity.”

Round 2: monkey scoots DaVinci cartwheels (description below), 20 monkey humpers at the cones (did we modify that down to 10? I can’t remember…)

Round 3: 2 double count crab cakes, flip over to 2 CDDs, flip over to crab cakes, CDDs, etc. Don’t worry about the cones. Just keep going. Ended with one million CDDs and two million crab cakes.

Ran out of time for rounds 4-7. Oh well.

Mosey back to COT with a slight mosey extension to kill an additional 30 seconds.

Announcements

  • F3 Dads camp is this weekend
  • CSPAN sendoff convergence the 18th
  • Read your newsletter

Praises and Prayers

  • Pray for F3 Dads camp, that everybody stays safe and we all still like each other at the end
  • PAX still looking for jobs
  • PAX out due to injury

Truth be told, I ran out of time to plan this. But, after running three days already this week, I wanted to place more emphasis on arms and less on running. I think the PAX appreciated it. Watching the drunk running was my highlight.

Thanks to Peg for the opportunity.

Jedi

 

“DaVinci Cartwheels” = Begin in a low squat. Reach across with both hands, placing your left hand next to your right foot and your right hand a bit further off. Push off with your feet, lift your hips over your shoulders into a mini tucked handstand, then (as gracefully as possible) put your feet back down past your right hand (left foot next to right hand), facing the same direction as you started. Rinse and repeat. Sometimes called a “monkey crawl” or “monkey scoot.” Can be done in both directions.

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Running in McDowell Park, watch out for Pumas!

Tuesday morning.  9 guys showed up.  We went for a run in McDowell park across the street from Palisades Elementary.  I told the guys to keep turning right.  So we hit the 4 roads that travel down into the park.

Ran back, a few went around the school, three of us went on the back paved trail loop behind the pond. Strava tells me we did 4.5 miles.

~ Fin

Royale

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A Summer Reunion at Crow’s Nest

Great way to start your week.  5:15 bootcamp with 95% humidity! We gathered up in the gloom and I was happy to see 10 guys join me for our Monday morning beat down.  Two Ferns made his Crows Nest debut, Austin Powers returned  from his vacation across the pond and we had Viogt join us from Rock Hill at the request of Homebrew.  Excellent group this morning, especially after Olaf and Nemo ran up late to COP!

I quickly gave the disclaimer and we were off. Mosey down the service road to the back parking lot of the school with several dynamic warmup moves.  It’s funny how you go under the street lights and they TURN OFF when we stroll by… really tells us how wanted we are.

COP

Random counts of Imperial Walkers – Moroccan Night Clubs – SSHs – Merkins – Yoga – and Mountain Climbers

Didn’t take long to break a sweat, so we moseyed to the playground area farther back in the school.

We started a cycle of an easily written, but hard workout. UvU

Station 1 = 10 pull-ups

Station 2 = 20 Merkins

Bear crawl about 40 yards to next station

Station 3 30 Sumo Squats

Crawl Bear another 40 yards back to station 1

Rinse and Repeat 5 times

Once this was over I shared a few “motivational” words about being tougher than you think you are.  Completing this cycle was a big challenge, and everyone made it.  It’s opportunities like this that show you how far you can actually push yourself.  Keep it up throughout your day and challenge yourself to be better in everything you do!

Mosey around the school to a wall for next evolution

Wall sits for 60 second counts

Wall Plank with feet on wall then we did 10 in cadence shoulder taps. (real crowd pleaser)

Wall sit another 70 seconds of counts

BTTW 30 seconds of count.

Made our way back to the front of the school for the last 5 minutes of Ab Lab.

PAX went in clockwise circle picking the Ab exercise and counting the cadence.

Ended with COT and our prayers.  Shared a summary of the 3rd F Invergence from the previous Friday.

Honored to Lead

-Royale

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Wonder Twin Powers

13 Pax gathered at the Deep for an unheard of beatdown by YHC and Ginsu. So heres the backstory….YHC was given the honor of Qing the Deep by Shakespeare (Keep up the great leadership!) One of the Pax that YHC wanted to get to know better was Ginsu, our 1st F Q. So, in an unheard of move that was borderline ridiculous, we went for it. Ginsu added a bit of variety by  bringing his speaker to play some tunes throughout the workout. Lots of mumble chatter came from this.

The Pax of Lake Wylie are known for giving it their all and they did not disappoint. Gansu was prepared and YHC brought an old school Dirty McDeuce (courtesy of OBT) to the group.

The discussion was impact which was a carryover from the 3rd F Convergence from the day before. YHC admires the impact that Pax of F3 the Fort are making in the community. However, the best opportunity/need for impact is those who fall into your first 2 circles of Concentrica. The M and 2.0s. Fittingly, Bones posted with Link, his 2.0 who brought it for the workout and clearly Bones is making an impact with this one.

The Thang

Mosey across the street to Oakridge Middle – Pusher in the lead

COP

Windmills

Morrocan Night Clubs

SSH – no less than 30

Mtn Climbers

Merkins

Mosey to track for the Dirty McDeuce – First song is Ice, Ice, Baby by Vanilla Ice – let the mumble chatter begin!

4 sets of exercises, 3 exercises x 12 – IC, followed by a lap

Exercises focused on chest, core, legs

Round 1 – Merkins, LBCs, Low slow squats

Round 2 – Wide arm merkins, Dollies, Lunges

Round 3 – CDD, Rosalitas, Monkey Humpers

Round 4 – Diamond, Flutters, Mtn Climbers

Handoff to Ginsu

A few words on the intentionality of impact

Intention leads to Actions and that leads to Impact

Sprint work

50 yard sprint, 3 hand release burpees, 50 yard mosey x 3

LBC, Big Boy, Flutter x 20 in between

50 yard sprint, 10 merkins, 50 yard mosey x 3

V Ups, Captain Thor, Boats and Canoe x 20

50 yard sprint, 10 jump Squats, 50 yard mosey x 3

Freddy, hello dolly, protractor

Thunderstruck was played…uh oh!

Started with a V Up for every “thunder” based on request by Bones (what was he thinking) we switched to a burpee.

Mosey home

 

Moleskin

  • Thanks to Ginsu for the music. Definitely made the pain feel a little better
  • Thanks to Shakespeare for the opportunity
  • Thanks to Shady for coming over from Tega Cay
  • Ruck options upcoming –  See Royale
  • Training opportunities for Ragnar – See Royale
  • Read your newsletter

Pusher out!

 

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Sea Legs 7/31/18

The route was simple: Langston -> Oleander -> Grand Palisades Pkwy around the traffic circle -> Rt on 49 back to COT.

It was muggy, it was hilly and we got it done.

Praises for life and the realization of how quickly it can be taken away
Praise for faith
Prayers for those seeking employment
Prayer for a friend meeting with Dr’s about a cardiovascular issue.

Until next time,

Wild Thing Out!

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Anniversary Q & Lake Wylie Pub Tour

One year ago I posted for the first time at F3. Unlike most men in F3 I was not EH’d by a friend, coworker, or relative. I was EH’d by a podcast. I listened to the episode (link below) while I was at work, and by the end I knew I had to see what this F3 thing was all about. I posted the next day. Not because I was excited to wake up early, or to walk up and hang out in a group where I knew no one (fellow introverts, you know what I’m talking about). I posted the next day because I knew if I didn’t post right away I never would. At the time, I was not even sure I could do 10 pushups. But I was a textbook example of a Sad Clown, and I thought “Well, if this is a dumpster fire I just won’t come back.” I got smoked at that first workout, and it was great. I went to 2nd F drinks that night, posted again the next morning, and posted to CNW2 right after. All 3 Fs in the first 26 hours of showing up – I was hooked.

Podcast #324: How Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith Are the Cure for Sad Clown Syndrome

Today marked the anniversary of my first post. So I did a reprise of that first workout, which was originally Q’d by Kenyan.

The Thang
Disclaimer disclaimed. We found out that Witch Hunt had stepped on a piece of glass during a pre-run and that a policeman had given him hand sanitizer (foot sanitizer?) for the wound. He still did the full workout with a bleeding foot #ManPoints

Run to Copper Pub – Big boy sit-ups until 6
* The PAX saw what appeared to be Respectable Olaf getting a ticket by the Foot Sanitizing Policeman. Sources later confirmed that the offender was not Olaf but a similarly dressed doppelganger who also drives a red pickup. What are the odds?

COP
• SSH
• Merkins
• Mountain climbers
• Plank jacks

* 10 monkey humpers between each exercise. Apparently 4 count monkey humpers was a bit zealous for some, but YHC went for it with gusto which resulted in a fair deal of mumble chatter.

Run to Sweetwater – Plank until 6

Lazy Doras
• 100 Merkins +  plank
• 200 LBCs + 6” leg hold
• 300 squats + Al Gore
Switch with partner every 25 reps

Run back to COT. Total we ran about 2.5 miles.

Thank you to all the PAX who have been a part of my first year at F3. Whether we’ve sweated together, shared a beer together, prayed together, or done a CSAUP together I have been blessed to share a bit of the good life with you. This is definitely more than a workout.

Thank you Peg for the opportunity to lead.

Stay Classy,
Homebrew

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Bing- GQ in The Fort – Alcatraz AO

Reposting with Link to Bing’s BB from F3 Suncoast.

Bing- GQ in The Fort – Alcatraz AO

The PAX

Weather – upper 60s- with a chill in the air for this Floridian!

As the pax began to roll into the AO, including a number of them who chose to take a pre-run, YHC was giddy with excitement.  It felt like good old times with so many familiar faces!

As the clock struck 6:30, the disclaimer was shared along with the 5 core principles  and off we went for a mozi around the park.  Mozi included butt kickers, high knees, Carioca x2 and a quick pace to finish the run.  Without hesitation, it was time to hit the dewy fresh cut grass for COP.

COP was delivered in a speed round, where the Q calls out an exercise and is immediately followed by the first Pax member calling out SSH x10 IC.  The COP went as follows:

  • Merkins x10IC
  • SSH x10IC
  • Windmills x10IC
  • SSH x10IC
  • Imperial Walkers x10IC
  • SSH x10IC
  • Mountain Climbers x10IC
  • SSH x10IC
  • Peter Parkers x10IC
  • SSH x10IC

It was time to get to business.  The intent of the beatdown was to share some of the Pax favorites from my new  region, F3 Suncoast. First up was, FUN WITH ANIMALS.  Cones were set up roughly 15 feet from the starting point and the pax had to do the following mode of transportation x2:

  • Bear Crawl
  • Duck Walk
  • Crab Walk
  • Crawl Bear
  • Frog Hop
  • It was obvious that the pax was having such a great time, we rinsed and repeated, with only 1 time each the second round.

After we had enough fun with animals, a quick mozi was done and the pax ended up at the bottom of the hill on Tara Tea Drive for a round of Jacobs Ladder.  Run up to the top of the hill for 1 Burpee, run back down and immediately return to the top for 2 burpess.  Rinse and repeat until you have done 7 burpees.  Plank at the top until the entire pax is complete.  This was no easy feat for this Floridian flatlander, but clearly was a crowd favorite.

After the six was in, it was time for some Mike Tysons along the curb.  Due to the size of the Pax, half of the group ran laps until the first group was done doing Mike Tysons x10.  We did two rounds and it was back to the fields of Alcatraz for the grande finale…and grand it was.

Ripken Suicides

As done at any Ripken Q at F3 Suncoast, it was time for Ripken Suicides (or as Longshanks called them initially – Cupcakes because Suicides isn’t sensitive enough).  The pax had 1 minute to complete a full round of suicides, with the next round starting after the first minute.  The faster you get done, the most rest.  This is done for 10 rounds, as long as you are able to get the suicides done in 60 seconds.  There wasn’t a lot of love shown for Ripken after this finale!  Thanks Ripken!!

With 3 minutes remaining, it was time for a quick round of mary including LBCs, Protractor and one other.

Round of Mary

 

The MoleSkin:

YHC encouraged the pax to not hestitate to disrupt their status quo.  To make sure they are not remaining in their comfort zone.  Roughly 2 years ago today, the Kelly family entirely disrupted their status quo, having no idea why the chose to leave such a great community, pax and soccer family to head to a place where we knew NO ONE.  Not long after arriving in Florida, the status quo was disrupted AGAIN with YHC taking an entirely new job and quitting the one he moved to Florida for initially.  This opportunity has been a true blessing as YHC no longer travels for work and is home with the family and available to apply more time to launching a new region for F3.  The Pax of F3 The Fort and surrounding areas have been instrumental in disrupting the lives of over 225 men in the Sarasota area, as it was because of them YHC had the confidence to move and then start a new region.  I am honored and humbled to be a part of F3 The Fort and to give away all that I have gained to my new region in F3 Suncoast.

Prayers/Praises:

  • For Cable Guy and his family
  • James, friend of YHC battling cancer for the 3rd time at 9 years old
  • Many other prayer requests spoken

Announcements:

  • Coffeeteria at Panera Bread – Thanks for hanging out, I had a great time
  • CAH – Join us
  • Welcome to Skyline – You did a great job in a not so friendly FNG beatdown!
  • Wow, I am really bad at all of the announcements as I am not with this pax daily!

Thank you for this great opportunity and I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday at Honey Badger.

Aye – Bing

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