Party on the Block

Ain’t no party like a Block Party and I didn’t want to disappoint. Shady has lined up some strong Q’s here and the last thing I was going to do was break the positive cycle. On a Tuesday in The Fort you have a wide variety of options. I appreciate the 12 other men that rolled in for a slight variation of the norm.

After spending a few hours in the car recently, I’ve done my F3 duty of getting caught up on the 43′ Podcast by Dredd & Dark Helmet. Sure, it’s a Podcast on “leadership” but let’s be honest, I tune in to listen to the gut punches and banter as much as I do for the leadership discussion. Several learnings were incorporated into this workout which you’ll read shortly. Some may be obvious to you but they weren’t something I gave much thought to previously.

In addition to the 10 Ft Mill locals, we had Drone from F3 metro and he brought an FNG, welcome Radio Flyer!!

Disclaimer: A little more lengthy than normal. And…we’re off

Run around the left side of WEP back down 160 to the parking lot with the chain attempting to obstruct our entrance. Knowledge nugget from 43’…the joys and effectiveness of the 8ct Burpee. Another knowledge nugget was that we too often get caught in the trap of assuming things will be the same this time because it’s the way we’ve always done it. Like Side Straddle Hops to start a warm up or doing exercises in counts of 10. Both of those…out the window.

All of the following in cadence:

20 x 8ct Burpees

18 x Calf Raises

16 x Diamond Merkins

14 x Mountain Climbers

12 x Dying Cockroaches

10 x Grave Diggers (10 each side)

8 x 8ct Burpees

6 x Diamond Merkins

4 x Mountain Climbers

2 x Dying Cockroaches

Mosey to the playground & partner up:

Partner 1: 15 Pull-Ups

Partner 2: Hold the squat while doing overhead claps until your partner is done w/ the pull ups

Flapjack

Partner 1: 15 Pull-Ups

Partner 2: Wide-Arm Merkins until…

Flapjack

Partner 1: 15 Pull-Ups

Partner 2: 180deg Jump Twists until…

Flapjack

Partner 1: 15 Pull-Ups

Partner 2: Monkey Humpers until…

Flapjack

Mosey to the white tenth-of-a-mile post by the parking lot:

Sprint to the next post then do 5 Jumping Lunges. Sprint to the next post and do the same thing. We did this 2 more times for 4 total posts which included some nice up/down hill sprinting.

Closed it out with 10 more 8ct Burpees and some Chopsticks & American Hammers.

 

Shady, thanks for the nod to Q.

Until next time…

Maximus

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Beyond My Comfort Zone

14 PAX joined YHC on this day to push themselves Beyond their comfort zones.

When I was offered the opportunity to Q, I’ll admit, I hesitated for a moment. I had a busy week ahead and wasn’t sure I was up for the challenge of delivering a message during the beatdown. Then I remembered, never pass up an opportunity to Q! They don’t come too often.

Standard Disclaimer, Disclaimed

Disclaimer to my message – I felt it necessary to preface my message and inform that I’m not an overly righteous person. I come before the PAX with a heart of humility. I come before the PAX not with an attitude of confrontation, but rather with a heart for caring.

The Thang: 

Mosey around the parking lot. Karaoke left/right, mosey, high knees, ankles to chest, mosey. Ended up down the hill past the pull-up bars and circled up.

COP –

50 SSH

20 Windmills

20 Merkins

20 Peter Parkers, Honey Mooner, Downward Dog

20 Parker Peters, Honey Mooner, Downward Dog

Message: Going into the planning process for the Q, I thought I would discuss with the PAX what was going on in my life, mainly where my faith has led me to this point. I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationship with Christ Jesus because I’m 6 months into a 9 month Journey (Offically called: The Journey) with at least a dozen other PAX in which we’re learning to abide in Christ through scripture, journaling and weekly meetings. It’s an intense program that has really started to transform my level of faith for the better. I could talk more about this process (and certainly that would have been okay!), but I also knew that was well within my comfort zone. I wanted to go Beyond my comfort zone and challenge the PAX to do the same.

I decided, rather, to share how my faith walk as help me to overcome obstacles in my life.

Beatdown: 

Run to Pull Up Bars –

3 Sets:  Partner 1: 8 strict pull ups / Partner 2: SSH

Plank until 6 is finished

Bear Crawl from the pull up bars down to the first speed pump (~50 yards)

Message: James 5: 15-16

15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

I admitted to the PAX I lost sleep when I decided to go beyond my comfort zone with this message. I was anxious and uncertain about my decision. But I also knew by confessing to my Brothers, I could continue the healing process. I then shared with the PAX that I’ve struggled with porn. I was clear in sharing I didn’t put this out there lightly, without a lot of thought or consideration. These PAX I know and respect.

Why put this out there and risk losing that mutual respect? See above – James 5: 15-16.

Stats on Pornography:

$97 Billion Dollar industry

35% of all downloads are porn related

25% of all internet searches are porn related

70% of men ages 18-34 visit porn sites monthly

YHC then asked the PAX: Have you seen the affects of porn on the world? In your community? In your family?

Beatdown: 

Run to The Wall –

BTTW – 40 seconds

35 Donkey Kicks

24 Merkins in cadence

10 burpees

Message: Galatians 6:1

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.

I felt it was a sign from the Lord when the  Sunday before my Q, my Pastor spent 40 minutes talking about accountability. During his sermon on accountability, I couldn’t stop thinking about the PAX.  F3 is a unique organization that a lot of good comes from. We’re a band of Brothers who desires to lock shields anytime necessary. The problem of pornography can be overcome. It’s much more likely to be overcome if you’re being held accountable. To quote my Pastor, “sanctification requires community”. Again, what an opportunity the PAX provide through this community which is F3! (#WhetStone)

Beatdown: 

Mosey to the Band Practice Field:

Sprint 40 yards, mosey 60 yards (3X).

Bear Crawl 20 yards, 20 SSH

Walk 20 yards, 20 Bomb Jacks

Bear Crawl 20 yards, 10 Burpees

Walk 20 yards, 20 Squats

Bear Crawl 20 yards, 10 Burpees

Rinse, Repeat. Modified with doing half the number of reps.  Also, we didn’t do the 40 yard sprints.

Message: Philippians 4:13

13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

This habit, this drug, this problem, can be overcome. To quote my Pastor, again, “our ultimate accountability is to God”.

I wasn’t able to get beyond my problem of porn until I got serious about my relationship with the Lord.

My final question to the PAX that morning in the gloom: What is your relationship like with the Lord?

Beatdown: 

Sprint 100 yards, mosey to COT.

COT –

Name-O-Rama

Announcements

Prayers/Praises

NMM:

It’s an honor to be among the PAX. The process of preparing the message (and beatdown!) was an exhausting one for YHC.  The process also sharpened me in ways I wasn’t expecting. To revisit some bad habits of my past has really helped me to realize how far I’ve come in this life and in my faith. I thank you all for the support.

It’s was an honor to Q.

Maximus – thank you for the opportunity.

#CoopStrong

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Block Party/Colosseum Colombia Team Send off!

28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matt 20:28

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

61 PAX and YHC came to Block Party this day to show support to those that have felt a call to serve. As we are commanded to serve locally, nationally and globally this group of men are going global to get uncomfortable and grow closer to SkyQ. The support, prayers and encouragement from our brothers in the PAX is overwhelming and powerful. Anyone that has not realized it yet, F3 is more than a workout!

The Thang:

  • Ruckers when their separate way with Cobra Kai at the helm
  • Runners went looking for golf balls at FMGC with Pusher at the point
  • The rest of us followed YHC for a boot-camp with 40 or so of our brothers
    • Mosey down path, across the field out towards 160 for COP
      • All exercises were to 11 count for the 11 heading to Colombia
      • Plank
      • SSHs
      • Squat
      • Merkins
      • MOracan Night Clubs
      • Sumo Squat
      • Wide Arm Merkins
      • LBCs
      • Peter Parkers
      • Rosalitas
      • Imperial Walkers
    • Mosey to playground
      • Ladder work
      • Do exercise with designated reps, take a lap, add next exercise, take a lap…..
      • # of REPS Exercise COLOMBIA PAX MEMBER TOTAL REPS
        1 Merkin Bonsai 11
        2 LBC Bubba 20
        3 Squat Cake Boss 27
        Here from PAX on their WHY
        4 Burpee Crawdaddy 32
        5 Inch Worm Merkins Elvis 35
        6 Sumo Squat Fire Marshal Bill 36
        Here from PAX on their WHY
        7 Bombjacks Flat Tire 35
        8 Overhead Clap Italian Job 32
        9 Leg Raises Mr Bill 27
        Here from PAX on their WHY
        10 Lunge Hops Sir Topham Hat 20
        11 Donkey Kicks Trucker 11
    • Right up against time we finished
  • COT
    • We had 3 FNGs, Love Handles, Arrowhead and Homer
    • CSPAN prayed us out  an prayed over the whole team

YHC can thank you all for being a stable rock in my life. I can’t say enough about what F3 and each of my Brothers means to me and how it has changed my life. More importantly it has allowed me to reach men for SkyQ’s kingdom and that is the best achievement ever.

Peace Men

Cake Boss out!

 

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If all else fails, SSH

Honored to Q at The Fort, thanks to Bonsai, 13 PAX and Old Bay for bring us an FNG, Sherbet

Laminated post-it note in hand, and we’re off

Mosey around path, circle-ish, 10 SSH, 10 Imp Walker, 10 LSSquats
Mosey to next lot toward downtown, circle up, 15 SSH, 15 Imp Walker, 15 LSS
Mosey to next lot toward downtown, circle up, 20 SSH, 10 Imp Walker, 20 LSS
Mosey across the street to the next lot, 10 merkins, 10 LBCs, 10 jump squats
Mosey up the big hill to the big lot, 15 merkins, 15 LBCs, 15 jump squats

Move to the end of the lot, exercise 1/2 way across to lot, jog it out the other 1/2
Karaoke L, Karaoke R, Powerskip, Squat Walkers, High Knees , Butt Kickers, 50%, 75%, 100%

Base + 3 station suicides:
20 CDD
20 CDD, 50 OH Claps
20 CDD, 50 OH Claps, 10 burpees
again
20 Squats
20 Squats, 50 MNC
20 Squats, 50 MNC, 10 Flying Squirrel

Half way through the round Beacon and Corruption found us and we hit some of the warm-up highlights again
10 SH, 10 Imp Walker, 10 squats, mosey to the other side of the lot
10 merkins, 10 LBCs, 10 Jump Squats

Back to suicides
20 merkins
20 merkins, 50 LBCs
20 merkins, 50 LBCs, 10 Makhtar N’Diayes

Mosey back down the hill, back toward the park to find a piece of wall … wall sits while everyone pops out for 2 burpees

Mosey back-ish, taking the long way around, for a good 3/4 mile trip home, one stop for 25 SSH

2 minutes of Mary, ending with 10 SSH

Looks like we made it,

Barry Manilow

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Ask and ye shall receive

After the disclaimer, we started with a quick mosey around the parking lot to get the legs moving.  We then circled up for some stretching and warm-ups which included: SSH (x20), windmill (x10), merkins (x20), Superman overhead claps (x10), hillbilly walker (x10), downward dog and honeymooner, mountain climber (x10), Moroccan night club (x20).

Next we got right to it and headed over to the pull up bars per the “requirement” of 2 of the 3 Murph exercises incorporated into the workout.  We went with chin ups and squats.  The exercises went something like this:

  • 10 chin ups followed by 30 squats, then 10 burpees (we had to get some pushups in!)
  • 10 chin ups followed by 30 squats, then 9 burpees….
  • Repeat counting down to 6 burpees, then we got a quick break so we could run down the hill and then back up where we did LBCs while we waited for the six

Then we continued our fun with the following:

  • 10 Australian chin ups (partner up where partner holds the “chin-upper’s” legs horizontal while person doing chin-up is more doing a row to the bar) – swap partners, then do 10 one legged squats each leg, followed up with 10 calve raises (total of 30 “leg” exercises), then 5 burpees
  • Repeat counting down to 3 burpees
  • Last 2 reps were OYO on the bar with either knee to chest or chin ups, 30 squats or 10 one legged squat with calve raises, then 2 burpees
  • Repeat for last rep with 1 burpee at the end

Last was around the world Mary for 2 min, then back to COT for the usual wrap up.  Appreciated the opportunity for the “Ad”varsity leadership and had a fun time getting creative with the new format!

Aye – Shady

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The Honey Badger with Schmalls and CSPAN

Disclaimer

Hot thick and extra humid (extremely poor conditions)

warmup-o-rama

mosey

shirts optional

hero review

workout review (slightly modified WOD)

  • Run 800 meters
  • 50 burpees
  • 40 pull-ups
  • 30 one-legged squat (each leg)
  • 20 squats
  • 10 handstand pushups
  • Run 800 meters
  • Repeato

COT / Prayer or Praise / BOM

NMM

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Justin E. Schmalstieg, 28, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, assigned to the 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Camp Pendleton, California, died on December 15, 2010 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife Ann Schneider, parents John and Deborah Gilkey, and brother John.

The “Schmalls” Hero WOD was first posted on crossfit.com as the workout of the day for Tuesday, April 23, 2013 (130423).

 

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Core Work at The Coop

There was a 2 year celebration going on at one of the AO’s so when a bus pulled up next to our COP, I jokingly told the guys we’d be bussing over to that AO to workout with them.  We really had no clue why there was a District 4 bus there, though.

0515 hit and we jumped into The Warmup:
25 SSH IC
Mosey to another area of the lot
25 SSH IC
Mosey to another area of the lot
25 SSH IC
Mosey back to where we started
10 Weed Pullers
10 Tempo Squats
10 Tempo Merkins
Mosey down the hill towards SCES and back up the hill to the Pullup Bars

Partner Up

Partner 1 planks while Partner 2 Dead Hangs for 1 minute.
Swap positions and repeat.
Partner 1 does Wheezy Jeffersons while Partner 2 does Hanging Leg Raises for 1 minute.
Swap positions and repeat.

Mosey down to Sugar Creek’s Basketball Court
Bear Crawl to other side of court, plank for the 6
Reverse Bear Crawl to other side of court, plank for the 6

Impact Talk – Sugar Creek Elementary is where I feel I make the most impact. I’m on the PTO and serve at the school enough that a lot of parents think I actually work there.  Connecting with the kids, giving fist bumps, making them feel like they are where they belong.  The smiles, bumps, and hugs I get in return make me know I’m making an impact at the school.

Mosey to Bus Loop Overhang for a few rounds of core work:
1. 25 Dying Cockroaches
Run a lap
2. 30 Rosalita’s
Run a lap
3. 35 Flutters
Run a lap
4. 25 Makhtar N’Diayes
Walk a Victory lap and we got to hear CSPAN’s story on Impact.  It was great!

We had 5 minutes left before needing to head back to COT so I broke out my go-to 5 minute beatdown: Chumbawumba’s Tubthumping
Burpee on “I get knocked down but I get up again”
Moroccan Nightclub’s when the chick sings
SSH when the dude sings/talks
It’s fun.

A slower mosey back up to COT to close us out.  The bus driver was still there waiting on students.  He arrived right before we started at 0515 and was patiently waiting to begin his job. Wowzers.  He wouldn’t join us.

Prayers for Pinup, Foley, BTB, and all those Pax hurting and tired.

Thank you, Wegmans.  I love any opportunity I get to Q.

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Hat trick at Slowburn

Quick disclaimer for this BB: after 3 Q’s in as many days, some details are a little fuzzy.

After a quick disclaimer we moseyed down the hill to the far side of the building on the right. After we completed your standard warmup, we got right down to business.

The first order of business was a little thing called triple check. We divided up into groups of 3 and up against the building, P1 held an air squat, P2 held a plank and P3 ran down around the island and back. P3 goes to P1, P1 to P2, and P2 runs. Did this little number 3x in keeping with the theme of 3s .

Next we moseyed down to the long side of Lowe’s and found a piece of wall and held a wall sit while the person on one end did 3 burpees and ran down to the other end and found a new piece of wall to hold up. After every person completed this, we did it again. If YHC didn’t have another trick up his sleeve we would have repeated .

We then made our way down to the front of Empire Pizza to find a nice stale beer smell to complete our last of 3s. We completed a little thing called triple nickel. We did 5 merkins on one end of the parking lot, ran to the far end and did 5 WW2 situps. We completed 5 rounds of this. Moseyed back to COT for some Mary and tried to avoid the early morning Chick-fil-A cravings .

Thank you to Smithers for the invite to lead!

Wegmans

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First-time Footlooser

This backblast will be pretty concise since YHC does not remember much after having 3 Q’s in 3 days.

The warm up was your standard warmup consisting of SSH

Moroccan Night Clubs

Windmills

Etc

The Thang

We partnered up and completed a lazy Dora with 100 merkins, 200 LBCs and 300 squats. The lazy part came in when P2 would hold a plank while P1 did 10 merkins and then flapjack. We would switch after 10, 20, 30 reps respectively .

After, we moseyed to another spot in the parking lot and counted off by 4. Each number was in a different spot completing a different exercise. The group where #1s started kept cadence and after they completed 15 reps we rotated. To go from 1 to 2 and 3 to 4 the mode of transportation was a bear crawl and the other spots were via lunge walks. After 3 rounds of that torture, we went back to COT for some peer led MARY .

Thank you for the opportunity to lead this great group of HIM.

Wegmans

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Shovelflag handoff @ The Coop

Thank you for the 24 guys that came out to The Coop this morning for the shovel flag handoff to YHC from Sugarbug. I decided to give the FBI PFT test as the workout.

We moseyed to the field and did a chicken wing approved warmup. We warmed up until he gave the clearance to proceed.

FBI PFT is as follows:

Max situps in 1 minute

300m sprint

Max pushups

1.5 mile run

Pull-ups (optional) we didn’t have enough time for these.

Out of the 25 PAX that posted only 7 passed unofficially.

Dark Helmet

Subprime

Sasquatch

Skate or Die

Harry Carry

Caddy Shack

Bonsai

Some guys were close, but the sprint and run is where most guys got caught . Welcome FNG Easy Button!

My first order of business as new Site Q is to move the congregation point to the good asphalt so when we do Mary, we don’t feel like we are laying on broken glass.

Thanks to sugarbug for the peaceful transition and thank you for all your leadership!

 

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