- QIC: Royale & Double D
- When: 09/18/2018
- Pax: 38 Special, Band Camp, Boogie Down, Cheddah, Copyright, Decibel, Double D, Drummond, Dungaree, Falcon Crest, Fresh, Lil E, Lutefisk, Mainframe, Manifold, Manziel, Maximus, Mile High, Nasa, Old Bay, Royale, Soprano, Spiderman, St Nick, Tinsel, Tube Socks, Two Ferns, wide right, WWL, Youts
- Posted In: Golden Corral
A big turnout of 24 pax posted to Golden Corral for the third week of Q School. The Ruck gang added another 9 pax, for a total of 33! It was great to see such a large and enthusiastic group seeking to learn and grow. The F3 mission is all about leadership, and the leadership foundation of F3 is grounded in the workout Q. So, YHC was honored by the chance to help teach new Qs and to do so alongside our new 1st F leader, Royale.
Royale started us off with a full disclaimer and why we give it every time. The PAX need to know and understand the assumption of risk every morning, no matter how many times they’ve posted.
Before the mosey to warm-up Royale took a minute to explain how to “read the PAX”. The Q should be deliberate when starting the workout by eyeballing guys with experience levels and condition levels. We talked about a Sweeper and how a Q should assign someone to the six. No man left behind!
The Thang (DD takes over from here)
Warm-up run to back parking lot behind HT and circle up
COP — series of warm-up exercises led by various pax to get loose and to gain familiarity with Counting in Cadence, emphasizing a few important points:
- Consistent correct use of three commands of Cadence counting for earning confidence of the pax and keeping them altogether in rhythm
- Sync each count with a movement in the exercise…the Q is counting MOVES, not just counting out numbers
- Use good form in all exercises
- Use moderate or even slow counting pace — you can count too fast but you can never count too slow (just ask Senator Tressell)
After COT we broke the large group into 2 sub-groups. Double D took Q101 group for newer Qs and those that have not Q’d. Royale took his hand at the Q201 PAX that have Q’d at least a few times.
Double D continued the COP format to allow all pax more opportunity to lead exercises in cadence. We discussed the fact that the Q’s role is to lead, and as leader his priority needs to be on the pax. This is not a workout built for the Q’s benefit. It’s a workout for the pax who are present, led by the Q. We also discussed not feeling trapped by your Weinke and like you have to follow it rigidly. If you miss an exercise or your rep count is longer or shorter than you planned, just carry on. No one knows your Weinke and no one will call you out as making a mistake. Show yourself some grace and just keep rolling on.
The pax also raised many questions:
- How to prepare — review prior BBs for the AO, review BBs for other AOs, talk to the site Q, make a scouting trip to the AO, arrive early to the workout, ask site Q to arrive early to the workout, practice cadence counting, practice exercises
- Exercise choice/workout structure — don’t include anything you can’t comfortably do yourself, don’t overdo # of reps, include Dora, small group stations, OYO or partner portions as means to limit period of time Q has to count in cadence
- Start/end time — Always start on time (ie, 0515 for most weekday workouts) and always end on time (ie, 0600 for most weekday workouts)
- How to manage COT — always starts at end of the workout period (ie, COT is not included inside the workout time, such as 0515 to 0600), includes 5 elements: (i) count off, (ii) Name-o-rama, (iii) announcements, (iv) prayers & praises and (v) Ball of Man. Does not have to be long or complicated. just plan to cover the basics.
- Backblasts — Q’s job is not complete until Backblast is posted. Get Backblast posting rights from Old Bay or Gears. Don’t feel pressure to write a novel. Get the names and a basic summary of what happened. Backblasts are critical because they provide connectivity for all pax – those present and those absent – and they provide material for Qs to draw on for planning their workouts.
In order to get he heart pounding and the sweat flowing, we did some sprints up the street by Grace Church. Then we moseyed back to COT. We discussed along the way back the importance of watching the clock and location so that you can finish on time back at home base. It’s better to arrive back home early and knock out a few exercises there than to reach finish time 1/4 mile or more away from home.
During his session, Royale explained how you handle a Q-Jack or too much mumble chatter. The group will usually self-police but if they don’t making guys do burpees is an easy way to get them back on track. Do not give up your authority to lead. Also talked about how to address the Larry Birds (guys out front on their own) with a communication to them on what to do if they finish early.
But sitting around was not what we here to do! Our next evolution started with a Lazy Dora.
- Partner Up
- 100 Merkins combined. Rotate partners at 20 while other partner planks
- 200 Flutter Kicks (double count) while other partner holds 6 inches. Rotate at 25
- 300 Squats while other partner holds Al Gore. Rotate at 25
During these exercises I shared more about an advanced Q style. What message can you bring to the PAX to help them become Accelerating men? Some of my favorite workouts are when the Q shares a life lesson during breaks or incorporates it into his workout. I gave ideas that I’ve stolen from all kinds of sources. The Q-source, 43 feet podcasts, Jocko podcast, twitter, our 3rd F theme of the month, etc.…
An example I shared about a recent Q I had at the Abyss (see back blast) around the 43 Feet podcast and a Man’s Concentrica. I made a bull’s eye game with corn hole bags. The PAX competed around the different areas of focus in a man’s Concentrica.
We moved on to a wall for some more discussions and exercise.
The first wall had a ledge and was no good, so we moved down to the next building where a better wall was located. Another great lesson from my mistake by telling guys to recon the site before the workout!
During wall sits we opened up questions from the PAX. Some great questions were raised around workout groupings, how many reps should you prep for, and knowing your group. We continued with BTTW and another Wall sit.
Last item I shared during the final wall sit was around the COT Prayer. This was something that made me very nervous around my first Q. I was not accustomed to praying much, and certainly not in public. I told the PAX this is an important piece of your leadership when you Q. Do not give this away to another man. Finish what you started by sharing from your heart. It does not have to be each individual prayer request from COT… but don’t forget about this practice too!
We moseyed back to the front of Harris Teeter and joined back up with Double D’s group.
Naked man moleskin
Double D double-clutched the smartphone video during COT (where’s a millennial when I need one?), so this BB is missing a few pax names. Apologies to those I missed for allowing my Respect traits sabotage the recording of your presence.
Thank you to all the pax who posted! It was great to see so many new faces as well as some veterans in support of new Qs. This morning reflected the excitement and engagement of the pax necessary to sustain the culture of The Fort.
Thank you to each of the new Qs for stepping up. You will be nervous and anxious — that’s normal and expected. Your workout won’t be perfect — no Q’s workout ever is. You will also learn and grow through the process.
And a shout out to the Site Qs — take a look at the list of pax here and get these guys booked into Q slots!