Being Vulnerable is not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength

P.S.A attendance is highly recommended. March 27th mark your calendars. F3 St. Louis very own Miyagi and Aerobie has brought light to a sensitive subject that’s right Suicide-mental health awareness. A subject we try and avoid talking about at all or till it’s to late. YHC will be on Q at the Panethon if you can’t make it to the west side of town Stang is on Q at Tomahawk and will also discussing the subject.

I am encouraging you to step up and share your experience. Whether it be about yourself or family member or even a friend. YHC will testify how this subject has effected my life. Please remember what we talk about in COT stays in COT it’s okay to be vulnerable. We are stronger together rather than alone.

Quotes
Don’t be ashamed of your story it will inspire others. Author Unknown

“You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.”

”I hide all my scars with an I’m fine.”

The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die. – Juliette Lewis

The world is a better place with you in it.

Suicide doesn’t end the chances of life getting worse, it eliminates the possibility of it ever getting any better. – unknown

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The Cornerstone – Challenge ( One Year Long )

To all the Pax of F3 Nation

Are you prepared to challenge your self for 2019? I am challenging all Pax’s to join me for 2019 we will take on one exercise for January (merkins single count) 100 reps every day. Then in February we will add another exercise which will be done every day on top of the 100 merkins and so on and so on. We will increase by adding one exercise each month.  These exercises will be above and beyond when you post. So by the end of the year there will be 12 exercises that need to be done everyday at the reps set.

Do you accept the challenge? Do you want to get better?

I will set the next month exercise and reps the week before to keep you on your toes

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Encouragement at The Arsenal

The Arsenal Q 10/25 – Sorry this one is late, I was on vacation and lost track of it…

5:00 Pre-Run

Fire Hazard

General

Punch List

Soft Pretzel

5:30 Workout

Fire Hazard

General

One Niner

Punch List

Sharknado

Slow Pitch

Soft Pretzel

Cobbler asked me to Q at The Arsenal what feels like forever ago. I liked the idea of “crossing the borders” from The Fort to Indian Land. It also helped that this is the closest AO to my house… so there’s that. The opportunity rose and I met it. Plus it’s a very versatile AO with many options. 

Rewind to 10/25:

Four PAX up for the pre-run at 5:00. Seven PAX showed up to increase their self esteem by way of “positive talk” for the main event. The clock struck 5:30 and we moseyed down to the football fields. 

We stopped for COP on the practice field for a little warming up. It consisted of:

Al Gores

SSH x 29

Merkins x 10

Moroccan Night Clubs x 23

Tappy Taps x 10

During the Al Gores I asked the group what kind of leadership skills they’ve gained from being part of F3. Hilarity ensued.

“I’ve been voluntold to do everything, so I’ve learned how to voluntell people what to do really well.”

“Fire Hazard has really built up my self esteem over the years.”

“I’ve gotten really good at mumble chatter.”

This came up later… but a great technique to speed up a group if runners involved getting in front of them and dropping a bomb of sorts to “encourage” a faster pace.

So we got some good laughs, it was a good quick discussion. We finished off the COP and moseyed over to the football field.

Football Field Circuit

Partner Workout

Each Partner Wheel Barrows every other 10 yards, both partners complete workouts equal to yard marker on the field that you land. Start at one end zone and work toward the other.

Endzone – Burpee Broad Jumps x 7

10 – Donkey Kicks

20 – Hand Release Merkins

30 – Jump Lunges (each leg)

40 – Air Squats

50 – LBCs

40 – Air Squats

30 – Jump Lunges (each leg)

20 – Hand Release Merkins

10 – Donkey Kicks

Endzone – Burpee Broad Jumps x 7

Out, Lap around the track.

Pick Up the six who may or may not have splashed merlot over the fence. Remixed the workout to add a little more pain. 

All Together

Bear Crawls every 25 yards, stop for a workout

25 Yards 

15 Bomb Jacks

25 Yards

15 Jump Squats

25 Yards

15 Bomb Jacks

25 Yards

15 Jump Squats

End with some Jack Webs to burn the shoulders – made it to 6 Push Ups & 24 Claps

Mosey up to parking lot

Duck Duck Goose Abs x 2 (Lay in a circle and hold legs at 90°, each PAX takes turns running around the circle throwing legs down, hold at 6” until next PAX gets up).

Hillbilly walkers for obliques x 10

Pistol Crunches x 10 each leg

Overall it was a tough workout with 7 HIM answering the call. The field was wet and made for some discomfort. In the words of Geronimo… get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Thanks for the opportunity to lead and sorry about the late backblast… Disney was calling my name! 

Punch List out. 

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Charter Band-aids for Little Warriors – PreBlast

As most of the PAX in the Fort and Rock regions knows my 5 year old daughter (Emma) is a leukemia survivor. We still make a trip every 4 weeks to get blood drawn to check her counts at Levine Children’s Hospital. We also stepped up and raised money last year (Christmas time) for a fellow brother bout-time out of Area 51 son Jennings who has leukemia also.

It has come to my attention that the budgets have been cut in some of the pediatric departments and the first thing to go is usually the character band aids. You say how important is to have these band-aids? Well as far as the cancer kids go every time the have their PORT’s (Port is a small medical appliance that is installed beneath the skin. A catheter connects the port to a vein) which for some kids is traumatic they get a band-aid over it. For others that are done with treatment such as my daughter Emma has to go back for the next 21 years to get checked (mainly blood counts). This not always easy for instance this past Wednesday she was poked 3 times. Well at the end the band aid can put a smile on a child’s face. This also goes for those kiddos that have to constantly get blood work done not just cancer kids.

So what I am challenging you to do is every week you go grocery shopping buy at least one box or more of character band-aids girls or boys. Also Spread the word in every COT. I will tweet out what AO’s I will be at and if anyone wants to step up and help me collect that would be awesome.

I also challenge others in different regions to pull together and do the same thing. My goal is to gather as much as possible and split it between Levine Children’s Hospital and Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital (St. Jude Affiliate Clinic) before Christmas.

Let a simple act of kindness put a smile on a little fighters face.

AYE. Lets do this.

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PRE BLAST F3 The Fort 6th Annual Invergence

Men of  The Fort,

On Friday, September 21st, we will celebrate 6 years of Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith in the Fort Mill area with our annual F3 Invergence party.   Bring a beverage, some food to share, and enjoy a relaxing evening with your brothers.   We’ll have presentations from your local leadership, take a look back at the previous year, and look ahead to what’s in store for 2019  F3 The Fort and F3 Nation.     This is the premier 2nd F event of the year so mark your calendars now,  and plan on being at Rush Pavilion on Friday night, September 21st.

This is a great FNG opportunity!

This is a Pax only event.  Make it up to your M and 2.0’s next weekend.
What:  Fort Mill Invergence (6th anniversary party)
When:  Friday, September 21, 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Where:  Bruce T. Rush Pavillion at the Anne Springs Greenway
Bring:  Food, drink, chair, cash (to cover the pavillion rental/donations to the F3 Foundation)
Please use the link below to RSVP and list what food you will bring:
6th year F3 The Fort Invergence Food Sign Up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4CAFAE2FA7FD0-f3thefort

 

 

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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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The Fort pledge to help another Pax 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

 

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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Warrior Nutrition Challenge – Pre-Blast

I first want to preface that I am no way taking credit for coming up with this myself. All the credit goes to Pebbles for putting this together couple years ago. With all my travels at the end of last year and with my final destination in New Orleans… let’s just say I needed to get back on the wagon. I’m sure some of you can relate!

 F3 WARRIOR NUTRITION CHALLENGE

Start Date: February 6, 2017 (The day after Superbowl)

The following program is adapted from the F3 Detox Challenge completed a couple years ago. It is a 6 week nutrition program designed to get you leaner, stronger, and to perform better. The program is broken up into 3 parts; The Base Program: This is the bare minimum (minimal effort) to participate. The “Accelerator” Options: These are optional additional commitments designed to get you better and quicker results. You may select none, all, or any number. The Weekly Challenge: These will be challenges thrown out week to week to keep things interesting. Remember that this is a verbal commitment to your fellow PAX.  Expect to be held accountable and think of your brothers out in the trenches with you when you feel your will power wavering. 

Base Program:

  •     No ALCOHOL
  •     No Fried Foods
  •     No Fast Food (inc. Pizza)
  •     No Bread
  •     No Pasta
  •     No Starchy Vegetables (potatoes)
  •     No Artificial Fats
  •     No High Fat Meat (Bacon, Steak (Ribeye, Strip, Chuck, Hamburger ect), Ribs, Dark Chicken, Chicken Wings ect.)
  •     No Potato Chips, Snack Foods, Etc.
  •     No Desserts (cookies, chips, ice cream)
  •     No Sodas, Sweet Tea, (artificially sweetened (diet) beverage in moderation – 1 per day)
  •     CONSUME 0.5 TO 1.0 OZ OF WATER PER POUND OF BODYWEIGHT PER DAY

You will receive ONE cheat MEAL (not day) per week – Try to keep it in moderation – Example; Have a burger, but make it at home and skip the fries OR Have a couple beers (not 6). Don’t sabotage yourself.

Accelerator Options: 

This options may be added to the base program a la cart and are designed to boost your results. You may choose just one, all, or any number. 

  • Consume 3 to 5 servings of vegetables per day
  • Consume 1.0 to 2.0 grams of HIGH QUALITY protein per day per pound of LEAN body weight (you will likely need to supplement to hit these numbers; remember, no artificial sweeteners or sugar.  Be leery of flavored whey protein powders)
  • No High Fat Dairy (Cheese, Heavy Cream, Sour Cream) ect.
  • No eating 2 hours before bedtime
  • Eat a BALANCED breakfast EVERYDAY
  • Consume only High Quality Grains (Quinoa, Buckwheat, Barley ect. No white rice
  • No packaged/processed food– (Think farm (or butcher) to plate)
  • Consume between 100 to 150 grams of Complex Carbohydrates per day (If you feeling very low energy, increase to 150g to 200g)

Weekly Challenges:

These will be thrown in as we move through the program. WEEK ONE  Take this first week to begin The ChallengeWEEK TWO to SIX  To be announce by myself (Bounty Hunter) through Slack and Twitter.

Here are some meal ideas along with some recipes courtesy of Gump.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out. There are some resources / apps available to keep track of what you’re eating, how many calories etc…
Bounty Hunter… Over and out!
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Another Saturday at The Reservation…

  • QIC: Dark Helmet
  • When: 11/19/16
  • Pax: Ringer, Longshanks, Mary Lou, Fallout, Skate or Die, General, Dark Helmet (QIC)
  • Posted In: The Reservation

Living up to any standard is commendable, and can be challenging. Living up to the 1st F standards at Indian Land is a whole other matter… But… well… when you’re asked to lead, you don’t say no.

No FNGs, so the disclaimer was given, up to the “no-new-guy” standard, and off we went…

Mosey a lap around the student pickup lane with a little dynamic stretching (Toy Soldiers, Knee to chest, high knees, etc.)

Stop in front of zigzag walls for a little more warm up
Windmills x 10
Richard Simmons x 10
Cherry Pickers x 10
Merkins x 10
Squat x 20
SSH x 20

10 muscle up on the wall OYO

Mosey to the playground for a round of 20-20-20
Break into 3 groups
Group 1 = 20 dips on the parallel bars
Group 2 = 20 box jumps on the concrete benches
Group 3 = 20 double count flutters
Repeato x 3

Mosey to the football practice field

7 stations set:

  • Uphill medicine ball (20lb) toss
  • Squats
  • Makhtar N’Diayes
  • Merkins
  • Donkey Kicks
  • Hairburners (50lb sandbag)
  • Sandbag (40lb) Run

The sandbag runner is the timer, the rest of the Pax perform the exercises until he gets back. Rotate stations until each Pax had performed each exercise. Repeato.

On the 2nd round, we traded out Merkins for calf raises, and donkey kicks for another thing I can’t remember…

We were pretty gassed by now, and I suggested we go at it a third time, but when Mary Lou says “or we can do something else”, you probably go ahead and move on…

We moseyed back to the cars, and then we took a lap around the pickup lane until we got to the zigzag wall again. We finished things up with some Mary, some more muscle ups, some more Mary, and then a final lap around the pickup lane.

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NMM:
I gotta say, I love traveling to all the different areas of our region. I have made so many friends and there are so many guys that I love to see and catch up with, over the last two years, that I just can’t help it. I am truly energized and inspired by seeing you all.

I have truly discovered the miracles of mutual suffering, and the bonds that come from it.

Looking forward to many more years to come being sharpened by all of you.

Helmet, Out.

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