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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Footloose: Fancy Free and Moderate

23 PAX gathered in the foggy gloom (24 at COT with Polaroid joining in after he hit his miles)

Started out with a VERY clear and complete disclaimer. See the full version at: Disclaimer

Mosey towards the Church of God parking lot. Sugar Bug fell about 30 yards in…..good thing the disclaimer was so thorough. Also good thing he popped right up and continued on. Went serpentine on the COG stairs to get the PAX all back in one place after the mosey spread us out.

Warm up:
SSH x10
Merkin x10
Held Plank
forced Bomb Jacks (TWSS – Kielbasa)
Mountain Climber (slow count) x10
Held Plank
more forced Bomb Jacks (TWSS – Kielbasa)
SSH x10
IW x10
HW x10
Spiderman Merkins x10
Hip Flexer stretch (Lizard Pose)
Al Gore
Al Gore + Moroccan Night Club x10
Hooneymooner–>Downdog combination

Thang:
Partner up: Dora
100 merkins
200 squats
300 flutters

Mosey to giant wall
Wall Sit while PAX performed 5 burpees down the line

Message synopsis:
What is Moderate? What do you moderate?

Mosey back to FBC
Line up on a parking lot island:
Mike Tyson x10 –> bear crawl across to adjacent island
Rinse and Repeat

Lined up for called Lunges and Squats
Right Leg Lunge x5
Left Leg Lunge x5
Squats x5
Hold Squat w/ calf raise x5
Finished with Pigeon Lunge

NMM:

It’s an honor to lead. Lots of respectable PAX out there today. These men working on getting better in their 50s and beyond are an inspiration. They push YHC to want to be better.

Announcements:
Welcome FNG: Hardwood
Convergence: Baxter Harris Teeter 3/8
Joe Davis Run 3/9
Operation Sweet Tooth 3/30

Band Camp Dismissed

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Interval Flows and Fake Moon Landings

It was a balmy 52 and rainy when I woke up, and the temperatures were dropping. I grabbed my rain jacket and hit the road. Dark, rainy driving is somewhat peaceful in a way. Just focus on the road and you should be good.

When Bandcamp asked me to Q, I was excited. Gear workouts are different, and tend to be a little more stationary. I accepted and told myself I would plan it weeks ago. I put the finishing touches on the weinke at about 9:30 last night… I’m sure nobody else has waited that long! With the rain coming and the Yeti tomorrow, I held off from including much running. Which was appreciated by the PAX.

Side note – while I was driving to The Hive – a car literally pulled into my lane coming from the opposite direction. Luckily I wasn’t distracted, but had been looking at my phone prior. I pulled off into the grass and the car kept going another 50 or so yards in the wrong land before quickly swerving back into his lane. Be careful on the roads, PAX. In a split second everything can change.

I pulled up and was the first to show. At about 5:09 I got the “no body is going to show” thought and immediately desired to go back to sleep. Luckily, I was wrong! Four PAX pulled in as soon as the thought came through my mind. Of course… I thought. Time to get right. Time to get to work!

Band Camp was feeling the shovel flag, even with the rain. He posted it as the last of us walked up.

We circled up, gave the disclaimer, and immediately ran for cover. We headed to the awning above the gym. It was just right with five.

We looked back at the shovel flag and the wind was whipping it up good. It was flying in what seemed like a perfect rectangle. Sugar Bug interjected saying “that’s how they did it for the fake moon landing as well!” That gave us a good laugh.

We got situated and went to work.

COP

Windmills x 17
SSH x 20
Tappy Taps x 7 (My Favorite)
Mountain Climbers x 15
Deep Stretch/Yoga Flow

Flow 1 – 10 Rounds – 10 Minutes
Each side 30 seconds on, 25 seconds rest
Push up x 2
Bent Over Row x 2
Hang Clean x 2
Shoulder Press x 2
Goblet Squat x 2

On paper, this flow seems pretty easy… but it builds and quickly gets tiresome! Our goal was to get through two rounds in the 30 seconds before the timer beeped.

AMRAP WORKOUT – 10 Minutes
15 4-Count Flutters w/Press
15 KB Swings
15 Push Ups
15 Goblet Squats

Jacob’s Ladder
8/1 to 1/8
Overhead Tricep Extensions
Curls

Flow 2 – 10 Rounds – 8 Minutes
Each side 30 seconds on, 25 seconds rest
Push up x 2
Bent Over Row x 2
Hang Clean x 2
Shoulder Press x 2
Goblet Squat x 2

Mary
American Hammers w/KB – 15
Hello Dolly w/KB press – 16
World War I Sit Ups no weight – 11

 

Prayers and Praises

Assassin – pray for his wife, himself, and daughter going through a break up from a 2.5 year relationship.
Sugar Bug – pray for his daughter’s gymnastics meet this weekend. Pray that she stays focused and doesn’t get into her own mind causing roadblocks.
Band Camp – pray for close family friend who lost her husband a few weeks ago. Now’s the time people stop coming around so pray her loneliness doesn’t abound.
Punch List – stay focused while on the roads – whether driving, biking, running, or rucking – especially tomorrow during the Yeti.

 

Moleskine

Pay attention to today. Smokey, Sugar Bug, and I discussed on the way back to the cars the ages of our 2.0’s and how each stage is better than the last. As much as I am excited to see my daughters grow into who they become (and help to shape them), I know that these days are numbered when the M and I are the most important thing to our 2.0’s. Let us enjoy every moment and pour into them what we can in order to make the next stage that much better. Stay focused on these days, brothers, you only get one chance at this.

I was reminded just how special this time with my 2.0’s is when my oldest came downstairs as I began writing this back blast. I asked her to go back to bed and she responded with a question: “Can you read me a book, please?”

My heart thumped a few extra times and I said absolutely. She excitedly ran upstairs and grabbed I Love You The Purplest, which is a book about a mother loving the wonderfully different things about her two sons. I read the book with her and held her tight. I then headed off to my shower to get ready for the day. It was a very special moment this morning that I know won’t replicate as many times as I would like.

 

Hold on to these moments. Lead well. Love your families with everything you have. 

 

Punch List out.

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Saturday Feb 16: 40’s

Warm UP:

10 reps each of Hilly Billy Walker and Imperial Walker.  15 SSH

Workout:

40’s:  40 reps of Merkins, LBC’s, Flutters, Carolina Dry Docks, and Squats then run (under awning cover is necessary) to FMES doors and back then do 35 of each exercise then run then drop 5 reps and so on.  Called an audible at about 10 reps and finished togetherish.  Mosey to benches for dips, calf raises and wall sits X2.  Bear Crawl down the sidewalk then complete a Jack Mary Webb (A Jack Web with a 10 count ab exercise between Jack and Webb)…1 b or 2bb’s?

COT:  Announcements of Joe Davis, In Flight February, Journey Bible Study, and Yeti.  Do an event per month and get involved.  Prayers for family and family relationships and softening of PAX hearts towards family, Vivian (Twister coworker), Murray (best friends father) for cancer, and Gwen a coworker.  Gwen, a BTMS custodian, lost her grandson.  A gofundme has been established to pay for the services.

 

 

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Jammin’ at The Hive

You know how I roll…there will always be music! 17 guys came to The Hive to jam with me. 90’s Alternative all the way! I pulled up at 5:10 and saw 3 cars in the parking lot, told my co-pilot Dangerfield that we had at least 6 guys working out this morning and was excited about that number. By the time I finished setting up my circuit, 6 more cars had driven in to the Fort Mill High Schools parking lot. At 5:15, I was talking to 16 HIM about how important it is to modify if something I suggest/do sounds crazy. We moseyed with our bells over to my setup where we immediately got into some…

Warmup
25 SSH
15 Hillbilly Walkers
15 Merkins
1 Round of Name Shoutouts while we Planked (I always like to know who I’m working out with in the dark!)
1 Lap around the the parking lot ending back at the bells for…

The Thang
I had 10 parking spaces setup with cards calling out an exercise. We doubled up in most of these spaces and did AMRAP for 1 minute in each space. The exercises were:
Big Boy Swings (regular swings with a 40-50lb bell)
Plank Pull Thrus
Slam Ball (this seemed to be liked and most said they had never used a slam ball. Holler if you Q a gear workout and would like to borrow it.)
Half Kneeling Cleans
Half Kneeling Shoulder Presses
Man Makers
Lunge Pass Thrus
Tall Kneeling Curls
Big Boy Situps – Partner Bell Pass

After we each hit every space we took another lap around the lot. When we arrived back at the bells we flipped over the notecards to find a few new exercises on the backside and completed Round 2. Those exercises were:
Big Boy Swings
Slam Ball
Jump Rope
Turkish Getups
Calf Raises w/ Bell
Half Kneeling Halos
Box Cutters with Press
American Hammers
Goblet Squats
Big Boy Situps – Partner Bell Pass

After Round 2 we took another lap around the lot. Total running was about .75 miles. We finished with a set of SSH, 1 for each Pax, and then moseyed back to cars for COT.

Announcements:
Yeti
Joe Davis Run
Sweet Tooth Run

Prayers & Praises:
YHC is officially down 30lbs since joining F3 – Thank you Brothers!
An F3 brother helped his son enter rehab – praise for his son’s open heart and ears, prayers for strength to finish
Drug epidemic in York County
Health – Flu is still spreading like crazy
I always ask our Lord to open our eyes and hearts to help us see what he puts in front of us. We are given opportunities everyday to be HIS hands and feet. Do we see those opportunities?

Thank you to Band Camp for the opportunity to Q at The Hive. It will forever be my pleasure.

IF YOU Q A WORKOUT…GET YOUR BACKBLAST UP!

~Polaroid

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We’ll Make It Breathable

I know Beacon had this idea in mind but as you’re reading, think about an area of your life where you can push yourself just a little bit more. Not in the sense of looking to DO more but rather, looking to BE more. This comes from pushing yourself. Push yourself to meet guys at another workout, push yourself to be present for others, push yourself to be more engaged. When you get comfortable with your routine, you coast rather than accelerate.

23 was the number at Footloose this morning and evidently, not everyone knew who was on Q. Once they learned, I was happy that nobody left. We started with 23 and we finished with 23. My ask of the PAX was this: I don’t know what you’re carrying on your mind as you roll in here at 0515 but as you’re here for the next 45mins, be HERE, be present, enjoy the guys to your left and right.

Once we were disclaimed, we took a long mosey over to and up Main Street to the Methodist Church to circle up in their parking lot.

Wind Mills

Imperial Walkers

Hillbilly Walkers

5 Burpees by special request

Squats

Moroccan Night Clubs

Carolina Dry Docks

5 more Burpees by special request

Mosey over to behind the Baptist Church

Switzer to explain the deal. Partner up while partners start on opposite ends of the large parking lot.

Each partner bear crawls to their respective 1st island then run to meet their partner in the “middle” of the lot. 20 Single count merkins, run back to that previously-mentioned island and crawl bear back to your starting point. Remember, push yourself just a little bit more.

Rd 2 was crab walk to that island, then run to meet the partner, 20 Wide Arm Merkins, run back to the island and walk crab back to your starting point. Remember, push yourself just a little bit more.

Mosey back to our starting parking lot for a little plank work.

20 Mountain Climbers

10 Peter Parkers

10 Donkey Kicks

10 Parker Peters

2min plank hold

2min Al Gore

1min Burpees

Remember, push yourself just a little bit more.

1min Side Straddle Hops

7min of Mary

WWII Sit-Ups

Flutter Kicks

Freddy Mercury

Heels to Heaven

Protractor

Remember, push yourself just a little bit more.

And that was it…well done.

Announcements:

  1. Mini-convergence at Slow Burn tomorrow to pray for and send Wegmans off on his F3 mission trip to Peru. (Broga will be at 0500 at Slow Burn AO)
  2. Engage in the running training plan that Anchorman and Barry Manilow are leading guys through
  3. Read your newsletter b/c I forgot the remainder.

Prayers:

PRAY

 

Until next time.

Maximus

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First Post of the Year. Was it 1989 or 2019?

It was a wet 57 degree start as five of us braved the elements to ring in 1/1/19. We started off with a light mosey in the parking lot before we hit the warmups. All exercises were done in reps of 19 in honor of the new year.

  • 19 Side Straddle Hops
  • 19 Imperial Walkers
  • 19 Hillbilly Walkers
  • 19 Cherry Pickers
  • 19 Low Slow Squats

We moseyed over to the front of the school and grabbed some bench.

Brought out 80’s hairband music to ring in the new year.

Playlist:

  • Dr. Feelgood – Motley Crue
  • Panama – Van Halen
  • Nothin’ But a Good Time – Poison
  • Come on Feel The Noize – Quiet Riot
  • Kick Start My Heart – Motley Crue
  • Round and Round – Ratt
  • Photograph – Def Leppard
  • Breaking the Law – Judas Priest
  • Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses

The Thang:

Round 1

  • 19 Derkins
  • 19 Step Ups
  • 19 Dips

We lined up on each column for wall sits and took turns bear crawling down the hallway and back.

Round 2

  • 19 Merkins
  • 19 Squats
  • 19 Dips

We lined up on each column for planks and took turns lunging down the hallway and back.

Round 3

  • 19 Incline Merkins
  • 19 Mountain Climbers
  • 19 Calf Raises

Four of us went balls to the wall as the fifth PAX sprinted down the hallway and back as a timer. We rotated around all five PAX.

Round 4

  • 19 Box Jumps
  • 19 Flutters
  • 19 Carolina Dry Docks

Brought out the jump rope for a little jump rope rotation.

  • 19 leg lifts (76 total each person) as each of us took turns with the jump rope.
  • 19 LBC’s (76 total each person) as each of us took turns with the jump rope.
  • 19 LBC’s with legs on the ground (76 total each person) as each of us took turns with the jump rope.
  • 19 Freddie Mercury’s (76 total each person) as each of us took turns with the jump rope.
  • 19 Big Boy Sit-ups (76 total each person) as each of us took turns with the jump rope.

Back to COT for some announcements and talks on word of the year. Then to prayers and praises.

Happy New Year Everyone!

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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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Five brave souls weathered the 57 degree temps at The Hive, as warm tropical breezes bestowed us on this December morn.
As an ice breaker I asked if there were any FNG’s. Got the crowed fired up.
Warmup:
– Ran a lap around the parking lot
– 20 Side Straddle Hops
– 15 Cherry Pickers
– 15 Low Slow Squats
– 10 Donkey Kicks (I like to mix it up)
The Thang:
Cones were setup across the parking lot. One with a random banana found in parking lot during setup.
To paint a picture, we partnered up using the middle three cones spread about 20 yards apart from each other. Partner one did an exercise at the first cone, while partner two did a different exercise at the third cone. We met at the middle cone and did burpees, then switched cones.
Round 1
Partner One:
– 10 KB Swings cone one, 5 Burpees cone two, 10 Snatches cone three, 5 Burpees cone two
– 9 KB Swings cone one, 5 Burpees cone two, 9 Snatches cone three, 5 Burpees cone two
– 8 KB Swings cone one, 5 Burpees cone two, 8 Snatches cone three, 5 Burpees cone two
– 7 KB Swings cone one, 5 Burpees cone two, 7 Snatches cone three, 5 Burpees cone two
– 6 KB Swings cone one, 5 Burpees cone two, 6 Snatches cone three, 5 Burpees cone two
– 5 KB Swings cone one, 5 Burpees cone two, 5 Snatches cone three, 5 Burpees cone two
– 4 KB Swings cone one, 5 Burpees cone two, 4 Snatches cone three, 5 Burpees cone two
– 3 KB Swings cone one, 5 Burpees cone two, 3 Snatches cone three, 5 Burpees cone two
– 2 KB Swings cone one, 5 Burpees cone two, 2 Snatches cone three, 5 Burpees cone two
– 1 KB Swings cone one, 5 Burpees cone two, 1 Snatches cone three, 5 Burpees cone two
Partner Two:
– 10 Snatches cone three, 5 Burpees cone two, 10 KB Swings cone one, 5 Burpees cone two
– 9 Snatches cone three, 5 Burpees cone two, 9 KB Swings cone one, 5 Burpees cone two
– 8 Snatches cone three, 5 Burpees cone two, 8 KB Swings cone one, 5 Burpees cone two
– 7 Snatches cone three, 5 Burpees cone two, 7 KB Swings cone one, 5 Burpees cone two
– 6 Snatches cone three, 5 Burpees cone two, 6 KB Swings cone one, 5 Burpees cone two
– 5 Snatches cone three, 5 Burpees cone two, 5 KB Swings cone one, 5 Burpees cone two
– 4 Snatches cone three, 5 Burpees cone two, 4 KB Swings cone one, 5 Burpees cone two
– 3 Snatches cone three, 5 Burpees cone two, 3 KB Swings cone one, 5 Burpees cone two
– 2 Snatches cone three, 5 Burpees cone two, 2 KB Swings cone one, 5 Burpees cone two
– 1 Snatches cone three, 5 Burpees cone two, 1 KB Swings cone one, 5 Burpees cone two
During the ten count break Tesh tried to negotiate 50% off Burpee coupons for Christmas. Geronimo wanted a buy one get one free.
Grouped up for 10 Navy Seal Sit-Up
Round 2
We moved back another 20 yards to further cones setup
Partner One:
– 5 Curls cone one, 5 Dancing Bears cone two, 5 Squats cone three, 5 Dancing Bears cone two
– 4 Curls cone one, 10 Dancing Bears cone two, 4 Squats cone three, 10 Dancing Bears cone two
– 3 Curls cone one, 10 Dancing Bears cone two, 3 Squats cone three, 10 Dancing Bears cone two
– 2 Curls cone one, 10 Dancing Bears cone two, 2 Squats cone three, 10 Dancing Bears cone two
– 1 Curls cone one, 10 Dancing Bears cone two, 1 Squats cone three, 10 Dancing Bears cone two
Partner Two:
– 5 Squats cone three, 5 Dancing Bears cone two, 5 Curls cone one, 5 Dancing Bears cone two
– 4 Squats cone three, 10 Dancing Bears cone two, 4 Curls cone one, 10 Dancing Bears cone two
– 3 Squats cone three, 10 Dancing Bears cone two, 3 Curls cone one, 10 Dancing Bears cone two
– 2 Squats cone three, 10 Dancing Bears cone two, 2 Curls cone one, 10 Dancing Bears cone two
– 1 Squats cone three, 10 Dancing Bears cone two, 1 Curls cone one, 10 Dancing Bears cone two
Round 3
Told everyone to line up at the banana. Something I don’t recall I have ever said before.
Partner One: Dead Lifts
Partner Two: Run across the parking lot.
Rinse and repeat.
We met at COT for five more burpees.
Good banter from the PAX during announcements, prayers, praises.
We locked shields around the banana and prayed for mental an physical heath. Remembrance of what the true meaning of Christmas is.
Banana selfies were taken.
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13 at Footloose

Good group at Footloose this morning. Got some burpees in and a few good stretches. Ran over to Church of God and found the stairs where we spent a good amount of time looking them over and examining the exterior of their fellowship center a few times. Got a good mile or so in this morning, for a Moderate group.

Spoke for a minute about finding Joy in the Christmas season. I heard Gekko’s sermon and it hit me hard that if we don’t have Joy at Christmas, when we observe the birth of our Savior, then we need to “get right.” I am HAPPY to talk to anyone who is struggling with this. The vulnerablity of the PAX at COT and BOM is an important part of F3, and why we are here.

 

Assassin

 

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