Getting over a case of the Mondays real quick

Clearly underestimated the setup time and came in hot to the Chic Filet parking lot at 5:14a.  Was super stoked to see our boy DaVinici in the gloom ready to put in some work after being on IR for the last 2 months.  Let’s get to it:

Mosey over to Home Depot for a quick warm-up that consisted of seal jacks, wind mills and mountain climbers.  The balance of the warm-up was a little more painful:

  • Descending alternate sets of merkins / diamond merkins starting at 11 reps – 11 merkins, 10 diamonds, 9 merkins, 8 diamonds…down to 1 merkin.  66 in all, as quickly as we could.
  • Next set was the same idea, only wide squats and super narrow squats – wide x11, narrow x10…you get the point.  Went super fast here, which hurt on the next part.

From there, we took a long 3/4 mile mosey behind home depot, target, down to Kohl’s then up Rivergate View Road and parked it front of Buffalo Wild Wings.  From there, the pax were able to observe the sea of yellow cones going the length of that straightaway – 10 cones (we only saw 9 until the very end lol) over a 1/4 mile stretch.  Quick and dirty – I give the exercise and rep count, you run to each cone and do the same rep / exercise at every cone the whole way down and then run back.  You get in a 1/2 mile per exercise / set (1/4 mile down, 1/4 mile back), and a ton of reps.  Sets as follows:

  1. 5 burpees per cone (50 burpees in total) – run back
  2. 10 big boy sit-ups per cone (100 big boys in total) – run back
  3. 15 jump squats per cone (150 jump squats in total) – run back
  4. Had three more planned out (a 15 rep, a 10 rep and then 5 burpees again), but time was running low.  Compromised at 10 merkins per cone (100 merkins in total)

At that point we had about 2 minutes, so we moseyed to the corner of Pet Smart and then sprinted back to CoT covering a good stretch, the length of the Pet Smart, Marshalls, Office Max and Best Buy store fronts.

Final count:

  • 166 merkins (66 merkins / diamond descending + 100 on the cones)
  • 150 jump squats
  • 100 big boy sit-ups
  • 66 squats (wide and narrow descending)
  • 50 burpees
  • 2.5 miles covered

So thankful to see DaVinci back this morning – he gave us some really encouraging words on preparedness – the importance of being ready for both the expected and the unexpected things that come up in our lives.  Thanks to Royale for making the trek up to Quagmire today, and always a pleasure to see the regulars on Mondays w/ Bones, Copyright and Jedi.

We said a prayer for our sick pax, especially those w/ sick 2.0’s, for travel mercies this week (Royale and myself going opposite directions, but nonetheless, a car-full of kiddos and spouses) and for the trials that we find ourselves in and how it will develop us into better HIM’s because of it.

Until next time – thanks fellas.  Always a pleasure to serve you guys and lead a beatdown!




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What’s The Plan?

We had 11 strong for a beat down at the  Abyss.  The pax was unsure if I knew what the plan was until we approached the workout written in chalk……then they knew.

The Thang:

Mosey in the parking lot with a sudden turn to make the last 1st and the 1st last.  Mosey some more and do some toy soldiers and karaoke.  Then mosey behind the school and circle up.

Imperial Walker x15, Cherry Pickers with a chain break at the top x 15, slow windmills culminating in a stretch, plank to mountain climbers x10, plank to peter parkers x11, plank to parker peters x11 and plank to mountain climber x1.

Mosey near the playground for a choose your own approach work out written in chalk:

100 merkins, 100 squats, 100 dips, 50 pull ups , 30 hanging knee lifts, run up the hill backwards 3x and run around track 3x.   Complete in any increments you would like.

When completed do 25 LBC, 25 Freddy Mercury, 25 Hello Dollies and 25 heels to heaven.

Mosey to grass hill and Jacobs ladder with alternating lunges (1 up to 7) on top and burpees (7 down to 1) on bottom.

Thank you for the opportunity to lead.  It was fun!

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Lazy Q-san

7 pax came out to be Abyss for a chilly Q.

After pax were thoroughly disclaimed, we mosied around the parking lot and over to the track for COP.

COP- usual: SSH, IW, MNC, LSS, windmills, Peter Parkers

The thang:.

No rules, just right (see below).   Pax were given the following guidance: every pax had to complete the list, but could transfer to any other pax what they wished.  Cinder blocks had to make it around the track 4 times, twice overhead and twice as farmer walks.   Goal was to have 2 rounds, but took a bit longer than anticipated so on to ab lab we went.

Abs: Pax mosied back to COT, everyone called out an exercise then sprinted to end of parking lot for 5 burpees while pax did exercise down the line.

  1. COT: read your newsletter.


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Rosetta Stones

8 pax came out to Crows Nest for something new I’ve been wanting to try.   After a comprehensive disclaimer, we mosied over to the rock pile for a warm up.

COP – usual… SSH, IW, MNC, Sun Gods, Squats, Peter Parkers

SSH one step forward one step back with stones to the back of the school.  PAX grabbed a stone, shuffled two light posts, ran back one added 10 SSH, ran back and took stone to next light post, ran back for 20 SSH …. Until 50 SSH.

The Thang

See picture below….  PAX had a stack of excercises with a number, exercise, and was in a foreign language.  Pax had to guess all three categories, after which we would perform the guessed exercise.  YHC would then inform PAX which they got right/wrong and each had a different reward/punishment.   PAX would then complete the correct exercise and reward/punishment.   Overall YHC was surprised how many the PAX got right… next time it won’t be so easy.  Had to cut it short and book it back to COT.   This Q needs some work, but it was fun to try something new.

Welcome FNG Chop Block.   I liked the other name IcedT came up with, but also don’t want to get PAX fired…so deferred to Royale’s judgement as I have no idea what a Chop Block is.  Also dropped the Q ball on getting his info, but saw Royale getting it as I drove off, so Tclaps to Royale.

Scorecard: French (Y,Y,Y), German (Y, N, Y), Norwegian (N,Y,Y), Polish (N, N, Y) , Bulgarian (N,N,N) (#, exercise, language).  Exercises included in same order: 25 bicep curls, 10 pullups, 25 situps with weight, 25 pushups, 20 bulgarian split squats

The Rosetta Stones we got through


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Pre-Paintheon Games @CrowsNest

Well since the great #HIMs that frequent the #CrowsNest were probably not going to make the trip to the Badgers Den for logistical challenges I felt it was my duty as a #HIM in training to give it away. Full disclosure I am a huge fan of the stupidness that is the Paintheon Games and use it as a gauge to determine if I’m an accelerating man.
Arrived early for 1 mile route recon and to mark off 100 yard bearcrawl event. After a proper disclosure was given by YHC it was time for the PAX to sign in. TClaps to my shorties for the use of the huge box of sidewalk chalk they let me borrow. Each PAX wrote their name on the pavement in first column while YHC wrote the event names across the top, great mumble chatter followed. The events were performed in order listed until time was called. VERY proud of the effort these fine men put forth and very grateful for the opportunity to lead. For full description of event rules and scoring search for the backblast from ZIMA.
Summary of results shown below:

1 mile Sprint.

GREAT JOB Gents see you back in 6 months.

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The runners take on Pantheon

Thanks to Gears for putting the word out and doing some quality marketing for a rare Bootcamp Q by YHC, and an equally rare BC participation from Gears & Zima.  As I waited in the gloom, the cars kept coming in.

Circled up, disclaimer was given and the 3 runners took off and the rest of us moseyed around the parking lot for a nice warm-up.

COP – SSH, IW, Low slow squat, Merkins, Mountain Climber, Peter Parker

Mosey to the bottom of Hubert Graham hill for a little BLIMPS.  Run to the top -5 Burpees, back down for 10 Lunges(each leg), back up for 15 IW, Down again for 20 Merkins, up again for 25 Plank Jacks, last trip down for 30 Squats.  Mosey back to school parking lot for a round of 11.  Start on the curb for 1 Mike Tyson(look it up) Bear crawl across parking lot for 10 Hello Dolly(in honor of Carol Channing RIP) jog back for 2 Mike Tyson, and so on and so on. The Mike Tysons were a real crowd pleaser, especially with the runners.

Another Mosey around the parking lot, with an AYG to finish at COT just in time for some Mary.

All in all a great morning, awesome to see some faces I hadn’t seen in a while, and it’s always fun to have Olaf around.  Thanks to Royale for making the long trip over the bridge to join us.

Announcements – Q-Source, Joe Davis, Special Honey Badger workout on Monday, and of course The Yeti!

Quick discussion on the Word of the Year, a few guys shared their word and why it was chosen

Prayers & Praises – Mile High is thankful for coming out for 6 months and the change it has made in his life. Prayers for sick friends & family members as well as injured Pax.



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Getting Your Mind Right at The Deep

YHC took the Q on a brisk morning at The Deep for a pre-QSource beat down.  One hour workouts challenge even the toughest Pax; I’m pleased to report the 8 who joined me were more than up to the challenge.  Here is how it went down:


  • We began with a comfortable 1/2 mile mosey around the OMS parking lot to the back of the school
  • 10 Windmills IC
  • 20 SSH IC
  • 15 Imperial Walkers IC
  • 10 Merkins IC
  • 10 Low Slow Squats

The Thang Part 1

  • 100 yard long suicide course with 5 squats at every marker (8)  on the way down; sprint home
  • Same course, alternating lunges and bear crawls for mode of transport, with 5 merkins at every marker

The Thang Part II

Mosey 1/2 mile to the track at the elementary school.  On opposite sides of the track, about 200 meters apart there were two stations:

Station 1

  • 30 SSH – Single Count
  • 20 Flutters – Double Count
  • 15 Werkins
  • 15 CDDs

Station 2

  • 15 Jump squats
  • 10 Burpees
  • 20 Nolan Ryan’s (10/side)
  • 25 LBCs (single count)

Rinse and Repeat once

The Thang part III

Partner beat down; partner runs 100 yards and back while other works the list; adding the counts until finsihed:

  • 100 Lunges -Single Count
  • 75 Diamond Merkins
  • 75 Bobby Hurley Squats
  • 75 Carolina Dry docks
  • 75 Crab Cakes
  • 75 Werkins
  • 75 Monkey Humpers

The Thang Part IV

  • Mosey to the back of the elementary school
  • round one, alternating 5 big boy sit-ups and 3 pull-ups until completing 25/15
  • round 2: 5 squats and 3 pull-ups until completing 25/15
  • 2 minutes of Mary: Freddie Mercurys, Crunch Frog,  American Hammer


We kept it short in anticipation of getting together for our first Q-Source discussion on Language.  Reminded Pax about the Yeti and to read the newsletter.  Gave thanks to the Lord for the ability to gather; lifted prayer for healing for injured pax and sick kids.  Always and honor to lead.

Aye, Wolverine



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Let’s do Pull-Ups at Crow’s Nest

Today was a great chilly morning for my first post of the year!

Disclaimer at 0515 and straight into a mosey which included high knees, toy soldiers, and broad jumps (mumblechatter already? this should be good)

Ran around to the far back parking lot and did some warmup
Imperial Walker
Carolina Dry Dock
Hillbilly Walker

The first routine would be a rough 100m sprint, then 10 pull ups, 100m sprint back and 10 burpees
We repeated this a few times changing the transportation mode
NUR 100m
bear crawl 50m

Then came the main Thang
Partner DORA 1-2-3-4 using a timing mechanic of 3 pull-ups
100 hand release merkins
200 Big boy sit ups
300 Monkey Humpers
400 Squat Jumps

Squat Jumps were somewhere higher than 100 for all groups before we Omaha’d and ran back to CoT…. almost

A good long Balls to the Wall was in order and then 5 burpees to cap it off

IceBreaker at the Dragon in York on Saturday!!! 0530 StartEx (5k obstacle course, you can do it 1-4 times with a partner or by yourself, however you want to tackle it)
QSource Week 0 convergence recap with Week 1 kicking off this week at Bagel Boat after The Deep
Lake Wylie is looking to fill some P200 relay race spots, ask around
IceT is on a flight to Florida for a family funeral
Two Ferns has some family medical operations coming up next week
QBert is beginning home schooling for IronMan


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The 2018 Fort Clave Boss 5k & Christmas Convergence

0545 – Arrive at Palisades Elementary School AKA The Abyss where Bear Grylis is tailgating like its the Summer Concert tour and he’s at FORT-A_PALOOZA.

Ruckers and Runners were gathering and getting ready for a full morning of all 3 F’s. The Pre-Ruck led by Bonsai (as Worldwide Leader was MIA) got together and away they went.

YHC gathered all of the Clave Boss 5k runners and gave the instructions for the course. Signs were posted however it was still difficult for some to follow (Royale, Funhouse and some others) and they got 3.5mi surprise.

0605 – The 4th Annual Clave Boss 5k launched and 32 runners hit the hills of Palisades. This year we awarded Bundt Cakes to the first runner at various paces.

  1. MacGyver flew in at 20:47 6:60/mi and then went back to encourage other runners – True #HIM
  2. Sharkbait came in at 24:43 7.88/mi
  3. Islander rolled in at 27:10 8.74/mi
  4. Twister with a 31:25 10.08/mi
  5. Smuggler wrapped it up with a solid 34:11 11:00/mi

Appreciate all the participants. Next Year’s 5th Annual will be a special event for sure!!

0700 – Preruck has returned, Clave Boss has wrapped up and now more cars have entered the parking lot with PAX gathering all around. It was time to launch the convergence. YHC ask if there were FNGs, and we had 4 in attendance, gave the disclaimer. YHC then gave RUCK crew green light to jet with a 0750 COT. The remaining 75 or so PAX had YHC and Maximus for the next 50minutes

The Thang:

Mosey parking lot….20 SSHs, Go to other end of lot, Merkins, go to other end of lot for squats, back to other end of parking lot for LBCs

Line up in 6 lines, each line goes to a cone and each cone has exercise on it

  1. Merkins
    1. Bearcrawl
  2. Leg Lifts
    1. Lunge walk
  3. Wide Arm Merkins
    1. Run
  4. Donkey Kicks
    1. Bearcrawl
  5. Spider-man Merkins
    1. Lunge walk
  6. Sumo Squats
    1. Run

3 rounds of above, 5 reps, then 10 reps, then 15 reps

The mumble chatter was classic and the fellowship as always enjoyable

Handoff to Maximus

Mosey to back of School and line up in 6 lines for Pain Platoon

  1. Santini led squat routine that is always a crowd pleaser
    1. Burpees
  2. Pusher led Lunges
    1. Burpees
  3. Double D led Mc-tar-Ny ??
    1. Burpees
  4. Bubba Gump led SSHs
    1. Burpees
  5. 4 lines – turn to face one another – then Seal Team Sit ups–always a big crowd pleaser

Mosey to front of school for COT:

Plank while waiting on RUCK crew and 6 inches with Walker…..always fun!!

  • 93 was the count with 4 FNGs
    • Bo Knows
    • Ferris
    • Gaylord
    • Doubtfire


  • We Switzered to gather around and listing to Mr. Clean give a message and challenge to the PAX
    • I’m honored to speak with you today;
      Tomorrow (Christmas night) is the 1 year anniversary of me and the kids finding Cindy (my wife) unconscious. She was immediately put on life support
      Cindy died 3 days later from complications of MS and an addiction to alcohol
      I thought our life was on cruise control. I was being non -purposeful and non intentional. Being a single parent and grieving thru the tragic death of a spouse has been unreal.A few things I have learned from this that I would like to share.

      1. I have a much deeper awareness of emotional health. I have been humbled. Being humble creates avenue for change and growth. My question to you is…are you vulnerable and humble enough to let brothers in to help you?? Are you humble enough to ask for him if you are escaping reality w addictions? Alcohol, porn, etc
      2. I have a more real relationship w Christ.At a time when I doubted Christ care for me and my children and his desire to help our family Christ stepped in and answered a very exact prayer request. If you have doubts about Christ, speak to me please. I would love to share with you what He alone has done.
      3. I am thankful for the suffering. It has brought our family closer together. Even though I and the kids are miss Cindy everyday, we have so much to be thankful. I am thankful for the life that we had w Cindy. I am thankful that she is suffering no more. I am thankful that Cindy is made as new. Most importantly, am thankful for the birth of Christ. He gives us HOPE for a better day.
    • My Challenge to you is Love Deeper and Speak Sweeter. — too often people speak disrespectfully of their spouses and children and parents. Words matter and we all need to choose them wisely. We need to hold each other accountable and “get our heads out of our asses” as you never know when that person will be taken from you.

YHC can’t thank Mr Clean enough for this message and his friendship. over the last 2 years we have grown together to be better Christ followers, better husbands and fathers. He is such a great leader and I’m blessed to have him in my life.

If you need someone like this in your life, reach out to me and we’ll get you set up as there are a boatload of HIMs in the PAX


It was time for some major announcements in leadership. YHC has led as NANTAN for The Fort region for about 15months. Prior to that I was Weasel Shaker and prior to that 3rdF Q and in-between Site Qs of Ranch, Ballroom, Crossroads,, ChicknWizdim, and led CSAUP teams at P200, Kiawah and others.

It was time to hand over the keys to this well oiled machine to a new leader. A man I’ve watched grow and lead in all 3 F’s and lead well. First got to know him well on the 2014 BRR 9 man team. I was asked to attend Colombia mission with with him in 2015 that he led. Have Qd many times with him and attended a retreat in Boone with him in 2017 and saw his heart for God, Family and the PAX of The Fort. In 2018 he led BEYOND and pushed men to not only dig deep physically but to stretch themselves emotionally and spiritually. This sealed it for me that this man understood leadership and that men needed to be Freed to Lead.

MAXIMUS is the new NANTAN of The Fort!

I personally am excited for this next chapter and look forward to more men being Freed to Lead by his example and inspiration. With this change, some other leaders have stepped up as well.

  • Weasel Shaker = Funhouse
  • 1stFQ = Royale
  • 2ndFQ = Wegmans
  • 3rdFQ = Gecko

I personally want to thank Old Bay for years of leadership and more importantly friendship. I true HIM who makes so much happen behind the scenes that there is no way The FORT would be where it is today without him.

Also, want to thank Anchorman for 2nd F Q during my time as Nantan, as well as all his leadership at Footloose, encouraging guys to push themselves and the many great ideas and ways to challenge the PAX. Appreciate you brother!

BOM – Gecko had great words to close out this convergence. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus and all of the Holidays, I pray we find JOY in everything and not take anything for granted. I appreciate all the PAX and my brothers of THE GLOOM.

Cake Boss

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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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