Tick….Tock…..

Intro to the pace clock

Another great turnout at The Vulcan on a cool morning (for mid-August in Alabama). We introduced a new toy for the workout inspired by my former swimming career – a pace clock.  I purposefully kept the PAX off the ground until the end so that the sweat from the hard work would not be mistaken for wet grass.

Warm-up

15x Side Straddle Hop

20x Imperial Walker

Mosey a lap

From a line up:

High knees across the field, back pedal back

Kick your butt, bac pedal back

Frankenstein/Lunge, back pedal back

Run at 60%, back pedal back

Run at 80%, back pedal back

Run as fast as you can stand, mosey back

 

The Thang: ON THE CLOCK

Every Minute on the Minute: 9x small loop (about 200 yards)

Descend your time and increase your effort from the 1st to the 3rd lap, the 4th to 6th , then 7th to 9th. The 9th should be your fastest.

 

For 11 minutes:

TABATA: 20 sec of work, 10 sec rest

Alternate: 1 minute Box Jumps, 1 minute mtn climbers

 

For 9 minutes:

Every Minute on the Minute:

Min 1: 2 Burpees

Min 2: 3 Burpees

Min 3: 5 Burpees

Min 4: 7

Min 5: 9

Min 6: 11

….Min 9: 15

if you miss, you plank. **Interval was interrupted because the flag fell. All PAX did 20 burpees during the 5th and 6th min. It was a killer.

 

Until next time –

 

Shilling

Whistlestop Hexagon (Cocky VQ)

 
22 PAX showed up on this glorious morning in Alabama to get better.  The sun beaming quick as heart rates began to rise. We started off with a familiar sequence escalating into a geomatrist’s dream.
 
WARM UP
  • 33 Side Straddle Hop
  • 33 prisoner squats
  • 33 LYBs
  • 33 Flutter Kicks
  • Indian run around track 3x
AT THE STAGE
Mosey over and spread out on the wall –
15 Dips
20 Stepups
20 Frankenstines
Rinse and repeat all three again 3x
 
THE MAIN EVENT – WHISTLESTOP NONSTOP AYG AMRAP INTERVAL TRAINING via HEXAGON
Begin by counting off in 4s before breakup… Each group to a cone (4 to placed in 30 yd cube format, with one on each side of cone creating a hexagon). Cocky controlled clock with timer / whistle. Intervals of workouts beginning with 15 seconds going up to 60 seconds and then back down to 15 seconds (15 second intervals), rotating by AYG runs around the hex upon whistle. In total, 7 rounds.  THE PAX FOCUSED ON FORM while doing AMRAP and giving AYG.
  • OYO merkins
  • OYO burpees
  • OYO irontribe situps
  • OYO mountain climbers
  • High knees x2 (points on hexagon)
The hexagon was perfectly executed as the PAX battled through and closed the workout as time expired, in perfect mathematical precision.  Everyone finished. Cocky relented as time expired with a ceremonial shredding of remaining exercises. 
 
Quick namarama then Scam closed with a message from Ephesians 6 on “The Armor of God.” An announcement was made about next weeks Dad’s Day.  Last, a mention and final invitation to participate in the 5K beginning after today’s workout. 

Pain Poker with SCAM

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Noting a brisk note in the air the night prior, YHC decided to bring back an @F3Jackson favorite…..PAIN POKER.

Arriving at The Vulcan around 5:15, YHC observed what looked to be a disrupted ant hill of PAX progressing from parking lot onto The Vulcan green.  Many of the PAX had seen YHC’s tweet of a deck of cards from the night prior and the anticipation had surely caused some sleeplessness with some.

Circle up and YHC asked for a count off to confirm what looked to be a NEW RECORD for Vulcan PAX.  Sure enough, 32 PAX confirmed including 7 FNGs!  New high water mark!  Time to bring the PAIN!

THE THANG

SSH (4ct) x 30

Squats x 30

Merkins x 30

Flutter Kicks (4ct) x 30

Supermans (45secs) x 2

 

PAIN POKER rules:

PAX preform all exercises together.  Number on card dictates number of reps, face cards progressing up from 10 (i.e., Jack is 11, Queen, is 12….ACES ARE ALWAYS HIGH!)

Spades=Burpees     Clubs=Hand Release Merkins      Hearts=Big Boy Situps      Diamonds=Squats

After completion of assigned number of reps, PAX run 40yd gasser (if number on card 10 or greater) or 60yd gasser (if number on card 9 or less).

Rinse and Repeat for +/- 35minutes…..MEN WENT TO WORK!!!  Lots of pain spread across the PAX faces as we progressed through the deck.  Big time Kudos to Cocky, Peanut, Dispatch, and Namaste for leading the pack on most of the gassers!  Got through about half the deck and YHC ensured the proper placement of plenty of face cards….especially those showing spades!

 

Back to circle for:

Dive Bombers (4ct) x 15

Flutter Kicks (4ct) x 45, mixed in “easy opens”

Finished!

 

Quick Nameorama and welcome to FNGs, Peaches, Needle, Strip Search, Breach, Neuter, Hugh, and Spew!

 

Vulcan Run…..Part Deux

The maiden Vulcan Run on the 4th of July was such a success that Barney Fife suggested an encore performance to be documented for a resident film/photography group.  We kept these plans under wraps as YHC wanted to ensure a large group of PAX….

Fast forward to the gloom of The Vulcan (AO) at 0630hrs and numerous PAX (25 in all) answered the bell to break out of holiday mode.  YHC noted an increase in temperature and humidity from the 4th of July….amazing how much of a difference one hour later in the morning makes.  Time for PAIN….

THE THANG

SSH x 30

Squats x 30

Mountain Climbers x 20

LBCs x 30

Merkins x 30

YHC announces to the PAX that today we would re-summit Red Mountain to the Vulcan park.  Several groans arose from the PAX and continued to a crescendo when YHC added that this time we would be dividing into groups and “indian-running” the initial mountain ascent!  Nonetheless, count off, divide up and away we go!

Pain Station 1
Dive Bombers x 20

Flutter Kicks x 30

Pain Station 2

Decline Merkins x 30

Big Boy incline sit ups x 30

Pain Station 3

Close grip Merkins x 20

LBCs x 30

Pain Station 4

Curb Merkins x 30

Elevated Flutter Kicks x 40

 

Things getting tough at this point, as the last 1/4 mile of ascent is straight up to the peak of Red Mountain.  PAX are pushing through, leaving no one behind and flags are held high!  SUMMIT!  Camera crews are in position and Fife has his own toy, a drone, at the summit to capture the moment.

 

Summit Pain Station

Diamond Merkins x 20

Flutter Kicks x 40

Dive Bombers x 20

LBCs x 30

Merkin Plank waterfall

 

Back down the mountain….

Pain Station 5

Wide grip Merkins

Flutter Kicks x 30

Pain Station 6

Get in the ditch, ditch merkins x 20 (harder than it sounds)

Pain Station 7

Wall Sits – 1min

Inverted Wall Merkins x 15

Pain Station 8

Dive Bombers x 20

Flutter Kicks x 40

 

Back at the AO now, all PAX accounted for and several really pushed themselves to get through this one today!  Proud of the effort!

Finished it off with a quick set of 15 Burpees and COT.  Men GOT BETTER today!

Welcome to the crew FNGs Whistle, Edge, and Terrier!

YHC,

SCAM

 

 

 

4th of July Vulcan Run

The 4th of July workout is always a favorite for YHC to share with his F3 brethren and the 2017 rendition was certain to be no different.  Upon arrival to The Vulcan (AO), YHC noted numerous PAX flooding the field even in spite of it being 0530hrs on a holiday.  YHC shared a few motivational words and encouraged all PAX to let this workout serve as a tribute and memorial to all those brave souls that sacrificed some or all to ensure our FREEDOM.

THE THANG

SSHx30

Squats x 30

Mountain Climbers x 20

LBCs x 30

Merkins x 30

The 4th of July is a celebration of accomplishment and independence and, thus, YHC had made plans to ensure that the PAX were able to enjoy a sense of accomplishment!  However, some groans were heard when YHC announced that we would be paying a visit this morning to The Vulcan, namesake of our AO, high atop Red Mountain.  Leaving no time for negative thoughts, AWAY WE GO!

PAX carried along a great pace out of the AO and into downtown Homewood. As we proceeded up the mountain, YHC took advantage of several prime pain stations:

Pain Station 1

Dive Bombers x 20

Flutter Kicks x 30

 

Pain Station 2

Wide Grip Merkins x 30

Big Boy Sit ups x 25

 

Pain Station 3

Dive Bombers x 20

Flutter Kicks x 30

 

By this time, the group of PAX had nearly summited Red Mountain but, to YHC’s dismay, the historic stairs to The Vulcan were closed for construction.  Never fear, we proceeded with quick pain station overlooking downtown Birmingham (30 decline merkins, 30 LBCs) and then circumnavigated construction fence to ascend the historic stairs to the feet of The Vulcan

On Vulcan’s pad, YHC led PAX through:

Decline Big Boy situps x 25

Leg Raises x 25

Decline Merkins x 30

LBCs x 30

SSH’s x 40

Wall step ups x 10 (each leg)

Dive Bombers x 20

Flutter Kicks x 40

 

We then bid farewell to The Vulcan and began our mosey back down the mountain, taking in Pain Stations along the way:

Pain Station 4

Merkins x 30

American Hammer 30sec AMRAP

 

Pain Station 5

Dive Bombers x 20

Flutter Kicks x 40

 

Pain Station 6

Diamond Grip Merkins x 20

LBCs x 40

 

Pain Station 7

Curb Merkins x 30

Incline Flutter Kicks x 40

 

PAX, by this time, had made it back to our humble AO.  And just to finish things off, YHC called for 20 Burpees (AMRAP) in honor of America!

Nice work to all of the PAX in attendance and welcome to FNG Todd Minor “GOMER”.  Everyone made it up and made it back and completed everything in between.  FINISHING is what this country stands for and that’s what you did.  AYE!

SCAM

 

 

4th of July weekend KICKOFF/Sloshfest

After the Thursday beatdown by Grundl and moving 18million boxes up and down stairs inside new b’ham house, YHC was ready to kick off the weekend and limber back up in the gloom of The Vulcan.  Holiday weekend and all, expected limited PAX turnout but, oh to my delight, 22 PAX (including 3 FNGs) answered the call and posted to GET BETTER.  Rain for the last 72 straight hours made The Vulcan a quagmire slopfest….perfect conditions for getting better.  Little did YHC know, photo/video crew is on site to take footage of F3 Birmingham.  No easy day today!  Exchanged pleasantries and away we go!

The THANG:
SSHs x 30
Squats x 30
Find a mud puddle, get in it
DiveBombers (4 count) x 15
LBCs x 30
Merkins x 30
Flutter Kicks (4 count) x 30
Indian Run up hill and down to downtown Homewood.
Find a park bench
Dips x 30
Situps x 30
Close grip Merks x 25
Flutter Kicks (4ct) x 20
Mosey to hill
Hill gasser (70 yds), alternating groups x 5
Gassers lived up to their name for this group of PAX but Namaste (ANIMAL) still fit in some Merks between sprints
Back to park benches
Dips x 30
LBCs x 30
Dive Bombers (4ct) x 25
Flutter Kicks (4ct) x 20
Hand release Merks x 20
Indian Run back to Central Park
Shovel flags 50yds apart
Alternating groups, 50yd sprints (x6).  Starting on your back, roll over and go!
Circle Up
Dive Bombers (4ct) x 20
Flutter Kicks x 30 (arm extension)
Merkin waterfall to close it out
Great display by F3 Birmingham today.  Many PAX delayed their vacation time to post this morning in the GLOOM and that’s what we want.  Great work by FNGs (Bullseye, Bronze, and Guv) today, and welcome to THE SHOW!  Bring your friends (FNGs) out, Birmingham men!  This group is growing and will do amazing things in this city!
YHC,
SCAM