Brick & Block Escalators

Scene: Monday 9.30.19 0530 hrs
AO: Gloom Mountain
Count: 17
PAX: Paperboy, Headgear, Sloss, Chisel, Knots, TechDeck, Cart Boy, The Flipper, Bates, Saturn, Burger, Alamo, Happy, Fabio, Raji, Johnny, Dunlop
QIC: Dunlop

Monday, end of September, way to freaking hot for this time of year… high around 100 degrees today. 17 strong PAX slung around some blocks and bricks this morning with some light running mixed in… here’s how it all went down:

WARM-O-RAMA:

10 Donkey Kicks IC
20 LBACs forward/back
30 Merkins
40 SSH IC
50 LBCs OYO

THE THANG:

PAX number off by 2s:
1s – grab bricks
2s – grab blocks

Mosey to Field / Track… Time for BRICK/BLOCK ESCALATORS

50yd Sprint down and back between each exercise

Group 1 – BRICK ESCALATOR:
10 Brick ManMakers
20 Brick Hammers (4-count)
30 Brick Boy Sit-ups
40 Brick Raise Roofs
50 Brick Curls (Each Arm)

Plank for the 6… Mosey 1 lap around track… flapjack

Group 2 – BLOCK ESCALATOR:
10 Blockees (Block Burpee)
20 Block Bent Over Rows
30 Block Chest Press
40 Little Blockie Crunches
50 Block Goblet Squats

Hold Al Gore for the 6… Mosey 1 lap around track… Mosey back to flag to return blocks and bricks… Mosey over to benches

50 Dips
40 Step-Ups (20/leg)
30 Decline Merkins
20 Flutter Kicks IC
10 Burpees

COT:

  • Quick Word for the Day:  Lean on each other, support each other… show up to F3 for the man beside you, not for yourself.
  • Name-O-Rama
  • Announcements: 200 Tuesday on 10/1/19, Rucktoberfest 2019, Special Sunday Workout on 10/6/19 at The Stadium to host Gobbler from F3 Pittsburgh
  • Prayer
  • LEAD on 3!

Gloom Mountain Millennial

Scene: Wednesday 7.24.19 0530 hrs
AO: Gloom Mountain
Count: 14
PAX: Quivr, Camisole, Johnny, Bates, Sheepdog, Swamp, Saturn, TechDeck, The Donald, Freeloader, Tinactin, Fabio, Switzer, Dunlop
QIC: Dunlop

F3 Bingo madness was in full swing here toward the end of July, and a much needed “Free Space” for a Q at a new AO turned into a Millennial of Pain up on ole Gloom Mountain. Here’s how it all happened:

WARM-O-RAMA:

  • SSH x30 IC
  • Willie Mays x15 IC
  • Mountain Climbers x20 IC
  • 60second Arm Circles (T-plank Left AC x15 IC, roll to six, LBC x25 IC, roll to T-plank Right AC x15 IC, roll to Merkin x25)

THE THANG:

MOSEY to Gloom Mtn… 2-MAN MINI-DORA
(P1 runs up and down Gloom Mtn, P2 exercises, swap, rinse and repeat till all reps complete)

  • Pullups x50
  • Merkins x100
  • Squats x150

MOSEY to Field… Time for the MILLENNIAL
(All PAX perform exercise x100 reps OYO, first PAX to 100 shouts out and all PAX Sprint 100yds for next exercise… total of 1000yds and 1000reps)

  • Lunges x100
  • American Hammers x100
  • Merkins x100
  • Squats x100
  • LBCs x100
  • Mountain Climbers x100
  • Flutter Kicks x100
  • Raise the Roof x100
  • WWII Sit-ups x100 (Modified to x50 for time)
  • Burpees x100 (Modified to Burpee Waterfall x10 per PAX)

COT:

  • Quick Word for the Day: Don’t focus only on building physical muscles, take time to strengthen your spiritual muscles daily as well
  • Name-O-Rama
  • Announcements: Dad’s Camp 2019, Dad’s Camp and Merkin Challenge shirt pre-orders
  • Prayer
  • LEAD on 3!

Fishers of Men

I hate mornings, I love sleep, and I’m not too fond of groups of people. That’s what I use to tell myself. At least, until I was reluctantly introduced to F3.

I fought F3 every time it was mentioned to me, starting with this weird group of guys with painted faces in the parking lot of Oak Mountain after a mud run in 40 degree weather. I fought it from the same friend I ran with after he decided to give F3 a try. It’s the mornings. Those sweet, precious moments when you are dead asleep in a warm bed, hopefully next to a beautiful woman. I thought there was nothing better. But there is!

Now I find sleep to be the necessary ingredient needed to help me have the energy to get up in the Gloom of the morning to crawl, sweat, hurt and fellowship with my new found Brothers. That initial rise out of bed in the wee hours of the morning gets overshadowed by the excitement I find when I pull up to a parking lot filled with guys I love and respect.

So, now I find myself attempting what F3 lovingly refers to as a Headlock. But, unlike most workout groups, I don’t find myself looking for that guy that is already in shape and may want to save money with a free workout (which you do). I literally tell everyone. Because everyone needs to be part of something bigger than themselves. It is less of a workout group and more of a brotherhood. Matthew 4:19 states – Jesus said to them “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to be fishers of men” There are few places to put that message from God into practice better than F3. Don’t just invite people to F3. Tell them your story. What does F3 mean to you?

This isn’t Fight Club. The first 2 rules are NOT  “Don’t talk about F3”. Slumlord ends all of his emails with “ALWAYS BE HEADLOCKING”. So, lets do our part. We are 1,000 PAX strong. Imagine the impact we can have on our community if that number doubled or even tripled. Imagine the differences we can see in our 2.0s, our M’s that witness us attempting to better ourselves. You may not realize it, but it affects them too. Its like a spark igniting a flame. This world is in desperate need of Male leaders. I can’t imagine better leaders than men that have the discipline to do the hard thing in the gloom of the morning while also following God’s word.

Let’s go be Fishers of Men

 

The Gloom Mountain Hundreds – 12/31/2018

15 PAX pushed it to the dark place to make themselves better on the last day of the year.

Warm Up

SSH x 30 in cadence 

Willie Mays x 16 in cadence

Little Baby Arm Circles x 10 front and back

Flutter Kicks x 30 in cadence

 

Mosey 2 laps then to covered benches

100 squats

Repeat Below 4 times (5 x’s for step ups)

20 step ups (10 each leg)

25 Merkins

25 LBC’s

25 Dips

2 Lap Indian Run

Jack Webb

25 flutter Kicks

20 American Hammers

20 big boy sit ups 

Plank to “Auld Lang Syne” – Julie Andrews

10 Burpees

Cover Your Six – Gloom Mountain – 7/23/2018

16 PAX posted for a cadence, count, and cover your six tutorial.

Warm Up

SSHx 30 in cadence

Willie Mays x 15 in cadence

Ray Lewis x 25 in cadence

LBC’s x 50

The Six

Mosey to Simmons and back to

Gloom Mountain making sure to go back for the 6

Merkins x 25

Flutter Kicks x 25 in cadence

Sumo Squats x 35

LBC’s x 50

Merkins x 25

Gloom Mountain x 5 – first finishers go back and get the 6’s and finish with them

Side shoulder raises x 30 in cadence

Front shoulder raises x 30 in cadence 

Merkins x 25

Flutter Kicks x 25 in cadence

Sumo Squats x 35

LBC’s x 50

Merkins x 25

Beer crawl gloom mountain

Burpee waterfall (3 Burpees)

Plank to “for the first time in forever”

Gloom Mountain – 6/11/2018 – Spider-Man

19 PAX posted at Gloom Mountain for a Spider-Man Dora.  Welcome FNG’s Tumbler & Chubbs

Warm Up

SSH x 30 in cadence

Merkins x 20 

Willie Mays x 20 in cadence

Michael Phelps x 10 in cadence 

Merkins x 20

Squats x 40

Merkins x 20

Mosey to the track

1 mile Indian Run

Mosey to basketball courts and partner up

Spider-Man Dora

100 Merkins

150 Squats

Bear Crawl Dora

200 LBC’s

Burpee-Hops Dora

50 Merkins

sprint up and down Gloom Mountain

10 merkins and 20 LBC’s 

Plank to “you’ll be in my heart”

5 merkins 

Sunrise Stretch 

Memorial Day Murph

Here’s a quick backblast for today’s Memorial Day Murph out of Railroad Park.

30 PAX including one walk-on FNG (welcome Smelt) answered the call to honor a fallen American hero.  Rabbit circled us up in the rain beside the Railroad Park pavilion at 0600, and led a healthy warm-up.  We made a last minute change to a straight line 1-mile run down the Rotary Trail, instead of running around the park’s path.  Keep in mind if you are ever to use this park for F3 workouts that it officially does not open until 0700, and it does have 24 security.

It’s a good little run down that urban trail.  Rabbit stopped us a mile out at a nice little overgrown fire ant field (I only have about 40 bites on my thigh, which are burning as I type this – thanks Rabbit).  In groups of 6, we got to work on 20 sets of…. 5 burpees/10 merkins/15 squats.  A walk-on steel worker we found in the park (now F3 Smelt), was in my squad, and he did quite well.  We took this photo before heading back.

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On the way back, one more photo of Rabbit’s design.

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Rabbit capped off the fitness activities with a group set of 5/10/15.  After that, name-o-rama, announcements, and Sparrow prayed us out.

YHC mentioned in the COT, the Kohima Epitaph.  I have found it to be very moving since seeing it on a plaque in Canterbury many years ago.  It occurred to me over the weekend that although Memorial Day was created to honor American service members who made the ultimate sacrifice, many of them – were they here with us today – would likely themselves also seek to honor those who served in allied forces, either side-by-side with our American heros, or separately, but for the same cause – freedom.

In April through June of 1944, British, Indian and Nepalese forces were fighting the same cause against the unyielding Japanese, but in a theater apart from most American forces.  The Battle of Kohima (India), part of the larger Burma Campaign, was called the “Stalingrad of the East”.  The Allies saw over 4,000 casualties in that battle.  The Kohima Epitaph, which can be found at the cemetery for those fallen allies, and has been reprinted on plaques throughout the world, is as follows.

“When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today.”

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.

– Fife

Photos: Korean Memorial in Washington.  A war that claimed over 33,000 American lives.

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BEARy good Monday – 5/14/2018

17 PAX bear crawled all over Gloom Mountain.  Welcome FNG’s Drama and Hooch.  Beaker from Johnson City made a guest appearance as well.

Warm Up

SSH x 30

Merkins x 29

Willie Mays x 20

Merkins x 10

Ray Lewis x 20

Burpees x 15

Mosey to Simmons back lot

PAX partner up for a Dora

 (Bear Crawl Up Hill and Crawl Bear Down Hill)

  1. 100 Merkins
  2. 100 Squats

Mosey to Gloom Mountain (keep partners)

PAX runs Gloom Mountain while other exercises until first PAX returns then switch  

  1. Burpees
  2. Big Boy Sit Ups

All Bear Crawl Gloom Mountain then mosey to the turf

Plank to “You’re Welcome” – Moana

Sunrise Stretch

Gloom Mountain Is Your Friend – 4/25/2018

15 PAX posted at Gloom Mountain to find that next level of work they didn’t know was in them.

Warm Up

SSH x 30

Willie Mays x 20

Michael Phelps x 15 in cadence 

Burpees x 20

Gloom Stuff

5 Lap Indian Run (1 mile)

Mosey to Gloom Mountain

PAX partner up. 1 PAX runs GM while other does exercise 

  1. Pull ups
  2. Flutter kicks
  3. LBC’s
  4. Big Boy Sit Ups
  5. Burpees

PAX bear crawl up GM then mosey back to turf 

Angle Grinder x 10

Plank to “Hakuna Matata”

Sunrise Stretch 

Burnout – Gloom Mountain – 3/21/2018

13 PAX posted for a burnout special with Ping

Warm Up
SSH x 30 in cadence
Burpees x 15
Willie Mays x 20 in cadence
Ray Lewis x 20 in cadence
Up Downs x 10

Burnout Session
5 Lap Indian Run
Merkin Burnout (50)
1 Lap Mosey
Dip Burnout (50)
1 Lap Mosey
Squat Burnout (100 with 10 second Al Gore at the end)
3 x Run up Gloom Mountain
Mosey To Turf
Little Baby Crunch Burnout (100)
Big Boy Sit Up Burnout (50)
Lunge Across Turf x 2

Plank to “The Longest Time”
Sunrise Stretch