12/16/17 – Where thanks was giving and the forbidden workout was done

It was a crisp morning with frost on the ground as the Pax took to the field at the Vulcan. A decent crew had already rucked up to the Vulcan and back and were ready to get going. YHC measured the size of the Pax and was again inspired by how quickly the F3 ethos has been taken up by the men of the Birmingham area.

Warm-up

Like all Bham workouts; we started with some side-straddle hops; x 30

Ray Lewis x 30

Squats x 25

Burpees x 20

Little baby arm circles x 30

Tinactin showed up at this point, and not to let him feel left out, we did another 15 Burpees

The Thang

Mosey’d around the park and then did a Dirty McDeuce (courtesy of F3 New Orleans)

One quick run around the park followed by

-Merkins x 12

-Squats x 12

-LBCs x 12

We did this 3 times; with each set of arms, legs and abs afterwards

Upon the completion of the Dirty McDeuce, we did one set of Jack Webbs. With our arms sore we then mosey’d to the Amphitheater. 20 sets of step ups and dips later we took our turn at the stairs. 20 jump ups for everyone and then I recommended wheelbarrows up the stairs. I was then informed that this was a “forbidden” workout. YHC measured up the Pax and decided that if anyone could do a forbidden workout, they could. So we partnered up and went up the amphitheater in wheelbarrow fashion. My conscience then got the best of me and instead of risking injury to the Pax, I decided that partnered suicides in the Cage would be a better pursuit.

Suicides with a partner, partner in turn did Merkins, Squats, and LBCs while the other did a suicide. At completion, we did a plank waterfall and then some Mary with flutter kicks, American Hammers and Iron Tribe sit ups.

To finish the workout, the reigning duck walk jousting champion Pickle called out the Pax for challengers and he was met with enthusiasm. Pickle defended his title well, but ultimately lost out at the end.

Name-O-Rama was performed appropriately and new FNG Schiano was welcomed into the fold.

At this point, Rabbit took a moment to commemorate all the work and effort Fife and Scam have done this year to give it away to the men of Birmingham. Honor boxes were given and I can only reiterate how much a appreciate those men investing in F3 and this community. Scam also had some incredibly  nice Xmas gifts for the Pax which were given out at the end of workout.

COT

The best part of the workout, coffeeteeria was well-attended.

Thanks again Fife and Scam.

How much burpee could a wood chuck burpee if a wood chuck could chuck burpee?

37 PAX including 3 FNGs (Welcome Belding, Lost & Weagle) posted for a strangely warm and somewhat soggy December morning.  Solid crowd for this time of year!

Similar to The Spartan workout last week (repping on 26 counts for the number of points Auburn scored in the Iron Bowl), we repped on 28 counts for the number of points Georgia put up against Auburn in the SEC Championship.  Bulldogs exercised in celebratory fashion while the Tigers exercised for punishment.

Workout was as follows:

Warmup:

SSH x28

Prisoner squat x28

Fluter kick x28

Little Baby Crunch (LBC) x28

 

The Thang:

14 minute burpee tabata (continuous burpees for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, rinse and repeat 28 times or for 14 minutes)

One lap cooldown mosey around the park

14 minute box jump tabata – same sequence as the burpee tabata, but we mixed in dips and decline merkins on multiples of 7 (the number of points Auburn scored)

 

Cooldown:

Circle up on the skate park for some core:

Flutter kicks x28

American hammers x28

Jack Webb x28 in multiples of 2

 

Name-o-rama, announcements & CoT

31 Flavors

Saturday, November 4, 2017
The Vulcan

Here is a recap of the crazy 31 Flavors workout at the Vulcan. Following a record turnout from the pre-workout ruck, several PAX helped YHC get this overly elaborate shenanigan setup. 31 cones were in place in 2 long parallel lines (designed to make conversation easier during this circuit type workout). Before each cone lay an index card indicating the exercise to be performed and workout tool. Tools included dumbbells, a round river rock, jump ropes, kettle bells, a burpee stick, a ruck plate, a pumpkin, etc.

Following a short warm-up (Arnold says: must take care of the shoulders) and a two-lap mosey of the park track, 35 PAX set up on the cone-marked workout stations. We definitely looked like a bunch of crazies trying to save money by avoiding a gym membership. Perhaps we are. At the end of the long rows of stations was the command position – the simple squat station. The guy on the squat station controlled the tempo as PAX were instructed to perform their stations exercise until commanded to MOVE by the man on the squat station.

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Thanks to Sparrow for requesting that this be documented in a photo.

And that’s how it went down. PAX rotated clockwise to the next station on command to move and save for a few begged for (really) “20 counts” the fun went non-stop until the clock ran out. And yes… YHC played music. You’ve got to have music for a stationary F3 workout (that should be a top 10 rule). As some PAX have already explored, the more unexpected the music – the better (call it part of the “pain”).

I haven’t seen a large group of PAX laughing so much in a while. This workout has a touch of the ridiculous. Hopefully, there was profitable work in it as well. Name-o-rama…FNG naming (welcome Bumble Bee, Mr. Ed and Rambler)…a couple of announcements including an upcoming charity run…and Blue Angel closed things out with a prayer.

31 Flavors, or Gloom’s Gym, or whatever it is to be called, this madness will be improved upon and reprised as it was – at least to YHC – a fun change of pace.

HAVE FUN out there,

– Fife

 

Boot Camp in lieu of Braveheart Race

45 degrees and raining – fun stuff!  Welcome F3 New Orleans Tripleshift!

Warmup:

Mosey to Trinity parking lot

Side Straddle Hops (x30)

Imperial Walkers (x30)

Mountain Climbers (x30)

Mosey to Homewood Middle School football Field

The Thang:

Bear Crawl Dora – Partner up and one partner bear crawls 15 yards then turns around and bear crawls back while the other partner does big boy sit-ups.  Swap out and continue until both partners cumulatively get to 100 sit-ups.

Everyone gets on the goal line and split up into two groups.  First group bear crawls 15 yards to the flag, then second group follows.  First group duck walks back to goal line, then second group follows.  Rinse and repeat (x6)

Suicide run – Start on the goal line and sprint to the 20-yard line, jog back, sprint to 40, jog back, sprint to 60, jog back, sprint to 80, jog back, sprint the full 100.

Lineup on wall:

Dips (x20), step-ups (x20), decline merkins (x20), flutter kicks (x20)

Dips (x20), box jumps (x20), decline merkins (x20), flutter kicks (20)

Gather in the endzone for a burpee tabata (20 seconds on with 10 second rest for four minutes).

Mosey to Dawson front yard and circle up – flutter kicks (x30), then hold wide-grip plank with wide-grip plank merkins (x10).

Mosey back to The Vulcan and circle up – finish burpee waterfall in mud puddles (everyone holds plank and we go around the circle with one person doing five burpees at a time).

CoT

 

Pre-dawn Police- escorted Ruck, Team Orienteering and Bag Pipe Closer

October 7, 2017 – The Vulcan

Pre-workout RUCK
A record 11 PAX +1 took the 50-minute R/T walk just past The Vulcan statue. The +1 was on-duty Officer Kitt, who pulled up on us in the parking lot, asked what we were up to, and after about 2 seconds of thought (really) announced to this group of strangers “I’m coming”. Before we knew it, he pulled a tac vest (his weight) out of the back of his Tahoe and headed up the road with us. Kitt turned back after a while and apparently ran (in uniform) at full speed across the park field coming suddenly upon straggler Bird Dog in the darkness. Kitt transported Bird Dog in his patrol vehicle up the road at high speed to the marching PAX.

(not pictured: Slumlord)

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Warm Up

(Breeze takes down one of three shovel flags…PAX pays the price with F3 Birmingham’s flag down penalty – 20 O.Y.O. burpees)
IC Side Straddle Hop
IC Should Rotations Each Way
IC Shoulder Taps
IC Hello Dolly
IC Single Leg Merkins
IC Alabama Ass Kickers
IC Sumo Squats

THE THANG
Orienteering (not exactly, but the best way I could think of to describe it)
YHC + 4 other Q’s selected on the spot, each took (5) 6-man teams to different locations within a 2-mile R/T from Homewood Central Park. Each Q was handed an index card with his team’s destination and the work to be done along the way.

Destinations:
Homewood Board of Education Building
Spring Park (it does exist!)
City Hall
Piggly Wiggly
Trak Shack

On the way to destination AND on the way back, all on each team must complete:

50 Merkins
100 foot Bear Crawl
50 Squats
15 Burpees
50 IC Ray Lewis

At destination teams were to do an exercise of the team’s choice. The index cards also had 4 “get to know you” type questions to ask of the team members. YHC wrote up all of this voodoo, carried our team’s laminated index card and somehow forgot about the questions at the bottom of the card. Nice. But our team’s chatter was good, so the time still seemed well spent.

F3 Birmingham’s Scotty welcomed the PAX to the COT with bag pipes (video here), announcements, prayer requests, and prayer by Blue Angel.  Welcome FNG Halftime.

As always, it is a privilege to Q an F3 Birmingham workout and a pleasure to do so on Saturday at The Vulcan.

Thank you,

– Barney Fife

9.28.17 – 16th Place Massacre – Vulcan

Grundl on Q

SCAM’S FOMO was a real.  I have a feeling we’ll be doing this one again.

24 PAX – No FNG’s and that might be a good thing.

WARM UP – 

  • SSSH x30
  • Crab legs stretch x20
  • Calf raises x20
  • Stretch hammy, legs spread – down to right x20, down to left x20
  • Merkin x20
  • LBC’s x30

GRUNDL HILL – 

Split up in 4 teams.  Mosey to 16th Place S all the way up to the corner of 16th Place/Woodfern Drive.  Team 1 started the steep uphill 70+ yard run with teams 2-4 following.  Then walked back down (recovery) to the start.  PAX did this x5.

PAX mosey’d to the bottom of Royce Road.  PAX ran up the steep Royce and walked down x2.  Mosey back to Central Park.

TABATAs

At the amphitheater, PAX then performed 4 minutes (8 intervals) of 20 seconds of work/10 seconds rest alternating between burpee box jumps and LBC’s.  Mosey to flag for namorama, announcements, prayer.

 

9.14.17 – Vulcan

31 PAX

1 FNG – Bluegrass

PAX welcomed former F3 Tallahassee member, Cooter, via Tuscaloosa.

WARM UP – 

  • SSH x 30
  • Merkin x 20
  • Squats x 30
  • LBC’s x 30
  • Imperial walker x 30
  • 1 lap mosey

4 STATIONS –

Divided PAX into 4 groups.  Each of the four cone stations required a different movement.  For each station, there was a cash in of 10 burpees and a buy out of a 1 lap run around the track.

  • Station 1:  10 burpees, 30 squat jumps, 1 lap run
  • Station 2:  10 burpees, 20 block thrusters w/ CMU’s, 1 lap run
  • Station 3:  10 burpees, 30 lunges, 1 lap run
  • Station 4:  40 yd Farmer’s carry w/ 53 lb kettlbell for each team member.  Plank when not performing FC.

SPRINTS – 

40 yard gassers x 10

 

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

8.17.17 – VULCAN

38 PAX – on a SCAM-less morning, men stepped up to motivate and encourage.

6 FNG’s – Amazon, Digiorno, Dufresne, NOVA, WNBA, Yella

WARM UP —

  • SSH x30
  • Merkin x20
  • Squats x25
  • Sit ups x15
  • Run 1 lap

PARTNER UP —

Burpee “mile” – Partners perform 100 yards worth of burpees.  Partner A would perform burpee then leap.  At the end of partner A leap, partner B would perform burpee then leap.  Partners did burpees to the far cones and back.

TABATA Box Jumps

A tabata interval is 30 seconds of work (for a given exercise) with 10 seconds of rest, typically performed for 8 intervals or 4 minutes.  Mosey over to the stage.  PAX performed tabata box jumps – 20 seconds of max rep box jumps on the stage then 10 seconds of rest for 8 intervals.

PARTNER WORK – CONCRETE MASONRY UNITS!

PAX partnered back up at the cones with their cinder blocks (1 per team).

Next phase included 4 exercises:  1) block thrusters, 2) block sit up (lying flat on back, arms fully extended w/ block, perform sit up with arms extended to upright position with arms fully extended overhead in a press position), 3) hand release merkins 4) 100 yd sprint.  Rep scheme was “10!”.

  • 10 block thrusters
  • 10 block sit ups
  • 10 HR merkins
  • sprint to far cones and back
  • 9 block thrusters
  • 9 block sit ups
  • 9 HR merkins
  • spring to far cones and back
  • 8 block thrusters
  • 8 block sit ups
  • 8 HR merkins……..and so on, down to 1

One partner would work at a time, while the other rested.  Partners rotate through the exercises.  Partner A would do 10 thrusters, partner B 10 sit ups, partner A 10 merkins.  Then sprint together.  Partner B 9 thrusters, partner A 9 situps, partner B 9 merkins and continue to rotate accordingly down to 1.

TABATA flutter kicks

30 seconds of flutter kicks, 10 second rest for FOUR intervals

 

 

August 8, 2017 Vulcan Dora 1-2-3

29 PAX GOT IT DONE this morning (quality over quantity) in the pre-dawn drizzle while a literal downpour waited in the wings and was unleashed shortly after COT.  Kudos to the crew for pushing the limits this morning!  Getting better is more fun when you can do it in a mud puddle! Welcome to FNGs Ding (YHC’s Brother-in-Law), Vet, and Bagman

WARMUP

SSH (IC) x 30

Merkins (IC) x 30

Imperial Walkers (IC) x 30

LBCs (OYO) x 30

Church Street Indian Run (1 mile total)

THE THANG

Dora 1-2-3: cumulative partner completion of 100 Merkins, 200 LBCs, and 250 Air Squats while other partner sprints 60 yard gassers and back.

COOLDOWN

Fire Drill (high knees and hit the deck on “FIRE” call, roll right, Merkin, roll left, Merkin)

Name-a-rama and announcements, including upcoming Dad’s day with Ms and 2.0s, Happy Hour, and launch of Spartan AO

COT included a message about quality over quantity.  PAX (including YHC) were encouraged to make a quality investment in a friend or co-worker today with no expectation in return.  YHC was encouraged by a great morning of fellowship and hard work!