9/11 Merkin Waterfall Tribute

If you are reading this, I am impressed and will keep this brief but with editorial comments to help the future of F3

Disclaimer

Warmups – SSH x25, squat Jacks x 10, Willie Mays x 10 count, Mountain Climbers x 20, Plank Jacks x 20, 1/2 burpees x 20

Indian Run to Overton Park in 3 separate groups with 40 sumo squats worked in.  Safety measures were observed for the safe passage of pax across intersections.

At Overton Park – clock merkins x 10 at each time (12, 3, 6, 9) x 2 (80 merkins total with abs in between)

We attempted clock situps and it was a fail – pax sliding down the hill, awkward arms, legs, just a total fail – will not do again.  For 2nd round, we did Flutter kicks x 10 at 12 o’clock, and 20 at 6 o’clock

Moved to Overton Road across the street, Lunged down the hill and Tim Hendricks (crawlbear) back up the hill – this was very hard so did not repeat.  2nd round was lunge downhill, forward bear crawl/crab walk back up.

Buddy mosey back to the park while sharing prayer requests during the mosey.  If you are still reading this, the thing that keeps me coming back to F3 is the bond among the men – the only way to make that meaningful is to allow times to actually share our lives with eachother.  Forced sharing is so important for us men as we do not share if given the choice not to – done with editorializing now.

Dips x 50 (5 count between sets of 25.

Abs – The 100, Windshield wipers x 10, BB sit-ups x 40

Merkin waterfall 16 and 1/2 rounds to total 2996 merkins (36 Pax x 83 merkins each), the number of lives lost on September 11, 2001.

COT

27 Man Weighted Shoulder Pass – The Forum – 7/17/2018

27 PAX, including 1 FNG, posted for a mixed bag with Ping.  Welcome Burger.

Warm Up 

SSH x 30 in cadence

Willie Mays x 15 in cadence

Ray Lewis x 15 in cadence

Merkins x 30

Prisoner Squat x 35

LBC’s x 25

1 Lap Indian Run

Split into 1’s and 2’s

1 group runs a lap other group exercises (if no count, then go until run group returns)

  1. Hanging Leg Extension x 15 then side shoulder raises (partner swap)
  2. Merkins x 50 then front shoulder raises
  3. Pull Ups x 15 then bent over row (weighted – 45, 35, and 25 lbs)

Weighted Shoulder Pass (PAX stand in line  side by side arms length apart.  All arms raised to shoulder level.  Pass 10 lb weight down line and back until Q says halt.  Ex. Grab weight with right hand, cross in front of body to left hand.  Next PAX grabs with right hand, crosses in front of body to left hand until weight gets to end of line.)

10 Burpees

Merkins…6/9/18

Welcome to summertime in Alabama.  72 with 95% humidity.  23 PAX along with three FNGs put in work.  We were privileged to have Namaste back with our group.  The other big news is Wildfire and Blue Grass made sure the post workout was well hydrated as they hosted Coffeteria at the park.  Nice cold refreshments ranging from bottled water to brewskies were consumed.

Warm Up

  • Side Straddle Hops – 25
  • Sumo Squats – 25
  • Ray Lewis – 25
  • Merkins – 40
  • Big Boy Sit Ups – 25
  • Supermand – On your own

Mosey to Manhattan

  • 1st Stop Sign – 25 Merkins
  • 2nd Stop Sign – 25 Merkins
  • 3rd Stop Sign – 25 Merkins
  • 4th Stop Sign – 25 Merkins

Dawson Baptist Church (Back parking lot)

  • Dora #1 – 100 Big Boy Situps (run length of parking lot)
    • PAX 1 – Big Boy Situps
    • PAX 2 – 25 Side Straddle Hops
  • Bernie Sanders up Evergreen Ave. – 25 Merkins at the top
  • Dora #2 – 200 Merkins (run length of parking lot)
    • PAX 1 – Merkins
    • PAX 2 – 25 Side Straddle Hops
  • Bernie Sanders half way up Evergreen Ave. then run to the top – 25 Merkins at the top
  • Dora #3 – 300 Prisoner Squats (run length of parking lot)
    • PAX 1 – Prisoner Squats
    • PAX 2 – 25 Merkins

Mosey to Central Park

  • Merkins – 10
  • Shoulder Taps  – 10
  • Merkins – 10

Circle up. Announcements. Name o Rama. Prayer. Lead on 3.

Singing in the Rain – 4/26/2018

17 PAX didn’t let the rain stop them from getting better.

Warm Up

  • Side Straddle Hops – 25
  • Mountain Climbers – 20
  • Side Straddle Hops – 25
  • Plank Jacks – 20
  • Side Straddle Hops – 25
  • LBCs – 30

Mosey around track (2)

Duck, Duck, Goose

While in a circle the PAX took individual turns lunging one complete lap while other PAX performed the Al Gore.

Bat Wings

  • Baby Arm Circles (Forward) – 25 using 1, 2, 3 count
  • Baby Arm Circles (Backwards) – 25 using 1, 2, 3 count
  • Seal Claps – 25 using 1, 2, 3 count
  • Overhead Claps – 25 using 1, 2, 3 count

Amphitheater

  • Dips – 35
  • Incline Merkins – 25
  • Prisoner Squats – 25

Clock Merkins

  • 3 o’clock – 3
  • 6 o’clock – 6
  • 9 o’clock – 9
  • 12 o’clock – 12
  • 9 o’clock – 9
  • 6 o’clock – 6
  • 3 o’clock – 3
  • 12 o’clock – 12
  • TOTAL – 60

Tennis Courts

  • Side-to-Side – 2 laps
  • Shoulder Taps – 25
  • Dolphin Pushups – 15

Finale

  • Dips – 43

Circle up. Name o Rama.  Announcements. Prayer. Lead on 3.

VQ, Pain! Cocky steps up!

YHC gave my VQ to a group of 24 PAX and 2 FNG’s yesterday AM. Welcome to Misdemeanor and Formica! The PAX circled up in beautiful Homewood park as usual, and after the regular introductions we got to work.
Warmup
1. side straddle hop – IC (4count-40)
2. Willie Mays (feet shoulder width, move side to side) – IC (4count-15)
3. Annies (plank, raise one hand and move in circle) – IC (4count-15 first hand/25 second hand)
4. LBC – OYO (40)
5. Ray Lewis (feet together, raise and lower arms) – IC (4count-25)
6. Prisoner Squats – IC (down/up-30)
7. little baby arm circles front / hold / back – IC (4count-10 each/15 sec hold)
8. Merkins – IC (down/up-25)
9. High knees – IC (4count-30)
10. Oh Yeahs / Supermans (Lay on stomach, raise arms and legs 6 inches and hold until told to stop)– 60 sec count
11. Swimmers (on stomach, raise arms and legs, make swimming motion) – IC (4count-20)
12. Flutter Kicks – IC(4count -25)
Indian Run
After getting all warmed up, PAX counted off 1’s and 2’s for a nice Indian Run. It was up to Slumlord to decide where we would go next. Little did he know that for each location YHC had planned a special version of pain. After deciding on Dawson, PAX lined up for an Indian Run. Unfortunately someone dropped the flag on the way, so PAX did 10 burpies halfway there. Once at Dawson, the team did a hill run.
Hill Run
Pax ran up and down that hill and did a set of exercises at each stop, starting with 10 merkins at top. Then it was back to the bottom where we did as many as possible LBC’s, followed by another run to the top with 25 side straddle hops, and finally 40 American hammers at bottom.
Mosey
Next PAX did a little Mosey back to Homewood park. YHC had to fall back, so Cocky stepped up and led the PAX in a little wall- work while YHC caught up to the group.
Wall
Cocky did a good job of leading the group I hear. Don’t know the count, but I could hear the cadence from down the street.
• Declined Merkins
• Inclined Merkins
• Dips
Pax then went back to the circle for a final exercise.

Circle
• Swimmers (on stomach, raise arms and legs, make swimming motion) – IC (4count-10)

COT

At last it was time for COT and name-o-rama. PAX welcomed two FNG’s Misdemeanor and Formica.

YHC is grateful for this wonderful group of men. In the short time I’ve been coming here, I have made friends and gotten better. What a great way to start a day with such a great group of guys. In my oppinion, it doesn’t get much better that that.

The Prayer Labyrinth

The Thang:

Warmup: SSH x 30, Willie Mays x 10 count, Imperial Squat Walker x 10, 1 legged Burpees x 5 each leg

Indian Run to corner of Manhattan and Seminole

Indian Duck Walk from Seminole to Clairmont

Quadraphilia up the Trinity Valet Hill (4 minutes of Bernie Sanders up, mosey down)

Joe Hendricks x 1 (Crawl Bear up the hill)

80/60/40/20:  Take max # of merkins and do 80%, then 20 4 -count Flutter kicks, 60%, flutter kicks, 40%, flutter kicks, 20$, flutter kicks

Walk the Labyrinth – In 3 groups, the PAX walked a prayer Labyrinth on Trinity’s campus – a time to meditate/pray while walking a set course.  Prayers were lifted alone, and at least 1 group had a circle prayer afterward.

Froggy Squats down to Manhattan (Lunge, Lunge, Squat)

Cocky Catch ‘Em: Sprint 200 yards; Cocky 12 counts, then sprints after the rest of the Pax; 1 burpee payment for every pax that is caught.

Mosey back to the park for Captain Thor (escalating exercise with ratio of 1 sit up/4 4-count AHs

Merkin Waterfall Walk-On style

Circle of Trust

Lunges and a visit from the Hulk..April 14, 2018

7 PAX showed up and got better.  To the F3 brothers that didn’t show up, you simply have to live with the fact you missed an opportunity.  Ask Cocky’s watch if it was tired after the workout…

Warm Up

  • Willie Mays – 15 (1, 2, 3 count)
  • Right over left leg – 10 (1, 2, 3 count)
  • Left over right leg – 10 (1, 2, 3 count)
  • Ray Lewis – 20
  • Side Straddle Hops – 43
  • Mountain Climbers – 20
  • LBCs – 30

Mosey around track (2)

Routines

Clock Merkins

  • 3 o’clock – 3
  • 6 o’clock – 6
  • 9 o’clock – 9
  • 12 o’clock – 12
  • 9 o’clock – 9
  • 6 o’clock – 6
  • 3 o’clock – 3
  • TOTAL – 48

Save the Planet

PAX line up and started the Al Gore

  • PAX 1 – Lunged 75 yards then sprinted back while remaining PAX performed the Al Gore
  • PAX 2 – Lunged 75 yards then sprinted back while remaining PAX performed the Al Gore
  • PAX 3 – Lunged 75 yards then sprinted back while remaining PAX performed the Al Gore
  • PAX 4 – Lunged 75 yards then sprinted back while remaining PAX performed the Al Gore
  • PAX 5 – Lunged 75 yards then sprinted back while remaining PAX performed the Al Gore
  • PAX 6 – Lunged 75 yards then sprinted back while remaining PAX performed the Al Gore
  • PAX 7 – Lunged 75 yards then sprinted back while remaining PAX performed the Al Gore
  • Freddy Mercuries – 25

Wall of Pain

  • Dips – 43
  • Incline Merkins – 30
  • Dips – 25
  • Incline Merkins – 30

Suicides (Tennis Courts)

  • Run to middle line, court 1, back to starting position
  • Run to end line, court 1, back to starting position
  • Run to outer line, court 2, back to starting position
  • Run to middle line, court 2, back to starting position
  • Run to end line, court 2, back to starting position

Rinse and Repeat 10 times…

Finale

  • Iron Hulks – 10 (1 Merkin followed by 4 Raise the Roofs)
  • Burpees – 10

Circle up. Name o Rama.  Announcements. Prayer. Lead on 3.

 

Dora at The Vulcan

21 PAX posted and did the hard thing on a cool morning at the Vulcan!

Warm Up

SSH x 30, Merkins x 30, Prisoner Squats x 30, LBCs x 30, Flutter Kicks x 30

Indian Run to Trinity UMC, 10 Burpees

The Thang

Dora with partner:

Merkins x 125

LBCs x 200

Prisoner Squats x 300

50 yard sprints while resting between exercises!

On the wall:

Dips x 40, Decline Merkins x 20, Step-ups x 20 (each leg), Dips x 20

Circle up

Fireman’s drill cool-down x 5

A few announcements and COT – PAX encouraged to give Truthful, Specific, and Positive (TSP) feedback to others in order to train and work the important muscle of encouragement.  Pray for Skullbucket and his family during his daughter’s treatment.

Slumlord led the prayer – LEAD on 3!  Men got better!

Aye!

 

The Gear

3/3/18.  The Vulcan.

Gents,

It was fun to bring the gear out again, and get our pump on.  The field was a bit squishy, but the sun was out, the air was crisp and the company was excellent.  With a big group (38 PAX) we did a short warm-up, took two laps, divided into four squads, and descended upon the four stations of 7+ exercises each.  Except for some sprints at the end, we spent the whole morning rotating through stations of dumbbells, jump ropes, bricks, pavers, rocks, ruck plates, flutter kicks, merkins, big boy situps, squats, burpees, etc.   The scheme was designed to rotate through alternating body parts, which seems a great way to limit fatigue, so as to get in MAXIMUM REPS.

I’ll take the rest of this backblast to comment on the topic of…backblasts.  First, thank you to those men who take the time to write back to the PAX, following a workout.  It really doesn’t take too long.  I was able to type in the 38 PAX names in the “tags” field here on WordPress, almost as fast as the names were being spoken in the video name-o-rama I listened to.  I checked out the WordPress stats and the most popular recent backblast was Skeletor’s rather professionally described account of his 2/19 “Block Party”.

Here is something worth keeping in mind about backblasts: take the opportunity to write what you want to write to the PAX.  While the central theme of a backblast is traditionally a recap of the workout, such recap does not necessarily have to be detailed and complete.  You may decide to write a very brief description overall theme of the workout, and fill the space with other observations from the day, such as interesting things discussed there, jokes overheard, or a particularly amusing thing that happened.  It is also a great vehicle for writing to the PAX some thoughts that you might have about F3, what it has meant to you, where you want to see it go next, etc.  If you have the opportunity to read some backblasts from elsewhere in F3 nation, you’ll come across detailed accounts of workouts, but you’ll also be fortunate to read some really deep compositions by some men, and some very entertaining musings by others.

“You can make anything by writing.”
― C.S. Lewis

Saturday’s workout was closed-out with announcements, name-o-rama, and a prayer by Blue Angel.  Welcome FNG Grunt and visitors Torrey Clark and Snots.  I thank you men for Saturday’s opportunity to LEAD.

– Barney Fife

 

Photo Feb 28, 9 42 25 PM

Block Party – The Spartan – 2/19/2018

Given the recent warm weather and approaching spring break, YHC decided it was time for the Spartan to undertake some body sculpting via the lifting of heavy objects. With 20 cinder blocks in tow, YHC showed up to MBE to find a robust number of PAX punctually awaiting an AM beatdown. And they kept coming. 21 PAX eventually posted on this damp but temperate morning at MBE. A record for the Spartan to the knowledge of YHC. And one more than anticipated. Thanks to those who generously donated some of their curls and presses to their fellow cinder-block-less PAX.

Warm up

  • SSH IC x 20
  • Straight leg stretch – Left of right/right over left
  • Imperial Walkers IC x 20
  • Plankjacks IC x 20

Distribution of coupons (28.4 lb cinder block)

Mosey to MBE field

  • Block Webbs – Swole brother of Jack Webb – Incline merkin on cinder block (CB) then shoulder press from knees: 1:1 ratio, start 1:1, then 2:2, and so on – we made it to 8:8 which was to exhaustion for YHC (will work on this and aspire to 10:10 next time the blocks come out)
  • Flutter Presses – Flutter kicks IC to 5 with CB on chest; then five presses with CB, maintains six inches position while pressing beginning on second set. Can’t remember how many sets we did, I think 4.
  • Colt 45s – Curls: start at flex position go down to 90 degrees, do x reps; go to bottom or extending positon then go up to 90 degrees, do x reps; then full curl for x reps; did 5-5-5, 10-10-10, and 15-15-15.

Mosey back to MBE parking lot

Cinder Block COBRA

  • C – Curls
  • O – Overhead Press
  • B – Block squats
  • R – Run: ran length of MBE parking lot
  • A – Abs: Big boy situps
  • Did sets of each exercise as a circuit for 10, 15, and 20.

Cinder Block Shuttle Run

  • PAX number 1&2 and form two lines 10 yards apart. First PAX from group 1 does the shuttle run by picking up a CB at the other groups line, returns CB to his line, then retrieves the second CB, then returns brick to his starting spot. Meanwhile partner is doing 10 burpees. PAX from group 2 finish burpees then do shuttle run while PAX from group 1 do burpees. Rinse and repeat x 3.

Return CBs to truck and circle up

  • Merkin waterfall – 3 rounds adding one merkin each round while all hold plank position
  • Flutter kicks IC x 40

COT

-Skeletor