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

Quarter Pounder Challenge – May 16, 2018

17 PAX including two FNGs took the Quarter Pounder challenge.  Men got better and fun was had by all.

Warm Up

  • Side Straddle Hops – 25
  • Merkins – 25
  • Prisoner Squats – 25
  • Big Boy Sit Ups – 25
  • Mountain Climbers – 25

Mosey around MBE parking lot

Quarter Pounder

Set 1

  • Run 25 yards, perform 25 Merkins, run back to starting line
  • Run 50 yards, perform 25 Squats, run back to starting line
  • Run 75 yards, perform 25 Big Boy Sit Ups, run back to starting line
  • Run 100 yards, perform 25 Mountain Climbers, run back to starting line

Set 2

  • Run 100 yards, perform 50 Side Straddle Hops, run back to starting line

Set 3

  • Run 25 yards, perform 25 Merkins, run back to starting line
  • Run 50 yards, perform 25 Squats, run back to starting line
  • Run 75 yards, perform 25 Big Boy Sit Ups, run back to starting line
  • Run 100 yards, perform 25 Mountain Climbers, run back to starting line
  • Run 100 yards, perform 50 Side Straddle Hops, run back to starting line

Set 4

  • Run 25 yards, perform 25 Merkins, run back to starting line
  • Run 50 yards, perform 25 Squats, run back to starting line
  • Run 75 yards, perform 25 Big Boy Sit Ups, run back to starting line
  • Run 100 yards, perform 25 Mountain Climbers, run back to starting line
  • Run 100 yards, perform 50 Side Straddle Hops, run back to starting line

Finale

  • Clock Merkins – 3, 6, 9 and 12
  • Lunge around COT while PAX Al Gore

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.

Spartan Waterfalls

Pushing yourself is always easier when you have other men alongside. The Spartan AO (19 PAX, including FNG’s Budget and Pontoon) started with a few usual warm-ups and a merkin and burpee waterfall. Back-to-back waterfalls is a good way to start off pushing.

We took an indian run to the Western Supermarket, taking a mid-run break to add a couple of more waterfalls (plank jack and American hammers). Navigation notwithstanding, the parking lot at Western is an ideal playground for a Dora.

Q learned the lesson that 100 burpees is a lot more than it sounds. We followed that up with 200 merkins and 300 squats. Lot’s of hard breathing and complaints, but all the men pushed through and got better. I want to call out Froggy, who always seems to run faster than most.

After moseying to the athletic field, we began a rotation of exercises with sprints in-between. Q challenged the PAX to lead an exercise each, and the PAX stepped up, specifically Dispatch, Skeletor, Ping, Rabbit and Pilgrim. The goal was to give a little variety and give some fresh challenge to the PAX. I think Ping (fire drills) and Skeletor (flutter-kick pyramid) win the award for bringing the most pain.

After that, COT and naming of two FNGS made a for a strong finish. Rabbit encouraged the PAX to step up and Q, but as punishment for our lack of initiative, Scam is Qing on Wednesday.

February 20 Workout

Perfect weather for a workout!  60 degrees with clear skies.

Warmup:  SSH x 25, Crablegs Stretch x 15, Willie Mays x 15, LBAC x 20 count

6 Minutes of Mary: Flutterkicks, Windshield Wipers, BBSitups, American Hammer, The Hundred, LBCs, Flutterkicks, Mountain Climbers

Moseyed to OLS Parking deck for Parking Space Tracers (20 merkins, Follow the lines of the parking spots to the end of the deck, 20 merkins, run back to repeat) x 4

Burpee Dan (1 Burpee/4 Lunges to the end of the parking Deck)

Mosey to Tennis Courts for Animal Crossing:  Pax at each of the 4 corners, Alternate going from corner to corner with Bear Crawls, Crab Walk, Duck Walk, and Frog Jump x 2 laps total

Mosey back to circle for Merkin Waterfall to End.

COT/Announcements

FNGs Ice, Elvis, and Top Knot

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

10/26/17 Vulcan Vision Quest

22 PAX braved the Vulcan AO’s first temps in the mid-40s and the predawn darkness to post in the gloom!  It is staying dark in the morning for one more week before the Daylight Savings Time transition next week.  YHC is thankful for the dedication of these men who motivate each other.  What a great feeling it is to GET BETTER together as we sharpen each other!

PAX:  Wildfire, Peaches, Ponyboy, Gomer, Dispatch, Bluegrass, Walk on, Drought, Spreadsheet, Breach, Cocky, Slumlord, Elmer, Sparrow, Skeletor, Pilgrim, Zaccheus, Bagman, Dad Bod, Schilling, Hi-Viz.

FNG: Cameron Daniel (Outlier)

Warmups:

Side Straddle Hops x 30; Air Squats x 30; Merkins x 30; Little Baby Crunches x 30; Flutter Kicks x 30

Double Applesauce Indian Run to Dawson Church and back (love running with the shovel flag!)

The Thang:

Dora 1-2-3; Partner up and have one partner perform the first exercise while the other partner sprints 50yds and back.  Continue performing first exercise to completion as cumulative between partners.  Then move to 2nd and 3rd exercise, maintaining sprints in between reps.  100 Merkins, 150 LBCs, 200 Air Squats.

At the Stage:

Decline Merkins x 20; Dips x 20; Step ups (20 each leg); Incline merkins x 20; Dips x 15; Box Jumps x 10

Finish up:

Merkins x 15; Flutter Kicks x 20 – hold 6″ to finish; Fire Drill (high knees ’till Q screams “fire!” then hit the deck, roll left, one merkin, roll right, one merkin, back up) x 4

COT:

Q was inspired this week to reflect on his primary calling (what is the “why” behind everything I do?), and invited PAX to do same.  When primary calling is clear, then the secondary calling (or “what” we do everyday) becomes more focused and impactful!