Extra Value Meal of Pain

Scene: Monday 7.29.19 0530 hrs
AO: Mudd Town
Count: 16
PAX: Sonnie, Beach Boy, Wormer, Edge, Instacart, Planters, MeowMeow, Fudd, Slocumb, Spinnaker, Wrong Turn, Bessy, Woody, Happy, Birkie, Dunlop
QIC: Dunlop

Monday, end of July, slightly cooler than normal, and 16 jacked PAX chowed down on their Monday morning with an Extra Value Meal of Pain… here’s what was on the menu:

WARM-O-RAMA:

  • SSH x30 IC
  • Willie Mays x15 IC
  • Imperial Squat Walkers x20 IC
  • Bat Wings (Seal Claps x15 IC, Overhead Claps x15 IC, LBAC Forward x15, LBAC Backward x15)
  • Plank Jacks x25
  • Merkins x30

THE THANG:

2 lines for Bataan Death March (Indian Run + 5 burpees) down to Veterans Park playground… 4-COUNT NUGGETS (PAX number off by 4s):

  • Nugget 1 – Pull ups x20 on monkey bars
  • Nugget 2 – Box jumps x30 on picnic table benches
  • Nugget 3 – Dips x50 on picnic table benches
  • Nugget 4 – Calf raises x75 on curb

Mosey to uphill side of large green field… QUARTER POUNDER:

  • Downhill Sprint 25yds (1st cone),
  • Merkins x25,
  • Uphill Bernie Sanders 25yds back to start.
  • Downhill Sprint 50yds (2nd cone),
  • American Hammers (2-count) x50,
  • Uphill Bernie Sanders 50yds back to start.
  • Downhill Sprint 75yds (3rd cone),
  • Squats x75,
  • Uphill Bernie Sanders 75yds back to start.
  • Downhill Sprint 100yds (4th cone),
  • LBCs x100
  • Uphill Bernie Sanders 100yds back to start.

Mosey back down hill… circle up for ABSOLUTION for dessert:

  • 8-count Groiner, Mahktar N’Diayes, and Chilly Jack x16 IC
  • Each PAX took turn counting, but all PAX did all reps

2 lines for Iron Mike Indian Run (Indian Run + 10 Iron Mikes) back to parking lot… Cool down with ATMs:

  • Shoulder Taps x15 IC
  • Tempo Merkins x10 IC
  • Fast Merkins x10

COT:

  • Quick Word for the Day: Every one of us knows someone who needs this… give F3 away! Be on lookout for SadClown’s to Headlock… “The FNG is the lifeblood of F3” (Scam quote)
  • Name-O-Rama
  • Announcements: Dad’s Camp 2019, Dad’s Camp and Merkin Challenge shirt pre-orders
  • Prayer
  • LEAD on 3!

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 

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.

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 

The Snake (and a word on 2nd F)

YHC enjoyed what I believe to have been only my second Q at The Forum.  Here is a quick Backblast to commemorate that workout.

Conditions: 50 and warming, dry, full sun…as good as it gets.
PAX: 16, including FNG “Roadrunner”
WARM UP
IC SSH
IC Imperial Walker
IC Arm Circles > Raise the Roofs
SC GF (“Good Form”) Merkins
MOSEY TO SUPERMARKET
(YHC caught some flak during the mosey for referring to Walmart’s small grocery store format as a “supermarket” – not be confused the company’s larger Supercenters. After a quick google search, I stand by the chosen terminology. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermarket )
In front of the…market…we did, to the amusement of a few early arriving employees:
IC Shoulder Taps
SC WWI Situps
SC Sumo Squats
Slow GF Merkins
IC Flutter Kicks
THE SNAKE
The meandering climbing sidewalk that cuts through the eastern edge of Wald Park (and on through that section of Vestavia Hills), was dubbed “The Snake” for that day. After moseying to The Snake, we took off on a run up the path, in pairs, roughly 15 seconds apart. Each telephone pole along the way was a “snake bite” requiring 2 burpees. As PAX finished at the end, The Donald led everyone in that planking/arm lift thing.
LITTLE BEAR HILL
At the steep grass hill at the end of that portion of The Snake, in 2 waves, we bear crawled up and shuffled back down. Rinse and repeat.
THE SNAKE, AGAIN
After moseying to the bottom of The Snake, we went the full length, in new pairs. This time, we lunged the whole distance. The snake bites were 5 GF Merkins at each pole. YHC was paired with 3PO and got to listen to his watch periodically inform him in a female C3PO-like voice, how many calories he had burned. We planked again at the end, were PAX got a preview of the 3PO’s enthusiasm for leading something called a “core workout”.
MOSEY TO BENCHES BY THE TRACK
Here…dips and declines…repeated a few times

MOSEY TO THE FLAG
Back at the flag, YHC called on unsuspecting PAX to command us into another 10 or so exercises. It worked out well.

COT
I didn’t realize it at the time, but one man among us, Copay, had not been around in quite some time. He was at our very first workout, a founding father of F3 Birmingham. Welcome back Copay. During the name-o-rama video, The Donald knocked my water bottle all over me, and pretended it wasn’t intentional. Jiffy closed us out in prayer. We put in some work that morning, and I really enjoyed my time out there. I hope that most others can recount the same.

EPILOGUE
We’ve got a couple of 2nd F events coming up. Please prioritize these, particularly the Anniversary Toast on May 4th at 8 p.m. at Oak Hill, being Q’d by Stuntman. We’ll have workouts this week, next week, the week after that, and the week after that. We are doing great with getting in 1st F. But the 2nd F opportunities are just as important, and there are much fewer of them. We’ll have two workouts during our F3 Birmingham Anniversary weekend. We’ve also got PAX doing a CSAUP (Homewood 5K). If you can only get to one event — make it to The Toast. Even if you just stop by for one pint, and even if you don’t drink….make an appearance. #FELLOWSHIP

– Barney Fife

or
F3BHM One Year Anniversary Celebration (Stuntman)
Stuntman has wisely moved the event to FRIDAY NIGHT, MAY 4TH to avoid crossover with the We Love Homewood Day celebration on the 5th.  May 6th marks the one year since the first F3 workout in Alabama.   To celebrate this triumphant occasion PAX will likely raise a glass in a toast (hopefully several toasts) at 8 p.m. (exact time and confirmation location coming soon).  If you can bring your M, or girlfriend, do so.  If you can only manage to duck out alone, after the kids are in bed, that will do.  Just be there to join your F3 brothers in celebration. Don’t miss this.  berghof-wine-3rdID-flipped-to-corect

Getting Swoll and Leadership – The Forum 4-14-18

This was the 2nd Saturday Work-Out at the Forum and YHC wanted to make sure that everyone felt as thought they got their money’s worth. There was a threat of rain, but 12 men showed up determined to get better and get swoll. We welcomed our FNG and I shared a quick thought about F3 being more than a work-out and a mechanism to reinvigorate male leadership in the community.

The Warm-UP

SSH x 25

Merkins x 25

Squats x 25

Diamond Merkins x 20

Ray Lewis’s x 20

The Thang

Mosey’d to the track where we paired up. One Pax ran backwards, the other Pax did 21 Merkins and then ran to his partner. The pairs alternated running backwards and we counted the merkins down by 2. At the conclusion, as the Pax was catching their breath, we lunged over to the hill by the stairs. I recommended a short course of Quadrophilia (running up the hill backwards, running down forwards). After about 5 minutes of Quadrophilia, we started with bear crawls up, 10 decline merkins, and crawl bears down the hill. YHC realized that we hadn’t done any ab work yet, so at the top of the hill we did a couple sets of flutter kicks and incline LBC’s. YHC then recommended that we head to the tennis courts for a set of BLIMPS (Burpees, Lunges, Imperial Walkers, Merkins, Plank-Jacks, Squats) to the far side of the court. At that point, the Pax was a little tired but still motivated so we circled back to the parking lot to finish with my favorite exercise….Jack Webb’s. A hard set of 10 and we circled up for name-o-rama. We welcomed FNG Achilles and concluded with a C.O.T.

 

 

The Spartan 3/21/18

18 PAX posted at the Spartan and did the hard thing for a hump day workout.

Warmup:

  • SSH x30
  • Willie Mays x20
  • Prisoner Squat x30
  • Burpie x10
  • Ray Lewis x20
  • LBC x40

Mosy to parking deck:

2 sets:

  • Box Jumps x20
  • Dips x20
  • Decline Mercan x15
  • American Hammer x20

Mosy to Canterbury Park and Indian Run back to MBE field. Circle up around flag:

All PAX in plank position and remained in plank position for next 2 exercises:

  • Plank jacks x20
  • Shoulder taps x20

PAX partnered up for cone drill. Cones every 25 yds +\- length of field. At each cone partners did 10 Patty Cake Mercans on way down and 15 Bog Boy Sit-ups with fist bump on way back.

  • Bear crawl to cone #1
  • Frog hop to cone #2
  • Crab walk to cone #3
  • Duck walk to cone #4

Next exercise was partner carry:

25 SSH carry partner to cone #2, 25 SSH swap carry partner to cone #4 , 25 SSH sprint to Flag

Finished with:

  • cockroach x20
  • Burpie waterfall

Mosy back to parking lot

COT

  • Announcements
  • Name-o-roma
  • Welcome FNG Speedo
  • Prayer
  • 1-2-3 Lead

Posted PAX- Juice, Tarbaby, Edge, Skullbucket, Froggy, Elvis, Zacheeus, Skeletor, Elmer, Quickcrete, Rabbit, Speedo, Breach, Mullin, Dispatch, Harbaugh, Birddog.

Men got better.

——Pothole

 

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

 

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