9/11 Merkin Waterfall Tribute

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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

Tammy Wynette – 7/14/18

19 PAX and two FNGs (Button and E6) done did that thang.   After warming up and a little mosey we did the “Stand By Your Man” to get the festivities started.  Temperature was perfect with near 100% humidity so that meant a good lather was started.  From Tammy Wynette we worked our legs and upper body.  Plumber got to lead us in the Bear Crawl Ring of Fire as he graciously volunteered to show the PAX how to bear crawl and crawl bear.  Fun was had by all…

Warm Up

  • Imperial Walker – 25
  • Sumo Squats – 25
  • Frankensteins – 25
  • Plank – 20
  • Plank Jacks – 25
  • Shoulder Taps – 25
  • Side Straddle Hops – 43
  • American Hammers – 20
  • Superman

Mosey (2 Laps)

Tammy Wynette

  • PAX 1 – 10 Merkins while PAX 2 does 10 Squats
  • Rotate till each PAX performs 100 Merkins and 100 Squats

Leg Wrecker

  • PAX 1 – Lines up 30 yards across from PAX 2 and performs Lt. Dan’s while PAX 2 performs Al Gore’s
  • PAX 2 – Performs Lt. Dan’s back to starting position while PAX 1 performs Al Gore’s
  • Rinse and Repeat three times

Bear Crawl Ring of Fire

  • Circle up around the flag and picked Plumber to be our starter.  Plumber goes around clockwise one time then starts Merkin waterfall at 10 down to 8
  • Plumber goes around clockwise one time then starts Merkin waterfall at 7 down to 5
  • Plumber goes around counter clockwise one time doing Crawl Bear then starts Merkin waterfall at 5 down to 1

The Cooper

  • Lap around playground then perform
    • 10 Squats
    • 10 Big Boy Sit Ups
    • 10 Side Straddle Hops
  • Repeat four more times for a total of
    • 50 Squats
    • 50 Big Boy Sit Ups
    • 50 Side Straddle Hops

Finale

  • Incline Merkins – 25
  • Dips – 43
  • Incline Merkins – 20
  • Jack Webb (Merkins @ 5 & 10 intervals)

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

The Vulcan – 7/12/2018 – Mowers Made Us Modify

27 PAX, including 2 FNG’s, hit the pavement for some Dora’s with Ping.  Welcome Stan and Cat Lady.

Warm Up

SSH x 30 in cadence

Willie Mays x 15 in cadence

Ray Lewis x 15 in cadence

Squats x 35

Merkins x 25

 

2 Lap mosey 

Dora – Sprint slab by amphitheater

50 Burpees

100 Merkins

150 Dutch Skaters

200 Delivery LBC’s (wide leg)

250 Raise the Roof

300 American Hammers

350 High Knees

30 Burpees 

 

Plank to “can’t wait to be king”

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.

2018-06-05 @ The Vulcan: 40 Minutes of Hell + OT

The tease of Nolan Richardson did not go unfulfilled. 30 PAX gathered at Homewood Central Park for The Vulcan AO at 5:30 to get better. What followed:

Warm-ups:

  • 25x side straddle hops
  • 25x prisoner squats
  • 15x willy mays
  • 25x ray lewis

0.8 mile mozy with 2 stations of 10x burpees to Edgewood Elementary

Modified Nolan Richardson 40 minutes of hell:

  • Partners split reps while there was a +/- 40 yard back peddle, bobby hurley, and jog back
    • Pull Ups: 2x max each
    • Squats: +/- 150
    • Big Boy Sit Ups: +/- 100
    • Merkins: +/- 125
  • Little Baby Arm Circles and Ray Lewis for for a 100 yards walk

0.8 mile mozy with 2 stations of 5x burpees back to Central Park

Captain Thor – 1:4 Ratio of Big Boy Situp to American Hammers – Completed 5:20

Ended to Bring Sally Up with Merkins

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

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!

 

Grundl Mountain – March 20, 2018

26 PAX and 1 FNG (Snowden) took on Grundl Mountain this morning and survived.  Men got better.  Happy Birthday to Soccer Mom as he turns 25 and gets the coveted car insurance discount.

Warm Up

  • Mountain Climbers – 20
  • Merkins – 25
  • Burpees – 10
  • Side Straddle Hops – 20

Mosey to Grundl Mountain

  • Run from 28th Street to the top of the mountain (726 feet)
  • Run from top of the mountain to 28th Street (726 feet)
  • Run from 28th Street to the top of the mountain (726 feet)
  • Run from top of the mountain to 28th Street (726 feet)
  • Run from 28th Street to the top of the mountain (726 feet)
  • Run from top of the mountain to 28th Street (726 feet)
  • Run from 28th Street to Woodfern Dr (382 feet)

Total ran on the mountain = .89 miles

Mosey back to the park to find a spot on the wall

  • Dips – 43
  • Decline Shoulder Taps – 10

Finale

  • Jack Webbs – 10

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

Side Straddle Hops – March 6, 2018

“Drip down, O heavens, from above, And let the clouds pour down righteousness; Let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit, And righteousness spring up with it. I, the LORD, have created it.”  Isaiah 45:8

Keep Soccer Mom’s mother in your prayers…

Mosey to OLS parking deck

Warm Up

  • Mosey – 2 laps
  • Mountain Climbers – 25
  • Side Straddle Hops – 50
  • Plank Jacks – 25
  • Superman – 25 (1,2,3 cadence)

Mosey – 1 lap

  • Plank (Arms straight) – 25 (1,2,3 cadence)
  • Plank (Elbows) – 25 (1,2,3 cadence)
  • Shoulder Taps – 25 (1,2,3 cadence)
  • Extended Arms – 25  (1,2,3 cadence)
  • Ray Lewis – 25  (1,2,3 cadence)
  • Carolina Dry Dock – 25

Mosey – 1 lap

  • Prisoner Squats – 25
  • Sumo Squats – 25
  • Ballerina Squats – 25
  • Side Straddle Hops – 25

 Mosey – 1 lap

  • Big Boy Sit Ups – 25
  • Flutter Kicks – 25 (1,2,3 cadence)
  • Freddy Mercury – 25 (1,2,3 cadence)

Mosey – 1 lap

  • Merkins – 15
  • Wide Grip Merkins – 15
  • Close Grip Merkins – 10
  • Side Straddle Hops – 25

Finale

  • Jack Webb – 10
  • Side Straddle Hops – 25

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

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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