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

The Forum – 6/26/2018 – Accountability Sprints

Warm Up 

SSH x 30 in cadence

Willie Mays x 15 in cadence

Merkins x 25

Little Baby Arm Circles x 10 front and back

LBC’s x 40

Mosey to the track

2 Lap Indian Run

1/2 group Pull ups x 15

1/2 flutter kicks during pull ups

Accountability sprints

1 PAX sprints from track to press box whole other PAX do exercises – 3 rounds

  1. Merkins
  2. Squat jumps 
  3. Big Boy sit ups
  4. Burpees
  5. Mountain climbers

Mosey to tennis courts

Sprints, Spider-Man, bounds, burpee hops, lunges, crab walk, fire drill, bear crawl

Plank to “Can’t wait to be king”

10 burpees 

The Forum – 6/7/2018 – Plank Walk

15 PAX took on some hills climbs and were introduced to the plank walk

Warm Up

SSH x 30

Willie Mays x 14

Merkins x 20

Squats x 40

Merkins x 20

1 Lap Indian Run (2 groups)

10 Burpees

Quadraphilia x 4 on hill

   Do 10 merkins after each

Bear Crawl up hill x 4

   Do 30 LBC’s after each

Crab Walk up hill x 4

   Do 15 sit ups after each 

Mosey to tennis courts 

Plank Walk across 4 courts

Plank Walk across 2 courts then sprint 2 courts

Plank Walk and sprint alternating courts with 10 merkins between alternating 

Plank Walk and burpee hop on alternating courts with 5 merkins between alternating then sprint 2 courts then ten merkins

Tennis court sprints

10 burpees

10 Merkins

Flutter kicks x 20 in cadence

American Hammer x 20 in cadence 

Plank to “An Innocent Warrior”

Sunrise Stretch

2 Miles of Pain – the Forum – 5/10/2018

18 PAX hit The Forum for 2 miles of pain with Ping.

Warm Up

SSX x 30

Merkins x 20

Willie Mays x 20

Burpees x 10

One Lap Indian Run

PAX exercise at 5 points on track

  1. Pull Ups x 10
  2. Burpees x 10
  3. Merkins x 20
  4. Squats x 30
  5. LBC’s x 40

Repeat until Q calls time (3 laps today)

Plank to “Under the Sea”

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

Partner Pain – The Forum – 4/17/2018

18 PAX posted for some partner pain with Ping

Warm Up

SSH x 30

Ray Lewis x 30

Willie Mays x 20

Merlin’s x 30

Burpees x 15

Punishment

2 Lap Indian Run

Finish at press box

2 PAX partner up for workout

2 PAX run half lap from press box back to press box

Rotate runners and other PAX do exercises during runs

  1. Merkins
  2. Squats
  3. LBC’s
  4. Dips
  5. Step Ups
  6. Big Boy Sit Ups
  7. Incline Merkins 
  8. Burpees
  9. Flutter Kicks

Cool Down

Plank to “We Know The Way”

Sunrise Stretch

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.

 

 

Burnout – Gloom Mountain – 3/21/2018

13 PAX posted for a burnout special with Ping

Warm Up
SSH x 30 in cadence
Burpees x 15
Willie Mays x 20 in cadence
Ray Lewis x 20 in cadence
Up Downs x 10

Burnout Session
5 Lap Indian Run
Merkin Burnout (50)
1 Lap Mosey
Dip Burnout (50)
1 Lap Mosey
Squat Burnout (100 with 10 second Al Gore at the end)
3 x Run up Gloom Mountain
Mosey To Turf
Little Baby Crunch Burnout (100)
Big Boy Sit Up Burnout (50)
Lunge Across Turf x 2

Plank to “The Longest Time”
Sunrise Stretch

The Forum – 3/15/2018

12 PAX hit The Forum for an Agassi inspired workout.

Mule, Nova, Amazon, Gaines, Grizzly, Whitesnake, Needle, Saluki, The Donald, Default, Commodore, Ping

Warmup
Willie Mays x 20
Burpees x 10
Bobby Hurley x 10
Ray Lewis x 20 in cadence

Mosey lap to the tennis courts

PAX line up across the courts. Exercise consists of an exercise then sprint across 4 courts. If PAX sprint faster than others, do SSH until last PAX finishes sprint.

Merkins x 20
Burpees x 10
Prisoner Squats x 20
American Hammer x 50
Flutter Kick x 15
Dutch Skate x 10
Angle Grinder x 10
Baryshnikov Squats x 20
Big Boy Sit Ups x 20

Agassi’s – Suicides at each court sideline

Lunge across all courts and sprint back

Bear Crawl across 2 courts, then Crab Walk across 2 courts and sprint back

Copperhead Squat x 20 and sprint back

4 Courts Sprint x 3

Fire Drill x 10

Burpee x 3 Waterfall

Plank to “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”

Sunrise Stretch

 

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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