Gloom Mt. Casino II: Raw Deal



Eight men came out to get better this morning.  Welcome FNG Opus.  As YHC’s knee is still a bit tender from Saturday’s 10-mile Rabbit Ruck, the PAX did no more traveling this morning than a couple relocation shuffles.  But we made up for it stationary sweat.


IC SSH, IC Shoulder Rotations each way, IC Imperial Walkers, 25 LBCs OYO


Mosey to the Mile-of-Benches for 15 OYO dips and 15 SC decline Merkins.  Mosey back to turf.

Back at the beloved astro-turf playground (F3 Birmingham’s Augusta National) the PAX hunkered down for a DECK OF CARDS.  We took it up a notch from last time…

  • CLUBS = IC Raise the roof
  • DIAMONDS = SC Merkins
  • HEARTS = SC Iron Tribe situps
  • SPADES = Prisoner Squats
  • JOKERS = 10 Burpees (per Paperboy’s instructions)

To this card game we added a ROULETTE WHEEL.  Two duck taped bricks that YHC spotted while leaving the garage were passed around clockwise – as a pair – chaging hands for each of the 52 sets.  If you had the bricks, you hung on to them, incorporating them into your set.  This added some variety and the next time we will work in a couple more sets of bricks to the circle.  With virtually no breaks, these 520 reps (counting the IC exercise as 2 reps per count) catch up with you.


Paperboy called for some Diamond Merkins.  Sloss called out some Flutter Kicks.   The Donald called something other than Diamond Merkins to Exhaustion (he’s on probation). I think that was it.  We finished with a jog (that’s not a shuffle…but not a sprint) up Gloom Hollow and back – a.k.a. the Hollow Hustle.


Prayers for Choo Choo’s mother and Paper Boy’s girlfriend’s mother.  Announcements: Happy’s Barons game, Pickle’s solo mission trip to Rawanda, Happy Hour tonight, etc.  The Donald led us in prayer after claiming to have no prayer skills.  It turned out he was sandbagging that too.

Thanks for coming out men.  If you are reading this and have not yet experienced a workout “on the Mountain”, come and see for yourself.  It’s a great location.  Namaste Q’s Thursday at the mother ship – The Vulcan.  Scam has Saturday there.  I’m not sure about Monday and Tuesday.  I know The Donald has Wednesday at Gloom Mountain.

See YOU in the gloom,

– Fife

PS – Opus was 90th man to brave an F3 Birmingham workout.

Here is that full PAX list:

BamBam, Barney Fife, Batter, Beaver, Big Rig, Bird Dog, Blindside, Bobber, Braquo, Bronze, Catnip, Cessna, Chavez, Cheaha, Choo Choo, Cinco, Cocky, Commie, Copay, Coupon, Cowbell, Crappie, Doogie, DuBose, Edge, Fanny Pack, Felony, Gator, Grundle, Hoosier, Gold Bond, Gomer, Goose, Gov, Gump, Happy, Hawkeye, Heisenburg, HIPAA, Hi-Viz, Jiffy, Juice, Marion Barry, Merc, Mini, Namaste, Navou, Opus, Panic, Paperboy, Peanut, Pew, Pickle, Quack, Quickrete, Rabbit, Rapid, Rebar, Rebel, Romeo, Rudder, Salmon, Saluki, Saluki, Scam, Schilling, Scrum, Shakespear, Shank, Skullbucket, Slider, Sloss, Sparrow, Spud, Switzer, Terrier, The Donald, The Dude, The Ponz, Tinactin, Tommy Lee, Turnbuckle, Weber, Wham-o, Whistle, Wildfire, Wilson, Winger, Wiregrass,


Mt. Gloom July 10th

It was a great morning at Mt. Gloom as 10 men answered the call. 9 veteran pax and 1 FNG (Welcome Rudder) showed up at 5:30 at Gwin to try and get a little better. Happy was the Q and we were all still feeling a little beat up from the Vulcan run from over the weekend.


Side-straddle Hops – 20

Prisoner Squats – 20

Merkins – 20

Imperial Walkers – 20

We then mosey’d to the track and did 2 laps to get the heart beats up a bit

The Circuit

Using the track as our guide, we did 4 circuits around the track. For each circuit, we would do 20 exercises to start, 15 in the next corner of the track, 10 in the next corner, 5 in the third corner and then sprint back to the beginning. Those in front were rewarded with planking until the six made it back to the beginning. Saluki, Choo Choo and Jiffy gave a lesson on fitness with this one

Merkins – 20, 15, 10, 5

Squats – 20, 15, 10, 5

Diamond Merkins – 20, 15, 10, 5

Quick rest in between circuits 3 & 4 with a Hollow Hustle sprint up the hill and back

LBC’s – 20, 15, 10, 5

The Cool Down

Mosey’d for one more lap around the track and then back to the turf

Side-Straddle Hops – 15

Ray Lewis’s – 15

Imperial Squat Walkers – 15

Flutter Kicks – 15

Donald Diamond Merkins – The Donald crushed the rest of the Pax with 45 single count Merkins (I couldn’t do any more past 22).

Circle of Trust

We welcomed Rudder to the Pax. He did great and led the charge during some of the Circuit. I think we’ll be seeing him again.