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

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.

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

 

Photo Feb 28, 9 42 25 PM

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

Cone Drills – February 3, 2018

36 PAX including one FNG came together on a beautiful Saturday morning to knock out cone drills and get better.  Remember, pain is just weakness leaving the body…

Warm Up

  • Burpees – 10
  • Mountain Climbers – 25
  • Side Straddle Hops – 25
  • Jack Webbs – 10
  • Freddy Mercury – 25

Mosey around Homewood Park track and end up at the Amphitheater

  • Dips – 30
  • Flutter Kicks – 42

Cone Drills

Set 1

  • 1st Cone – Start Run
  • 2nd Cone – 10 Merkins then run to next cone
  • 3rd Cone – 10 Merkins then run to next cone
  • 4th Cone – 10 Merkins then run to next cone
  • 5th Cone – 10 Merkins then run back next cone
  • 4th Cone – 10 Merkins then run back 4th cone
  • 3rd Cone – 10 Merkins then run back 3rd cone
  • 2nd Cone – 10 Merkins then run back 2nd cone
  • 1st Cone – 10 Merkins then run back 1st cone, then backwards Plank

Set 2

  • 1st Cone – Start Run
  • 2nd Cone – 10 Big Boy Sit Ups then run to next cone
  • 3rd Cone – 10 Big Boy Sit Ups then run to next cone
  • 4th Cone – 10 Big Boy Sit Ups then run to next cone
  • 5th Cone – 10 Big Boy Sit Ups then run back next cone
  • 4th Cone – 10 Big Boy Sit Ups then run back 4th cone
  • 3rd Cone – 10 Big Boy Sit Ups then run back 3rd cone
  • 2nd Cone – 10 Big Boy Sit Ups then run back 2nd cone
  • 1st Cone – 10 Big Boy Sit Ups then run back 1st cone, then backward Plank

Set 3

  • 1st Cone – Start Run
  • 2nd Cone – Bear Crawl to 3rd cone
  • 3rd Cone – Run to 4th cone
  • 4th Cone – Bear Crawl to 5th cone
  • 5th Cone – Run to 4th cone
  • 4th Cone – Bear Crawl to 3rd cone
  • 3rd Cone – Run to 2nd cone
  • 2nd Cone – Bear Crawl to first cone
  • 1st Cone – Backwards Plank

Set 4

  • 1st Cone – Start Run
  • 2nd Cone – 10 Jumping Lunges then run to next cone
  • 3rd Cone – 10 Jumping Lunges then run to next cone
  • 4th Cone – 10 Jumping Lunges then run to next cone
  • 5th Cone – 10 Jumping Lunges then run back next cone
  • 4th Cone – 10 Jumping Lunges then run back 4th cone
  • 3rd Cone – 10 Jumping Lunges then run back 3rd cone
  • 2nd Cone – 10 Jumping Lunges then run back 2nd cone
  • 1st Cone – 10 Jumping Lunges then run back 1st cone, then backward Plank

Set 5

  • 1st Cone – Start Run
  • 2nd Cone – Crab Walk to 3rd cone
  • 3rd Cone – Run to 4th cone
  • 4th Cone – Crab Walk to 5th cone
  • 5th Cone – Run to 4th cone
  • 4th Cone – Crab Walk to 3rd cone
  • 3rd Cone – Run to 2nd cone
  • 2nd Cone – Crab Walk to first cone
  • 1st Cone – Backwards Plank

Set 6

  • 1st Cone – Start Run
  • 2nd Cone – 25 Raise the Roof then run to next cone
  • 3rd Cone – 25 Raise the Roof then run to next cone
  • 4th Cone – 25 Raise the Roof then run to next cone
  • 5th Cone – 25 Raise the Roof then run back next cone
  • 4th Cone – 25 Raise the Roof then run back 4th cone
  • 3rd Cone – 25 Raise the Roof then run back 3rd cone
  • 2nd Cone – 25 Raise the Roof then run back 2nd cone
  • 1st Cone – 25 Raise the Roof then run back 1st cone, then backward Plank

Set 7

  • 1st Cone – Start Run
  • 2nd Cone – 10 Makhtar N’Diayes then run to next cone
  • 3rd Cone – 10 Makhtar N’Diayes then run to next cone
  • 4th Cone – 10 Makhtar N’Diayes then run to next cone
  • 5th Cone – 10 Makhtar N’Diayes then run back next cone
  • 4th Cone – 10 Makhtar N’Diayes then run back 4th cone
  • 3rd Cone – 10 Makhtar N’Diayes then run back 3rd cone
  • 2nd Cone – 10 Makhtar N’Diayes then run back 2nd cone
  • 1st Cone – 10 Makhtar N’Diayes then run back 1st cone, then backward Plank

Mosey to the Amphitheater

  • Dips – 30
  • Flutter Kicks – 42

Grand Finale

  • Burpees – 5
  • Modified Merkins – 10

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

Peaches Schoolyard Fun – Dec. 21, 2017

28 PAX at The Vulcan AO

  • 0.9 mile jog for warm up to Shades Cahaba Elementary through tunnel under 31
  • Circle:
    • 25 Side Strattle Hops
    • 20 Merkins
    • 20 Prisoner Squats
    • 20 LBCs
    • 20 Ray Lewis’
  • Hill Sprint -> 10 burpees -> Recover walk down
  • 10 burpees
  • Hill Sprint -> 10 mountain climbers -> Recover walk down
  • Field Work:
    • 25 yard High Knees
    • 25 yard Backpeddle
    • 25 yard Walking Planks to your right
    • 25 yard Walking Planks to your left
  • 0.9 mile job back to Homewood Central Park
  • Circle:
    • 30 Prisoner Squats
    • 25 Big Boy Sit-ups
    • Stomach Roll right and left to sop up the mud/rainwater
    • Plank to Right Side Plank/Hip Thrusters back to Plank to Left Side Plank/Hip Thrusters back to Plank to forearm Plank and back
    • 10 Bobby Hurleys

Name-o-Rama and Announcements

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

Pre-dawn Police- escorted Ruck, Team Orienteering and Bag Pipe Closer

October 7, 2017 – The Vulcan

Pre-workout RUCK
A record 11 PAX +1 took the 50-minute R/T walk just past The Vulcan statue. The +1 was on-duty Officer Kitt, who pulled up on us in the parking lot, asked what we were up to, and after about 2 seconds of thought (really) announced to this group of strangers “I’m coming”. Before we knew it, he pulled a tac vest (his weight) out of the back of his Tahoe and headed up the road with us. Kitt turned back after a while and apparently ran (in uniform) at full speed across the park field coming suddenly upon straggler Bird Dog in the darkness. Kitt transported Bird Dog in his patrol vehicle up the road at high speed to the marching PAX.

(not pictured: Slumlord)

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Warm Up

(Breeze takes down one of three shovel flags…PAX pays the price with F3 Birmingham’s flag down penalty – 20 O.Y.O. burpees)
IC Side Straddle Hop
IC Should Rotations Each Way
IC Shoulder Taps
IC Hello Dolly
IC Single Leg Merkins
IC Alabama Ass Kickers
IC Sumo Squats

THE THANG
Orienteering (not exactly, but the best way I could think of to describe it)
YHC + 4 other Q’s selected on the spot, each took (5) 6-man teams to different locations within a 2-mile R/T from Homewood Central Park. Each Q was handed an index card with his team’s destination and the work to be done along the way.

Destinations:
Homewood Board of Education Building
Spring Park (it does exist!)
City Hall
Piggly Wiggly
Trak Shack

On the way to destination AND on the way back, all on each team must complete:

50 Merkins
100 foot Bear Crawl
50 Squats
15 Burpees
50 IC Ray Lewis

At destination teams were to do an exercise of the team’s choice. The index cards also had 4 “get to know you” type questions to ask of the team members. YHC wrote up all of this voodoo, carried our team’s laminated index card and somehow forgot about the questions at the bottom of the card. Nice. But our team’s chatter was good, so the time still seemed well spent.

F3 Birmingham’s Scotty welcomed the PAX to the COT with bag pipes (video here), announcements, prayer requests, and prayer by Blue Angel.  Welcome FNG Halftime.

As always, it is a privilege to Q an F3 Birmingham workout and a pleasure to do so on Saturday at The Vulcan.

Thank you,

– Barney Fife

Backblast: Sparrow’s VQ

 

Welcome FNG’s 

Disclaimer: don’t hurt yourself.

 

Count loud during the workout, because if you don’t the workout won’t end.

Welcome FNGs: Soccer Mom, Carpetbagger, Shunnarah

Warmup

20 reps of each of these:

The first exercise is:    Side Straddle Hop.  Starting Position. Move. In Cadence.

The Next exercise is,   Ray Lewise Starting Position. Move. In Cadence.

The Next exercise is,   Prisoner squats Starting Position. Move. In cadence, down up on my command

The Next exercise is,   Little Baby Crunches on your own

The Next exercise is,   The Merkin Starting Position. Move. In Cadence. down up on my command

The Next exercise is,   Big Boy Situps on your own

The Next exercise is,   Flutter Kicks Starting Position. Move. In Cadence.

The Next exercise is,   The Sparrow  (Big boy sit up but come all the way up so that your arms can wrap your knees and then go completely flat with your legs and back to the ground. repeat.) Starting Position. Move. In Cadence. (Down up on my command)

The Next exercise is,   Little Baby Arm Circles Starting Position. Move. In Cadence.

The Next exercise is,   One Burpee Starting Position. Move. In Cadence.

 

Mosey 1 lap around the park.

 

Field day

Split up into partners and line up between the two cones.

Partner Carry, Down and back

Wheal Barrow, Down and Back

 

The “Four Three Two (hundred)”

Find a new partner and wait for instructions.

One partner jogs to the line and back, while the other partner exercises on the ground. Switch when you get back.

Between you and your partner, you must complete:

400 Little Baby Crunches

Find a new partner and together complete

300 Squats

Find a new partner and together complete

200 Merkins

When you and your partner finish your reps, don’t hold a plank. I recommend that you either stand around lazily, or find a pair who hasn’t finished the exercise and donate some reps to help them reach their goal.

 

Any questions?

Starting Position. Move. Go.

 

 

Back to the circle.

 

Merkin Disclaimer

Each person does slow pushups for as long as they can and then hold a plank until I’m finished reading this disclaimer.

 

F3 Nation, Inc. (“F3″) is a peer-led, zero-cost non-profit workout group. F3 makes no representations with regard to the skill level of workout leaders, the safety of the exercises performed during workouts or the hazardousness of the premises upon which workouts are conducted. The men who lead F3 workouts are not paid to do so and no representations of any kind are made by F3 about their skill level. The premises upon which F3 workouts are conducted are not owned or maintained by F3. F3 makes no representations of any kind regarding their safety. Although F3 workouts vary widely in intensity, all F3 workouts tend to be rigorous and are undertaken upon uneven ground during periods of limited visibility. Therefore, there are certain dangers inherent in participating in an F3 workout. Participants must be 18 or older and are assumed to have made their own reasonable decision as to whether they should so participate. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a father or male legal guardian. F3 disclaims any and all responsibility for any individual’s decision to participate in an F3 workout. By participating in an F3 workout, an individual assumes the risks inherent in doing so. This Disclaimer and Notice is made by F3 on its own behalf and on the behalf and for the benefit of any person leading an F3 workout and/or otherwise acting for the benefit of F3.

 

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