Haven’t posted to many boot camps lately, let alone lead one. And it’s been quite some time since I’ve been to Kevlar, so thanks Faultline for the invitation today. My recent lack of Q experience may have showed a little, but I think everyone got there money’s worth… so with 16 men in tow, here is what we did.
One and a half laps around the field. I was already getting grief about the running during the warm-up lap. Hard to stop at just one lap though on a track that probably has a less than 100 yd perimeter. We peeled off into the grass field encircled by the track for some COP:
We then moseyed to the church parking lot by the lacrosse field. We ran the concentric circles made by the parking lot lanes around the church, working our way toward the church and stopping at each exit driveway to do a called exercise.
Finished when we completed the innermost loop, and head over to the courtyard for some MoM…
Run over to the hill for Triple Nickel:
With Orange Whip’s assistance, we found the rock pile where everyone grabbed a lifting rock
Still some time, so we headed over to the shelter
Mosey back to launch point.
Thanks for the opportunity to lead this morning!
POSTED BY MERMAID ON BEHALF OF MAILMAN
Cars kept on rolling into the lot as the start time approached. Big morning for our Q, Mailman. He told YHC he dreamed that he had slept through the workout and totally missed his VQ. Probably not the first time a VQ’er had that dream. Alas, he was present and ready, having practiced cadence count with his wife, who gave him the seal of approval, or at least did not make fun of him. Proper disclaimer given to the PAX and off we went.
Warm up mosey: Left on Little, Left on Walsh, Left into campus thoroughfare on south side of Tartarus (parking deck). Continue to level 1. Circle Up.
Mary to regroup. Another round of People’s Chair (Wall Sit). Exit Tartarus.
Plank-o-rama: Elbows/RLH/LLH/Right Arm Out/Swap Left/High Plank/Low Plank/Alt Leg Raise x 12 IC
Serpentine Tartarus Run
AYG up Stairwell 1 to Level 4. Over to Stairwell 2 and down to ground. Over to Stairwell 3 up to Level 4. AYG over to Stairwell 1 and descend to ground level.
Mosey back to launch lot.
6 Minutes of Mary Heels to Heaven x 15 IC/High Flutter x 15 IC/LBC x 15 IC/Freddie Mercury x 20 IC/One Legged Dolly x 15 IC each leg
Mailman was asked for Moleskin info, but did not respond in time for this post. Your moleskin is provided by Mermaid.
A few weeks back, YHC put Mailman on the spot when Margo was asking for people to Q at Centurion. It went something like this:
Mermaid: “Mailman, you Q yet?”
Mailman: “No, not yet.”
Mermaid: “Dude, you are ready, time to step up.”
Mailman: “What day do you need me?”
Simple as that. Mailman got pushed, ever so slightly, and stepped up to lead. This is part of what we do and, in essence, is the F3 Credo: Leave no man behind, but leave no man where you found him.
Mailman is now a workout Q. A participant leader in F3.
He spent some time reading through the 1st workout docs from F3nation.com, practiced his cadence count, put together a plan, and did a dry run of his plan. He was prepared and it clearly showed in all facets. So, well done Mailman, T-Claps for stepping up and leading. YHC looks forward to your next Q.
This is what we do and we need to be diligent in continuing to do it. Look around you and encourage those newer guys to lead, whether it be a workout or a service project.
#Kotters to Rapper’s Delight. Home now from serving the USA. T-claps for your service. See you next week. Make sure you bring Drago and tell him to leave his headphones at home.
#Kotters to Madame, Mighty Might, and Commish. Great to have you guys join us at Centurion today. No mistaking MT’s truck pulling into the launch lot.
Fault starts noted for Chelms and Runstopper. They both worked hard. Solid effort men.
Hops was pumped about his Sages winning the state championship. Rightfully so.
Clover was dressed for some cold weather. Color-coordinated as well. Several others went by previous night’s forecast and appeared overdressed for the low 50s we had this morning. Twice as warm as the past few days.
Brilleaux was in strong form as usual. Pushing on the pace.
Margo brought and then subsequently forgot the shovel flag. YHC grabbed it. Maybe a subtle way of saying, “I have been the keeper of the shovel flag for long enough, your turn?” I’ll hang on to it and cart it to and fro. May be the last one in all of A51. Hops, we have any others?
Well done today men. Thanks for coming out and supporting the Mailman VQ.
YHC took us out.
SOB Christmas party tonight.
A51 Christmas party tomorrow night at Seaboard in Matthews.
Be careful with the driving if you are attending.
Need some Q’s at Centurion. Want to step and lead? Just let myself or Margo know: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Editor’s note: Lois posting on behalf of Sensei.
My thermometer said 25 at 5am, and since I was Q at Sparta I kinda had to get up and go. I wasn’t sure how many other guys would show up, but at 5:15 there were 11 folks with just as questionable judgment as myself in the Matthews Elementary parking lot. The plan was simple: When it’s really cold, the best way to stay warm is to run, and keep running. Since Sparta is a running workout, the Weinke took care of itself.
We launched out from MES and ran the Labor Day Kiwanis 5K course (AKA the Peak 51 pre-run route).
Once we got back to Trade St. via Charles, we looped back around to Ames, hung a right on John St. and ran up to Christ Covenant Church.
We were still good on time so we cut through the church parking lot over to Fullwood, ran down to Trade St. took a left and headed back to the launch point.
It was 6:07, so rather than stand around we ran a couple of laps around First Baptist church for the remaining time.
By 6:15 we stopped and had 6 miles in. Not a bad days’ work.
We stopped along the route to do squats, feet shuffle, or whatever guys do to stay warm to wait on the 6. Though, this was a strong crowd so we did not have to wait much at all.
Most of us got in 2 laps around the church at the end, but Stone Cold got in 3. Strong work, sir.
Supposedly The Mouth was there. It sounded like him, but The Mouth is usually a warm weather creature; it was December and it was hard to tell with the balaclava covering all but his eyes. Seriously, thanks for coming out. See you again in… June???
You know it’s cold when Strange Brew is wearing a shirt.
Sparta is a great workout. I think this is only the 2nd time I have not attended Peak 51 in my 4+ years of F3.
Gypsy, a Sparta regular was Q for Peak today. Since we share a launch point we may do some additional Q swapping in the future.
You can’t go wrong posting to either workout. Great folks all around.
Thanks for the opportunity to lead and run with the Sparta crowd.
4 men showed up for the 5:00 pre-run. It was decided that the flat route would be the choice of the day. One Man did some laps around the lot at 5:15.
Meet back at 5:30 for the main event. One man leaves and 3 men arrive.
Pull the sandbags from YHC’s truck, mighty’s car and One-Niner’s SUV and get moving.
Head over to the playground for a warm-up.
25 x SSH IC
10 x Windmills IC
5 x sandbag burpees IC
Head over to the monkey bars for three rounds of exercises with a lap in between.
20 Bent over rows with sandbags
20 curls with sandbags
20 overhead tricep extensions with sandbags (bags to heavy someone will die, audible to big boy dips)
Head over to the 3 concrete benches for sandbag step-ups. 10 per leg.
5 more IC sandbag burpees
20 bench squats over the concrete benches
Mosey over to the big flat icy area in the playground and get in one row. Toss your sandbag using your whole body to get an explosive throw. Rotate sandbags on YHC’s call.
Sandbag pulls with Bear Crawls. Same M.O. as above.
Grab your sandbag and mosey over to the batting cage and dump them in a pile. Head down to the bottom of the hill and complete a set of 7’s. Burpees at the bottom and Squats at the top.
Complete 20 IC dips on the bleachers while the 6 finishes up
Head over to the sandbag pile grab your sack and head to the walls at the launch point. Pile the bags up and get in a row for People’s chair. Send all the sandbags down to one end then send them back.
Head to the launch point just in time for 5 more IC sandbag burpees.
There was a lot of bitching today…. You know you don’t have to use sandbags, its cold, my fingers are numb, I don’t like heavy things, no you get the whale dick, blah, blah, blah.
We had plenty of sandbags (thanks One-Niner and Mighty for bringing yours out) although Ringer had to use my home made innertube sandbag (aka the whale dick). I think deep down he liked this as he was exempted from the overhead press in the burpees.
Cheddar got there for the pre-run ready for some hills…. we disappointed him and took our sorry asses to the easy flat route. Sorry Ched, next time for sure.
Cobbler found out he has a partially torn rotator cuff. He finds out if he needs surgery this week. Keep him in your prayers. The good thing is that he got some very sage medical advice from Ringer and One-niner. Dear god listen to your real doctor not these fools.
MT called out the 4:50 pre-run on slack and didn’t show up until we were gone, at 5:15. He supposedly ran a little. Also, he did not read the 3 warnings posted on social media about the sandbags. Too bad they don’t teach those boys to read at the University of SC.
Mighty worked so hard today he split the liner in his sandbag. Don’t worry this was not a GoRuck liner. So don’t email him about the SCARs warranty. I am talking to you Geraldo.
One-Niner has girly hands and has found that Physics does not apply to him, and if he combines two pairs gloves (running with bootcamp over them) his hands actually get colder.
Good to have General roll up late to the main event. His labia and cornea are healing very nicely…. if you were wondering they are connected.
As always a great time was had by the Arsenal gang. Many sack jokes were made by all. Come out and try it sometime you will get stronger and faster.
Site Q swap and YHC can only hope that my Q will be half as good as my brother Sensie’s will be at Sparta today. Considering he ran the BRR and kills it every time I have seen him at post, one can only imagine what those poor Spartans are in for…
~4:45AM Woke up due to a standard Thursday alarm..
~5AM all ready with 30 mins to get 15 mins away..Oh well.. I can make it to Sparta launch site and plant the flag before they head out. Slightly worried about the temps keeping the pax away today and even sent Sensei a text last night as a preemptive “Just in case”.
~5:15AM Pulling into the AO and there stood more than few Spartans ready to start the day. Cold be damned.. A51 MAtthews pax could care less about the cold.
~5:30AM Its Peak 51’s turn to launch
Disclaimer given and also admitted to being a Peak 51 FNG.
New favorite warm up exercise called out and Lois immediately begins the mumble chatter with his declaration of his love for the BLIMPS
Burpees: 5 OYO
Lunges: 10 each leg OYO
Imperial Walkers: 15
Merkins: 20 Civilian Count
Plank Jacks: 25 OYO
Squats: 30 OYO
Mosey to parking lot
DANG ITS COLD!!
Perform one BLIMPS for additional warm up… would hate to pull a hammie during a beat down
4 corners to hit the big 3 (Legs, Abs, Chest)
Round 1 Squats 10 Bomb Jacks at center.
Round 2 Sit-ups 10 Dolly’s at center. How is it you can always find that one location in a GIANT parking lot that has that one small rock to dig into your tailbone.. There were 4 locations.. 4!!! I swear Lois was planting these rocks so I had no other choice but find them all.
Round 3 Merkins 10 Dry Docks at center. I am pretty sure Thumper must do Merkins in his sleep.. Dude can fly through some Merkins
Perform one BLIMPS (friend should not let Qs write a Weinke while consuming bourbon)
The Peak 51 PAX is warmed up now.. Sardine declares the crew is growing tired of YHC’s warm-up exercise and says it’s time to get to work. Yes sir.. I agree.
Keeping warm was and moving was the object of the Q today..
Mosey up the hill to the back parking lot of the school.
Ladder 11s (always a crowd pleaser on a cold day and today was no exception. Nobody is going to stay cold on my watch… no sir… not while we have open parking lots available and time still left before 6:15am)
Perform one BLIMPS modified to a NOPE (Bourbon got a little to happy with BLIMPS.. YHC thinks they may have something for each other)
Partner up: Pax 1 does called exercise as partner 2 goes to far end and performs one burpee, returns and continues the count. (Thumper/Sardine, Lois/Gypsy, Bernie/Madoff)
Join the 6 to complete
Mosey back to the Launch site.
No time for Mary.
Mumble Chatter was limited today and I think it was because the PAX was just a pissed at my Bourbon drinking Wienke writer as I was. There are some wienkies you keep as a backup plan for future Q assignments and others you just burn. Well… it is cold outside and the fire pit needs help getting started…
The cold weather tends to reduce the pax numbers… but not in A51 Matthews area. Thank you guys for sticking out with me this morning. No way I could have finished it without the PAX.
Until next time.
14 men conquered today’s edition of the The Floater. Here’s how they did it.
As always, I appreciate the invite to come down and lead this morning. Thanks for the solid turnout on a chilly morning. We managed to warm up pretty quickly, almost too much. It was a good thing when Transporter’s hood came down, not so good when Tupperware’s shirt came off. Luckily it stopped there. Any more burpees and he might have been down to his skivvies. #PG13
Heading to Bojangles felt like a long field trip while we were doing it, but we ended up with just over 2.3 miles which isn’t too bad after all. Probably warranted another trip or two up the hill. Saw the burpee train rolling by as I pulled into the lot this morning and was sad to have missed it. The merkin snake became the burpee snake and problem was solved.
A lot of strong work thrown down by the Western UC PAX today and very little (if any) complaining even though some of those calls definitely warranted it. I was asked to make the workout tough this morning and hope it lived up to expectations. The hard work at The Floater continues the next 3 weeks with Transporter, General_, and Bottlecap mounting the throne the next 3 weeks. Better stock up on your witch hazel. (I know I’m a grown man, but it never gets old).
Great seeing a bunch of familiar faces this morning as well as plenty of new faces as WUC continues to grow. Had a great time with you guys and look forward to seeing many of you at the Christmas party tomorrow.
Cold morning at OPES as the Pax gathered for #F3Hydra after having last Thursday off for Thanksgiving. It was one of those mornings where guys sit in the cars until right up to kickoff. Yet still we waited on Gloss. After the disclaimer, off we went.
Mosey around the back of the school to the opposite side parking lot for COP.
Mosey across Rea to the church rock pile. Grab a rock you can handle for 25 reps. The routine was 25 reps of the called exercise with the rock, drop the rock, run around the church but stop at the corner of Edenbridge Lane and Rea for 25 merkins, keep running around the church back to where the rocks were and do called core exercise until the six arrived, then complete called core exercise x 10IC
After round 7, we returned the rocks and moseyed back to our COP parking lot for grinders. After a few minutes of grinders, we moseyed back to launch for quick finale.
Joshua 6:1-4;15-16 – Now the gates of Jericho were tightly shut because the people were afraid of the Israelites. No one was allowed to go out or in. But the Lord said to Joshua, “I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its strong warriors. You and your fighting men should march around the town once a day for six days. Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the seventh day you are to march around the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. On the seventh day the Israelites got up at dawn and marched around the town as they had done before. But this time they went around the town seven times. The seventh time around, as the priests sounded the long blast on their horns, Joshua commanded the people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the town!
With the cold weather this morning, the goal was keep us working and moving as much as possible. Also wanted to get some lifting in. Seems we accomplished both, with minimal complaining and refuseniking, save the usual, of both, from Gloss and Spack. Since we were in the church parking lot, after round 6 we had a little Bible story time about Joshua and Battle of Jericho. All the pax seemed to have paid attention as kids in Sunday School, as they all knew they marched around for a seventh time before the walls came down. Don’t stop on 6.
Great group of men at Hydra, as usual. Good to be back out there. After a Puddin/Gloss exchange (which is #NSFW), Sleepy noted he’d missed that kind of humor since he hadn’t posted in a couple of weeks. Hopper, Sprockets, Ironsides and One Eye went about this workout very business-like and with great integrity on the reps #MenOfHonor. Mailman did solid work and didn’t appear to be holding back for his VQ at #F3Centurion tomorrow. While some guys grabbed rocks they could handle for 250 reps, Queen grabbed one most could handle for 2.5 reps #LunkAlarm. Pretty sure Jet Fuel had his half-zip tech pullover tucked in. Marge was basking in the glow of 12-0 and 5 in a row…he just kept repeating that for 45 minutes. BOG doesn’t do push-ups, he does earth-downs…was maxing out on the merkins. Spack did curls for every round. Iron Horse failed to post after a late night HC on Twitter.
Thanks to Marge and Queen for the opportunity to Q, in spite of my hiatus due to running.
Christmas party this Saturday.
Temperature gauge read 27 degrees and unless you left your bell in a warm oven overnight it was going to be a nipple tingler this morning!
40 swings 10 diamond push-up
30 swings 20 wide arm push-ups
20 swings 30 military push-ups
10 swings 40 regular push-ups
20 teabags 10 upright rows
15 teabags 15 upright rows
5 teabags 15 upright rows
15 OH press and 5 curls
10 OH press and 10 curls
5 OH press and 15 curls
One handed sets:
30 sec snatch right
30 sec snatch left
30 sec high pulls right
30 sec high pulls left
30 sec alternating swings
Repeat with 25 sec rounds and repeat with 20 sec rounds
10 Louganis, 10 seated bicep curls, 10 seated tri extensions
Repeat with 9 of each and then 8 of each
30 secs Flutter press with bell
30 secs Dolly press with bell
30 sec American hammer no bell
Good crew this morning and everyone got at it quickly. Warm weather gear was quickly discarded although the fingers only got warm after a few rounds of snatches twenty minutes in. It’s tough to keep the whole body warm on a 0.0 workout but I believe mission was accomplished by the end. Witch Dr would have been proud! BD
Announcements: Christmas party this Saturday at Seaboard in Matthews. Would be great to see as many lads as possible even if stopping by for a quick beer.