20’ish Pax showed up at CMS this morning to start the week off right
/wrong?. Weekends can be tough to stay “on the wagon” of working out, eating right, and staying engaged with the Pax. Last Saturday was a great example of a trifecta of 1st F (3 separate workouts), 2nd F (Board meeting at 530am, coffeterias), and 3rd F (Christ’s Closet service event). There are many ways to stay involved, but showing up at 530am to workout with your brothers is the foundation of it all. So…let’s go to work and incorporate the 3 core areas that make up a solid F3 Bootcamp:
SPEED. STRENGTH. CORE.
Warm up by heading towards the front of the Middle School, en route to the HS Stair. We did:
Partner up at the top of the stairs for some Partner CORE work with SPEED, each partner completing (2) rounds of each of the following:
Mosey towards the football field circle where we paused for a Merkin Ladder. Option given to Pax to either start at 1 up to 10, or start at 10 down to 1. Choice was 10 down to 1, so that’s what we did.
Mosey over to the football lot where some pre-planted Coupons/Cinder Blocks were revealed. Once again, partner up, grab a Cinder, time for STRENGTH work with a little SPEED.
Each team grab a Cinder and head back towards COT. Quick stop for a simple 1-minute plank & hold CORE & STRENGTH exercise. Didn’t realize this would see so many Pax on their knees, but clearly we need to do more STRENGTH work! 5-minute warning given on YHC’s “stupid”, old-fashioned Timex Ironman watch.
Mosey with the Cinders, alternating between partners until reaching COT. Not sure how others felt, but running with a ~35 lb. Cinder Block over about .50 miles is not joke. It may have felt heavy after a while, but carrying the “weight” or extra burdens in life sometimes feels that way. More to come on this later in the BB, as we look to help alleviate some of the burden of one of our brothers right now…
It’s always a privilege to lead this group early on a Monday. Flash was the first F3 Workout YHC attended back on 10/31/2016 with Ice9 on Q, and this campus is our flagship AO. It’s easy to plan and visualize a Q at CMS/CHS as often as we post there, and knowing how/where to keep the Pax safe becomes easier and easier as the Q.
The goal in leading today’s workout was to take into consideration the various levels of fitness, speed, strength among the Pax and create a Weinke that worked for all (and didn’t leave anyone behind). Thanks to our Site Q in attendance, Chicken Little, for keeping an eye on the Pax and the Six, and allowing YHC to focus on leading.
We never realize the impact and support of F3 until we are faced with major “life events”. Loss of a family member/friend, birth of a child, 2.0 teenager “mistakes”, loss of a job, etc. We are all human and will face difficult challenges in our lives. As the leaders God created us to be in our families, we will come under major attack from the Enemy who seeks to plant “FUD” (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) in our heads. If he is able to do that, he has a slick way of taking us and our families out. We need to remember this as we go into battle every day, and make sure we are putting on the FULL Armor of God to defend against his schemes. (Ephesians 6:11)
Our brother, Posse, shared today that he was laid off from his job last week. This is the extra burden and weight mentioned above. No one has been more intentional about helping other Pax through similar situations, and he has truly made his Misery his Ministry among the Pax. It is now time to help our brother out and keep our eyes and ears open for opportunities for Posse. If everyone throws him just 1 lead/contact/connection, then this will build momentum in his job search.
We know that God will take him through this, but let’s rally around him as we did today in our Ball of Man during COT. Posse…When I was laid off in 2012 after 10 years with Johnson & Johnson, one of my buddies sent me this Bible verse that has become my family’s verse:
“And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who are called according to His purpose” – Romans 8:28
YHC took us out in prayer. Thanks for allowing me to lead you today, fellas!