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Haze Saves

All vets, no disclosure (implied), let’s roll….

COP

Wide-arm Merkins x 10 IC

Peter Parkers x 10 IC

Mountain Climbers x 10 IC

LS Squat x 20 IC

Freddy Mercury x 20 IC

 

The Beast (at medians near 51)

Round 1: HR merkins

Round 2: Squats

Round 3: Diamond merkins

Round 4: Jump squats

Round 5: CDDs

Round 6: Freddy Mercury’s

 

Bermuda Triangle (x3)

Grassy Knoll: plank walk across width of grassy knoll; 10 jump squats

Playground: 10 pullups

Round-about: 10 Mahktar’s

 

Rock work

Curls, squats with rock, merkins on rock, skull crushers on 6

Done

 

Moleskin

I rushed in with 2 minutes to spare as my garage door spring broke this morning and had to scramble to find M’s keys.  All good.  Runstopper asked if I did my hair this morning, negative, and promptly also praised my nicely trimmed beard.  Why thank you RS!

Haze was very pleased with the call for wide-arms right out of the gate, and again complimented my LS squat rotational prowess.

The Beast is meant to be 6 rounds of 6 called exercises at 6 stations; at least that is what I understood.  Anyways, got some flack for the call to do the HR merkins and squats down and back #aggressive. HR merkins continue to suck; Lorax mentioned it may have been the earliest his arms were shot at F3. I agree. Snuka was flying; has to be PEDs right?  Utah receives kudos for his version of the jump squat aka bunny hops.

Also received some kind feedback on my version of the Bermuda triangle.  Hey, it had 3 locations, doesn’t that constitute a triangle? no matter how obtuse?  Boom!  Several refuseniks on the plank walk, not sure why but will investigate.  The Mahktar’s call was again highly appreciated from the pax and don’t think I heard a single complaint.

Rock work had to be abbreviated due to time. But this is where Haze saved the lives of many men.  During the call for skull crushers, in the parking lot drive, Haze selfishly alerted the pax to an oncoming car.  Thank you PH. Seriously…should have moved those off the thoroughfare.

Puddin Pop took us out with a thoughtful prayer touching on how blessed we are to have our health and this group.  Aye.

Until next time.

Centurion-Nest

An amazing day for work as the temps dipped and the grounds dried out.  15 were ready for the Friday beat-down.  As follows:

Mosey up to Panera shopping center

COP:

Imperial squat walker x 10 IC

Mountain Climbers x 15 IC

SSH x 10 IC

 

Partner circuit work:

P1 run the shopping center circuit while P2 performs called exercise (flap jack)

Aggregate to:

Round 1: 200 HR merkins

Round 2: 200 squats

Round 3: 250 Freddy mercury

 

Mosey over to planet fitness shopping center (where Haze and myself truly feel at home/accepted)

 

Partner derkins 20 each

 

Palatine hill

7s: jump squats at top and bottom

 

Mosey back to school

 

Partner up again:

P1 called exercise at benches by school entrance while P2 runs to parking deck staircase 1, up to top and back down (flapjack)

Derkins AYG

Dips AYG

Done

 

Moleskin:

Morning temps were pristine for sweating out the work week.  Happy I was in CLT to Q as my flight getting back from NY last night was iffy at best.  Good amount of chatter today, most of which was either Q hazing or just calling out one another on form.

Champagne got us started with a request for Q to increase the volume in COP.  I admit, a bit weak on the imperial squat walkers….hey i’m just trying to keep in rhythm.  Swiper was well pleased with the IWs…”you don’t call IW in metro”.  Well, this ain’t metro, south CLT loves the IW.  I agree though, IWs are weak, but the squat adds some redeeming quality.

Champagne kept it rolling during the partner work, wrongly accusing the Q of stealing from Bananas Q at Hawks Nest this week, and then brazenly calling out Bugeater on his freddy mercury count. Good stuff.  By the way, HR merkins are brutal.  We should make all merkin calls as HR.  You can’t cheat if you do them correctly.

Club 9Round was on point this morning.  Complete with a bouncer at the door.  The thumping music was a good distraction for the pax.  I’m not positive but I think Swiper went in for at least 1 drink; “1 chocolate martini please, extra sweet”.

Swiper commented on why he doesn’t eat at Jack n the box as we passed by, “because of the owner in the commercials wearing the big head”.  I thought everyone just didn’t eat there because the food is garbage.

Enjoyed seeing the old WWII hero/security guard again this morning.  As he watched us struggling up and down the deck stairs Runstopper vaguely overheard calls to “pick up the pace” and “you should have seen me in my day”.  Appreciate the encouragement.

 

Announcements: 1 chair left for the Charlotte Marathon/Speed for Need (5k portion); continue to keep Cooter in your prayers as he goes through radiation; pray for those affected by hurricane Michael

 

 

Kotters Q

It has been quite some time since I’ve Q’d.  I’ll spare everyone the explanation/excuses and get to the workout.  Great to be back at the helm.

The Thang:

Warm-up with light mosey including butt kickers, high knees and backwards run.  Much to the delight of Haze who remarked “wow, an actual warm-up”.  You’re welcome.

COP: Merkins x 10 IC / LS squat x 15 IC / Imperial walker x 10 IC / Burp n merk up to 5 merkins

Grassy knoll circuit: bear crawl up and over the knoll, plank walk back to staring position, lunge walk perimeter of bricks x 2

Merkin ladder: 1 up to 10 from curb to curb across parking lot

Groups of 3 and do the following:

  • Station 1 (timer station) – grassy knoll area has 10 columns: alternate 5 donkey kicks then 5 diamond merkins at columns (25 total of each); complete and then relieve station 2
  • Station 2 (roundabout) – 5 squats every other set of trees on the way down; return with 5 wide arm merkins at every set (repeat until relieved by station 1, then relieve station 3)
  • Station 3 (tables by Church) – 10 step ups / 10 derkins / 10 dips (repeat until relieved by station 2, head to station 1)

Ring of Fire: always a real crowd pleaser. All pax were extremely excited about this call.

Head to end of parking lot by launch: Plank up; AYG to launch when I say go, but first let’s hold it and go 6 inches. Another well received call subsequent to the ring of fire.

Mary: Flutter x 15 IC / Freddy Mercury x 15 IC / 10 diamonds OYO

Done

 

Wonderful morning and great temps out there today.  No one fell behind and everyone pushed to their personal limit. Apologies to Haze as Q errantly accused him of heckling. Of course I was simply taking a 50/50 shot at it either being Haze or Spackler; confirmed it was Spackler asking when warmup would be done.  Q was also highly praised for his ability to rotate with compass-like precision during LS squat. I credit my 3 years (with no degree) of engineering in college for that skill.  Haze serenaded the pax to the obligatory Johnny Cash ring of fire and we are all blessed for that experience.

COT:

Mermaid made a great mention that September is national suicide prevention awareness month.  It is very easy to fall into the trap of hiding our difficulties and not confiding in our community when we are facing depression, anxiety, etc.  Please be aware that many of our brothers and families are facing great struggles and may not be reaching out for help.  We are instructed to love thy neighbor, so remember that everyone is valued and loved in God’s eyes and we can be the light for someone in need.  Mermaid and I have both lost family members to suicide, and are more than willing to talk to anyone that is facing these issues personally or knows someone who is.  Mermaid took us out.

A pleasure and an honor.

Brushback

The Manmaker

Alarm went off at 5am and i immediately checked outside to see a steady rain. My first thought was “wow would i love to fartsack”, subsequently followed by “there’s a preblast, everyone will be fine, i won’t be missed”, and finally “they’ll probably only be 3 of us like my last sofa wib q”.  Alas, duty calls, get dressed you bum and get going!

I went through the standard routine: drain lizard, brush teef, apply 1 extra swipe of deodorant as top layer over yesterday’s base, neglect to address my Semi-Gloss ‘esque morning hair, hock up sinus crud, cry, drink water, grab rancid work out gloves, proceed to AO.

And here’s what we did:

Partner-up accordingly

Opening mile: new route https://www.strava.com/routes/3411508

  • Start at our trusty 5-0 whip
  • left onto Rea Road
  • left on Windyrush Road
  • Run to intersection of Windyrush and Foxworth Drive
  • Reverse course back to to 5-0 (approx 1 mile)

Baby track:

  • Partner carry 1/2 lap / 15 partner derkins each / flapjack and complete 15 more partner derkins at start

Playground:

  • Primate bars: 5 pull-ups on one end / traverse bars / 5 more pull-ups on last rung (audible to 10 pull-ups due to wet bars)
  • 20 partner plank sit-ups each

Concession stand:

  • 20 incline merkins each
  • People’s chair on concession with 50 overhead air press

Batting cages: (very aggressive in hindsight)

  • 10 hand-release burpees
  • 20 diamond merkins each

Run through field back to baby track and repeat.

6:06 wrap-up by 5-0 for closing mile. Done.

Most completed 2-2.5 full circuits.

Review:

So Bushwood called me out yesterday in the preblast comments for not coming up with a catchy name for this workout, and i’ll admit it was a lazy miscue on my part.  So i came up with The Manmaker.  I also considered Legendary Loop and others but they were lame.  This workout contained a fair amount of upper body work thus the name.  It will be back.

Rumor has it Sundancer knows someone who spilled merlot thrice.  Voodoo may or may not have been partnered with that person and was subjected to witnessing.

Kirk partnered with me despite my reluctance and pulled me the entire way. Thanks for the push. One day i’ll learn to not try and keep up on the opener…it wouldn’t be today.  On my last partner derkin set i thought i was either going to spill or collapse; luckily neither.  We all know Kirk is fast but his motor is impressive.  He was stronger on the partner carries with me on his back at 190-195 than i was with him on mine and he’s 170.

Welcome to our brothers GOP, Sloppy and Becky from the Valley AO (new AO check it out). Great work out there today.  This workout was not easy and you all crushed.

I saw strong work being put in by everyone.  Icicle and Bel Aire stood out on the circuits. Voodoo and Talk Box pushing a strong pace on the closing mile.

Honored to lead and get stronger with you brothers.

SOFA WIB: Pre-blast

Partner-up accordingly

Opening mile: new route https://www.strava.com/routes/3411508

  • Start at our trusty 5-0 whip
  • left onto Rea Road
  • left on Windyrush Road
  • Run to intersection of Windyrush and Foxworth Drive
  • Reverse course back to to 5-0 (approx 1 mile)

Baby track:

  • Partner carry 1/2 lap / 15 partner derkins each / flapjack and complete 15 more partner derkins at start

Playground:

  • Primate bars: 5 pull-ups on one end / traverse bars / 5 more pull-ups on last rung
  • 20 partner plank sit-ups each

Concession stand:

  • 20 incline merkins each
  • People’s chair on concession with 50 overhead air press

Batting cages:

  • 10 hand-release burpees
  • 20 diamond merkins each

Run through field back to baby track and repeat.

6:06 wrap-up by 5-0 for closing mile

 

Back in the Saddle

The M has been selfishly taking away my Wednesday workouts to pursue her own fitness aspirations. That’s going to have to change. Missed the Anvil crew and was happy to be back. No new guys, only 2 site FNGs (Swiper and Sundancer)…let’s go.

Moving COP: no time for circling up

  • Mosey over to North Face (NF): called exercise at starting point / run NF / called exercise at top / back to start
    • Low slow squats x 15 IC
    • Traverse the NF
    • IW  x 10 IC
    • Merkins x 15 IC
    • Traverse NF
    • 10 HR burpees OYO
    • CDD x 15 IC
    • Traverse NF
  • Over to benches by Church: Incline merkins x 15 IC
  • Get on your horse over to front of Church…
  • Plank work:
    • Slow Maktar Ndiaye’s x 10 (civilian count)
    • hold plank
    • 6 inches……10 count courtesy of Van Pelt
  • Plank walk approximately 20 yards, bearcrawl slolom through Church columns….rinse and repeat in reverse direction (#symmetry)
  • Burp ‘n Merk to 10 – burpee w/ 1 merkin, burpee w/ 2 merkins…..burpee w/ 10 merkins
  • Rock work
    • 21s curls / 10 diamonds on rock / AYG to light pole (75 yards and back)
    • Asinines x 10 OYO / 10 diamonds on rock / AYG
    • Curls x 10 / 10 diamonds / AYG
    • Asinines x 5 OYO / 5 diamonds / AYG
  • Sweatbox benches:
    • 10 derkins…hold….10 derkins
    • 10 derkins…hold….10 derkins
  • Sprint work:
    • Plank, 5 HR merkins, hold…AYG to light pole (100 yards)
    • Plank, 6 inches (watch out for truck)….AYG back to start
    • Plank, 6 inches…..AYG
    • Plank….AYG
  • Mary:
    • Flutter x 28 IC
    • Freddy Mercury x 20 IC
    • Rosalita x 15 IC (call courtesy of Mermaid)
    • LBC x 10 IC (call courtesy of Lorax)
    • 10 HR merkins

DONE

Das Skins

Awesome being back to Anvil and at the Q spot.  Wasn’t sure i was going to make it today, as around 3:30 i awoke for the day to a wonderful stomach issue.  I’ll spare everyone the details…though i did burden Voodoo, Sundancer and Chanel with the deets…sorry #isharedtoomuch #besties #hopeyoucaneattoday.

Strong crew today; people were blazing on the AYGs #leadingfromthemiddle.

Great to have a couple brothers in Swiper and Sundancer that i’ve met since hitting SOFA WIB join us. Everyone should try this workout. Seriously the hardest workout in F3 off Rea Road at 5:30 that meets at Olde Providence. Fast dudes.

4-mile island

It was just One Eye and YHC until 5:30 sharp when High Tide came in on 2 wheels. Quick review of the particulars and off we went.

  • 1 mile AYG to Harris Teeter and back to OP lot
  • Playground by the fields: 10 pullups / 20 incline merkins / 40 Freddy Mercury
  • Concession stand: 20 derkins
  • Football field: 10 burpee broad jumps / backwards run rest of field / AYG back to wooded path
  • run through to Foxworth: up hill to stop sign 30 merkins, back to bottom of hill for 10 hand release burpees
  • back to football field and complete stations back through to playground
  • Repeat until time is called for 1 mile AYG to Harris Teeter (aka the worst mile in sports)

The purpose of WIB is to push yourself for 45 with various pain stations and achieve a bit more mileage than your typical bootcamp.  The goal today was 4 miles and I clocked us at 4.26. One Eye completed 3 full circuits, YHC did as well minus the last 10 HR burpees #veteranmove, and HT was on the Foxworth hill finishing the 3rd set as we circled up and headed for the brutal finishing mile.

One Eye took the lead late in the workout and never looked back. Strong work.  High Tide was a newbie, and despite being a #meathead he did awesome. We were all within sight the full 45.

First mile varied between 6:40 and approximately 7:30. Finishing mile (worst mile in F3) was somewhere between 7:45 and 9 mins.

Great to be with these men today. Aye.

SOFA WIB pre-blast: 4-mile island

Tomorrow we’ll be pushing for 4 miles+ for the BRR-inclined; including the appropriate amount of pain as interlude. Several regulars will be DR so come join in on the best new thing in F3.  You versus you for 45 minutes. #dailyredpill #ISI

  • 1 mile AYG to Harris Teeter and back to OP lot
  • Playground by the fields: 10 pullups / 20 incline merkins / 40 Freddy Mercury
  • Concession stand: 20 derkins
  • Football field: 10 burpee broad jumps / backwards run rest of field / AYG back to wooded path
  • run through to Foxworth: up hill to stop sign 30 merkins, back to bottom of hill for 10 hand release burpees
  • back to football field and complete stations back through to playground
  • Repeat until time is called for 1 mile AYG to Harris Teeter (aka the worst mile in sports)

In Memoriam

I tweeted last night that today’s workout would be a special plan for a special day.  After Van Pelt inquired i shared with the Pax; today is my sister’s birthday and she would have been 41.  It has been 15 years since she went to heaven to await the rest of us.

No new folks so off we went for a brief mosey.

The Thang

COP

  • SSH x 7 IC
  • 6ct burpee x 7 IC (shaky cadence by the Q)
  • IW x 15 IC
  • LSS x 15 IC
  • Merkins x 41 OYO
  • HR burpees x 41 OYO (partner up to aggregate)

Mosey to soccer fields:

Jacob’s Ladder (7s):

  • Diamonds at the top
  • CDDs at the bottom
  • backwards bear crawl up the hill (audibled after 3 trips to backwards run)

Grinder (15 down to 1)

  • 15 spiderman merkins at start point
  • run to second median
  • 14 jump squats
  • back to start
  • 13 spiderman merkins….
  • rinse and repeat descending in count to 1

Bench set:

  • 41 jump ups OYO
  • 41 incline merkins OYO
  • People’s chair…41 air presses

Playground:

  • 15 pullups OYO
  • 15 donkey kicks OYO

Stone set (lifting stone)

  • Curls x 15 (civilian cadence)
  • Diamonds on rock x 15 OYO
  • Flutter press w/ rock x 15 IC
  • repeat Curl and Diamond set
  • dispose properly of stone

North Face gasser:

  • congregate at foot of NF; gather Pax; catch breath; AYG, AYM (muster) up the face and to the cars……

COT

  • Flutters x 41 IC

Done!

Moleskine

It is a powerful and humbling experience when we are reminded of the support we have through this group.  For a day that is a mix of emotions every year, today was a perfect start for me.  Putting in hard work and getting stronger with a great group of men, seeing an immaculate sunrise, and then to see our local bald eagle flying over as we arrived at COT. Moving.

Thank you Iron Horse for asking me to share something special about my sister.  Despite my choking up and inability to articulate, it was relieving to let it out and share with you all. God is good.

Ironsides, thank you for sharing that you have lost a sister as well.

Mermaid, thank you for our ongoing conversations around our shared experiences with losing a family member.

Young Love, that was an impactful takeout and I appreciate your words as always.

Hops, thank you for your compassion and always having more concern for others than yourself. #iamthird.

Value every day with your family and friends.

 

Chin Music

An outsider/rebel/Anvil-regular stumbled into Death Valley ready to make peace and dish out an appropriate level of punishment.  I was welcomed with piercing stares and so it went down like this…..

30 merkins OYO….follow me

Mosey down to track/field

COP

  • IW x 15 IC
  • Diamond merkins x 10 IC
  • LSS x 15 IC
  • 6 ct Burpees x 10 IC

Ring of Fire: #crowdpleaser with 25 pax!

Partner up and line up across mid-field

  • Partners sprint to opposite sidelines – 10 makhtar ndiayes
  • Meet back in center – 10 hand slap merkins
  • Repeat x 5

Burpee Mile: 10 HR burpees per completed lap x 4

Partner 1/2 Mile: (audibled from 1 mile)

  • AYG the straightaways
  • Corner 1: 10 derkins each
  • Partner carry the turn (flapjack at next turn)
  • Corner 2: 10 jump squats each
  • Repeat x 2 laps

Mary:

  • Freddy Mercury (slow) x 15 IC (led by Gummy)
  • Flutter (slow) w/ hands on head or abs x 15 IC…hold it!….10 ct Runstopper (extremely slow!)

Run back to launch: Done

Moleskine

Thanks to Semi and Stagecoach for the invite to Q.  Enjoyed it.  Keep me in the rotation.

I recommend we all switch it up from time to time and get to other AOs.  It’s great to see pax we don’t usually see and to workout in unfamiliar territory.  Only my second visit to DV and I look forward to future posts.  That fresh new track is quite nice.

Larry Birds on the burpee mile were Runstopper and Donkey Kong; crushing it.  Both finished shirtless…not surprising.  Next burpee mile i call will be declared “shirtless” burpee mile.  Several mumbles for audibles on most of the calls so i consider it a job well done.

Welcome Mike N – Enigma. Honestly not sure how we came up with this one.  He’s a data services consultant from Columbia SC. Keep coming out and make sure to hook up with the Columbia pax.

Great effort, no injuries, short 6, successful day.