Well, what can I say other than it was my honor to lead such fine men…as always is the case in the South! The workout got off to a slow start because Pud told me we were waiting for the clown car containing one of the site Qs…and they may or may not have been late. So we did a 20 Merkin warm up whilst they got out of the car. We started to roll out and then MaGee pulled in ahem…possibly late and we waited for him and just decided to circle up. As I was getting ready to start with SSHs another car pulling in caught my eye…the other site Q, Doc McStuffins showed up slightly not quite as on time the previous groups…the workout was off to a very un-Hawks Nestlike (It has always run like clockwork until the day I lead…must be me!) start and I continued to add to that by doing IWs instead of SSHs. I may or may not have meant to do that to add to the chaos. Not sure where Bananas and Goodhands were today…
Run over to the new turf field, had 21 lads so split into 3 groups of 7
1st group sprints around the field while other 2 groups do 20 Merkins, 20 Dry-Docks, 20 Squats and continue to cycle through until the group ahead of you gets back so each group does one lap…repeat
Run over to the pavilion with picnic tables
1st group sprints length of field and back while other 2 groups do 20 Dips, 20 Decline Merkins, 20 Flutters and continue to cycle through so each group does one sprint…repeat (insert Diamonds per Harley’s request and Heels to Heaven)
Run over to the track
1st group runs to edge of track, up hill and then does serpentine up and down bleachers until back on track while others do 20 Dry Docks, 20 Merkins, 20 core exercise and continue to cycle through.
Run to top of hill, go down on outside of hill in two lines and when hit the bottom turn and sprint up…repeat 3 times
25 Heels to Heaven, 25 Rosalita
Repeat above hill sprints with only 2 times…MaGee wanted to throw in another to get the 3,2,1 theme but that didn’t happen…what did happen is he called me out to race him in the sprints and I may have heard him call me an “Old Fart” due to my being 10 years his senior…or that may have been some motivation I cooked up in my head to give it a go. Ha!
Run back through campus to the start to wait for Fast Twitch
Added a core exercise and maybe some Merkins while waiting…always have Merkins in my back pocket as a go to if more time is left.
Welcome back to Toxic Assets…poor guy came back out for his first time in forever and thought Fast Twitch was the Hawks Nest group…sorry, that was a bad miss, but at least you got a good jog (with a soft “J”) in today Brother!
Thanks Hops and Doc for allowing me to lead and serve the lads today, it is always great to be around all of you!
Called up/down Merkins until stragglers arrived
Jog twice around parking lot and adding in some side shuffles
Circle up for a proper “Bulldog” warmup
Jumping jacks, I guess they’re called Side Straddle Hops.
Alternating standing knees to elbows, I guess those are called Imperial Walkers
30 Merkins on your own
20 Jump Squats
Partner up for races around the parking lot while other half of team does called exercise, losers do burpees
Round one Merkins
Round two Drydocks
Round three jump squats
Round four speedskater single leg squats Round five Diamond Merkins
Recover with some Mary: protractor, flutter, Rosalita
Suicides along the basketball hoops full length of parking lot
Round one when finished – 30 Merkens
Round two – 20 squats
Round three – 10 Burpee‘s
Round four – 20 diamond Merkins
Line up shoulder to shoulder – Bear crawl five steps, five Merkins, bear crawl five steps, five Merkins, bear crawl five steps, five Merkins, bear crawl five steps, five Merkins
10 steps of dragon walks
Sprint to the first basketball hoop and back – 20 Merkins
Sprint to the first basketball hoop and back – 20 squats for the first basketball
Sprint to the second basketball hoop and back – 20 diamonds
Sprint to the second basketball hoop and back – 10 burpees
Sprint to the fourth basketball hoop back Mary
It was great to be back out with the boys again, my infrequent F3 participation of recent months was obvious when I blanked on the name Side Straddle
Hops and Imperial Walkers. What a laugh that was, and it is always fun when the Peanut Gallery is in full gear as was today! A great time was had by all and it’s such a blessing to be out with great men!!
Great rainy wet morning for a first Q in the last 6 months, appreciate the grace for my forgetting that we were done at 6:15 and thinking we were done at 6:30. You all got a little more than your monies worth this morning.
Mosey to field for 20 SSH, 10 IW, 20 Merkins
Get in groups of 3, speed does matter.
One lap around track and straight to Gassers.
Stop at wall for decline merkins with called up/downs
First two 100 yard Gassers at 70% for warm up.
100 yard Gasser, 20 lunges X 2
100 yard Gasser, 20 jump squat X 2
100 yard Gasser, 20 dry docks X 2
Head to Grandma Mountain and sprint up, bear crawl down in unison with 5 merkins every 10 steps
100 yard Gasser, 20 diamonds X 2
100 yard Gasser, 20 merkins X 2
Core work, 50 half situps, 20 supermans
100 yard Gasser, 20 merkins X 10
Mosey to playground for 3s
Group of 3, one does diamonds, one does lunges/squats, one does 10 pull ups and pull ups are the timer to switch, exercise is over after each person does 50 pull ups.
Mosey back to the parking lot, one gasser for a bit past 6:15
Thanks Yeti for letting me lead, love the guys that come out every Friday!
Warm Up – 30 Merkins on your own
9 Exercise Set performed 4 times
One arm swing (30 seconds left + 30 seconds right)
The high pull (30 seconds left + 30 seconds right)
The clean (30 seconds left + 30 seconds right)
The snatch (30 seconds left + 30 seconds right)
The reverse lunge (30 seconds left + 30 seconds right)
The military press (30 seconds left + 30 seconds right)
The two hand swing (1 minute)
Merkins (1 minute)
Sprint 1 lap around track (finish within 1 minute)
No rest between sets, get straight to work
20 burpees on your own
30 Two handed presses
20 Two handed swings
Quite the crowd turned out for the rainy morning it was supposed to be, but the rain only sprinkled and held off. The weinke was harder than I expected, and if you were doing all the work and using the weight you should be, it was simply brutal…there was no where to hide! There were no rest periods planned and I was searching for one and needed it. I could tell it was doing the job when people were slow to pick up the bell once the round started or if they put it down between exercises trying to grab a breath. There was some chatter at certain points that I could not hear due to the music being behind me and my ears not being able to hear anything over my heartbeat, but definitely some good laughs while suffering together, the hallmark of the lads of Area51. Great job to all, and glad TR is back and feeling settled in to his old role!
Please keep Destiny in your prayers, he is a great warrior and example of a man battling his way and never giving up!
Welcome to FNG – RW (Russell Wilson)
Mosey to lower parking lot while doing Two-handed Presses and with stops for Merkins and Diamonds along the way.
Two-handed Swings while instructions were given out.
5 Two-handed Swings, 5 Snatch (each arm), 5 Clean and Press (each arm), 5 High Pull (each arm), 5 Racked Squats, 5 Merkins…when done sprint up stairs and around median and when back get in line in front of stairs in position finished. Winner does 1 Burpee, 2nd does 2, 3rd does 3, etc. to last place. Do Merkins until last place finishes his Burpees.
10 Two-handed Swings, 10 Snatch (each arm), 10 Clean and Press (each arm), 10 High Pull (each arm), 10 Racked Squats, 10 Merkins…Sprint
15 of each…Sprint
20 of each…Sprint
This workout looks short and sweet from the 10,000 foot level, but trust me, the competitiveness and pain it did bring! The men had no idea what was coming their way until a trend developed when we went from 5 of each to 10…No one thought we would go to 20, and they especially hoped we wouldn’t get there. But we did, 15 and 20 was a pure sufferfest…with the added penalty of burpees, it gave the encouragement and fire to get through it as fast as possible to end up near the front of the line. Dollywood and Fletch were killing it, and then Bulldog in his usual cunning British way got Dollywood to trade bells with him (Sage advice for the young crowd, when it comes to games or workouts, never trust Bulldog!) and up the suffering for Dollywood from 11 to, dare I say it was possible, a 12! Everyone was hammering themselves and really did take the challenge to make it through and no matter get the reps in. MAD was all in and you could see it on his face how hard he was pushing himself, he’s done a great job increasing his running ability since he started F3! Great to see Dropthrill out again and all the fine Brothers of Area 51! Thanks for the great sendoff Bulldog.
Thanks for letting me lead Harley, it is always a pleasure!
Bear Crawl and every 10 steps 10 Merkins x10
Mosey to back of school by play equipment
100 Pull ups between the team
Move to track
Decline Merkins down body dips up on wall at base of bleachers combined 75 per team
Now that we are warmed up, time to go down the ladder racing your partners, loser has to do the previous number of reps:
50 Dry Docks, sprint across the field, 40 Dry Docks, sprint across the field, 30, 20, 10
50 Heels to Heaven, 40, 30, 20, 10
50 Merkins, 40, 30, (switch to diamonds)20, 10
Move back up to play equipment for 20 more Pull Ups each and 20 Dry Docks.
Head back to parking lot.
~15 Q lead Up Down Merkins
Thankfully the rain held off and the PAX showed up in force. Had a great crew of chatty friends that had everyone pretty much cracking up through the workout…especially when we partnered up and Puddin’ Pop and I were together and someone named us Pudd n’ Busch. Will have to be to a future FNG’s name for sure! It was all fun and games until we started with the Bear Crawl Merkins and I saw many faces wondering when we would finally stop that one and move on. Bananas and I weren’t going to be able to get our lift in at the gym today do to the busyness of life, so I brought the lift to Joust. Hope ya’ll enjoyed it! We got many reps in, and the field sprints with reps were very tough with any already smoked upper body and the reps that coincided with each sprint. Spackler was thrilled when I told him we were about out of time and only had 15 minutes left…Ha! As Header would say, “Got you fool!” in his greatest Philly accent. Loved having Joker back out and he is still in fine sprinting form and peeps were trying to keep up with him and some flyers took off from Header and Yeti…even big ole’ meat Bananas was pushing it chomping at Joker’s heels! We got back to the parking lot and did a few extra things, as if we hadn’t done enough reps…and Spack kept asking for Burpees knowing he would do his best Long Distance impersonation of, “Not doing that!” as he laughed at others suffering. Loved the time this morning boys, always a pleasure to serve you a (hopefully tastey) workout! Welcome to our Clark our FNG, now named “Ivanka”!
Good and Turible
SSH X 30
IW X 20
Merkin X 50
Two Handed Swings X 30
T Bag Squats X 30
Two Handed Swings X 50
Partner up with like sized bell
Mosey to field
50 yard distance – there and back x 2
Partner 1 does Farmers Carry while partner 2 does burpees flapjack X 2 (IF KB is less than 40 lbs must do 3 times)
Partner 1 does Cleans while partner 2 sprints X 2 (Alternate hands when partner hits other side of field)
Partner 1 does Snatches while partner 2 sprints X 2
Partner 1 does Double KB Deadlift while partner 2 sprints X 2
Partner 1 does Clean and Press while partner 2 sprints X 2
Partner 1 does High Pulls while partner 2 sprints X 2
Partner 1 does Double KB Deadlift while partner 2 sprints double the distance X 2
Partner 1 does Clean and Press while partner 2 sprints double the distance X 2
Partner 1 does Farmers Carry while partner 2 does burpees X 2 (If less than 40 lb KB must do X 3 each)
Mosey back to lot and circle up
20 Clean and Press
20 High Pulls
20 Two Handed Swings
Name change: Alfred Neuman from “Carebear” to “MAD”
It turned out to be great weather, the threat of rain kept some people home, but people were shedding clothing as the workout progressed since it was so warm and the rain held off. It was truly a bunch of studs that made it out, the pace was pushed by all on the runs and the KB work was brutal just on its own merits. The lads were encouraged to use the largest KBs they could to try to truly build strength on this workout, but because the boys were sprinting on all the runs, Harley said he barely got 4 reps in for each arm at Fletch’s pace. Dollywood and Fletch were flying in my group, and Yeti, Harley, Arena, and Stonecold were battling it out with the other group…Harley was pushing it so hard he even lost his footing on one of the turns do to the slick turf…Arena is going to talk with the facilities crew to remedy that, he has pull there! These young bucks that are coming out are continuing to push the “Old Guard”. Bananas and Header had their own race going…who was the fastest of the Chatty Cathys. All joking aside, that is definitely one of the best parts of F3, catching up with buds! It is so hard during the week with life at the crazy pace it has become, workouts give us that opportunity that is often missed. I called out Bananas on his clean and press KB weight choice of 50 lbs instead of his usual 60…but he reminded me he did 80 lb dumbbell shoulder presses at the gym yesterday #BigOleMeat. He is keeping his inner Meathead and Gym Ratness going on Mondays and Fridays at the warm, dry gym #Softhands. MAD being new to KBs went with a 35lber and rocked it, his partner Destiny and Freedom at their locamotive pace are always steady and strong…they were really pushing it and each other. Bananas said Brown really enjoyed the workout, and he encouraged others to try his new strength and speed supplement of Nyquil before F3…he said it was a great combo! Brown is ecstatic with his choice to now embrace running, third in love only to his Lord and family…he came out of the womb swinging a KB so that is second nature to him. Hopefully this workout challenged people to try to move to the next level in KB weight, you don’t get stronger if you don’t push yourself or your Brother.
Thanks for the opportunity to lead from Harley and my body double, Fireman Ed!
3o Merkins and 30 squats
20 Merkins and 20 squats
5 Stations, rotate when group of 4 sprinting/racing returns acting as the timer (try to get 15-20 reps at each station before sprinters get back) completed the circuit about 10-12 times…lost count. Each full circuit should take around 3-4 minutes
Station 1: 25lb medicine ball throw around group first 15 minutes, Merkins second 15 minutes, dry-docks third 15 minutes
Station 2: KB station – 2 60lb, 1 50lb, 1 45lb choose how much pain you desired (first 15 minutes was upright row to push press, second 15 min was T-bag squats, third 15 min was swings)
Station 3: Cinderblocks – first half Curls and second half Diamond Merkins
Station 4: Cinderblocks – first half Presses and second half straight arm front shoulder raises
Station 5: Sprint to far basketball hoop ~ 60 yards and back, first place does 5 burpees, second place does 10 burpees, third place does 15 burpees, last place does 20 burpees
Was a frigid morning and I was expecting about 15 folks to mosey out due to weather, but was surprised with 23…even Radar made it! Being the good husband he is, he left early to get home so his wife wouldn’t be late for work…thanks for your service and dedication to your family my friend! I have to apologize for the initial 5 minutes of the workout start, had a different plan based on expected numbers…wasn’t working well and Radar called a Q Failure. So what do you do when it isn’t going as planned? Stop everything and start running for time to sort it out in your head to get things back on track. Then the above was devised and completed. The boys were taking the sprints seriously (90% of the time) and there were some smoke boots on…Spackler, Bodybag, Witchdoctor, and Goodhands were flying as were the lads in my group (Hairball, Smokey, Backoffice, and Geraldo). At one point I remember Turkey Leg using the 60lb KB and someone said that it was about 2/3s his weight…way to go big TL! Can’t remember who called it first, but Goonie said the workout reminded him of a prison yard workout. So there it is, PY training was on the docket today. If you did 15-20 of each exercise and sprinted each race, it should’ve been a smoker…burpees after sprints can be a crusher for sure. Goodhands was asked if he was okay after his sprint and burpees because he was just sitting on the ground for the Merkin station, he said he was doing 15 deep breaths. If Goodhands was smoked, I consider the job accomplished. Thanks for the great sendoff Spackler!
Aftermath meets on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:15 at Starbucks in the Trader Joe’s shopping center. Come and just hang with us, currently discussing the Book of Romans.
The goal today was to keep everyone moving and have no rest.
Mosey for two laps around the parking lot.
Circle up for 21 IWs
Head down to the track for some gassers at 75% moving to 100% as we progressed with exercises on each side.
Partner up and groups had to finish called number of exercises and then raced each other to the other side, loser did 30 Merkins, winner does 15 repeat for 10 times.
20 Dry docks
30 Single leg squats
40 Jump Squats
60 Sister Mary Catherines
80 Lemon Squeezers
90 Lemon Squeezers
Partner groups then progressed to racing the partner/team next to them with called exercises and extra reps for losing team for 5 gassers.
Mosey back up to the parking lot getting cinderblock coupons for partner work with suicides times 4.
Curls to Shoulder Presses
Stagger-arm Merkin Left to Diamond on top of cinderblock to Stagger-arm Merkin Right and back through the circuit
Circle up for some more Lemon Squeezers and Diamonds.
Great morning and thankful for the many men that should up for some base work at Basecamp.
Remember to bring toys to sites this week!
Up Down Called Merkins until Puddin’ Pop rolled in
Mosey to track and do a lap at 65%
Head to the field in groups of 3
400 Merkins for the group total with one person on each end of the soccer field (120 yards) doing Merkins while the other is sprinting and tagging off
800 Single leg Speed Skater Squats with sprints
400 Dry Docks with sprints
Teams race each other in their group in 120 yard sprints, loser does 40 Merkins, 2nd does 30, winner does 20 X 2
Race as above with Dry Docks x 2
Race as above with Diamonds x 2
Mosey back to parking lot
15 yard Bear crawls with 10 Merkins every 10 steps, then do backwards Bear crawls with 10 Merkins back to the start x 2
Teams of 3 – 1 person Sprints race track style laps around cars in parking lot while the other 2 do Dry Docks until it is their turn x 2
It was a simple workout for the 27 lads that was designed to force hard efforts so everyone could eat as much turkey as they wanted tomorrow after the Turkey Bowl. I think we reached our goal, and I pray everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!
All workouts converge at the Turkey Bowl tomorrow.