18 PAX joined YHC even though many had correctly guessed that we would carry some extra weight this am. The heckling started exactly 6 days, 23 hours, and 15 minutes ago as Purple Haze noted last week how easy this week would be #firewood. Then my own brother (pretty sure he was adopted from a pigmy tribe in the south Pacific) jumps on the pile right before we start this morning with a snarky comment about an easy workout. They might think otherwise next time (and I should learn to ignore their taunts but not likely that will happen).
Grab two pavers and head out of the lot. The Q promptly trips on the barrier next to the bus and smashes both pavers (saved me – now Beaver and I are the only two to trip on that damn thing). Runstopper takes the PAX for some warm-up while YHC circles back to grab two more pavers. No real damage #stuntman
COP – Warm up with SSH led by RS, and then merkins, mountain climbers, parker peters and man maker merkins.
Mosey to parking deck for the main event – Modified Beast. Six trips up the parking deck (long ramp up to 3, down to other end of 3, half ramp up to 4, and stairs back to start) with 6 reps of called exercise at 6 stops (half ramp at 2, top of ramp at 3, end of level 3, top of 4, and back at bottom of deck.
Mosey down to parking lot at end of football field for a few minutes of Mary – shortened since the Q can’t remember the difference between a dolly and flutters. We did dollies/flutters, flutters/dolly, rosalita and that was it (Q was smoked at this point and things were getty hazy).
Mosey over to parking lot in front of swimming pool. 20 push presses than bear crawl up the lot and run backwards back to bricks. 20 more push presses, bear crawl up and backward run down, 20 push presses and backward bear crawl up and backward run back. Push presses and curls for 1 minute and then head back to the starting point for COT.
Well that sucked. I completely smoked myself so I hope a few of you got your money’s worth. You can tell the boss it’s Chelms fault if you have to take a nap this afternoon. The pavers do it every time – carrying them for 45 minutes is aweful. Add the Beast, burpee finish and Purple Haze’s call for the backward bear crawl up the parking lot cummulatively made it really suck. I often confuse dollies and flutters and this morning was epic since I got them backward sequentially. I was deep in the pain cave at that point and not thinking clearly at all.
Everyone pushed hard and the gap between rabbits and six was much less than I expected. The pavers tend to even things out a bit. I have a camera up to “protect” the pavers so don’t get any ideas about taking them out. We only use a few times per year and those times are “special”. Mermaid and Haze especially like the pavers.
Flutie parks his rental in the middle of the lot – I guess that’s how he does it now that he is living up north so he doesn’t get snowed in by the plows. Please remember it only snows once per year in Charlotte and NEVER in May. Next time someone parks a car in the middle of the lot we will flip it a few times to work the shoulders.
Memorial Day convergence on Saturday at Calvary and Patriot 5k at South Park Mall on Memorial day.
Please pray for Utah’s dad, who is in critical but stable condition at CMC.
Great take out by Hops – he’s starting to really get the hang of this praying thing (only took a year since he started his ministry).
Horsey McHorse Arse is getting a face lift (and upgrade) as Spooky John has agreed to be the site Q this year. 13 weeks of misery with tentative start date on Monday, June 4 but subject to change at Spooky Jon’s discretion.
As outgoing site Q, here is the list of top 10 goals I have given him:
Should be aweful
We are partnering up with First Tee to bring their program to the kids at AG Middle School (and potentially other schools in the future). First Tee uses golf as a way to teach nine core values and the web site states:
“The First Tee is a youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through after-school and in-school programs, we help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. And it’s making a difference.”
We have a training session at the AG Middle School Gym on April 14 from 9am to noon. Any PAX looking to get involved (#IMPACT) can join us. No golf skills required (if you have seen me play you will know this is true) and the only ask is that you commit to volunteering a few times each quarter. We can also explore expanding this to other schools/locations. Finally, this is 2.0 friendly (great service opportunity) for those 15 and older.
Contact me at email@example.com/via twitter @pchepul/ or 704-236-8576 if interested. Or just show up on the 14th and check it out.
7 men ignored the call of Spring Break and posted at Anvil for some mid-week fun. There was still plenty of chatter to make the morning interesting (more later).
Mosey over to grassy area next to Pavilion for warm up:
Mosey over to parking lot for start of the ladder (head-fake the PAX when I called out a pyramid of 5/10/15/10/5 but was pretty sure we didn’t have that much time). Run to stop sign by playground for 5 burpees and back to start, run to rock pile and carry your rock back to the start and do 5 squats with push presses, run to large rock on other side of parking lot (dropping off the rock as you pass the pile) for 5 merkins and then back to start. That was round 1. Round 2 we did 10 of the called exercises and round 3 we did 15 (YHC was pretty smoked at this point – I called an audible from a pyramid to a ladder after round 2 although I wanted to keep it a secret from Purple Haze so I only told the rabbit – Rachel). Mary while PAX waits on the 6.
Mosey down to parking lot near launch point for some sprints, dips and merkins (30/15 and then 15/5) more sprints and finish with bear crawls.
Gummy acted liked he didn’t hear my disclaimer when I added that form didn’t count this morning and thus he proceeded to try to bust my chops for squats that didn’t meet some standard he set (and which he has never achieved). Purple Haze left me alone because I allowed him to carry his pebbles instead of a real rock. Rachel was where you expect while Lewinski was proud of keeping up with Rachel on round 1 of the ladder but then realized Rachel was only in 1st gear for round 1.
Heard at F3 should have been there this morning. First act:
Purple haze – My stones are pretty small
Gummy – Mine aren’t much bigger
YHC – I take a pill when gout flares – not the blue one
Scratch and win – we should do a workout at the Y where all the PAX take a blue pill before the workout.
YHC – WTF?
Got nothing after that
Christine Latini Memorial run (8k) on April 21 in Huntersville in memory of Olive’s daughter who passed away from a rare disease in 2016. Shoe and I will be driving a clown car if anyone wants to signup and there are over 200 F3 pax signed up. https://racesonline.com/events/christina-latini-memorial-8k
Church on the Street can always use volunteers on Sunday mornings at 6am. This is a great volunteer opportunity and YHC highly recommends.
Speed for Need has several runs planned – check out Slack/Twitter/Billboards/etc (Tolkein is a marketing machine).
Take out – Great take out by Scratch and win, thanks brother.
11 “mature” men assembled for the launch of The Fishing Hole, an exclusive new workout designed for wiser, older, stronger, and better looking men. T-claps to Mr Bean for starting this up (especially since AO is closer to my house than any other Thursday workout). We had to make a few exceptions to our criteria (not naming names) to hit our opening day count target.
Mosey down by stadium and Cadillac reminds me this is low mileage workout. We promptly drop down to bear crawl and lunge walks to comply with AO criteria (PAX can thank Cadillac – I would have preferred the mosey).
COP in parking lot behind field – 1 Burpee, IW x10, 2 Burpees, Merkins x10, 3 Burpees, Squats x10, 4 Burpees, Peter Parkers x10, 5 Burpees
Mosey over to rails for 15 decline Merkins and 15 pull ups.
Up stairs to level 4 for Dirty MacDeuce – 4 sets of 3 exercises to 12 count with sprint half way down deck and back between sets
Round 1 – Lunges, Diamond Merkins, Flutter Kicks
Round 1 – Squats, Maktar Jai, Dolly
Round 3 – IW, LBC, Dirty Hookup
Round 4 – Knee ups, CCD, Burpees
Jog down ramp to level 3 and then down stairs to 1
Balls to the Wall Merkin Ladder (1 to 5) with Bear Crawl to other wall and sprint back in between each “step”
Up stairs to level 4 and back down before heading over to rails for another round of pull ups. 15 pull ups, stretching (geared to mature crowd), and 15 pull ups
Down to parking lot with six Minutes of Mary with Flutter, Dolly, High Flutter, and Box Cutters.
Down behind stadium with bear crawl and lunge walk to end of field before heading over to benches in front of school.
Circuit ladder with dips, bear crawl up ramp, donkey kicks and run back to benches with 5 reps round 1, 10 reps round 2, and 15 reps round 3.
Mosey back to launch site for 30 seconds of LBC to make sure we get our money’s worth.
Great start to this new workout and T-claps to Mr Bean for his efforts. I was expecting a larger crowd based on all the marketing pre-launch but 11 was a great number (mainly because it kept the Q heckles to a minimum – Paper Jam was unusually quiet).
Cadillac may have set the F3 record for longest Kotter as he was out of F3 for over 3 years (I have not seen him since even though he lives on my street – maybe he was avoiding YHC). T-claps to Cold Cuts for EH’ing him and joining us from his normal Metro workout. Again, PAX can thank Cadillac for the bear crawls instead of mosey behind the stadium.
It was especially nice to be closer to the front of the PAX than my normal position in the back. Running is not my specialty so the under 2 mile limit is perfect for me. Also great to meet some new guys – Kirby, Cul de Sac, and Chopper. Also good to see Beaver back as he overcame his aversion to the site after tripping (Disclaimer) on the curb last time.
Mr Bean and Frehley’s Comet deserve all the credit for getting this workout off the ground. Mr. Bean expressed his passion for this new workout wonderfully during COT.
Bring a “mature” friend next week.
Contact YHC (firstname.lastname@example.org) if interested in getting involved with First Tee and kids at AG Middle School.
Also, please consider posting to Church on the Street the first Sunday of every month or finding another way to get out an make an impact.
It was an honor to lead this group and to take us out with a prayer.
16 of the very finest in all of F3 (not just South Charlotte) gathered for another rendition of Anvil. It was easy – relatively speaking (like compared to a marathon). Proper disclaimer given as Q recently “Watched” an F3 pod cast (more later) and we headed out.
Mosey to other side of parking lot for some COP – Slow lunges X10, Merkins X10, Stagger Right X10, Stagger Left X10, CDD X10, Mountain Climbers X10, Slow Squats X10.
Head over to the pavilion for some non-running work. 100 decline merkins, 200 dips, and 300 squats (break up into sets as you see fit).
Down to the field for the main event – Modified Beast (only 5 rounds)
Run down the field stopping three times at the soccer goals to perform 10 of called exercise, touch far fence, and head back to start but stop again at each soccer goal for 10 of called exercise at each goal. Threw in some Mary after each round to allow the Six to catch their breath.
Mosey over to the rock pile and grab a decent size rock for COP
Mosey back to launch point and finish with 30 seconds of burpees
The Q was thoroughly teased about the robust disclaimer I gave (I was worried several of the pax might not be able to handle my workout). I mentioned I had “watched” a F3 podcast on proper disclaimers and was teased some more about “watching”. It was on the internet and I used a browser to “listen” so technically I was watching and listening. Whatever
Great to see Snowflake out since it’s been a long time since he posted at Centurion. Something about a better workout now on Friday morning somewhere else but we all know that is not possible so it must be dementia setting in. Good mix of old timers and relative new comers with one FNG. John Van Horton (hope I got that right) was brought out by Dora and said he was from Russia. We knew Drago had been taken and couldn’t recall Drago’s coach so we went with Mickey (Rocky’s coach). Afterward, I was thinking thru this and came up with many alternatives – Fake News, Seige (Stalingrad), Comrade, Tundra, Gulag, Czar. I’m open to changes if the PAX likes any of these or has another suggestion – I think we have 24 hours to change it. Problem is most of these might draw unwanted attention from the FBI and we (well, Purple Haze and Run Stopper) don’t want that kind of attention.
The combo sets of 100, 200, 300 were supposed to be done when the first guy reached the total. I wasn’t even counting because I thought Rachel would be faster. I’m pretty sure I did 120, 230, and 350.
Run Jen Run 10k coming up in early March so sign up and get out there.
Great news for Jennings Palmer (Bout Time’s son) but he has more treatments and will still have a bone marrow transplant. Keep praying for continued progress and God’s strength for the entire family.
As always, privilege and an honor to lead you guys this am
Given the awesome weather, albeit damp, a surprisingly low number (but high quality) of 13 PAX showed up for Fantastic Friday at Centurion. Udder scared himself (and maybe others) with a Thursday night tweet about bricks possibly being carried. However, variety is the spice of life so we went without bricks for once with me at Q. Disclaimer was given and YHC pointed out that it was open request Friday for the PAX (with a sub-disclaimer).
COP – SSHX10, Mtn Climbers X15, Peter Pakers X15, Diamonds X10, Stagger R and L X10 each
Mosey up to the street and hang a left to the rock pile. Partner up with partner 1 running up and around parking lot and partner 2 performing called exercise until partner returns for hand off. Round 1 – push presses/lateral extensions, Round 2 – curls, Round 3 – squats
Mosey up to shopping center for a ladder. Q asked for requests for the exercise and the only nomination was imperial walkers, which was quickly denied (this is not the Rush Limbaugh show – requests can be rejected). Given no other nominations (not smart by the PAX), Q called ladder to 13 with odd numbers being hand release burpees on level 2 and flutters (in cadence count) on level 1. Q modified when we got to 10 and we did merkins for 11 and 13 as the PAX (well, Purple Haze at least) were starting to get unruly.
Mosey down to benches in front of school for one legged squats – 15 each leg and then 20 each leg. AMRAP dips until the Q called halt.
Mosey down to stairs and up to level 4 for a few minutes of Mary with dolly (engage your core bitches), Rosalita, and heels to heaven. Wrap up with some ground work across parking deck – bear crawl, crab walk, duck walk, lunge walk, and burpee broad jumps before heading back to parking lot for COT.
PAX will remember next time to come up with some exercise requests given the alternative is hand release burpees. Mermaid wanted a recovery workout and I was expecting some nominations from him (not imperial walker, which came from Tool Bag). He did divert to McDonalds for most of the ladder work so I think he got a good “break”. Lorax was intent on lapping the field on the ladder but me thinks mostly so he could short cut the hand release burpees at the top before other pax made it up to level 2. I would have felt good about my position on the ladder except for the fact that two older gents (Snooka and Marconi) were in front of me (but not PH).
The bricks were left in the bushes so next time there is a 99% chance I’ll put them to use. They get lonely – they told me.
Runstopper made his once per year post to Centurion but I’m hopping he will post more often in 2018 (at least twice but no more than 5 times – we can only handle seeing a man in tights so many times).
Please keep the Palmer family in your prayers. Jennings will likely need a bone marrow transplant and the family is going thru a very tough ordeal. It appears the lord is giving them strength – read the Caring Bridge posts to see why I say that. It is very sad but the lord works in mysterious ways and the faith from the Palmer family is one example of how he can comfort/strengthen us in times of trouble. If you are able to assist with a donation, in addition to prayers, please read this announcement posted by Mermaid – Support for Palmer Family
Bro-olymipcs scheduled for February. You can’t miss it if you use Twitter. If you don’t use twitter than see Wingman to get into the 21st century (or YHC to get into the 20th century).
As always, an honor and a privilege to lead at this great AO
11 men posted to Anvil in below 20 degree weather (19 per my car) but several wore shorts so not that cold. I guess it was the high humidity (or is it low humidity). Or is it due to the fact that Mermaid and one other (Purell?) are too cheap to buy long workout pants?
Mosey to middle of parking lot for warm up – 5 burpees, 16 lunges, 10 burpees, 16 IW’s, 15 burpees
Mosey to area next to the church for the Starfish. Run to three corners of the campus (including up North Face) and do called excercise at each corner – merkins, burpees, dips. 5 civilian count first round and 10 second round with 5 merkins every time back to the center of the Star Fish (not really a Star Fish since we only had 3 legs). Rabbits Rachel, Purell, and one other (Lorax or Brilleuax I think) did some core work waiting on the six.
Mosey over to the play ground for 25 pulls ups, 50 merkins, and 100 squats
Mosey over to parking lot for a little partner work and sprints. Wheel barrow, Firemen carries, backward run, broad jumps, karaoke, and bear crawl.
Mosey back to start and do burpees till we hit 6:15.
A bit nipply out but not too bad (5 layers of clothing helps). Not sure what the two wearing shorts thought although they were probably thinking about adding long pants to their Christmas wish list (9 days late). The one benefit was no pavers as I didn’t feel like carrying a frozen brick around for 45 minutes even if it would have built character.
Magee came down with something nasty (happens a lot with young’ns in the house) and I was the only one man enough (or is that dumb enough) to volunteer to take his place on a chilly morning. Glad I did as it forced me to get out of bed and do what needed to be done. Along with Replica, I committed to no alcohol in January, mainly to see if I can get in better shape – the old body doesn’t metabolize alcohol like it once did. Also going to watch what I eat so watch out Rachel (I mean Hops) – I’m gunning for you.
Great crew this morning although not as boisterous as normal – trying to keep the cold air out of the lungs I guess. I also encourage all of us to think about how to help Area 51 continue to grow. It’s easy to get complacent and in a routine so we should remember to encourage other men to join us and to grow the 2nd and 3rd F in addition to the first.
Please continue to pray for Jennings Palmer and the entire Palmer family. They will learn long term prognosis soon so they are very pensive right now. Pray that they can take him home Friday or Monday. Also, you can sign up to pray for them via http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4ca4a72cabfa7-pray or just pray when you can. Also, we encourage men to get them a gift card (Harris Teeter, Target, Wal Mart) if able to help them with expenses. Mermaid will be coordinating the efforts.
Joe Davis run this Saturday so join us if you can. Always a great turn out and lots of fun.
18 of F3’s finest (17 better than YHC) were ready to burn some calories for a guilt free Thanksgiving. Purple Haze lamely didn’t take Mermaids bait to Q (nor did 15 other PAX) and thus YHC agreed to spare the PAX from another beat down by Mermaid (it was a smart call). I did attempt to deliver a hard workout for the PAX since they expected a Mermaid Q.
Mosey a bit through parking lot then COP with SSH, Merkins, Stagger R and L, Diamonds, Wide Arms all X10. Purple Haze didn’t even heckle my form – guess he was scared to throw wood on the fire that early.
Four corners in the parking lot with squat jumps, knee ups (not sure what half the PAX heard but they didn’t start with knee ups), merkins, and burpees – all to 10 except burpees to 5
Over to Pavillion for dips x15, merkins x10, and dips x20
Down to ball field for some “base running”. Bear crawl to 1st, burpee broad jump to 2nd, lunge walk to 3rd, and crab walk home. Rinse and repeat.
Jog up to rock pile and grab a lifting rock. In the parking lot we did:
Mosey over to church for some peoples chair and Balls to the Wall push ups until failure. PH knew I was not Protestant and brought up some rule about not touching the church walls. No wanting to offend the pastor (or God), YHC called an audible (although we had less than 1 minute left). Mosey back to cars for COT.
Barely got out of the fart sack this am much less came prepared to Q. Had been thinking on the way over how it had been a while since I Q’d so God (with Mermaid’s help) made it happen. It really was for Van Pelt since I saw his tweet about not wanting more HR burpees (which I never do – even when called). I would suggest other guys that don’t Q often make a point to push yourself by finding workouts to Q as it does help develop leadership skills and assist in getting closer to 10,000 fails (at least it does for me).
The usual suspects were out front although Turkey Leg was holding back (or recovering from Fast
Twitch). Snooka, as usual, we keeping up with the young guys – he is a freak of nature (or testosterone supplements really work). I should have added partner carries to the sprints (will remember for next time).
Sign up now (really, stop reading this drivel and sign up right now) for the Area 51 Christmas party. YHC will be down range so not in attendance but I highly recommend.
Several runs, including Joe Davis, coming up so sign up and work on hitting a PR. Highly successful people set goals and go after em. Also, find an opportunity to lock shields with other F3 men and get out in our community and serve. See me if you need help in finding something.
Pray for Abba as his family is heading out on a great adventure – mission work in Thailand (that will be a hot as ba$#s place to work out).
As always, it was an honor to lead the PAX this am. God has given YHC more blessings than I deserve and leading workouts is one of them (even if my form stinks).
17, mostly usual suspects, showed up this morning knowing YHC would likely add some twist to our routine. Escargot’s milk jugs have yet to be stolen (hint) and thus were our chosen coupons for the am. Escargot posted so it must have been pre-ordained.
COP – SSH X10, 5 burpees OYO, Merkins X10, CDD X10, Parker Peters X10, Mtn Climbers X10, 5 burpees OYO.
Mosey over to coupon warehouse (ie stash behind the hedges) and grab a milk jug and a partner. Mosey down to the practice field (dark as hades down there) for partner work. Partner 1 sprints down to end of field and back carrying both jugs (every man likes to have two jugs in his hands) while partner 1 starts called exercises. Keep rotating exercises and sprints until team has completed combined 50 burpees, 100 merkins, and 150 squats.
Mosey up toward parking deck and stop at the rails for pull ups and incline merkins on the rails. In cadence to 10 with two rounds of each.
Mosey over to fence beside parking deck for 11’s. 1 Dragon Fly on the fence by the field and 10 balls to the wall merkins on the parking deck wall. Back and forth until you get to 10 Dragon Fly’s and 1 balls to the wall merkin (this set hurt).
Mosey to base of steps and find your partner. Partner 1 takes both coupons and runs up steps while partner 2 runs the ramps (middle section). Partner hand slap merkins when you meet then partner 2 takes the coupons and both keep running in the direction they started. Meet four times with 5, 10, 15, and 20 hand slap merkins. LBC’s OYO while we wait for the six to finish and then a few minutes of mary with coupon extended behind your head (off the ground). Low Flutter and dolly X20 each.
Run the ramps up to top for some peoples chair. One armed push ups with coupon to 10 and then 15.
Mosey down stairs and back to the parking lot to safely stash the coupons.
Running with 2 coupons, especially up the stairs, really jacks up the heart rate. YHC unwisely picked the uphill segment with Coupons on the stairs while Brillo had the coupons during the down hill segment on the stairs. Likewise, the field sprints had YHC gasping and welcoming burpees to get them out of my hands.
The Dragon Flies started to get really painful and lots of groaning was heard once we got over 6 (or was it 2).
Marconi drove up in an 1898 Volkswagon (didn’t now cars that old existed). We may have to consider changing his name to Mr. Magoo (or he can go with AKA – it’s been done before).
Scabby claimed he was on time but I was pretty sure Hops made it an even 16 when he pulled in with 30 seconds to spare. No matter, one team was thankful to have a third wheel.
Paper Jam hurried out early. Something about getting home before the milk man delivered at his house.
F3 Golf next Friday – you still have to post at Centurion.
Southern Discomfort tomorrow am starting at Elizabeth Lane Elementary and ending at CCHS (Centurion). Check web site, Slack, or twitter for details and car pooling arrangements between ELE and CCHS. I’d hate for you to have to run back to ELE from CCHS at the end. Bring old shoes to donate to men working out at the Men’s Shelter.
Centurion will converge with The Brave at The Vine at 5:15 on November 10. Mark it down.
Honored to get the change to lead this am. Lots’ of fun even if I hurt myself.