YHC is a huge fan of old school stuff — but not the movie, hasn’t seen it. Little Debbie, sausage-and-egg biscuits, old school wrestling (or wrasslin’) and old school, big-group workouts. For the last one, YHC has often seen backblasts where the PAX count was 2-4, but he started out with the big Dromedary and Cuthbertson workouts of 20-30 PAX and has often been leery of any turnout fewer than 10.
With the high potential for rain and storms, YHC knew today might be one of those days. He rolled into Rea View about 5:15 (or so he claims) and sat in an empty parking lot watching the rain from Hurricane Sally dot the windshield. About 5:27 headlights shine down the road, and a minute later there’s another pair. Neither was the Q, but there was a quorum.
Some of the best wrestling of the 1980s were the 6-man tag team matches. The Fabulous Freebirds, the Von Erichs, Road Warriors and Dusty Rhodes. This mighty trio teamed up in the gloom for a 3-on-1 match versus Sally.
The PAX quickly decided to split the Q and make the most of the morning.
Das Boot with the warm-o-rama
Midriff offered up some rock work with running
Chopper took the leg work with lunges, squats then running.
Midriff tagged back in for some merkins and forward-then-backward running
Das Boot came back into the squared circle for some Mary to finish it up.
Just as opponents trembled when Hawk, Animal and The American Dream strolled into the ring, Sally ran with her tail between her legs. For 45 minutes, it barely rained and the time flew. The workout was a solid one and no one melted from the little precipitation that fell.
More than that, though, YHC has heard many times lately the refrains of “more than a workout” and accountability. YHC may have been looking forward to a nap in the car with the falling rain or not being out and running around on the wet pavement solo. But Chopper and Midriff showed up and held him in accountable and again proved that you might be out there for others, not just for yourself. Who do you need to be present for in the near future?
(YHC is also grateful that the Road Warriors from Mecklenburg County didn’t go full Legion of Doom on him and gouge his eye with a spike.)
Long Haul kept the PAX truckin’ at The Body Shop, hearkening back to his days as Site Q of Devil’s Turn — side runs, backwards runs, side skips all made for happy PAX.
Laps around the little kids’ track and plenty of exercises, while welcoming some new faces from the SOB regulars. Bienvenido, Chippy and Mighty Mite!
Lots of merkins for the first day back at 0530 launch time. Unfortunately, the message of the new start time was not received by all. (Ahem, Midriff.)
Bushwood Site Q One Star <perform odd hand gesture> stepped up as a substi-q on short notice at The Body Shop a few weeks back and shared with the PAX the joy of running with rocks. YHC decided to return the favor at the best country club AO this side of the Mississippi and here’s what happened…
Minute o’ mosey.
Grab a running rock and head for the neighborhood. Add in a burpees at the two lightpoles on the sidewalk that follows the Marvin School Road because it’s a dumb idea to add unnecessary burpees.
Once in the Marvin Creek neighborhood, the group stayed mostly on the southern half of Autumn Blossom and the two cul-de-sacs that jut from the street.
Repeato on Autumn Blossom
Back to the cul-de-sac we entered on for another 18 side lunges then head back to the school.
Mary with rocks:
Mosey back to COT.
YHC learned early on in life to not run with scissors. He never learned the lesson to not run with rocks… until today. It didn’t take long for YHC to have numerous mental images of GOB on “Arrested Development” saying, “I’ve made a huge mistake.” YHC tried to listen to another GOB quote — “It’s not a trick, it’s an illuuuusion” — and that somewhat dulled the anguish.
One Star went for one of his favorite rocks from the pile, but was reminded that it should be a running rock and he opted for a more appropriate size. Kotters to Krusty (Aaassss Crack) for rejoining the PAX on a lovely morning — he must’ve brought the humidity of a thousand heat-lamped Krusty Burger buns with him because it was not so bad on Monday.
YHC apologizes for the poor choice of 36 circle merkins, sticking with the Bushwood course theme but depriving some PAX of an extra merkin. Kudos to Spaulding and Krusty for lining up to go early on the burpees and J-Woww for going for the extra merkins. Fiji and One Star even threw in additional, unplanned burpees on the way back to the school. Kudos to Noonan on wearing the appropriate attire for Bushwood and it’s great to spend more time on the AO course with Hot Yoga, who recently moved out from city life and gets the work done.
Running with rocks is not as fun as, say, an afternoon at Top Golf, but it’s always good to be at the Bushwood CC.
YHC with the take-out.
Spaulding on tap for his VQ next week!
Sad reminder that weekday sites move to 0530 starts beginning Aug 3rd. Back to the gloom!
Technically, this is still an exploratory site — should YHC even write a backblast for it? It is with an abundance of caution, that he does…
Head to the lower playground and grab a random ball from the ground. Run the track and at the
2 laps of that and then gather on the court for a Febreze
Repeato on the ball time above, except Febreze was shortened to just rounds of 2:10 and 10:50.
Say goodbye to your ball and mosey to the parking lot entrance.
Run four light poles up and at each one, do 10 Carolina Dry Docks. Around the 4th pole, there are rocks — grab one.
5 burpees at three light poles on the way back to COT.
YHC was quite humbled by the stellar turnout this morning for the site possibly to be known as The Body Shop (thanks to the opportunity last week to change the tire of a school employee after the workout was done). Men ranged from 2.0 to Double Respect, and 5 MASHERs did some strong work each time the rest of the group passed by — it is not known what was going on at others times. PAX traveled across the county line into the wilderness of Unincorporated Waxhaw without the promise of coffeeteria, a session of Q Source, or an 0715 happy hour. There was a deer sighting just before launch, further adding to the rural feel of the AO.
The PAX were excited to play with balls but that soon changed and the grumbling started as men realized the balls were not well inflated, thus more difficult to balance on and dribble. YHC is known for digging into the depths of the Exicon and today’s round of The Febreze was an unexpected bit of torture — who knew you had to work those hip flexors more often? Some of the newer guys realized they haven’t spent enough time on their 6 and may be soft there. The shoulders were burning with the rock work.
And, just as 95% of garages and shops operate, this job finished later than expected, rushing to finish just a little later than the guaranteed 45 minutes.
YHC with the take-out.
In this time of SIPO, many have had the opportunity to spend more time with family and to feel a sense of longing for simple things like wandering through the canned food aisle of Harris Teeter and picking up cans to actually see what’s in it before you buy it or sending 2.0s into the play area at Chick-Fil-A so that you can enjoy the rest of your meal in peace. And some miss the time spent with neighbors — but do you know all of the people in your neighborhood? YHC decided to invite some of the people — both famous and everyday — to his 4th anniversary Q of the curbside edition of Clyent Dinner.
No mosey, you’re in your garage.
4×4 — 4 rounds of each of these exercises OYO
4×4, part II — 4 rounds of each of these exercises OYO
Run 30 seconds out and 30 seconds back Jack Webb — 1:4 Merkins and Air Presses
Angry Al Gore x 20 OYO
Makhtar N’Diaye x 4 OYO
So many friends in our neighborhood — who knew!? The rain held off most of the day, but the PAX in garages were doing the workout in a sauna so kudos to that extra effort. There’s not a lot of mumblechatter on the muted virtual workouts, but the occasional grunts and heavy breathing showed there was some work going on. YHC called an audible with the short run before Jack Webb because he was exhausted already and needed an extra moment before moving on to the more regrettable part of the workout. And still somehow during Jack Webb, his voice began to crack like a seventh grader’s and he suddenly had horrible flashbacks to middle school PE and the nauseating, engulfing scent of a dozen aerosol deodorants — he almost passed out then and there.
For YHC, it’s been a great 4 years with F3 and the people above have given him much reason to moan and groan, but it’s PAX around him that keep him coming back — the HIMs who care, who push, who lift, who go beyond just because. Anyone who’s made it this far in the rambling and the many others who didn’t, keep pushing because it makes a difference.
YHC with the take-out.
Solid update from Centerfold on the 100 PAX Challenge: http://f3southcharlotte.com/2020/05/12/100-pax-challenge/
Bushwood opened up for Friends and Family Day this morning and the crowds turned up en masse to see what it’s all about. 20 men were not scared off by rumors of a doody in the pool. But the gloom is ever-present well past 6:15 AM these days and no one saw anything they shouldn’t have.
After a mosey through the parking lot, YHC asked the PAX to share their feelings, to open up. Apparently, that is a good way to end mumblechatter.
Then to the playground where one partner runs a lap on the small track while the other exercises, totaling…
Out to the soccer field for more individual work
Mosey back near the start, find the hill and Merkin Clock!
Finish up with some Mary
The rough was thick at Bushwood this morning and for those who didn’t refusenik, they came away with the grass clippings to prove it. But that’s okay, because real men find their balls when the rough is thickest. One Star found some on his chest today.
Throw in a few more odd exercises and a merkin clock and you have a classic Das Boot workout. YHC has wanted to utilize the swerkin for more than two years and it finally worked out today and it proved to be an unrelenting exercise — between that and the sumo hillbillies, the quads have been screaming with each stair today.
Several site FNGs at Bushwood today and the atmosphere was fantastic for an early round with the boys. And it ended with the official snack of the Bushwood Country Club pool — the Baby Ruth. If you didn’t get one, let YHC know and you’ll find one coming your way sometime soon.
15 PAX celebrated the summer solstice and longest day of the year bright and early with the most confusing site name in the region and perhaps the most confusing line-up of exercises they’ve seen in a while.
Mosey through the Whole Wallet parking lot, mixing in some alternating side shuffles with the mosey, circling up in the back employee lot.
Mosey straight to the parking garage and jump the wall to get into the lowest level of the garage.
Mosey back down 2 levels of the garage, jumping and slapping every other crossbeam above the down-ramp area of the garage.
10 pistol crunches per leg and then mosey back up to the top of the garage using shortcuts of cutting through the gaps in the walls and climbing the metal cable railings. 10 more pistol crunches per leg on the flats.
Top Rope Challenge – At the top of the deck, 1 burpee then cross to the other side of the deck for 5 Supermans. Return for 2 burpees and then cross again for 10 Supermans. Repeat with 3 and 15. Highly encouraged to go straight across, climbing the cable railings between exercises.
3-Man Tag Team – Mosey down to the Haagen-Daz area, gather in threesomes. Two PAX get in plank beside each other while the other puts feet on the short wall, and one hand on the back of each team member for 10x merkins. When done, the merkin-er runs a timer lap while the other two do dips. Switch up and give each PAX the time for merkins.
Return to COT with 7x Flying Sun Gods per leg to finish out.
YHC hasn’t watched wrasslin’ in many years, but much of the joy of watching the NWA on the SuperStation TBS as a child was the creativity of the matches. The most memorable of the creative matches was the scaffold match that pitted the Road Warriors vs. the Midnight Express at Starrcade 1986 which culminated in Jim Cornette dropping from the scaffolding and mauling his leg.
YHC wanted to have some creative fun to kick off summer and the longest day of the year, but he was also still suffering from his own stupid ideas Q’ing Dromedary two days prior and did not want to end up like Jim Cornette. That fun came through attacking the parking garage in new and different ways that elicited mumblechatter, some revolt and an open call for a Q-jack at one point.
The initial wall climb into the garage was a nice twist on using open space to enter an area. The calf-raise ascent of the stairwell was possibly the slowest ascent ever and quite painful. Descending the ramps and seeing others jumping to slap the crossbeams was pretty entertaining. Climbing through the wall gaps to go back up was initially cumbersome, but it prepared the PAX for the full-bore assault on the braided-cable railings at the top.
For some reason, Job is not well-versed in mid-1980s southern regional professional wrestling, but he easily got the hang of climbing the cable railing. There was minimal flying from the top rope, but some PAX did get creative with that, though YHC heard no Ric Flair-esque cries of “Woooooooo!!!!!” If one looks down from the top level through the gaps and ropes, it’s quite a descent but all PAX stayed safely within the ropes of the squared circle. The 3-man tag team effort was chaos, but those matches always are — metal chairs were moved around on the concrete, but fortunately, Gumbo and Billy Goat didn’t get angry enough to throw them.
For historical reference: https://www.wwe.com/videos/jim-cornette-falls-from-the-scaffold-wcw-starrcade-1986
Fixing it for Christ service project this weekend in Waxhaw. It’s a great opportunity to serve the community and you can learn more on Slack (via Jingles) or at www.FixingItForChrist.com.
19 PAX gathered on Juneteenth / 19th in super-humid, tropical Marvin region of the Carolinas for multiple 19s and unknowingly to finish off an exercise that was not completed the last time YHC was on Q at the mid-week camel.
Mosey around, circle up…
Mosey to the bus lot for a snakey weave.
Mosey back up along the buses to the Boiler Room building. Grab a quadrant of the brick wall and “rock climb” sideways along the quadrant. Finish the quadrant, run past the next one and climb on another one.
Mosey to the baseball shed and grab two bricks…
Mosey to the tennis court benches for Dips x 19 and then haul it back to COT.
YHC arrived a little early to scout the area following a good night’s rain and returned to the start just before the PAX revolted. An unintentional request for Hillbillies went out on Slack prior to the event and YHC had to oblige, along with introducing the Union County crowd to the face of the 1994 Winter Olympics, Nancy Kerrigan. YHC also took advantage of the parked school buses, while the palpable humidity replaced the usual fog of diesel emissions. The rock climb/wall walking quickly became a great way to simulate a farmer’s carry of heavy plates as pinching the bricks worked the forearms.
Kudos to the PAX for sticking with such a stupid Webb idea. Most had Gumby arms for the mosey back to dips and to COT. Solid 2.0 and Respect representation today Wednesday has solid AOs throughout the South Charlotte/Union County area and the Dromedary campus is a fantastic place to post, with quality PAX and it’s exciting to meet new people out each week.
FNG 2.0 is Po, but YHC can’t get the tag to work. Also, YHC is still a terrible judge of time.