Seven Pax made it out for a post fire works workout. I pulled in on fearing the group might have left without me….nope everyone standing around talking about the loud Boom around 11:00 last night. Rumor has it that Screech Owl pooled all their fireworks together in one giant fuse and lit them simultaneously (big word for me – impressed?). I slept through it though its all over our Briarcrest Facebook Page.
I heard Damascus’ story about not planning on coming and not setting an alarm 3 times….apparently he thought it was a good story. Much like he missed the jokes on Monday – I believe I missed his story.
In my haste to get there in time and get the shovel flag up, apparently I wasn’t very loud when I said “1 minute after, lets go”. I’m at the stop sign and hear Dough boy behind me “did he say go?”. Turn around to look over my shoulder and get a laugh at the pax wide eyed fast mosey trying to catch up. There was some mumble chatter about Q fail or something or other….they were so far back I couldn’t hear them.
Mosey to Dream Chasers, and then another lap around that block. I warned folks on Group Me that we would be dogging horse turds. So far so good…none found…..though Horse’s would come into play latter in helping to name this workout.
MOLE SKIN (gross)
I guess the old saying is true (is it really that old?) “You get what you ask for”. On my last back blast I commented on how the mumble chatter was down that day. Whether the guys today came out guns blazing intentionally to show me up from my last back blast or not is a mystery. My guess is, I just gave them plenty of ammo to talk.
Mosey to lower bus parking lot. Asked the pax to partner up and start comparing interest to come up with a team name. I also asked them to be creative- for example, if you both like bourbon, don’t be team bourbon. Go with something creative like team neat. Apparently that was all Bottle Cap and Money Ball needed to start the talking.
20 Side Straddle Hops
12 Mountain Climbers
12 Peter Parkers
12 Parker Peters
20 T Merkins
12 Potato Pickers
I asked 6 guys to grab rocks (confusion starts right about here) and asked the remaining pax to do burpees until they returned.
A quote from Bottle Cap a few months ago “I can’t wait to read the backblast so I can see what I was supposed to do”. So here is what the plan was supposed to be. After a Q audible and pax that don’t follow directions well, it turned into something else. The change out of stations was supposed to happen progressively (like the waterfall drinking game if you will – or don’t will; I don’t care). Starting with the runners you tag out the next group who then tags the next group and so on. Initially I had though that you would yell your team name as you tagged a team. However, upon review of the pax ability to follow directions (or some would say the Q’s ability to succinctly provide directions in an understandable fashion) I decided to nix the team names. So, how could this tagging out go wrong you might ask yourself. Seams easy enough right? Well………upon starting the exercise, three pax took off running. If you are following along…it should have only been 2 pax (1 team) that ran.
“Whoa, whoa, whoa…lets regroup and explain again. Everyone got it? Ok, good lets get started. Wait, Dirty Bird – who is your partner…..”
And off went Dough Boy halfway around the bus lot (good speed by the way). As the first set of runners came in, people started switching before being tagged, others got way into the tagging part of the workout (Damascus and Bottle Cap). Almost to the point that I worry they troll elementary school play grounds just looking for a good game of tag to jump into. Towards the end Bottle Cap and Money ball just took off anytime the runners came back saying the heck with the progressive tagging part (which by the way cut down on our work at the end since they were the last run team. Some may be mad that they lost that extra work…I, however, graciously thank you.)
After 2 rounds of station work we moseyed to the railings for supine ladders. 10, 9, 8….. At 3, 2, and 1 we held for 5 seconds to get an extra burn in.
Partner Push back to the rocks. Shake N Bake was aggressive out of the gates and ran me up Dough boys (I think) leg. Sorry Dough Boy. A less compassionate person would say get off the tracks when the train’s coming through…but not me.
As we returned to the rocks I asked those without rocks I asked to grab one. Those with rocks – burpees until the 6 is in. I return to find my partner – Shake N Bake with no rock. Then I find those with rocks standing around. Since most here are transplants, maybe its my native southern twang they can’t understand?
Mosey to the front of the school, Burpees while we wait on the 6. Bottle Cap was first there but acted like the 6 was already in so he didn’t have to do burpees. 1 minute left so a jail break back to the cars.
Judging by the amount of sweat dripping and being rung out of gloves and shirts, it was a good workout. Even despite the inability of
the pax to follow directions of the Q to properly describe the exercise rotations.
Loafer brought out an FNG (Slap Stick) who worked hard today for his first time there. He is trying to make the Liberty Hockey Team having just completed Lacrosse season at Arkansas.
Shake N Bake worked hard as usual. He talks to himself and attempts to motivate by calling himself fat boy. I love it. I thought about joking with him during the workout, but figured I would leave it for the back blast (or maybe I was too gassed to talk).
The usual suspects turned out some extra mumble chatter today. Damascus really stepped up his trash talk game today. I was impressed. Bottle Cap started strong, but Money Ball gave it hard the last third of the class (That’s what she said?)
Dirty Bird continues to post and put forth a strong effort. He gets a break for following the rotation as explained, but lets be honest….neither you or Dough Boy understood it….Dough boy was just the unlucky one who ran first.
Chipolte had a good showing today. I believe one of the few that understood what I was going for. I though Shake N Bake were on that same wave level too until I saw him rockless.
Mad Dog intentionally flubbed the up and overs and looked over at me with a sheepish grin only a mother could love. I said my “Woosah’s” (spelling?), took 2 deep breaths, and returned the smile.
Hopefully everyone enjoyed the workout despite my Q’ing inability. Good group today. Lots of great commentary. Good work.
Sandbox Pool Party at Lawson Pool. June 8th. 8:00-10:00. Beer and Pizza provided. $40 per family. Sign up via sign up genus posted on slack and groupme.
In my haste to post a back blast before getting to my Saturday Honey Do’s, I failed to come up with a clever workout name. After 5 minutes of
day dreaming about neighborhood pool moms staring at the computer screen, I went with the very uncreative No Name Workout.
Six pax showed up to see what exactly my guarantee was. At the end, I think most would agree it was
epic, legendary, a beat down, only tough because it was humid. (If you haven’t noticed by now, I read Foundations recent back blast and figured out how to do a strike through…..it may get excessive during this back blast).
Mosey around school buses and half way up the parking lot.
Warnings, Form Threats, Disclaimer Given.
10 Mountain Climbers
10 Peter Parkers
10 Parker Peters
15 Potato Pickers (Through the hole is not a thing,
except in the bedroom)
Mosey back towards the school warning the pax along the way that I wanted to try something new and that it would probably suck.
Circle up in the grass for Ladder Merkin down mixed with Ladder Maktar Jai (Spelling?) going up. With a tip of the cap to Recalculating I did mention it was a version of Catalina Wine Mixer. So…..9 Merkins & 1 Maktar Jai, 8 Merkins & 2 Maktar Jai….. Around the 4 Maktar Jai mark, I decided that yes, this exercise did suck as bad as I thought it would. I gave the pax the audible if they chose to take it to continue on with only Merkins. 4 Pax joined me in that modify, but 2 stayed strong and completed the true ladder. I expected it out of Dasher because, well he’s dasher; but I was very impressed with Mad Dog pushing through. Good work.
Partner up and grab 1 heavy rock per team:
Everyone: 15 Derkins.
Mosey to Railings for Supine Ladder staring at 9 and going to 1. At 3 I added a 5 second hold at the end of 3, 2, and 1.
Lunge walk across the bridge with a jailbreak up the hill to the short wall.
20 dips, inch worm merkins to the wall, 10 donkey kicks, inch worm push ups to short wall. 2 Rounds total. I believe Dasher was the only one to complete the two rounds (Surprise, Surprise) before YHC called an audible.
Mosey to the brick pile.
Partner 1: Curls with Elbows rested on belly. Partner 2: Run down hill, hold fence for 10 low slow jump squats and back up the hill. 2 Rounds. I gave modification option of taking gravel stairs to stay off the grass. Finch and Shop Dawg laughed in the face of that modification. At this point, I was pretty gassed and knew we had plenty of cardio coming so I modified (seems that’s becoming a trend with this workout).
Circle up as a group for brick work. No specific count, just go until it burns, then put bricks down and continue without bricks until it burns.
Mosey to trees behind baseball field. Hills – up and around the tree (Clydesdale modification was just to top of hill). Tree 1, 3, 5, & 7 were front hill runs while tree 2, 4, and 6 were backwards hill runs. I gave an extra disclaimer about wet grass, being careful, and modify if you feel unsafe. When I was done I look up to see Dasher already running back up the hill. Even with the modification, Dasher was on tree 7 as some of the Clydesdales entered tree 5 with heavy breathing. I audibled and had everyone stop where they were and meet back at Bricks.
Burn out triceps one last time with 20 tricep kickbacks. Bricks up and mosey to the bridge. On the way there I warned Shop Dawg and Southern Belle that they were going to hate me for what I had planned for the final 8 minutes. Shop Dawg said bring it, so just like the crappy cheer leading movie from the 90’s – I brought it.
Partner Pushes from the bridge to the left side parking lot. Flap Jacking whenever the pusher gets tired. I gave my partner Mad Dog the good news that I in fact did remember to brush my teeth this morning since we were going to be in such close quarters. Unfortunately for me, he failed to do the same. Mad Dog and I mary’ed with heels to heaven waiting on the 6. Based on the remaining 4 walking in, I assume that was a beat down of an exercise.
Partner Pull from bottom of parking lot to the cars (at least that was my intention) flap jacking when the puller gets tired. At the top of the parking lot, most of the pax were spent so I audibled (once again).
Walked for 10 seconds to catch our breaths then did a jail break to the crosswalk to end the class. Dasher jumped out to an early lead, but apparently he never read the tortoise and the hare book as a kid because in a surprising upset, Shop Dawg brought home the gold. We may have to incorporate some horse racing odds next time because Shop Dawg could have earned some big money on that win.
A great group of guys came out today. A smaller group than usual, but quality over quantity today (those that usually come please don’t get offended, that’s a joke).
Very little mumble chatter today to spice up the back blast. Dasher tried his best to add some lively discussion. I realized today that all the good talkers are gazels. Bottle Cap, Money Ball, and Goodfella just to name a few. I’m beginning to think its not a personality thing (introvert vs extrovert), or an intelligence thing (as obvious with Money Ball going to Tennessee – I’m kidding of course), but I think its a Clydesdale vs Gazel thing. I think us Clydesdale’s are so winded, that we physically can’t speak or think of anything funny to say. I will continue to observe this new theory from the back of the pack and try my best to step up my mumble chatter game.
The towel made its appearance again this week. Actually, I got tired of Recalculating asking about when it was making its return so I decided to bring him out of winter retirement. I’m beginning to wonder if they (Recalc and my towel) have some weird side relationship that I don’t know about. Either way, I asked the wife to use bleach when cleaning the towels.
Good work from Southern Belle. He’s coming along nicely and improving with each post. Thanks to those that continue to push the new guys and encourage them to keep coming out.
Shop Dawg put in some good work today. Please take this as a compliment when I say this, but I hope in 20 years I can still post to F3 and keep up as well as you do. I was shocked as you came flying past me during the final jail break. Loved that you beat Dasher.
Finch was getting very close to having his Clydesdale card pulled the last couple of workouts. He was approaching back of the gazel pack territory. Good work lately Finch.
I thought Southern Belle and I were going to be the first ones there this morning. As I round the corner into the school I see Mad Dog planting the flag in the ground. Dude worked his butt off today. Pushed through the full set of Maktar Jai’s even after I gave a chance for modification. He even posted while on vacation – impressive. Glad to have you as a site Q on Saturdays. You and Popeye make a good team.
In case no one knew, Dasher is fast. I tried my best to handicap him today, but to no avail. He also pushed through the full set of Maktar’s. Good work.
Third F opportunities:
Sunday 7:00 5 Stones Office building. Studying the book of John.
Monday evenings @ 7:30 Brooklyn Pizza. New book starting this week. Come to get a copy of the book and drink beer with Shop Dawg.
Sandbox Fundraiser Pool Party June 8th @ Lawson Pool. $40 per family. Pizza and Beer provided.
Sixteen pax showed up for a Saturday morning beat down. Four pax who have been MIA were called out on GroupMe and sent a personal invitation to join. One accepted that invitation, though I think he regretted it soon after.
Mosey to top of parking lot. I soon heard what I though was flat foot behind me, quick over the shoulder check, affirmative.
20 Mountain Climbers
10 Peter Parker Push Ups
10 Potato Pickers
Mosey to benches at school and partner up.
Partner 1: Derkins. Partner 2: Run a Lap. Transition was going to be a joint squat with your partner holding hands all the way down, but to the ground, then pulling on each other to help back up. I attempted to demonstrate with Transporter. It was not going as smoothly as I had hoped and as soon as I heard “why don’t you just kiss him” from the peanut gallery, I decided to change it up. 10 Squats to transition exercises. 2 Rounds.
Partner 1: Bench hop over. Partner 2: Heels to Heaven. Transition: 5 Push ups. Some pax had great form (Cyrus). Others didn’t quit grasp the up and over (I will leave those nameless but it rhymes with eagle room.) 2 Rounds.
Partner 1: 1 legged lunge on bench. Partner 2: Run the loop. No Transition. 2 Rounds.
Mosey to Rocks and grab a heavy lifting rock.
30’s (Curls) 10 bottom half, 10 upper half, 10 full curl. Made sure to call out those that use the swing of their body to do a curl. Wasn’t planning on calling anyone out but Bottle Cap stepped up and called himself out.
Military Press Ladder with a hold. 10, 9 + 1 second hold, 8 +2…..
Shoulders were burning so decided to throw in a quick mosey to the speed bump and back before starting next exercise.
Squat Ladder with a hold. I was getting gassed. Thanks to Recalculating for stepping in for a quick count while I caught my breath.
Mosey to back of school for Supine Ladder. I had a quick thought of adding the hold in there, but that it would be too much.
Jailbreak to the short wall.
20 step ups, bear crawl to wall, 10 Mike Tysons, lunge walk back to wall. Repeat for 3 rounds. Time check – make that 2 rounds. Time check again – yeah, we better mosey.
Mosey to Brick pile, wait gate is locked. Posse said something about moseying around football and baseball fields…um, no. Mosey back bast tennis courts.
Grab two bricks for shoulder work. 4 count front raise, down, side raise, down. I think we did 20 of them? Bricks down and do it again with no bricks. For those questioning the counting…I just did it until it burned. No rhyme or reason other than burn factor.
Lean over for reverse fly to work back deltoids. Again, I think count was around 12, drop bricks and do until it burned.
Stay leaned over for tricept kick back. 12 with bricks. another 12-15 without bricks.
Mosey through woods to parking lot.
Partner up for partner push (2 rounds), followed by partner pull (1 round). Some how my partner (Run Flat) was stolen from me. All good, partnered with Popeye.
T claps to the light pole and then jail break to the finish.
Ran (slowly walked) to get my phone and return to find the pax doing burpees.
Great work today. I had intended this to be a Clydesdale friendly workout (meaning less running, more lifting). That being said, I was wore out by the end and breathing hard.
Thanks to Beltway for accepting the call out and showing up today.
Cyrus has been a great addition to the group. Some young blood. This was his 4th workout of the week.
It was good to see Transporter out at a WUC workout. Always a positive attitude and pushes the rest of us to be our best.
Always enjoy seeing the 2.0’s come out. Popeye’s boys are getting stronger. Great to see their stamina improving with each post. (Now if they could just pass that on to their father – hey oh!).
On a related, but side note. A big group at Coffateria today. Ran into a recent FNG Wild Thing and his 3 girls. Transporter went out of his way to introduce himself not only to Wild Thing, but also his girls. Great to see the welcoming attitude and just general all around good spirit. Hoping to get Wild Thing back out soon.
Also the power of F3 Networking was shown as we found out Cyrus is a welder currently in between jobs. Several pax connected with him and potential opportunities/leads they might have.
23 Pax came out to see if a Clydesdale could actually run a Gazelle style workout. Much to the amazement of the pax and the Q himself, we all finished without a single incident. Though there was plenty of mumble chatter and grumbling as usual. I heard the usual call out from Frack – something about Yoga. That was the last time I heard from him and the rest of the pax as we were all huffing pretty hard after that. I will be crawling back into my cave for some hibernation and recovery as well.
We welcomed some new faces – FNG Fat Man; and some old faces – Turtle. Both Posse and Bottle Cap represented the ACC well last night with convincing wins and showed up to brag about them.
Lap to the front of middle school. Picked up two pax coming in on two wheels.
25 T Merkins
10 Potato Pickers
Mosey to hill at front entrance of high school and partner up.
Partner 1: run up hill backwards with 2 burpees at the top. Partner 2: Merkins at bottom of hill. 3 rounds.
Mosey to front of middle school.
Partner 1: 1 legged step up, 15 each leg. Partner 2: Heels to Heaven. 2 Rounds.
Partner 1: 1 legged derkin into a 1 legged lunge. Partner 2: run a lap. 2 Rounds.
Mosey to Transporters Shed
Partner Push to the 2nd light, jog back to start and flap jack.
Inchworm push ups to first light then 5 Carolina Dry docks at each light pole to the end.
Merry at the start for abs: American Hammer, Heels to Heaven, WWII Sit Up’s
Another great group of guys today. Thanks to Foundation for asking me to lead even after I asked “are you sure, I’m already teaching Friday and Thursday?”.
I set out to prove some folks wrong today – most notably myself. I wanted to see if I could not only complete a Gazelle style workout, but lead one. My apologies to my fellow Clydesdales, I will return back to regular form following up the rear again soon.
Bottle Cap EH’ed a new FNG out. Welcome to Fat Man who gets his name both because his last name is Marvel, and his business competes with FatMan plumbing.
Welcome back out to Turtle. We didn’t get a chance to meet, but it sounds like you have lots of dirt on some of these guys (or maybe its the other way around?) so hopefully you will be back out to share some of that wisdom.
Posse made it out even though he was sick. It was apparent that he was under the weather from the start, though originally I just thought he was up late celebrating the Clemson blow out of Auburn (ACC! ACC!). I myself was celebrating as well – an early exit for UNC.
Speaking of UNC – I somehow managed to lead a workout with both Carolina Dry Docks and Heels to Heaven in the same workout. My Wolfpack brethren would be so ashamed. I will do better next time.
Frack started out the partner push strong so I had to lock down and make him work. He stopped at the first light and then realized he was only half way. The final push was pretty weak. I may have actually wore down the infamous Frack. I will pause for his rebuttal that will most likely be filled with insults challenging my manhood and will leave me speechless and shocked.
14 Pax came out to welcome in spring at a Clydesdale Picnic. There was music, there was picnic tables, there was a lot of mumble chatter, and some groaning. The groaning might have had something to do with our 4 respects that joined – or maybe the workout was a little more difficult as I had to work out my frustration from the Wolfpack losing yesterday.
Lap around the parking lot then circled up.
25 Side Straddle Hops
10 Potato Pickers
Mosey to third light to pick up a rock and circle up
21’s – except I decided to 30’s, and then decided to do a few more at the end. 10 bottom half curls, put rock down & rotate. 10 upper half curls (squeeze at the top), put rock down and rotate. 10 full curls, hold on number 10, then do 5 more just because. Rocks down and rotate.
Military Press ladder with a hold – 1 press then hold for 9, 2 presses then hold for 8……
Squat ladder with a hold – 1 squat then hold for 9…… Lots of mumble chatter about not making eye contact with the person across from you and #2 innuendos.
Lunge holding rock over head for 1 light then mosey back to parking lot for station work.
Partner Push – timer
Picnic table runs
Curl/Press with a rock
Squat/Upright row with a rock
(3-6-9) I think this one actually ended up getting thrown out or skipped by most pax
Stations lasted approximately 30 minutes. Grab rocks and do presses while we wait for the 6, then mosey back to third light to put rocks up.
Mad Dog led merry (marry? mary?) of heels to heaven while waiting on the 6. I normally don’t approve of any workout that mentions the cheaters (Heels to heaven, Carolina Dry Docks), but I made an exception today.
Final round of chest exercises with another round of T Merkins and some regular Merkins mixed in with 6 inches. By this point the groaning and complaining was loud, and it was 6:14. Decidied to give them a break and mosey back to start to circle up.
Another great workout with an even better group. Thanks to Recalculating for offering me a chance to Q. This is my first Q outside of Weddington HS. I (think I) proved once again that you don’t have to run three miles to get your heart rate up and a good workout. I know me and my partner loafer were huffing and puffing pretty good there – especially during partner pushes.
As usual, I mixed in some new exercises that increased the mumble chatter to near deafening levels. Money Ball was there so that explains the record amount of mumble chatter. For those that have not done T Merkins before – the Army now uses them instead of regular push ups. I figure if its good enough for the Army, its good enough for us. Hopefully you enjoyed them. I like them better because it forces good form, doesn’t allow you to cheat (I won’t call anyone out but we have several alligator arm merkins from the group), and adds some shoulder and back work in at the same time. If your curious, there are a few articles out there on why the army switched to T push ups. Here is one to start: https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-armys-radical-fitness-shift-1509377795
After back to back bear crawl heavy workouts, I delivered on my promise for no bear crawls – I think that is why Dough Boy decided to fart sack (that guy loves a good bear crawl).
Shout out to Hollywood who once again showed everyone up today by adding superman’s to the T Merkins. I will apologize in advance to the other pax as I have a suspicion we may be seeing those at his next Q.
1 down, 2 more to go. I will be Q’ing again Monday and Thursday next week (I will pause for the collective groan from the group). I look forward to seeing everyone out there in the gloom next week!