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The Brave: Poop Laden Tabata Journey

For starters, yes I realize that I called the sh*t, poop. It was anticipated that today’s Brave edition would utilize one of the many parking decks with the looming rain upon us. However, I’ll look for any opportunity in the summer months to take advantage of cooler temps over the hot box. 12 men arrived via automobile and 1 on foot (Uncle Rico), this will be important later.

That being said, none of them were Goonie who texted me last night proclaiming he would be at The Brave…and then probably followed that up by polishing off 12 beers, causing him to fartsack.

Warm-up – There was none

The Thang

  • Instructions were given that the PAX would cover a lot of ground this morning w/ pain stations along the way, which featured Tabata style cycles (20sec on, 10sec off) 2 exercises alternating for 2 rounds
  • Station 1 – 1st parking deck we came to on Ballantyne Commons Rd. (Plyo Merkin, Bombjack)
  • Station 2 – next stoplight we came to on Ballantyne Commons Rd. (Burpees, Plank Jacks)
  • Station 3 – entrance to fitness trail near Ballantyne Corp Park (Supine Pull-ups, Jump Squats)
    • This is about the time that word circulated through the PAX that Cobbler, out of all people, was using the “facilities” – Sh*tter #1
  • Station 4- Duckworth’s Parking Lot (Merkins, LBC)
    • This is about that time that word circulated through the PAX that Mario may be using the “facilities”
  • Station 5 – Ben Nevis Base (Spartan merkins, Peter Parker)
    • This was about the time Frehley’s Comet exclaimed “It’s coming that way” before the onset of a gagging, cringeworthy, onion heavy with ketchup finish gas bomb made it’s way into everyone’s nostrils
    • This was also about the time my phone got wet and stopped working and Mario took over as the official/unofficial timekeeper for Tabata
  • Station 6 – No time to head up Ben Nevis, so back towards the columns (1rd of each exercise) (Burpees…yes, again, Parker Peter)
  • Station 7 – Same as station 2  (Mountain Climbers, Freddie Mercury)
  • Station 8 – Same as Station 1 (Donkey kicks, and I forget the other)
  • Station 9 – Brazwell’s parking lot, 20 yd Bearcrawl followed by 20yd Burpee Broad Jump to freedom

Moleskin

The weather held out for us but for some including YHC on the way home, the bowels did not…Great work by the PAX covering some ground today and mixing in some strength and HIIT. Water/sweat and technology don’t mix very well and that remains a fact as of this morning.

Takeaway from a discussion in COT: Keep in touch and stay connected with PAX, friends, family, co-workers etc. You never know what someone is struggling with and solitude can further fuel the internal fire and struggle that some may be dealing with. Stay connected and potentially help someone who may need that connection to hold on and keep going.

Annoucements

8/17 – The Brave converges w/ Cerberus at 530 for a Dredd led workout

8/18 – Come wash away the wear and tear of the week with the CLT Craft Course II, and run and brew event hitting 6 breweries. Respect to anyone that polishes off a Porter, Stout or Double IPA at all 6

8/25 – 4yr Indian Land Anniversary celebration at the re-launch of The Reservation

Over & Out

-General_

 

 

The Hateful 8

Coming off of the IPA train (Jai Alai, Juicy J, Pernicious) YHC put together a workout to help flush every ounce of that golden goodness out of the body titled “The Hateful 8”. Initially, there were thoughts of working the parking deck into the mix but YHC just couldn’t waste a beautiful, breezy morning in the hot box. 10 Pax arrived via vehicle, on foot and Abacus must have teleported because I didn’t even see him show up until we were mid-way thru the warm-up mosey. To recap:

Warm-Up

  • Short mosey around the backside of Viva Chicken looping back to the launch
  • 20 SSH
  • 10 Merkins
  • 10 Mountain Climbers
  • 10 Low Slow Squats

The Hateful 8

  1. Burpee
  2. Starfish Crunch
  3. Plyo Merkin
  4. Bombjack
  5. Mountain Climber
  6. Merkin
  7. Jump Squats
  8. Burpee Broad Jump

Tabata sytle, ON = 20sec, OFF = 10sec thru The Hateful 8 followed by a recovery loop (same loop as warm-up) for 8 total rounds, eliminating (from the bottom) an exercise after every round until finishing with (1) 20sec round of Burpees to close it out.

This left us with 1min on the clock which was utilized for plank into 6inch hold and into COT.

Moleskin

  • A few technical difficulties to start out but it was worth the wait to have a soundtrack other than 45min of mouthbreathing, farts and groaning to tabata out to
  • Would like to thank Rage Against the Machine, Metallica, ZZ Top, AC/DC, Black Label Society and last but surely not least Katy Perry for the takeout on the final round
  • Strong group of PAX today pushing through some difficult tabata rounds and several treating the recovery loop as anything but a recovery (Doc McStuffins, McGee, Uncle Leo) great push to up the pace for the rest of the group.
  • All of the beer has successfully left my body

Annoucements

  • Big SANDBOX project this weekend and it’s not too late to volunteer, hit up the #sandbox channel on Slack for more details on this project and more upcoming/on-going
  • New Thursday style AMRAP coming to the Cerberus site soon, details to come
  • (2) Awesome events upcoming:
    •  CLT Craft Course (8/18/18) – Brewery Hopping via Running (6 breweries in 4 miles) – check out #beerrun channel on Slack for more details
    • Crane Relay (10/26/18) – check out the pre-blast and sign up Crane Relay Link

Muscle Trauma: The Foxhole Edition

The tag line blasted on Slack for this workout was “Muscle Trauma in store @ the Foxhole.” Unafraid on eager for the DOMs that would occur…or checking off a box on the Journeyman Challenge, 7 Swole Trolls gathered for the main event including ages ranging from 8 to RESPECT status.

Warm-Up – Cue the music, no Taylor Swift or Katy Perry today.. all Rock..and Pandora commercials

  • Disclaimer given as we took off around the school at a warm-up pace, throwing in a trip up the stairs and back down
  • 15 Dips on the benches
  • 15 Merkins re-entering the parking lot, and finishing the mosey from where we began

The Thang – Partner up for the following:

  • Partner resistance ropes:
    • P1 holding and providing resistance on ropes
    • P2 high choppy steps whilst under tension to 1st speed bump followed immediately by 10 Goblet squats w/ bell
      • Flapjack and repeato x2
    • P1 holding and providing resistance on ropes
    • P2 back pedal whilst under tension to 1st speed bump followed immediately by 10 Goblet squats w/ bell
      • Flapjack and repeato x2
  • Progressive curls w/ bell
    • P1 – full parking lot building sprint, recover back to P2
    • P2 – 4 total curl positions starting with short pumps to full extension, 5reps at each position = 2o total
      • Flapjack
  • Regressive curls w/ bell
    • P1 – full parking lot building sprint, recover back to P2
    • P2 – 4 total curl positions starting with full extension to short pumps, 5reps at each position = 2o total
      • Flapjack
  • Clean & Press
    • P1 – full parking lot building sprint, recover back to P2
    • P2 – Clean & Press w/ bell (5x each side)
      • Flapjack
  • French Press Negatives
    • P1 – full parking lot building sprint, recover back to P2
    • P2 – French press negative (slow count on downward motion) to normal extension
      • Flapjack
  • Abyss Merkins (x2)
    • P1 – full parking lot building sprint, recover back to P2
    • P2 – Deep merkins utilizing curb for feet and bells as handles to dip below the bells on the merkins into the Abyss
      • Flapjack
  • Pull-Up Finale
    • 10 pull-ups, 10 toes to bar, (1) 10ct of 6inch Plank
    • 8 pull-ups, 8 toes to bar, (2) 10ct of 6inch Plank
    • 6 pull-ups, 6 toes to bar, (3) 10ct of 6inch Plank
    • 4 pull-ups, 4 toes to bar, (4) 10ct of 6inch Plank
    • 2 pull-ups, 2 toes to bar, (5) 10ct of 6inch Plank

Swoleskin

Strong and yes, I do mean strong work by the PAX this morning as the Lions inside were awakened. It was a great morning to take advantage of temperature wise and get after it and get after it we did. The tunes are always a boost but it’s funny how when Taylor Swift pops up I get ridiculed and when no Taylor Swift pops up I still get ridiculed. That was the least ridiculable (not a word) content of the workout as my disclaimer should have been “I am not a professional, and my gear is far from professional” as the “resistance ropes” that I used are only professional kidnapping grade and the 5lb plate that was brought for Cobblers 2.0 (Gronk) was a large plate of tile. Moving on from the ridiculing and focusing on the positives from today I’ll first start with the workout before the workout. Solid pre-run effort and route laid out by Erector, really going to miss this dude moving to Tennessee. He has been a lead by example guy and a huge addition to SOB/Indian Land. Fredo may be respect status but those legs are 25, as he was the sprint burner in the group. Moving from age to beauty…from his mother of course, strong work by Gronk to defeat the fartsack and continue to lay the groundwork towards his goal of playing for some small school in Tuscaloosa one day and for Cobbler to provide the antagonizing to get him out of the fartsack and push him during the workout.  Argonaut asked for pull-ups and he received pull-ups and delivered on pull-ups likely being the only one to complete all of them in strict pull-up fashion. Last but certainly not least, came as a journeyman and performed like a beast Das Boot, great work stepping out of the comfort zone and trying something different, you nailed it.

Announcements 

  • Erector finale Q at Blackhawk this Saturday, 6:00 pre-run on the trails, 6:30 main event followed by a farewell feast (breakfast)
  • Rebel Yell and The Arsenal converge @ Rebel Yell featuring Cobbler on Q
  • Argonaut on Q for a spooky this Friday the 13th at the 3 Headed Hell Hound (Cerberus)
  • Isabella Santos race, sign up and keep the SOB push and support strong for this event in our own back yard
  • New site “Pokey” headed up by Paper Jam opens up Wednesday 7/11 for Dynamic Stretching…the M is sure to enjoy the results

 

2018 Isabella Santos Pre-blast

SPEED FOR NEED is back at it again this September for the Isabella Santos 5K/10K Event. This event is for an awesome cause and is right here in our back yard. We had some solid support last year and looking to increase the F3 participation this year. I know everyone’s calendar fills up quick with events but go ahead and put this one on your calendar.

$20 with the Coupon Code RUN4ISF2018 registers you for the 5K, code also works for the 10K ($10 off) THIS OFFER IS ONLY GOOD 6/28 – 6/30

Additional Details:

Date : Saturday, September 29 8AM

Sign-Up Link: https://5kforkidscancer.racesonline.com/

SIGN UP UNDER TEAM NAME F3 SPEED FOR NEED

 

We are still working on securing riders for the event but reach out to Madison (UnionCO), Fire Hazard or myself if you are interested in pushing one of the riders for this event. Thanks for the support and let’s rally with strength in numbers behind this great event and Speed For Need.

-General_

 

 

The Journeyman AO Challenge: Preblast

Here is a challenge where size and speed do not matter, and where only inner strength, determination to beat the fart sack and the ability to set an alarm clock and follow Waze directions will help you.

With the dog days of summer approaching, the challenge is on to keep pushing towards your fitness goals while mixing up the scenery a bit. The Journeyman AO Challenge will kick-off this coming Friday, June 1st running thru Saturday, July 28th.

The challenge is simple; hit as many of the SOBland AO’s between June 1st – July 28th. Official 2018 Journeyman AO Challenge Dog Tags awarded to those hitting ALL AO’s.

We will be using a Googledoc (link below) to keep track. Simply enter in your F3 name and keep track of your attendance at each AO by entering the date that you attended that AO. You can reference my row (General_) as an example.

The Journeyman AO Challenge Google Doc

Get out and post!

-General_

Fishing for FNG’s, Netted a Bunch of Kotters Instead

Quarterly the SOB region has been putting together a workout meant to attract and retain FNG’s while bringing back some of the Kotter folk. YHC & Transporter wanted this to be a workout that would be somewhat FNG friendly, while still making it worthwhile to the tuned up PAX that woke up ready for a challenge. This was my first rodeo at the newer Cerberus AO, thus the 4:50 arrival time to do some recon where I ran into Bunker and Meat Loaf heading out for a pre-run appetizer. Cars began filling up the lot, PAX jumping out of vehicles and making their way over and with 530 on the dial YHC exclaimed “Do we have any new guys, aka FNG’s”….Crickets….more Crickets….scanning familiar face after familiar face…still Crickets…Boom, got 1…and only 1. 1 token FNG stepped forward and was the sole focus of my disclaimer.

Warm-up (General_)

  • Buzz over to the lot where the “Gladiator” crew was working out, and circle up
    • My strategy here was to try and attract some attention to F3, possibly draw out a FNG. Realized this was a backfire once there were females spotted amongst the “Gladiator” crew…
  • 20 SSH
  • 10 LSS
  • 10 Merkins
  • 20 MC

The Thang (General_)

  • Mosey back to Viva Chicken lot and line-up for Progressive suicides:
    • Run to 1st island and back + 20x merkins + 20x Bombjacks = (20x each)
    • Suicide using 1st & 2nd islands +15x merkins + 15x Bombjacks each time reaching start line = (30x each)
    • Suicide using 1st, 2nd & 3rd islands +10x merkins + 10x Bombjacks each time reaching start line = (30x each)
    • Suicide using 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th islands +5x merkins + 5x Bombjacks each time reaching start line = (20x each)
  • Mosey to the Parking Deck & partner up:
    • P1 Burpee broad-jump 15yds, bear crawl back to P2
    • P2 doing Merkins
    • Flapjack with goal equaling 100 total merkins
    • Repeato w/ 100 total CDD

The Thang-a-lang (Transporter) 

  • Donkey Webb
    • 3:1 Ratio of Donkey Kicks to Mike Tysons, 7 sets total (21 DK’s, 7 MT’s) = FNG barely alive and majority of PAX totally wrecked
  • Split into 4 groups with the goal of moving a 45lb from the bottom of the parking deck to the top of the parking deck…Hairburner style
    • 1 PAX moving plate thru Parking Deck
    • Rest of PAX doing 10 American Hammers, 10 lunges than catch up to Hair Burner PAX and switch
    • PAX finishing Hair Burner run to nearest stairwell and double back to team
  • Mary at the top until last group finishes, down the stair well and back to COT finishing up some Mary until the 6 is in

Moleskin

Well, to briefly summarize:

  • Thank you Squid for the take out
  • There was 1 FNG who felt damn special. Welcome “Teacher’s Pet” and great work Cheddar on bringing out your Professor. I owe you a Chik-Fil-A biscuit
    • Runners up in the name department were: Hot4Teacher, Sheldon
  • There were a strong number of Kotters…you know who you are and great to see you. Come back anytime, admission is free
  • Even if you are a seasoned F3 vet, Transporter’s portion alone was worth getting out of bed for. Pretty sure I lost 2lbs of sweat in the parking deck
  • Don’t let FNG day be the only day that you try to bring out FNGs…or not bring out FNGs. Plenty of solid AO’s scattered throughout the week that would make a difference in someones life so keep pushing to bring ’em in.

Annoucements

  • Private Pool party in the Lawson neighborhood coming up the 2nd Weekend in June. All you can drink brews + food for a very reasonable price. Proceeds are going to help fund current and future “SandBox” projects. If you haven’t gotten involved, check out the SandBox channel on Slack. MORE INFO to come surrounding the pool party. Be on the look-out via Slack and Tweeter.

Over & Out

 

-General_

2 Teams Enter, 1 Team Leaves…The Cave

Yeah, F3 prides themselves on workout rain or shine, sweltering or freezing, yada yada. Yesterday, the forecast looked a bit rocky and YHC was craving a gear based workout and really any excuse to throw the change-up and hit shift Blackhawk to The Cave. Being out of the game for a week after a gnarly ski accident and sick kiddo, YHC wanted this one to be a smoker, a true grinder if you will. The best way to make said grinder a bit more enjoyable is to pit 2 teams against one another in some unfriendly competition working towards the same end goal…with music of course.

5.5 brutes (Dark Helmet joined late) took part in a 2.5mile pre-run, which did not include music unless you count Bounty Hunter crying “Why are running outside” and “I’m getting wet” repeatedly during the run.

630 hit the watch and we had 7….hmmmm the predicament of an uneven number. Boom, problem solved as Transporter came running up to even out the teams:

Team 1

  • Ringer
  • Transporter
  • Bounty Hunter
  • Fallout

Team 2

  • Copay
  • Atlas
  • Dark Helmet
  • General

The exercises were presented and the rules were simple…Be the 1st team to finish all of the Exercise Reps. YHC proceeded to struggle with technology in getting the music situation handled. T-claps to Dark Helmet for taking the reigns of the warm-up portion.

Warm-Up

SSH

Merkins

(look at General…still messing with music)

Mountain Climbers

(look at General…still messing with music)

Another exercise

(look at General…screw it let’s just start. YHC will figure this out while doing squats)

 

The Thang (be the 1st team to complete the grinder below):

  • 150 Pull-ups
  • 300 Squats
  • 50 Laps (around inside of parking deck)
  • 50 Hairburners
  • 300 KB Swings
  • 20 Bucket Carries
  • 150 Incline Merkins
  • 150 Decline Merkins
  • 200 Jump Rope

Each team started out with a different approach, which at the end of the day all came together in basically organized chaos. Team 1 chose to start off with knocking out the laps. Team 2 hammered out the pull-ups and squats to start.

The teams were very evenly matched and separated by 30sec or less with team 2 (deuces) taking home the W…although we are all winners (sike)

15min remain, so we finished with something light…I mean something that really sucked:

  • Mosey to the bottom level – All you got to the top
  • Mosey down to bottom level:
    • regular plank into 6inch plank, repeato for 10sec count around the horn
    • All you got to the top
  • Core Shredder Circuit
    • Pistol Crunch (10x each leg)
    • LBC x20
    • Box Cutter x15
    • Flutter x20
    • 6inch LBC aka The Crowd Pleaser x10
    • Superman’s (Lean right, lean left, hyper speed x2)
    • 6inch Plank, 10sec hold and back to regular plank around the horn

COT

Moleskin

Solid group of dudes today for the grinder. Competitive juices were flowing and everyone was getting after it and talking bleep to the opposition. First and foremost I would like to thank Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, TI and a handful of other artists for providing the musical inspiration during the grinder. I could see tears flowing down Ringer’s face as Extraterrestrial by Katy Perry came on…get’s him every time. Transporter made it out of the bed in which he only slept for a broken 25 minutes the entire night due to a 6 girl sleep over in which he stated “They were all wearing concrete boots.” Way to get after it man, everytime I looked over and tapped out from hairburners, you were starting another set. Fallout got out of bed without knowing what was in store, and was better today because of it. Solid work man, way to shake-off the rust after being in fantasy land for 2 weeks. Copay, the Twitter sensation…I mean a guy fresh of getting his Twitter handle dis-banded crushed through the pull-ups for Team 2 and proved that those jet engines still work on the uphill sprints. Bounty Hunter, although you complained during the entire pre-run you got after it in the grinder competition and also showed off the jets in the 1 of 2 sprints that you competed in. Atlas, good call on taking the lead on The Cave audible. Always good to change it up and appreciate you donating some gear to the cause. Solid work man, you were looking P200 ready on the laps. Dark Helmet, appreciate the lead on the warm-up as I struggled through tech setup. Single-handily conquered the bucket carries for Team 2 and made the War-Daddy’s proud…also the self proclaimed Fat Daddy.

Announcements

BROLYMPICS 2.BRO is right around the corner, 2/24. Make an effort to be there and also pre-register using the link below to help the set up crew figure out the gear quantities:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wv7Iep3nhR-G2n1Ftwe6Ut-CGAGAWNLCIBcYIUcHYrQ/edit?usp=sharing

Pre-Blast:

BROLYMPICS PREBLAST

Over & Out

-GENERAL

Five Swingers Tag Teamed

If you are reading this, you probably exhaled a sigh of relief that the title link didn’t take you to a site most likely blocked by your office computer. Actually, let’s be honest you probably clicked the link with such haste just to be dismayed to see that it indeed is just the link to a Foxhole backblast detailing the happenings of our Monday morning regimen.

Fire Marshall Bill was set to Q, even though he wasn’t aware until Sunday evening. YHC offered to split the Q and that was enough to close the deal.

Warm-Up (Fire Marshall Bill)

  • Mosey with Bell to seek shelter from the rain – 50yds
  • 25 SSH
  • 10 Squats
  • 15 CDD
  • 20 American Hammers
  • 5o Swings…yes unfortunately, you heard that correctly

The Thang (Fire Marshall Bill portion)

  • 20 Tea-bag squats, alternating bell wielding arm
  • 20ttl Tea-bag squats, 15 clean and press (each arm)
  • 20ttl Tea-bag squats, 15 clean and press (each arm), 10 overhead Core Blasters (lean to side w/ bell overhead)
  • Put it all together for a combo move (10 each side):
    • Clean into squat
    • Squat into Press
    • Press into Core Blaster
  • Tag off to General

The Thang (General portion)

Mosey back over to the PL as the rain had subsided for KB/Sprint/Merkin sets:

  • Set 1
    • 20 Swings
    • 40yd sprint
    • 20 Merkins
    • 15 Swings
    • 40yd sprint
    • 15 Wide Arm Merkins
    • 10 Swings
    • 40yd sprint
    • 10 Diamond Merkins
    • 5 Swings
    • 40yd sprint
    • 5 Dive Bomber Merkins
  • Set 2
    • 5 Curls
    • 40yd sprint
    • 5 Dive Bomber Merkins
    • 10 Curls
    • 40yd sprint
    • 10 Diamond Merkins
    • 15 Curls
    • 40yd sprint
    • 15 Wide Arms Merkins
    • 20 Curls
    • 40yd Sprint
    • 20 Merkins
  • Set 3
    • Deep Goblet Squat Hold 20sec
    • 40yd sprint
    • 20 Merkins
    • Deep Goblet Squat Hold 15sec
    • 40yd sprint
    • 15 Wide Arm Merkins
    • Due to time constraints, combine 10 and 5 sec set into 1 set: Goblet Squat 15sec hold, 10 Diamond Merkins, 5 Dive Bomber Merkins.

Finish up with COT, YHC on the takeout.

Moleskin

Less than ideal conditions today with a cool breeze, nagging rain, 530 on a Monday morning and I’m sure some pain from the weekend activities still lingering. However, with the clock striking 530 all 5 were ready to get after it with Frehley’s Comet leading the charge as we all stood around “Well, let’s do something.” Great push by all the PAX today with Wild Turkey setting the pace on the FMB strength portion of the workout. Soft Pretzel came back from a week Neverland although his fairytale continues as he prepares for a Super Bowl trip up to MN. Welcome back FMB, bringing something fresh with him on his return back to The Hole. Frehley’s Comet continues to get it done at 53, soon to be 54 – – – MORE DETAILS in the announcement portion.

Announcements

  • Frehley’s Comet keeps the Birthday Bonanza train rolling, this weekend as he ascends to 54 years of age as your Stonehenge Q. While beer is a solid go to, there may be something a little higher proof in store this coming weekend.
  • BROLYMPICS 2018 is inching closer and closer, February 24. More details in the pre-blast, so check it out and sign up to help give us a head count for planning purposes BROLYMPICS PREBLAST
  • Soft Pretzel and Transporter working on establishing a F3 assistance program with “Sand Box”. More info to come with tentative initial info session in early March but looks to be a great way for PAX and family to get involved in helping some of the area families dealing with terminally/chronically ill children.

Over & Out

-General

 

 

The Bagpipe Herald: 11 Degree = Perfect Conditions for FNG

I was expecting a cold morning. I looked at the temps the night before to see just what we would be up against in the morning…much to my dismay (womp womp woooomp) it looked to be close to a record setter for the coldest workout that I had attended…Making my goals for this workout pretty simple:

  1. Keep moving
  2. Get in the daily Pull-ups & Merkins for the January Challenge…and maybe a few extra

The Thang – YHC pre-determined route with pain stations along the way focusing on different muscle groups

  • Warm-up
    • Mosey to parking lot by Loch Ness for
    • SSH x20
    • Merkins x10
    • Mountain Climbers x20
    • Wind Mills x10
  • Station 1 (Pull-up Bars on Fitness Trail – Focus on Form)
    • Partner up, P1 on pull-ups, P2 providing support and flapjack
    • 2 pull-ups x2 sets
    • 3 pull-ups x2 sets
    • 4 pull-ups x2 sets
    • 20 civilian ct Merkins
  • Station 2 (Leg Work – Bagpipe Hill)
    • 10 slow squats (3sec down, 3sec up)
    • Jump Lunges x20 each leg
    • Sprint up Bagpipe Hill
    • 20 civilian ct Merkins
  • Station 3 (Heating up the Chesto)
    • 5 Diamond Merkins
    • 5 Wide-Arm Merkins
    • 5 Stagger Right Merkins
    • 5 Stagger Left Merkins
  • Station 4 (Explicit Shoulder Work – Parking Deck)
    • Balls to the Wall for Shoulder Press x5 (2sets)
    • DiveBomber/Magic Mike/Friday Night Merkins x10 (2sets)
  • Station 5 (Tricep Time – Ballantyne Resort PL)
    • Curb Dips x20
    • Plank into Tricep extension x10
    • Repeato
    • 10 civilian ct Merkins
  • Stations 6 (Down to the Core – Launch Point)
    • Pistol Crunch x10 each leg
    • Flutter x20
    • Hello Dolly x10
    • 6inch LBC x10
    • 10 civilian ct Merkins
    • 10 Burpees OYO
  • COT

Moleskinny

First of all T-claps to Paper Jam for being able to produce an FNG on an 11 degree day. I’m not sure what kind of blackmail you have on Olaf to get him out of bed on a morning like this. Which leads to me to the next piece of business in welcoming Olaf who was already cleverly named on Slack yesterday evening by non-attendee Tuck. Epsilon proved to be the manliest of men amongst us, shedding his gloves during the pull-ups.

Paraphrasing a tweet from Dredd which was then translated by Dark Helmet “If you make it about you, the weather is a deterrent. If you make it about your brother, the weather is an invitation.” T-Claps to the Bagpipers and Swifters that made it out this morning!

Appreciate the invite from One-Niner and Tagalong and hopefully I abided by your instructions “Don’t screw this up!”

Announcements:

Joe Davis Run is this weekend. If you have not signed up and are in town, make an effort to sign-up and run it as it is a great event for an even better cause. Hey, and guess what? Even if you are not in town (General & Bratwurst), you can donate and register as a ghost runner/fartsacker/ you name it.

Sneak Peek at a NEW AO this Friday 1/5/18. 500 pre-run, 530-615 main event at The Waverly Shopping Center. Meet next to Viva Chicken. FYI, we are still working on a name for this AO. Leader in the clubhouse right now is Argo’s Wave Palace

Over & Out

-General

Pre-Blast: January Pull-up & Merkin Challenge

Before I begin, let me share with you a brief excerpt from the diary of Tuck (Joe) in 3rd person to help spark some motivation towards your swole start to 2018:

“New Year, New YOU. That’s right, a new YOU, Joe. Holiday season compounded with Old Man Winter rolling in have you down and out? Remember how strong you were Joe? The 2017 March Pull-up & Merkin Challenge had you looking so swole. Others could only gawk at your strength whether it be on the Salmon Ladder at Kinetic Heights, or The Sawtooth at the Savage Race. What happened to you, Joe? After that, you never did another merkin, pull-up or even a side straddle hop…Your time is now Joe, right now. Your thinking at this very moment that you really hope General will come up with something for January to help kick-start your 2018 Swole Campaign and bring you back to the Joe you want to be…”

Strong words there. Now I can begin.

The Thang

For those of you who joined us last year, you know what you’re in for and this is may be a chance for redemption or a chance to build upon your accomplishments in the 2017 challenge. For those of you that are new to the challenge, Welcome! You are now part of a sick group of individuals.

A daily (yes, every single day) challenge that accelerates in reps throughout the month, incrementally building strength, endurance and confidence.

Wk 1 (Jan 1-7): 10 Pull-ups / 100 Merkins per day

Wk 2 (Jan 8-14): 20 Pull-ups / 150 Merkins per day

Wk 3 (Jan 15-21): 30 Pull-ups / 200 Merkins per day

Wk 4 (Jan 22-28): 40 Pull-ups / 250 Merkins per day

Wk 5 (Jan 29-31): 50 Pull-ups / 300 Merkins per day

We will be tracking our progress on this Google Doc for shared accountability and motivation.  Sound off in the comments if you’re interested or shoot YHC an email (zkasak@gmail.com) and you’ll be granted write access to the doc.

Don’t think about it too much.

-GENERAL & COMMISH