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The Burdens of Weight at Dromedary

We all need to change things up from time to time to get out of our Q comfort zone. After almost 3 years of F3, it’s easy for YHC to plan the same Speed + Strength + Core workouts that seem to be appreciated by the Pax. Well…at least YHC enjoys them, and I try to stick with my “Dolphin”. Sometimes it’s good to feel uncomfortable, to push through a challenge, and grow as a man. Today would be one of those days for YHC and my 14 brothers who were courageous enough to get out of bed when many others either did not, or are unable. Let’s go!

THE THANG:

After a quick Warm-up to the rock pile, every Pax would grab a LIFTING ROCK (some didn’t adhere to the direction). YHC grabbed one of the Cinder Blocks in hopes of some others doing the same. No dice! I recommended a Cinder Block again…still no takers! Sheesh. Mosey with your Pebbles Rocks up the driveway to the front of the school. Boy, this Cinder Block is heavy!

Circle up with your Rock/Cinder Block for a little dynamic stretching for what was about to come. Stretches included:

  • Bent over Hamstring/Back Stretch
  • Right Arm across the body for shoulder/flap jack
  • Right Arm over head for tricep/flap jack
  • “Huggers” a.k.a. the Michael Phelps stretch
  • Yoga Stretch sequence of Upward Dog/Downward Dog/Runners Pose…repeat. Done!

Now grab your rock for (25) Bicep Curls (IC)…drop the rock and run a hot lap.

Rotate one place to your right, grab the rock for (20) 3-count Bicep Curls, starting in the Up Position…drop the rock and run a hot lap.

Rotate two places to your right, grab the rock for (20) 3-count Bicep Curls, starting in the Down Position…drop the rock and run a hot lap. Done!

Mosey to the side Driveway with your rock for Suicides. After running to each of the (3) light poles, come back to your Rock for (10) Overhead Presses. Upped the count to (20) after the last 2 runs.

This was about the time that YHC (and everyone else) realized that Gerber was making us all look like snails, and he was Turbo! The humidity didn’t affect Gerber, but if it did, he definitely didn’t show it. Nice work, brother. “That Snail is FAAAAAST”!

Grab your rock and mosey to the Globe. At the Globe, circle up again for:

  • (20) Flutters w/Rocks overhead. When finished, backward run around the Globe
  • (20) Bench Presses with the Rocks. When finished, side shuffle around the Globe, facing opposite direction at the 1/2 way point. Done!

Mosey to tennis court benches for (20) Step-ups with your Rock. Ouch! Done!

Mosey to Speed Bumps…partner up for:

  • P1 (100) Tris / P2 Run to other speed bump 
  • P1 (100) Curl-to-Press / P2 Run to other speed bump

Done! 5 minutes left…mosey back passed the buses and return the rock. Half way there, it was clear we all YHC needed a breather after carrying the Cinder Block the entire workout. Stop for:

  • (5) Merkins (Civilian Count)
  • (5) Wide-arm Merkins (CC)
  • (5) Diamond Merkins (CC)
  • (5) Merkins (CC)

Now, return your rocks and head back for COT. Done!

MOLESKIN:

As usual, the Dromedary Pax worked hard today, A shout out to Garbage Plate for showing up 2 days in a row even though his dad, Pocahontas, is out of town. He’s 16, fellas! Let that sink in. What are your excuses? Also good to see Bratwurst’s 14 year old 2.0, “Howie” out there today!

A Happy Birthday to Endo, who turns 45!

Great job by Mad Dog and Dasher in showing up today as part of the WUC “M.A.S.H. Unit”. Both knew they were not at 100% with injuries, but worked hard even at a slower pace than usual. That’s what it’s all about. We never quite feel “100%” in life, but at Fathers, Providers, Leaders we need to show up EVERY DAY and perform. It’s the expectation God has put on us as men and we need to work through our tough times.

So…the title of this BB is “The Burdens of Weight” for a reason. While having my (almost) daily Coffeteria with my wife on our porch when I return from F3, we talked about how carrying that extra weight around today felt awkward/hard/annoying/frustrating/etc. (at least for YHC). It was hard carrying that weight, and I believe every man felt the same way today. That’s why it’s important to remember that we are blessed to have our brothers of F3. We don’t have to carry the “weight” or burden of life on our own. We have each other’s back and God does as well. He is the one who lifts our burdens, and that’s enough.

“I am not able to carry all this people alone; the burden is too heavy for me” Numbers 11:14 ESV

When Lazy Boy asked me if he could help me out by taking the Cinder Block during our final mosey to the rock pile, I told him, “No, I’ve got it for now”. I wanted to finish what I started and with the rock I started with. It was a burden though, and when we got to the breather of Merkins (some breather, huh?), I asked him if he would take the Cinder Block for me. He did…all I had to do was ask. This is symbolic by design, and what God put on my heart today! Don’t be like me…ask for help, or at least take it when someone offers.Thanks for your help today, Lazy Boy! I definitely needed it.

Announcements:

  • Q School this Saturday. 6-7am workout at Cuthbertson Middle School. Coffeteria/Discussion at Chick-Fil-A in Wesley Chapel immediately after. Nice job by Posse for pulling this all together.
  • Mad Dog announced he is looking for someone to step up to be the new Site Q with Rubbermaid at Commitment (Saturday mornings at Nesbit Park).
  • There may have been another announcement or two, but I can’t recall them right now!

Thanks to OneStar for taking us out in prayer today.

Keep working hard, fellas. And let me know if/how I can help you in any way (and be helped)!

Iron Sharpens Iron!

Burpees & Broga

13 Men decided it was a good idea to run around Downtown Waxhaw, knowing some Burpees and Broga would be on the Weinke due to some creative marketing yesterday by Zinfandel and Deadwood. Seeing the video of a dude break the World Record by doing 4,600 Burpees in 12 hours was inspiring, so Burpees needed to be done today. Deadwood also requested some Yoga, but was a no-show at the start. It had been a while since YHC led at The 87th Best Site in all of Western Union County, but it’s always fun to explore our great little downtown.

The customary playlist was created while preparing the Weinke (for those who are new(er)…music is heard at every one of YHC’s Q’s), but didn’t realize the timing of the songs would work out so perfectly. More to come…

Warmup lap around the Co-Op building, back to the Church area for:

  • (20) x SSH (IC)
  • (20) x IW (IC)
  • (20) x Low Slow Squat (IC)
  • (20) x Peter Parkers (IC)

Hold a plank after PP’s, explain that we would do some basic Yoga/Fluid Stretching moves in honor of no-show Deadwood! Here is what we did:

  • Upward Dog…quick pushup into…
  • Downward Dog…calf stretch, Flap Jack
  • Right Leg up…swing through to Runners Pose
  • Prayer Twist from Runners Pose…back to Plank
  • Repeat sequence on other side…Done!
  • You’re welcome, fellas. We all need stretching!

The THANG:

Mosey over to the Bike Depot wall for a new (to YHC) move simply called “Donkey Derkins”. Pretty self-explanatory, but a 3-part move starting in plank. Part 1 is Donkey Kick…hold in “Balls to the Wall” fashion, Part 2 is the Derkin, Part 3 is the “Reset” back to Plank. YHC had planned to do (20) of these, but after about 4 or 5, it was apparent these were tougher than expected (required some coordination, but in time I think it can be a good move).

Mosey over to Dream Chasers Brewery under the tree. Partner up with someone of opposite strength/speed…at least that was the plan. Everyone in attendance was strong and fast so it quickly turned into the normal partner workout, with 3 different “Ups” on the menu. Here is what we did:

  • P1 (150) Knee-ups / P2 runs to stop sign and back
  • P1 (100) Step-ups / P2 runs to stop sign and back
  • P1 (50) “Get-ups” (standing, then drop down, back rolls on the ground, back to standing position, jump like final step of a Burpee) / P2 runs to stop sign and back.

At about the point of the Step-up portion, in rolls a black pick-up truck (another “Up”), and out jumps Deadwood. Huh? Well…he wasn’t wearing his Yoga Pants so maybe that was the plan all along? Either way, it was good to see him and he joined YHC and Carb Load as the 3-legged stool.

Mosey over to the stop sign next to Dream Chasers and quick direction on what was next. Partners stay together as a team and complete (5) Burpees at each street light for the ~.50 mile run down to the next stop sign. 11 Lights in total or (55) Total Burpees. At the Stop sign, Mary until the Six is in. On the way back, we did (10) Merkins per light for 11 lights total or (110) Merkins total. We will all admit, the humidity was so brutal that we were all gassed during this out and back. Nice work pushing through, fellas!

The 5-minute warning went off so it was time to hustle back to the start. The plan was to do another round of partner work using the Foot Bridge, but it’s not a bad thing to run out of time especially when you’re spent and struggling. Circle back up at the Church, and break out the “Cube of Pain” (a rubber cube my kids bought me from the Dollar Store that has many different exercises on it…roll it and see what happens). We did:

  • (20) Merkins (didn’t we do enough Merkins already?)
  • (15) Jump Lunges
  • 30-second rest…Nope…roll again
  • Water Break…Nope…roll again
  • (20) Burpees…well, nobody was buying what the Q was selling…Time was up!

Moleskin:

Great work by the 12 guys who allowed me the privilege of leading today. Thank you to Zinfandel and Deadwood for leading this site and asking me to Q. 3 years into F3, I don’t Q as often as I once did, and I normally run Pursuit in my neighborhood on Thursdays when I can. It was fun today, fellas.

A shout out to Shake & Bake for his encouragement today. Twinkle Toes is relatively new to F3 and called out the fact that Shake really helped him through today’s beating with his encouragement. That’s what it’s all about, fellas. We all need to be built up and supported at F3, and in life, so let’s not forget our Bigger Purpose here. Many of us have been the Sad Clown before (some may have been blessed to never be one) and even though we think our brother is OK, he may not be. Pride is something men struggle with and we know it comes from insecurity. Don’t be afraid to reach out to a brother if you need support, or just ask a brother, “How are you doing?”. The “Whetstone” is real, and we all need to sharpen each other.

Whetstone: (Iron Sharpens Iron!)

On a personal note, I’ve done some soul-searching and introspection lately. F3 has been an incredible organization and part of my life the past 3 years, and it truly has changed my life in many ways. Not only me, but my family.

F3 in Waxhaw has seen TREMENDOUS growth, and it got somewhat overwhelming to me with all the changes and new blood infusing new energy into the group (and new Craziness too…you know who you are!). It was easier for me to fight the change and not fully embrace the Craziness of the Playhouse and GroupMe, and the banter, call-outs, etc. Some time away while working through a hip issue, business with coaching 2 teams from Feb-May, and a trip to Italy for 10 days gave me a lot of time to re-evaluate. I shared this with our brother, Mad Dog, recently when we got together in Raleigh for dinner and an F3 workout the next morning, and he helped me see some things I had not seen.

I’m closer to 50 than I am 30, and it is apparent to me that as a leader I need to embrace the ways and mindsets of “my younger brothers” at F3. Maybe you’re not all “Millenials”, but close to it! At least most of the Pax don’t act like the Millenials we hear about. Most!!! Mad Dog said something that really stuck with me…“You need to meet them where they are” as a leader. Dang! Right between the eyes. He was right, which is why I consider him one of my most trusted brothers in my life right now. He opened my heart and mind up and now I am more at peace with the Craziness of F3 WUC.

I may not engage in all the Playhouse fun as much as others, but I believe our growth happened in spite of guys like me not initially embracing the changes. We still need to keep the core principles of F3 in tact, but what works for other Regions may not work for WUC, and vice-versa. I’m honored to be part of F3, this Region, and to lead however God and the F3 Pax calls me to lead. We all have our individual strengths, and we need to embrace those. Thanks for making me a better leader and man, and for allowing me to share this stuff. I’m a pretty transparent guy, and my hope is that others will share some things with others when it’s on their heart.

Announcements:

  • Site Q School on 7/13/19 at 530am at Cuthberston Middle
  • Q School on 7/20/19 at 530am at Cuthbertson Middle
  • Clyent Dinner tonight with Centerfold on Q
  • F3 Dads on 7/13/19 at Dogwood Park (great job Fuse and Gerber for leading this)
  • Twinkle Toes stepped up and took us out in prayer!

Dromedary WAMRAP

21 Pax (18 Men, 1 Teenager, 2 “Young’ens”) showed up today for the Monthly Wednesday AMRAP at Marvin Ridge High School. The temperature was great, but was a bit more humid than what we have experienced lately. No need to worry about it…just work.

Disclaimer and Safety instructions given at 5:29am, cranked up the new Playlist on the Bluetooth speaker, then head toward the Track and Cafeteria area. Lanterns and chalk-marked stations were already set out (thanks to the help on my 2.0’s), so grab a Lifting Rock for 2 of the 7 stations and drop them. Time for a quick warm-up…SSH + Quad Stretch + Low Slow Squat + Peter Parkers.

THE THANG:

Here is what this quarter’s course and (7) Stations look like:

  1. Box Jumps/Step-ups x 20
  2. Merkins x 20
  3. Bicep Curls x 20
  4. Big Boy Sit-ups x 20
  5. Tricep Extensions x 20
  6. Heels-to-Heaven x 20
  7. 1 x Burpee per # Laps Completed

THE RESULTS:

Everyone worked very hard today, and it is clear that the Pax is getting stronger, faster, more fit every month. The numbers have improved and there isn’t much of a gap anymore:

Dasher takes today’s title with 6.0 Laps completed! Nice work, brother. You crushed it!

Centerfold = 5.4 Laps

Hawkeye (2.0) = 5.4 Laps (his first AMRAP experience)

Jingles = 5.2 Laps

Honeycomb = 5.2 Laps

Garbage Plate (2.0) = 5.2 Laps

Flash (2.0) = 5.2 Laps (tried to catch his older brother!)

Soft Pretzel = 5.1 Laps

The Knish = 5.0 Laps

Pocahontas = 5.0 Laps

Dana = 5.0 Laps

Johnny Utah = 5.0 Laps

Illiterate = 5.0 Laps

Lazy Boy = 5.0 Laps

Goodfella = 5.0 Laps

Das Boot = 4.6 Laps

Bratwurst = 4.5 Laps

Carb Load = 4.5 Laps (awesome work by a guy in his 2nd week or so)

The Grease Monkey = 4.4 Laps

Legalized = 4.2 Laps

Endo = 4.1 Laps

MOLESKIN:

As you can see, there were many guys in the 5.0-6.0 laps completed range today (15 of the 21 Pax!). That is incredible work, fellas. YHC unintentionally played some mind games after telling everyone there was about 5 minutes remaining while I was on the back stretch, then realizing it was about 30 seconds when I got back to the start! Brutal! My apologies, fellas.

Either way, I know you all crushed it and I know we will see many guys hit the 6.0+ laps range in July. The record for the current course is 6.1 laps, so let’s get it!

It’s always a pleasure to lead this group of men. I’m encouraged to see the consistency in attendance, with weekly averages of ~20! That’s awesome. Keep working hard, inviting some FNG’s, and branching out to other AO’s if you only attend Dromedary.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Fixin’ it for Christ opportunity coming soon. Please talk to Jingles if you can serve at all.

Feelers are out for an additional AO/workout in the Marvin Ridge area. Targeting Sandy Ridge Elementary, Rea View Elementary, or another at MRHS. With our growth, it seems feasible to plant and grow another. Stay tuned…

Rockwell on Q at The Arsenal at Indian Land Elementary tomorrow. Some guys are planning to support him and our brothers across the boarder!

Thanks to YHC’s 2.0, Flash, for taking us out in prayer. Sorry to Johnny Utah for Flash jumping in over you!

New & Improved WAMRAP at Dromedary

***My apologies for the late posting on this, fellas. Was on the road all day + coaching last night but felt it was important to get this out after all the hard work by the 21 in attendance!

Dana and YHC decided last month it was time to change up the monthly Dromedary “WAMRAP” course to challenge the Pax. Same route and location (the MRHS Track near the Cafeteria), but some new exercises. A couple of observations…everyone worked extremely hard and some of the exercises took longer to complete than usual (i.e. Step-ups, H2H, Big Boy Sit-ups). Here is how the new course was laid out, and the results per Pax:

Station 1 – (20) Box Jumps/Step-ups (NEW)

Station 2 – (20) Merkins (NEW)

Station 3 – (20) Bicep Curls with Rocks

Station 4 – (20) Big Boy Sit-ups (NEW)

Station 5 – (20) Tricep Extensions with Rocks

Station 6 – (20) Heels to Heaven (NEW)

Station 7 – +1 Burpee/Lap completed

RESULTS:

Goodfella (6.1 Laps)

My Pleasure (5.4 Laps)

OneStar (5.3 Laps)

Ice9 (5.3 Laps)

Garbage Plate (5.2 Laps)

Fiji (5.1 Laps)

Dana (5.1 Laps)

Jingles (5.1 Laps)

Soft Pretzel (5.1 Laps)

Pocahontas (5.0 Laps)

Bounce House (5.0 Laps)

Foley (5.0 Laps)

Rubbermaid (4.6 Laps)

Illiterate (4.6 Laps)

Old McDonald (4.6 Laps)

Boitano (4.5 Laps)

Lazy Boy (4.5 Laps)

RunFlat (4.3 Laps)

The Grease Monkey (4.3 Laps)

Posse (4.3 Laps)

Help Desk (3.6 Laps)

MOLESKIN:

Once again, it was a pleasure to lead this great group of men on Wednesday. The weather was good but noticeably more humid (One Star called that out at the end!). The goal is to push ourselves and each other through a non-stop, 30-minute beating, and I think we accomplished our goal again today. There was really no time to rest, but I think we can all thank the Lord for the Curls and Tricep Extension stations where we could at least catch our breath.

A little self-introspection from YHC…I was feeling a little tired and weak when I showed up at 5am to set up the course with my new Lanterns (to light up the dark sections of the course), sidewalk chalk to write the stations, and signature Bluetooth speaker for some music at the benches. The prerun with Rubbermaid got me moving but I was planning on pushing for my first lap of the WAMRAP, then circling back to encourage the Pax and the Six. This is something I look forward to when I’m not Q’ing Dromedary, but on this day it was mostly to Sandbag since I wasn’t feeling like pushing myself to exhaustion.

That was the plan…until Ice9 showed up at about 5:27am out of the blue! This has happened a few times lately due to some of his travel and doctor appointment schedule. For those that aren’t aware, Ice9 EH’d me about 2.5 years ago at my son’s Birthday Party on a Sunday, while I was about 20 lbs heavier, and eating birthday cake (maybe I was on my 3rd piece???). I had seen Ice9 at school functions and noticed the F3 gear, but never engaged in the workout conversation (I just knew this guy was fit). When he told me to show up the next morning at Flash with him on Q, I knew I had no more excuses. I put the cake down, struggled through his Q (the infamous 100 SSH IC start), and the rest is history.

I say all this because there are certain people you respect and appreciate for different reasons, and as men we need to acknowledge this. Ice9 always competes, encourages, pushes himself and others, and holds YHC to a higher standard. Other than the constant chatter and banter when I’m on Q and he is in the Pax (which all comes from a good place), I know I need to step up my game for the guy who EH’d me and subsequently changed my life in terms of my health, my strength, and my Leadership. Just wanted to point this out since my day of sandbagging would have been easier, but knowing Ice9 was there made me work harder. I’m just thankful I crushed him today as evidenced in the results up above!!! (I had to, brother!).

Keep pushing yourselves and your peers. Challenge guys to not sandbag as I intended to do, and know that this stuff makes us stronger and our personal relationships stronger. We all need men to hold us accountable when we fall/fail, but these are the same men that will need it from us when they go through their hard times. As DREDD said last Saturday during the Convergence at DaVinci…”F3 is not an organization with Leaders…it is an organization OF Leaders!”. GO LEAD!

Annoucements:

Crane Relay dates posted. Keep checking Social Media (Slack) for details.

F3 Dad’s Camp at Camp Thunderbird 8/16-8/18. Sign-ups coming very soon so jump on it quickly to secure the spots for you and your kids. It should be awesome!

YHC took us out in Prayer: TAP went out to those who lost their lives in the UNCC shooting this week, and the family members. We also need to keep the family of the perpetrator in our prayers, since they are going through a lot right now too (that’s hard to remember in times like this). Our younger F3 brother, My Pleasure, revealed that his older brother was on campus and close by at the time of the shootings. Though he is ok, we all know he and the other UNCC students and staff are all going through their own fears and post-traumatic stress right now.

Have a great day, fellas. Thanks again for showing up and pushing yourselves and each other. God Bless!

Substi-Q? What to do?

Continuing with the theme this week of last-minute Substi-Q’ing, our brother, Boitano, asked YHC at 9pm last night to take his Dromedary Q today. Naturally, I accepted, but instantly defaulted to a familiar Q from Asylum on Monday. “The Whiteboard of PAIN”! The only difference was that we had 4 at Asylum, and one could expect to have more at Dromedary. I didn’t expect 26 though! So…let’s see if this scales.

Quick warmup around the parking lot with some SSH, IW, Plank Jacks, Peter Parkers…at which point I believe Ice9 started with his usual chatter/complaining about doing too much of one type of exercise. More to come on that…

The THANG:

Grab a Lifting Rock from the rock pile near the track, run to the cafeteria area of MRHS, and introduce the Whiteboard. The board contained (10) different exercises, starting at (100) reps for Exercise #1, all the way down to (10) reps for Exercise #10. Half way through each set, we would run a quick/short/hot lap down the sidewalk, around the chain link, back to the Whiteboard. After each exercise was completed, we ran a Full Lap around the Track (~.20 miles). You get the picture. Here is the list of exercises:

(100) x Bicep Curls (Ice9 voiced his opinion about how much he LOVES many reps of one exercise!)

(90) x Flutters

(80) x Dips

(70) x LBC’s IC

(60) x Squats

(50) x Freddy Mercury

(40) x Overhead Press

(30) x H2H IC

(20) x Merkins IC

(10) x Burpees OYO

Time was running out on us during the (40) reps of Overhead Press, so we eliminated the laps and knocked the last 4 exercises out in succession. Still a good workout overall, IMHO!

 

MOLESKIN:

The idea today, as on Monday, was to come together as a group, with the faster Gazelles circling back for the Six on each long lap. The Six worked just as hard as the Gazelles today, and it was great to see everyone looking out for one other. Shout out to Help Desk and Run Flat today…they clearly worked really hard to keep up and crushed it.  I know the encouragement from the Pax really helped, too. Nice work by the Pax circling back on every lap.  We all need it, we all deserve it.

Sorry to hear that Boitano spilled some Merlot last night, but we know he will be back at it soon to Q at Dromedary (right, Boitano?). Rest up, brother.  It’s always a pleasure and honor to lead at F3, and when it’s at the great AO Dromedary, it is even better for YHC. One of the reasons why, after 2 years as Site Q of Dromedary, I have no intention on turning it over yet. So much to do at MRHS, but the track and cafeteria area seems to shelter the Pax from the morning student and bus traffic, and allows us to do our thing without raising any red flags from the school. 

Thanks for always being a good steward of the campus and the privilege we are afforded to workout there. 40 total Pax at 2 AO’s today (26 at Dromedary and another 14 at Chiseled), midweek, during Spring Break for some is no joke. WUC/Swarm/Hive (or whatever we call it) is growing like crazy. We have something special down here and we will continue to recruit FNG’s, pour into and invest in the guys who need a push, support, and encouragement, and truly live out the F3 Credo: Leave No Man Behind, But Leave No Man Where You Find Him!

Until next time, fellas.  Well…that next time is tomorrow since YHC is on Q at Pursuit.  5:15am at the Millbridge Clubhouse. All speeds and levels welcome. We will be running a familiar route.  

Whiteboard Of PAIN!

It came to my attention yesterday that Zinfandel was down with a back injury, and needed a Substi-Q for Asylum today. What better way to show appreciation to a brother who has done tremendous things for WUC since he started F3 a year ago or so, than to step up for him and the Pax. It also ensured I got my butt out of bed on a Monday morning to start the week off right. Time to get out of the comfort zone and plan a workout that was “different” than the usual Q.

The THANG:

After a quick warm-up around the Brooklyn Pizza parking area, we landed in front of Hickory Tavern where the “Whiteboard of Pain” was waiting. Pretty simple. 10 Exercises, start at 100 Reps for Exercise #1, 90 Reps for Exercise #2…down to 10 Reps on the last Exercise. Simple enough, except that we would do plenty of running during and in between each exercise. Oh…and the exercises would not be revealed until we returned to the Whiteboard after each exercise was completed. Here is how it looked:

100 x Curls (run after 50, return for the remaining 50 reps)

90 x Flutter (run after 45, return for the remaining 45 reps)

80 x Dips (run after 40, return for the remaining 40 reps)

70 x LBC (run after 35, return for the remaining 35 reps)

60 x Squats (run after 30, return for the remaining 30 reps)

50 x Freddy Mercury (run after 25, return for the remaining 25 reps)

40 x Overhead Press (run after 20, return for the remaining 20 reps)

30 x  H2H IC (run after 15, return for the remaining 15 reps)

20 x Merkins IC (run after 10, return for the remaining 10 reps)

10 x Burpees OYO…originally planned the Burpee Ladder for this exercise but decided to just do 10.

PAIN!

Great work by the guys, and we all stayed together today, by design. We had 7 minutes remaining and we broke out the bouncing “Cube Of Pain” (workout cube with many exercises to be done on each roll). We wound up doing:

15 x Mary Catherine’s (Jump Lunges)

20 x Burpees

30 x Russian Twists

20 x Dips

:30 Plank/6″ Plank hold

DONE!

MOLESKIN:

When we open our hearts up to it, God will show us simple blessings we never expected. Having to plan a last-minute workout on a Sunday night proved this once again. God forced me to do something out of my comfort zone, which is where the growth and satisfaction happens. Not only did this work out well for me personally, but having brothers Ackbar, Mad Dog, and Damascus at Asylum reminded me that camaraderie and fellowship during a workout matters, a lot. We get so caught up in competing, beating others, proving ourselves, and working to exhaustion most workouts that we (or I) tend to miss these opportunities to connect. Leading 20-30 guys through a Q is great and enjoyable, but a smaller Pax is just what God knew I needed today. I think my brothers at Asylum would agree. Great work, fellas…you guys killed it today. It was an honor to lead you three and myself today. Proud to be part of the WUC/Swarm/Hive/Whatever we will call our Region!

Burpees with a side of Burpees at Flash

Always Pay It Forward! After Rockwell stepped up recently to lead at Dromedary, it was my turn at Flash. I didn’t realize how long it had been since I last lead at Flash, so I needed to make it memorable for the many new Pax who show up on Monday. Perfect 50+ degree weather, 20+ guys, and 2 fast teenagers proved to be a great recipe for a solid workout.

THE THANG:

Here’s how it went…new playlist loaded, fast Mosey to front of school for:

SSH x 20…run to next spot

IW x 20…run to next spot

Plank Jacks x 20…run to next spot

Merkins x 20…run back to flags.

Directions given. At each of the (9) light poles down the path, do (3) Burpees until reaching the Shed/Transporter’s room. Donkey kicks as you wait for the Six (quickly realized this was a bad idea after 27 Burpees). The two 17-year old Gazelles set the pace and crushed it. Great job by the new, slimmed-down version of Jingles as he was right on their heels.

Now for some Strength Work…Grab a “Lifting Rock” (someone didn’t get the memo – not mentioning names – as I saw a pebble and thought it was a joke!). Circle up for:

(20) Curls, Run up the path, do (1) Burpee then return to the rocks. Find a new rock every time you return.

(20) Overhead Press/Run/Burpee

(20) Tricep Extensions/Run/Burpee

(20) “All-in-One” Curl + Overhead Press + Tricep Extension in Cadence. Finish. Drop Rocks. Run one last time. Return rocks.

I have since learned that some Pax found some Poison Ivy somewhere near the rock pile. Sorry, fellas. I had no clue that would be an issue.

Mosey To Stairs, Partner Up for some Core Work:

P1 – H2H (100)/ P2 Run down path, up the stairs

P1 – Flutter (100)/ P2 Run down path, up the stairs

P1 – LBC (100)/ P2 Run down path, up the stairs

Mosey To Front of Middle School for a combination ofStrength, Speed, and Core Work with same partner.

P1 – (150) Dips / P2 runs a 1/2 lap around lot

P1 – (100) Leg Extensions / P2 runs a 1/2 lap around lot

P1 – (50) Derkins / P2 runs a 1/2 lap around lot

Mosey back to the start for the final 5 minutes of work. More Burpees!

Burpee Ladder…starting at one curb, complete (1) Burpee. Run across the lot to the other curb and do (2) Burpees. Run across the lot and do (3) Burpees…you get the picture.

Many moans but little talking the last 5 minutes so we all know it was a challenge. Nice job by everyone for getting in as many rounds as possible. I believe (know) the high was (9) Burpees when the time expired and our brothers from Ignition joined us. Finish.

MOLESKIN:

As mentioned, it had been a long time since YHC had lead at Flash. Flash was the first F3 workout I ever attended in 2016, and will always be a special AO and workout for me. It’s a great campus, very safe for the Pax, and there is so much do to there. I owed the Pax a solid workout, and I believe we accomplished that goal today. Nice work today, fellas, and I hope your hips and quads are as smoked as mine are after all those Burpees. There is no better full-body exercise. Thanks to Rockwell for asking me to Q, and for the Pax for allowing me to lead them today. It’s always an honor and pleasure to lead. Until next time…

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Great job by Rubbermaid (R) in organizing the Speed For Need run this past weekend. Flawless execution from what we’ve heard. Nice effort by the Pax for pushing a chariot at a 7:00/mile pace. Wow.

3rd F at Five Stones, Sunday Mornings, discussing the Book of Ephesians this week.

Reminder that Sanctuary occurs every Monday night at Brooklyn Pizza, Wesley Chapel.

YHC took us out in prayer. Continue to be the Light in this often Dark world, fellas. Lift your brothers up, encourage others, and know that in all things God has a Plan and Purpose for our lives…including F3 as it is truly about more than just working out (and Burpees!).

Romans 8:28

A Few Ladders at the Insane Asylum

Transporter pinged YHC yesterday asking if I could Q #F3Asylum today. Absolutely. Expecting a hard-working, great group of guys meant it was time to plan a good beating (mostly for myself after a few days off).

Quick Disclaimer…CPR certified, Phones available, etc.

Fast warm-up Mosey around the outskirts of the shopping center consisting of an exercise of (20) reps periodically: SSH, IW, Mountain Climbers, Incline Plank Jacks, Low Slow Squat…

Intermission for some Merkin Ladders, just as Frack found us in front of Target. No coincidences in life. He didn’t seem to interested in doing any counting once we got to (5), but we got through it. Still glad you joined us today, Frack. Mosey back to Hickory Tavern for the Main Event.

The THANG:

Start with Wall Ladders OYO. Dips + Derkins. (5) Dips at HT, sprint to Brooklyn Pizza for (5) Derkins, and back to HT. Increase to (10), (15), (20). Nice work by all, especially Radar who was back after an Achilles injury. Great to see you, brother.

Mosey over to the Medical Building, find a Lifting Rock, Circle Up for:

(20) Bicep Curls, (20) Overhead Press, (20) Tricep Extensions…put them all together for (20) “All-in-One’s” of Curl-to-Press-to Tri Extensions. Sprint down the parking lot, back to Rocks then choose a different rock for:

(15) Curls, (15) Overhead Press, (15) Tri Ext…put them all together for (10)
“All-in-One’s” of Curl-to-Press-to Tri Extensions. Sprint down the parking lot, back to Rocks then choose a different rock for:

(10) Curls, (10) Overhead Press, (10) Tri Ext…put them all together for (10)
“All-in-One’s” of Curl-to-Press-to Tri Extensions. Done!

Mosey back to Hickory Tavern for a new offering called the “Burpee/Suicide Ladder”. This came to me yesterday as I was prepping for the Q. Trying to mix it up and get more running in after my favorite exercise. Here is how it went:

In front of HT, do (10) Burpees, spring to Brooklyn Pizza for (9) Burpees then spring back to HT…you get the picture. Ice9 crushed it and finished before everyone (no surprise there). I believe this pushed us all out of our comfort zones, and it sounded better on paper. These will definitely make another appearance in a future Q for YHC. FINISHED!

MOLESKIN:

As always, it is a privilege to lead at F3 and the guys who consistently show up at #Asylum on a weekly basis.

Ice9 sounded like he was going to puke at various times, but he pushes himself and the Pax very hard. He kicked my #ss during the Burpee Suicides today…I will get you next time!

Transporter always pushes YHC out of my comfort zone (in many ways) and I appreciate you asking me to lead today. Time to return the favor and Q at Dromedary soon…no promises someone won’t be wearing a Bathrobe though!

Damascus keeps getting stronger and is dropping some LB’s as well. The changes you’re making are working.

FuseBox made an appearance at Asylum today and it was great to see him working hard to not be the 6! Keep it up!

ShopDawg worked very hard today (sounded like he was puking at one point!) and has gotten noticeably faster. Great job.

Swimmers has quickly adapted to the F3 workout routine and was at the front all morning. Awesome work.

Chastain is a consistent attendee, and I heard a rumor he may have just been named a Site Q. Nice job, Chastain.

Ackbar showed up wanting to share his knowledge of a movie GIF posted yesterday, and he knocked that out before we got started (wise move). He sung for most of the workout, but complained about the mix until “finally, a good song” when Journey came on. Ice9 even commented how much faster Ackbar has gotten. Nice job.

Frack came out of nowhere when we were finishing up the long warm-up. Like I said, no coincidence that the plan for Merkin Ladders at Target was the time he joined us. Always good to work out with you, brother.

Radar! Nobody brings light like you, brother. So glad you are back after your injury, and even more so that you’ve landed a job with 3M. God is Good and I know He has great plans for you and your family. Keep showing up!

6 of us also attended Q Source at Chick-Fil-A, led by Spicoli. A great discussion about Glutony and consuming too much (food, social media, things, workouts, etc). A nice reminder that any good thing can become addicting and an idol if we allow it to. Hold each other accountable to focus on your health (in a healthy way!), your family (don’t be afraid to skip a workout or social event to be with them), financial health (don’t over-extend yourself), and put down the phone once in a while. Good stuff.

Thanks to Shop Dawg for taking us out in prayer. Have a great week, fellas…I’m off to Vegas for a sales meeting all week. Pray for me!!!

Monthly Dromedary WAM-Rocks!

20 strong warriors decided it was perfect weather today to compete against their brothers (and themselves) in the monthly AMRAP at the Marvin Ridge HS small track . Seeing Dasher, Easy Button, and Abacus at the start, we all knew the pace would be fast!

The THANG:

This was the second installment of the “new” AMRAP course, consisting of 7 stations and timed at 30 minutes. The stations looked like this:

Station 1 – Derkins x (20)

Station 2 – Donkey Kicks x (20)

Station 3 – Jump Squats x (20)

Station 4 – Tricep Extensions x (20) *Note…lifting rocks were larger than normal today!

Station 5 – Bicep Curls x (20)

Station 6 – Overhead Press x (20)

Station 7 – +(1) Burpee per Lap Completed

The RESULTS

Everyone worked really hard today, which was evidenced by the fact that there was not much of a gap between us all. We all love to compete, and even when we want to sandbag it, something (our brothers) drives us to over-achieve.

Here are the results:

Goodfella – 7.0 Laps

OneStar – 6.5 Laps

Easy Button – 6.5 Laps

Abacus (R) – 6.4 Laps

Dasher – 6.4 Laps

Tupperware (2.0) – 6.1 Laps

Dana – 6.1 Laps

Rockwell – 5.5 Laps

Rubbermaid (R) – 5.5 Laps

Johnny Utah (R) – 5.4 Laps

Boucher – 5.4 Laps

Centerfold – 5.4 Laps

Garbage Plate (2.0) – 5.4 Laps

Pocahontas – 5.4 Laps

Illiterate – 5.4 Laps

LazyBoy (R) – 5.4 Laps

Mad Dog – 5.4 Laps

Boitano – 5.0 Laps

RunFlat – 5.0 Laps

The Grease Monkey (R) – 4.5 Laps

Announcements:

QSource – don’t be afraid to attend, fellas. Mad Dog reminded us that there are many opportunities to participate in Union County (M at Wesley Chapel Chick Fila, Sat at McDonalds after Commitment) and in SOB. If you know any Pax who can’t workout but would like to be involved with QSource, please invite them. We can all afford to learn more about Leadership, and share our experiences with the Pax. We are LEADERS in our homes, communities, workplaces, churches, etc. Male Leadership Matters!

Dana will be on Q next Wednesday. He has the Shovel Flag, and he said he’s going to plan a good beating for everyone!

YHC took us out in prayer. Please keep Jinger Kelley (Johnny Utah’s wife) in your prayers. She is having major back surgery soon.

New Dromedary (W)AMRAP to start 2019!

Pax: Abacus (R), Dana, Das Boot, Easy Button, Fiji, Goodfella, Honeycomb, Illiterate (R), Kaboom, LazyBoy, Rockwell, RunFlat, THE Grease Monkey (R)

The THANG:

The Monthly AMRAP at Dromedary has been a success over the past few months of 2018 for the Pax. With 2019 upon us, it was time to change up the exercises/stations, but keep the same route/flow. Here is what each of the (13) Pax in attendance would complete as many times as possible, and the # of total and partial laps (starting at the back of the cafeteria, looping around the track, and back):

Station 1 – (20) Derkins

Station 2 – (20) Donkey Kicks

Station 3 – (20) Jump Squats

Station 4 – (20) Tricep Extensions with Rocks

Station 5 – (20) Bicep Curls with Rocks

Station 6 – (20) Overhead Shoulder Press with Rocks

Station 7 – +(1) Burpee per lap completed

Results:

Everyone who posted worked very hard today, and it was great to see RunFlat back out at Dromedary (although he didn’t realize it was AMRAP day!!!). Also great to see Kaboom again after posting on Monday for the first time at Flash. Here is how everyone did:

Abacus (6.4 Laps)

Easy Button (6.1 Laps)

Dana (6.0 Laps)

Rockwell (5.5 Laps)

Fiji (5.5 Laps)

Lazy Boy (5.3 Laps)

Das Boot (5.3 Laps)

Illiterate (5.2 Laps)

Honeycomb (5.2 Laps)

Kaboom (5.0 Laps)

The Grease Monkey (4+ Laps)

RunFlat (4.0 Laps)

Goodfella (*X.X Laps)

Abacus and Easy Button crushed it today, which is no surprise.

Dana quietly rocked 6 laps, with his “baby hams” for calves and his abs!

Rockwell continues to impress with his speed and strength, and will give anyone a run for their money.

Fiji is relatively new to F3 but is showing there is no more fit Dentist in all of WUC!

LazyBoy showed he is more than capable of competing with some of these “young bucks”.

Das Boot shook off the shock of the “Peacock” exercise at Flash on Monday, and crushed the new course.

Illiterate and Honeycomb must have eaten the same breakfast today since they worked hard and were close together the entire time.

Kaboom is perhaps the best name for an FNG in a long time (his 2nd F3 post thanks to his Uncle Rockwell), since he serves our country in the Army out of Ft. Bliss, TX, blows things up for a living (“Kaboom”), and is being promoted to Sergeant very soon. Thank you for your service, brother.

THE Grease Monkey would rather be lifting a car or something, but he works hard during the AMRAP’s and had a very respectable showing.

RunFlat came off the Disabled List with a shoulder issue, and like a true warrior pushed hard and over-achieved.

Thank you for allowing me the privilege to lead once again. Dromedary is a great AO and an even better group of guys from the Marvin, Waxhaw, Ballantyne areas. Keep up the strong work, fellas, and for always looking out for one another during workouts and outside of them.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Huggie Bear is making great progress after his Brain Surgery, but please continue to pray for his recovery and for his family. He hopes to be back working out in March or so. Amazing.

2019 Q Schedule will include some of the “Takers” in Q1 of 2019. Guys are ready to step up and out of their comfort zones to lead their peers. Don’t be afraid to Q half or a portion of a workout, if you feel you can’t lead the entire workout (we all know you can!).

(*There may have been another announcement but drawing a blank on it)

Prayer! Finished!