Operation Red Wings, it is the story where the movie Lone Survivor came from. The anniversary was on June 28th but due to the way the schedule worked out, today was the day we honored those that were lost.
The call went out for everyone to bring a ruck/backpack with some kind of weight in it. Not being sure who would bring them I planned for the worst and hoped for the best.
I got there early to set out the stations and along with them, printed out info sheets on some of the 19 that were lost that day as part of ORW.
To my happy surprise we had a ruck for everyone, some with ruck plates, some with bricks etc. Very quick disclaimer since we had all regulars and into…
A quick #HairBandMile
20 Side Straddle Hops In Cadence
20 Imperial Walkers IC
I went into a quick history of ORW/Lone Survivor and explained that to honor those lost we will ruck the entire workout (modify as needed of course). Special Forces can often have about 70lbs that they carry as part of missions so while we won’t carry that much we will all be carrying extra weight. Also a strong theme in the military, Lone Survivor and F3 is no man left behind, it’s a brother hood so we will partner up and the partners stay together the entire time.
At each station I left an info sheet about some of those lost that day. You are to take 30 seconds or so to read that before beginning the exercise to appreciate and remember those that sacrificed everything.
Everyone RUCK UP! The stations were:
We rotated through this for about 35 minutes
Flutter press w/ ruck
Ye Olde Moleskine
I was happy to see most brought a ruck and since a couple of us had extra everyone was good to go. Most of us had ruckplates, bricks etc. but the creativity award goes to Woody who had a ruck full of bullet casings! #TClaps
Smaller group today but once we get going numbers don’t matter and it was great to have The Late Show back out in the Gloom! #Kotters
Wearing the ruck really changes up the workout and most would probably agree but I thought it would be a good change of pace and for an great reason. Always an honor to lead, and we need more Qs so step up and take the lead, we need you!
Here are the names of the 19 lost during ORW June 28th 2005:
SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 2, Virginia Beach, Va.
SEAL Team 10, Virginia Beach, Va.
Army Night Stalkers
3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Hunter Army Air Field, Ga.
HQ Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky.
With me going to the beach next week and I am sure others will follow as we head into summer we needed a good all around beatdown to get #Swole and impress the M. here is how it went…
Lets mosey for a quick #HairbandMile
SSH x 25
IW x 25
Little arm circles 10 forward, 10 backwards
big arm circles 10 forward, 10 backwards
Low Slow Squat x 15
Grab the bells and head to the curb closest to the school
Flutters x 25
Rosalita x 20
Backscratchers x 20
This is a tweaked/recycled version of an old Tiger Rag Q at Skunkworks, it was a solid beatdown and not much mileage but around 1.5 miles with the running we did do.
Great to see Playoffs back at it after an extended break due to job change etc.
Great work by all out there, and while we do bust chops at any workout, when I talk about form at Overdrive it is out of concern for safety. Gear is a different beast and I don’t want anyone getting hurt out there. If we need to do another KB 101 type thing we will.
Always an honor to lead, AYE!
For about 3 weeks now Bernanke in his old age has mistakenly preblasted I was on Q at Thrive. Well, his wish finally came true… of course he didn’t show up to experience the satisfaction of said Q.
Oh well, lets mosey! A quick #HairbandMile to get the blood flowing ending in a different spot than usual for COP just to be different.
Side Straddle Hops X 25
Imperial Walkers X 25
Low Slow Squats X 20
Some random #Mumblechatter was in there, a few short jokes I think but they probably went over my head. #OwnIt
Grouped up at the road with instructions… You know the Beast, run stopping at 6 stations, 6 reps of called exercise at each stop then run back to the starting point and regroup.
Well,The Bible says 7 is the perfect number so we will use the trees as markers and there are 7 of them ahead of us and 7 reps at each. Beast? No, Angel… or Angel of death?
Here are the exercises for the Angel:
Mosey over to the picnic tables for:
20 step ups (20 times off the ground)
15 Carolina Dry Docks
Run to Carolina Courts building and back
Repeato until time called.
Flutter x 25
Rosalita x 20ish
Maybe something else I can’t remember a the moment.
Ye Olde Moleskine:
As we were waiting for the PAX to assemble I see an oddly familiar red car pull in… That looks like… Nah… Wait, it is Jabberwocky! #Tclaps for branching back out to add another post to your week!
During the Angel after the first round we regrouped doing LBCs while waiting on the six, thanks for the call out by Gypsy that we may be there for a while so I called an audible for us to run and pick up the six. We did the same for the second round, after that it was deemed we were all close enough and nobody would get lost so just move on to the next round as you get done.
Overall we were close to 2.5 miles which for one of my Qs is rare and surprised many PAX. #KeepThemGuessing
And Thurston correctly pointed out I had us hit basically every body part, summer is coming we need to impress our wives. #BeachBody
Solid work by all, guys pushed themselves and modifications made where needed. The growth continues when you come back and don’t need to modify like you did the last time and with this group the encouragement is always there to be better. #AlwaysPushedAlwaysPushing
A little PSA as we head into Summer, stay hydrated! It is really important and easier if you just make it a daily thing not just before a workout.
Thanks for the opportunity to lead, always an honor!
My 2.0 “Bellyflop” is doing a National Honor Society project for school and he wanted to help our F3 brother “Donut Hole” who is getting ready to deploy with his Army unit. We will be collecting supply items to ship to him and his unit for the deployment.
We are hoping to do more than one shipment, the first while he is still in the states and the second once we have an address overseas.
I plan on shipping the first round the week of 5/14 to the base he is stationed at in the states.
So if you would like to donate you can get things to myself by Sunday 5/13.
Either meet up with me at an AO, message me on Slack/Twitter/Facebook to meet up, or I am on Q at #F3Outland on Saturday 5/12.
Alternately if you post to a workout with Glass Joe or Madison they can also take the items and pass them on to me. (Thanks guys!)
So what are we collecting?
These are some requested items:
Anything helps and if nothing else say a prayer for the safety of our brother and his unit and comfort for their family during the deployment.
I promised a low mileage beatdown to get some recently MIA PAX out of the #fartsack, it didn’t work. With mostly healthy guysgu added some minor movement and we got #swole anyway.
#HairbandMile then circle up
SSH x 20
Low slow squat x 20
Let’s go grab the bells and circle back up for The Thang!
20 swings + 20 Clean & press (10 per arm)
20 swings + 20 clean & press + 20 snatches (10 per arm)
Time for some active recovery, get your bell in waiter position when getting tired drop to rack then when tired drop to suitcase, switch arms and do it again around the parking lot.
20 swings + 10 curls
20 swings + 10 curls + 20 Tricep extensions
10 swings + 20 halos (10 each direction)
10 swings + 20 halos + 20 high Pulls
Ok Partner up
P1 farmer carry to end of lot and back, P2 flutter press until P1 returns then flapjack
P1 farmer carry
P2 Bulldogs (skull crusher to Louganis) until P1 returns then flapjack
6 Minutes of Mary
Ok so to be honest it was a long crazy weekend and I should have done this BB on Friday when everything was fresh in my head. So this is all true in my head and is as close as I can remember, maybe a few tweaks but her if you were there your body reminded you the next day we worked hard.
This was a tough kb beatdown and everyone did an awesome job. Guys modified as needed but there was no laziness, everyone pushed themselves and that is what it’s all about, work hard but know your body and be smart.
We need Is so get signed up!
Always an honor to lead, Aye!
#F3Outland is converging to #F3TippingPoint Saturday.
Pre-run at 6, main thang at 7
Get rid of Shake-n-Bake at 8 (also known as helping him move). If you have time help would be appreciated!
#F3TippingPoint is located at Belk-Tonawanda Park across from Farmer’s Market in Monroe.
0530 struck and and we were off…
Mosey down and across the street to the new town hall, no FNGs so the disclaimer was given on the journey.
Burpees while we wait for the 6… just because.
SSH x 20
Imperial Walkers x 20
Low Slow Squats x 15
The Thang… it’s been a few days so there are some #truthnuggets thrown in.
4 corners, do called exercise/reps at each corner #LarryBirds run back and finish with the 6 to get some extra work in.
Round 1: Jump Squats at each corner, start with 5 and ladder up by 5. So that is 5, 10, 15, 20 for the non mathletes
Repeato but no ladder, 10 Jump Squats at each corner.
Next round: Hand Release Merkins, 10 at each corner
Next: LBCs 10, 20, 30 40
Repeato 20 at each corner
Next: Carolina Dry Docks 20 at each corner
Lets mosey! Wait, lung walk from the square to the road then mosey, CAR! Look both ways before crossing the road kids!
6 Minutes Of Mary
Flutter x about 40
Rosalita x 25
Back Scratcher x 25
Pretzel Crunch 10 oyo each side
Superman Banana just to make sure we were nice and wet before getting back in our cars.
Ye Olde Moleskin
A month or so ago I took a choose your form of the destructor poll and the Thrive Challenge won with 4 corner disaster came in a close 2nd so that was on tap for today. It’s been a few days so there is a good chance I made up some or all of the rep numbers above. #Old
I went to bed wondering if we were really going to get the storms #Cantore was going on about and waking up multiple times to the storms wondering if I would need to cancel for lightning was frustrating. My alarm sounded, the storms had passed and I was tired but it was time to embrace the suck and get out there. While we were missing a bunch of regulars who obviously lost to the #fartsack We had a solid enough crowd who would feel good knowing they took the #DRP and chose the harder thing.
Great work by everyone, I think that size of 4 corners was perfect to push people and by having the guys that finish first go back to the six and finish with them it pushed them the extra amount they needed while keeping everyone together. The storms made for a major lack of sleep and while we missed the rain we all we thrown in the water enough to make it look like we were in the heart of the storm. #YouAreWelcome
Lots of #mumblechatter as usual with this group which always keeps things lively.
Always an honor to lead,
This is always a different F3 workout, no cadence, no COP, no Mary. This is you vs you to set a baseline if your first time or compare back to past challenge results.
It goes something like this…
Perform exercise 1 using whatever time you need to still have the best form you can muster. Once complete you will run, walk or crawl a predefined lap around the perimeter of the parking lot which is 1/3 of a mile.
Get back and complete exercise 2, do lap, etc.
Get through as much as you can until time is called. If you cheat or cut corners you are only hurting yourself and your baseline. I don’t care if it takes the whole time to get through one or two things, that will be the baseline you will work towards crushing the next time. For example, bend those elbows on a merkin, at the same time do the full rep, don’t race and “bounce” the merkins, etc. If you need to stop and catch your breath do it, as always modify if needed but try not to cheat yourself.
Here is the list:
Mountain Climbers – 100 (count each leg as one)
Calf Raises – 150 (50 regular, 50 toes pointed in, 50 toes pointed out)
Merkins – 100 (25 wide, 25 regular, 25 narrow (elbows tight to body, also called “perfect”), 25 diamond)
Burpees – 50
Carolina Dry Docks – 100
LBCs – 100
Jump Squats – 100
Dollies – 200
Squats – 100
Rock Hoppers – 100
Russian Twists (American Hammer) – 100
Burpees – 100
Burpees – 200
This was tough, as a challenge should be, and this group of PAX did an awesome job! Seriously proud of this group of guys.
Here are the results for each guy, and to make things easy I put your prior results next to it in italics if you did the last challenge:
Glass Joe- 4 Squats – Finished Dollys
Hoffa- Lap after Dollys – 100 Dollys
Shake n Bake- 145 Dollys – Finished Jump Squats
Happy- Finished Jump Squats
Shepherd- Finished Dollys – 2/3 Lap after Dollys
Lamont- Finished Dollys
Nomad- 110 Dollys – 150 Dollys
Bonhoeffer- 129 Dollys – 42 Jump Squats
Trojan Horse- 45 Jump Squats
Thurston- 50 Dollys
Gypsy- 82 Squats – Lap after Jump Squats
eHarmony- Finished Dollys
Bullwinkle- 44 Jump Squats (Skipped Burpees) – 1/2 lap after Carolina Dry Docks
Bernanke- Lap after Dollys
Lumberjack- 45 Dollys
Arsenal- Run after LBCs – Finished Jump Squats
Hair Band- 48 Dollys – Finished Jump Squats
This is always tough and typically limits the #mumblechatter compared to normal…
Unless you are Glass Joe getting confused about the explicit “count each leg” Mountain Climbers, not both legs are one, count each leg, 1,2,3,4,5, etc. up to 100.
Also everyone should get the same amount of time, I always leave a few minutes in the beginning to cover the rules for PAX that haven’t done it before but I will do a better job to make sure we all start at the same time, and stop Glass Joe from his false starts.
Another point I want to make, if you did not beat your last results there can be valid reasons, lack of sleep, not hydrated well, but more importantly as you get stronger you will be able to have better form in many of these things and that could take a little longer.
There is nothing wrong with being a little slower while having better form. #TWSS
Always an honor to lead, AYE!
Last night the warning went out to bring bells, hydrate and get rest because a #Snotwoggle was coming.
From the Lexicon:
SNOT WOGGLE: A Workout that shuts down Mumble Chatter and leaves the PAX looking backwards half-unconscious from the pain.
The threat was so scary that Glass Joe had an upset tummy and skipped all together. #TakeSomePeptoAndManUp
Another from the Lexicon:
SHARTSACK: The act of missing, arriving late to, or checking out and returning to a post due to nature calling. (See also Elvis)
Grab your bells and let’s go circle up in the parking lot.
SideStraddle Hop x 20 In Cadence
Imperial Walkers x 20 IC
Staggered Merkins right hand on bell x 10 IC
Staggered Merkins left hand on bell x 10 IC
Low Slow Squat x 15
A quick reminder/lesson on proper form for a kettlebell swing, this included a discussion of hiking balls, using your hips and thrusting. Fortunately there were no ladies or 2.0s around but still would have been valuable information. #NotAProfessional
10 Burpees / 40 two handed kettlebell swings
20 Burpees / 30 swings
30 Burpees / 20 swings
20 Burpees / 30 swings
10 Burpees / 40 swings
That was so much fun! Grab your bells and head for the hill!
20 swings / run up the hill, run back down the hill / 20 Flutter presses w bell
30 swings / run up and back / 30 Dolly presses w bell
40 swings / run up and back / 40 Louganis
Grab bells and circle back up
Halos 10 clockwise, 10 ccw
Bent row/Lawnmower 10 right side in cadence, 10 left side in cadence
ON YOUR SIX!
6 Minutes of Mary
Rosalita en Espanol (i.e. Zip-a-Dee style) 25 or so in cadence
Flutter x 30 IC
LBC x 20 IC
Back scratcher (Countertop Special) x 15 IC
Get with Madison if you are interested in future CPR classes
Speed for need has some events coming up, get involved.
Ye Olde Moleskine:
It’s always good, especially as site Q to reset the bar once in a while and give the PAX a good kick in the teeth…
In theory that sentence is pure awesome but this ain’t no gym, I don’t walk around with a clipboard and we don’t work out in a nice climate controlled room next to #fern, that means I end up kicking myself in the the teeth also, and maybe a slight punch in the throat since I am on Q and need to make sure I am leading by example. #DontQItIfYouCantDoIt
This was a smoker and there may have been moments of light headedness, unless the visions of Statler and Waldorf laughing at us in the balcony was real. #MenaMena #MuppetsFTW
There is a lot of #Mumblechatter out there that the kettlebell swing may be the perfect exercise integrating strength and cardio, good, we did 250 of them along with 90 or so burpees just to take things to anotha level.
Once we got to the hill though it appeared Bullwinkle was delusional because he bolted up that hill as if he thought he finished the swings already… as the wind blew though I thought I faintly heard BW’s voice carried in the breeze saying something along the lines of “Is this right Shepherd?” If so then the student became the teacher in the #ShepCount.
Country Living attempted to call me out as I said for guys to keep legs straight saying my legs weren’t straight. I don’t have gangly legs like some so typically that is not a form issue I have. Between him and I, even with my 02Dep, I’m sure I’m right.
I mean it’s Country Living, what kind of education can you have when you lives so far out in the sticks that the deer ask you directions to town? #LoveYaMeanIt
Seriously Everyone put in a great effort, Sticky Note has been killing it lately, maybe we will see him on a Tuesday or Saturday soon. Edison with his quiet demeanor and coming off some crazy 14 hour work day and still pushing through is insane. #Beastmode
Madison (Overdrive #Kotters) even came out with NoRegerts (Site FNG) to see what the #Snotwoggle hype was all about and with all the chatter it sounds like I delivered. Glad Playoffs has been back in the #Gloom and seeing other guys work hard and push each other is how we get better. #IronSharpensIron.
Who is going to step up next? Get signed up to Q!
Always an honor to lead this group of guys and I appreciate the opportunity!