16 hearty dudes showed up at PDS on this beautiful spring morning for a workout. The number “16” was perfect as YHC had a mud run training plan so we were able to split into 4 four man teams. For those of you who have been to Providence Day’s campus, you realize it has no mud….they don’t allow it. That is actually a provision in the school bylaws……maybe. Nevertheless, we found a way to use this pristine campus to have an “obstacle run”. Here is what we did:
Mosey to basketball court for quick disclaimer and 25 SSH. We counted off in fours (that proved to be the toughest part of the workout) and off we went for an orientation lap:
Each team ran at least two rotations, so 16 total obstacles in 30 minutes…..sweet work!
Circle up for 5 minutes of mary including:
That’s a wrap!
Way to keep moving out there boys! This workout was one where we never stopped…..no chance for ten counts….no plank exercises to catch your breath. Just four teammates helping each other in constant motion. I really enjoyed the 2nd F with Blue Rhino, Gullah and Arena! Great to be with you guys and great to talk “Buckeye speak” with Arena who grew up 15 miles away from my hometown in Ohio….unfortuantely, I think he also graduated 15 years after me so that is where the nostaglia ended.
T-claps to Joker who asked me to take a second orientation lap to cover the obstacles! Well played bro!
Baracus, thanks for the chance to lead this morning. I had a blast!
Also, Baracus, thanks for the great take-out in BOM!
Great work boys!
9 pax, including….. 8 men…. and 1 2.0…..tackled 7 obstacles…..2 times over….and covered 4 miles. #nuffsaid.
It was a Mud Run Training Day! The morning was beautiful and so is the best AO Area 51 has to offer…..so we used it all. After a quick disclaimer, we got after it with the following:
We did an orientation lap and covered all of the obstacles, including:
We broke into three teams of three and off we went. Each team covered the obstacles twice and we all met at The Rock at Entrance #4 for some plank exercises, then partnered up by the ramp at the entrance for:
Mosey back to the cars. Harley informed us we had covered 3.9 so far. We needed to run some sprints to get to 4.0 so 2 dashes AYG in between light posts.
Gummy takes over as Q for Mary:
That’s a wrap!
Team Harley-Hops-Flipper took the cake today! They never slowed down and caught up to Gummy-Taffy-YHC by the second round of partner carries. Well done boys! Sorry we were playing slow and you had to play through. (Actually, there is nothing slow about Taffy…..fourteen is apparently Latin for “fast” as he smoked us in the sprints). Team Cable Guy-Deep Dish-Hammer looked strong and led us through the circuits.
Great mumble chatter out there today and plenty of 2nd F! Great to see Gummy back at The Rock!! The man had to ride his bike from obstacle to obstacle, but tackled each of them when he got there. Thanks for taking the baton on Mary!
As we were taking the orientation lap, we did hear extremely feminine voices yelling to us from 51. Frankly, it sounded like young girls screaming at a Bieber concert…..rumor has it that was the pax from Think Zero doing a speed walk past us. We didn’t have time to turn around and mingle, but we hope your zumba workout was good.
As always men, it was my honor to lead this morning. Thanks for the beast approach on the workout today from all of you!
Hops, thanks for a great ending prayer!!
Hops has the Q next week!!
The USMC Mud Run is three weeks away! So, come solo (we will find you some willing partners)or bring your teammates for a Mud Run blitz tomorrow at The Rock!! Following a few warm-ups, the course will look like this, and you will run it as a team:
Obstacle #1: Teammates help each other crawl over the huge rock at Entrance #4
Obstacle #2: Mosey to baseball field; One rock per two men who will trade off carrying the rock as you run around the perimeter of the baseball field
Obstacle #3: Crab walk length wise across the volleyball sand pits
Obstacle #4: Crawl underneath the picnic tables in the pavilion
Obstacle #5: Mosey to the front parking lot and partner carry the distance of the islands
Obstacle #6: Mosey to North Face and run up the mountain as a team
Obstacle #7: Bear slaps: Partner #1 bear crawls and tries to slap the feet of Partner #2 running backwards in front of him.
…..and keep rotating.
See you in the morn! 7:00 sharp at Calvary Church!
Seven pax (including one FNG: Tim G or Flinstone) decided to post to the best AO A51 has to offer and also posted up once the action began (key reference: posting up is a basketball term for those of you who decided to go to Day ZZZZZero and lift sand bags instead of playing a game revered by most everyone….well, at least men). Here is what this Magnificant 7 got into:
Warm Up: Jog to the front courtyard of Calvary with basketball in hand for:
The Thang: Mosey to the bball courts for:
21 (well, it started as 21, but YHC audibled to 11….we didn’t shoot very well, frankly)
Partner up. Partner #1 takes a shot from the foul line. If he makes it he goes for the lay-up and continues shooting while Partner #2 does 5 burpees for every shot Partner #1 makes. If Partner #1 misses, he does 5 burpees and forfeits the ball to Partner #2.
Either Dear Abby or Boutique got to 11 first so the whistle blew on that drill and we moseyed to the front lot of the church.
Basketball ain’t basketball without suicide runs so we ran ’em to each island in the parking lot and back. Flipper and Dear Abby took the lead on the suicides.
Plank Up and then two rounds of partner sit-ups with ankles locked trading the bball back and forth upon each crest (reps of 25).
Let’s go back to the courts!
It’s time for P-I-G, but we modified it to F-F-F. If you miss, you drop for 5 merkins and earn a “F”. Word to the wise….Runstopper has a mean “back to the net, throw the ball over his head shot”. It was NBN! Flipper, on the other hand, built a whole new Family Life Center for Calvary with all of the bricks he threw up. Anyway, winner only has to run to the front entrance of Calvary on 51. Looser runs to the further away back entrance (#4) on Rea Rd. Plank up to wait for the six.
Mosey to back lot of Calvary for zig zag running drills from one light post to another then run backwards to the starting point (rinse and repeat). Plank exercises.
Mosey back to the court for some mary:
With one minute left, we all took one last, long shot at one of the hoops, but to no avail…we were all too burnt.
That’s a wrap!
YHC changed up the typical Rock format today. We ran less distance and did our fair share of burpees. That’s mainly because I had a race last weekend and don’t want to think about running for a little while. Nevertheless, we had a great morning. There was great mumble chatter, based mainly upon each guy’s basketball prowess. Lots of “balls” jokes, too….who could have guessed that??? Thanks for putting up with my game plan this morning, boys….I had a lot of fun!
Welcome FNG Flinstone. He sells rock for a living, so the naming felt more than right today!
Pretty much the norms:
Thanks for a great takeout Flipper!
Since Fast Twitch was shut down last week due to ice and inclement weather, the pressure was already on to lead a worthy workout this morning. That pressure grew when YHC woke up this morning to read Twitter posts by certain pax buddies who shall remain nameless (fine….it was Haze and Pro) who questioned my ability to deliver a quality weinke given my age. Oh, the humanity!!! So, I put in my dentures, changed my adult diaper and drove my ’85 Cadillac with the left blinker on the whole way to the FT AO……just hoping I could pull it all together. Here’s what happened from there:
Quick jog around the SCMS parking lot with karoke left and right. Circle up for:
And we’re off:
Run from SCMS to the intersection of Windbluff and Raintree via 51. Two stops along the way for 10 plank jacks OYO.
Plank Up then Partner Up:
Partner #1 runs Windbluff to Providence Rd (1.7 miles, but with nasty hills) and back while Partner #2 runs the Rounding Run loop (about 1.9 miles). But wait…no so fast (pun intended)…..partners complete 50 merkins before take-off and at landing/meet-up.
We gathered up the six at the end and headed to Smokerise Hill (correctly pronounced Smoker-ise Hill as told by Purple Haze). Mr. Brady amplty pointed out we had not been to that hill since pre-BRR…..I now remember why.
Run the distance of Smoker-ise, but stop at the valley of the street, the cul-de-sac, the valley (again) and the end of the street for 25 LBCs OYO per stop. Rinse and repeat, but with 25 Heels to Heaven per stop. Planking was had between lap #1 and lap #2 and at the end.
Indian Run formation to Rising Meadow, where we stopped. I understand I broke a coveted precedent whereby no Indian Run is interupted before getting back to the school….mea cupla! Again, chalk it up to old age.
Lunge walk then jog up Rising Meadow to flat ground. OYO sprint from street lamp to cul-de-sac (maybe 100 yards), then rinse and repeat. YHC is still not naming names (fine….it was Hairball), but someone never learned how to count to three before running….#scratch.
Indian Run formation again to get us back to the school. That’s a wrap!
I have been a FastTwitcher now for about 9 months and this group continues to floor me….so many great flippin’ runners! Slim Fast dominated the Windbluff leg and after a certain point I could not even see him ahead of me until we got back to Raintree. Mr. Brady cleaned up on both rounds of Smoker-ise. PH was not far behind him! Too many strong efforts to mention everyone, but t-clap worthy work today, boys….everybody!
I have to also admit this was the first time I have been anxious to Q a site…..again, due to the talent who shows up there every week. Thanks so much for the privilege, PH and Turkey!
Kudos to Simba and Van Pelt for their first FT experience…..they both came ready and never let up! Van Pelt is a Winston Salem F3er down here during the week to work, so please keep coming man!! Impressive first showing for both of you!
I am not positive, but I think we covered about 5.5 miles today. Sound off if you know!
I hear Bout Time has the show next week. I am just psyched I Q’d before him rather than after as he would be a tough act to follow.
Old Man out…..and thanks again!
Mr. Brady, thanks for the great take-out in BOM!!
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6 Men braved the slightly less dark and slightly less cold gloom at The Rock. I knew we were in for a lightly attended day when my car was telling me 29 degrees on the drive over, so I was more than slightly happy to see Ripcurl already onsite and warming up when I arrived at 10 til. Shortly thereafter our ranks grew to 5 and a slightly tardy M made us 6, the perfect count for a Flipper brand beatdown.
Mosey for a few then Circle Up
-Side Straddle Hops X25 in cadence
-Merkins X25 in cadence
-Mountain Climbers X20 in cadence
-Cross Climbers X20 in cadence.
Mosey to the front lawn while explaining the two rules of the day, when you go down complete a hand release merkin, when standing perform a jump knee tuck.
Once at the front lawn we split into pairs to flapjack exercises.
1st partner completes 3 point plank holds X8 (each limb up X2) while 2nd performs ¾ drill.
Mosey to the parking lot for suicide sphinx
1st partner runs 2,4,6,8 lines dropping for a merkin at each line (home and away)
2nd partner performs 3 point forearm plank X8 (each limb X2)
Mosey down around the soccer fields and back to the pavilion to grab some wall
1st partner completes 1 legged chair while 2nd performs plyo-gumps* X8
1st partner holds longer 1 legged chair while 2nd performs plyo-gump with longer holds X4
Indian run to the corner of Rea and 51 for some elevator clap-ups X15ish
Mosey to the park for some playground fun
1st partner 3 stage elevator pull ups while 2nd completes 3 stage decline elevator merkins
Mosey back to campus to complete a “runstopper roll” on NorthFace (plankwalk then roll side ways down the face) before jailbreaking to the cars.
COT and heading out, great fun and a good sweat had by all.
*Plyo-Gumps consist of merkin to side plank to plyo merkin with a 45 degree rotation = 1 rep
Thanks for Qing Flipper! Next up is Hops!
While many men stayed in their heart-shaped beds and feasted on chocolate assortments, four brave men showed up for a bone chilling morning at The Rock. One man, M, decided to post after a two year break….and he did not skip a beat! Here is what he and the pax endured:
Hopper as Q
25 SSH, 25 MC’s, 25 Freddy Mercury
Mosey across church lot to Entrance #4 off of Rea Rd. Partner up (it is V Day after all). Partner #1 runs the ramp of entrance #4 while Partner #2 runs to designated street light near baseball field. Flapjack. Partners #1 and #2 run a combined 14 ramp laps overall.
Mosey to baseball field for four rounds of Tunnel of Love (it only seemed right given the holiday).
Mosey to soccer fields. Pair up again. Starting at midfield, partner #1 runs to end of one side of field (fence), while partner #2 runs to other end of the field (bottom of hill near entrance #1). Partners conduct said exercise and run back to midfield for 14 hand slap merkins. Exercises at ends of field included:
Hand Off to Splinter as Q:
Mosey to pavilion. Partner #1 does step-ups while Partner #2 runs to desginated light post and comes back; Flapjack until 100 step-ups are completed by pair.
Mosey back to baseball field to pick up a rock:
Catch me if you can with Partner #1 running with rock while partner #2 tries to catche. 10 merkins upon flapjack.
Mosey back to the soccer fields. From a 25 yard start line, Partner #1 bear crawls to goal line and back while Partner #2 holds said rock over his head. Don’t lower the rock or drop it as your partner would have 10 burpees as a penalty….luckily, no fumbles occurred. Flapjack and Rinse and repeat.
Follow it up with Partner #1 running the 25 yards and back while Partner #2 does arm presses; Flapjack.
Follow that with squats and flapjack.
Mosey back to baseball field to drop off the rock. Then finish up with some mary:
Wrap it Up!
So, no kidding, M decided to post after a two-year break. You would not have been able to tell he was away that long as the man is a West Point grad and still carries that get-it–done mindset. Cable Guy showed up strong during the bear crawl/hold the rock over the head craziness Splinter came up with. That one did me in, personally. Splinter was his beastly self and while he claims he has had IT Band issues, he managed to clobber us with 3.7 miles at The Rock…..strong!
Thanks for your lead Splinter….I know Day Zzzzzero is your normal stop on Saturdays, so we appreciate you coming to see how good life can be at The Rock! Phemonal lead, man! Thank you!
Golf outing sign ups are now!
March 1 is deadline for USMC Mud Run sign up
That’s it! Next Q up is Flipper!!
16 pax went old school this morning and covered a ton of the Olde Providence Elementary campus with a mix of rock lifting, sprinting, jumping fences and planking. After a riveting disclaimer recited by yours turly, we moseyed to the back field and got after it with……
Mosey to east side (I think?) of school to open parking lot. Grab a partner and while Partner A runs zig zag parking space drill and sprints AYG back to his partner for flapjack, Partner B completes the following exercise:
Plank for a moment to catch our breath, and then mosey across Rea Rd to the church parking lot (church parking lot voices, please, as the staff was already at work at 5:40 AM). Each pair picks a manly boulder. Partner A completes the following exercise with boulder while Partner B runs around the parking lot to the other entrance of the church, returning for flapjack:
Place the boulder (I am embellishing just in case you grant your wives reading privileges to this backblast) back in its bed and run back to OPE to the playground at the back of the school. Stay linked to your partner for the following:
Plank exercise with ultimate back to back 10 counts at six inch position
Mosey to concession stand area for:
Rinse and repeat the above
Mosey to the back field where we started this mess for:
One more thing with 30 seconds left…..line up abreast (I credit Gummy for teaching me that term) near batting cages and sprint AYG 50 yards to the fenceline. I think DK took home the gold on that one!
That’s a wrap!
Believe it or not, we covered just a little over two miles today and barely left the OPE campus. It was a great pax this morning with all 16 hanging together which helped for both 1st F and 2nd F purposes. Lot of good mumble chatter out there, including:
As I mentioned to Bug ealrier today, I think highly of the Hydra AO, but I think even more highly of the men who show up and give it their all there! It was awesome. Thanks for letting me lead, Bug, and thanks to the pax for a great morning! It started my day off perfectly!
T Claps to Iron Horse and Champagne who ran in for the workout!
Iron Horse, thanks for the great prayer in Ball of Man!
All my best,
24 pax showed up for a below freezing temp morning. However, their thoughts were quickly diverted to Starfish and Clowns…..why those you ask? Because there were 8 clowns (if you met them you would understand that term) from the same neighborhood who decided to “clown car” it to DV. Starfish is the pax member who has now completed his circuit of all Area 51 workouts….and the man isn’t even from Charlotte. Starfish is also one of the weinke plans the pax were subjected to…..but I digress……please read on:
After a lap in the parking lot of high knees and butt kickers, we mozied to the football field at the track:
25 SSH, 25 Slow Squats, 25 MCs
Partner up for Catch Me If You Can on the track: Partner 1 runs the track while Partner 2 does 10 merkins. Once Partner 2 completes said merkins, he catches Partner 1 who takes his turn at merkins while Partner 2 runs on…..and so it goes. Quick plank exercises at the end of Lap 1 followed by 5 jump squats for Lap 2. Plank exercises at the end of Lap 2 (6 inch 10 counts provided by Hops and who else, but….Starfish).
Circle up for 25 LBC’s. Then count off in 4’s and start the starfish: NW corner of the football field does 15 WA merkins, NE corner does 15 flutters, SW corner does 15 jumping lunges, SE corner does 15 diamond merkins with 15 regular merkins in the middle of the field between each corner. With two full circuits, that amounts to 180 merkins of some form during Starfish.
Circle up for 25 Rosalita and 15 Freddy Mercury
Mosey to the baseball fields:
Find your partner. Partner 1 does dips until Partner 2 runs the bases via lunges, bear crawl, lunges and sprint between the bases. Flapjack and rinse and repeat with incline merkins instead of dips. Plank exercises in between rotations.
Line up for one last activity….AYG spring from baseball bleachers to the bottom of the steps to SCMS.
That’s a wrap!
Many thanks to Stagecoach for letting me Q this morning! DV has a great AO, but an even better group of regular pax! Great to see you all and thanks for all of the effort….you always impress! I know Busch led our group during the entire Starfish piece….way to set the pace, man! Tclaps to Si who decided (on his own….no EH) to show up at Fast Twitch yesterday as a FNG…he follows that by bringing it at DV this morning….remarkable work, bro! Also, Starfish….way to make the A51 round, brother. The man has a F3 GPS and set course for every AO we offer…..STUD! Thanks again boys…I had a blast! Great mumble chatter!
There is still availability for the Joe Davis run. Sign up!
Unbroken showing has been cancelled.
HDHH is under new management. Libated Camel is the new site Q. The Lodge is the place and 5:00 on Weds is the time!
Slim Fast….thanks for what is always a heartfelt and thoughtful take-out!
It was a drizzly, chilly morning at The Rock, but twelve angry men (or at least twelve men with a lot of grit and nothing else to do at 7:00 AM) showed up for a workout designed to stretch out those legs! Gummy started us off…..and away we go:
Jog around parking lot, circle up for warmup.
SSH, IW, Slow Squats, Mountain Climber.
Line up abreast on the curb. High knees 25 yards, run to the other curb (25 yards).
Repeat with butt kickers, carioca both ways.
Finish with AYG 50 yards to the other curb.
Find a partner and a manly rock.
Gather near a light post. Partner 1 does the called exercise (with rock) while Partner 2 runs to the post labeled C2 (50 yards) does 10 good merkins (no Cherkins) and back. Flapjack.
Repeat 4 times with squat, curls, overhead press and lunges.
Mosey to the soccer fields, about 25 yards from the hill. Line up abreast, facing the hill. Tripel Nickel – 5 jump squats at the top of the hill, 5 hand release merkins at the starting line. But wait! There’s more! Bear crawl up and down the hill during each repeat instead of just running up the hill. Good times.
Circle up for Mary – Flutter and Protractor. Turn the Q over to Hopper.
Staying on the soccer fields, we ran a four corner drill, but used all of the area between the pavilion above the fields all the way out to the fence along Pineville-Matthews Rd. We split into four teams and did the following for three rotations:
Corner #1: 15 dips, 15 decline merkins…..Corner #2: 15 prisoner squats, 15 lunges…..Corner #3: 15 LBC’s, 15 flutters……Corner #4: 15 SSH, 15 jump squats.
Plank exercises in the middle of the field with a Runstopper 10-count twist (which ended up in real time to be a 30 or so count…..my bad on delegating, boys…..sorry).
Six 50 yard dashes with 10 counts in between each one. Tadpole provided the 10 counts as a penalty for winning each sprint, but that did NOT slow him down.
Mosey to the end of the soccer field and circle up for abbreviated Jack Webb. We went up to a five merkin count and back down to one.
Mosey back to parking lot for a quick 15 count Russian Twist (it would have been a 25 count, but Mall Cop threw me off by talking about some sneaker sale before the exerise).
That’s all she wrote!
Great work men! Welcome Tito (FNG Jackson B)…..you really brought it man and you looked more like a veteran of the pax instead of a newcomer….but, we are glad to have you and see you next week…..and beyond! Great mumble chatter out there….lots of discussion around the term “abreast” (it does not take much to distract us) and I like how all of the teams stuck together for the four corner drill…..that’s represents the spirit of all three F’s.
Next up on Q is Frasier!!