Author Archive Mermaid

I Love Technology, But Not as Much as You, You See

13 pax joined the QIC for this week’s NOE workout. YHC had to take the long way around to get to the launch lot. Thanks to Voodoo for verification that you cannot get to AMC entrance via Elm from 51. Disclaimer given and off we went.

Mosey past AMC into lot by Jersey Mike’s. Circle up for COT. We did a bunch of exercises to get loosened up then took off down Elm and took a left prior to the construction zone and down the Murderhorn. Stopped at the Clubhouse rock pile and got a lifting rock.

Rock Set: 15 Thrusters/15 Curls/15 Tri Extensions. Run up to the stop sign. 15 Merkins. Run back. Chair plank with rock overhead. 3 total reps with Mary and plank exercises between reps.

Civilian count Rock Set. All to 10. We did curls, tri extensions, goblet squats, overhead presses, each repeatedly, no breaks. Put the rock back.

Indian Run up the Murderhorn. Cross Elm and back to launch lot.

Mary/Plank exercises followed by AYG up the hill. 15 Merkin/15 Jump Squat. 3 total reps. A little more Plank-o-rama. Done.



YHC invited Circuit City to Q Centurion a while back. With the invite, like a good site-Q, he invited YHC to Q NOE. Happy to do so today and appreciate the invite. Got to see several guys that I have not seen in a while. That is always nice. Welcome to FNG Lafawnduh. Love that name. Taken from the cult classic Napoleon Dynamite, one of YHC’s all-time favorites. Turns out, our FNG met his wife online. Check out this link or just google “Kip Dynamite wedding song.” My computer has safe search, so the better youtube vids were blocked:  KIP’s Wedding Song

Funny story, my twin brother met his wife on I included part of Kip’s song in my best man speech. The older folks did not get it, but the younger folks cracked up.

I did not record the pax names on my phone after workout. My bad. Memory gives me the following: Mighty Might, Taco Stand, Circuit City, Frehley’s Comet, Blackbeard, Cable Guy, Lafawnduh (FNG), Long Haul, YHC, Pop Tart, Drano II, Midriff…missing 2. Apologies.

YHC took us out in prayer. Thanks again for the invite Circuit City. Enjoyed getting back over to this AO.

Stick That In Your Country Song

Take me on up to Amelie’s French Bakery in the Queen City. Next to Chuck E Cheese with the boarded windows and poorly made signs offering 5 dollar pizzas. Enter at your own risk and don’t even think about it without a mask. Virtual Stars and Stripes flying. Actual Stars and Stripes in Margo’s broke down truck.

Stick that in your country song, yeah
Take that one to number one, yeah
And get the whole world singing along, yeah
Stick that in your country song, yeah

Disclaimer went nothing like this, but motivational effect was close:

Light the arrow, pull the bow
Shoot that fire right through my soul
Hit my pride, fist up high
I wanna feel the rush, I wanna feel alive
C’mon, I wanna pound the dash
Stomp the gas, drive too fast
Rock me hard, stop my heart
And blow the speakers right out of this car

Off we ran to the Circle of Pain. Down the road and up the old dirt path to the summit of Queen’s highest peak. Did some Imperial Walker’s, Merkins, Squats and ran down the hill. 9 men powered through a Triple Nickel and some mary in the devastating humidity.

Stick that in your country song
Take that one to number one, yeah
And get the whole world singing along
Stick that in your country song

Soul’s half-crushed, 9 made a break for Tartarus. Set of 5 up stairwell 1 over to 2. 4×5 Burpee/5 Merkin/5 Diamonds/5 Jump Squat. AYG down 2 and back to 1. Repeat x 4. Break after 3 reps for some Mary. Finish last 2 reps. Gimme one about the teachers who, were showing up as we worked it through. Masks on tight, ready to change a life or two. Shout out to all the teachers, and parents too.

Stick that in your country song
Take that one to number one, yeah
And get the whole world singing along
Stick that in your country song

9 pressed on through gloom and physical hardship, Chelm’s gout and the Q’s throbbing knee. Busted some work on the rock pile. Finished with plank and mary.

Stick that in your country song
Take that one to number one, yeah
And get the whole world singing along
Stick that in your country song


T-claps to Bout Time for run in/run out and for taking us out in prayer. Solid group out this morning. Gloom was thick and impeded necessary O2 intake, at least for the Q, which was the reason for the break in the deck set. Welcome to Sable, site FNG. Dude was crushing it.

Have a great weekend, men. Hope you can find some time to reflect on the positive in your lives. Last night, driving down the road, windows down, listening to Bob Seger “Against the Wind,” with Samuel in the back with our poles and gear, I had the feeling that life at that moment couldn’t get much better. Thankful for time to fish with and enjoy my son’s company. I hope he remembers times like these later in life. We wade through a lot of shit right now, but it could be so much worse. Do what you can to make it better. Be that positive in someone’s day. Say hello, give a compliment, lend a hand. It can make a huge difference. You never know what path another is walking in life.

All The Sh*t Guys Hate

Lorax slacked out a post last night indicating that he had an FNG who he thought was on the hook to post. YHC got excited and internally rehearsed an invigorating and exhaustive disclaimer for the occasion. Wha wha wha…FNG did not post. Disclaimer scaled down to include the essentials. Thoroughly disappointed, the group took off for a warm up mosey.


Mosey around the seemingly endless pavement of the campus to a spot, in the grass, I repeat, in the (hated, wet) grass. Circle up.


IW x 10

Merkin x 10

MC x 10

Peter Parker x 10

Flutter x 10

Hand-Release Merkin x 10

Mosey to Entrance 2 Rock Pile and grab rock.

Indian Run with rocks to nowhere in particular. Actually ended up near where we started in the courtyard with the synthetic grass for some circuit work.

Start in South corner with rocks. 15 curl/15 overhead press/15 Thrusters. Bear crawl around the synthetic grassy knoll. 25 Donkey Kicks. Lunge Walk to the entrance doors. 25 Heels to Heaven. Back to start and Chair Plank with Rock. Repeato x 2 with 5 Hand-Release Burpees to start and finish. Plank-o-rama to regroup.

Grab rock and carry overhead to the rock pile. 25 Flutter Press IC/10 American Hammer with rock IC. Deposit rocks back into pile.

Civilian Merkin Set. All to 10: Regular/Offset Left/Offset Right/Wide Arm

AYG to Hotbox. 100 Step Up/100 Incline Merkin. 100 was aborted and replaced with 60 of each due to time.

AYG to the ball field rock pile next just off the main thoroughfare. Some more mary.

Mosey back to launch.



Wet backs and bellies during COP. Running with rocks. Lorax mentioned that we were partaking in all the stuff guys hate this morning. Yep.

When YHC started F3, the expectation was that you were going to get dirty. QIC guilty as the rest for getting away from that. Maybe we need a little more of that. Some additional tactile stimulation. Push out of the comfort zone of the pavement. Do some stuff that we “hate.” Feel more alive, more in tune with our surroundings. One with nature. Give the guys a reason to #mumblechatter and #refusenik. Hey, at least we stayed out of the Kitty Litter. Was tempted to make a stop there after Lorax stated that it was open for business. Next time, I promise.

Not much running this morning. Got a lot of reps in though. And a few burpees. Another crowd favorite.

Not a whole lot to note from the field, but a few things come to mind. Was a few degrees cooler this morning. The grass was wet and felt pretty nice, actually. Did not hear any Puddin flatulence, surprisingly. Ductwork rode in with Baracus. Not taking any chances after Monday I guess. Good to see Fredo, been a while. T-claps to Lorax for the takeout prayer.

2020 feels a bit like a shitshow type of year. Before getting the laptop out and typing this backblast, YHC got a cup of coffee and sat out on the back porch. Prayed and took some time to be thankful. Things may seem hard this year, but there is a lot to be thankful for. Very much appreciate the opportunity to lead you men this morning, and share a bit of fellowship after the workout.


-CHAMPAGNE, former 2F Q of A51, has the CENTURION Q on Friday. He has been holed up in his home gym for a while, so come on out and support (heckle) him in his Q return.

-STONE COLD, former 1F Q of A51, has the ROCK ZERO Q on Saturday.




Together They Make It Happen

7 men for Centurion. Scheduled Q Runstopper has some old man issues involving his lower back. Hope he heals up. Had it been last week, YHC would have had the same problem. Back pain sucks. Group was disclaimed and off we went.


Mosey across 51 past the Chipotle climate controlled delivery truck and onto CCHS campus. Down the thoroughfare to Stairwell 2. Up stairs to level 4. Circle up.


IW x 10 IC

MC x 10 IC

Peter Parker Merkin x 10 IC

Low Slow Squat x 10 IC

Down Stairwell 1 to the circular benches.

Triple Towers

Start at benches with 15’s: Step Up, Dips, Derkins. Run to Stairwell 1. 15 Heels to Heaven. 5 Hand-Release Burpees. Down Stairwell 1. Back to benches. Plank-o-rama. Repeat bench set and run to Stairwell 2. Add 15 Donkey Kicks. Repeat to Stairwell 3. Add 15 Jump Squats. Plank-o-rama between reps.

Mosey into Tartarus (deck). Line up on ground floor. We did some sprints up to the top, covering either a half level or full level after completing called exercises. Mary at the top. Down to ground level. Another Mary set.

AYG up Stairwell 1 and back down 5 times. Mosey back to launch. Civilian cadence merkins to 10: Regular, Offset Right, Offset Left, Wide, Diamond.


On April 7 of the Bicentennial year of this great country, an American treasure was released. The Bad News Bears. The film featured a hard drinking former minor league prospect, Morris Buttermaker (Walter Mattheau) as a reluctant head coach of a little league team. He was voluntold to coach by a city councilman whose son, who was marginally talented, was not allowed to play in the league. In one of the best years in history, 1976 when the film was released, Buttermaker sets the gold standard for coaching. He drinks tall boys while coaching while telling it like it is. No kid gloves. No PC. Maybe this is what Trump was talking about with his campaign slogan. Who knows. Anyways, Buttermaker fails with his team of misfits and decides that he needs an ace, so he enlists feisty and gifted pitcher, Amanda Wurlitzer (Tatum O’Neill), to lead the charge. Spoiler alert: Together They Make It Happen.

Cinematic gold, IMHO. I was a ball player as a kid and loved this movie. I also love my parents, for allowing me to watch this movie that included such great lines. A few examples;

-I got half a mind to find your old man and kick him in the nuts so hard he can never foul the earth with another shit like you.

-Hey Yankees, You can take your apology and your trophy and shove it straight up your ass.

-Blow it out your bung hole.

Ahh, 1976, also the year of my birth. Definitely need to watch this gem with my kids today. Show them how coaches used to motivate their players. How a team comes together to make it happen.

So, that is what we did today, in a sense. The group stayed together mostly, and offered one another some encouragement, and got it done.

Our FNG, Bad News, hails from Chi-town, the Windy City. Circuit City brought him out. He is visiting prior to heading over to Myrtle Beach for his 12-year-old son’s baseball tourney. His team finished 4th in some high level of competition and were slated to play the Cooperstown tournament this year. Bad news, team, consolation prize is the Myrtle Beach tourney, due to COVID. Anyways, that’s how his name came about, but we certainly enjoyed having him and wish the team luck in Myrtle.

Notables: Bout Time ran in and back. Cane and I passed him on the way in. Quick math indicated that he would need to run hard to make it. He did. His wife, Lauren, earned the Woman of the Year award for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Her team earned somewhere in the neighborhood of 450K. That is some good news. Well done!

Great work this morning men. Have a good weekend. Be safe

Curd Squeak

Lorax is DR at the beach. Again. Nobody was signed up to Q, so YHC filled the spot. Not much planned so asked for some suggestions prior to launch. Burpees and grass came in as the winners. Cheese Curd asked for the grass. He also pre-ran 3 miles. Disclaimer given.


We rolled out of the launch lot over to the semi-circle and did some COP. SSH, Merkin, MC, Squats, Burpees x 5 OYO, Flutter. Next we ran over to the Hot Box. Each pax was tasked with 100 Step Up/100 Dip/100 Derkin, however each saw fit to complete. Plank upon completion.

Run over to a parking lot, partner up. We did 3 rounds of partner stacks. P1 runs to end of parking lot and does 1 burpee. P2 does called exercise. Swap to called number. 150 Squats/150 Dry Docks/100 Heels to Heaven. Mary to finish it off and regroup.

After this we stopped in a nice patch of wet grass. 10 Burpees OYO.

Stop at the Avenue of Trees. 5 Werkins at each tree.

We then ran to another parking lot and lined up. AYG sprints to light post and back. 1. 5 Burpees at the end. 2. 30 LBCs in the middle. 3. Forgot.

Back to launch. COT


Gold star of the day and backblast name attributable to Cheese Curd. As YHC mentioned above, he ran 3 miles in. Well done. During the workout, he blasted some Curd Squeaks. Said he worked them up during the pre-run. BTW, he made sure to run past the pax on the way in to “round it off” (make us feel bad). Anyways, the squeaks were more like Harley exhaust bursts. Puddin actually checked to make sure he was OK. His comment was something to the effect of “those sound a little dangerous.” He is an amateur flatulist, or fartist, or something like that, so you know it was a legit question and deeply caring inquiry. Curd was just fine as he continued to power through the workout. All pax seemed to work hard. Horsehead was asking certain questions that completely stymied YHC. No idea what he was talking about. No, never watched that show or whatever it was you were talking about. Good on you for bringing Boondocks out. Kid gets after it and has impeccable merkin form. Never hear a complaint out of him either. Take note, gents. Back to Curd. After the workout he walked over to the Meatheads and then wandered back, wearing a big old weight vest. YHC offered him a ride home and he declined. Said that 40 pounds was no big deal for him and he preferred to run/walk home. Dude is tough. He also sent me a Slack DM to let me know the workout was pretty good and that he did that 1.5 mile post-work with a 40-lb weight vest. Noted, credit given. Well done, Curd. Gold star for you man. Seriously, that is a solid morning’s effort. We got another 2.8 during the workout with a bunch of exercise reps.

For those interested in the backblast title, I found the following on Wikipedia:

That mesh is held together with calcium, which makes it tough. When you bite into a cheese curd, the tough mesh resists you biting through it. That resistance causes the curd to squeak because it’s rubbing across your teeth. … That protein starts to break apart because of an enzyme used in cheese making.

Now you know.

Well done, men. Glad to workout with you guys this morning. Have a great day. T-claps to Ductwork for a strong takeout prayer.

Memory Minimalism

Uncle Phil had the Q for Centurion. He couldn’t make it this morning. 12 of us did and the site Q’s took the group through their paces. First, though, a disclaimer was given. We had a site FNG, Felipe, who hails from Brazil, originally.


Mosey through Jack in the Box and across 51. North to the WF parking lot for COP

Sprinkler x 10 IC

Merkin x 10 IC

Mountain Climber x 10 IC

Peter Parker x 10 IC

Low Slow Squat x 10 IC

Mosey up down McMahon to the Real Deal Rock Pile. Grab lifting rock.


15 Curl/15 Thruster/15 Tri Extention. Run up to the other bank across from WF. 15 Merkin/15 Heels to Heaven. Run back. Repeato x 2 and finish with a 4th rock set. Drop your rocks.

AYG up McMahon to 51. Mosey South to CCHS entrance. Halt. AYG to Tartarus Stairwell 1 Level 4. Flutter x 10 IC. Pass the Q to Margo.

Down Stairwell 1 to ground level. Line up along football field fence facing Tartarus.

Run over to the parking deck wall. Jump over the wall. Bear Crawl to the next wall. 15 Donkey Kicks. Run back. Jump wall. Bear Crawl to start. 25 LBC. Repeat x 2. Replace Bear Crawl with Lunge Walk for rep 2 and straight run for rep 3. Walk over to Stairwell 2. Partner up.

Partners run opposite directions to far stairwells. Meet in the middle at Stairwell 2, levels 2, 3, and 4, in successive reps. Level 2, 10 Merkin then 10 Squats at ground level. Increase by 5 reps by level, up to 20 reps at 4.

Mosey back up to 51 and across to Baby Rock pile. Grab a rock. 25 Curls/25 Overhead Press Civilian Cadence.

Mosey to launch lot. Done



In the book, Digital Minimalist, author Cal Newport gives a shout-out to F3. He notes something to the effect of filling vacated digital time with more high-quality leisure activities involving groups where members derive huge social and skill benefits. F3 fits that bill. Our FNG, Felipe (Fell-ee-pay), pulled in and we asked him a few questions about how he heard about F3. He told us that he was listening to the above-named book and the author mentioned F3. Philipe remembered that he had done F3 in North Charlotte when he lived up there and decided to look into it on this side of town. He now lives in Ballantyne. When asked his name, he could not remember. We gave him a new one, Short Term.

Uncle Phil was on the Q schedule for today. He texted YHC and said he may not make it. His father-in-law in Columbia was not doing well and under the care of Hospice. He passed around 8:00 this morning. Prayers for Uncle Phil’s family. Sorry for your loss, brother.

Good group of men out this morning, as usual, at Centurion. Solid work done by all. T-claps to Point Break for the takeout prayer. Great way to start the morning. Have a good weekend.

No announcements

Rock Zero Backblast

23 with an FNG this morning for Rock Zero. Saw Hoover and Flipper pre-running. May have been others. Disclaimer given and we took off. KB crew was doing their thing in the next parking lot over.

Mosey around campus up near the church. Stop at parking lot in front of the gym and circle up.


IW x 15 IC

Merkin x 10 IC

Alt Shoulder Taps x 10 IC

Mountain Climber x 10 IC

Low Slow Squat x 10 IC

Flutter x 20 IC

Mosey over to Rock Pile and grab a rock.

Rock Set

15s: Curl/Tri Extension/Thruster with 5 Rockee finish

Mosey toward the picnic area by the launch lot. Bear crawl through the courtyard next to the faux grass. Continue mosey to Avenue of Trees turnaround. 15 Heels to Heaven/15 High Flutter each leg. Continue to picnic tables.

Bench Set

15 Step Up/15 Dips/15 Derkins

Turn around and go back with a stop at the turnaround for 15 Heels to Heaven/15 High Flutter and back to your rock.

Repeat until called. We got 3 reps after the intro round. Mary and plank series when completed to regroup. T-claps to the Nantan, Alf, for going back and bringing in the six.

Mosey to Avenue of Trees. Run down the Avenue with a stop at every other tree for 6 Merkins. Mosey back. Plank o rama.

Mosey back to the launch lot.



Proehl set the pace early for the AMRAP set. Alf was close behind with Slow Roll and YHC not too far back. Alf reeled in Proehl to take the win for the set. The quarantine has not slowed him down. Well done. Strong work by all.

FNG Spaceballs put in a strong showing. He is a RESPECT. Great to have him out and T-claps to Hops for the EH.

Speaking of RESPECTS, we had IH, Sweetness, Runstopper, Beaver, Snowflake, OT, and Cottonmouth in this category. Almost 1/3 of our group. Well done, men.

Plenty of mumblechatter this morning. Had Spackler shown, it may have been damn near impossible to maintain order.

Great to have a nice sized, COVID-19 compliant group this morning. Also very nice to have some fellowship at Coffeeteria afterwards. Thanks to Geraldo and Hoover for the opportunity to Q Rock Zero and to Iron Horse for the takeout prayer.

No announcements that YHC can remember. If you have any questions about those new-fangled hammer massagers, or whatever they are called, ask Flippper. He has a pretty sweet model that I am sure most of us would welcome in the arsenal. Have a great weekend men.


Let’s Roll

12 at Centurion. Slow Roll, my twin brother who hails from F3 Mountain Island Lake, had the Q this morning. He gave a pretty thorough disclaimer and we started with COP where we stood in the Amelie’s lot.

SSH x 10 IC

Merkin x 10 IC

SSH x 10 IC

Merkin x 10 IC

SSH x 10 IC

Merkin x 10 IC

Mosey around the plaza. Crazy Ivan toward 51 and across to CCHS campus.

AYG lap around football field.

Modified Escalator

Start at Visitors corner of the thoroughfare surrounding the football field. Run counterclockwise around the field with a stop in each corner for ascending rep exercises. 5, 10, 15, 20. Burpees, Merkins, Squats, LBCs. Plank-o-rama.

AYG lap around football field to bookend it.

Over to stone benches. 10 step-up/10 Dips/10 Derkin x3


Run out of campus, up Little, Right on Carmel, cross over to launch lot.

2 AYG sprints across the parking lot.

25 Merkins OYO



Slow Roll kept telling the Pax, “Let’s roll,” when time to move around campus. Uncle Phil asked if that’s why he got his name. Nope. He got named at the beach when he finally posted after the 5 year EH from YHC. He finally started posting and even learned he had a neighborhood workout. He swallowed one of those F3 pills and is in the best shape of his adult life. #WasNow

Solid workout. Lots of running. 3.7 miles. Not so sure about the COP with the SSH and Merkin combo. YHC needs some Mountain Climbers or Peter Parkers to stretch out the legs. Slow Roll and Purell were up at the front on the big set. Deputy Dog showing some fast twitch along with Snuka on the sprints. Chelms had some questionable form on the flutter kicks. He blamed his groin problem on that. Fair enough.

Gotta run. Heading to the beach for a few days. Great to have my brother out to Q Centurion and, of course, to see the Centurion pax. Solid work this morning. Have a great Memorial Day weekend. Take some time to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.


Rock Zero will honor the fallen during the 0700-0800 workout at Calvary on Saturday. Silent pre-run option with Hoover.


Out the Gate

F3 real-deal workouts are back. 10 posted and YHC was inclined to give a disclaimer regarding personal safety, modification per one’s own volition, and throwing down some work. Hops was last in and the QIC was forced to cut his calf-rolling short. 0530 and time to go.

Mosey out from Amelie’s and through Jack In the Box parking lot. Out the gate, YHC nearly went down, not due to tripping over anything while running, rather, something not quite working right in the left ankle. Held it together and stayed upright. That was weird. No bother the rest of the time. Stretching may have been helpful here. Continue mosey across 51. Right on 51 to WF lot.


SSH x 10 IC

10 Burpees OYO

IW x 10 IC

5 Burpees OYO

MC x 10 IC

Peter Parker x 10 IC

5 Burpees OYO

Flutter x 50 IC

5 Burpees OYO

Mosey North on 51 to the Panera/Bonefish/Solar Nails plaza. Triple Nickel with Heels to Heaven and Hand-Release Burpees. Mary/Plank series.

Mosey down Little Ave to McMahon Dr. Rock Pile. Grab a lifting rock.

10 curl/10 tri extensions/10 Thrusters. Repeat x 2

Mosey down Little. Left into CCHS campus to Stairwell 1 of Tartarus. Chair Plank.

AYG to Stairwell 2. Up to level 4. 10 Wide arm Merkin/10 Carolina Dry Docks. AYG to Stairwell 1 and down to ground level. Mary. AYG to Stairwell 3. Up to level 4. 10 Diamond Merkin/10 Dry Docks. AYG to Stairwell 1 and down to ground level. Plank-o-rama: RLH/LLH/Hip Slappers, Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather Rib Shots, Alternating Shoulder Taps x 10/6 inches/RLH/LLH.

AYG up Stairwell 1 and back down. Mosey over to the Chipotle cut-through and across 51 to launch lot. Finish off with some Mary and Plank stuff.



Man, I missed Centurion. Moreso the pax than the AO, though it is, arguably, the best A51 AO. Been using the campus for OTB workouts since the plague hit. Hadn’t seen many of the pax until today. Great to be back out and doing official F3 workouts.

As previously noted, Hops showed up at the bell. He still pulled out the roller for the calf. Also had some brand new shoes on. Always nice to get some new kicks and run a little faster. Just like when you were a kid. Runstopper is staying put for a change. M is serving lunch and dinner. Not a bad gig. Snuka didn’t skip a beat. That old guy is fast as ever. Great to see neighbors Uncle Phil and Deputy Dog. YHC did not recognize DD. Had been a while. Apologies for calling him #RawDawg when asking for a 10-count. He didn’t respond. Point Break and Clover seem to have gotten into even better shape during the plague lockdown. Margo forgot the shovel flag, but, at least he showed. Continued to #refusenik the SSH, but YHC has seen him actually do some in the recent past. Thunder Road pushed hard. Chelms did not post. Missed him.

Again, great to be back out. We need this. Isolation is a dangerous place for human beings. Keep posting. Check on your neighbors, friends, people you think may be in need. Give back however you can. We also need this. A lot of people are in a bad place right now. Unemployment is around 20%. People are holed up in small spaces trying to teach kids and find work. Lastly, keep spreading the word about F3. Now is a prime example of when someone needs a men’s group to workout, fellowship with, and, get some 3F as well. Gyms are closed and flour is about sold out. That’s a lot of cookies going down gullets.

T-claps to Uncle Phil for the takeout prayer. See you guys soon.


Dipping a Toe Into the F3 Waters

PAX: Geraldo, Hoover, Flipper, Horsehead, HH 2.o, Alf, Turkey Leg, Witch Doctor, Hops, McGee…you know if you were there

Dredd, F3 co-founder, through a series of reschedules with Geraldo, was the Rock Zero Q for the re-opening of F3 Area 51. Olympus had a handful of guys swinging bells and getting jacked in the parking lot adjacent to RZ launch. We had 28-ish leave the fern behind in their garages, wipe off the sad clown makeup, and post for a long-awaited, real, in-the-flesh, dip of the toe into the F3 water with Dredd. Or, maybe it was more like standing in front of the F3 firehose. YHC wouldn’t know, as I was voluntold to Q a group due to swelling numbers and COVID-19 compliance. Checkpoint also took a Q spot.


Dredd had the crew count off by 3’s.

3’s with Dredd, 2’s with Checkpoint, 1’s with YHC. The 3 groups rotated through the 3 Q’s for 20-minute excursions.

Dredd Q:

No idea really. YHC did observe Dredd running his groups around campus, circling them up, and strongly suggesting certain exercises. Dredd did drop some historical knowledge onto the group at the end in COT. He noted that all Southerners should know their Civil War history. Hops knew the answer to one of the questions asked, which had to do with raising one’s arm in battle. Robert E Lee raised his right, Tecumseh his left (?), if memory serves, which it may not. Dredd happens to have that cadence count thing down pretty well if you need a tutorial or a demonstration. Glad to have him out to A51. There is no dipping a toe with the F3 co-founder. He fires up that hose I mentioned above, and aims that sucker right in your face. His enthusiasm and excitement are unparalleled. Thankful for his leadership. Amazing to look at where F3 has gone in 10 years.

Checkpoint Q:

No idea really. YHC did observe Checkpoint running his groups around campus, circling them up, and directing them in things designed to better their physical well-being. Appreciate the invitation to lead today and CP’s leadership as well.

Mermaid Q:

Groups 1 and 2 did pretty much the same thing. Mosey through campus to Hotbox. Bench set: 10 Ups/15 Dip/15 Derkin. AYG to light pole. 5 H-R Burpees. AYG back. Repeat for short AMRAP. Mosey to launch. Mary/Plank-o-rama. Swap Q’s.

Group 3: Horsehead asked for something hard. We took off for North Face, which has not been mowed in a while. Triple: Run up hill. 5 H-R Burpees. Around and back down. 10 Jump Squat. Repeat x 2. Mosey to Avenue of Trees. 6 Merkin at each tree on the right. Indian run back to launch lot. Mary/Plank series mixed in here and there.


Count-o-rama, Name-o-rama. 34 total with the Olympus PAX.


YHC had to bounce before we prayed. Did an all-day online family systems workshop with the M. Got some #truthnugs about family dynamics, boundaries, communication, etc. Highly recommend furthering your knowledge on this stuff. None of us have all the answers and we all get busy. Family systems change. Kids grow up. Spouses grow and change and relationships may be tested. Sometimes its hard to keep up unless you make a conscious effort to do so. Professional help, such as a Saturday workshop, can certainly help.

Again, thankful to have Dredd come down to A51 for re-Opening Day. That was a treat. Thanks for your leadership, brother. Appreciate you.

Would have enjoyed #coffeeteria. Sorry to miss.

Had Checkpoint played the tape through, he would have asked Horsehead to be the 3rd Q. You all would be laughing your asses off in response to A51’s premier backblast-writer’s cognitive regurgitation/interpretation/embellishment of the day’s activities, rather than reading this. Next time.

Ironhorse was there. #kotters

Great to see you all out there in the flesh. Stay safe and healthy. Sound off with any observations of note, or, made up stuff that is funny, or whatever else you may want to share.