A faux Gazelle wearing a Super Heavy weighted vest had stampeding Clydesdales running him down all morning. Details below:
Little time for small talk as YHC needed to take one confirmation lap regarding today’s festivities. Rolled into the lot at o’Jingles 30 and off we went…Oh, did I mention the Super Heavy weighted vest? Super Heavy.
Long mosey down #KJH towards insurance office across the street from Providence.
SSH – 15
Dugans, Calf Stretch, Quads…let’s go
Head over to North Providence Street for a little Paula Abdul (2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back)
Run 2 Light Poles and do 5 Jump Squats, Back 1 Light Pole and 10 Speed Skaters
Do this all the way up North Providence Street to Dreamwreckers Brewery. Double back for six. Then hold Al Gore until all complete
Head over to mini-wall for a little single leg squats all together
10 Single Leg Squats all together on each leg. Walk to short wall by bridge. 1 Minute People’s chair hold.
Over the bridge, continue on South Providence Street towards Bad Idea. Hold Deep Squat while waiting for 6.
At the base of Bad Idea, Pax instructed AYG all the way to the top of Bad Idea with 10 Jump Squats at the top, at the bottom, 10 squats
Rinse and half repeat. Deep squats until 6 concluded.
Head back up South Providence Street. At big hill approaching Main Street, AYG to the top 5 burpees upon arrival. Mosey back towards COT.
At COT, I extricated myself from the Super Heavy weighted vest. Pax thought we were done, but 2 minutes remained. “Thou Shalt Not Be Cheated” is the motto of Floater. Actually, just made that up, but it’s bound to stick!
2 minute fast mosey. At the 1 minute mark, stop running down #KJH and return to COT. That’s it.
14 Pax, 3.2-ish miles covered and approximately 250 leg movements. Leg Day concluded. Hopefully, Leg Day a success.
I had a grand sense of accomplishment having posted in the Super Heavy weighted vest. Fuse Box thought it looked light. Confirmation of that sad reality occurred when the M weighed it for me…10lbs. 10 lousy lbs is all that thing weighed! It felt like I’d been strangled by a weak midget for 43 minutes. I gotta toughen up a bit. On the bright side, I now know how good it felt to shed that 10lbs. Maybe I should lose 10 more of my own! You boys dropping weight in the weight loss challenge have to feel so much better.
Here’s the obligatory, “it’s such a privilege to lead such a great group of men” section. Here’s my take:
It’s such a privilege to be surrounded by such fun-loving, caring, kindhearted men who, if/when asked, will go out of their way to help anyone in need. This week alone I’m reminded of Rubbermaid fixing Big 10’s M’s toilet, Dancing Bear’s Shampoo initiative with his daughter, Zinfandel exploring the opportunity to dine with orphans, COTS, the outpouring of support for flood victims, and the tributes to the young girl who tragically passed this past weekend. All of the above speak volumes to the caliber of the individuals in our midst.
Selfishly, the inquiries, prayers, and offers of support for our adoption effort have blown me away. Just some of the things you all have done include, but are not limited to: prayers, watching our children while we transport him back and forth, offers of support as needed, helping search for (and offering bikes), clothing donated, a bunk bed purchased so my girls could move in together and free up a room for our new son- outside of the bike none of which was solicited. Thank you. Sincerely thank you. You guys make me a better man. I hope someday in the future I’ll be afforded the opportunity to repay you in some way for your kindness.
I’ll leave it there as the pollen count in my office has gone up quite a bit!
Shampoo Crew – Donations Needed
3rd F Opportunities:
Open Door- Sunday @ 7 @ Five Stones
Sanctuary- Monday @ 7:30 @ Brooklyn Pizza
COTS (Church on the Streets) – Next Sunday
Children’s Outreach Effort Alexander ——- Network (children’s center)- Opportunity to have lunch with children who have lost their parents. On Mondays. Hook up with Zinfandel for more details
Late GroupMe Announcement- Tomorrow’s AMRAP Zinfandel has put his money where your legs are for Hurricane Relief. See how much we can squeeze out of him. Hopefully others will contribute as well
Thanks Mad Dog for taking us out.
Posted on behalf of Dancing Bear. Enjoy!
It was a VQ this morning for Dancing Bear and my heart was overflowing with joy when half of the PAX showed up in white t-shirts to work-out in honor of the Q. With 26 PAX on site, there was talk of this being an attendance record for this AO. I had to live up to the hype of delivering a solid VQ.
The Warm up:
Mosey from the Water Tower to the corner of the Bridge and Dreamchasers for a cirlcle up.
20-heals to heaven
After and exchange of Good mornings and a good warm up that didn’t include any SSH’s, we started with a light pole run starting at dreamchasers and ending at the of other end of the street. One light pole was 10 merkins and next light pole was 10 squats. When done some went back for the six while the rest of the PAX grabbed some wall to do dips. The Q then realized he lost his weinke during the exercise. I felt my backside pucker as I didn’t want to forget any part of the workout. How was this to turn out? Only 1 way to find out. Keep pressing the group forward.
Once the six was in we moseyed back to the water tower to get set for 4 laps of 4 corners. First corner was holding squat while giving 20 jab punches. Damascus’s ears perked up when the Q said it will be 20 for each arm and the rest of the PAX knew they were in for a treat based off facial expressions. Second corner was 20 dry docks. Then after running up the hill to the third corner, you did 20 plyometric hand slap jumps. Judging by the groans at the end this was the majorities favorite. The final corner was 20 plank jacks. There was no catching your breath with SSH’s on this rotation. The PAX did a great job finishing the set and the six was not far behind the pack. This wore everyone out. The Q was feeling good at this point about the workout.
With 15 minutes left and the PAX looking for a break we took a 10 count. After that it was to the bottom of the hill!! I knew the PAX was winded when I could hear faint gripes in the wind. At the bottom of the hill we partnered up with a lifting rock. First set, one ran the hill while the partner did curls until he returned. The next set was the hill while the partner did triceps. This set off Recalculating to yell in a whining tone, “We did this yesterday!” With a quick reply from the Q, “Deal with it!!” The Q felt this banter energized the PAX and we finished strong with one last set of hill-runs mixed with squat thrusters.
By this time, everyone was spent. We moseyed or in some cases walked (Moneyball) back to the water tower for circle. The day was capped by a picture of the white t-shirt crew. In the excitement of a very successful VQ, the Q left his phone on the back of Southern Belles truck which fell of half way home on the side of the road. The Q used the kids Ipad and the find my Iphone function to locate the phone.
Happy Hour tonight 7pm at East Coast Wings. Come, Eat, Drink, and be Merry so Briarcrest can win the weight loss challenge
Q school is this Saturday from 630-830 at Cuthbertson Middle. It will comprise of a light 1-hour workout followed by a review of Q documentation. If you are thinking of Q-ing or only Q’ed a couple times this class is for you.
Remember to collect hotel toiletries for the “Shampoo Crew”
Finally, let’s remember to exercise patience today at work and at home as we never know where others journey is taking them from day to day.
Heavy sweating, heavy breathing, poor clock management, and Frack made this morning a wonderful experience. The Floater requires a backblast. It’s just what we do. Here’s the backblast:
Long lap around the backside of the church and circle up
SSH x 20
IW x 20
Potato Pickers x 10
Merkins x 20
Stretch calves IYO / Enough. Mosey to bottom of #keithjonghill
Floater prides itself as being the most complete AO in WUC. We work hard, we laugh, we honor the burpee train, and we DO BACKBLASTS AT ALL COSTS (substitute BB poster took license on all caps portion). Since the AMRAP at Impromptu has apparently gone the way of Cool Runnings, YHC thought it wise to bring it back…and incorporate the Floater’s benevolent mascot, #keithjonghill into the equation. Run to bottom and find lifting rock.
At bottom do 20 curl to presses run up hill and do:
10 plank jacks
10 plank rotations
10 dry docks
1 burpee at the top (do a burpee more for each time you make it to the top of #keithjonghill).
We did this for “25” minutes. Admittedly, YHC can’t tell time and has no concept of how long an activity may take. It is possible we went over the “25” minute mark, but YHC (subti-BB’er) digresses.
All finished, discarded lifting rocks, and met at the stop sign at the top of #keithjonghill
50% to the speed bump at the bottom and then AYG back to the top
Quick mosey to next stop sign. And then again to last. Circle up for some Mary. Done.
Great work out and great guys. No announcement substi-BB’er can remember other than a chance to serve Longos and help them move this Saturday. Hopefully a 5 Stoner will have more info on that front. Substi-BB’er is really sorry if he omitted any announcements or key items…I tried to remember it.
Also Open Door Bible Study at 5 Stones office this Sunday at 7am.
Substi-BB’er took us out.
Nobody and nothing could live up to the hype that surrounded yesterday and Big 10’s VQ. By midday yesterday, the high of being led around campus by Big 10 was replaced by soreness in the chest, arms, and shoulders. He sneakily put a whoopin’ on us and did so without a single SSH…at least none that he called out!
Today’s festivities were to be decidedly different. 16 men showed up for a little #HeartRateExplosion. P.S. – NO GRASS, NO BURPEES, and NO MERKINS were involved. Here’s how it happened:
Casual mosey around the front of school. Jingles’ punctuality has really improved as he was able to enter the parking lot under 50mph, on all 4 wheels and still join us at the opening mosey. Well done, Jingles. Good to see you again, too!
Circle up by Cars:
SSH x 20
Bottlecap was still in playground mode from yesterday and attempted a Q Jacking with a game of Duck, Duck, Goose. Fortunately for the remnant Briarcrest survivors, the game didn’t take flight. It did however, deliver a great laugh!!!
Low Slow Squats x 20
Old Man Stretch
Mountain Climbers x 20
Mosey towards the bridge
Lunge walk across the length of the bridge and then mosey to the track.
To the surprise and chagrin of the pax this morning, we were using the track. There were gasps and promises uttered in hushed tones that our use this morning would never be spoken of publicly.
Four Corners – Basically run a quarter of the way around the track and do 25 squats. 4 stops = 100 squats
When complete, discretely exit track and head to short wall. Partner up for step ups. Partner 1 does step ups on the short wall while Partner 2 runs to bridge and back. Do this 2x
Mosey towards the stadium. At this point, YHC asked if the pax were familiar with the “3 S’s”. Some were under the impression it was referring to S#*+, Shower, and Shave. Not today.
3 S’s- 3 S’s included Squats, Stadium Stairs, and Speed Skaters.
Pax did 30 Squats, ran all Stadium Stairs, and did 30 Speed Skaters on the other side. The goal was to do this 3x but time was not on our side so we audibled to 2 for the lead pack and finish your last flight of Steps and Speed Skaters for the trail pack. Then mosey back over to short wall. People’s Chair against concession stand until pax arrived. Courtesy 10 count. We then did the unthinkable…went back on the track.
Low Squatting, Hand Slapping, Track Running Thing- Admittedly, YHC made this one up on the fly. Partner up arms length apart facing one another. Get in deep squat position and hold it. Then, alternate smacking hands until you reached 50 smacks. Partners run opposite direction on track until the meet again. Repeat. Partners run back towards where they started for one final set of 50 slaps. 150 total slaps whilst squatting.
Sidebar- YHC had the privilege of partnering with Shake N Bake. The glove situation on that man is nothing short of appalling. Keep him in and the rest of us in your thoughts as he chooses to wear those bacteria traps to our workouts! He did kindly remove them, but only after we were 20 smacks in and YHC had been coated in the hazardous sludge oozing from the palms of those well-worn mitts. Wish I could say the palm feel was better, but the glove funk was indeed fully transferable. Digression over.
Mosey towards front of school where we had 1 minute left. We SSH’ed for 1 full minute and that was that.
Jingles, Dough Boy, and Shake N Bake continue to struggle in the glove department but crushed the workout today. Dancing Bear has YHC convinced he’s a seasoned wet t-shirt contest participant. Seeing way too clear an outline of those nips post workout, bro. If you’re not careful, you’re gonna wind up in a bloody nip meme like Foundation (OG story…pics exist and they’re awesome). E-Harmony’s recommendation of a shirt (and glove) order from F3 site could NOT have been better timed. Rubbermaid needs either contacts or windshield wipers on those glasses. Hard work really fogs up the windows, though. Great job, man. Deflated continues to get faster and we can’t wait for his finished t-shirt design- destined to be his second smash hit!
Awesome effort by all today. Good to see some old faces along with all you new guys. Everybody pushed hard. As mentioned, we did NO GRASS, NO BURPEES, and NO MERKINS. Some would call that a missed opportunity. YHC calls it 3.5 miles of fun with friends who are destined to have wobbly legs by noon today!
Please keep Snoop (Dean Longo), his wife Lynnmarie, and their family in your prayers as she’s battling cancer. Cancer sucks and she’s a wonderful lady.
Shirt order for UC mentioned earlier by E-Harmony. Haven’t seen him in the Playhouse, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t #lurk. Somebody can get to him for you if interested.
Thank you, Dough Boy, for taking us out.
YHC was running a tad behind this morning but needed to confirm a couple locales for this morning’s festivities. Pulled into the lot at my former normal #528 time slot, ducked in amongst the pax, and shouted a 1 minute warning. Friendly banter, a couple jokes, and off we go.
Mosey across railroad tracks to the other side of Waxhaw across from Dreamchasers and circle up.
SSH x 20
Merkins x 10
Calf-stretches, Hamstring stretches, Old Man stretches
Complaints about Yoga class breaking out
Moneyball being rendered speechless by a Doughboy comment. First time for everything, I guess. Enough of the pleasantries, let’s begin.
Mosey on to the school on the other side of the tracks. It was about .25 mile in when we stopped for a quick 10 count to let all catch up. Bread Bowl counted us down a bit too quickly and off we went again. Bread Bowl was not pleased. “Moneyball, you’re really getting on my nerves with all this running.” YHC thinks he’s been going to Big 10 tutoring sessions or something. We got a chuckle and kept running on to Thin Mint’s hill aka Bad Idea aka Father of Keith Jong Hill aka a long steep hill for a little Jackie Robinson.
Truth be told, I have no idea if that’s an authorized workout name, but it made it easy to remember. Like a Triple Nickel, only 4 and 2. 4 exercises 2x.
Run to first light and do 25 squats
Run to second light do 25 merkins
Run to top and do 10 burpees
Back to Bottom and 50 LBCs
Rinse and repeat. Jackie Robinson. 42
Under the watchful eye of Big 10, Bread Bowl delivered a far more measured 15 count. Off we went again – mosey back up the hill towards Waxhaw for a little game of “Would You Rather”.
At the Railroad Bridge Pax had 2 choices:
At the Half-Wall Pax had 2 choices:
Mosey to Full Wall across from church:
Mosey to bottom of Keith Jong Hill:
30 seconds remained. Back to COT for a AYG to stop sign and back. Finished!
Awesome effort by the Pax today. Rubbermaid said we covered right around 3 miles.
Really proud of Bread Bowl and how hard we worked. From what Dough Boy told us, he had a bit of a let down in sports a couple days prior. Really good to see him out there busting his butt at 5:30 in the morning. Great job, Bread Bowl! Seems like the entire group is getting faster. Damascus killed it and the Briarcrest crew is really coming on nicely. Great job Fuse Box on all the EHs. We left Posse behind again. Either we need to start waiting a bit longer or he needs to get there a bit earlier. Not sure which…Big 10 stayed until the end. He dodged a bullet today as we decided not to collect dues this morning.
Longos are moving. Dough Boy will circulate details
Keep Longo family in your prayers. Lynnmarie is battling Stage 4 cancer. A miracle is needed
Thanks Damascus for taking us out.