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Rock, Hill and a Dog

A few men showed up were we have been meeting for the past few months since the gate has been closed, but a few long timers that haven’t been at The Matrix in months found the gate opened and tried to avoid us. Once we realized we had another group, we gathered and disclaimer was given. Off we went on a mosey around the school. Circle up for our warm up.

20 x SSH



The Thang:

Mosey down sidwalk and around pool that was just installed by Meck County and grab a lifting rock that you can run a quarter mile with. Mosey over to the cul de sac in the adjust neighborhood right past Cold Cuts house. Three rounds of each group of exercises while running the hill.

20 x curls at bottom, 20 squats at the top

20 tricep extensions at bottom, 20 lunges at top

20 shoulder press at bottom, 20 jump squats at top

Grab your rock and mosey back to the rock pile to return. Then head over to the playground to kill the last 5 minutes. 5 pullups, 20 monkey humpers, then run around the median. 3 times and done.


Thank you Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec for adding new rocks to the rock pile, and adding the swimming pool along the sidewalk next to the soccer field. That will come in handy when the weather warms up. Of course Purell and Orangewhip were leading out front the whole time, but I tried to slow Purell down by adding girth to his chicken legs. O’Tennenbaum apparently smells good to dogs as we were constantly berated by a loud barking dog from inside one of the houses in the cul de sac. We had to move, but the dog kept barking at O’T. Strong work by the group and we got close to 3.4 miles total.

Twelve Strong for the Huggie Bear Challenge!

Warm Up  with a Mosey to the lower lot and around the Island (waiting for McGee to catch up).  COP SSH5 Burpees, Mosey across field to check wet status–X 4 with called exercise(IW, Merkins, Burpees) then COP for Peter Parker/Parker Peter and a few more burpees.

Mosey to upper lot by the Track for partnership work.  Called Exercise and run laps  150 Merkins, 250 Squats, while being accosted by some helicopter parents setting up for a school event.

Then we moved to the monkey bars for a segment of 10 Pull Ups, Standing Broad jumps, Lunge Walks, 5 burpees and 20 dips X 3.

Finally, 3 minutes of Mary and recover.

Prayers for Huggy Bear and a complete recovery!


Area 51 Christmas Party Pre-Blast

What: Area 51 Christmas Party
Where: Seaboard Taproom and Winebar  (213 N Trade St, Matthews, NC 28105)
When: 12/1/2018 6:00 to 12:00
How Much: $15 per person ( or
What is included: Dinner and friends

Alright everybody, if you want to get your fill of the Christmas spirit or if attending the SOB Christmas party on November 30 isn’t enough, come on out Saturday night, December 1, for the Area 51 Christmas party.  The party will be held again at the Seaboard Taproom and Winebar in historic downtown Matthews.  However, this time around we will have food from Brown Bag courtesy of Uncle Rico.   So come on out for some great food, great drinks and great times.

Please HC by Sunday, November 18th using the buttons below. Please remember to be safe. If you are going to drink don’t drive. Get an Uber, Lyft, or 16-year-old 2.0 to drive you. Come join us to celebrate another successful Area 51 year.  ( And yes, I copied Fire Hazards Pre-blast)


You can reserve your tickets using button above.. Once you have reserved them, please pay via PayPal using the second button or by sending to the following e-mail address: When you send the money, please use the Friends & Family option and include your F3 Name as well as “Holiday Party” in the note. Thank you! If you don’t have access to PayPal, let PopTart know and we will find another way for you to pay.

Along Came Polly Ultimate Frisbee

The Thang and Moleskin:  14 Pax showed up, but only 13 joined in the fun for the Ultimate Frisbee Battle Royale.  (We really could have used Chin Music for his height and arm but I think he was worried about guarding Stone Cold with no shirt on)  Stone Cold brought his light up frisbee, and we moseyed down and around the track.  3 mediocre sprints from the goal line to the 50 yard line and then we were warmed up for the match on the pitch.  We started off with 7(Skins) on 6(Shirts), then Header and Dollywood left the Shirts because we were getting out butts whooped.  Then we picked up Yeti and Stone Cold, and the average age of our team went up by 5 years I think.  Everytime the other team scores the losing team does 20 merkins.  I think my team did 120 or more.  We let the skins have a couple extra goals since we felt bad for them, but either way the shirts lost.  Even when we had an extra guy the second half.  Sweeny Todd made an unbelievable Odell Beckham type sliding catch which was great to watch.  All of us old guys were jealous because we would have pulled a hami and probably torn an ACL if we tried that.  Kirk must have eaten a stick of butter before the match or he was allergic to the plastic on the frisbee because he refused to catch the long TD passes from the skins multiple times.  There were multiple instances where the shirts would glide right off the skins while trying to defend them and reminded me when the large hairy, shirtless defender in Along Came Polly blocked Ben Stiller and had his sweaty chest rub all over Ben’s face.  We got in between 2.5-3 miles depending on how much each Pax ran.  We had a blast but next time need to wear blinking lights so we can differentiate between the teams.  Kinda hard to tell the difference between Mr. Brady’s white tank top and Ductwork’s ghostly white torso in the dark.

Firehose Fun

This is long overdue so I will probably miss most of the workout, but here goes.  Rolled in for my first post at Area 51 in months.  I grab the two firehoses I got from Gypsy thinking the Pax might enjoy to mix it up.

The Thang:

Mosey over to grab a lifting rock and then head to the back parking lot.  We had 7 stations set up.

Station 1: Run a lap with the 55lb hose

Station 2: Firehose wave

Station 3: Curls with rocks

Station 4: Tricep extensions with rocks

Station 5: Goblin squats with rocks

Station 6: Overhead press with rocks

Station 7: Upright rows with kettlebell

We got two rounds each in.  Place rocks back in the pile and circle up.


And then there was only 2

So, I got suckered into WAMRAP last week, so I wanted to post again today because I surprisingly enjoyed it.  Come to find out the Site Q is DR, and noone else knows about the workout except me.  Poor Squid caught a ride with me, and we showed up 5 minutes early to find an empty parking lot.  McGee said he wanted me to Q, but I was at least hoping for a crowd.  Either way, Squid and I put some work in.

Mosey around and over to the parking deck.  20 x SSH, 20 x IW.

The Thang:

40 merkins, then run up first ramp and back down stairs to the start.

40 Heels to Heaven, then run up two ramps, and back down stairs to start.

40 squats, then run all the way to the top.  Hit the first set of stairs, and run up and down all three sets before starting back over.

We completed two full rounds, and then the first two parts of a third round.

Back at cars, 40 LBCs and 20 x cross crunch.


This is the first time I have been at a workout with only 2.  Goods news is Squid is a beast, so at least I had someone to workout with and keep me honest.

Lounge Walks

I haven’t posted on a Saturday, or at Outland in a long time, but I was more than happy to join the Pax.  Funny how Madison asks me to Q, but then he never shows up.  At least EE was there.  I will admit I had to pull a map up of the AO to refresh my memory of what I wanted to do.

The Thang

Mosey to parking lot between two elementary schools for our warm up.

20 x SSH

20 x IW

Line up abreast and merkin suicides using the bus parking spots.  We went from J all the way down to A.  We skipped K which offended Horshead.  5 merkins at each parking spot for a total of 50.  Mosey over to picnic area/playground.  5 pull ups, 20 dips and run a lap around the track.  5 times.  Wall sits for some recovery with 100 air presses.

Mosey over to parking lot next to SV elem.  Lunge walk to the last handicap man (not HH) but the actual painted symbol on the pavement.  Lunge walk back.  Then we ran a few laps.  First lap do 10 merkins at each light pole.  Second lap 20 squats at each light pole.  Last lap 20 LBCs at each light pole.

Mosey back to the cars for a little abs.  10 x canopener on each leg, 20 x Rosalitas.  Time.



Great group of guys and really enjoyed leading.  Horsehead is always entertaining with his banter, and Mimi came out for his first workout.  He isn’t an FNG per se, but this was his virgin workout post.  Since he didn’t throw up or pass out he said he would be back.  Good to hear.  Thanks for the take out Hairband.


Pool party on June 8 at Lawson to raise money for Sandbox.

Memorial day convergence for WW2 veterans.

I Ran

I showed up.  I started running.  I took a wrong turn so I turned around.  I finished.  7.4 miles.  Boom!

Someone Cut, Dry and Warm up the Grass Next Time

It has been close to a year since I have posted at Bagpipe, so it was nice to visit my old stomping ground.  This site was were it all began for me.  I have been running more and not making it out on Tuesday, so I was happy to step up when Tagalong reached out.  I sent out a note for a pre-run that everyone ignored, and showed up to find Mario, Teddy and Mark Kay running.  I guess this is what I get for not posting in a long time.  After a 15 minute run, the parking lot filled up and off we went.

Mosey through parking lots towards small pond next to Eaton Corp.  Circle up for the warm up.  Disclaimer given.



10x Merkins

Mosey to the actual pond and meet up at the bottom of the hill.  Backwards bear crawls up the hill, then run a lap.  Repeat 3 times.   (note to self: wear gloves next time)  After the Pax completed the circuit, mosey towards the Bullring and meet up towards the front.  This is the point when I was told that Kirby re-injured himself.  There was a comment that it happened before the disclaimer, but I am pretty sure he was running fine before the warm up, so I am protected by the disclaimer.  Lunge walk from one median to the next and back.

Line up at the end of the first parking row and run around the buildings clockwise, performing 10 merkins at each speed bump, and 10 at the end of the row.  Repeat all the way around for three rows.  Total of 140 merkins.  Mary while we wait on the six.

Mosey through parking lot to Brixham Hill Ave.  10 squats at each street light on the way back.  Circle up in the parking lot for some Mary.


20 x Chippy Cross

20 x Back Scratcher

10 x Canopener each leg.


Moleskin: Thanks again Tagalong for getting me out of my comfort zone and asking me to post.  It is fun to mix it up.  I had totally forgotten about the small pond until my pre-run, so I couldn’t help myself but use that hill. Backwards bear crawls sounded great at first until I realized the grass was wet, cold and probably 30 inches high.  Unfortunately we had already committed.  I can’t seem to lead a workout without a lot of merkins so thanks for putting up with it, again.  Strong work by the whole Pax.  Thanks for the guys staying with Kirby who had another run of bad luck and re-injured his leg.  Sorry if I had anything to do with it, and hope you heal fast.



Frehley’s Comet leading the next Swift Q.  Or is he?

“Extreme Ownership” Leadership book discussion at the bagel place every week after the workout


Voice Recording #14

I got the request to fill in on Wednesday from Horsehead who is battling influenza.  Supposedly.  I haven’t posted at Kevlar in awhile so I was pleased to take on the Q.  I decided not to bring the firehose because I didn’t want to wear out their welcome.  Here is what we did.

Mosey around the back of the church back up to the front parking lot and circle up.

20 x SSH

20 x IW

10 x Merkins

Line up and run down and back each parking lot row and 10 merkins at each sidewalk.  Not road, curb, etc, sidewalk.  It was very hard for people to comprehend.

Once everyone completed, partner up, and wheelbarrow up the stairs and across the walkway on one of the new additions.  Each partner takes a turn.

Mosey across church parking lot to the rock pile and grab a lifting rock.  Head back down to the front of the church.  Line up.

Rock work suicides.

Run to each median and back to rock.  20 x curl in between each.  Repeat with 20 x tricep extension and then 20 x shoulder press.  We through in several rounds of lunges across the handicap spaces to kill time, but also to work the legs since today’s workout was mostly upper body.

Take the rock back, and mosey to the cars.  Circle up for 50 x LBC, and 10 x can opener on each leg.

Moleskin:  Backblast was late because the M left Saturday morning to go out of town for 5 days, and I can’t multitask.  I had a few observations. Witch Doctor is a professional lunger.  Bulldog has short arms and can’t extend them all the way up for IWs.  Cage has done a great job getting stronger and pushed himself hard all morning.  Orangewhip and Rhapsody need to be audited next time there are exercises that involve counting.  Cottontail was kicking some butt after not posting much and he certainly made the best of the workout.  Thanks for letting me lead Faultline and Orangewhip.