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This May Be A Bad Idea

14 men gathered this morning to get a little better.

The Thang

After a brief disclaimer, we headed to the fake grassy knoll for COP. COP consisted of 15 x Imperial Walkers, 15 x Plank Jacks, 15 x Low Slow Squats, 15 x Mountain Climbers, and 15 x Merkins. All in cadence. Next we would mosey off campus, across 51, and made our way to the bottom of LC in Five Knolls where YHC’s car was waiting with goodies. Pop the trunk and bring out 4 fire hoses. We broke into teams on each fire hose. We would do 7s as a team dragging the hose up and down the hill with Jump Squats at the top and Merkins at the bottom. In case anyone not there is reading this, it sucked. Bad. When done, we rolled up the hoses and put them back in the car. We did a little Mary before heading back. Mosey over to the rock pile near the baseball field. Grab a lifting rock and bring it to the light post in the middle of one of the parking lots. YHC had 5 cones set up for a starfish. We only had time for one full starfish. We did Lunges at the ends and Louganis with the rock in the center. When that was finished we did 20 Flutter Presses in cadence, and then returned the rocks. Mosey back to the launch. There was 1 minute remaining so we held plank. Done.

Naked Moleskin

Great work today men. Thanks for playing along with YHC’s seemingly crazy idea. The Rock Zero checkboxes were checked. Most had at least 4 miles today. There was teamwork and a few heavy things were involved. So there you go. Thanks to Flipper for the take out and to Marlin for the ride back to the car.

Announcements

BRR team upnover is looking for a runner. Contact Flipper is you are so inclined.

The beer run (not to be confused with the beer mile) is next weekend. See #beerrun Slack channel.

What Was the Other Option?

14 men for this week’s edition of Fast Twitch. It’s BRR season so lots of running and hills are to be expected. YHC was happy to oblige. Though expected, that still doesn’t make it any more pleasant.

The Thang

Simple enough workout. Warm-up mosey to the bottom of Whitethorn where it meets 4 Mile Creek using Providence and Raintree. Hold there to give instructions. We would be doing a suicide on Whitethorn using the 5 roads (Nettlewood, White Dove, Stonemark, Deer Park, and Raintree) that are along the way as the turn arounds. When you get back to the bottom of Whitethorn, do 20 jump squats before continuing with the next running section. Meet at the Raintree end of Whitethorn at 6:10 to head back to launch. That was it.

Naked Moleskin

Nice work men. That was definitely unpleasant. Hope everyone enjoyed. The title is from Purple Haze. Before the workout YHC mentioned there were two options. So as we were moseying down Whitethorn he asked what was the other option. You see, Mr. Haze is not shy about his dislike for Whitethorn. It has been mentioned a few times before. But at that point it was too late for YHC’s other plan. Whitethorn it was. FYI the other wasn’t much better.

 

Searching for BLIMPS

6 went searching for BLIMPS this morning and found them and more.

The Thang

After a very brief disclaimer, we were off. Head out of the parking lot and take a left on Ballantyne Commons. Take a left on Meadow Run. Stop at the end of Meadow Run where it meets Thornhill Club for COP. Merkins x 10, Mountain Climbers x 10, LSS x 10 all in cadence. To really get things started, we would run around the “block.” The block was to run down Thornhill Club to Elmstone. Take a right on Elmstone. Take a right on Elm. Take a right on Ballantyne Commons. Take a right on Meadow Run to end up where we started. While running around the block, we would stop at each street on the right including the turns for 5 Merkins and 5 Jump Squats. Round up the six when finished. Next we would head to the parking lot of the Thornhill pool. That’s where BLIMPS were introduced. Here’s the breakdown:

Burpees x 5

Lunges x 10 (each leg)

Imperial Walkers x 15

Merkins x 20

Plank Jacks x 25

Squats x 30

We did the routine together in the parking lot to familiarize everyone. Then we took it on the road. Head out of the parking lot and take a left. Run to the end of Elmstone to the cul-de-sac. Perform the BLIMPS there and then head back to the parking lot. Gather the six and do a little Mary. Repeat the previous set but this time take a right out of the parking lot to head to the top of the Murderhorn. At this point time was beginning to run low, so we headed back to the launch. Done. Most got over five miles and plenty of other exercises.

Naked Moleskin

Great work today men. That was fun. Great to see Chin Music at The Brave. Hopefully it was a good experience. Thanks Fire Hazard for the take out.

Announcements  

-F3 Dads tomorrow at 0900. Both locations. Ballantyne and Beatty Park.

-The Sandbox is in need of some more Pax for a project tomorrow. Check Slack for more information.

-Sign up for the American 4 miler. It’s on July 4th. It’s a good race and also the one year anniversary of Speed for Need.

-Sign up for the Isabella Santos run. It’s on 9/29. This supports kids with Cancer and takes place right in Ballantyne.

Fast Twitch goes Lakeside

12 men were there for the whole workout. 14 including the scheduled Q were there at the end. Unusual day, but in the end we still got miles and hills. Which is what we all wanted anyway.

The Thang

Mosey out of Latin taking a right on Raintree. Cross over Providence, then left down Providence. Stop at Lakeside Drive. COP of 15 SSH and 15 LSS in cadence. Instructions, run to the end of Lakeside Drive for 10 jump squats. Run back to the start for 10 Merkins. Repeat until 6:10. Head back to the launch at Latin. Done. Sounds easy enough. It was not.

Moleskin

As was mentioned earlier, today was a tad unusual. The scheduled Q Frasier was MIA. Not sure what happened. He was there toward the end of the workout though. Luckily, or maybe not so lucky for the pax, YHC had a workout in the chamber ready to go. And it just so happened that Frasier had sent out the message the day before to bring headlamps. They were needed as Lakeside has a couple of very dark spots.  There was another late entry, then exit, then entry. A pax named Toxic. YHC has never met him before. He saw us running and thought we were Hawks Nest. We welcomed him to join, but he was looking for the boot camp so we sent him to Latin. Apparently he couldn’t find them after some time so he came back and finished up with Fast Twitch.

Good work today everyone. Hopefully the impromptu Q still provided that which you were looking.

Announcements

Friday 5/11 is FNG day at Cerberus. Bring a FNG or someone who hasn’t posted in a while.

Friday 5/11 is the beer mile. It will be at 6:30 at South Charlotte Middle School. Sounds fun to watch.

Saturday 5/26 is the annual Memorial Day convergence at Rock Zero. Led by Purple Haze, Prohibition, and YHC. It will be a great workout that will also incorporate the reading of citations for heroes killed during combat. That last part will help you get your mind right.

What the Heck is a Chiweenie?

10 men gathered this fine spring morning to get stronger. And talk a little about YHC’s choice of music and Chiweenies.

The Thang

Warm up consisted of:

-15 LSS in cadence followed by 10 one hand swings left, 10 one hand swings right, 10 two hand swings

-15 Plank Jacks in cadence followed by 10 one hand swings left, 10 one hand swings right, 10 two hand swings

-15 Peter Parkers in cadence followed by 10 one hand swings left, 10 one hand swings right, 10 two hand swings

-15 Merkins in cadence followed by 10 one hand swings left, 10 one hand swings right, 10 two hand swings

Main set went like this:

Each round would be a ladder starting at 1 and going to 10. The rounds would consist of a double arm/leg exercise followed by a single arm/leg exercise. We got through 4 rounds. Here they are.

-1 Merkin, 1 lawn mower right, 1 lawn mower left. 2 Merkins, 2 lawn mowers right, 2 lawn mowers left. Continue up the ladder to 10.

-1 Burpee bell swing, 1 Freddy Mercury 2 count. 2 Burpee bell swings, 2 Freddy Mercurys. Continue up the ladder to 10.

Carry your bell to the playground.

-1 Pull up, 1 shoulder press right, 1 shoulder press left. 2 Pull ups, 2 shoulder presses right, 2 shoulder presses left. Continue up the ladder to 10.

Carry your bell back to the parking lot.

-1 Flutter press, 1 forward lunge right, 1 forward lunge left. 2 Flutter presses, 2 forward lunges right, 2 forward lunges left. Continue up the ladder to 10.

A little Mary was thrown in as well along with a few swings and Merkins at the end. Done.

Moleskin

Great work today. Hopefully everyone got a little something out of it. Now about the Chiweenies. YHC had never heard of this particular designer dog combo before, but apparently it’s a thing. Google it. Bulldog has one. Seems like Chin Music has one as well. Bulldog’s Chiweenie is named Yoda. Apparently Yoda is set up to have a very good weekend with it being Star Wars day on Friday, and to celebrate its Mexican heritage, Cinco de Mayo on Saturday. Oh to be a dog in a first world country. YHC’s musical choice was not what many were expecting.  Maybe a bit of a surprise there. Let’s just say it’s a little on the heavy side. You’re welcome.

Thanks Header for the take out.

Announcements

Next Friday 5/11 Cerberus is having a FNG day. Also next Friday 5/11 at 6:30 is the beer mile.

 

 

Counting Down = Mind Blown

12 men gathered this morning to get a little better. Here’s what went down.

The Thang

YHC’s usual brief disclaimer given. Then off we went out of Latin. Left on Raintree. Left on Whitethorn. Run to the end of Whitethorn where it meets Four Mile Creek at the blinky red light. Circle up for a very quick COP consisting of 10 LSS in cadence. That was it. We had already ran over a mile so that was deemed to be sufficient. Everyone find a partner. There was an even number today so this worked out well. Partner 1 runs down Whitethorn then left on Raintree. Partner 2 runs down Four Mile Creek then right on Raintree. When you meet your partner, do 20 jump squats. You each turn around and run back the way you came. When you meet again, do 20 more jump squats. Now flap jack directions and repeat. Gather up where this all started and then head back toward the launch.  Stopped about 2/3 of the way back at a light pole. We would finish up Whitethorn by alternating sprints and recovery between light poles. There were still a few minutes left so that meant there was time for a couple of more sprints. Sprint one was up Raintree to Holly Hill Farm. Easy back to Whitethorn. Last sprint was down Raintree to Providence. Head back to launch. Done.

Moleskin 

Once again, great work men. Way to get after it. It was fun leading today. About the title, YHC decided to change up the cadence count on some flutters at the end. Just for fun. So instead of inflecting on the final rep, there was a count down. Subsequently minds were blown. Everyone seemed to know what it meant though. So hey, a little something different.

To Get to LC of Course

9 pax came out to get their weekend started the right way. We indeed found out the answer to why did the pax cross the road. Here’s what we did.

The Thang

Mosey around the perimeter of the Calvary parking lot eventually making our way to the rock pile near 51. Grab a lifting rock and circle up for COP. It went like this:

-10 SSH in cadence, 15 rock curls OYO, 5 Burpees OYO

-10 IW in cadence, 15 triceps extensions OYO, 5 Burpees OYO

-10 Merkins in cadence, 15 flutter presses OYO, 5 Burpees OYO

-10 LSS in cadence, 15 Thrusters OYO, 5 Burpees OYO

Return the rocks back to the pile. Mosey across 51 and enter into the Whitegate neighborhood. Stop at the Calley Glenn and Five Knolls intersection. Next set was to run down Five Knolls making 3 stops on the way out (Macdara Glenn, bottom of LC, Whisperwood) and 3 stops on the way back (bottom of LC, Macdara Glenn, Calley Glenn) doing called exercise at each stop. We did 2 rounds. The first was 10 jump squats at each stop. The second round was 5 Burpees. Mosey a little closer to LC stopping at the man hole cover at the top. There are 6 man hole covers on the slope of the LC. We would run down to the bottom and then do called exercise at each cover on the way back up. We did 3 rounds. Round 1 was 10 mountain climbers. Round 2 was 10 plank jacks. Round 3 was 5 monkey humpers. Gather everyone up and head back to the rock pile where we started. Grab a lifting rock. 10 Thrusters, drop the rock, run around the trees in the field and back. Repeat but with 10 Rockies. Return the rocks. Head to the launch. Done.

Moleskin

Great work today men. That was fun. Welcome to FNG Tek who Flipper brought out. He’s an IT guy and hates Virginia Tech (he went to Virginia) so the name seems fitting.

Announcements

The beer mile is on 5/11 at 6:30. Location is TBD. Talk to Gummy or Hoover for details.

 

We Found a Gem

9 for today’s spring break edition of Fast Twitch. It went something like this.

The Thang

Quick disclaimer then we were off. Head out of Latin. Take a left on Providence. Go to the bottom of the hill and take  a right on High Ridge entering into Providence Plantation. Continue the warm up running until you get to the intersection with Houston Branch Rd. Stop there to wait on the six and give instructions. The main set was simple enough. Houston Branch has 2 stop signs. The second being at the end of the road. We would run to the second stop sign (the end of the road). Do 10 Merkin and 10 Jump Squats. Run back to the start. Do 10 Merkins and 10 Jump Squats. Run to the first stop sign. Do 10 Merkin and 10 Jump Squats. Run back to the start. Do 10 Merkins and 10 Jump Squats. Gather up the six. Make the trek back to the launch going the way we came. Done

Naked Moleskin  

Good work today guys. That was a fun one. Who knew a little BRR-esque gem was across from our new FT launch location. Complete with curvy road ahead sign. Well…I guess Pro knew. YHC mentioned where we were going before we started and the Oh S*$t look sorta came out.

Thanks goodness for a bright moon and Geraldo’s headlamp. There are a couple of dark spots in that neighborhood. A few of the street lights near the entrance were out so glad Geraldo could light our way.

Thanks Astro for the take out.

Island Hopping

10 men gathered this fine spring morning despite what Cantore said last night. Some rain did eventually come during the workout, but it was refreshing and made Mary more fun.

The Thang

After a brief disclaimer, we were off and running. Right on Little and then right on Carmel. Cross Carmel then 51 and head to the back of the business park behind BofA. Stop at the rock pile near the back exit. Everyone grab a multipurpose rock and circle up for COP. COP went like this:

-SSH x 10 IC, 15 curls with rock OYO, 5 burpees OYO

-Imperial Walkers x 10 IC, 15 tricep extensions with rock OYO, 5 burpees OYO

-Low Slow Squats x 10 IC, 15 thrusters with rock OYO, 5 burpees OYO

-Merkins x 10 IC, 15 flutter presses with rock OYO, 5 burpees OYO

Take the rock over to the nearest traffic island and line up. Main set went like this:

-Run your rock to the next traffic island. Stop for 5 Merkins with right hand on rock and 5 Merkins with left hand on rock. Repeat for the next 4 islands for a total of 5. Leave the rock at the 5th island. Run back to the start.

-Mary

-To retrieve our rocks left at the other end, we went out of the business park exit. Took a right on Carmel Commons. Went up the hill and then entered back into the business park near where the rocks were left. Grabbed the rocks, 10 thrusters, run the rock back to the start.

-Mary

The entire sequence above was repeated 2 more times, but with 5 jump over rock burpees for round 2, and 5 rockies for round 3 substituting for the Merkins at the island stops.

Time was getting short so return the rocks and head back to the launch.

Done.

Naked Moleskin

Great group of guys this morning. There was some hard work getting done. Over 3 miles of running with lots of rock work and burpees. Hope everyone got something out of it. Enjoyed leading today.

Announcements

Operation Sweet Tooth 8k coming up on 4/21

https://racesonline.com/events/christina-latini-memorial-8k

Richard Sheltra 5k coming up on 4/28

https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Pineville/RichardSheltraMemorial10K5K1MileFunRun

 

 

 

Big Girl Workout

16 men came out to get a little better this fine morning. More on the title in a sec.

The Thang

Mosey from the launch across the multitude of parking lots passing by the front of the Whole Foods. Proceed to make our way around to the back of the Whole Foods for COP. COP consisted of the following. 10 Merkins IC. 5 Burpees OYO. 10 Low Slow Squats IC. 5 Burpees OYO. 10 Mountain Climbers IC. 5 Burpees OYO.

Short Mosey over to the parking deck stairwell 3. Instruction were given for what would follow. At ground floor level 1, 5 Merkins, run up the stairs to level 2, 10 Merkins, run up the stairs to level 3, 15 Merkins, run up the stairs to level 4 for 20 Merkins.  Stay on level 4 and run to stairwell 2 and repeat the set in reverse going down. So 20 at level 4, 15 at level 3, etc. Run to stairwell 1 and repeat the set going back up. Once the 20 Merkins were done at the top of stairwell 1, run back to the starting point using the deck ramps. A little Mary to let everyone finish. Now repeat the set, but instead of Merkins do Jump Squats. More Mary to wait on the six. Walk over to the wall near the deck entrance for People’s Chair. Drop and do 10 Donkey Kicks. Back on the wall for 45ish more seconds. Mosey out from the deck, take a right on Southgrove, and head down to Ardrey Kell. Stop at the Ardrey Kell/Southgrove intersection. Next set was stopping for called exercise at each light on the left of Ardrey Kell up to the traffic circle. Run around the traffic circle. Then do the exercises again on the way back down Ardrey Kell to the start. The first round was 5 plank jacks at each stop. The second round was 10 Sister Mary Catherine’s at each stop. A few minutes were still left so we headed back to the deck the way we came for one round of the following. 5 Burpees there at the entrance. Run up the stairs to the top level for 5 more Burpees. Run down the stairs at stairwell 1. 5 more Burpees at the bottom. Head back to the launch. Done.

Moleskin 

Good work today men. There were a lot of guys YHC had never met before. Including Bananas who said this was only his second post after a year off. Good to have you back out.

Did the good old boy in the white van talk to anyone else? He caught YHC both times coming back to the start of the Ardrey Kell set. The first time he asked what we were doing. “Ya’ll some kinda workout group.” Why yes we are. The second time he told YHC and Pop Tart about a trainer he knew that ran ultras. He then proceeded to tell us that this trainer trains “big girls” “It’s a big girl workout.” Between what he said and the southern twang he said it in, pure awesomeness.

Thanks Pop Tart for the take out.