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Christmas Eve

Five men met in the 530 gloom on Christmas Eve for a little cheer! All were disclaimed and we took a mosey around the parking lot.

COP – IW, SSH, LSS x 15

Wheel of Merkin on the raised sidewalk x10 in each of the 4 directions.

Mosey to the track for some 4 corners work. Lap 1 was 10 merkins at each corner. Lap 2 was drydocks x 10. Lap 3 was LSS x 10 and Lap 4 was lunge x 10 each leg.

Next stop was top of the hill and we all acquired a lifting rock for curls, triceps and overhead press x 10 each. Next we ran to the bottom of the hill for dips and pull ups x 10 each. This circuit was repeated x 4.

We grabbed some wall and did air presses.

We proceeded to the parking lot and lined up. The first man called a core exercise and ran to the far light pole while the other men performed the exercise. I believe we did LBCs, Flutter, Rosalita, Freddy Mercury, American Hammer.

We finished up with suicide sprints to each of the 4 baseketball goals.

Not a burpee in sight

Thanks to Drago for getting in 50 burpees prior to launch.  No one else had to suffer.  The men were disclaimed and away we went to the parking garage.


IW and SSH x 15

Merkin and LS Merkin x 10

Run up the ramps and do 10 merkins at the first turn and 10 drydocks at the second turn all the way to the top.

Circle up for some Mary:  Rosalita, Flutter, Dolly & American Hammer x 15 each.

Run down the stairs and get ready for the Four Corners.  While running around the football field, we stop at each of the four corners and perform the following exercises:  LSS, Calf Raise, Merkin and Monkey Humper x 10 each.  We completed a total of four loops around the track.

Partner up by the benches behind the school.  Partner 1 lunge walks up the handicap ramp towards the school and runs back to Partner 2 who is doing LSS.  Rinse & repeat twice.

Run around to the benches in front of the school for dips and durkins x 10 each with a total of three rounds.

Mosey back to the launch site we had time for 15 LBCs (not burpees)



Trash Pickup next week – starts at 5:05

Centurion site Q’s are requesting the Q to take any prayer requests.


Prayer Requests:

Runstopper’s child dealing with medical issues.

Uncle Phil’s wife is expecting a child.

All those affected by Hurricane Florence


Sixteen men made it out bright and early to Hydra.  All were disclaimed and away we went.

COP in the field behind the school

LSS, IW & Monkey Humper x 15.  Merkin and LS merkin x 10

First station of the circuit work began at the jungle gym where each man did as many pull ups as possible followed by 15 merkins.  Mosey to the benches by the front of the school and complete dips and durkins x 15 each.  Mosey to the third station which is the benches at the other side of the front of the school and complete LSS and step ups x 15 each.  We ran this circuit three times.

Mosey to the back field for a little core work.  Starting at the zero yard line, we completed LBC’s center, LBC right and LBC left x 10 each.  Mosey to the 50 yard line and get some Dolly and Rosalita x 15 each.  Run to the 100 yard line for flutter and American Hammer x 15 each.  This circuit was completed twice.

From the back filed we ran to the church lot and grabbed some rocks.  Partner 1 did curls, triceps and overhead press (x15 each) while partner 2 ran the parking lot to the far street.  Flap jack and complete this circuit twice.

By now we were running out of time and steam.  Time to head on back.  Frosty paws took us out.


It was a great morning as we finally got a break in the humidity.  Perhaps fall is here to stay.  Everyone really pushed hard today and made it happen.



Good morning, Hawk’s Nest

Sixteen men met up at Charlotte Latin this morning for a little workout.  All were disclaimed and off we went.


IW, LSS x 15, Merkin x 10 and LS Merkin x10


Mosey to the soccer field for a four corner workout.  First lap was 10 merkins at each corner, Second lap was drydocks, third was LSS and the last lap was LBC’s.  By the way, the astro turf is really great to run on.  You can notice a huge difference in your knees.  Utah concurs.  I guess these are the kind of things 45 picks up on; 35 will have to wait a few years.  Somewhere in this circuit, Mermaid started having concerns about the lack of burpees.  QIC advised that his workouts are generally burpee free events.  Even it the gloom, you could see the disappointment on his face.

Next stop is the bathroom pavilion by the soccer field where partners were chosen.  Partner 1 does the wall sit while partner 2 runs to the end of the bleachers and does 10 drydocks.  Partners flip flopped.  The second round, air presses were added to the wall sit.

The PAX ran to the top pavilion which I believe is a concession stand.  The tables were moved out of the way which made it great for a core workout.  Partners reconvened.  Partner 1 stayed under the pavilion and did 15 reps of the following:  Freddy Mercury, Flutter and WWII situps while partner 2 ran to the bottom of the hill and did 15 dips on the bridge.  This circuit was completed 3 times.

By now, it’s time to mosey on back to the launch site but not before we threw in about 20 yards of lunge walk on the way there.

Most of the Fast Twitch guys were already there but we had a few minutes left for some Mary and a handful of burpees, which made Mermaid smile!

It was a very humid morning which can take it out of you real quick.  Everyone fought through it hard and hopefully got something good out of it.  Announcements were pretty thin – something about a Christmas party, BRR is coming up and  see Pop Tart is you are interested in a paint ball showdown.

Big thanks to Laronda for taking us out.




Base Camp Sweat Shop

Eleven Men gathered at South Charlotte Middle School bright and early to start the week off right.  Thankfully, the rain held off but in the end, it didn’t matter as we were sweat soaked within a few minutes.  The PAX were disclaimed and off we went . . .


Mosey to the front of the school

SSH x 15, IW x 15, Merkin x 10 and LS Merkin x10


Mosey to the track in front of the bleachers

I think everyone enjoyed the 1 mile Indian Run around the track.   The run was broken up by four stops in front of the bleachers for LSS x 15 and Drydocks x 15.


Mosey to the top of the hill by Goonie’s office.

Partner 1 took a lifting rock and did curls, triceps and presses x 15 each.

Partner 2 ran around the short loop to the benches and did dips and pull ups x 15 each.


Reconnoitered by the office for the wall sit sprinkled in with some Jack Webb.  A nice touch.

By now, time is starting to run out, so we finished up with some suicide sprints at the goal posts (not the light poles).



Everyone pushed hard today and hopefully got something out of it.  Sardine, where did this guy come from on the Indian Run?  The sprints were phenomenal!  I thought Chuck Yeager was passing me by.  I swore he broke the sound barrier – or perhaps that was something else. We had some great conversation about taking trees down during the rock lifting.  Very insightful.  Goonie was upset that we did not get any Mary in towards the end – I’ll aim to please next time.  Have a great day!  TR



Ascent and the breeze

Seven men met up Saturday morning.  It was nice to have somewhat of a break from the heat and humidity as we had a nice breeze with us all morning.


  • SSH x 15
  • IWx 15
  • Mountain Climber x 15

The Thang

First Circuit – The following three stations were completed 3 x.

Station 1 (jungle gym behind school)

  • Pullups as many as you can get plus one
  • Merkins x 15

Station 2 (benches under the oak tree near bus lot)

  • Dips x 15
  • Durkins x 15

Station 3 (benches under the other oak – near track)

  • LSS x 15
  • Stepups x 15


Enough of that – Mosey to the end of the back field for the second circuit was completed 3 x.

Station 1 – Endzone

  • LBC center x 15
  • LBC right x 15
  • LBC Left x 15

Station 2 – midfield

  • Freddy Mercury x 15
  • American Hammer x 15

Station 3 – other endzone

  • Rosalita x 15
  • Dolly x 15


Were done here.  Mosey to the church across Rea Road where everyone got a lifting rock

  • OVP x 15
  • Curl x 15
  • Triceps x 15
  • Run to the end of the parking lot and back.  Rinse and repeat 4 x

With a few minutes left, we played catch me if you can around the church and back to the school.

It was  a great morning and a great way to start the weekend.  Everyone pushed it hard and hopefully got something out of it.


Police Lookout

Twelve men met up for a good morning run all around Calvary Church.  Hammer thought he had the Q and was a bit perturbed as he had an excellent meal last night and went to bed early in anticipation of an Anvil Q.  He got up early but would have liked to have slept in.  Hopefully, he got something out of it.  The twelve were accompanied by approximately 15 police cars in the parking lot.  They were either part of the 6:30am drug raids today or I forgot to pay my dinner check.


SSH x 15

IW x 15

LSS x 15

Merkin x 10

Low Slow Merkin x 10


Mosey on to . . .

Station 1 – Mosey to parking lot parallel to Hwy 51 but first collect a lifting rock for Parking Lot Island Suicides

  • Run to each island and back to start to complete: curls, overhead press and triceps extension (15 each).

Station 2 – Meet in the middle of the soccer fields and partner up.

  • Partner 1 runs to the fence while partner 2 runs to the base of the hill. Each does 15 drydocks and meets back in the middle for 10 hand slap merkins.
  • Complete this circuit 4x

Station 3 – Meet at the concession stand for Stepups, Dips and Durkins (10 each)

  • Run to the playground for 10 (ish) pullups
  • Complete the circuit 2x

Station 4

  • Meet at Avenue of Trees
  • 5 Merkins and 5 Squats alternating at every other tree

Return to launch site and finish up with LBCs until 6:15


Everyone pushed it hard today and we got in 3 plus miles.  Thanks to Run Stopper for leading Mary while the six caught up.



Run Stopper’s movie review suggests Isle of Dogs is an excellent movie and will be enjoyed by all.

Wishing Abba and his family the best as they journey to Thailand for several years of mission work.  F3 Thailand??


Top of the hill

Fourteen men got out of bed a bit earlier than most to make a difference in themselves.  We met up at South Charlotte Middle School.  Weather was cool and dry – So off we went.

We made a few laps around the parking lot to collect a few 5:31’rs.  Now we are really ready.



We circled up at the flagpole for a disclaimer and started off with:  IW x 15, LSS x 15, Merkin x 10 and LBC x 15



Starting at the top of the hill on Woodfox we ran down to Fireman Ed circle (aka Burning Tree Dr) and did:  Low Slow Merkin x 15, LBC (center, right and left) x 15 each and 15 Drydocks.  Then we run back up to the top of the hill.  This circuit was completed three times.

After reconvening in the parking lot, we lined up along the side walk ledge and completed the Wheel of Merkin twice (5 x in each position).

We paired up in two man teams at the bottom of the steps.  Partner 1 took a running rock and ran up the steps and around the short loop while partner 2 did:  supine pull ups, steps ups and dips (10 x each exercise).



Everyone pushed hard today, especially running up the hill multiple times.  We got in about 2.5 miles.  There was some expected grumbling and a few protests but we all made it through.  Perhaps we made ourselves just a bit better than we were yesterday.

Fireman Ed was not present this AM.  Perhaps the cadence count could have been louder down in the circle.  Maybe we would have shaken him loose from the fart sack.

Insomniac – It was great to see you but when did you get there?  I first noticed you about 6:14.



Our prayers continue to be with Bout Time, Jennings and his family.

Basecamp 7/31

Eighteen men showed up for Basecamp

COP at the 50 yard line:

  • Rest of the disclaimer was given
  • SSH X 20
  • IW X 25 – (cadence was questionable)
  • Low slow squat x 15
  • Low slow merkin x 10

100 yard dash x 4

  • far end zone = Merkin x 15
  • near end zone =  Drydocks x 15
  • far end zone = Low slow squat x 15
  • near end zone = Merkins x 15

Wheelbarrow Steps– (Two equal lines of men at the bottom of the stairs)

  • Partner one wheelbarrow crawls up the first two flights of steps. Switch up after the 2nd flight of stairs so partner two can wheelbarrow crawl up the last two flights.  Roll out around the side and rinse and repeat 3 X.

Partner Rock Carry

  • Partner 1 runs with a ‘running rock’ one lap around the track while partner 2 conducts the following at the bleachers:
  • step ups x 15
  • dips x 15
  • durkins x 15
  • supine pullups x 15
  • Rinse/repeat so the other partner can enjoy

Planker’s Delight with Handslap Merkins in Centerfield – two lines

Mosey to Launch Site.

  • suicides between the four basketball goals

 Circle of Mary to conclude with various PAX calling exercises.


The cadence was off during  IW.  Understood.  Lots of mumbling regarding the rock size.  Various attempts to shorten the run around the small loop instead of the track.  Several rock exchanges.  Lots of great work.  Good to see some faces who have been away for a while.

Basecamp (a few days late)

Twelve Men braved the cold this past Monday for some early morning work

Disclaimer was given and off we went to the track


  • SSH X 15
  • Low Slow Merkin X 10
  • Low Slow Squat X 15

3 Man Relay around the track 2 laps (1/2 mile)

A runner relieved his teammate behind each goal post who was completing:

  • Merkins X 15
  • Dry Docks X 15
  • LBC X 15

Planker’s Delight – Always a crowd pleaser!

  • Each man planks shoulder to shoulder while the end man crawls around and does a hand slap merkin with each on the plank line.

Mosey to the rock pile and form 2 man teams, grabbing a rock and continuing to the baseball bleachers.

Partner 1 runs the stair loop while partner two completes:

  • Curls X 15
  • Overhead Press X 15
  • Triceps X 15

Completed the above loop twice then ditched the rocks for another two rounds of dips and pull ups.

Returned the rocks and Mosey to the parking lot for 2 lines of wind sprints to complete the morning exercise.

We welcome FNG Benjamin Brandenburg AKA Button.

Minimal chit chat afterwards.  It was cold and time to go home.