Author Archive Turkey Leg


15 min wrapped up the week with a grand tour of Waverly, full of squat docks and other shenanigans

The Thang:

Mosey to top of main parking deck. COP:

  • SSH x20
  • Merkins x20
  • IW x15
  • CCD x20
  • MC x20
  • Prisoner Squats x15
  • “Squat Docks” – 10 OYO
  • 5 burpees OYO

Mosey to other side. Partner up. One partner down north stairwell, other down south stairwell. Meet in middle of lower floor for hand slap merkins. Return back to top for squat docks. Three rounds:

  • Round 1, 5 reps, down to level 3
  • Round 2, 10 reps, down to level 2
  • Round 3, 15 reps, down to ground level

Mosey across shopping center, past Whole Foods, to north lot. Suicides, 4 stops, each parking line. Round two: suicides with 5 merkins at each line

Mosey around to east side through neighborhood, stopping for dips at wall along the way. Arrive at traffic circle. Plank position with hands on curb. Merkin walk, on count, around the circle.

Mosey down road to mid-point between two circles. Partner again. Partners run in opposite directions, around circle, return back, meetup for 10 handslap merkins. Repeat switching directions.

Mosey back toward start, stopping at wall for jump-ups, derkins, and donkey kicks. Return to start. COT

Mileage: 3.1


  • Good crowd today, despite the twitter warning about bringing the smokeboots. YHC delivered as promised
  • Also tried to mix it up and get more leg exercises in since YHC’s upper was smoked from yesterday’s Meathead. A try at “squat docks” seemed to do the trick – even without the spandex. #crowdpleaser
  • According to Alf, we didn’t quite make it completely around the circle – apparently only 350 degrees, coming up 10 degrees short of a full circle. Kudos to those who stayed on the whole round – definiely burning about 3/4 of the way through
  • All in all, it was a beautiful morning. Sadly few of these are left with the heat rapidly approaching… going to become an ungodly sweatbox in that garage in July. Maybe time to venture away from the garage in the coming months? Or maybe not?
  • Appreciate the opportunity to Q – great site and lots of possibilities – also great to see a solid mix of folks from Area 51, SOB, and Union County.

Announcements: F3 Dads starting in a couple weeks. Memorial day convergence planned. See Slack for details.

Kick in the Gutt

Seven men today for a crowd today at the Original Area 51 workout.

The Thang:

Mosey around front to northeast lot and circle up for COP:

  • Merkins x15
  • SSH x20
  • 5 burpees OYO
  • Hot lap around track
  • Wide arm merkins x10
  • MC x20
  • Peter Parker x10
  • 5 burpees OYO
  • Hot lap around track
  • Diamonds x10
  • Squats x20
  • etc

Mosey around track down McKee to Glenmore. Short lap around neighborhood loop.

Partners run loop in opposite directions. When they meet 5 handslap merkins, keep running to start, repeat 5 handslap merkins. Repeat 3 times, increasing merkins to 10,15,20 on subsequent laps. Switch directions on each lap. Mary while waiting for partners to arrive.

Mosey to fountain. 20 dips OYO, 20 DIPS OYO

Mosey to Fred Gutt for the punch in the gut: Suicide Ladder. Ladder stopping at each street for squats, 5x, 10x, 15x, 20x.

Mosey back past school to rockpile. Pickup rocks and mosey to Cold Cut’s house. Groups of 3. One at each end doing rock exercises, one always running. OH presses, tricept presses, squats, curls, flutter presses, etc.

Mosey back to rockpile to deposit rocks. Mosey back to start for COT.

Mileage: 4.2


  • Got the late email from Abacus officially announcing my Q around 10pm, so this one was put together in a bit of a hurry
  • Despite that announcement, somehow we got a good crowd out this morning (though I think some were regretting it later)
  • We had the usual standbys with O’Tannenbaum and Beaver, but also nice to see some of the old regulars making it back out – Levi, Floor Slapper, McGee, Cold Cuts. Kotters!
  • When down to the wire, a TL Q is generally going to resemble Fast Twitch more than Rock Zero, so we got the mileage in today. Also tried to keep us off the fields due to all the rain yesterday. You’re welcome.
  • Tried repeat the suicide ladder with burpees but was unanimously voted down by winded pax – maybe next time?
  • Thanks to O’Tannenbaum for the take-out
  • Always a pleasure to Q the original Area 51 (even at the last minute)


Time Laps 24 Hour Relay race next weekend. F3 team looking for folks – contact TL if interested

Fair weather fun

17 men, including 1 FNG, enjoyed a taste of early spring at #F3Kevlar this week

The Thang:

After some obligatory disclaimers, we headed down to the main lot for COP:

  • 20 SSH IC
  • Welcome Fletch (LIFO)
  • 5 Burpees OYO
  • 15 Merkins IC
  • 5 Burpees OYO
  • 10 Wide merkins IC
  • 5 Burpees OYO
  • 10 diamonds IC
  • 5 Burpees OYO
  • 20 IW IC
  • 5 Burpees OYO

Mosey down to SW entrance. Run up ring road for suicides x2 (5,10,15 merkins on first, 5/10/15 squats on second)

Run up ring road to east entrance, stopping for 5 merkins at each light

Mosey over to main lot and hill. Ladder up hill to 10 merkins.

Mosey to rockpile, pickup rock, mosey to field

Grinders on the field. Round one OH Press/Curls; Round two Squats/GMs

Return rocks. Sprint AYG back to start.

Total mileage: ~2.8mi


  • Over 60 degrees in Feburary? Surprised to see so many people still wearing shirts! Not surprised to see Squid wearing at least 3 layers including tights and a heavy hat.
  • I enjoy Qing in the fair weather – sure beats some of the sleet and pouring rain we had late last year. Maybe I’ll make that a condition of my future Qs?
  • Due to some urging by one of the site Qs who will go nameless, Turkey Leg kept the mileage moderate and stayed on campus this week. While we were a little short on the typical mileage, we were definitely not short on pain
  • Had a good mix of running, body weight, and rocks today. I couldn’t decide what to do, so just made a medley of pain.
  • Good to see the gang out there today – its been a while since I’ve even been to Kevlar. I’m in the midst of marathon training so haven’t been to my regular workouts in a while, so it was nice to Q a boot camp. Unfortunately, this didn’t take the place of a 1/8/1 tempo I had scheduled for Friday, so that had to occur post-workout, turning the legs to jelly.
  • Welcome FNG Red Soup
  • Nice take out (as always) by Squid
  • Thanks to Fault Line and Orange whip for the opportunity to lead #F3Kevlar. Looking forward to coming out more often after the race.

Springtime at Sparta

Nine men stretched their legs at an early Spring version of Sparta, covering plenty of ground

The Thang:

We ran about 6 miles around Matthews.

Route included the Kevlar AO on the north, a nearly complete tour of John St., a complete run of the greenway, and a small stretch of downtown Matthews for good measure.

But that’s not all… To be sure, we had ~20 stops for merkins along the way, including 20 merkins at the first, 19 merkins at the second, etc. Total 210


  • What happened to the Polar Vortex? Did the Groundhog see his shadow? Regardless, we made great use of this weather to max out the miles for the Sparta “moderate” running workout
  • Good news for those doing the challenge in February. According to Gypsy this “running” workout fulfilled the merkin quota for the day. Bonus!
  • Great mix of guys out there today at all levels. While we got stretched out at times, the loop-backs for the six and the merkin stations kept the group together and enabled paces as varied as 7:30 to 9:30. Something for everyone – the hidden gem in Matthews.
  • Really enjoyed the weather and 2nd F. Thanks to Gypsy and Madison for the opportunity to lead Sparta this week – looking forward to hitting this one more often.

Hat-tip to SwissMiss handled the COT.

Our Lady, Full of Grace

Seven Pax including 1 FNG came out for some grace on a chilly Saturday

The Thang:

Warmup lap

COP: Merkins, SSHs, IWs etc.

Run west on McKee to South Hall neighborhood; snake through to Lady Grace, stopping for several pain stations along the way

Sevens w/merkins and squats between speed bumps on hill

Continue on to Providence Spring Elementary; 10 dips, 20 step-ups

Return back to Providence, south to apartment complex. Run around perimeter, stopping for merkins at each speed bump. Exit at McKee, return to base.



  • Due to the cold temps this morning, figured it would be a good idea to keep us moving, and we did just that – for 4.8 miles
  • Somehow Joker (LIFO) picked up on the pre-email and followed some breadcrumbs to find us in South Hall
  • You are now all officially blessed and full of grace. Our Lady took care of us this morning, as she always does.
  • First time to Providence Spring Elementary. Lots of opportunity on that campus – I think we will be back.
  • Welcome FNG “Honey Do”! Hope to see you back out again soon.
  • Enjoyed the opportunity to Q – thanks Abacus

Flying High

16 Pax including 1 FNG escaped the rain and burned off their Halloween candy in style this morning

The Thang

Warmup pace for 1/2 mile to rear side of church for COT:

  • IW IC x20
  • SSH IC x20
  • Lunges IC x10
  • MC IC x20
  • Star Jumps IC x10
  • All above alternating w/5 burpees

Continue run around back of church, out to John, down 51 to Reid Hall

Se7ens on Reid Hall hill, Monkey Humpers at bottom, Star Jumps at top

Cut back across 51 towards rock pile.  Pickup running rock.

Mosey around to area directly behind church.  Partner up.  With partner, alternate rock exercise, while other partner runs around church, flapjack:

  • OH press with rock; partner runs with rock
  • Burpees, partner runs w/o rock

Rock work, in cadence:  Overhead press x25, tricept press x20;

Mosey to return rock. Plank abreast.

Sprint back to start.


Mileage: 3.3

Moleskine and announcements:

  • Great showing post-Halloween by a solid group of men despite the high-mileage twitter warning
  • Had a few more Halloween tricks up the sleeve for COP, but could tell the PAX may need a bit extra time, so saving those for another day.  We needed the time anyway to ensure everyone got their fill on the Se7ens
  • Hopefully the neighbor in Reid Hall appreciated the display of 15 middle-aged men performing monkey humpers together on her street at 5:45 am.  Nothing odd about that?   Hopefully we won’t get banned.  Maybe merkins would have been a better choice.  #crowdpleaser
  • Welcome FNG Exit Row.   Long story regarding Orange Whip and Mile High HCing him on an airplane together.  Trust me, you don’t want the details.
  • Great take-out from Orange Whip
  • Appreciate the opportunity to lead #F3Kevlar
  • Announcement:  Vagabond next Saturday 11/10, 6:30am, 13mi, 6 AOs, refreshements at end.  Start/finish Hickory Tavern, Providence Rd. See preblast for details and shirt orders

DV or FT?

9 men showed up for what they thought was Death Valley, but actually a classic Fast Twitch in disguise

The Thang:

Jog around lot to front for brief COP:

  • 5 Burpees OYO
  • 15 IW IC
  • 15 SSH (xtra extension)
  • 10 merkins

Warmup run to Rising Meadow for sevens:  Burpees at top, Merkins at bottom.

Mosey to Rounding Run loop, partner up.

Partner one goes CW, partner two goes CCW, 20 hand-slap merkins when you meet.  Reverse and return. 20 hand-slap merkins back at start

Again, but partner one goes CCW, Partner two goes CW, 10 hand-slap merkins when you meet.  Reverse and return. 10 hand-slap merkins back at start

Mosey back to WoodFox; indian run back to school

Mileage: 4.0


Moleskine and Announcements:

  • Gotta appreciate the cool weather this morning – preview of Fall?   Finally a break from the heat
  • Full disclosure: In classic bait and switch format, YHC revived a shortened version of an old Fast Twitch workout when it was previously stationed at this AO;  Threw in enough burpees and merkins to call it a bootcamp, but with a more than respectable 4.0 total mileage.
  • To be fair, the pre-tweet was pretty clear on the format, but apparently many pax did not see the tweet.  Is anyone on Twitter anymore?
  • Tried to keep it moderate on the pace so at least one would stay up front with me – thanks Smokey!
  • Unfortunately it didn’t seem like all the pax were so pleased with the format – sorry Fireman Ed.  Feel free to pile up the weights on me next time you Q.
  • Great to see 49er back out again – Kotters my friend
  • Thanks for the takeout from Smokey!
  • Annoucements:
    • Speed for Need looking for support on upcoming races; contact Gypsy
    • This weekend’s SFN race has Bout Time’s son and daughter as Track Commanders – need pax to help push  Romare Bearden Park 0930 Sat



Mixed Drinks at the Matrix

11 men thought they escaped all that Monday running tomfoolery by going to the Matrix instead.  They were fooled anyway.

The Thang

Warm-up run around school property to south lot for COP:

  • Burpees 5oyo
  • SSH IC 20
  • Merkins IC 15
  • MC IC 20
  • LSS IC 20
  • Burpees 5oyo

Run to rockpile to grab a good rock, avoiding snakes where possible

Mosey to lot in front of school


  • Round 1:  Overhead press, merkins
  • Round 2: Squats, burpees

Mosey to wall for 50 arm raises, 10 donkey kicks

Mosey to track: 5 laps with merkins in each corner.  Downward ladder:  5 on first lap, 4 on second, etc.

Mosey back to front lot to retrieve rocks, and carry back to rockpile

Line up on field for sprint to finish

Mileage: 3.0



Moleskine and Announcements:

  • Poor Younglove gets no love… very defensive about modifying?  Just the Q looking out for a guy who’s been absent for a while.  Kotters!
  • Tried to mix it up today ala old-school “Fast Twitch” style, with boot camp exercise to be sure, but plenty of mileage throughout – seems like it worked out for most.
  • Lot of pushing out there, especially on the sevens – was hoping to make it for a last round of 7s but the weinke was a bit optimistic
  • Thanks to Younglove for the prayer
  • Thanks for Pop Tart for allowing me to lead today, and for getting me out of Horsey (and for the reminder this time)
  • Announcements:
    • Cerberus convergence this Friday, Dredd on Q
    • Speed for Need:  Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, Oct 6, 7:30AM, contact Gypsy for HC pushing.


Derby Days

15 thoroughbreds stretched their legs at #F3Kevlar

The Thang

Mosey over to lower school lot for COP

  • 10 burpees OYO
  • 20 SSH IC
  • 8 burpees OYO
  • 10 TTT IC
  • 6 burpees OYO
  • 20 MC IC
  • 4 burpees OYO
  • 10 merkins IC
  • 2 burpees OYO

Mosey to John Street and down 51 to Reid Hall

Down the hill for 7evens:  burpees at top, monkey humpers at bottom

Mosey back to church and over Fullwood to Eden Hall

Partner up, loop around Eden Hall in different directions, meet for 10 hand-slap merkins, continue back to start, 10 burpees

Mosey back out to Marion and back to school

Circle up for classic round of Jack Webb 10/40  merkins/arm raises

Total Mileage: 3.6




  • Just coming off IR from post-marathon recovery, needed to stretch the legs a bit today
  • Put the pre-tweet warning out about “Derby Special”, yet still heard complaints (and not just from Pot Tart).  Not sure what folks were expecting when a racing horse emoji is included in the pre-tweet.    Maybe folks thought it meant I was taking bets after COT?
  • Anyway, went well getting to see most of the surrounding area in Matthews.  Maybe next time we’ll make it downtown.
  • Great to see all the young bucks out there (and the veterans – F3_Cage #respect).  Been a while since I’ve been to Kevlar with all the ^&%#%@!#@@@!! marathon training the past few months.  Great to be back.
  • Fault Line and Orange Whip – Appreciate the opportunity to take the Q
  • Derby Pick:  My Boy Jack to Show



  • Volunteer Opportunity at Christ Covenant Church tomorrow (Saturday) 9am-1pm – help with landscaping for butterfly garden, particularly moving mulch and other materials.    See Paper Jam for details
  • Beer Mile, Friday March 11, evening, at a local track.  See slack channel and Pop Tart for details.



Pulled out a classic weinke for the Area51 original AO

The Thang:

  • Warmup mosey around school to east lot
  • COP
    • 25 merkins IC
    • 20 SSH
    • 10 merkins IC
    • 20 IW
    • 5 merkins IC
  • Run to rockpile, grab rock, head to south lot
  • Triple Sevens
    • Sevens across lot:  Squat thrusters, burpees
      • Plank while waiting on six
      • Run Lap: west down Spring to Tilley Morris, north to McKee, back to school, back to south lot
      • Mary while waiting for six
    • Sevens across lot:  OH press, merkins
      • Plank while waiting on six
      • Run Lap: west down Spring to Tilley Morris, north to McKee, back to school, back to south lot
      • Mary while waiting for six
    • Sevens across lot:  tricept press, squat jumps
      • Plank while waiting on six
      • Run Lap: west down Spring to Knox, north to McKee, back to school, back to south lot
      • Mary while waiting for six
  • Flutter press IC x25
  • Return rocks to pile
  • Mosey back to launch
  • COT

Mileage: 5.3



  • Apparently Area51 has become a “Just in Time” workout.  As Q, I thought I would get heckled for rolling in at 6:58, but lo and behold and empty parking lot.  Not to despair, a line of cars rolled in shortly thereafter.  As did the hecklers.
  • Lobster roll rolled in just a minute late (though not as late as O’Tannenbaum), strolling over to the pax after leisurely getting dressed.  Didn’t seem pleased to have a TL Q for the second time in a week.  Good to see you too!
  • It all turned out fine though, starting COP with 25 merkins IC that seemed to tire out poor old Lobster Roll.   Really?
  • Anyway, I wanted to get some distance in today, and considered a repeat of Joker’s favorite Robinson Run, but thought better of it after seeing Lobster Roll’s performance in COP – would be a shame to lose him at Home Depot.   Opted instead for a classic triple-7 with some laps thrown in to get more distance
  • Enjoyed catching-up with Joker on the lap runs.  Sounds like he is inching up toward the 1000lb club – ask him sometime
  • Appreciate the opportunity to Q – Thanks Abacus and Huggie Bear