9 Pax arose from the ashes of their fartsacks to suffer the latest installment of #Swole. This is my first Q since the “InVue-Gate of 2021” where our Nantan was drawn and quartered by Invue HR dept for using their precious and smooth parking lot. Apparently Toby got his feather’s in a bunch. #getoffmyasphalt. I had forgotten the rotten state of McAlpine’s Parking lot…..as rocky and pebble-filled as Frehley’s toilet after a kidney stone issue.
Anyway….we did stuff.
Lord Neupert’s Spreadsheet
10 X 3 Double Clean and Double Military Press
I finally had my own playlist with my own speaker. Mighty Mite properly shamed me to put together an unplugged playlist befitting my name. I had a grungy filled list of 1990 alt-ish rockers for the “youngsters” including, acoustic Creed, POD, Plush, GnR, Chili Peppers, Chris Cornell, etc. I curated this to incite passionate mumble chatter and fact-giving, or “I remember when” monologues (ahem Ickey, Hoover, and Wild Turkey). But it was all for naught as my brand new speaker died after 3 songs…screaming “low battery” like a bad 1990’s movie….ya know when the heroine is running from the monster/dinosaur/alien and looks at her Nokia and the battery light is flashing…..yeah my speaker was like that. Poor Family Dollar speaker just did not enough juice to last long….insert TWSS here. Thanks Voodoo for the musical rescue per usual. The playlist will be back at another Q soon.
Carry and Snatch
Super work and turn out by all the PAX today. I have not posted to Swole since 2021 began as I have been supporting a new F3 Union County AO on Mondays. Thanks Mighty Mite for asking/demanding that I Q….always a pleasure.
7 Pax arrived and completed #Meathead – voted south Charlotte’s “most favored double-kettlebell workout that meets at Calvary that is currently following a plethora of spreadsheets to guide said workout”. Yeah that one. It’s #1!
Let’s celebrate the life of a man who brought Jesus to Ireland….St. Patrick. We could do some trope-ey exercises like box of lucky charm curls, bag of gold rock press, oh diddily dee burpee, various quotes from Lou Holtz, 17 reps of this and 20 reps of that…..I’ll leave that to less informed amongst us (ahem SACs). NAW.
The Meatheads celebrate St. Patrick by gleaning from the life work of an Italian mathematician. Fibonacci or AKA Leonardo de Pisa. Makes sense. I’m Italian anyway. Our food is better. Wine superior. But the Irish got us on whiskey and stout departments, I must admit. Murphy’s Irish Stout is a fav of mine. So it’s a tie.
6 X 10 double swings with heavy bells
During these sets the sweet young fellas from Anvil attempted a “run-by” but our swinging metal kept them at bay. Uncle Leo almost pulled a Hoover and took one out…..
This is where we honored the life work of Leonardo de Pisa aka Fibonacci. He discovered a numerical pattern in nature: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,35….. This appears in pine cones, flower petals, sea shells, human faces, galaxies, and apparently rabbit copulation (TWSS). Here is a word problem that ole’ Fibbi wrote in the 1240’s AD:
“A certain man put a pair of rabbits in a place surrounded by a wall. How many pairs of rabbits can be produced from that pair in a year if it is supposed that every month each pair begets a new pair from which the second month on becomes productive?” (Liber abbaci, pp. 283-284)
It was from this that the ole’ Fibbster developed his numerical pattern. Either this man loved math, rabbits, or both.
Anyway here is what we did in March 2021
At this point Lois and Hightide were cursing me in Italian….reminded me of my childhood when I would work summers with my grandfather. Every Saturday morning as a wee lad I would help my aged grandfather deliver spring water in Washington, DC. He would cuss all the other DC drivers out in Italian, English, and Italianglish as we drove on East Capital Street and Constitution Avenue. With the backdrop of the Capital, RFK Stadium, Orange Metro Line, and the Kennedy Center I learned new ways to curse. Pop pop would do this all while a cigarette ashes precariously hung from his mouth. AYE the 80’s….Washington had a good football team, secondhand smoke for all, lifting heavy bottles, and learning new cuss words.
All this to say some PAX were cussing me….softly and gently though as the complex literally added up the pain!
I was going to call a 13 rep sequence but remember seeing on slack Mighty Mite hulk out on poor ole Midriff….so I decided to go back down the Fibonacci ladder. #safetythird as Mike Rowe says.
Easy Strength – AKA Dan John portion of the workout
Great work by all the PAX today. Great seeing Tweetsie post for a second week. I think he EH’d Lois! Great to meet you! I EH’d Fullhouse from #Thrive yesterday. All 3 of the newer PAX caught on fast to the double KB style work and embraced the suck! Look at Meathead getting PAX to try out the 0.0 world! We’s growing like Waxhaw! Mighty Might was quietly swinging half a car, per usual. Uncle Leo was quiet today, I must of kept my counts mostly correct. Winning! Thanks High Tide for sharing all the bells with the new-to-KB PAX and demonstrating some of exercises.
6 PAX beat down the fartsack and posted on balmy 68 deg Monday morn for the latest episode of #boondocks, Porter Ridges #1 rated Monday AO. YHC arrived to PRHS at 510 to awkwardly warm up with Broga and Bells (it’s a thing!). Off in yonder parking lot, mixed in with the driver-ed cars, was a ‘werkin’ man’s truck…..could it be an Espresso post? Well, I got to broga-ing and swinging. Slidah shows up in houses shoes which I guess is now a thing too! 520 Espresso arrives back from his pre-run….it’s true he’s back! Rest of the PAX roll in, Glass Joe screeching in on two wheels per usual.
Lil mosey around the parking lot. That’s enough running.
SSH – IC
LSS – IC
Merkins – IC
Mountain Climber IC
Arm Circles – IC (weird)
The Thang –
Mosey to Sidewalk Lights
Mosey to Tennis courts….opps courts lock……Audible Called….Dora(ish) TIME!
Partner up 100 Derkins, 150 Step ups, 150 Flutters. Partner runs a lap around tennis court.
Mosey to Wall
Dollies, Banana, Superman, Honeymooners whilst staring in Glass Joe’s eyes, Elbow Plank
Great work today by all the PAX.
*Do so at your own risk and remember context is king. Always think 2x before doing anything Glass Joes says.
Thanks for allowing Shepherd for allowing me to lead.
The 46 degree temps lured 8 Meatheaded Pax out of their fartsacks to continued journey into the Kettlebell life. Arriving at Calvary around 5:10 for awkward broga, the wind greeted me with an evil howling laugh. This wind would make the double KBs extra sucky today.
Double Swings 10 X 6 Work/Rest 20/40 10 min
Complex – Fibonacci Sequence – AMRAP for 15 min
Easy Strength – Doubles
Carries 1 min out and back
Well the good news is that this workout sucked so much that most of the PAX forgot about the wind, especially when the double rack front squats arrived…..I HATE ME TOO!. Great work by all the PAX today. Thanks to Voodoo again bringing the speaker for my old school Funk playlist and your leadership! Per usual, Ickey had a random musical fact about 80’s wrestlers covering a James Brown song. His depth of musical trivia always entertains. Soulglo while working hard tweaked his back. Heal soon brotha. War Eagle put in solid work while nicely reminding Soulglo of Alabama Football dominance, perhaps that’s what tweaked his back. Frehleys per usual doing solid work whilst telling stories that shall not be repeated! Uncle Leo, our meathead accountant, had to love the Fibonacci complex, what with all the counting and math and such. High Tide thanks for the idea to do a Fibonacci workout….all good ideas are stolen.
Fibonacci was an Italian mathematician who discovered a common sequence that occurs in nature. The pattern formed in pine cones, flower petals, pineapple skin, seashells, and even galaxy spirals all follow this pattern. Essentially: 1,2,3,5,8,13,21…. Add the previous number to obtain the next number. Personally being Italian and a bit of at math geek, I love Fibonacci. Creation has math and order built right in.
Teacher gonna teach.
10 PAX overcame fartsackville on a balmy 42 deg Friday morn for the latest episode of #overdrive. Our co-site Qs, Hairband and Lamont, needed an emergiQ. Being a good looking, forever 49 yo, ultra-wise, and humble guy, YHC offered to modify his recent meathead weinke to fit in some running and hillwork. I also promised no merkins or bomb jacks to lure out Shepherd. The latter did not work.
Lil mosey around the parking lot and along the main road. That’s enough running….what is this, a Glass Joe Q?
20 SSH – IC
10 Windmills (sorta) – IC
10 LSS – IC
Squat stretch L/R/C – OYO
10 Arm Circles (in memory of Woody) – IC
The Thang – YHC is a science teacher, so I do what most teacher’s do….rehash and reimagine a lesson plan/weinke from my Wed Meathead Q.
Set 1 – Alternating 10 1H swings with 10 rack walking lunges. Flip flop right and left until you get to 50 swings and 50 racked walking lunges.
Set 2 – Alternating 10 cleans with 10 rack walking lunges. Flip flop right and left until you get to 50 cleans and 50 racked walking lunges.
Set 3 – Swings and Squats
Run a Hairband mile/Lamont Recovery Lap
Set 4 – Swings and Romanian Deadlifts
Run a Hairband mile/Lamont Recovery Lap
Set 5 – 7’s on the Hill with the KB
Run a Hairband mile/Lamont Recovery Lap
Great work today by all the PAX. The the hill 7’s with the kettlebell was a crowd pleaser, especially at the end of the workout. Carrying a bell for that long got old fast, but was worth it. A few observations.
Thanks for allowing me to lead.
7 PAX conquered the fartsack for a cold morning of 28 deg. YHC arrived at Calvary at precisely 516 for the latest Q of Meathead. Parking lot abandoned, was hoping for a few others to do awkward old man broga with me. Alas it’s me, my dirty yoga mat, and my degenerative lumbar spine. Cue Simon and Garfunkel “Hello Darkness My Ole Friend….” Get out of the car, boy it’s cold….stretchy stretchy. 519 Uncle Leo arrives and now we have two dudes doing some stretching. Now we’re cooking! My downward doggin’ and Uncle Leo with some magical Mark Spits stretches. Head lights of the Anvil Pax gather over yonder. Rest of Meathead PAX arrive at near launch time.
PAX: Hoover, Ickey Shuffle, Mighty Might, Sloglow, Uncle Leo, Unplugged, Voodoo
SSH IC X 20
Windmill IC X 10
Squat Stretch – Left, Right, Center – Repeato
Baby and Poppa Arm circles IC X 10 each
Thang: Goal 250 swings with some unilateral work to test our balance and build awesome obliques.
Round 2 repeat on right side; Round 3 – repeat left side; Round 4 repeat right side.
Recover for real this time
Round 5 – Alternating 10 1H swings with 10 rack walking
Boy was it cold today! PAX put in tremendous work doing some different exercises. The rack squats and walking lunges were a crowd pleaser. I added some unilateral training to work on balance under load and get the core working for longer. Time under tension. The cold induced my asthma which is usually a sign that either the workout is beasty or it’s cold as a steel jockstrap. I think both, particularly the latter.
It was great to have Hoover back out after his families COVID encounter. All immediate family are negative so he’s back at it. He was dressed in all black. Some PAX (Ickey?) commented that he looked like every Disney movie burglar. YHC was a bit O2 dep and asthma’y this morning so he miscalled a few of the exercises. Much laughter and levity was had when I called for rack walking squats (meant lunges). Hoover said I get to add that to the Lexicon. Thanks Voodoo for the playlist assist. One of these days I’ll have a weinke and a playlist and a speaker.
Thanks for letting me lead.
Five Pax roused themselves for a balmy 49 deg Tuesday AM at #Thrive. This was my one year F3versary with these dudes in F3 Union County. More on that in the Moleskine
Hairband led a workout a year ago and almost killed the FNG-me, in a good way. He broke out his new F3 Workout Deck and put on a beat down as each of the PAX randomly selected a card. The only exercise I remember was the excessive amount of bear crawls we completed in that workout. Bear crawls aside, by the end of the workout I knew I found a group of guys to workout with and build friendships.
To honor day that we completed a workout using the same F3 Workout Deck. Spoiler alert bear crawls were not drawn!
Disclaimer given and off we go for a short mosey. Circle up
Each PAX selected a card from the Workout Deck. We complete the exercise on the card. Reps = vaule of card +10; face cards were 25 reps, Aces 100 reps. Every 4 or 5 cards we ran an extended HB mile.
Here are the cards pulled, in mostly the correct order:
Run long(ish) HB mile.
Run long(ish) HB mile.
Sprint 300 Meters (to the Dumpsters and back)
Run long(ish) HB mile.
It’s 6:10 so….TIME!
5 minutes of Mary.
Keep Hairband’s daughter in prayer.
One year ago I was frustrated by my workout intensity. Constant back injury kept me sidelined making maintaining endurance and fitness levels difficult. I simply loved lifting weights and was a heavy barbell addict; me love some squats and deadlifts. But my back issues prevented from being consistent. I had the will but not the ability to keep in shape. Also a year ago, I read a book called Digital Minimalism that changed the way I view my use of technology; hence my F3 name of Unplugged. There was a section in that book about F3. I checked out the website, found the closest workout and posted to Thrive. Body weight workouts mixed in with some gear has kept me healthy and mostly injury free. I appreciate the brotherhood of men to keep me going and to rise @430 am when the fartsack seems like a better choice. It never is. Workout in in 23 deg or rain is always better than sleeping.
Great work men. Appreciate the change to lead.
7 Pax and 1 pre-runner posted on a chilly Saturday AM for #Tipping Point in Monroe. Although Glass Joe was concerned that we would do yoga and awkward looking back stretches the whole time, we got in plenty of upper and lower body work. Even some running for an asthmatic Q.
7 AM start. 7:05 Bernanke, keeping BOA hours, decides to post. A 5 burpee penalty for him. PAX enjoyed his pain.
COP and DSCC-mostly given.
SSH X IC
LSS X IC
Potato pickers X IC
3-2-1 down Merkin X IC
Mtn climbers X IC
Arm circles large and small OYO
Michael Phelps OYO
1) Mosey to Bridge – Pick a rock and partner up.
2) Rocks in circle – My 2.0, Quidditch, q-jacked and ran this exercise. He did a great job! Circle up, complete called exercise, move left until done. Much mumble chatter concerning the differing size and weights of rocks. Bernanke’s rock almost crushed Glass Joe head alas he survived. Maybe next time Bernanke.
3) Lt. Dan – Lunge/Squat 1:2, 2:4,….. until 5:20. Opps need more time and length until we get to next station. So reverse Lt Dan 4:16, 3:12,…. It was a very popular choice on YHC’s part. 😉
4) People’s Chair – Balls to Wall. – Mosey to bathroom building for a little Peoples Chair and Balls to Wall. Smokey led the first count down for B2W. Apparently, Vols can’t count without having to pause, think, pause again… If only he were a ‘Bama grad like YHC. Subsequent rounds Smokey was forbidden to count down.
5) Mosley to shelter for 3 Dimes and 1 Nickel.
6) Mosey to playground and partner up
7) Mary/360 Plank-Merkins
Prayers requested Hairband’s daughter.
It is always fun to lead tipping point. A great AO with lots of exercise options. PAX worked hard and pressed themselves. Jud’s after is always a second F treat!
Nine PAX stumbled their way to Overdrive for the weekly kettlebell beating. YHC upon arriving assessed the windy conditions and decided to huddle the PAX under the covered picnic area. What a guy I am! Hairband arrived early to get in a little Dora backpack time while YHC warmed up with yoga stretches for his broken back. 5:28 Bernanke rolls in on two wheels, per usual. Shepherd eventually showed up after slaying some Philistines with the jawbone of a Glass Joe.
We have a Kotter – Playoff.
A moderately executed DCCS and we’re off for a long(ish) mosey around the parking lot. Circle up by the under the picnic area.
The Thang: 4 X 10 X 1 HB mile
PAX completed 4 rounds: 10 reps of the called exercises for 5 minutes. Repeat exercises in the round until the 5 mins are up. Focus was on form (ahem Glass Joe) and not necessarily speed (ahem Shepherd).
Round 5: (Ran out of time for this round, posted here for posterity)
After four rounds, ran short on time so did 1 minute waiter carries, each arm. Many jokes were made about keeping the body erect and tight for whole minute.
The PAX did a great job working through some full body movements. The hairband miles in the wind were a bit of a beast but all got through it with guts and grit. Thanks for the opportunity to lead and workout.