Author Archive Voodoo

A dozen men and a homophobe

13 pax congregated at the largest, most expansive, and most luxurious AO in all of Area 51. That’s right, Calvary Church. Hoover was fresh off of a 4 mile ruck. Flipper and McGee pulled in on two wheels. It was all very dramatic. The clock struck 7 and a brief, yet thorough, disclaimer was given and we were off. Run all the way across the street/driveway to another massive parking lot.

Circle up for COP:

  • SSH x 41 IC
  • IW x 15 IC
  • Mountain Climbers x 20 IC
  • Low, slow merkins (down and hold for a 5-count, then up) – go around the circle with the pax counting – counting paces varied considerably
  • Low, slow squats (down and hold for a 5-count, then up) – repeat with pax counting [Note: the Q was a glutton for punishment]

The Thang:

Line up along the first parking line and bear crawl 10 spaces, then perform 10 CDDs. Lunge walk 10 spaces, then do 10 jump squats. Repeat each once before arriving at the median.

10 count for the Q to catch his breath, then mosey out to 51 and down to McAlpine Elementary. #DayZero

Partner up at the playground in back. Partner 1 performs 5 pull-ups and partner 2 runs suicides on the basketball court. Flapjack and repeato for 3 rounds.

Mosey over to the soccer field for deconstructed burpees. Partner 1 runs to the second trash can and back while partner 2 performs called exercise. Flapjack and repeato until the required number of reps has been attained:

  • Merkins x 94
  • Jump squats x 94
  • LBCs x 94

Mosey back to Calvary and circle up for some plank work, then mosey to the hot box and grab some wall for peoples’ chair. Everyone holds the chair and performs air presses until each pax has run to the tree and back. Halfway through, wall pax switch to BTTW. [Note: somewhere in here, Spackler asked YHC for the first time if the weinke was empty. Not really, but not enough time to do any of the additional work I had written up.]

Mosey back to the start for some Mary:

  • LBCs x 20 IC
  • Heels to Heaven x 20 IC
  • Rosalita x 20 IC
  • Boxcutters x 10 IC

Still some time left, so line up on your belly and run out and back sprints x 2, then a single out sprint. Time

COT: thanks to Flipper for the strong take out


  • Joe Davis Run has been moved back to March 2019. Sign up here.
  • RockZero is looking for Qs. Reach out to Flipper, Hoover, or Boerwors if you’d like a spot on the roster


  • A strong, yet somewhat motley crew for RZ this morning. YHC has been bad about getting out on Saturday mornings, so it was good to get the call to Q (thanks, Hoover). It also allowed me to see some pax I don’t see very often, including Marge (Hydra site Q, which conflicts with the best workout in all of F3, Meathead) and Sprockets (named for a bike part, but the SNL reference is definitely better).
  • The title of the backblast comes from a random comment during the Mary or sprints or COT. It’s been a few days so I don’t really remember it, but Spackler was involved, so you know it wasn’t appropriate. #earmuffs
  • Other than Spackler (who was posting for the 3rd straight day and announced pre-workout that he was going to mail it in), the pax were pushing hard out there. We hit about 3.5 miles on the ole GPS, although your results may vary. It felt like a lot for YHC, who has been either doing strength work or running, but not both at the same time.
  • A few of the counts during the workout were in reference to/honor of our 41st President, who had passed away overnight. He was 94 years old. If you have a WSJ subscription, there’s a good editorial by Dan Quayle here and a good article from Gerald Seib here. President Bush (the older) served as a pilot in WWII, as head of the CIA under Ford, as Reagan’s VP, and as our President. After he retired, he continued serving by working in philanthropy, including partnering with Bill Clinton as an example of how service supersedes political differences. Although not everyone will agree with his policies or his decisions, I think we can all respect the sacrifices and contributions he made to our country. There was never any doubt that what he did was done in the best interests of our country. #RIPGHWB
  • Thanks to the three-headed site Q monster for the invitation to Q. I hope to see my brothers in the gloom again soon.

Into the darkness

11 pax assembled in the pitch darkness of the Elizabeth Lane Elementary parking lot for YHC’s 5-year anniversary Q. The cooler weather was a welcome relief after an extended period of summer temps. Here’s what went down:


  • Swings x 20 OYO
  • Merkins x 10 IC
  • Swings x 15 OYO
  • Prying squats x 2 IC
  • Swings x 10 OYO
  • Halos x 3 each way

The Main Course:

Circuit 1 – grab the bells and head down to the pull-up bars:

  • 10 x 1H swings on weaker side
  • 10 x 1H swings on stronger side
  • 5 x C&P on weaker side
  • 5 x C&P on stronger side
  • 5 x pullups

Carry bells from playground to the bleachers by the track and back, switching hands at the turn. Repeato x 4 for 5 rounds.

Circuit 2 – take bells back to starting point:

  • 10 x high pulls on weaker side
  • 10 x high pulls on stronger side
  • 5 x snatch on weaker side
  • 5 x snatch on stronger side
  • 5 x goblet squats

Carry bells to first island and return. Suitcase, racked, waiter, waiter, suitcase carries were called after each round. Repeato x 4 for 5 rounds.

Dessert (Mary):

  • Flutter press x 20 IC
  • Louganis or Bulldogs x 10 OYO
  • American hammer x 10 per side (High Tide suggested the windshield wiper here, which was ignored)


There were a few, which YHC doesn’t completely remember at this point. Here’s the best I can do, check the site for more:

  1. Let them Soar 5k in Matthews – 11/10
  2. Santa ruck – 12/1
  3. Vagabond – 11/10

I feel like

After-dinner drink (moleskine):

  • As YHC pre-tweeted before the workout, this week (technically 10/16) signifies the 5 year anniversary of my first post at F3. It was (I think) a Radar-led beatdown at Anvil. I was partnered with Spackler and we did hairburners and sandbag carries. Young Love named me. I came out after talking to a co-worker (Goon), who mentioned that he went to The Rock on some Saturdays. The price was right and he said it was a good workout, so I came out on the next Wednesday. I then took a month off to recover.
  • There was some sort of lighting issue in the parking lot last Thursday, so YHC used the Tesla’s headlights to light the AO. This worked well until we immediately went down to the dark playground for about 15 minutes. They were also uncomfortable during Mary, when they hit the pax in the eyes. #cobains
  • Thanks to the pax for coming out for my Q. Thanks to High Tide for inviting me to serve as co-site Q at Meathead. If I can do it, anyone can. Don’t be afraid to step up and lead. If you see a void, offer to fill it.
  • Please sound off with any other observations, oddities, announcements, etc. that YHC forgot above. See you in the gloom!

Meatheads on parade

15 pax (including an FNG – Juicy Fruit (Owen W.)) posted at Elizabeth Lane Elementary for the last Meathead before we start sharing the parking lot with over-achieving and underappreciated teachers.


  • 20 swings OYO
  • 3 halos each way OYO
  • 20 swings OYO
  • 3 prying squats
  • 20 swings OYO

The Thang:

For all sets below, rep recommendations vary by KB size: <=35 is 5 reps, 35-45 is 3 reps, >45 is 1 rep. Adjust intensity by adding reps or bell size as needed. There’s plenty of rest, so focus on quality reps.

Singles set:

  • 5 x 1 arm swings (L)
  • 1 clean, 1 squat, 1 press (L)
  • 5 x merkins

Repeato at the top of the next minute with the right arm. EMOTM for 10 minutes. After the first 2-3 rounds, High Tide reminded the Q that we did 3 reps on the clean/squat/press complex, so that suggestion was made to the pax.

Pull-up set at the playground:

  • 3-5 x pull-ups (good form)
  • 1-5 x snatch, 1-5 x overhead triceps extensions, 1-5 x biceps curls

EMOTM for 10 minutes.

Partner up by bell size for a doubles set:

  • 1-5 clean
  • 1-5 press (per side)
  • 1-5 front squat
  • 1-5 renegade row (per side)
  • 1-5 deep merkin on the bells

Partners flapjack every :30 seconds for 10 12 minutes. If this is too easy, use a bigger bell or increase reps.

Time. Thanks to Stone Cold for the take out in COT.


  1. HOPE challenge – please read about it here. Please ask pax to share (if they’re so inclined) in COT at your workouts. YHC forgot to mention it until now. #cobains, PJ!
  2. Crane Relay – this is the last week to sign up for the first annual Crane Relay, being hosted by our brothers in Ballantyne. Read about it and sign up here.
  3. Come on out to Kevlar tomorrow for High Tide’s Q!
  4. Sign up to Q at Meathead. YHC has been bad about getting Qs lined up in advance, so let me know if you’ve got an urge to Q and I’ll put you on the list. If we don’t have a Q, we’ll just do 45 minutes of swings and Turkish get-ups, so sign up! We’re wide open starting on 9/6 (the day before BRR).


  1. After traveling a bit last week and slacking on the site Q planning part of my job, High Tide was kind enough to bail me out on last week’s Q. No such luck this week, so the pax were stuck with a recycled/modified version of a workout from last month. Since only 3 of us posted to that workout, it was still new to most of the pax. Hopefully everyone got their money’s worth.
  2. Welcome to our FNG, Juicy Fruit. He’s recently returned to the South (from Tennessee, but has been in California for several years) and was referred by What Did. His name was derived from the Western Kentucky University mascot, Big Red. He borrowed a bell, but knew how to swing it, so he was good to go. We hope to see you back out there soon!
  3. Stone Cold, High Tide, and the Q decided that sleep is overrated and met for a 5am pre-run (Meat runner). MAD was there as well, circling the parking lot with his ruck. Geraldo had pre-tweeted a 4:50 pre-ruck, but missed it (although he made the beatdown), so MAD did his own pre-ruck.
  4. The Sparta crew did a fly-by as we wrapped up the first set and were relocating to the playground for the second set. If they’d stuck around a little longer, they could have grabbed some bells and joined us for some pull-ups and snatches. Next time, Gypsy! #0.0milesbutlotsofwork #werekeepinghorsehead
  5. It was good to see Wolf Man out there again. #kotters. Horsehead also made his triumphant return to Meathead and resisted the siren calls of his Sparta buddies during their raid on our position. It was good to have Bundle back out at Meathead as well. The young crew (Homer, Floatie, and Chuck Wagon) were back and getting after it as well. We hope you all keep coming back!
  6. Horsehead complained about the music and Geraldo liked the music. You can’t please everybody all the time.
  7. I’m not sure if it was the pre-run or the cold I’m almost done with, but I wasn’t too aware of what was going on out there this morning during the workoug. Everyone was putting in solid work and High Tide commented about some refusenicking (what else is new at an F3 workout?), but I don’t have any more juicy details. Feel free to chime in below if you’ve got something I missed or forgot.

Keep it simple, stupid

Posted by Voodoo on behalf of Brown:


  • SSH X 20
  • IW X 15
  • Merkin X 10


The Thang:

10 x 10: 10 reps of each exercise, followed by 10 merkins before moving on to the next exercise

  • Swings
  • Merkins
  • Sumo squat
  • Merkins
  • Curls
  • Merkins
  • Sissy squat – goblet with feet together
  • Merkins
  • Upright rows
  • Merkins
  • Deadlift
  • Merkins
  • Clean
  • Merkins
  • Overhead tricep extension
  • Merkins
  • RDL R
  • Merkins
  • KB chest press
  • Merkins
  • RDL L
  • Merkins
  • Lying down overhead extension
  • Merkins
  • Clean R
  • Merkins
  • Clean L
  • Merkins
  • Snatch L
  • Merkins
  • Snatch R
  • Merkins
  • Overhead press
  • Merkins
  • Shoulder press R
  • Merkins
  • Shoulder press L
  • Merkins

All of that twice through and then some random exercises in 45-ish minutes.

Done. Thanks to Young Love for the takeout in COT.


Great turnout today even with the threat of rain. Everybody looked pretty wet but I’m sure it was more from the sweat than it was from the few sprinkles we had to endure. Always good to come back after a long time away and see not only the core meatheads looking stacked and jacked, but also plenty of new faces who understand the importance of weight training to mix in with your overall fitness goals. So good to see Meathead going strong after four years. I want to thank High Tide for helping me get this off the ground and his dedication to the kettlebell. Also a big shout out to Voodoo, who stepped up to take over my Q responsibilities. It is easy to see he has made his mark on Meathead. Like I said to those pax that were in attendance, brotherhood is an unbreakable bond and one thing we all know the only constant in life is change and no matter where life may take you, F3 is one constant that will never change. Thank you for your camaraderie, dedication, friendship, and effort. I’m proud to say that I am Brown, brother of F3.



Editorial comment from Voodoo: Thanks for a high energy, entertaining, fun Q this morning, Brown. You definitely brought out the pax (with accompanying mumblechatter), including a lot of veterans and even two site FNGs (Grave Dancer and Benny). It was great to have you back at Meathead and we hope to see more of you in the (near) future. Thanks to the pax for posting at Meathead over the years and making it the site that it is. Finally, thanks to High Tide for his continued dedication to the site since its inception, always willing to step up for a Q or provide instruction to his fellow pax.

Was it something I said?

YHC rolled into Elizabeth Lane Elementary at about 5:25 this morning to find only one other car. I checked my watch to confirm that I didn’t have the wrong day of the week or time, then got out to prepare for the workout. Tulip emerged from his vehicle to join me. At 5:30, we both confirmed that it was Thursday and prepared to begin the beatdown. As we were about to start, High Tide pulled up rocking some tunes in the blue Jeep to increase our numbers by 50%. After a proper disclaimer (not really, but just pretend like it was said), we proceeded thusly:


  • 20 swings OYO
  • 3 halos each way OYO
  • 20 swings OYO
  • 3 prying squats
  • 20 swings OYO

The Thang:

Singles set – do not put the bell down:

  • 5x 1 arm swings (left arm)
  • 3x clean, 3x squat, 3x press (left arm)
  • 5x merkins
  • Repeato at the top of the next minute with the right arm. Alternate arms every minute on the minute (EMOTM) for 20 minutes.
  • The plan was for pax with bells >20kg do 1-3 reps, 16kg-20kg do 3-5 reps, and <16kg do 5-7 reps. All pax opted for the >20kg category, so we did 3 reps each round.

Partner up by bell size for a doubles set:

  • 1x clean
  • 1x press per side
  • 1x front squat
  • 1x renegade row per side
  • 1x deep merkin on the bells

Partners flapjack every :30 seconds for 20 minutes of EMOTM. After about 8 rounds, everyone had settled into their bell size of choice so there was no need to flapjack and we completed the remaining sets together. All pax agreed to go a bit over the time to get the last 8 or so rounds in. You can blame it on High Tide’s tardiness.

Thanks to High Tide for taking us out in COT. Prayers to High Tide and his family on the recent loss of his mother-in-law.


  • Check out the Crane Relay, from the mind of Frasier. As in Frasier Crane. Get it? Anyway, this is the first iteration of a running relay where teams are drafted by the captains. For those of the pax with nightmares of being picked last in dodgeball/gym, this is a chance to relive that, but in a fun way. Pre-blast is here.
  • BRR season is in full swing. Tulip claims he can’t run it because he doesn’t run long distance, then said he can run 6-7 miles. If someone needs a fast due, you should start working on Tulip.

Moley, moley:

  • YHC had a different title prepared for this workout, but changed it up based on the low turnout. You can tell it’s BRR/vacation season when you get 3 guys at a 0.0 workout. #discrimination As High Tide said on Twitter, what we lacked in quantity, we more than made up for in quality. With the slight breeze and lower temps, it was a great morning to be out swinging the bells. Lower reps and sufficient recovery time allowed for better form and more conversations than the usual grunting we get at Meathead. While the EMOTM starts out feeling pretty easy, they add up and you start feeling it after a few sets.
  • I found these workouts on Instagram. I highly suggest the pax check out @sokolstrong. He’s a StrongFirst instructor in the Pacific Northwest and he posts great workouts and very informative videos. Definitely worth your time if you’re into kettlebells and strength training. Sokol did the doubles bottoms up, which is way harder than it looks. I audibled out of that since it would have required much smaller bells and the chances of being able to front squat 2 bottoms up bells is about 0%. #ialsolikemyteethinmyface

Pardon the Technical Difficulties

12 pax joined YHC at Elizabeth Lane Elementary this morning for a little ‘bell swinging. High Tide suckered YHC into a 3 mile pre-run at 0455, which was not pleasant. We got back with about 5 minutes to spare, allowing YHC to play Mr. Rogers (change shoes) and prepare the weinke, speaker, and phone for the beatdown that was about to commence.


  • SSH x 20 IC
  • Swings x 20 OYO
  • Low Slow Squats x 10 IC
  • Prying squats x 3
  • Swings x 20 OYO

The pax were warm from the moment they stepped out of their cars, so time to move onto the main event.

The Thang:

Set 1:

  • 2H Swings x 15
  • Clean + press x 5 per side
  • 1H swings x 5 per side
  • Clean + squat x 5 per side
  • Alternating 1H swings x 20
  • Snatch x 5 per side
  • 2H swings x 15
  • Snatch x 5 per side
  • 1H swings x 5 per side

Tabata time: :30 on/:15 off with a leg focus

  • Deadlift
  • Reverse lunge left
  • Reverse lunge right
  • Single leg deadlift left
  • Single leg deadlift right
  • Goblet squat
  • Flutter press
  • Swings

Repeato once

Triple nickel – Meathead style:

Grab a squatting bell and head to the playground. At the playground, partner up. Partner 1 does 5 pull-ups while partner 2 does 5 single squats. Complete 5 rounds.

Head back to the playground and repeat set 1 above.


  • LBCs x 20 IC
  • Dying cockroach x 15 IC
  • Heels to Heaven x 15 IC (for Prohibition)
  • Plank with six inches until time was up

Thanks to High Tide for the takeout in COT.


  1. Shirt orders end today for Area 51. If you post regularly, get a shirt. If you’re a site Q, get a shirt. Remember, a portion of Mudgear’s F3 sales go to the F3 Foundation, helping support F3 Nation’s expansion and charitable efforts. Plus, they’re good-looking shirts.
  2. Ghost Runner kicks off tonight. Based on this morning’s humidity and the monsoon I see outside of my office window right now, it should be a ton of fun. Stay safe and pour one out for me, boys! #seeyouinjuly


  • Despite the sufficient prep time, YHC had issues with the tabata timer/music combo at the beginning of the first set of tabata. #cobains to the pax but sweaty fingers + iPhone is a losing combination.
  • Great to have #kotters Baracus and Mall Cop with us this morning after a kettlebell hiatus. I hope you can keep making it out to join us.
  • YHC was pretty sleep-deprived and in pain for most of the workout, but there were #larrybirds on just about every exercise. Strong work by the pax. The mumblechatter was also enjoyable, but that’s to be expected with Alf and Bulldog in attendance.
  • YHC needs to get out of the office, so please feel free to add any other observations in the comments below.

False Advertising at Meathead

7 pax posted at Meathead Thursday morning to get their recommended daily allowance of iron. YHC had pre-tweeted that we (i) would have music and (ii) might hit legs, but that the weinke was still under consideration. I had some ideas when I went to bed on Wednesday, then woke up early and did a little more research. I settled on a full body routine that was pretty heavy on the chest and shoulders. #falseadvertising#1 It went something like this.

Warm up:

  1. SSH x 10 IC
  2. 20 swings OYO pax choice re: 1H or 2H
  3. Halos x 3 each way
  4. Prying squats x 2

The Thang:

Set 1: 4 + 4 x 4 (4 reps each arm of four different exercises) – during the first set of exercises, Fault Line reminded YHC that there were no tunes #falseadvertising#2

  • Single arm swing
  • Clean
  • Racked squat
  • Snatch


Set 2: 5 + 5 (each exercise done for each arm, then switch arms)

  • 5 x C+P
  • 5 x C+P, 5 x snatch
  • 5 x C+P, 5 x snatch, 5 + high pull
  • 5 x C+P, 5 x snatch, 5 + high pull, 5 upright row (both hands)

Set 3: 10 x 10

  • 10 swings (pax choice re: 1H or 2H)
  • 10 merkins

Repeato for 10 rounds – 100 swings and 100 merkins

Set 4:

  • 3 rounds of 5+5 dead stop snatches (that’s 5 per side)

Set 5:

Jack Webb – kettlebell edition – 1 merkin + 1 lawnmower per side (2 total), 2 merkins + 2 lawnmowers per side (4 total), etc. up to 10 merkins + 10 lawnmowers per side (10 total)

Set 6:

  • 50 2H swings, 4 C+P per side
  • 25 2H swings, 3 C+P per side
  • 15 2H swings, 2 C+P per side
  • 10 2H swings, 1 C+P per side (time permitting)

Time. Thanks to Wild Turkey for the take out in COT.


  • Christina Latini 8k is scheduled for April 21. This is in support of Olive, who lost his daughter suddenly a couple of years ago. It benefits Operation Sweet Tooth and sign ups are here.
  • Smokey Mountain Relay is the same weekend. Reach out to Cheese Curd or Cheddar on Slack if you’re interested in running. I’m not sure if they have openings, but you can ask if you’re a masochist runner.


  • A solid crew of regulars posted at Meathead this morning. YHC has been remiss about scheduling Qs (Purell next week), so decided to take this one himself. The creative juices weren’t flowing this week, so I was thinking about recycling an older workout that made me sore for a few days. However, I remember High Tide telling me recently that he’d never recycled a workout and I started to feel guilty. I checked out some Instagram feeds (@sokolstrong is one of my favorites) and reviewed some old backblasts from some of the greats (Tiger Rag, Brown, etc.) and pulled this together from what I found. While it got most of the body, YHC’s chest and shoulders seem to be feeling it the most.
  • Alf and Prohibition brought the mumblechatter this morning, which is always welcome. When I arrived, Alf was saying something about not needing multiple bells and telling the pax not to feel pressured into bringing a selection. I gave him a dirty look while proceeding to unload my 5 bell selection for the day. #andIusedthemall I offered Prohibition access to one of my 5 bells and he politely declined. Little does he know the 35# bell is the gateway drug and soon he will be buying a 20kg and a 24kg. They didn’t just work their mouths though, they swung some metal. Alf enjoyed all of the merkins because he’s a weirdo. And he has the short arm advantage. #TRex
  • Wild Turkey brought some heat to his Q last week and came back for more this week. He was crushing the reps and once again pointed out that most of my alternative/grunge musical heroes ended up overdosing on heroin. #debbiedowner #dontdodrugs
  • YHC welcomed Fault Line back as a #kotters at the beginning of the workout and he promptly informed me that he had posted a few weeks ago and I wasn’t there. #oops Regardless, it was great to see him and he was working hard.
  • As part of their new Fast Twitch co-site Q contract, Purell and Rachael are required to post together all week. Thankfully, they’ve chosen Meathead as their Thursday man-date workout. They’ve been posting regularly and I’m pretty sure that’s why they’re so fast. Hear that, runners!
  • Thanks for coming out and following my lead. We’re always looking for Qs, so please let me know if there’s an upcoming Thursday that works for your schedule. Hopefully we can get some of the usual suspects to start coming back out. I’m looking at you, Bulldog, Horsehead, Witch Doctor, and Swiss Miss! Heck, I’ll even throw Tiger Rag, Brown, Chanel, Bananas, and Busch in there!

Dropping some DOMS

6 pax pulled into Elizabeth Lane Elementary and were astonished to spot YHC’s car already in the lot. What can I say? I was excited for some doubles.

Warm up:

  • 20 2 handed swings OYO
  • 3 halos each direction
  • 3 prying squats
  • 10 1H swings per side OYO

The Thang:

Partner up by like-sized bell for some partner doubles work. One partner works while the other recovers (or does another exercise if you’re Bulldog and Purell).

  • Double swings x 100
  • Double snatch x 50
  • Double racked squat x 100
  • Double clean x 100
  • Double OH press x 50
  • Double high pull x 100


  • LBCs x 30 IC
  • Dolly x 10 IC
  • Heels to Heaven x 10 IC (Sanka)
  • Slow Freddie Mercury x 10 IC (High Tide)

COT – thanks to High Tide for the take out.


  • YHC had missed doing some heavy weight at Meathead, so decided to do some doubles today. The pax did a great job of focusing on form and pushing the weight beyond what they might normally lift. This is a workout that I think Tiger Rag first brought out here, but we haven’t done it in a while. Hopefully the pax got their money’s worth.
  • Partners included: Sanka/Ickey Shuffle, Bulldog/Purell, and High Tide/Rachael (and sometimes YHC). It seems like the pairs were pretty well matched as everyone finished at about the same time. If anyone was still working, we mixed in some plank work.
  • Witch Doctor has been dealing with a dodgy back that’s kept him away off and on for the past few weeks. We hope to have him back soon!

North Face + Rocks = Good Times

13 dudes that weren’t doing the Charlotte 10 miler #barfemoji got out of the fartsack and posted at Rock Zero. It was epic. Let me tell you about it:

Warm up mosey around a couple of lots and then circle up:

  • SSH x 25 IC
  • Low slow squats x 15 IC
  • Low slow merkins x 10 IC
  • Peter Parkers x 15 IC

Mosey to the rock pile in front of the church and pick out a lifting rock (unless you’re Boerwors… #SMHemoji).

  • Overhead squats x 15 civilian count
  • Deadlifts x 15 civilian count
  • Goblet squats x 15 civilian count

Mosey with your rock around to the top of North Face where you partner up by rock size. Partner 1 exercises while partner 2 runs around the trees, down the face plant hill and back up North Face. Flapjack.

  • Exercise 1: Curls
  • Exercise 2: Flutter press
  • Exercise 3: Tricep extensions (YHC commences discussion with McGee about why these are harder than they should be)
  • Exercise 4: Dolly press
  • Exercise 5: Overhead press
  • Exercise 6: LBC press
  • Exercise 7: Chest press on the ground

Audible: all pax throw their rocks down the hill. Plank at the top, then drop to elbows. On Q’s command, pax jailbreak down the hill and grab a rock (doesn’t have to be your own – pays to run fast). #downhilljailbreak #safetyfirst

Mosey with rocks back to the front of the church and delicately place them back EXACTLY WHERE YOU FOUND THEM.

Mosey to the lot along 51 and grab your partner. Partner 1 exercises while partner 2 runs. Repeato until you hit prescribed # of reps as a pair.

  • Exercise 1: 200 merkins
  • Exercise 2: 250 LBCs
  • Exercise 3: 150 squats

Mosey back to the start point for a little Mary:

  • Rosalita x 15 IC
  • Protractor, straight into Dolly x 10 IC #crowdpleaser
  • LBCs OYO for the final minute

Done. Thanks to Marlin for the takeout in COT.


  • Brolympics 2.bro is next Saturday. Read the pre-blast here and sign up so they can get a head count!


  • Hoover pre-tweeted a pre-run or -ruck starting at 0630. YHC showed up around 6:25 and didn’t see anyone. Geraldo was the first that pulled in, so YHC knew we were rucking. Then Rachel and Hoover showed and we got a move on. We did ~2 miles at sub-15:00 pace. Good 2nd F to start the day. #RH4ABW
  • Hoover left his ruck on for the workout, showing a total lack of respect for the Q. As McGee mentioned, as a percentage of his body weight, it’s equivalent to the gloves a lot of the pax were wearing. #stillhurtful
  • YHC hasn’t been doing too many boot camps lately, focusing on running, kettlebells and some home work. It was great to get back out there and work hard with the pax. We had a solid crew of familiar faces, including some YHC hadn’t seen in a while, and some less familiar faces. Everyone was working hard and getting after it. Thanks for following my lead. I appreciate you all coming out.
  • Thanks to Flipper for reaching out to YHC and working with me to find a date that worked (even if he chose to run 10 miles instead of posting #cryingemoji). Thanks to Hoover and Boerewors for posting and supporting YHC.
  • Feel free to sound off with anything YHC missed. #selfsmoked


The 12 Days of Groundhog Day

6 studs rolled up on Old Providence Elementary at 0700 on Saturday for another edition of Ascent. YHC pulled in to find High Tide’s bright blue Jeep had delivered a litter of kettlebells ranging from 30# to 80# all over the parking lot. High Tide rolled in from his jog (#overachiever), the rest of the pax mosied up, and we got started.


Slow mosey around the parking lot.

  • Dead stop swings x 10 OYO
  • IW x 15 IC
  • Dead stop swings x 20 OYO
  • Prying squats x 3
  • Swings x 20 OYO
  • Merkins x 10 IC
  • L-hand swings x 10 OYO
  • Low slow squats x 15 IC
  • R-hand swings x 10 OYO
  • Merkins x 10 IC
  • Alternating swings x 20 OYO

The Thang:

The 12 days  of Christmas Groundhog Day: Perform day 1, then day 2 + day 1, then day 3 + day 2 + day 1, etc.

  • Day 1 – 1 dozen swings (2H, 1H, whatever)
  • Day 2 – Turkish getups (1 per side)
  • Day 3 – Reverse lunges (3 per side)
  • Day 4 – Snatches (4 per side)
  • Day 5 – Shoulder presses (5 per side)
  • Day 6 – Overhead triceps extension
  • Day 7 – High pulls (7 per side)
  • Day 8 – Cleans (8 per side)
  • Day 9 – Merkins – at this point, High Tide pointed out that we were running out of time, so we skipped to day 12 and counted down
  • Day 10 – Goblet squats
  • Day 11 – Russian twists (11 per side)
  • Day 12 – 1H swings (12 per side)



  • Keep Header and his family in your prayers as his father passed away last week.
  • Please keep my good friend (Richard Wheeler) and his family in your prayers. His dad has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and is in for a tough fight.


  • High Tide was the scheduled Q and took his responsibility seriously by drafting the weinke you see above. When it turned out he might be on the road (he was taking Low Tide to visit Auburn – enemy territory!), YHC volunteered to pick up the baton and apply the beatdown. Thanks to the pax for posting despite the Q switch.
  • With the weather looking chilly and fully expecting the pax to fartsack, YHC reached out to Goon and promised to buy him donuts if we were the only two in attendance. Thankfully, we had some company to keep us honest.
  • Low Tide was not impressed by what Auburn had to offer, so not only did High Tide post, but he pre-ran the workout. He also brought about 2x as many kettlebells as we had pax. #sharingiscaring Everyone even took a turn swinging the 80# KB at the end, which is always fun (in small doses).
  • The small batch format allowed everyone to take their time working on the more complicated exercises, specifically the snatch and the TGU. Both are tricky and require a lot of practice, but are great KB exercises. The snatch is my favorite, the TGU is High Tide’s. If you want to work on your KB skillz, Ascent on the first Saturday of every month is a great opportunity to do so. It’s usually not very crowded and you can get some instruction from more experienced pax. Highly recommended.
  • Thanks to Moon River for the timely description of the vagus nerve and vagal response, which allowed us to take a surreptitious 10 count. Okay, it was more like a 20 count. That guy must be a doctor or something. #smart
  • Thanks to Sony for acting as site Q. We miss seeing you out there and hope you’re back soon.
  • Please sound off below with anything else noteworthy that YHC didn’t mention.