August is the month of no duplicate Q’s, so I knew I had to make the most of my one chance to lead this month. This was also my first Impromptu Q, so I was really feeling the pressure as I started to
play with my weinke plan the workout. The problem was, my creative juices were not flowing (I’m avoiding the easy weinke/juices joke here). Ask the M…”Don’t do burpees. Their lame”. Ok, but that doesn’t mean I’m making it too easy. Ask the neighbor(Einhorn)…”Make some abs?”. Ok, this is what I have to go with. Here’s how all of the intense thought played out….
The rain stayed away, the temp was under 70 and we had a good turn out. 21 Pax joined me today and I hope no one left disappointed. We did have one scary moment, when I asked Frack to scoot down before the wall sits so I could be more central to the group…I almost lost my life. The group was pushing hard this morning with BC and Sprinkles out in the front of the group the whole time. That stamina must be exhausting…or not…I guess that’s the point?
The tyson ladder (which I admit was a ripoff from another PAX) was by far the fan favorite. And for those question my directions when running to the back of the HS…sometimes its ok to work a little harder. I’m just saying. In full transparency though…I completely forgot there was a cut through there from the very lot we were doing our ladder in. Regardless, we all got a good workout in.
As always, I had a great time leading the group. Being a part of this group continues to be an excellent addition to my life, and it’s awesome to see so many new guys joining the ranks lately. keep pushing yourselves, whatever that means for you personally, and just remember how good it feels now. When you’re dragging yourself out of bed in sub-freezing temps in February you’ll need that reminder. It’s a little harder, but it’s worth it every time. That’s all I’ve got fellas..let the weekend begin!
There’s a lot of chatter in the group between the Lawson-ites and Boys of the Briar. Which neighborhood is supreme? Does lot size really matter? Which can lose the most weight? Which can wear the most weight (Do you even vest bro…)? And it had me thinking…why can’t we pull guys out of the multi-year reigning “Best Community in North Carolina”. Maybe it’s because we’re not that big of a ‘hood. Oh wait… there’s more that 1,000 homes now…that can’t be it. So, in an effort to make this morning’s workout very visible to the good people of MB, while also making the PAX in attendance
hate me a little stronger, I thought up a work out that would be a twist on a classic, while covering plenty of ground and sticking to the main drags of MB. Let’s see how this goes…
We Mosey’d out of COT towards the Elementary School, saw Rubbermaid filling in for Jingles in the last minute arrival department and cirlced back to pick him up. Ended up at the circle at the bottom of Nesbit
Mosey out to MB Parkway for instructions
Grouped up on the Path to Nesbit and did some Mary, passing around to different PAX to call exercises and count. Just a couple minutes left so we ran back to COT and planked/6″ until time.
It was an awesome morning to get out a sweat. For the end of June humidity was low and the skies were clear. Definitely one of the mornings that makes you appreciate that we have the opportunity and health to get up early and work out with a great group of guys like this. Everyone pushed really hard, and most people got a little over 4 miles covered. It’s really great to see a new group of faces out on Saturdays to join in with the usual suspects. I think the MB marketing efforts were mildly successful, as a vested up Damascus spent almost as much time EHing passers by as he did still being at the front of the pack despite his extra baggage. I was also told that I’ve made it onto Breadbowl’s “Don’t come when that guy Q’s” list, so it was a successful morning on all fronts.
We had an FNG in the group too, Yeller, who admitted he hats running. Rough morning to start, but he did great.
Popeye took us out.
25-ish men were greeted with an awesome 65 degree morning to get the week started. YHC was coming off of a really impressive single-post week, so I really felt like I needed to kick it in right away and remind myself why it matters to keep getting up early and trekking out to the gloom to get beat down with you guys. I was greeted by a good sized crowd that kept growing right up until we started. 5:28 – good time for a quick DiCCs….and we’re off!
Keeping my breath while counting this morning was a real struggle. Going in I really wanted to do as much in cadence as we could…but that was harder than I gave it credit for..bad idea. Speaking of bad ideas, I don’t think the Burpee mile to kick-start the week was everyone’s favorite…but I did see everyone busting their asses regardless. DW was right near the front of the pack, even with the 20lb vest, but even his drive was not match for youth, with a couple of the youngest PAX of the day way out in front.
This was by far the largest group I’ve had the opportunity to lead to date, and I hope I didn’t let the group down. From the look of Dancing Bear’s translucent shirt after the work out…I don’t think that was the case. Thanks for busting tail with me this morning guys.
Bottle cap took up out.
About a month ago site Q extraordinaire, Fuse Box, reached out asking if I wanted a second stab at Chiseled. Heck yeah I did! Only 5 pax showed my first time around, YHC included, so I was pumped to try to bring a good workout to a larger crew. I added the date to my calendar and went on my merry way. Fast forward to this Tuesday morning at Watchtower when I luckily overheard a conversation regarding who is Qing where this week…”Wedding Singer is on Q at Chiseled”…oh sh!t I almost dropped the ball there big time! Luckily, I had a Chiseled workout planned that very few PAX got the experience, so I made some slight modification based on the last go around and we ready for redemption.
Pulling in at 5:15 and I see a few people pre-running. We’re already off to a good start. Swing by to grab the gear and admire the new bin out there. This one seems a bit more sturdy…I dig it. More PAX start rolling in as I get the pain stations set-up and I’m feeling good. This group will do just fine.
DiCCs given at 5:28..paced anxiously for another 90 seconds…LETS MOSEY!
Mosey around mount chiseled and back to the gear bin to crab some bricks…back to start. Circle up.
With bricks in hand:
Quick mosey around the lot with our bricks and over to the side of the admin house. Its time for some station work. We broke in to groups of 2 or 3 as I explained (poorly) what we were all in store for.
5 minutes at each station w/ 30 seconds to recover between each station….and go!
After the station work we had about 20 seconds to kill, so everyone got down into a plank and waited for the final buzzer to sound.
I think this workout was even harder the second time around, but it seemed well received by all 13 PAX in attendance. The 5 minutes of burpees was a crowd “favorite”, for sure. As I looked around the group this morning, I was really impressed to see everyone pushing themselves and fighting through my bad ideas. This morning had a way of not seeming too terrible at the beginning, but it just kept building and you could tell everyone was feeling it.
This morning also saw the return of Wrong Turn, after being MIA for some time. It was awesome to see you back out…keep it up man!
I had a goal…cover 3.5 miles while doing 35 reps of a bunch of different exercises and seeing the sights of DT Waxhaw. Seemed like a good way to start my birthday and honor the fact that I’m not of legal age to run for President. But then…that damn train. Getting Q-jacked by Deadwood, now that expected from time to time, but a freaking train? Come on! And not just any train, apparently this train was going for consecutive longest and slowest records. brutal to say the least. We made the most of it and got in between 25.-3 miles in with a decent beating mixed in there. Here’s how it went down:
That burpee train sucked. It may have been the longest 10 minutes of my life, and I don’t think I was alone in that. The rest of the workout was filled with under the breath comments about how gassed people were after it, or that things wouldn’t have been so hard if it weren’t for that train. If you haven’t experienced it for your self, consider yourself lucky…but also you haven’t really lived!
In all seriousness though, it was really amazing to get to lead this workout this morning. When Shake first invited my out last August I never knew what this group would mean to me. Thanks to everyone that came out this morning and pushed through all of my terrible ideas. It was an awesome way to start the day.
14 men came out to share in some misery as YHC made his second Q appearance at Watchtower. It was raining lighting as the PAX arrived and I quickly informed them that I planned to make no efforts to keep people dry. I made good on that promise as it start pouring about 25 minutes into the workout….but I don’t want to get ahead of myself so let’s take it from the top.
I learned a few things this morning…
But seriously, it was a great effort by everyone out there. I was pretty impressed when the Gazelles voluntarily added a burpee to their indian run.
braved the cold… fought through the rain … enjoyed a mild 52 degree morning out at chiseled. Hence the title….Where My Pax At?? (I know the answer, Dromedary getting their WAMRAP on. As for the 5 of us…we were in for some good old fashioned station work.
Mosey over to the brick pile, grab a pair of bricks, 1 lap around mount chiseled and back to start. Circle up.
With bricks in hand:
After a quick mosey around the median, it was time for some station work. Since there was only 5 of us, we broke into two groups (of 2 and 3).
5 minutes at each station w/ 30 seconds to recover between each station….and go!
After the station work we still had a minute to kill, so a final mosey to the end of the lot and back brought us to time.
Lots of grunts and groans heard from the group today, so I’ll take that as a success. Everyone seemed to really be pushing hard. I appreciate Damascus using his last couple reps of tire flips to keep moving the tire closer to it’s home. For anyone keeping track – Shake and Bake did show up for his pre-run, but I don’t think anyone had the courage to join him (YHC included).
VQ – where big ideas become lessons learned very, very quickly.
20 PAX fought the cold to come out to my highly anticipate VQ. I’d been prepping for weeks….months even(no..not really months). This work out had to be EPIC(Spoiler Alert: It wouldn’t be). 4-corners? Nah, too basic….a little triple nickel? Played out….burpee suicides??? Ok, let’s reel it back just a bit.
But finally the prep work was done, the wienki (spellcheck???) was ready to go and all that was left was to see how this all played out.
What an awesome experience leading this group. The sense of accomplishment set in right away as I started hearing the complaining during those bear crawls. Really appreciate all the support from everyone that came out this morning.
The pax continue to impress, with everyone seeming to get faster each time we’re out there. Ruby (Rocket Ismail) really turned on those afterburners for the sprints. It might be time for the pax formerly known as Dana to turn in his Clydesdale card for good. Dancing Bear was back in action after and as spry as ever. Krusty is still trying to hold onto that self proclaimed name change…stay krusty my friend.
A solid showing from the MillBridge contingent (the real #1 ‘hood) – Jingles, Goodfella, Legalized – Great seeing you all out crushing it this morning!