The Whole Enchilada recap: The Men Who Show Up

The Whole Enchilada recap: The Men Who Show Up

The Men Who Show Up

When thinking through the idea of The Whole Enchilada, I was thinking a very surface level challenge – one that got me out of my comfort zone for a week, just a brief test of personal durability, commitment, and execution (hopefully).  It had been a while since I had been in a head space where I had to stretch, dig, and give myself a good gut-check.  A challenge that could be inserted into the daily routine of a ‘normal’ week.   Taking the lead to Q 7 workouts over 6 days seemed like a perfect case study.  This challenge didn’t require extend months of training/planning/preparation.  A few hours of planning on a Sunday morning, a few text messages to site Q’s requesting to the reigns on a specific day, and viola – it was planned.  Now just time to get my head right and execute.

Now that I’m on the other side, having just completed the 7th Q in 6 days, the outcome of this week was wildly different than what I had expected.  What I did not expect was the men who consistently showed up day after day in support.  The text messages from guys towards the end of the week checking on how I was holding up.  The encouragement from guys at every workout.  The men of F3 showed up this week.  I constantly found myself thanking guys for ‘showing up’, and never once was there a request for it.  This is what we do when we know someone is taking on a challenge (in this case a good, ridiculous physical challenge) – we show up without asking.

Now let’s zoom out.  Remove The Whole Enchilada challenge and insert real life.  Maybe it is a family member going through an unexpected sickness, a job loss, a rocky point in your marriage, or a financial struggle.  You may be the one picking yourself up every day, but YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  You may be the one doing the heavy lifting, the one who must get out of bed and lead but use your brothers around you for support and encouragement.  They will help you get to the finish line.  This could not have been done without you.  Had I said to myself quietly, I’m going to show up to 7 workouts in 6 days and didn’t mention a word about it, it would have been really easy to fart-sack out on a day.  By verbalizing the commitment (or hardship), a portion of the burden immediately was spread to the men who showed up.  You guys helped carry some of that burden this week allowing me to remain focused and committed on the next Q.  The same goes for life – when you are the one with your back against the wall, let us know.  Let us shoulder a portion of the burden for you.  Let us share the stress with you.  This is what we are here for.

About two years ago, my wife and I were faced with some uncertainties surrounding her health, and I was struggling to find any sort of clarity amidst the chaos of the moment.  I had heard F3 Agony on a podcast and blindly reached out for any sort of guidance.  We met for a coffee and little did he know I was about to unload a symphony of fears/struggles on him, and this was the first time we had ever met face to face.  I think Pastors have a way of extracting that out of people – or maybe it’s the sticky note on their forehead that says, “tell me everything”.   He turned me on to a verse in the bible I have found a lot of strength in the last few years.  The scene is the last supper and Jesus looks to Simon and says:

Luke 22: 31-32 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.  But I have prayed for you, Simon, That your faith may not fail.  And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” 

The message is the prayer is not to relieve you of the struggle, but rather the strength to get through it.  When you feel you’re being put through the sifter of life, getting ground like wheat, you will have the strength to come through the struggle stronger.  And then it becomes our calling “and when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers

With every hardship we grow.

You guys showed up for me every day this week.  You guys helped me pull through these last few workouts to make sure this did not go unfinished.  Now it is time to go out into the world and show up for those around us who need it most.  Make sure those men in your life who’ve got their back against the wall aren’t alone.  Make sure they know someone is there to lean on for support.

-Taco Stand



Brief recap of workouts below


Monday: Firestarter

Mosey across street to circle


20 SSH

20 IW

20 LSS

20 Planjacks

Reverse ladder around triangle counting down from 15

Corner 1: Big boy sit-ups

Corner 2: Lunges

Corner 3: Burpees

Partner work down office building stretch.  P1 called exercise while P2 runs to stop sign and back

Combined counts:

50 russian dead lifts (each leg)

100 merkins

200 squats

Stretch 2:

100 plank jacks

200 shoulder taps

300 LBC

Tuesday: Bushwood – upper body day

Mosey around circle to parking lot


20 SSH

20 IW

50 Moroccan Night clubs

20 Mountain climbers

4 corners x 4 laps

5 diamond merkins

5 wide-arm merkins

5 hand release merkins

5 exploding merkins

Grab lifting (smaller) rock

20 curls – run lap

20 overhead presses – run lap

20 tricep extensions – run lap

20 rock squats – run lap


Mary w/ rock

Corner 1 – hold rock up and flutter

Carry rock overhead to next corner

Corner 2 – Russian twist w/ rock

Lunge walk short side

Corner 3 – big boy sit-ups w/ rock

Carry rock overhead to next corner

Corner 4 – lay out flat and bring rock to meet toes

Back to bus parking lot for partner exercises

P1: lap

P2: called exercise

shoulder taps



Wednesday: The Maul

Mosey past theatre to Jersey Mikes


20 SSH

20 IW

50 Moroccan Night clubs

20 Mountain climbers

BLIMPS behind Target

5 Burpees

10 Lunges (each leg)

15 Imperial Walkers

20 Merkins

25 Plank Jacks

30 Squats

Up-n-over the hill

Mosey to Elmstone drive

Stop at first street for partner work – run opposite directions, 10 hand-slap merkins when you meet.  Complete 3 laps

Down muderhorn and up to pool for Mary

3 rounds of exercises

20 dips

10 pull-ups on playground

20 Heels to heaven

Base of Murder Horn

First light backwards – stop at each light and add 5 merkins all the way to the top

Thursday: Nightmare on Elm

Mosey past theatre to Jersey Mikes


20 SSH

20 IW

15 Plank Jack

15 Mountain climbers

Mosey to Chipotle and partner up

P1: lap around buildings

P2: called exercise

Combined counts:

100 step-ups

200 squats

300 LBC’s

Mosey across street to Brown Bag

Run up steps to back of parking deck and 5 Mike Tyson’s

Back down for 5 jump squats

Repeato x3

Garage exercises:

Lunge walk across and 15 LBC’s

Bear crawl back and 15 heels to heaven

Repeato x3

Mosey back to Launch

Friday: The Brave & Snooze Button double header

Mosey past AAA

Quick warm-up

15 mountain climbers

15 Imperial walkers

15 SSH

Warm-up suicide

-high knees and jog back

-butt kicks and jog back

-side shuffle down and back

-sprint down and back


Building loop decreasing ladder

4 rounds decreasing by 5 reps each time

1st bldg: dips

2nd: 20 step-ups

3rd: 20 merkins

4th: 20 heels to heaven

Mosey to parking deck

Jog flats

Sprint inclines

Called exercise at top of each ramp

Mary at top


Snooze Button:

Mosey pas AAA for warm-up

-15 SSH

-15 Imperial Walkers

-5 LSS

Make our way to the Wells Building

Head up parking lot road stopping at each crosswalk for 6 squats

At top start first of 6 exercises at 6 stops down the path w/ 6 reps each


-Big boy sit-ups

-Burpees (ladder down from 6)

Mosey back to launch w/ Mary along the way

Saturday: DaVinci (culmination)

Mosey past Best Buy for warm-up

10 SSH, 1 burpee

10 IW, 2 burpees

20 Moroccan night clubs, 3 burpees

10 Hilliybilly’s, 4 burpees

10 LSS, 5 burpees

Mosey to Old Navy side for some shopping – Stop at each storefront for called exercise

Round 1: Big Boy sit-ups

Round 2: Merkins

Round 3: Russian Deadlifts

Mosey to circle for AMRAP:

Stop 1: 5 Mike Tysons at Banana Republic

Stop 2: loop up steps followed by 5 pull-ups on bars

Stop 3: 10 step-ups at fountain

Across the street to circle fountains for some shoulder clock work.  Long mosey back to launch wrapping up with some mary until time expires

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