7 PAX showed up for Last Call for an under the lights work-out at MRHS. OK, stadium lights were on for the track team but we claim it was for our benefit. And the two minute later start time came in handy for those coming in hot, including yours truly.
Mosey around parking lot. SSH, IW, Moroccan Night Clubs, Wide Circles, Plank. Stretching – up/down dogs, calves, runner’s pose. Q was accused of plagiarizing warmup from Tuesday at Bushwood…..no argument.
Mosey to MS entrance. 20 steps-ups (10 each leg) run a lap; 20 dips, run a lap; 20 derkins, run a lap. Repeato but all three exercises in a row (60 reps) and run a lap.
Mosey to globe at entrance. 25 calf raises.
Mosey to student lot for four corners. 2 burpees in the middle and 15 reps of the following at each corner. Repeato for a total of 2 rounds:
Mosey to east lot for 11-ladder. Plank jacks and SSH’s with run to center island.
Mosey back to COT.
3+ miles and a complete lap around campus. BottleCap and Carb Load out in front as usual which is a good push for all.
Announcements / Closing
Das Boot stated Christmas party in December. No date, so go ahead and “save the date” for all 31 days in anticipation.
6 men showed up for the battle of the bands, 70’s v 80’s edition of Meathead. It would have been 7, but someone slept in. We won’t name names, we don’t do that here, but YHC can confidently say that said person can expect a Foo Fighters playlist of KISS songs coming soon to a workout near him.
But YHC digresses, the men in attendance took on week 3 of the Wolf. For those just tuning in from home, The Wolf is the third gospel of the Meathead bible. How it was developed can only be summarized in these immortal words from Martin Luther, “I think you received these ideas in your pipe dreams.” (From Defense and Explanation of All the Articles, pg. 56 of Luther’s Works, Vol. 32)
Battle of the Bands was an idea submitted by a pax on Slack the day prior to the workout. YHC had planned an aggressive punk covers playlist for some fun with the pax but quickly switched gears once the request line was opened. Battle of the Bands was suggested and one of those pipe dream ideas from Martin Luther popped into YHC’s head. It might be more of a Battle of the Decades but the approach to the playlist was to take rock artists from both decades and play a track from the 70’s and a track from the 80’s back to back. It worked for the pax present, unfortunately, at least one pax missed out altogether. But the pax in attendance paid tribute and rocked on, Detroit City style.
Warmup: 25 swings, IW, 25 swings, Sharon Towers, 25 swings, Prying squat, 25 swings
The Wolf: DFFS, DMP, DCL, DFFS 3 sets of 5. 1 minute on, 90 seconds off
Double Deadlifts: 3 sets of 5
Merkins / Lawnmowers: 3 sets of 10
Voodoo complex increasing reps: 2, 3, 4 per side
Double carries, alternating positions – rest in between
Waiter / rack
Farmer / rack
Waiter / Farmer
Static holds 30 seconds each
The Wolf is a no joke program. The double squats bracketing the exercises really forces pax to push themselves, YHC worked with double 40’s (not the drinkable kind) for two sets and double 53’s for the last set. That will take the wind out of your sails. Thankfully, the pax will only be subjected to this madness for a few more weeks before moving onto the next
book spreadsheet in the Meathead gospel.
Good group of pax as well. The usual regulars were out these with a drive-by from the Anvil crew. No monkey-humpers this week. Pretty sure
the playlist Mr Magoo’s beatdown by the baseball fields kept them busy and too tired to show their (no eye contact) monkey humper form.
Was really looking forward to getting some solid feedback on the playlist this week. As mentioned in previous backblasts, YHC delights in setting off the grumpy old snowflakes with select choices of loud and aggressive (some might say angry) music. This week YHC leaned into the idea of 70’s v 80’s playlist in the hopes of some epic musical mumblechatter. Of course the risk with this is always finding out who had what done to them in various concert parking lots across the United States. Some stories
are better left at home will live on infamy (or disgust). Frehley’s Comet may not ever live this one down.
Finally, thanks to Voodoo and Unplugged for the opportunity to lead. Always enjoy subjecting the pax to my bad ideas, and they all seem to think they get better for it.
Thanks to Unplugged for the take-out.
And of course, can’t forget the playlist:
Ghosted is a master of Q headlocking. In the euphoric finish of WTF 5 months ago I agreed to make my way south to Q my first running workout of Pursuit. Fast forward to October and it’s time to Q YHC’s first-ever running workout.
Being my first time at the site and unfamiliar with running workouts my veteran move was to copy a prior workout. Far enough in the past Pax wouldn’t know I ripped it off completely. Thanks to Tuck for a solid backblast that detailed the route and founding of Pursuit. We’re going to run one of the first loops and revisit the roots of how the site got the name Pursuit.
1.1 mile loop from the clubhouse through Nesbit Park. Roughly 60% road and 30% gravel path. It was a great little course. Allowed you to see your pals more due to the short length and still had a lot of variety.
Challenge the pax to pick up the pace on each consecutive mile. Ghosted shoots off like a cannon and ghosts all other pax. Dasher and Hollywood dash into the dark, twisting trails of the thread trail. YHC settles in with Rubbermaid and Wahoo. Slow first few miles, then pick up the pace for the final three. Run just about 6.5 miles over the course of the hour. Ex-Lax joins us all back in the lot.
10 PAX showed up at Bushwood for a cool and crisp round. Speaking for myself, a much needed work-out after a food and drink filled weekend and fartsack Monday.
Mosey around parking lot. SSH, IW, Moroccan Night Clubs, Plank & Mountain Climbers. Stretching – up/down dogs, calves, runner’s pose.
Mosey to Marvin Creek entrance. 20 steps-ups (10 each leg) on knee wall.
Mosey to Turkey Hunt cul-de-sac. Every mail box on left alternate between 10 speedskaters, 5 squats.
Mosey down Groves Edge, 5 merkins at each driveway on right.
At Red Twig Court, run to end for 15 Big Boys. Repeat.
Mosey back to school and rock pile. Grab a rock, grab a lane.
Mosey to front bus lot, grab the wall:
Jail break or Mosey back to COT.
Good work out with close to 3 miles. Good to have some SE Waxhaw residents / PAX come to the NW side of town.
Announcements / Closing
Take care of yourself in this crazy world but don’t hesitate to help others as well.
Pulled into the lot outside Civetta with 5 minutes to spare. No cars in the lot, not a great start. By the time 5:30 rolled around 5 additional PAX had shown up and the mumblechatter was already off to a great start. Apparently, Frehleys had been assaulted by an ant a day earlier and the damn thing did some decent damage. Having never allowed an ant to take him down, Rousey was already running his victory lap in tomorrow’s beer mile in his mind. Regardless, the show must go on.
Quick disclaimer was provided to the veteran crew and we were off.
Warm-up mosey around the Regal Cinema. CoP near where we used to launch from.
Warm-Up Exercises in cadence:
Head across Elm Ln. and head to the bottom of the Murderhorn.
WAVE 1: Catch me if you can (Partner Up)
Plank/Mary while we wait at the top for the 6. Next, back across Elm Ln. to the back of the retail shops. Run the length of the shops stopping at each speed bump. Alternate Merkins x 10 and Mike Tysons x 10 at each speed bump.
Next, up and over the hill near the dumpster and head across the street to St. Matthews to find some lifting rocks.
WAVE 2: Upper Body Rock Work
Rocks back where you found them. Mosey over to the shopping center and stop next to the first island near GNC
WAVE 3: Blimps
Mosey back to Launch Point
Quick set of LBCs, called time, and COT.
The Wednesday Dromedary spot was open and PreMature asked if I could come on up to Q. I got to Marvin plenty early to see the mash unit setup but No Premature on site. At the last minute, he pulls in after sleep-driving over to Cuthbertson for a non-existent workout. It had been a while since I was on the site and it kind of brought back some memories of Weddington before the boot. Seemed like a great day for the Serpent of Death.
Mosey to the front of the school to warm-up
Mosey to the parking lot entrance for the Serpent of Death
Mosey to the steps for some calf raises while the six comes back from the end
Mosey to the loop behind the middle school
Mosey to the back of the high school for some Donkey Kicks and Mike Tysons
Listen to all the complaints that we are out of time and have to run back to COT
Get there in the knick of time
I love when the PAX tells me a workout sucks. I am used to saying it for Transporter and other Q-‘s who push us to the brink. I love taking the PAX on the journey of how much we can fit in for 45 minutes. No Merlot spills so we are all good. Have an amazing week.
Blood Drive in Matthews / SOB October 29th
Mayhem Trash Pickup on Cuthbertson Road on Saturday or Sunday – Contact Mayhem to Coordinate
Christ Closet has moved out from this weekend – No Free Beer Friday this week – Now October 30th Weekend
Brian Stevenson announced that Neighborhood Watch would start at Marvin High School this Sunday at 7:30 – 2.0 and Dog friendly – Enjoy the Fellowship while not out of breath
Deep Dish on Q on Friday for Last Call at Marvin High School
Nine appeared this morning and off we went at 5:30 sharp.
First for a warm-up at the oval, 15 each of side straddle hops, imperial walkers, low slow squats, mountain climbers, and Peter Parkers.
Next a jog to the North rock pile for a lifting rock and three walks around the circle doing curls, then presses, and finishing with triceps.
Then to the north parking lot where we ran a series of three laps from end to end making fours stops completing 20, 15, 10, and 5 reps, the first lap merkins, second LBC’s, and third jump squats.
From there to the hot box where we partnered and completed three sets of rotating step-ups/run to 2nd light post and dips/run to the 2nd light post.
Onward to the rock pile past cemetery for another rock fest, rotating running and lifting with partner. The rock lifting was in supine position and included bench press, skull crusher, and WWII sit ups.
Lastly back to start with a short sprint to finish and 3 burpees, plus another 3 burpees to finish on time.
Given recent news locally and at UNC Chapel Hill, we closed with a prayer for those who have lost hope and sought refuge with God, for their families and friends who need our prayers, love and strength in their loss, and to seek help from God in recognizing those amongst us who are losing hope and in pain and ask His help in providing the understanding, support, and love they need to live on.
Rousey went with some guerrilla marketing Monday afternoon for Bagpipe and somehow promised everyone face tattoos…I think. Apparently it piqued the curiosity of 17 Pax who came for the initiation delivered by YHC. 5:30 rolled around so we began our mosey to the parking lot near Loch Ness.
COP of SSH, IW, Steve Earle’s, side2side potato pickers, Peter Parkers, hold at 6 inches, Parker Peters.
Run to the rock pile by Loch Ness and rifle carry your rock to the loop around the water. At this point I informed the group that Rousey was at another recent workout lamenting to me his soccer arms and wanted to address those. So with that in mind we would focus on the upper body with some AMRAP’s. Carney apparently snuck a peek at my weinke and dressed accordingly with an AMRAP t-shirt. He apparently has been practicing his AMRAP because he was crushing it.
The group partnered up with P1 running a lap around the water. While P1 ran P2 completed as many sets as possible of 20 curls, 20 overhead presses and 20 bent over rows. Flapjack each time a partner runs the lap with a set AMRAP time of 13 minutes. When the 13 minute timer hit we carried our rocks back rifle carry style.
Back to the picnic benches for the 2nd AMRAP. Exercises were 20 dips and 20 incline merkins while the partner ran down the fitness trail to the Lance (I think) building and back. Again 13 minutes to get as many sets in as you can. After this time to head back to launch.
Nice big group out there this morning but alas no gang initiations or face tattoos. Maybe next time. The mumblechatter started early before YHC even gave the disclaimer and continued throughout. To no one’s surprise a lot of it came from Frehley’s. As the timer began to run down on the 1st AMRAP YHC instructed the guys leaving to run to just run part way and come back so as to not get stuck at the furthest point. Frehley’s of course started joking that we were to run halfway around the loop and back. Heading back to launch Rousey gave his customary challenge for anyone to race him back to launch but only this time Spitball took him up on it. Not sure who won but it looked neck and neck from YHC’s viewpoint (I took the hamstring pull free route).
Thanks Rousey and Cable Guy for overseeing Bagpipe and allowing me to lead.
530 – and we are off.
Mosey to 131 Main
– SSH 25 IC
– Hill Billys 25 IC
Mosey to wall near back of Target
– Partner A – Wall ups
– Partner B – Run to stop sign and 10 merkins
– Flapjack and repeat twice
Every light behind Target – 10 merkins
Half-way thru we do Mary
Find rocks near side of Target in the woods. NOPE, They aren’t there anymore. Doh.
With your partner:
– Partner A – run down and do 20 squats
– Partner B – Mary
– One set of partners is doing Hairburners.
– Repeat this until all partner sets have done one set of hairburners
Mosey to shopping cart racks
– 10 Supine Pullups
– not sure what tag-a-long and rousey where up to. It involved tangled legs.
Mosey to the two-story
5 six count burpees
Laps up the step
– Partner A – left staircase, supine pullups
– Partner B – right staircase, push ups (10 reg, 10 diamond, 10 wide)
– Up the stairs and over. 3 sets, 6 times over the stairs.
– 50 air presses
– 60 air presses
Great group out there today. Thanks