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Weird reference to a 80’s show

Asylum is for me most likely the furthest away in the Waxhaw region… on the way I encountered 5 deer! Drive safely when you are coming out to a workout! I don’t want that the number of Mashers is increasing further… they were more than boot-campers today! Good for them…

Warmup

Mosey around CVS to the back-parking lot, circle up and: All the classics:  15x in cadence: Side Straddle Hops, Maroccon Night Clubs, Imperial Walker, Potato Pickers, Mountain Climbers – then calf and runners stretch and finishing with downward and upward dog.

The Thang

Mosey around to the neighborhood cul-de-sac. Every street light alternating 5 burpees and 10 bobby hurleys to the other cul-de-sac straight ahead.

Mosey back to the small hill – and do 7’s. Up on top, start with 6 big boys, down 1 V-up. Pax new the name of the game. Other than the occasional “how many do we have to do now?”, everything sent smooth.

Sprint to the top of the hill. Then, by popular demand: cherry pickers and droppers while walking to the PetSmart parking lot. Swimmers came up with this story where he and his family was watching this weird TV show from the 80’s (?) and he made some connection to “pick-em” which I did not fully get. I guess, I was focusing on cherry picking instead… 🙂

Then: Starfish with 3 Burpees in the middle. On corner (at the PetSmart) 20 donkey kicks against the wall, the other corners were 20 Freddy Mercuries (2 is 1), 10 heels to heaven (I totally forgot that name!), 10 Mike Tysons. Repeato!

And… everybody was so strong and quick today, that we had almost 10 minutes to kill… But we were far away from “have a nice day!”

Grab some wall: 50 Airpresses civilian count, mosey to the far curb and back, 50 Jabs in cadence (here the Pax got nervous!), mosey to the far curb and back, 25 donkey kicks OYO, Cherry-picking and dropping to the far curb and mosey back, 10 derkins civilian count and mosey back to COT.

Moleskin

Great group of people, pushing hard to become better all around! Next time I hope that the boot-campers are out-numbering the MASHER’s again!

To give them credit as well – these were the MASHER’s: Tuck’n’Roll, Landfill, Sledge-o-matic, Stag, Mayhem, Penalty Box

Announcements

  • Christ Closet is giving away more furniture and cloths on the weekend – every little support is welcomed!

Flanders took us out – thank you!

Ever increasing drizzle

In preparing for being the Q here, I was really questioning how many PAX will show up since it was competing with IPC. Either non, because everybody wants to do the very famous IPC or a lot of PAX because everybody wanted to escape the pain from IPC. With a total of 10 PAX (including me) showing up, I guess it was a mix of both… if they would only have known the content of my weinky! 😉

Warmup

Mosey on the parking lot, circle up and: All the classics:  15x in cadence: Side Straddle Hops, Maroccon Night Clubs, Imperial Walker, Mountain Climbers – then calf and runners stretch and finishing with 15x Potato Picker.

The Thang

Mosey to the entrance of the High School. I asked for the creativity of all PAX. Line up on the sidewalk. One is running a small loop on the parking lot, after he called an exercise. The rest is doing the exercise until the runner is back. The next one starts, after calling an exercise and so on. All Exercises are allowed, except “have a nice day”. It felt a bit like MASHing – although I’ve never done it. After everybody was done running one round, we recovered. I don’t recall every exercise, but here are a few: Merkins, American Hammers, Freddy Mercuries, squats,…

Of course, we also needed to get some Cardio in… Mosey to the first alcove and partner up. One partner is running to the other alcove, does 2 burpees and returns back as a timer. The other one is doing donkey kicks, then air presses, then balls to the wall (if possible with merkins), Jabs.

Then: running around – aehm to – the world. Every light pole going back to the parking lot alternating between 10 speed skaters 6 sister Marry Cathrines (?)

Mosey to the parking lot – progressive four corners: 5, 10, 15, 20 merkins was the plan. We did 5, 10 merkins, 15, 20 Carolina Drydogs.

Since we still had time left, we continued with the progressive four corners, but this time with squats. Time only allowed us to go up to 15 squats.

Jail Break to COT

Moleskin

The drizzle was very welcome and got stronger and stronger. But it was not terrible at all… Other than this, not much going on. Great to be out there and get better – even if it is not the IPC! Great work, Big Ben!

Announcements

  • Labor Day convergence at Cuthbertson Middle School with a full menu of different things (6:30 launch)
  • Commitment stays open during IPC
  • SOB convergence comming up as well
  • Tickler will have his VQ at Lasts Call this Friday – BYO rubber

Johnny Utah took us out – thank you!

Rain – the most unpredictable thing in Waxhaw

This was my second time at Watchtower, one of them being the Q… I was supposed to Q here ~3 weeks ago, but it got postponed. When I did my Weinkey for the earlier date, the weather outlook was great. When I checke it again the night before the workout, it said that rain will come down and the world will end. Well… should I adjust my Weinkey? The AO has a lot of cover… No, Iron Water sharpens Iron! Well, Mayham did not think so and moved MASH last second (!) to Cutherbertson… so we had to re-direct Landfill… Luckily, it was not terrible at all and it was only an (almost) refreshing drizzle.  DiCSS were given and off we went!

Warmup

Mosey up the hill to the road, down again and to the back parking lot, circle up and: All the classics:  15x in cadence: Side Straddle Hops, Maroccon Night Clubs, Imperial Walker, Potatoe Picker, Mountain Climbers – then six inch plank followed by calf and runners stretch, 6 in plank, half way plank, upward dog and downward dog.

The Thang

Mosey around to the bus parking lot. My plan was to cut through and go around the school to the other parking lot. But since it was only my second post at this AO, I did not know better and relied on google maps. Anyhow… there were still lines for the parking spots. Find one and  side-step along the line 3 times, then do 3 burpees until I say stop… the last part was not heard by everyone, so I had to repeat it several times… listen up! 😉

Then, while partnering up, we moseyed around the school to the containers and grabbed a lifting rock. By overwhelming popular demand, we made our way to the bottom of the name-giving watchtower, staying on the road. One partner is running up to the tower and up on the tower, does 3 squads and came back to relieve the partner – all as a timer. The other one is doing an exercise – first curls, then trizeps, then overhead chest presses and then this thing where I always forget the name. “bend-over-and-pull-the-rock-up”. Rinse and repeat again – with a lot of moaning. During running to the tower, the importance of headlamps was discussed between Mad Dog and Zinfandel – much to my amusement… Mad Dog asked: “name one thing which is not better with a headlamp” – Zin: “sex” – Mad Dog: “no – it is better with it as you are seeing where you are going… ok, the down side is, that you see everything of your partner very much in detail”… lol!

Then, return the rocks and go to the covered area. Bottlecap was Q-jacking and suggested that while the partner with the stone is doing a rifle-carry, the other has to do 3 burpees and catch up again to take over the rock. I liked it – but not everybody else. So it was more a voluntary addition to the workout. Again, partner up with a different partner. One is running around the parking lot as a timer, but has to do 3 burpees on the other side. The other partner is doing exercises – Freddy Mercuries, Donkey Kicks, Big Boys, Mike Tysons… Rinse and repeat until I say stop.

Mosey back to COT – and done!

Moleskin

It was a cheerful group of people and bottlecap shared some nice stories and memories from his trip to Honduras (also see below). Besides “whaaaat? rinse and repeaaaat?” and the normal “I can’t give it any more”…Not much going on!

Announcements

  • CPR class coming up next Monday and Tuesday 6pm – sign up now! A few slots are still open! Also good for kids who want to be babysitters! DM Surge!
  • Bottlecap talked about his trip to Honduras, where he was washing kids’ feet and handing out shoes. It was a great experience for him and his entire family, humbling, seeing life in a different perspective! “the kids have so little here – and still they are smiling! Meanwhile I am so miserable”, a life lesson not only for his youngest son!

Schneider took us out – thank you!

One-year anniversaries can creep up on you!

Last week I was at Asylum again after a few weeks of an Asylum-break and Flanders hit me up with “hey – we need a Q for next week, I’ll put you on the calendar!”. Thanks, Flanders! I was camping last weekend – and as you all know, this comes along with a little bit of too less sleep combined with bad sleep quality and one or two beers (per hour, as we count them in Germany ;-)). So – late last night I threw a Weinkey together and was hoping to get it behind me. Then, this morning, I realized that it was raining! I did not check the weather yesterday – and for those who know Asylum, you know that there is almost no shelter from rain. Well… rain or shine… bla, bla… On top of this, I also realized – Thanks for bringing this up as well, Transporter – that it is my 1 year anniversary with F3! How time flies, when you have fun! DiCSS were given and off we went!

Warmup

Mosey around the parking lot to Novant, circle up and: All the classics:  15x in cadence: Side Straddle Hops, Maroccon Night Clubs, Imperial Walker, Mountain Climbers – then calf and runners stretch, 6 in plank, half way plank, upward dog and downward dog.

The Thang

Mosey to the bank on the east. Or so I thought it was a bank the entire time… Transporter was kind enough to correct it – most likely it is a kind of a town hall? I still don’t know it. And Google Maps does not help either, that’s almost impossible! Partner up and grab a lifting rock. While one is doing the exercises, the other one is running to the end of the parking lot and back. Exercises were: Curls, Trizeps, overhead presses and… well, I forgot the name again… the ones where you bend over and pull the rock up… Rinse and repeat, until I said stop. I think it was almost two round for everybody…

Mosey to PetSmart parking lot. Starfish: 3 Burpees in the middle, one corner (where PetSmart is) 20 donkey kicks, second corner 10 Big Boys, third corner 10 Mike Tysons, fourth corner 20 Freddie Mercuries. I was very kind to the Pax and asked, if we should replace the Big Boys and Freddie Mercuries due to the wet conditions, but: only iron sharpens iron! We are not melting when it is wet out there! I think it did not matter anyways at this point, as everybody was soaked in sweat already… Rinse and repeat – we accomplished two rounds. Marry till the 6 is in with American Hammers, Floaters and Shoulder Taps.

Mosey to the top of the Hill, down into the neighborhood. 7’s. Starting on top of the hill with 1 Bobby Hurley, then at the bottom of the hill 6 Speed Skaters (2 is 1)…

Mosey back to PetSmart – I realized I had more time to cover, than anticipated. 4 Corners, deconstructed burpee: first, 5 Merkins, then 10 ins-and-outs, then 10 Squats, then 5 full Burpees.

And still, there was time left… the Pax were too fast and strong today! So: mosey back into direction of COT, do some step-ups and Dips in front of Brooklyn Pizza and then go back to COT. Done!

Moleskin

Not much mumbling or chatting going on – or I just did not hear it… But: I always take this as a good sign, because then everybody is too much out of breath to actually complain!

Shop Dawg (my then next door neighbor) Eh’ed my on the first day when I arrived (7/3) with the moving truck, while he helped me getting the sofa in the house. But since I had to go back to WI, clarify some stuff up there and come down to beautiful NC again, it took me another ~2 weeks to get out for the first time (07/15/2020). Man – I’m glad I can write this here now, as I really thought I had to die! Tanyatine was Q’ing Dromedary at 100% humidity and I was almost throwing up the entire rest of the day! But I managed to hold everything in… I am really glad to be part of F3 Waxhaw, that I was able to improve my physique and overall form, meet great people, have the opportunity to lead and become a better person over-all! A big thank you , to all of you out there!

Besides that: it is Bypass 38’s birthday today! Happy Birthday!!! If I would have know it, I would have baked 38 burpees in there… Actually, we needed only 3 more… deng it!

Announcements

  • Blackhawk needs more people – especially from Walnut Creek. If you know anybody, EH them! (Saturdays at 6:30am)
  • Qsource: we need more people to step up and lead!
  • Bypass stepped up to be Co-Site-Q at Asylum (Thanks, Bypass!), since Swimmers opened Aspen as a new site!
  • Asylum needs more Q’s in August: now is the time to shine!

Shop Dawg took us out – thank you!

It is getting bright in the mornings!

This morning, I really did not want to get up. But I had no choice, since I was Q’ing. My preparation was nothing fancy, only “quick and dirty”… but maybe this also comes with some experience of Q’ing! Well, it just takes time to re-adjust after a nice, long weekend! DiCSS were given and off we went!

Warmup

All the classics, with a bit of a twist:  warm-up mosey on the parking lot, then: 15x in cadence: Side Straddle Hops, Maroccon Night Clubs, Imperial Walker, here come s the twist: Potato Pickers, Mountain Climbers – then calf and runners stretch, 6 in plank, upward dog and downward dog.

The Thang

We moseyed a few yards to the corner of the street on the main entrance: First block was: run to the second lamp posts ahead, do 5 merkins, run back one lamp post and do 5 big boys. All the way around the world (the globe) to the back entrance. And to make it more interesting / confusing: every second time you run back one lamp post, run backwards! During the warmup mosey, there was all kind of chatting and mumbling – all of a sudden, this stopped here! Hahaha… mission accomplished!

After marrying until the 6 comes in, mosey to the Middle School entrance. There we did  a time-consuming 7’s. run down to the bend of the parking lot, do Mike Tysons, rung up on the parking lot, cut through the walkway to the entrance and do Booby Bobby Hurley’s. We started with running down there and 1 Mike Tyson… The first moaning came already “all this running” – unfortunately, I forgot who the Pax were…

After we all picked up the six, an Indian Run to the rock pile at that small loop was a good thing to do. Most everybody at front kept the pace slow to make it not too hard on everybody else. That’s team work! 😉 Arrived at the rock pile – partner up and find a lifting rock. One partner is running (functioning as the timer), doing two burpees at the opposite site of the loop while the other partner is doing exercises. Curls, Triceps, chest presses (?). The crowd turned more silent with every rep and yard… And I learnt my hard lesson that it is never good, if your partner chooses the rock for you! Thanks Shop Dawg! 😉

Return the rocks and mosey back in direction of COT. On the Hill on the parking lot, we circled up to do some last minute exercises – a variation of planks, 6in planks and half planks… Then jailbreak to COT! Done!

Moleskin

As always, it was great to actually get out of bed and work out with some great Pax! It is motivating to see how we all get exhausted together to start our day – and feel better afterwards, every single time!

Announcements

  • Last Call needs more Q’s for June! Sleep in and Q at 6:02am!
  • Beer Run on 6/5 – the perfect preparation for the Blood Drive! Or did I miss there something?
  • Blood Drive is on 6/19 – GIVE. YOUR. BLOOD!

Premature – I / we hope everything is going well!

Shop Dawg took us out – thank you!

Stacking Q’ing – and escaping the rain again!

For some strange reason, I end up Qing twice within 2-3 days for the second time now… It makes the planning easier and you almost come into a rhythm… This might actually be an advise for VQ’s or people who did not Q often, yet!

I was almost preparing for rain this morning, but thought: the forecast was showing rain soooo often and it never happened. And so it was once more! Before giving the DiCSS, I had to tell everyone to sh** ** and listen – if they would know what’s coming at them! – but got a nice jab back when I was finished 20sec earlier and got asked if they were allowed to talk again… 😉

Warmup

The typical thing: warm-up mosey along the main street, turning it at CVS and circling up at that small parking lot. Then 15x in cadence: Side Straddle Hops, Maroccon Night Clubs, Imperial Walker, Mountain Climbers – then calf and runners stretch and a nice upward and downward dog. With all the sighs of relief!

The Thang

We moseyed back to the Pet-smart parking lot and started a star-fish: 15 merkins, 10 big boys, 10 Mike Tysons, 20 Freddie Mercury’s and 3 burpees in the middle. Repeat to have 2 rounds. Talks were mainly about WTF and how people underestimated either the distance or the trail or the format or…

We went over to the wall of Pet-smart and “partnered up”. One partner had to run “on the outside of the inside of the parking lot” – that was confusing but after a few times repeating and showing, everybody got it. The other partner started with the exercises… sit against the wall – jabs, then donkey kicks, then sit against the wall – air presses, then bobby hurleys. Swimmers took 3 rounds to figure out my German accent… “what is a jab?” – “well, a just like a “jab”, you know Rocky Balboa” – “what is a jab?” – “you know, in boxing if you hit somebody with a jab” – “ahhh… a “jab””. I still need to figure out, how I pronounced it differently… 🙂 We repeated until I said stop (I think it was almost two rounds). There was a lot of “oh, they need to run faster, I’m done with the exercises!”

Mosey over to the big parking lot again, finding 4 corners: 20 dips, 20 speed skaters (one is one), 5 Burpees, 20 LBC’s. Total of two rounds, picked up the six and finished all together with additional 20 dips. I pulled up a Fun-FAct from Friday: 65% of the highways in Germany (Autobahn) have no speed limit. And: In Germany, there is no punishment for a prisoner who tries to escape from jail, because it is a basic instinct to be free! Now – if you count 1 and 1 together… you got it! Jailbreak – but not to COT, yet, but to the parking lot above it! That is a long way!

With two minutes to go we Lunge-walked to the next speed bump and then moseyed back around to COT. Got around 3mi in!

Moleskin

It was great to have 9 PAX out, as it spices the workout up a little bit with different fitness levels, more small and trash talk – yet, everybody is part of the group and it is always great to see what we all together can achieve!

Announcements

  • Asylum needs a Q next Monday
  • Unconfirmed: last Monday of May is Convergence for Memorial Day
  • Q-Source: “5 love languages”, lead by By-pass

Akbar took us out – and is really looking forward to tomorrow: May the fourth!

Fun-Fact Friday and almost closing out the April Q-challenge

I noticed two things this morning. First: 10 degrees more make a huge difference to your transpiration! Second: as a Q you never know what to expect. Last time I Q’ed Last Call, we were 11 Pax, before that at Dromedary (same location) we were  23 Pax. Today, we were only 3! But: this is what makes you a stronger and better leader when you Q because you always have to adapt! When One Star announced last Wednesday at Dromedary that I am Q’ing Last Call, he said that I will share some history from Germany and bring an international flair to the workout. FFF aka Fun-Fact-Friday was born! First Fun-Fact was given during DiCSS: The largest Class Action Settlement in the USA was the Tobacco Settlement for $206 billion. The third biggest was the Volkswagen emissions scandal for $14.7 Billion. Volkswagen also had a class action settlement in Germany – worth only $830 Million… so: you cannot sue F3, the school / location, me and you should not sue each other.

Warmup

Schnitzel-classic or better: Waxhaw-classic!  warm-up mosey then the next Fun-Fact (FF): When JFK visited Berlin, he infamously said “Ick bin ein Berliner”, which also translates to “I am a jelly donut”… so let’s get rid of the donuts we ate over the last days and weeks! 15x in cadence: Side Straddle Hops, Maroccon Night Clubs, Imperial Walker, Mountain Climbers – then calf and runners stretch.

The Thang

We moseyed a few yards on the parking lot and started a star-fish: 15 merkins, 10 big boys, 10 Mike Tysons, 20 Freddie Mercury’s and 3 burpees in the middle. Repeat to have 2 rounds. We learnt that One Star is more of a “Drive-way” than a “Big-Gig in the Taphouse” singer. But hey – I would not even come close to a Mic! Next FF: If you think this workout section was bad – think again! Chancellor Angela Merkel has a Barbie doll made after her! Urgh…

During the mosey to the main entrance I was planning to say “partner up”… but… with 3 in total, this is a difficult exercise… So Deep Dish was running first the small loop on the parking lot in front of the entrance as a timer, while One Star and I started with the exercises… sit against the wall – jabs, then donkey kicks, then sit against the wall – air presses, then bobby hurleys. We repeated until I said stop (I think it was almost two rounds). One Star and I had to leave Deep Dish out of our conversation, since he was always running away, but One Star and I talked about Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods and how crazy success-driven they are. In other words: if you really want to achieve something, you can do it (with a little bit of talent)! Next FF: If you think that this was a rather long section of the workout – think again! “Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft” is the longest published word. It is 79 letters long! And no, I will not translate it for you, because this would eat up another 10 paragraphs… 🙂 And something short / narrow: in my home town in Reutlingen is the world’s narrowest Street. It is called “Spreuhofstrasse” and is 31cm (one foot) wide at its narrowest point!

Mosey down to the parking lot again, finding 4 corners: 20 dips, 20 speed skaters (one is one), 5 Burpees, 20 LBC’s. Total of three rounds. With a little time to kill we lunge-walked “fuenf Baueme” (5 trees) up the street. Next FF: 65% of the highways in Germany (Autobahn) have no speed limit. And: In Germany, there is no punishment for a prisoner who tries to escape from jail, because it is a basic instinct to be free! Now – if you count 1 and 1 together… you got it! Jailbreak to COT!

With two minutes to go we did Floaters and big boys in cadence, and finished strong with a 10sec “have a nice day”.

Moleskin

Having only 3 Pax in a workout makes it naturally a bit more intimate, calm and serene since there is no BS in-between… But we all did a great job in pushing ourselves again and enjoyed a beautiful morning. My assumption was, that I am closing the April Q-Challenge, but learnt later that the Noon-Workout still took place… deng it!

Announcements

  • Last Call needs more Q’s for May! I saw there were a lot of VQ in April
  • tomorrow is WTF and workout-convergence at Blackhawk where Shop Dawg will give you a beat-down.

I closed it with some more FF for the weekend: there are over 1,500 (or 5,000 – depending on the source) different beers in Germany, pured under the German purity law (only barley, hops and water). There are over 300 different kinds of bread in Germany. There are over 1,000 kinds of sausages in Germany. Beer is officially considered a food in Bavaria and – last but not least – The “Weihenstephaner Brewery just north of Munich has been operations since 1040, making it the world’s oldest brewery (sorry, Yuengling!). So, try and stay healthy during the weekend!

Did ONE leave to his STAR?

Well, again, this question has not been answered during the workout, but One Star has not been seen. It could be that it was already dawn (which is unusual for me – but that’s the perk of going to Last Call!) and therefore we could not see him anymore taking off…(pun intended). Meaning, his recruiting skills – or better: voluntelling skills – to Q’ing are outstanding. Or, maybe he was just scared of what is coming, after I Q’d Wednesday already. Because of that, I informed everybody that they can expect a slightly modified “repeat”. After Waterboy told us that the donkey kicks on Wednesday gave some nightmares where he would fall on his face while doing donkey kicks, I immediately thought: “how can I include more of them?”  In total we were 11 PAX – some I did not see before! – and enjoyed the little bit warmer weather.

Warmup

We started right on time with a short Mosey up the parking lot circled up and did the absolute Waxhaw classics: Side-straddle hops (counting in German, on request of missing One Star), Moroccan night clubs, imperial walkers, Mountain Climbers – each 15 times. This time I added 10 merkins and the order might not have been the same. Then some calf and runners stretching, upward dog and downward dog… nothing out of the ordinary!

The Thang

From the warmup circle moseying to the main entrance of the high school, asked the PAX to team up… One should run around the island (middle lane) while the other is doing exercises. First low slow squats, then derkins, lunges and J Lo’s. Repeat! I told them to repeat until I say recover.  I’m not repeating the same sentence from my lase backblast… Basically: don’t use your brain and waste energy counting! Some thought “great, my brain can have a break!” others thou… couldn’t thin… well, we are not going into details here…

Indian Run to the picnic area – just to include 20 donkey kicks for more nightmares! The Indian Run was not well known, so there was some confusion on what to do, how fast to go, who has to overtake,… Next time I will make sure to explain this better as well… Then along the path to the next parking lot (end of path). Repeat the same thing from Wednesday: Partner up with 3 – which is difficult if you are 11 PAX total… Now, an in-depth explanation followed, as I learned my lesson from Wednesday and wanted to avoid confusion. 1 Team member stays where we are and makes an exercise, 2 are running to the entrance of the school, one stays there and makes an exercise, the other goes back to the first location and tags the first team member,… not too difficult, if it is well explained… Exercises were: Dips and Heels to Heaven at the School entrance, bobby hurleys and big boys at the beginning of the path. Repeat! Some PAX used the mosey to relax, slow down, chat and laugh… My initial thought was: they are going to pay for this with burpees! But on a beautiful Friday morning, I showed mercy… And I want to win the Rooster tomorrow… selfish me…

Because it was so nice, we tried the Indian Run again to the back entrance of the High School – and to my astonishment as I was expecting, the PAX are clever, fast learning people and it was a success! Team up again! One partner is doing exercises, one is bear-crawling across half the parking lot, running to the end and running backwards back to the partner. Exercises were: Dips, speed skaters, merkins, Freddie Mercuries. Repeat!

Mosey back in direction of COT, stop at one of the side entrances for 30 shoulder presses and some more nightmare donkey kicks (20)… sleep well! Hahaha… Mosey to the hill at the parking lot, wait for the 6 with American Hammers and finish strong with a jailbreak to COT.

Moleskin

Although it was late on a Friday morning, there was not much to talk about. Maybe everyone was confused with me counting in German, or they had to figure out how this da** Indian Run works, or they were just happily looking forward to a beautiful Friday and the upcoming weekend! Who knows… maybe they were just focused on looking for that One Star which might be still visible up in the sky taking off…

My takeaway is definitely: Q’ing is not terrible, especially when you can do 2 similar workouts within 3 days… and if you have great and supporting PAX like we have at F3! Thank you!

Announcements

  • Asylum – Monday 5:15. Fuse Box put the challenge out: 100 burpess, unless there is an FNG (-30 burpees), a new face at Asylum (-30) or a PAX who has not worked out this year (-30) show up. Great idea! What they did not mention is, that the time will “spring forward” over the weekend…
  • Rooster is tomorrow – Go “Schnitz and Giggles”!

Thank you, Flanders, for the closing prayer!

Why is it still cold?

Well, this question has not been answered during the workout, but at least it was not raining. This was only my second Q, which is most likely the hardest anyone can do… you don’t have the “protection and forgiveness” from the VQ, but still don’t know what you are doing! 😉 The good thing is, that I have been properly prepared to Q by Chastain, Fusebox and Paperjam during last Saturday’s Q-school. I wonder what they would have said about today’s workout! When I pulled up, I was all alone  – but boy, by the time we started we were a total of 23 PAX, including one 12-year young FNG! I did not expect such a big turnout and the right to name an FNG… pushing me and my nerves further on the edge…

Warmup

We started right on time with a short Mosey up the parking lot circled up and did the absolute Waxhaw classics: Side-straddle hops, Moroccan night clubs, imperial walkers, Mountain Climbers – each 15 times. Then some calf and runners stretching, upward dog and downward dog… nothing out of the ordinary! Then I informed the PAX that this is my second Q only, hoping not to be bashed entirely.

The Thang

From the warmup circle moseying to the main entrance of the high school, asked the PAX to form teams of 2… One should run around the island (middle lane) while the other is doing exercises. First squats, then lunges, step-up’s and bobby hurley’s. I told them to repeat until I say recover. Basically: don’t use your brain and waste energy counting! Some thought “great, my brain can have a break!” others thou… couldn’t thin… well, we are not going into details here…

Mosey to the back entrance of the High School, again: partner up! This time, the exercises were derkins, dips, merkins, dips, repeat until I say recover, while the partner is lunge-walking across the parking lot and running backwards back to the partner. Well, after the first round, I reduced it to lunges only half-way through the parking lot  – it always sounds easier on paper, than it actually is… I heard someone say, or was this just in my head? And I heard Dana and One Star discussing, that if you crush your back, you can also crush your ballz… maybe I should have listened to the whole discussion to make sense out of it! 😉

Mosey to the entrance of Middle School with a change! Don’t partner up, but find teams of 3! I guess, this was the first confusion after telling everybody to not use their brain… Well,… one partner was supposed to stay at the entrance and do Freddy Mercuries / J Lo’s, two partners should mosey to the start of the path going around the school, one of them is running back and the other should do gas pumps / big boys. When the one running back to the entrance, the PAX at the entrance would run down to the entry of the path,… and so on… Well. It started already wrong with running only to the next curve of the parking lot and ended with a disaster of not knowing what to do. At least, everybody was doing some exercises in a somewhat coordinated way which felt like the original instruction. Maybe I should give instructions in German – I guess, it would have been the same outcome!

Back in the direction of COT around the school, 20 donkey kicks oyo at a wall in the picnic area. Then crossing the bus parking lot – where one actually pulled out – back to the big parking lot. Final few minutes: jail break two trees in front, 1 burpee, backwards one tree, repeat. Finished on time at COT.

Moleskin

Having 22 PAX alone is challenging, add “the 2nd Q situation” and you will understand, that I did not pick up a lot of chittering, moaning,… Or was it just too good of a workout? 😉 I will have the chance to pick up more of that in two days already since I’m Q’ing Last Call – with a very similar workout. I am wondering, who is joining this workout again because it was soooo much fun today, who is not joining, because it was toooo much fun and who will join just because of this Backblast… I promise to use some German, as requested! Note to myself: don’t work on one muscle group only at a time, spread it out!

Announcements

  • Friday, Last Call, same location – hit that snooze button for a 6:00 start! Me Q’ing again
  • One Star tried to promote The Rooster… well, he achieved it since it is mentioned here!
  • FNG – 12 years young, fast, likes football, basketball, Star Wars… named “Herschel”. Hey, Herschel, I also had to google it…! Herschel Walker. Multi-talent! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herschel_Walker

Thank you, Premature, for the closing prayer!

9 is the magic number on a foggy Monday morning

18 (counted at Number-ama) or 19 (counted at Name-O-Rama) PAX started the Turkey week with the best intention to burn these additional calories before they even had them! An unknown number did the MASH-workout and likewise, an unknown number braved my VQ workout! It was all about getting prepared for my daughter’s birthday – more to come…

 

Warmup

Being German, I started the workout a few seconds before 5:15am and moseyed along the street, past the CVS and circled up at the small parking lot which feels more like a dark, dirty backyard. Sugar Daddy took a shortcut from the starting point, as he still needs to learn how to set an alarm, but made it just in time to participate in the warm-up circle. 18 of each: side-straddle hops, imperial walkers, Moroccan night clubs, plank jacks and then a little bit of stretching. After that, we made an Indian Run past Target to the top of the small hill into the neighborhood. Chastain was already trying to Q-jack and suggested to build in some burpees… If he would have known, what was up my sleeve… On the way, we picked-up Posse, who should talk to Sugar Daddy about learning on how to set the Alarm (Actually, maybe they should talk to somebody else to get some good input).

 

The Thang

As it is my daughter’s ninth birthday, we did a “9” instead of a “7”. Starting on top of the hill, we did these things where nobody knows the name for (stationary lunge-jumps – suggestions are welcome!) and did speed skaters at the bottom of the hill. Of course, always 2-for-1, as it would be boring otherwise.

Taking a left we kept the group together with another Indian Run to the cul-de-sac, which was the starting point for our next set of pain. There are 9 lamp posts on the way to the other cul-de-sac and we alternated 3 different exercises (and of course: 9 reps of each): dry dogs, big boys and burpees (here you go, Chastain).

And again an Indian Run back to the starting point, for another visit of 9 lamp posts with 9 reps. This time: bobby hurlies, LBC´s and monkey hoppers.

As everybody did a great job with picking up the 6, we stayed together with another Indian Run to the Pet-supply shop where we started a 4-corner-each-corner-9-reps-deconstructed-burpee: in´s-and-out´s, merkins, jump squats and the full burpees.

As we still had a few seconds to spare, we finished off with 18 donkey kicks against the pet-supply-shop (haha) and went back to COT.

 

Moleskin

Apart from learning to set the alarms to the right time there was not much to report. There was little or no b******* and moaning throughout the workout – either the burpees killed everyone or everybody was mentally eating a turkey already or it is just the great support everybody shows for a VQ!

Thank you everyone – I had a great time being a VQ!

Announcements

  • Chastain talked about the 2020 Passport Challenge. He used all his words for the day… in short: sign-up, try different AO´s or do 2nd and 3rd F´s and beat Area 51 and SOB!
  • Shop Dawg mixed up the days during the Christ Closet Announcement: Mondays (6-7pm), Thursdays (6-8pm) and Saturdays (9am-12pm). Get out with your M and 2.0´s and do something good for the community!
  • Fusebox invited to the Q-source right after the workout. Topic: Faylure (sorry: failure!)
  • Asylum needs a Q for next week. Then, Hanson has his VQ the week after.
  • Sugar Daddy’s VQ is coming up next Monday at Flash – support him!
  • Posse would like to participate in the Waxhaw parade (floats stay still, people are driving by), but needs somebody else to step up and lead this. Suggestion was that MASHERs are doing a 2-hour workout with people popping in as desired, with a nice F3 pop-up banner.

 

Thank you Shop Dawg for taking us out today!