(War Eagle posting on behalf of Teddy)
10 men braved the cold weather and worked on their winter physique.
Mosey around the movie theater lot to warm up the legs. Circle up for, 15 SSH, 16 IW, 15 Mrkn, 15 WM
Mosey to the speed bumps behind the Stonecrest Shopping Center for suicides. 10 merkins at starting line followed by 10 full sit ups at each speed bump. Repeat X6
Mosey to the St. Matthews parking lot and grab a lifting rock for 3 sets of 11’s. • 10 shoulder press with rock/1 burpee, 9 shoulder press with rock/2 burpee, etc… • 10 curls with rock/1 LBC, etc. • 10 triceps extension/1 squat with rock, etc.
Mosey to fountain in Stonecrest and partner up. Partner 1 – 10 merkin, 10 derkin, and 10 incline merkin – partner 2 runs around building – Switch and repeat X3 Mosey back to launch.
Thanks to the PAX for letting me lead this AM. Was a little sore and tired from the Thin Mint beat down the morning prior, so wanted to keep the mileage manageable and work on the ole physique. Plus, I always like to throw Paper Jam for a loop as he asserts that, “I’m a runner and we must be running”. Happy Meal and Yogi were killing it out of the gate and helped set the pace for the rest of us – Nice work guys! I found out quickly that the first set of 11’s with the rock, shoulder press and burpee, was a horrible idea. Q had to ask for a 10 count at the midway point as I was already gassed and did attempt to put the blame on Paper Jam. You can imagine what happened from there and I can always count on Mary Kay for letting me know it was a horrible idea – so the banter kicked off…So much so that I was having challenges maintaining the proper count. Lucky for me, War Eagle was close by keeping me in check with the count or maybe more accurately, adding his contribution to the banter. It was back to the cold weather but it didn’t seem to bother the PAX. Nice job all around!
Joe Davis Run March 9th – sign up – https://f3southcharlotte.com/2019/01/01/preblast-2019-joe-davis-run-for-recovery/
DaVinci Anniversary on Saturday – Mic Check to take the Q – Happy Meal the Q at Stonehenge
MT’s 5 year anniversary Q at The Brave tomorrow
Prayer Requests Alabama Football
15 men decided to combat the gluttony that comes along with the holiday season and post at Bagpipe. Speedo season will be around the corner soon fellas. We did not even attempt a tour of the Ballantyne Corporate Park and due to the sketchy winter weather of late took it straight to the Ballantyne Village parking deck. Here is how it all went down.
Mosey to Ballantyne Village with an extra lap around the parking lot with shuffle left, butt kickers and then shuffle right. Then to the warmth of the deck for
15 Mtn Climbers
15 Morroccan Night Clubs
YHC created what I like to call the Advent Calendar of Pain (c). Partner up and we ended up with 7 teams which was right on the money. Since we have 14 days left until Christmas YHC pre laid out 7 exercises, numbered 1-7, on the next level up with 7 more, numbered 1-7, on the level above that (see what I did there?). Instead of a piece of candy behind each day until Christmas, the Pax were lucky enough to discover an exercise behind each day. YHC gave a team number 1-7 to each pairing of Pax. It was at this moment that Kirby pointed out that he and Frehley’s were Team #1. Noticing that both guys had on their Clemson attire and not missing an opportunity to pounce on the ever increasing Bama/Clemson rivalry YHC stated that he should have made them Team #2. In full disclosure Clemson was my preseason and current pick to win it all.
The idea was for the teams to take off and find the exercise number that corresponded to their Team #. Do that exercise then run up the ramp and do the corresponding exercise. Run back down and do the next exercise in order then repeat. So for example, Team #3 did #3 on the bottom, ran up did exercise #3, ran down did exercise #4, ran up and did exercise #4…until all were completed. YHC had a surprise and had a bonus exercise for Christmas Day, more on those later. The exercises were:
#1 – 15 diamond merkins
#2 – 1 minute 6 inches with legs
#3 – 25 heels to heaven
#4 – 15 hand slap merkins
#5 – 24 J’Lo’s
#6 – 1 minute elbow plank
#7 – 25 LBC’s
#1 – 24 chippy cross
#2 – 25 Freddy Mercury’s
#3 – 15 Carolina dry docks
#4 – 12 partner plank derkins
#5 – 1 minute protractor
#6 – 25 hand slap sit ups
#7 – 25 flutters
The Christmas Day bonus was on the bottom the teams had to partner wheelbarrow back up the ramp. This sucked but was manageable. The Christmas Day bonus on the top was to crawl bear (backwards bear crawl) back down the ramp. This sucked even more than YHC imagined that it would. Honestly YHC had to heed his own disclaimer advice and modify as necessary on that one. Once everyone was in we ran back up to collect the papers, ran back down collecting the papers and headed back to launch getting back right at 6:15.
Awesome work by the Pax this morning. Everyone was back and forth on the ramps cranking out the exercises and busting it to the next. With the back and forth nature of the workout it was tell who crushed it out front but I appreciate the Morning Brisket Team for getting in and leading Mary until everyone got in. And it looked like the Happy Mic Check Meal Team may have finished and run an extra round up the ramps. Not sure if Mic Check had the weight vest on under the layers of clothes but solid work nonetheless. YHC gave specific instructions to stick with your partner and not move to the next exercise until both guys were done. Everyone adhered and hopefully enjoyed some 2nd F throughout this workout. Thanks to Tagalong for pulling my slow tail along and keeping the workout fun with talk throughout. YHC has been feeling a little extra Kris Kringle weight with all of the holiday fetting so I went heavy on the ab and core exercises. We should be able to enjoy some extra haystacks (YHC’s favorite Christmas treat) and craft brews this season. Thanks all for posting, giving it your all and making it fun.
And in the words of Snake from Home Alone, “Merry Christmas ya filthy animals.”
15 men braved the winter like temps to post at Rebel Yell and get better. Before we got going it was accurately pointed out that Mic Check looked like a SWAT member with his black weight vest and Happy Meal looked like a robber with his bandana face mask. I really wish we could have had video of the two of them running put to “Yakety Sax” for a Benny Hill cops and robbers montage. A proper disclaimer was given and we were off. We slow moseyed out of the gate as the Briskatica Rafter clown car pulled up as we were launching. We jogged to the parking lot between HT and Target and got started. Here is what went down.
SSH x 15
4 burpees OYO
IW x 15
4 burpees OYO
Mtn Climbers x 15
Peter Parkers x 15
At this point we began our first game of chicken with a curb cleaner going through the parking lot. It became obvious that we were in the area he needed to hit and he was not interested in waiting on us. Since we were warmed up enough YHC decided to blink and let him have his spot.
From here we headed down Rea and hung a left on Ballantyne Commons and into the office complex on the left. Everyone grab a lifting rock. Do called exercise, sprint to the boulders for 10 derkins and then bear crawl the parking area with a merkin at every line (10 lines). Called exercises were first round 20 curls, 2nd round 20 overhead presses and 3rd round 20 tricep lifts. During the first round a security guard drove near our area…I think that it was Happy Meal’s robber look that raised his suspicion. Mary Kay graciously volunteered to skip the bear crawl/merkins to move the lifting rocks so that they were not in the road for the security guard. Thanks for taking one for the team MK.
Next we moseyed over to Uncle Rico Land for some parking deck work. YHC called 7’s starting with 6 Carolina Dry docks at the bottom, up the stairs, 1 burpee at the top and down the side street. We finished with 1 CDD at the bottom and 6 burpees at the top. The first finishers led some Mary waiting for the 6. We had time for a couple of rounds of Mary and then time to head back to launch.
While heading back to launch YHC overheard Grammatica say that he did Monkey Humpers for the first time at another post. He said that he really enjoyed them and felt like they were effective at working often overlooked muscles. Either that or he said they were the dumbest, most awkward looking exercise ever. Regardless we had 1 minute to kill at launch and filled it with Monkey Humpers in honor of Grammatica.
During Name O Rama and Announcements our curb cleaner friend returned, even though we were at the total opposite end of the shopping center. Again, he had no intention of waiting for us to finish so my recording of names and announcements is overtaken with machine noises. Very stalker like tendancies. Maybe we should have extended an olive branch and invited him to join us for burpees and merkins.
Awseome work by all this morning. Thanks to the first finishers for leading plank and Mary. Always a pleasure to get out early in the gloom and lead such a great group.
For some reason when YHC Q’s Rebel Yell it seems to want to rain. But every time the skies part just in time and it ends up being great weather. That was the case today as well so at about 5:28 the rain stopped and the cars rolled in, including what looked to be a 5 Pax clown car. 20 Pax were kicked off with a proper disclaimer since we had one semi-FNG (more on that later) and off we went. Here’s what went down.
SSH x 12
IW x 12
5 burpees OYO
Peter Parkers x 10
Parker Peters x 10
Head down the Murderhorn stopping at every street light for 5 merkins. Stopping at the rock pile everyone grabbed a rock somewhere between a lifting rock and a running rock because we were not going to run nor lift them. Carry said rocks to the Thornhill park and place them down where YHC had placed cones beforehand. 3 stations were set up for some circuit work and the Pax counted off in 3’s. The 1’s hit station 1 which consisted of 4×4’s. This is where you plank on a parking spot line and hop side to side over the line 4 times then go into 4 squats. Continue until time called. The 2’s hit station 2 which consisted of Larry Bird’s (not an official name but rather one that YHC came up with because he is an old school basketball soul and it really was not a Jordan type move). Grab a rock and squat letting the rock touch the ground then up with a jumpshot using the rock. Continue until time called. Station 3 with the 3’s were our time keepers. Up to the picnic area for 10 derkins, run to the park entrance and then back for 10 derkins. Once the 3’s finished they called switch and everyone rotated stations. We rotated so that every group did every station.
The Pax were (editor’s note: Was or were? Is Pax singular or plural?) very quick on the circuit work. We wrapped up one round, did some Mary to catch our breaths and then did another round of the stations. Back to the rock pile to put our rocks back gently and then back up the Murderhorn stopping for 20 LBC’s at each street light.
Once back at Stonecrest we moseyed over behind the theater for some wall work. People’s Chair with 50 overhead presses which apparently I called something else the first time and Wingman in a not sarcastic way whatsoever let me know I used the wrong term. After People’s Chair up on the wall for some balls to the wall. The Pax were reminded to try and get their B as close as possible to the W. This seemed to be a crowd favorite with some groaning and a lot of clomping of feet back to the ground when time was called. Thus YHC called for a 2nd round of People’s Chair/overhead presses and B2theW. Deciding the shoulders and arms needed more attention we circled up for a round of bearcrawl banjo. YHC learned this delight posting at an out of town AO and has made it his mission to bring it into SOB land. The Pax circle up in plank facing outward. First guy bearcrawls out and around the circle. Once the first guy starts the next guy to the right does 3 merkins then bearcrawls around trying to catch the other guy, continuing down the line. If you get caught it is down for a merkin. So on and so on until everyone has bearcrawled around the circle. Oh and while planking you drop for a merkin ever time someone bearcrawls in front of you. A couple of minutes left for some Mary and then TIME.
Great work by all on this fine morning. A good showing of 20 guys despite the questionable weather. The Pax was really quick through everything today as evidenced by the fact that YHC makes sure to have more planned than ever needed but we were getting to some of my last planned exercises on this day. Thanks to guys like Chunder, Bucky and Transporter for calling Mary and plank while we regrouped and brought the 6 in. We do need a brush up on rule following as YHC made it clear that Station 3 could not call switch until everyone from the group was done and in, but we had guys finishing up all over the place and heading to the next stations. “Leave no man behind” (said in my Dad voice). Thanks to everyone that led a Mary exercise when YHC called on them. Mental note, don’t call on Transporter to lead a Mary exercise unless you want to do 857 American Hammers…ouch. T-claps to Gramatica for the strong showing on the bearcrawl banjo. He went from coughing up a lung like he had just smoked a pack of Marlboro Reds before the warmup to chasing people down on bearcrawl like a greyhound. Admittedly the bearcrawl banjo kicked YHC’s tail. I had to go knees down a couple of times on my own exercise (don’t Q it if you can’t do it, right?). The last couple of times I have done it there has been like 8-9 guys but 20 makes it fun and challenging. Thanks to FNG Flounder for coming out to post. YHC was confused how he was at his first post but already had a nickname. Apparently he skipped the F3 warmup altogether and went straight to running BRR with some of F3’s finest. So instead of being the only guy being called by his hospital name they dubbed him Flounder. Be sure to ask him the origins of the name as it is pretty funny.
Thanks to Billy Goat and Mary Kay for the opportunity to lead.
9 men made the (maybe) wise choice to kick off the Labor Day weekend by posting at DaVinci. Since YHC is a football fanatic I thought that it would make it more interesting to tie it into the college football kickoff weekend. The workout may or may not have been ripped directly from the Alabama strength and conditioning program better known as the 4th Quarter Program. Here is what went down.
Moseyed over to the Best Buy parking lot for COP
SSH x 15 (Hops set the tone early with some refusnik on the COP)
IW x 15
Moroccan Nightclubs x 15
Mtn Climbers x 15
Merkins x 10
Bear crawl from one parking island to the other stopping to drop for a merkin at each parking line. Then did the same thing back.
We then moseyed over to the Blakeney playground. The plan here was to partner up with partner #1 running a lap around the restaurant seating area/grass lawn while partner #2 did the called exercises on the playground and flapjacking until the number of exercises hit. YHC stopped by early to leave a poster sized weinke of exercises so there was no confusion by the Pax on what was needed. There was a slight sense of pride when Mary Kay complemented the size of YHC’s weinke. The called exercises that the partners needed to hit were pull ups x 50, derkins x 60, dips x 100 and step ups x 125. The Pax knocked these out and Paper Jam and Finny (sp?) led some Mary until all were in.
From here we moseyed to the Montessori School stopping at a wall for People’s Chair with overhead presses and then stopping at the neighborhood entrance for Mary. Once at the Montessori School everyone grabbed a lifting rock. In a circle we did 17 bicep curls/rotate to the rock on your right, 17 overhead presses/rotate to rock on your right and 17 tricep lifts/rotate to rock on your right. YHC offered a prize to whoever could tell why we did 17 reps. After a few attempts at humor regarding Bear Bryant, etc. (probably from Clemson or Ohio State fans) YHC gave the answer that everyone knew. Yep, 17 national championships for the Crimson Tide. This led to more jokes about made up National Championships but if UCF can claim one for 2017 then Bama has 38*. The prize was 17 reps of Triple Lindy’s followed by 17 upright rows.
*Number not verified by actual stats but more of a guestimate by unbiased sources.
The Pax returned to Blakeney shopping center stopping at the stairs. Partnered back up with Partner #1 running up stairs, doing 5 Carolina Dry Docks at the top and then finishing the loop down. While this is going on Partner #2 does supine pull ups on the railings at the bottom of the stairs. Each partner to do 4 laps and 4 rounds of pull ups. After this it was time to head back to launch. Before leaving the area completely Chopper said that he wanted more before we called it…actually I think he asked if we were headed back to launch but YHC realized we had a couple of minutes and took it as though Chopper wanted more. The Pax gathered in a circle planking outwards and a verse of Bear Crawl Banjo was strummed. Head back to Launch and time.
This post was a fun one for YHC. The numbers were down a little due to slackers with end of summer vacations (I’m just jealous I was not vacationing) but the 9 that posted made it an enjoyable one. The workout seemed to push everyone but yet we were able to have some good 2nd F mumblechatter throughout. There was no six as everyone busted it and stayed together. Hops and Paper Jam are the kings of conversation during the workouts but I guess that is because both are runners and a bootcamp is nothing for them. Mary Kay and Chopper are F3 veterans who talk their game down but in reality do a fantastic job of pushing themselves while helping new guys out at the same time. That is no easy task. Boitano crushed it as always and is poised to Q some workouts if he has not already. Finny recently moved to Charlotte from Whiteville, NC where he helped to get the chapter started there and has been posting in the Marvin area. It was a pleasure to have him join us as he helped to keep the mood light. We welcomed two FNG’s, Ponce de Leon and Dig Dug who both knocked it out. Looking forward to seeing all three of you gentlemen at future posts.
7 men kicked off their Cinco de Mayo celebrations with a trip down memory lane and took it back to high school. We were joined later by additional revelers, but more on that later. Here’s what went down.
Left launch at CFA and moseyed over to the playground at Blakeney for COP. There we circled up and numbered off 1’s and 2’s.
15 SSH and 15 IW’s in cadence
1’s hit the bars for 10 overhand pull ups while 2’s did 10 merkins
Back in circle for 12 Peter Parkers
2’s hit the bars for 10 overhand pull ups while 1’s did 10 merkins
12 Mtn Climbers
1’s 10 pull ups and 2’s 10 merkins
12 Parker Peters
2’s 10 pull ups and 1’s 10 merkins
All warmed up we moseyed down Ardrey Kell swinging behind the Amazing Lash Studio, not to make our lashes amazing but rather to make our upper bodies amazing. Partnered up with 1 lifting rock between. In total partners were to get 100 curls, 100 overhead presses and 100 tricep extensions. P1 does lifting exercise while P2 runs to mailbox at end of parking lot, does 10 wide arm merkins and back. Flapjack until all totals are hit.
This was knocked out no problem so we continued down Ardrey Kell stopping at a guard rail for some wall..er rail sit. We grabbed some rail and did civilian count 55 presses in honor of May 5th. Continued on until we got to Ardrey Kell High.
Since the trip was a little on the longer side we hit our six on the grass and did some called Mary by the various PAX: dying cockroach (Escobar’s favorite), box cutters, Freddy Mercury. On our feet and over to the circle courtyard at AKH. Partner back up for a total of 100 dips, 50 derkins and 50 incline merkins. P1 does called exercise while P2 runs a lap around the courtyard and then flapjack until totals are hit. After we finished this I remembered an exercise that I wanted to do after Mary so moved back to the grassy area for a round of bear crawl banjo. The way this banjo is played is the PAX circle up in plank facing outwards. First out of the gate does 3 merkins and then bear crawls around outside of circle. Once the guy to your left starts bear crawling you do 3 merkins and bear crawl out trying to catch the guy(s) in front of you. If you get passed then down for a merkin. This continues around the circle until everyone has gone and back to their starting spot in plank. Oh and while planking you have to do 1 merkin every time someone bear crawls in front of you. The guys did a great job with this one. It was sucky enough with 7 guys but is a real smoker when you have about 20+ PAX and a large circle.
Moseyed back to launch stopping at our guard rail for another rail sit with 55 overhead presses (this one I felt much more than the one heading to AKH). Continuing on down Ardrey Kell we stopped at a light for merkins while the six caught up. Got to launch with a couple minutes to spare so hit our six for a final Mary of Rosalita x15 IC and frogstomp x15 IC. COT and announcements.
Great work this morning by the group. My goal was to go with a good final landing spot in AKH with some pain stations in between that would really focus on the upper body (think very, very mini Southern Discomfort). I think that I heard that we got in 4 miles in which was more than I planned for or expected seeing as when I measured from Blakeney to AKH it was about 1.2 miles. But with the running during exercises it came out to about 4. Thanks to all for really busting it because we had to keep it moving in order to get it all in an hour. Hopefully after posting you felt that you could enjoy Cinco de Mayo and all the food and drink guilt free. Special thanks to Mighty Mite for the history lesson on Cinco de Mayo and that it is not actually the Mexican Independence Day. Rather it celebrates a Mexican defeat of France in battle. Either way its a good reason to celebrate in May.
Once we got back to launch we noticed that there was a group of F3 runners that had just finished up. Ed note; I guess runners at Bagpipe are Swifters then these guys at Davinci are Drifters? Anyway we folded in with them for COT and announcements.
Thanks to Bucky and Fredo for the opportunity to lead.
24 men braved the Windy City like conditions to get better at the latest installment of Bagpipe.
Began in the doctors office parking lot.
COP (all IC) = SSHx15, IWx15, Cherry Pickersx15 and Mtn Climbersx15
Jogged to one end of the parking lot. Here we ran to the other side stopping at each parking line to do 10 diamond merkins and 10 squats. Once we reached the other side jogged it back. Repeated this one more time but replaced diamond merkins with wide armed merkins.
Now that our tri’s, chest and lower halves were warmed up it was time to mosey to Ballantyne Village. Here we went behind Mellow Mushroom and Blackfinn to utilize their wall and the benches. Everyone partnered up and P1 ran to a bench and did an exercise while P2 grabbed some wall to do a wall sit with overhead arm presses. Once an exercise was completed the partners flapjacked. The exercises consisted of derkins x8, incline merkins x8, box jumps x8 and dips x8.
Next, over to the parking garage for some Paula Abdul with 10 jump squats on the up and 5 Carolina dry docks on the down. After finishing this we took it back down the garage alternating between running forwards and backwards on each ramp.
Finally, we ran back to the doctors lot for modified Mary. Partnered back up for 10 leg throwdowns followed by 10 hand slap merkins. Finale was P1 hit their six for continuous leg flutters while P2 ran a lap around the lot and then flapjacked. One more round of this with heels to heaven replacing flutters.
In full disclosure YHC has not owned a digital watch since about middle school but figured that I needed to buy at least a cheapo one for the VQ. Apparently it was a couple of minutes behind actual time because the guys with the fancy schmancy actual time watches informed me it was 5:30 when I was showing a couple of minutes left. So we will go with the actual world time and YHC proceeded to deliver a very formal disclaimer. Not going to have any legal issues on my VQ watch. We moseyed over to the doctors lot for COP. In the weeks leading up to the VQ several guys had advised me to make sure and keep the COP cadence slower than I think because you get all amped up at a VQ. So YHC made a concerted effort to start the COP with a regular speed cadence. I think we got to about the 3rd or 4th SSH when Frehley asked to speed it up because it was cold and windy. After YHC laughed inside at the irony I quickly realized what the most difficult part was going to be of the VQ…tuning out the hazing mumblechatter (hazingchatter if you will). More hazingchatter ensued asking if we were travelling to spots either indoor or where the wind would be blocked. Nope, your YHC has a plan and is not going to let a little breeze alter that.
Over at the BV the Pax killed the bench/wall exercise that I came up with. I thought there would be a six but there was not one. Everyone finished together which was awesome. I like this exercise so don’t be surprised to see it at a future War Eagle Q except maybe doubled with increased reps. Then over to the parking garage for Paula Abdul. Admittedly YHC had a big crush on Ms. Abdul in the early 90’s so this exercise has a special place in my heart. Tagalong let me know that he and Thin Mint had a Google bet and the song actually says 2 steps forward and 2 steps back. Dangit Tagalong! That does not work with our exercise…please stop bringing logic to the workout. Again the group nailed it and everyone finished pretty much at the same time. When I did a practice run for this Q (thanks Thin Mint for meeting me one early morning for a dress rehearsal) I planned for some six time. It became evident there was not going to be any of that today.
In order to see who was awake at 6:00 I tested the Pax by telling them we would head back down the garage running forwards on the down ramps and backwards on the up ramps. Ever the speaker for the group Frehley alertly and correctly said, “That’s going to be hard when they are all down ramps”. He is not just a pretty face folks. On the way down I heard chatter about running backwards on a decline ramp not being great for the Achilles. Not being a runner I didn’t even think about this but in hindsight it makes sense. So scratch that one from the list on future Q’s. We ran down, headed to the doctors lot for modified Mary and finished just as Swift was coming in.
Overall the Pax killed this workout. Luckily YHC had extra exercises just in case (thanks Mary Kay and Billy Goat for the advice) so there are a few left in the hopper but we definitely got through more exercises than I anticipated. Thanks Tagalong for the opportunity to lead as it was a pleasure and honor to Q this group. Thanks to Hops for the takeout.
-Brolympics February 24th. Sign up to participate or volunteer.
-Madison has sign up for the CPR class February 17th.
-Fredo has his 1 year anniversary Q at Rebel Yell this Thursday.