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Electric Funeral

If Voodoo’s spreadsheet and the Pax’s reaction to your musical selection has you paranoid, you play Paranoid. The Black Sabbath album sits neatly within the hard rock venn diagram of grunge and metal the boys seem to enjoy. I didn’t hear any complaints and that’s high praise.

Side straddle hops
Imperial walkers
Steve Earls
Around the world

The Work
10 Single-leg Roman deadlifts, each leg
5 x 5 Double cleans
5 x 5 Double rack squats

Waiter carries down and back ~ 30m
5 American swings
5 Rows, each arm
5 Push-up, pull-through
5 Sit-up & press

Waiter carries down and back ~ 30m
10 American swings
10 Rows, each arm
10 Push-up, pull-through
10 Sit-up & press

Waiter carries down and back ~ 30m
15 American swings
15 Rows, each arm
15 Push-up, pull-through
15 Sit-up & press

Waiter carries down and back ~ 30m
10 American swings
10 Rows, each arm
10 Push-up, pull-through
10 Sit-up & press

Waiter carries down and back ~ 30m
5 American swings
5 Rows, each arm
5 Push-up, pull-through
5 Sit-up & press

60 secs of elbow plank, hollow body hold and glute bridge
10 push-ups

After 45 min of that, I feel like an aged Ozzy. We had a mostly quiet crowd today, except for Urlacher who channels his inner Monica Seles during the sets. Thank you to Voodoo and War Eagle for sharing bells today. Frehley and the Worm were on best behavior and gutted out the sets. Mighty powered through reps finishing first just about every time.



Back to the grind

The key to training is discipline. Motivation is fleeting. Discipline requires commitment even when you’re tired, sore and pissy about yesterday’s ShoreCard workout that left me physically and emotionally abused. Anyways…another morning and another chance to get better.

Ruck up and carry sandbags to the track –

Round 1
Lap A – Ruck only, American Indian Style Run
5 Sandbag get-ups, 5 sandbag squats, 5 push-up/sandbag pull-thru and 5 sandbag sit-ups
Lap B – Ruck/Sandbag carry
10 Sandbag get-ups, 10 sandbag squats, 10 push-up/sandbag pull-thru and 10 sandbag sit-ups
Lap A
15 Sandbag get-ups, 15 sandbag squats, 15 push-up/sandbag pull-thru and 15 sandbag sit-ups
Lap B
20 Sandbag get-ups, 20 sandbag squats, 20 push-up/sandbag pull-thru and 20 sandbag sit-ups
Lap A

Bring sandbags and rucks to the surface lot. Ditch Sandbags.

Round 2
Ruck overhead 20 yards
1 burpee, 2 ruck swings, 3 toe-tap crunch with ruck overhead
repeat carries and exercises adding multiples until
5 burpees, 10 ruck swings 15 toe-tap crunch with ruck overhead

Kudos to CheeseCurd and Focker for getting back out after a rough day at Shore Card. Geraldo has been providing essential wisdom for taking on an event. He knows his stuff.  Grateful for the SACS crew for providing great training for GrowRuck and functional fitness.

Adult bike drive
F3 10 year anniversary in Cape Fear

Ballantyne Beach Party

Full house and miler temperatures greeted YHC for a substi-Q at Bagpipe. We’ve got some new faces and an out of towner, too. Keep coming back Mountie, Odd Job and Yard Tool!

Circle of Pain
20 Side-straddle hops
20 Imperial Walker
20 Steve Earls
10 Mountain Climbers
and then a truck tried to run us over…

To the Loch Ness Beach!!
Beach Party 1 – Upper body
25 (IC) Shoulder taps
20 (IC) Maktar N’Diaye
15 (IC) Dips
10 (IC) Incline ‘mericans
5 (IC) Decline ‘mericans
After every set, we hopped the wall and ran to the beach (pond shoreline)

Long way around the circle to second outside seating area
Beach Party 2 – Lower Body
25 (IC) Squats
20 (IC) Sister Mary Catherines
15 (IC) Step Ups
10 (IC) Wall climb overs
5 (IC) Burpee Wall Jumps
After every set, run to the beach

Bear crawl – ‘Merican – Broad jumps Circuits x 2

DuckWorth’s Wall Party – Core
25 (IC) LBC
20 (IC) Freddy Mercury
15 (IC) Flutter
10 (IC) Dolly
After every set run to the 2nd Island and then climb over the Duckworth Wall

Back at the AO for Heels to Heaven and Plank

Field Notes
Things I try to do when I Q:
1. Keep it simple. Try to think of two or three major activities to accomplish.
2. Work the whole body – upper, lower and core
3. Use the environment – use the walls, hills, grass, curbs to make the workout interesting.
4. In addition to the popular exercises, throw in a few new movements to make sure everyone is paying attention
5. Stay together – COUNT IT OUT. It’s the best way to stay together and keep everyone accountable.
6. LEAD LOUD – Speak up and be clear about what we are doing. Be encouraging, but not obnoxious
7. Be reasonable – Don’t call anything you can’t do and don’t expect everyone to get every rep. It’s ok to modify as pax.
8. Keep boot camps under 3 miles.
9. No standing around.
10. Have fun. If you didn’t laugh when Rousey sang Neil Diamond’s Coming to America on the wall climb, check your pulse.


Timeless Luxury and other false promises

I’m a fraud, a thief, a liar and a cheat.
I can’t do anything right.
I only care about myself, stuck in my head all day.
99% percent of the day is same as yesterday
I tap on keys and stare at screens.
Does it ever really matter?

That’s the self-loathing I deal with every day. F3 helps the clear gutter of my mind and refresh my perspective.

Today’s workout was cribbed from Thursday’s Asylum backblast. Four exercises, pyramid style. Every half-mile we did all four exercises starting with five and escalating up an additional five to 20. Then another 20 and back down to five. You’ll get four miles and 100 of each exercise. The route was a traditional down and back. From Another Broken Egg ran down Community House to Endhaven, then Rougemont and back. (Rougemont is all hill to compliment the flats of Community House.) We tacked on a few extra steps on the way back in the Enhaven Elementary parking lot.

Tough as nails crew today. We complained, but we got it done. I think every got 100 reps of each exercise. Remember, if you can’t do it, don’t Q it. The key is to not let pax do the exercises OYO style. They will cheat. It’s human nature. Call every rep. Watch your crew. If they are struggling, give an extra beat between exercises, but keep everyone on task. You’ll always do more with a team than you can do alone.

Keep pushing mofos!

You can do anything you want, but I’m not taking you to the ER

From the very dark cinema side lot, we circled up for jumping jacks and time bomb burpees.

The Main Event
Forming an Native American Run from the shopping center to the St. Matts brick wall via Elm.
50 shoulder taps & run to the curb
40 hip slappers ”
30 regular push-ups ”
20 incline push-ups ”
10 decline push-ups ”

Run to the weird neo-classical financial building with the fountain
50 squats & run to the bush
40 Sister Mary Catherines ”
30 Mountain climbers ”
20 step ups ”
10 jump ups ”

Native American run back to AO
50 LBC & run to the curb
40 Flutter ”
30 Dolly ”
20 Freddy Mecury ”
10 sit-ups ”

Finish with Time bomb burpees and jail break home.

Beer Run
Functional Fitness Challenge
Get vaccinated

A boisterous crew, but we did enough miles to keep anyone from getting too silly. Circuit City, Mic Check, Morning After, Floor Slapper and War Eagle out front. Good to see Olaf back. Cooter asked for no hills and I delivered. He’s cancer free for 2+ years, prayers up for that.


Kill the Hill

Spring is here and the weather was perfect.

Leave from OrthoCarolina
Travel north for a 1 mile warm-up to corner of Ballantyne Corp and Ballantyne Commons Pkwy and around the parking deck. Traditional dynamic stretches.

The Workout  – Acceleration Runs up Ballantyne Commons Hill to Johnston Rd. Starting with a mosey gradually increase your speed finishing with a full sprint. (It’s about .4 mile to the top.)Recovery jog back to the start. Rinse and repeat until 6:05.

This workout is a test of endurance, speed and mental grit! All the things that make Swift great. Most got 5 laps, Soft Pretzel and Bratwurst got 6. The new guy Right Turn had no trouble cruising past me for his final lap. Wingman got straight after it and Kirby and Atlas chugged along from start to finish. Even Citgo figure out where we were! Great work all!

Lots of fun challenges coming up –

Waxhaw Trail Fest
Functional fitness

Muscle Shoals, more like Muscle Swoles!

On a frosty Monday, six movers of metal joined me for a salute to the Muscle Shoals sound.

During the ’60s and ’70s, the biggest artists in the world retreated to small-town Alabama to work with famed music producer Rick Hall and the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, aka the Swampers. Away from the hustle and bustle of places like New York and Los Angeles, the artists were isolated and distraction-free with only one thing to pass the time: make hit records.

And that’s what happened. Over and over again.

But Muscle Shoals isn’t some musical relic of the past.

Still today, artists continue to make the pilgrimage to record there in search of that elusive Muscle Shoals sound that created so many iconic songs over the years.

15 Famous Songs Recorded in Muscle Shoals – Tennessee Valley Weekend

  • Warm-up
    • Side-straddle hops
    • Steve Earls
    • Arm circles
  • Neupert
    • Clean + press 6 sets of 2 reps (go as heavy as possible)
  • Complex
    • Two-handed swings, optimally with two bells, pyramid 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2
    • Thrusters, optimally with two bells, pyramid  2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2
  • Easy Strength
    • 2 set of 5 reps, sumo deadlift, diamond ‘mericans, lawnmower rows
    • Snatches – 5 sets of 5 reps each arm (50 total)
  • Mary
    • Sit-up and twist with bells x 20
    • Elbow plank – 1 min
    • Hollow body hold – 1 min
    • Glute bridge – 1 min


I’m still settling into this new program. It’s a bit more to remember as a Q, but I welcome the variety after months of swing after swing. My advice is to use Voodoo’s notes and plan a little extra to ensure it meets the time requirements. Thank you to the guys that came out on a banker’s holiday. Let’s keep getting better together.

Holiday Hurlers

A trio a dumdums showed up for four rounds of frosty HIIT.

:45 on, :15 off Tabata / 1:00 break between rounds

  • Ruck Swings
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Ruck Push-Ups
  • Ruck Overhead Press
  • Inchworms
  • Short (Pulsing) Squats
  • Walking Lunges
  • Squat Jumps
  • Burpees

Dirty Buy Out:

  • 2:00 Walking Lunge / Ruck Overhead
  • 2:00 Burpee w/ Ruck Jump
  • 2:00 Ruck Bent Over Rows


Well, I checked the schedule and found out I was Q for today’s SACS (and yesterdays Fast Twitch). It was a good reason to create the following setlist. I’m grateful, Cheese Curd and Hoover came out and put up with my musical “taste”.  And double props to Hoover for his doubledown.

I borrowed this workout from the Spearhead training course. I have a few weeks left and for $25 it has kept my rucking and weight training on track. The PATHFINDER Ruck Training Program from Team SPEARHEAD

Happy New Year!


Setlist – song, album, artist, running time
Link to the tunes

T.V. Eye
The Stooges

It’ll Never Happen Again
Pissed On Another Planet
The Scientists

Territorial Pissings
Nevermind (Remastered)

Feel All Right
… Play 9 Songs With Mr. Quintron

My Love Is A Monster
Bluff City
Compulsive Gamblers

Modern Art
Arabia Mountain
Black Lips

Reptile Style
Time Bomb High School
Reigning Sound

Bring It On Home
Rock & Roll Is Dead
The Hellacopters

Scream Dracula Scream
Rocket From The Crypt

The Reproduction Of Death
Survival Sickness
The (International) Noise Conspiracy

Let’s Dress Up the Naked Truth
New Bomb Turks

Abra Cadaver
Tyrannosaurus Hives
The Hives

You Can’t Touch Her
All Men Are Liars

Love You So
The King Khan & Bbq Show

Man Made of co2
Man Or Astro-Man?

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Holiday Hooligans

A trio of wise men gathered for a heavenly multitude of swings.

Swing Set
90 seconds each set

10 two-handed swings
8 push-ups

10 single-arm (weak side) swings
4 sit-ups with bell

10 single-arm (strong side) swings
8 push-ups

10 alternating swings
8 sit-ups with bell

10 American swings
8 push-ups

x 5

300 swings
96 sit-ups
96 push-ups

Weighted Carries
Farmer carry to deadlift high pulls x 5
Waiter carry to lawn mower x 5

Elbow plank – 1 min
Hollow body hold – 1 min
Glute bridge – until time (not very long)


1 Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight) ~ Ramones

2 Fairytale of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl) ~ The Pogues

3 Merry Xmas Everybody ~ Slade

4 The Christmas Song ~ The Raveonettes

5 Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) ~ Darlene Love

6 Oi To The World! ~ The Vandals

7 Christmas Vacation ~ Descendents

8 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing ~ Bad Religion

9 A Christmas Duel ~ The Hives w/ Cyndi Lauper

10 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) ~ The Polyphonic Spree

11 Father Christmas~ The Kinks

12 Christmas Tree On Fire ~ Holly Golightly

13 We Three Kings ~ The Reverend Horton Heat

14 The Night Santa Went Crazy ~ “Weird Al” Yankovic

Link to playlist


The holidays are about hope. Today, the first wave of COVID-19 vaccines arrived to facilities across the US. Thank you to the very smart people who worked on the formula, the brave volunteers who participated in the trial and the logistics team and drivers for getting this valuable cargo to its destination. We are going to get through this year and better days are on the way.

Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

Swing Variations – Soundtrack by The Pixies

A small(er) group of men gathered for a Monday meltdown.

90 seconds each set
10 two-handed swings
4 thrusters
4 push-ups

10 single-arm (weak side) swings
4 thrusters
4 push-ups

10 single-arm (strong side) swings
4 thrusters
4 push-ups

10 alternating swings
4 thrusters
4 push-ups

10 American swings
4 thrusters
4 push-ups

x 5

Waiter, rack and farmer’s carries
Elbow plank 1 min
Glute bridge (almost) 1 min

After Van Halen and KISS playlists, I decided to push the sonic boundaries and play one of my favorites bands – The Pixies. It’s not likely that you’ve heard them, but your favorite alternative bands love them. They wrote guitar-based songs with hooks, but mixed artsy noise and cryptics lyrics that would alternate between breathy whispers or full-throated shouting. They were among a handful of 1980s bands  that provided a contrast to make-up and spandex rockers. (Other notables include REM, Replacements, Husker Du, Jesus & Mary Chain and Sonic Youth.) Over the years, a few songs have made it onto soundtracks and even commercials. You can find their best loved “hits” here.