Those are Some Nice Balls

QIC:  Mr. Clean

Date: 03/30/2022

PAX: Breaststroke, Chicklet, Choo Choo, Face Plant, Second Base

AO: Parliament


Conditions

Wind….


COP

SSH x18 IC
Forward Fold OYO
Willie Mays Hayes x15 IC


The Thang

Mosey. Walk. Meander. Tip Toe. to the practice field.
Title of exercise = Stolen From Dundee
Divided into two teams. 5 Burpees. One Pax threw the slam ball. All Pax Bear Crawled to Slam Ball. Complete 5 Burpees. Rinse and Repeat this until the length of the field was covered.
Winning Team did 5 Burpees and Losing Team did 10 Burpees
Same routine as above but travel method was a lunge and exercise was a squat.
Final routine on the field mirrored the above two; however, Pax ran all the way back to their starting point after each round of 15 BBSUs.

Which Line is It
Bear Crawl to each line of the first two tennis courts. As you reach each line, Bernie back to beginning and then Bear Crawl to the next line in progression


COT

A man’s heart can develop a “Widowmaker” or aortic issue that is hard to find and leads to a heart attack. This “Widowmaker” is easy to understand, and as YHC discussed it, the Pax shook their heads in a “oh yeah I know those and their terrible” gesture. YHC proposed another type of “Widowmaker” that is still often viewed poorly among men, and that is, addressing mental illness. Mental illness truly is a Widowmaker as so often times we really do never see it coming. The challenge: Lock your Shields, and if you’re gut tells you to reach out and check on someone — follow your gut.


Moleskin

Little mumblechatter this morning. It was probably the difficulty of the Forward Folds…


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No Crying or Bear Crawls in Baseball

QIC:  Mr. Clean

Date: 03/28/2022

PAX: 8 Seconds, Blue, Napoleon, O.B., Ponce, Roomba, She Shed, Sherlock Snatch

AO: Detention


Conditions

Clear. Crisp. Cool. A nice Spring morning.


COP

SSH x18 IC
Forward Fold OYO
Third Grade Exercises x12 IC
Imperial Walkers x12 IC
Shoulder Blaster Exercises x12 IC
SSH x15 IC


The Thang

Mosey to the ball fields. Head to home plate on Field 5 for activities to commence.
7 of Diamonds
7 Burpees at each base w/Bear Crawl as travel method
14 Squats at each base w/Side Shuffle as travel method
21 Merkins at each base w/Bear Crawl as travel method
28 Monkey Humpers at each base w/mosey as travel method

We began working our way back down the diamond, but on this trip, we changed it up a bit.
Running Poles
28 Monkey Humpers mosey to Right Field Pole
Complete 28 Monkey Humpers jail break to Left Field Pole
Complete 28 Monkey Humpers mosey to Home Plate
Complete 28 Monkey Humpers
Rinse and repeat the above routine replacing Monkey Humpers with 21 Merkins
After the Merkin round, we were running short on time so we moseyed to the bottom of Mt. Crushmore…
14 Squats at the bottom. Sprint to the Top.
14 Squats at the top. Mosey to the bottom.
14 Squats at the bottom. Sprint to the top.
14 Squats at the top. Mosey back to flag.


COT

Everyone knows the whole “Catch a man a fish vs. teach a man to fish” quote. It’s pretty famous.
Here is another take I proposed this morning. Every man can certainly learn to fish, and every man should be taught to fish. However, let us remember that not ever man understands/comprehends instructions in which they are given the first time. Let us remember this as we try to teach others to fish. Hopefully, we will remember that we once had trouble learning how to fish, and with this wisdom, we remember to be patient as teach others.
Most importantly, for those avid fishermen out there, remember that some men need an invitation to the proverbial boat. Do your best to seek out those men to help them learn to fish. Won’t they need to pass it along in the future.
Yes, there were a lot of metaphors in the COT, but I believed the men firmly understood them and will go forth and use them in their lives.


Moleskin

“What is our mode of travel for this one?” — Blue
“Shut up Blue and just run before he gets other ideas.” — Unknown
“Blue, was that you?” “Yes, I’m ok Snatch.” “I didn’t ask if you were ok Blue, I was just wondering if that was you, but are you ok Blue.” Snatch & Blue upon reaching 2nd Base
“We are going to print off the pdf. for you so you know there are other exercises that aren’t so hard.” — She Shed
“You know we only have like 5 minutes, right?” — Lyft (at the bottom of Mt. Crushmore)
“Hey Clean, thanks for ruining baseball for me!” — Ponce


News

4/23/2022 — Poker Run
07/16/2022 — Fallen Five Event (details forthcoming)
Chubby’s Ministry

Modification for Leg Day

QIC:  Mr. Clean

Date: 02/25/2022

PAX: 8 Seconds, Blindside, Dundee, Recycle, Roomba 

AO: Detention 


Conditions

61 degrees. Misty.


COP

SSH x25 IC
Forward Fold OYO
Static Stretching
Willie Mays Hayes x15 IC


The Thang

Mosey to the bottom of Mt. Crushmore.
7 of Diamonds (modified)
Bottom of Hill — 7 Burpees w/3 Merkins & 3 Plank Jacks
Run up Mt. Crushmore
Top of Hill — 14 Lunges Hard Count
Bear Crawl Across Top of Hill
Top of Hill — 21 Squats
Run down Mt. Crushmore
Bottom of Hill — 28 Monkey Humpers
Bear Crawl to Start of Routine
Rinse and Repeat Routine doubling rep count at each stop.

22’s
20 Rows under pavilion
Run to football field
2 Leg Raises
During travel: stop and complete 20 Imperial Walkers on the way, and 20 SSHs on the return
Majority of Pax completed 9 rounds, and we returned to the start.


COT

In planning a workout, I look at the HC list at late as the morning of, and when I do so, I make every attempt to make necessary changes to develop a workout to push the most “in shape” guy. This will probably, at some point, push me back to the Six. That’s ok. My job is not always to lead from the front. My job is to make sure every man that makes the commitment to come to my Q gets his “money’s worth”. Maybe my thinking here is wrong, but it will not change. Each man deserves the opportunity to work as hard as possible at an F3 workout.

The Jester is loud, obnoxious, entertaining, funny, boisterous…these words describe something that is easy to identify.
Blindspots are hidden, unrecognizable, difficult to identity, disguised…these words describe something that is not easily identified.
Guardrails are designed to protect, strengthen ones ability toward advancement.
Make sure when Guardrails are built they focus on those Blindspots even more than that Jester. Those hidden areas that only a ShieldLock can identify. Make sure those have Guardrails.


Moleskin

“This is what you call modifying down for legs?” — Dundee
“Hey, I said audible…not modification.” — Mr. Clean
“I have exactly 2 days to get ripped.” — Dundee (again)
“This sucks” — Possibly all of us at one point


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    Stache Away this Country-Western Beatdown

    QIC:  Sousa & Mr. Clean

    Date: 02/12/2022

    PAX: AOL, Geek Squad, M.I.A., Milkman, Ramrod (Respect), Shake N Bake, Shawshank, Toe Jelly, and Uncle Joe

    AO: Legacy


    Conditions

    It was warm enough for silkies, but cold enough for a toboggan. Legacy does have its own way of being deceptively cold.


    COP

    Led by Sousa
    SSH x20 IC
    Forward Fold OYO
    Willie Mays Hayes x15 IC
    Shoulder Blaster — This included a new exercise…. The Lasso


    The Thang

    There was attempt to keep us moving with a great deal of cardio activity. I failed in one of these areas…
    Crawl to the Trough
    4 Troughs (benches) at the Legacy playground. Each one had an exercise. They were as follows: Blockees (10 OYO), Leg Raises (15 OYO), Bent Over Rows (20 OYO), and Squat Jumps (25 OYO) — Travel to each trough by Block Bear Crawling.

    “Just Need a Bigger Lap”
    The next section was a ladder. After each set of exercises we took the small lap around the playground.
    10 — Thrusters
    15 — Box Jumps (turned into step-ups)
    20 — Lat Pull Overs
    25 — Dips
    30 — Curls
    35 — Bench Presses
    40 — Monkey Humpers

    Oversimplified Dora
    Partner up. Complete 50 Burpees together, in sets of 10, and run suicides together until you have both completed 50. Alot of confusion from my explanation, but at least we finished the burpees, and the COT was passed to Suosa.


    COT

    Delivered by Sousa
    Reading the Bible right now, and I recently read the lesson of Peter and his interaction with Jesus on the boat in stormy waters. Jesus convinced Peter to leave the boat and walk to Him. As the waters became more choppy and turbulent, Peter took his eyes away from Jesus and began to sank. However, when he placed his eyes back upon Jesus, he was able to walk again.
    When the waters of life are stormy, choppy, and turbulent, we must continue our focus on Jesus; so that we can stay upright in the most difficult times.


    Moleskin

    Well, the playlist led to significant mumblechatter.
    Sousa created and responded to this own mumblechatter.
    “Clean, you should have just ran bigger laps” – M.I.A. in response to my complaints that I did not achieve enough movement.
    “I hate you, don’t talk to me” – Shake N Bake (apparently he does not like burpees….)
    “I can’t stop smelling dog s**t, I think it’s just stuck in my nostrils at this point” – Also Shake N Bake
    “Wait, what are we doing? Wait, where are we going? How am I supposed to lead cadence when I am trying to have a conversation?” – Sousa
    “I really like Marty Robbins for the playlist. Who is this guy signing now?” – Sousa
    “Marty Robbins, Sousa” – Response to the above comment….
    The shocking mumblechatter or lack thereof was any reference to Brokeback Mountain…
    Even without the precense of Blue, there was an abundance of TWSS jokes.


    News

    Tuff Muff this Saturday 02/19/2022


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      Conscientious Objector

      QIC:  Mr. Clean

      Date: 01/21/2022

      PAX: Blair Witch, Choo Choo, Full Moon, Ramrod, Tube Squeeze 

      AO: Hacksawi


      Conditions

      Somewhere between — I can’t feel anything and 28 degrees. Giant “Ole Glory” was waving with glorious symmetry in the whipping winds. Desmond and the many others looked upon us as a reminder to always give “just one more”.


      COP

      SSH x20 IC
      Forward Fold OYO
      Willie Mays Hayes x12 IC
      SSH x10 IC


      The Thang

      Mosey to “The” Flag, and drop our blocks with Desmond to stand guard. From here, we started the Thang.

      Catch Me if You Can
      Grab a partner. Partner 1 completes 20 Plank Jacks.
      Partner 2 bear crawls.
      Partner 1 moseys to Partner 2.
      Flapjack it.
      Rinse and Repeat it until we arrive back to Desmond.
      Plank for the Six.

      Upper Body Dora
      Shoulder Presses — 200
      Curls — 200
      Bench Press — 200
      Bent Over Rows — 200
      Leg Raises — 200
      Pax seemed to grumble a bit about the traveling method. If YHC recalls correctly, it was something along the lines of; “we couldn’t just do a regular Dora, we had to almost like a suicide thing or ladder deal”.
      Above is a pretty accurate description: each time a partner traveled he went to, he went one Star further and ran back. Once we got to the Army Star, it got much much easier as we worked our way in reverse from there.
      Time. Mosey to Flag.


      COT

      Desmond Doss, known for incomparable bravery, was a “Conscientious Objector”. In the times I have Qed Hacksaw, I failed to truly recognize this American Hero, and the example he gives us in which to live.
      We all have a moral compass, and in today’s world, we are often encouraged that our moral compass calls us to anger or “set aside” someone with different viewpoints or different moral compasses.
      Desmond Doss reminds us we should have a different approach in life.
      As Choo Choo reminded us at Shot House on Monday, our mental state and mental discipline, or lack thereof, guide our habits. Our habits create a perception of us to others.
      How do his COT meld with Desmond Doss’s lesson? A strong moral compass will guide self-discipline which will create positive habits which, in turn, will only help others see a positive light and love in us.
      See, Desmond had a strong moral compass, so much so that he loved his fellow man enough to serve and risk his life but also stood behind his morals of not harming another person. He reminds us of the power of standing strong in our morals while also providing love and service to others.
      How about we strive to do this? Stand strong for what is right. What is right is loving and serving others. This takes immeasurable amounts of self-discipline, BUT it also leads to positive habits that impact others in a positive way.
      Finally, in turn, those positive habits often lead to the “change you want to see in the world”.


      Moleskin

      “WE couldn’t just do an easy Dora, we had to do like a suicide or ladder type thing” — Full Moon
      Somehow, Totanka’s running pace was mentioned…News Flash — He. Runs. Fast.
      Apparently, there was a lot of arm work completed at the Hackliment locations this week.
      “There is no fast way to do these either” — response to a change from Upright Rows to Leg Raises


      News

      Tough Muff — Details coming


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        Apply Truth with Grace

        QIC:  Mr. Clean

        Date: 12/30/2021

        PAX: Dundee, Geek Squad, Hasbro, Milkman, Oil Change, Sherlock, Starbucks, U-Turn

        AO: The Huey


        Conditions

        Fog so thick it felt of mist, and frankly, it became mist eventually. Low 60’s on the temp gauge.


        COP

        SSH x15 IC
        Wilie Mays Hayes x12 IC
        Windmills x10 IC
        Forward Fold OYO
        Shoulder Blaster


        The Thang

        When 90’s rap began to play, the Pax decided there would be a theme to this workout. Apparently, YHC is known for themes in his workout….

        7 of Diamonds
        Thanks Blue for allowing me to look over that VQ of yours way back when, so I could steal a little genius…
        7 Burpees
        Bear Crawl the Laterals & Mosey the Lengths
        14 Lunges (Hard Way)
        Bear Crawl the Laterals & Shuffle the Lengths
        21 Squats
        Bear Crawl the Laterals & Bernie the Lengths
        28 Monkey Humpers
        Bear Crawl the Laterals & Bear Crawl the Lengths
        Totals — 28 Burpees, 56 Lunges, 84 Squats, and 112 Monkey Humpers

        Mosey to the Love Shack.

        22’s w/a Merkin Mortar

        2 BBSUs at Love Shack

        Mosey to Memorial for 5 Merkin Mortar Set

        Mosey Half Lap — 20 Mountain Climbers (hard way)

        Mosey Back to Memorial for 5 Merkin Mortar Set

        Rinse and Repeat the above routine until time..


        COT

        I like to aggravate our dear beloved Blue about his messages about Grace, but we all know it is needed and needed now more than ever. If you’ll indulge me, I would like to add to that idea. I heard a great message regarding both truth and grace. We as a Pax agreed that we feel honesty is extremely important in maintaining integrity, so how about this idea?
        Truth is often to harsh for people while Grace is often too compromising. Apply these two together and we can really develop quality interactions with our fellow man.

        The above was my message. I added a little more of a personal story afterward regarding a character trait but will keep it brief here. Selfishness is not viewed a positive trait. A self-serving purpose, too, is often viewed as a negative motivation/means to an end. Either way, should this occur, make sure the end both justifies the means and helps all parties involved grow.


        Moleskin

        Overall, it was of great quality at certain times. I think I will just keep it “close to the vest” for the 8 other men who defeated the fartsack this Gloom…


        News

        Convergence 01/01/2022 at Anvil (Central High School)


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          So…..Unpredictable

          QIC:  Mr. Clean

          Date: 12/13/2021

          PAX: Back Pew, Friar Tuck, Pink Panther, Spirit Fingers, FNG – Snoozy, Thermostat, Transplant

          AO: Lions Den


          Conditions

          31 Degrees. Frosty.


          COP

          SSH x20 IC
          Forward Fold OYO
          Yoga


          The Thang

          Predictable Ladders

          15 Reps of Each Exercise
          1. Shoulder Press
          2. Bent Over Rows
          3. Curls
          4. Kettle Bell Swings
          5. Merkins
          6. Wide Merkins
          7. Diamond Merkins
          8. Leg Raises w/block
          9. Heel Touches — Hard Count
          Short Mosey Around Parking Lot
          Rinse and repeat this routine dropping one rep.

          It was after the round of 13 reps Back Pew “wondered” if anyone has ever done one of these very predictable workouts, and then suddenly changed it to “freak everyone out”. Feeling obligated to honor this “request”, we took a bit of a detour on the mosey. –Insert– “Thanks goodness, we are now back in our safe space” -Pink Panther.

          Unbeknownst to the Pax, I already had some “unpredictability planned involving the hill by the JROTC tower.

          For rep sets 12, 11, and 10, we interspersed them among Block Bears up and down the hill, as well as, Murder Bunnies up and down the hill.
          75 reps of each exercise completed.
          We finished with 5 blockees due to the missing flag.


          COT

          Yesterday during a run with longest grade of the run, I developed my COT for this morning. Yes, that’s the complete truth. As I was running up hill, I thought of those most important to me including the men of F3; because, hey I probably don’t make it up that hill without them.
          Growing up, my daddy always said; “ain’t no hill too high, son”. I’ve finally realized that I actually love the uphill run. Hills really get a bad rep from most runners. Those who run avidly and those who do so begrudgingly tend to have a similar outlook on hills: they suck.
          Here is the thing: they don’t suck. Why? At the top, we have a glorious view not seen from the valley. At the top, we realize something difficult was accomplished. At the top, we realize the difficulty actually makes the view even sweeter.
          Embrace the hills in your life, look to complete them with more speed and/or efficient the next time you face one.


          Moleskin


          News

          Chubby’s Homeless Ministry
          Christmas Eve Convergence — Anvil — Nantan change ceremony


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            Suicidal 1000

            QIC:  Mr. Clean

            Date: 05/14/2021

            PAX: Ohms, Skitch, Burrito, FNG – Free Loader, Snow Cream, Offset, Friar Tuck, Joanna, Starbucks, Friday, Recycle, Hambone, Blindside, Backpew, Pink Panther, Old School, Zima, Moneyball

            AO: Lion’s Den


            Conditions

            Amazing. Clear and crisp.


            COP

            Mosey to Middle School hill with blocks.


            The Thang

            Taken from the playbook of MoneyBall himself, Pax will strive for 1000 total reps before time is called.
            Suicidal 1000

            Complete 25 Reps. Run to 2nd Light Pole. 

            Complete 25 Reps. Run to 4th Light Pole. 

            Complete 25 Reps. Run to 6th Light Pole. 

            Begin next set.

            Rinse and Repeat for all rounds.

            100 Merkins — completed on mosey to middle school.

            100 Bent Over Rows

            100 Dips

            100 Monkey Humpers

            100 Curls

            100 Plank Jack/Shoulder Tap Combo (Hard Way)

            100 Wood Chops (50 Each Side)

            100 Mexican Jumping Bean Squats

            100 Leg Raises

            100 Man Maker


            COT


            Challenged the Pax to be a positive light to someone else. If they have the slightest feeling to reach out to someone with some sort of positive word or encouragement, then they need to do so. Also, please leave knowing the importance of leaning on Christ for support. Don’t worry about disappointing God, because no matter the situation it will always be His Might Right Hand which lifts you in any negative situation.


            Moleskin

            YHC forgot the steepness of the hill…


            News

            Memorial Day Convergence — Monday, May 31, 2021 at Chickamauga Dam Day Use Area
            4th Annual Fallen Five Event — Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Chickamauga Dam Day Use Area


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              Loredo

              QIC:  Mr. Clean

              Date: 05/12/2021

              PAX: Band Camp, Friar Tuck, Milkman, Shameless, Sherlock Snatch, Tasty Cakes, U-Turn

              AO: Shot House


              Conditions

              Rainy. Then drizzly. Comfortable temps.


              COP

              SSH x21 IC
              Forward Fold OYO
              Willie Mays Hays x12 IC
              SSH x21 IC


              The Thang

              Filling in for Ringwald today, YHC chose a workout that pit the Pax against their own inner drive and effort. This particular workout comes directly from a military WOD named: Loredo. Due to the rain, we remained under cover and completed 12 rounds for time rather than 6 rounds.
              Loredo

              24 Reps of Each Exercise — Run a Lap — 12 Rounds for Time

              Squats

              Merkins

              Lunges

              Total Merkins — 288
              Total Squats — 288
              Total Lunges — 288


              COT

              In my “EH Quote” before the proverbial list, I used the phrase “Devil’s Day”. This phrase was given to me by a very wise women with whom I attend church. She would say “Wednesday is the Devil’s Day because it falls in the middle of the week, and he knows that you’re headed to church that night, so he works extra hard to tempt you with any sort of negativity.” I encouraged the Pax to make Wednesday successful as they had already completed the hardest part of their day. Additionally, make sure the hump in “Hump Day” does not jump on your back. Stay positive. If you can’t stay positive, reach out and admit you need help.


              Moleskin

              Mumblechatter was low. As a collective (or maybe just Snatch), we decided this was due to the absence of Blue.


              News

              Hixson Community Work Day — Wednesday, May 19, 2021. More details to come.
              Fallen Five — Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Chickamauga Dam Day Use Area.


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                Intentionality

                QIC:  Mr. Clean

                Date: 05/03/2021

                PAX: Band Camp, Blue, Bobbitt, Cleaver, Daisy, Dundee, FNG- Knievel, Nordic Track, Snatch, FNG-Shameless, U-Turn

                AO: Detention 


                Conditions

                60’s. Skies were unpredictable. Radar was showing beautiful hues of reds, greens, and oranges. We did not fall into this path until the BOM commenced.


                COP

                SSH x50 IC
                Willie Mays Hays x15 IC
                Forward Fold


                The Thang

                Divided into two teams.
                One Pax farmer carried coupons to a point while the rest of the Pax completed an exercise. Every Pax had to complete 50 Merkins before the next Pax took off with farmer carries.
                Second Round was a rinse and repeat with squats.

                Teams stayed together. Team had to block bear around the circle. Pax not bear crawling were completing an Indian Run. Pax could switch at any point to relieve the other Pax.


                COT

                Intentionality: Make sure you are intentional in forming relationships with your fellow F3 Brothers and maintaining your Concentrica.


                Moleskin

                TWSS….it’s just kind of common at Detention


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