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Fitness, Fellowship, Faith

Day: March 31, 2018

Can’t get enough

Twelve men gathered in the gloom, wait……no. It was really kind of nice out this am. I wouldn’t call it the gloom-if you weren’t there, you should have been. We had really nice weather-a little chilly but overall was very pleasant. We also had some good music at Defib’s suggestion once we got to the Thang (sorry PainLabbers, you missed out on some quality tunes-keep reading). We talked a little about the Sept 11 Flight 93 events-something I heard on a podcast this week. Basically it was a recap put together from phone calls and the flight recorder from both the patriots on Flight 93 and those evil hijackers that crashed in Pennsylvania on 9/11/01.  I was reminded of the need to make each day our best so that the people who have both served and died for our country (military and otherwise) did not do this in vain. Their families have gone through more than we will ever know. Knowing about a small part of their suffering should be enough motivation for us to really try to be the best versions of ourselves EVERY DAY. For me, this needs to start with getting out in the gloom and exercising with my brothers who make me a better person. Busting my butt to keep up with the guy next to me (I know, you vs you, blah blah blah)-I cannot turn that competition switch off and it is what gets me motivated to push on the last set(s?) when I really just want to lay down on my 6 and rest. Anyway, if you were not there this morning, you missed out. All around, I think it was a great start to the day-DRP really helps, especially when you are chasing after Dolph and Defib.

Four of us started with a ruck at 6am (1 actually started earlier on a brief run but not sure how long-up before the enemy Roscoe-good work). This ruck thing is great for a warmup, helping to get some weight off, really nice for those able to mosey but because of back or other issues need to avoid running, or really if you just want to get to know the guy next to you a little better. We got back with about 5 minutes to spare and then got to work.

WU: 5 burpees, 10 SSH, 10 burpees, 20 LBCs, 5 burpees, 10 squats, 5 burpees. The burpees were for Rudolph-not the 100 that was threatened but that’s ok-it did the trick. After some minor taunting, we split to PainLab and BootCamp.


Mosey to the flag for the Pledge then to the PAD at FPC.  Run up the stairs (touching every step)-at top do 5 Hip Slappers and at the bottom do LBCs. The LBCs were 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 reps with 5 HS at the top. Mosey on the stairs until the 6 finishes. I love me some HSers. We talked about Flight 93 here briefly.

We moseyed to Sherwood Elementary School for some partner work. P1 does the exercise while P2 moseys across the soccer field (short distance-width of the field) then flapjack. 3 rounds of each: Hang from the Bar, Australian pull-ups, and hip and thigh extension. During the hip/thigh thing, there were a lot of……let’s just say “sounds” that should not be repeated (especially at an elementary school) until tonight with my M (I wish). This led to suggestions of “special music” that then led to Defib’s suggestion of some Barry White tunes….Being the Q that I am, I could not pass this up so I quickly pulled up “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” and we listened to that for waaaaaaayyyyyyyy too many times. I’ll be trying that on my M tonight. If I don’t post at Coconut Horse tomorrow, you will know why….

Once we recovered, we took off for the next exercise-Mosey to the hill in the end zone and run up the hill 5 times. At the top, touch the fence. At the bottom do 5 deconstructed burpees: 5 squats, 5 burps, and 5 merkins. That hill moved way up on my list of things I love. It basically sucks-no other way to describe.  We then moseyed to the PAD again for another stair workout. We did 5 merkins at the top then escalator flutter kicks at the bottom in reps of 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 (no, only count your right leg). We then moseyed back to start where PainLab was in full swing with some Mary. We jumped in, burned the abs a bit, then finished with COT.

During the COT, I brought up  the podcast (JockoWillink) about Flight 93. Definitely worth listening to at least the first 15 minutes of podcast 119 to be reminded about what happened that morning. It will likely impact how you leave your house each day to go to work and what kind of attitude you have if you pay attention. Hopefully, it will also get your butt out of bed on those days when you are considering fartsacking. JK2 reminded us about the significance also with Easter and the sacrifice that was made for us to have the lives we have-another Q fail-thanks for reeling me back in to what we really should have been focused on.

Prayers for those traveling, for family members with health issues, aging relatives with other issues, and all the Pax with recovery from injuries and general soreness. Hope to see you in the gloom soon so we can make each other better.

enjoyed it-Whoopee

Another sucky ghost Q

15 men showed for a beautiful day at  the big M. Being that our brother Slaw has been cooped up at work, I reached out to him for some added help in guiding our group to be better men. While the varsity boys were changing their depends, the jv guys got after it in the crowded park. With a lot of EC going on, time was up and so we began the ghost Q beat down.


We mosey straight into the first set. No time for a warm up.

To get ready for the memorial day merk coming up, we start with a 1/2 Merk

1/2 mile run

50 pull-ups

100 merkins

150 squats.

On the last 1/2 mile mosey we stopped at the volleyball court for Burpees in the sand.

Mosey from the sand box back to the stop sign at tower road. From there we mosey to the light pole and complete 10 burpees. Next light pole we do 9 and then 8 then 7 and stop at the light pole at the flag and do 6.

With time almost done we rotated and did some exercises of choice. Time up.


Community fun run on April 14     sign up

Prayer request, COT



In a book that Stroganoff gave us ( The Travelers Gift ) one of the 7 decisions is an undecided heart. ” Most people fail because of an undecided heart, When challenged, a committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart searches for an escape. “

Fruitfulness at the Forge

10 Men came to the Forge at Grits and Greens in Lowell for some spiritual fulfillment on Holy week.  This week we concentrated on FRUITFULNESS.


Producing good fruit, Producing good or helpful results.

Old Testament.

Proverbs 11:30

1 Kings 3:16-28

Proverbs is a book written by Soloman to his people. Here is an example of how baring good fruit will live forever. Being fruitful is a wise.

1 Kings 3:16-28 is an example of Soloman showing us his wise judgement given to him by God. Soloman was trying to do what he could to be fair and honest with the people.

New Testament

Galations 5:16-26

Galations is a letter written by Paul to deal with the relationship between Christian jews and Christian gentiles. The Galations were starting to manipulate the Christian faith. In Galations, Paul tells us how to live in the faith and be fruitful. Christians need to unit in Christ.

We had a great discussion. As always we discussed many ways fruitfulness has affected us all, some negative and some positive. Sometimes you will see the fruit and sometimes you will not. Do not be discouraged if you do not see the fruit of some hard prayer or witnessing to/for others. The main outcome we came to is that fruitfulness needs to happen organically, the way God intended. Not by, trying to hard or by ignoring when the opportunity arises.  Live your life the way God has shown you, the fruit will come.

God bless you men.



14 showed for day 4 of the tour. Another perfect day to push the rock. Today was a little more special than normal though, it’s VQ day with Queso.  YHC’s overgrown 2.0 loves F3 and enjoys coming out with the guys to be a part of something great. Definitely a HIM in the making.

The deal was that Queso would create the weinke with some help from dad and lead as much as he wanted. So that’s what we did. Here’s what I remember.


Newton’s Cradle x15 IC

Goof Balls x15 IC (for the absent Short Sale)

Mosey around the big island in the parking lot back to the pavilion.

Thang 1:

B.O.M.B.S. – Partner up and do cumulative reps of:

  • 50 Burpees
  • 100 Over Head Claps
  • 150 Merkins (these sucked super bad)
  • 200 Big Boy Sit Ups (these sucked even more than the merkins)
  • 250 Squats

While partner 1 does the exercises, partner 2 runs. We first went around the big island in the parking lot but that took way too long so YHC switched it to 2 laps around the pavilion. Much better and it kept us close together for good mumble chatter. Good conversation and strong effort here! Aye!!!

Thang 2:

The A.S.H (supposed to be the WASH but shortened due to time limitations and YHC’s already burned out pecs) – Keep the same partner as before and do cumulative reps of:

  • 100 American Hammers
  • 150 Step Ups
  • 200 Hip Thrusters (aka baby makers or limited stroke pickle pounders) as expected there were numerous exaggerated counts and crude comments of PAX needing a cigarette or a nap. Great examples for the adolescent Q.

Like before, while partner 1 works partner 2 runs around.

Recover! We had a couple of minutes left so YHC called for a quick set of Nolan Ryans. Done!

Announcements: CSAUP next Saturday, Forge on Wednesdays, Community Foundation 5k April 14

Prayer requests: Roscoe’s 2.0 surgery, Lynn Hamm recovery from brain tumor surgery, Breaker Breaker’s step dad’s knee, safe travels for PAX, friend of Gastone

As always men, it was a pleasure and I appreciate you ALL welcoming my 2.0 and supporting him as you do! AYE!!! He was super excited to lead and I know he’s looking forward to doing it again soon.

Happy Easter! The Lord is Risen!!!

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