F3 Gastonia

Fitness, Fellowship, Faith

Author: Clavin

What do you want on your tombstone?

Anytime I Q   I wind up not sleeping too deeply or well …. pondering how many will post … is weinke too ambitious or too weak ….etc …. today no exception. Arrive 6:30 and observe I’ve missed EC crew and decide to visit nature trail for 15 minutes.

Pax begin to roll in great to see T square , Toto, Hunkajunk and then even Brownstreak and Mayor!

7:00 strikes , I announce that I am one of today’s tour guides … pardon me if I miss on cadence counts as I tend to do so … but I amaze myself and actually complete the course!

warm up

Imp walkers, toy soldiers, goofballs and side straddle hops all times 15


Linus posted tweet about the …” what do you want on your tombstone “ and comment for addl disclaimer….

it was after the pledge that I came clean about the odd number used in warmup and the tweet… my disclaimer was that today is s special day in my life and that I make no claims to apologize for my views on the subject …. today is my 15th  death day! At approx the time of start of work out 15 years ago I had a myocardial infarction …. sorry that was for Whoopee and Defib!!!! I had a heart attack even though I had quit smoking 7 months prior … but this is a time when body is cleansing and blockage occurred . 2 stents later … To me I embrace and chose long ago to own This !

So having  said all this I then chose to announce that my boot camp would consist primarily of cardio ( of which I later told Pax was my form of a stress test which heart patients need to have periodically and mine is coming in a few months ) … several pax had been on EC run and knew they looked winded… Roscoe pondered but I was glad to have him join!

En route to Grier track we stopped three times along way to perform 15 mountain climbers each

behind school we ran up and down stairs back to end of building to perform 1 burpee intending to continue all the way to 15 …. Omaha’d at 10 …. too humid and we still had 35 minutes to go!!!

Move to benches for dips 4 times to the count of 16…. because I intend to be here next year ( at this time pax was planning my demise … or curious disappearance )!!!

on to the track 50 lbcs ( why ??? Check my age and you will see)

moseyed halfway on track performed 16 squats and then sprinted to beginning ( picked this up from Breaker Breaker in his discussion with Whoopee on improving speed …. found this to be too exhausting for time remaining so instead did 11s  beginning with 1 SSH halfway point 10 squats and so on ….time began to be an issue …so Omaha’d with about 3 to go …. return to Schiele …ask Stoganoff for flutters which he obliges and we perform 30… Hushpuppy calls 5 burpees thinking we did none at boot camp ( little did he know)…Top Hat calls MNC and finally get 13 more box cutters courtesy of Hushpuppy!

announcements were for volunteers for both boot camp and pain labs on Saturdays ( from now until next year!!

Finally before COT I ask Pax if any have prepared s will for their families to know wishes …for which almost half raise hands . I then also point out to the pax present that having lost my father 3 years ago and very soon to be losing mom ( hospice yesterday recognized significant decline) that another thing to consider would be a video message to the suvivors after you pass ….my final thought expressed was …. what do I want on my tombstone ??? Currently nothing as I choose to keep it blank for as long as possible !!

God bless

Going postal

Arrive early

only Stroganoffs car and shovel flag thankfully planted


Set up Pain lab …. how many will show? Dont care … I’ m here and raring to go!!


6 minutes to go …wait here’s Moses, Linus …. theres Stroganoff were doing alright …. two more Hunchback and FNG ….Stroganoff gets us rolling … after  warmup and pledge one taker for  pain lab! Alright ! Have my new shirt on … ready to rock it out !

Hipaa tweeted great promo using a pic from Cheers and plenty o postal words of encouragement which gave me ideas …

set up stations using small postal boxes filled with weights for Bricks… had a tub  unmarked so Wont need to pay a penalty filled with mags…. two boxes ( one marked fragile ( pronounced fra gee. Lay) !! And another labeled bulk rate loaded with a cinder block in one and small block in other …. 2 minute routine set by tabata timer using great tunes  like Epic   Black Betty Immigrant Song and awesome remake of Cranberries hit Zombie by Bad Wolves we also had station for derkins and dips and arm stretch bands…. complete 12 total ….. now the clean up!!! Easy peasy… pick up… take 1/2 to truck … return and ruck the two block boxes around parking lot twice… return these to truck …. return to flag … no one here? Thats fine …. “circle”(of 2) up begin 50 lbcs … 6 mins …. no one still ? Box cutters x 20 …. begi…. oh wait … here they come … reset …. receive orders for correct count … reset … lets go! Stroganoff calls dyin cockraoches Linus Mtn climbers i modify …. lastly hunchback brings us homw eith Nolan Ryans….


announcements next week there may be a special visitor next week at Schiele from Gazette to check us out maybe get free press ? Show to know

name FNG …. Stagecoach …. welcome brother !



as many know earlier this year amped up workouts … running … running dome more … attempted 10 miler attempting to achieve goals of 1/2 and maybe even full marathon…. had bakers clot … layed off .. still present …. had MRI showed meniscal tears …. get surgery this week and I’ll be back soon! I was so upset st first that this happened … had idea of showing at AO for workout but do my own Pain LAb … not to encourage Q to redo Weinke but just in order to be present and receivecfellowship . While we have equipment at home that Ive used during my IR …. these dont talk to me or COT …. in short its not the same.  To those on IR , i would like to encourage you to come , modify …. but mostly be present ! Its a very special thanks to Hipaa for staying back with me when I’ ve come and we put together our own beat down … low or no impact utilizing coupons …. plus dont discount the comraderie!



Located Whoopee early ….seen rucking it.
Arrived early ….excited …. so excited had G fail #1 …. cadence count on Don Q …. Whoopee unfortunately witnessed in strange “yoga”? Position…. cannot unsee tried to redo …
Corrected cadence count with 20 cotton pickers followed by side straddle hops 20 in cadence.
Next brief explanation of focus of work out hallelujah jump squat for five count . Imagine a Burpee without the plank but reaching for the sky on your jump up arms raised getting Penecostal and shouting Hallelujah!!!

No we Mosie to the flag from there we mosey to the steps at first Presbyterian.

Time for a little Dora 123

Partner up …pax one goes up the steps one hallelujah at the top and returns to tag out other pax  100 Merkens at the bottom 200 monkey Humpers lastly 300 LB c’s

Cap’n Crunch mentions idea of all the packs heading up the stairs one hallelujah at the top Q agrees !

And we go for an Indian run around the church lot for which Whoopee stayed back with RFNG Kenyon( at this point he appeared to be mostly gassed) I believe we did five more hallelujahs… then walls Sit with arms raised then marching .

Next we slowly moseyed up to the traffic light across and over to Greir inner track ….  A long way Whoopee continue to play in the trees knocking water everywhere and splashing in puddles !

We now performed a plank line cross the field bear crawl to the front shout hallelujah … Kenyon performed squats …  this was Omahad after all pax performed one rep.

Hallelujah times five

Got on six for some Mary thankfully Whoopee  Hushpuppy and Roscoe and Madoff help  we perform American hammers flutter kicks something else  and I have my q fail number two  unfortunately called for flutters and meant Freddy mercs  did a restart and got it right

I’m for some fun …. had everyone recover to a standing position waited …..and called for LBCs!!!50 x

Now a ring of fire for Merkins … five each.   Thankfully Roscoe was in slow motion …..  Kenyon  and Cap’n Crunch laid out until  Q asked Capn to give us 5 great job!!! And only asked 1 of Kenyon who wound up giving 5 attempts ! Way to push it !!!

Before we mosey to the flag this morning it was asked that we return seven minutes prior  end of exercise although I believe we only did five  join the Pain  lab for a little yoga !

Then were circled up to To name our  FNG ……Kenyon

Didn’t believe it would take long to name him as he has a deep love of all things hot and spicy  and he wS Sporting some Deadpool stuff ….. moments before the naming Whiopee had learned that Mr. K had gone through some serious heart surgery early in his life …. packs wasn’t interested …..

We must now fear ….


For his love of peppers

Announcements for the cleanup at the Ymca over the next two Saturdays would prefer no 2.0s  as squatter material left in the woods potential hazard in danger …. see Short Sale or Whoopee …..  Roscoe announced about the bowling Friday and on Sunday the snow less  tubing

Moleskin :

Wednesday morning at the end of the work out Gastone offered up the next few workouts and there were many sign-ups …Stroganoff offered and there were none including myself .  AsI’m leaving with time frame I agreed with him about what Gastone had told him about embracing your weaker points which prayed on me over the next two hours !!! I knew I was probably bringing my 2.0 s best friend who is so much like a brother that we actually call him Nicks older (shorter) brother ( must see him to understand ) without going into too much detail ( M would not like me to) Kenyon has had a tough early life with multiple heart surgeries from collapsed veins as well as accepting being raised by grandparents. 2 years ago he was finally released by docs at Levine to perform in sports programs at Bethlehem where we now attend . These 2 became damn near inseparable to where last year we took him on vacation to Florida inc Universal studios . Our son always wanted brother ……. until then . Now has better acceptance for being an only …. but still loves Kenyon .

Thankfully I was able to reach Stroganoff and no one by divine providence had taken the Q …..it would be irresponsible of me to have allowed someone else to ti handle the q today.

Being a leader can be difficult and challenging….I am always uneasy stepping in front of a crowd …. but after accepting our Lords conviction on me I felt an inner peace and knew in 2-3 minutes the entire routine even though I wasn’t sure of the jump squat Hallelujah being an exercise … but I willingly embraced it !

And I must not forget slaw’s Twitter announcement ….thank you for that ….. interesting fact about sweat ….”

And today’s special number is …

Pledge            At one point late in workout A member of pax guestioned difficulty in remembering entire workout …, then  another pointed out the simplicity of the work out that we ran for a moment and then did something else ….rinse and repeat .           This is the simplistic form …  The truth of the matter is I used a Tabata timer ( idea stolen/ borrowed from Short Sale).  It gave me an easy framework for the entire work out …..50 second timer with 10 second rest intervals.  The plan was for us to do a mosey most of time or two or more lunge walks alternate with upper or ab exercises…  these were called at random utilizing as many different exercises as could be remembered …. such as lbcs , Freddie Mercs, merkins, derkins, dips wall rest, cdds, Don Quixote’s , and Moroccan nite clubs. Most were AMrap .   This is not the full list …. but best I could do . The method to this madness  was that approximately eight hours earlier I crossed the threshold into the age of 50 .  Timeframe was aware but held to secrecy and that we were waiting for someone to recognize the time (50). Upon Rearrival at start line   There was still another four minutes during which I dropped a secret or two which eventually was picked up by stroganoff who then received a paper “gift”  to be read for the next exercise of Burpee‘s Amrap for a 50 second count  ….  and since there was still another minute and a half or so to go I  I followed the directions of another pax who complained that stroganoff should’ve called something else and he called for flutter kicks to the number 50 !!  It too was a crowdpleaser!!  It should also be noted that Spiderman arrived very late and I suspect he expected a warm-up routine as did many others I’m sure…  but there was none!       This was something I’ve been looking forward to doing for quite some time but I struggled with trying to figure out the routine and how to make it happen until defib worked a Tabata timer into A work out and then later short sale used it for much greater time in a routine.  It was an honor to have you guys celebrate my day with me !




4 Corners

I fully appreciate the chance to lead today. It helped me to focus on something other than aging parents and Hospice care. It also helped me to step out of my normal comfort zone of being in the background.  However all that being said I Overthought  a lot in preparation (I’m very analytical… or so I’ve been told!!)  and had to continue to modify ….. sometime in the future I will challenge myself  and do everything spontaneously that way I won’t drop my Weinke again.Warm up.    SSH-20 in cadence( for Spider-Man …. ref “No Hops….”.).             Merkins -20.               Goofballs -20 in cadence.             Circle Pelicans.       Makhtar N’ DI -10.       Iron Mike-10.      The thang:                Mosie to Martha’s house explained since on playground let’s play four corners  except these four corners really were far away  …..unintentional  . Began with 10 burps in first corner next 20 Merckins followed by 30 seal jacks lastly 40 LB C’s .  Then we reversed direction ran in reverse returned to start  redoing all exercises .  Tried lunge walk stopped after the second station return to run between stations  and this time only performing 10 of each exercise at each corner reverse to start   Once more .  Flutter kicks sumo squats 10 each ….ran track….  lean on bathroom wall for one or two minutes ….. return to Pelicans  for final call of 50 Lbcs. Continue reading

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