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The start of something new

There had been talks amongst some of the Pain Lab regulars lately about the possibility of starting a new AO during the week to get some extra weight training in. Let’s be honest, if you only lift weights 1 day a week, you aren’t doing yourself any favors. Not saying its a complete waste of time as we do a very rigorous workout on Saturdays, but you should be doing it twice a week. Now for most of us we probably do our own weight training thing at home or attend a gym to get in that extra muscle pump. While that is great and all, I often miss the fellowship of my F3 brothers in the gloom when I’m by myself. YHC had approached the F3 Gastonia board with the mention of possibly starting a new AO. I got the green light to proceed and if we had a consistent turnout we could go live. That said I eagerly got to work. Going through the list of active PAX, Looking at regular Pain Lab attendees, Geo Mapping based on PAX zip code to find that perfect AO spot, finding a spot that has growth potential based on future land development and most importantly a site that is very ,very close to my house. Based on all of that analytical data, YHC decided on WA Bess Elementary. If this ends up going live as an official AO, there are a few more elements as to why this location was chosen that I will share later. 1 element I shared with the PAX this AM and its in the picture below. See if you can find it…

 

So YHC just got done setting up when i see the first car arrive. As WA Bess is an official election station I wasnt sure if it was an early voter or a PAX. I recognized the truck, VooDoo is the 1st on scene. Great to see him out here and marks Day 2 of his F3 journey! Clavin then rolls in followed by Rudolph then Pedal. 5:28 and here comes a big a$$ truck. This MUST be a Folsom guy. No one in South Gastonia owns a truck this large, although VooDoo is very close. It’s Roadie! Thanks brother for making the long trip, I promise you wont be disappointed! While I stated to to the PAX this was not an official F3 workout, YHC was going to treat is as such.

Quick rundown of the new site

Disclaimer

Queue the music – Start off the AM right with some Baba O’Reiley!

Warm up #1

MNC IC x 15

Toy Soldiers IC x 15

Warmup #2 – Kettlebell light warmup

Wood Chopper x 10 Left
Figure Eight x 10
Push Press x 10 Right
Push Press x 10 Left
Side Lunge x 10 Right
Side Lunge x 10 Left
Halo x 10 Right
Halo x 10 Left

The Thang:

Kettlebell 11’s

30 KB Swings, 10 Pseudo Planche Merkins, 1 BBSU
30 Hammer Curls, 9 Pseudo Planche Merkins, 2 BBSU
30 Upright Rows, 8 Pseudo Planche Merkins, 3 BBSU
30 Tricep Extensions, 7 Pseudo Planche Merkins, 4 BBSU
30 Lawnmowers (15/15), 6 Pseudo Planche Merkins, 5 BBSU
30 Chest Presses, 5 Pseudo Planche Merkins, 6 BBSU
30 Renegade Rows (15/15) 4 Pseudo Planche Merkins, 7 BBSU
30 American Hammers, 3 Pseudo Planche Merkins, 8 BBSU
30 Goblet Squats, 2 Pseudo Planche  Merkins, 9 BBSU
30 Snatches (15/15), 1 Pseudo Planche Merkins, 10 BBSU

30 Pullovers

PAX Choice – Rudolph Called Curls

Curls – 2 sets 8-10 reps each arms

Rudolph is an outstanding trainer. PAX need to listen as he teaches great form. This is important to maximize pump, muscle growth and to reduce injury.

YHC back with the lead. I like the curl theme so lets continue it.

21’s are called – 7 full curls, 7 upper half curls, 7 bottom half curls – rest and repeat one more time.

By this time we had an early voter walk by to check us out. His name was Scott and works for Hendrick automotive, Or at least that’s what his shirt said. EH was in full effect. All 6 PAX were heavily engaged and paused the workout to HC to EH’ng this gentleman. But as Rudolph pointed out it gave the PAX a few extra minutes to catch their breath. YHC quickly saw what was happening and called 5 burpees OYO.

TIME!

COT

Announcements:

XMAS Party Dec. 15th. Look out for email blast for RSVP.

Convergence 11/10

3rd F Event 11/10 immediately after convergence

F3 Dad’s 11/11 – Martha’s House – Roscoe Q

Prayer requests:

Pedal’s parents. If anyone knows a good landscape company please let him know!

YHC took us out

Playlist:

Men, truly an honor and privilege to lead you this morning. I was very pleased to see the turnout. Some might say well that wasn’t a lot of PAX but this is a great average number of PAX for a Pain Lab type workout. Thanks for your commitment to help this site succeed and turn into a full time AO. As YHC stated in closing today, I plan to lead every one of these workouts this month. No need to worry about Q’ng or writing a weinke, I got you covered. Just show up! Keep spreading the word about this at your other regular AO’s. See you all next week!

AYE!!

HIPAA

 

Hard in the evening, Soft in the morning

It was awkward at first listening to Freight and Def Leppard talking about being hard in the evening and soft in the morning.  I had missed most of the conversation due to the high level of Metal playing directly behind be. Come to find out they were discussing how right after a workout how hard and tight their muscles are but in the AM they are quickly reminded how old they are when they go back to soft and flabby.

Warmup

Simple Arm stretches

Not mosey 10ft off the grass to the parking lot.

Circle up & grab a kettlebell or something heavy.

Painopoly was broken out. We played. No one won. We did a lot of Burpees somehow, no thanks to DDC as we had a free pass on that exercise once. But, the best Burpees performed this day were the ones where the PAX had to yell my name after each Burpee. That one sure is a crowd pleaser.

Notes. I’ve been trying different dice out. First set was plain old small die. hard to pickup and roll when you have gloves on. I had elected on a large foam die. After this round of Painopoly i quicky realized that’s not a good option. The foam die bounces waaaaay to much costing us precious time that we could easily fit in another 10+ exercises. I will look to invest in some better dice before we play again.

Thanks to all who came to play.

Freight took us out

 

-HIPAA (1 P 2 A)

Back In Black

Back In Black

Linus lead the pledge and warmup before we broke out to Bootcamp and Pain Lab.

For YHC’s VQ, I chose the easy way out. A no cadence Pain Lab, no need to look at a clock, and an easily self-modifiable beatdown. Appropriately, all PAX wore black.

Music provided the soundtrack and the timer for the workout. The album chosen for my VQ was the #77 greatest album of all time as voted on by music critics: Back in Black by AC/DC (42 minutes 11 seconds).

The beatdown included 10 stations, and each station contained 2 exercises. The PAX were to do 15 reps of the first exercise, then 15 reps of the second exercise, then rinse and repeat these two exercises until the end of the song, unless otherwise instructed.   Printout sheets that showed the form of each exercise were provided, so if anyone wants to repeat this beatdown in the future, hit me up and I can provide the files.

All PAX were instructed to pick a station, and at the end of each song rotate clockwise to the next station (I explained gently that this was to their left).  Any coupons at a station were left behind. If any coupon was too heavy, soccer players had the option to replace any exercise with 15 burpees. Emphasis was placed on full range of motion, and slower pacing. The amount of rest taken between sets by each PAX dictated their personal difficulty level.

The Thang

Quick instruction was provided on how to use a macebell as some PAX seemed confused by this strange implement, which could completely destroy a Prius in two strokes if you put your back into it.

Station 1: HELLS BELLS – ONE 40 lb. Kettlebell
This is the station that created the most complaints and tested the manhood of the participants, but the PAX got it done much to the benefit of their overall health and wellbeing.

  1. Kettlebell Swings
  2. Behind the head tricep extensions 

Station 2: SHOOT TO THRILL – TWO 6.6 lb. Dumbbells
A couple PAX let it be known that these weights “were light”, a welcome respite from the brutality of Station #1, but as the repetitions increased and the shoulders started to burn, the mumble chatter heard from station #2 dissipated.

  1. Lateral Arm Raises
  2. Front Arm Raises

Station 3: WHAT DO YOU DO FOR MONEY HONEY?
Worked in some core exercises, and gave the arms and shoulders a chance to rest.

  1. Flutter Kicks
  2. LBCs

Station 4: GIVEN THE DOG A BONE- ONE 20 lb. or 10 lb. Macebell
Two sizes of macebells were provided at station #4, a 20 pounder for football players, and a 10 pounder for runners. The exercise is just as it sounds, move the macebell from the ground to over your shoulder with a half-lunge movement, just like you’re digging a grave. At some point a PAX commented this exercise worked muscles that had been dormant for a couple decades. Mission accomplished.

  1. Gravediggers (LEFT)
  2. Gravediggers (RIGHT)

Station 5: LET ME PUT MY LOVE INTO YOU
Comedy relief station. 

  1. Monkey Humpers
  2. Crab Humpers

Station 6: BACK IN BLACK – One 40 lb. Kettlebell
Foundational compound exercises that should never be avoided as they prevent chicken-leg-syndrome, but I feel the weight should be a bit higher for the next time, or increase the burn by utilizing more time under tension.

  1. Deadlifts
  2. Goblet Squats

Station 7: YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG – TWO 20 lb. Kettlebells
This station was easy, moderate or difficult based on where you started the workout. Also foundational compound exercises.

  1. Military Presses
  2. Bentover Upright Rows

Station 8: HAVE A DRINK ON ME 
Defib keep perfect form on his plank for the entire duration of the song. He won this station hands down, and also provided inspiration for the other PAX. YHC on the other hand, had to ruck around the circle for a bit. Not my best effort. I still feel shame.

  1. Plank until failure
  2. Plank until failure

Station 9: SHAKE A LEG
Blood to the chest. Blood to the legs. Blood to the chest. Blood to the legs. = Beatdown

  1. Merkins
  2. Mountain Climbers

Station 10: ROCK AND ROLL AIN’T NOISE POLLUTION – TWO 17 lb. Dumbbells 
This was a good weight for the Hammer Curls, but a bit light for Flys. YHC commented on Sargento’s pump after he completed this exercise. His bicep definition was coming through in 4k, although it may have been the lighting. Not quite sure.

  1. Hammer Curls
  2. Flys

PAX helped load all the coupons into the car, and we circled up for some Mary until the bootcamp crew returned victorious with Linus leading the way.

TIME

COT

Linus lead prayer requests, announcements, & Nameorama.

Post beatdown selfie (hard pose):

 

Twerking with Soccer Arms (Literally)

15 for Pain Lab, 2 for a tandem bicycle ride

Def Leppard reached out to me awhile back wondering if I would bring Pain Lab out to Midoriyama. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and obliged to his request. Midoriyama has a large space and also a few extra hidden toys YHC could not possibly fit in his “Prius”, like large Folsom truck tires. Knowing the amount of HIM that would post I knew the weinke had to be large enough to accommodate all that showed up. This was by far the largest Pain Lab group YHC has ever had and I believe it was enjoyed by all.

I pre-blasted on the Twitter that there would be no running as this is a low to no impact workout. As I arrived early to setup, I saw some PAX getting some EC running in. I laughed as they ran by as these guys probably thought this would be an easy workout. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

As the PAX began to arrive, the amount of kettlebells grew. YHC had the battle rope present and decided to do something fun. Lined the kettlebells up and threaded the battle rope through them all. Mind you the rope is 50ft in length. Yes, we will be group carrying this for a hot minute.

No FNG’s, so quick disclaimer

Quick Warmup

Moroccan Night Clubs IC

Cherry Pickers IC

Pledge

Alright, let’s grab the kettlebell rope and other misc toys (sledge hammer, slam ball, large speaker, block) and fellowship mosey to the small soccer field.

Wait, what’s this? We have a sudden walk up by a young Gentleman asking what we are doing. “Large group workout, wanna join us?” Young guy, “I would but I have a bum knee” (is this Medicine Woman’s cousin??). “Bum knee? Then you came to the right workout today! Low to No Impact so cmon!” FNG Erick Silva joined us. FYI, EH’ng on the fly is an awesome high. Disclaimer with FNG as we finished our mosey.

The Thang:

***This is Pain Lab so loud music was present. Today’s tracks: Drum and Bass playlist or “Twerking” music as most, if not all PAX, referred to it as.

Station work

17 Stations

45 seconds each station

15 second rest between stations

  1. KB Lat Pullover to chest press

  2. Flutter Kicks

  3. KB Deadlift

  4. LBC’s

  5. KB Shoulder Presses

  6. Wide Merkins

  7. KB Swings

  8. Dying Cockroaches

  9. KB Skull Crushers

  10. Diamond Merkins

  11. KB Halos

  12. Dips

  13. Tire Flips

  14. Slam Ball – Overhead slams

  15. American Hammers

  16. Sledge Hammer Tire – Overhead

  17. Battle Ropes – 2 arm wave

Looked at watch, 5:59. Yea, we got time.

Next phase:

11’s!

Curls bottom of hill 10-1

Walk up hill with kettlebell or other weight

Weighted Squats top of hill 1-10

Time!

Head back to flag

COT

Announcements and many prayer requests.

Tclaps to Shockers 2.0’s for getting baptized! This was something they wanted to do with no influence from anyone here on this earth. God is good!

Def Leppard took us out

By now you should realize that nothing in this life is easy. While something may appear easy from the outside, you often find it is not. The struggle is real! Thank you to everyone that came out this evening and pushed hard through it. The reward is much greater than the pain. Welcome again FNG Erick Silva “Soccer Arms”. It was a pleasure meeting you and hope to see you out here often!

  • HIPAA

You can have an effective workout without running

7 men showed for my Painlab VQ.  It was 10 minutes until launch time and there were only three men in the parking.  It started looking it would be a light crowd.  By launch time 14 men (7 and the boot camp and 7 at the lab) had circled up.

Stroganoff lead the group through the warmup and then he lead his men out of the parking lot.  The rest of us gathered at the back of the parking lot by the benches.

The thang

Partnered up and started with lazy Dora, but many more reps.  The exercises were 100 merkins, 200 squats, 300 monkey humpers, 400 flutter kicks, 500 calf raises and 600 LBC.  Each partner would do five rounds with the number increasing on each exercise.  Each partner did five rounds of 10 merkins, 20 squats… up to 60 LBCs each round.  This was fun.

Next was a personal favorite of mine – deconstructed burpees.

Over to the benches for 11s. Dips and Incline merkins.

Back to the parking lot for 11s.  CDDs (in honor of Def Leppard. We miss you, brother) and mountain climbers.

We did a round of Mary tabata style.  1 minute of each exercise.  We had plank jacks, low plank, prom nights, moroccan nightclubs, something I’m forgetting and finishing with LBCs and the boot campers returned.

That’s time.

COT

Announcements: JJ5k, Speed for Need race

Prayer requests: Monk’s friend, guys on the IR

BOM: Stroganoff closed us in prayer.

It was an honor to VQ the painlab today, men.  It’s great to see Bandit again. It’s been too long, sir.  Glad you’re back.  Thank you all for the push and the opportunity.

Philippians 4:13

Huckleberry

99 Bottles of Beer…

Whoopee vacated his Q slot for this morning’s bootcamp. Either his M failed to tell him or he failed to remember they had a garage sale scheduled bright and early this morning. Plenty of George Strait cd’s are still available I here. So I gladly took control for the boot camp while Bedpan was to have his VQ with the Pain Lab. When I’m on a work call that looses my interest, I open my excel file with all of my Weinkes and get creative. This idea had been brewing for a while and I tempted the PAX of Gastonia via Twitter and Slack, hoping to entice a big crowd.

I arrived in the parking lot after an EC run and was pleasantly surprised at the eager group of PAX. I had a strong feeling Udders from Greensboro would post. I was happy to see the return of the “the Streak,” as well as Hushpuppy. I attempted to lure Brownstreak to the bootcamp providing as much insight as I could (he doesn’t like surprises if you didn’t know) but he was leaning toward the Pain Lab. I checked my watch and 0700 struck – time to get this train wreck mov’in.  No FNG’s but a disclaimer was stated as there were some newer men among us. “You verses you, modify as needed, do what you want to do.” Did I say you verses you? I did…let’s go:

Warm-up:

  • SSH IC x 10
  • Squats (apparently I didn’t say “in cadence” though the PAX were following my lead quite nicely until HIPAA called me out) we finished 10 – in cadence
  • Rapid fire: LBC’s in rapid cadence x 8; Plank Jacks in rapid cadence x 8, and just for HIPAA: 5 Burpees OYO

Pledge – boot camp bid adieu to the Pain Lab

We moseyed to the Grier track for Part I. Once through the gate we circled and I was once again surprised that only 7 men followed me. I guess the temptation wasn’t strong enough or the PAX were skeered as they sometimes say. No matter – the PAX that faced me were ready for a beat down and I was ready to give it. The biggest form of flattery is to borrow from another man’s workout. The track work is a combination from Stroganoff’s world famous “Wolfpack Grinder” and one that Tiny Tank led in honor of his West Point classmate Dan Whitten. To perform the real Whitten – you need some equipment, so modifications were in order. However – if you have access to a dumbbell or kettle-bell and a medicine ball – look up this workout and do it when you can’t attend F3. You will be tested. So today’s version was originally slated for 4 rounds of 20 reps. After round 1, I modified unbeknownst to the PAX. Here’s what we did:

  • Steps-ups
  • Dips
  • Run 200 meters
  • Burpees
  • SSH
  • Run 200 meters to complete a full lap
  • Round 1 was 20 single count reps of the exercises; Round 2 was 15, and Round 3 was 10

I omaha’ed the fourth round because of time. Thanks to Roscoe for leading plank work waiting for the PAX to gather. Props to Roscoe for leading the charge with Udders closely following. This circuit was designed to elevate the heart rate. I’ve found that any occasion to run and throw in burpees will get your ticker pumping. A quick count off confirmed all eight men were still with us. Onto First Presbyterian Church’s PAD where the Main Event was waiting.

The set up took a minute to get the music going (thanks Rudolph for your speaker) and the cooler opened. Preparing for this Q was a bit unique and took me to three different stores to find the various coupons. I did fulfill a few requests but unfortunately those men were not among my PAX. Stroganoff titles many of his routines and this one deserved such distinction: 99 Bottles of Beer. Think all the way back to your elementary school days and those field trips. I feel certain that most if not all of us sang the song as the bus took off. I’m going to venture a guess that few field trips ever actually completed the countdown. I imagine in today’s PC world, young kids singing a song with “beer” in the lyric would be frowned upon. But today’s workout would bring smiles. So think of the “deck of death” workout but instead of cards, various bottles of beer were used. The time began with, yep you guessed it, a 99 second circuit, followed by a 30 second rest and then 98 seconds, and so on. I offered the PAX an asterisk that if they selected a bottle and didn’t like the exercises, they could “take one for the team” with a power chug of the ice cold beer. Some thought about it but none accepted the challenge, at least the drinking beer part. It went like this:

  • 99 seconds: Old English 40 – Single line suicides & V Ups
  • 98 seconds: Busch Light – Donkey Kicks & CDD’s
  • 97 seconds: PBR – Jingle Balls & Am Hammers
  • 96 seconds: Natural Light – Ski Abs & LBC’s
  • 95 seconds: Stella Artois – Step Ups & Derkins
  • 94 seconds: Ice House – SSH & Squats
  • 93 seconds: Mich Ultra – Hi/Low Wall Taps & Floyd Mayweathers
  • 92 seconds: Bud Light – Lt Dans & Flutter Kicks
  • 91 seconds: Miller High Life (Just for Medicine Woman – a no show) – Burpees & Dying Cockroach

You see two exercises – most tabatas are 30 to 45 seconds.  Doing any one exercise for 99 seconds; it’s not that easy. So the idea was to do the first exercise to failure and then start the second – keep the cardio and heart rate going as much as possible. The mumble chatter was pretty good. Roscoe announced each new round with “(name) get you a cold beer.” I also had a cooler of water for the PAX and we certainly enjoyed a few of those cold ones in the summer humidity. We completed 9 rounds before it was time to head home. Oh did I mention the play list? All songs about drinking cold beer or partying or just a cool groove, but mostly about drinking: Blooze (Junkyard), Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World (Steel Panther), Had Enough (Tesla), Toes (Zac Brown Band), Day Drinking (Little Big Town), Metalingus (Alter Bridge). I hear that some bumpkin midget named George Strait has a song called “Cold Beer Conversation” but after listening to 30 seconds I decided the slow moving twang would have a negative effect on our heart rate. Maybe the next Q can use that song while doing yoga or an hour’s worth of star gazers?

PAIN LAB BB:

Shoulder press,lunge,lbc,merkin x20 three times.

Annie’s=planks one handed taking the other hand in the motion of cleaning the floor. Each side hold 20 seconds.

Bat wings x 20; 4 x each

Forwards, backwards circles; Seal claps, overhead claps x 20

WWII, Sandy V, Freddy Mercury’s, LBC’s, Flutter Kicks, Heel taps.

  • 5 burpees
  • 10 lunges
  • 15imperial walkers
  • 20 merkins

Sally up song w/ squats

15 super mike Tyson’s = mike Tyson then a burpee afterward.

15 minutes of battle rope alternating between planks

15 minutes of kettle bells

Rotated these two in groups.

COT: I ran with Madoff for some extra credit this morning. He was unable to post because his son had a swim meet but asked for a friend Nikki Bailey that is battling stomach cancer. We also lifted up prayers for Hushpuppy’s work friend Ashley that lost her battle with cancer leaving behind a family. Toto’s mother-in-law and his marriage. I believe Timeframe had a request that I cannot recall the specific name. We have a lot of PAX traveling home or to vacation destinations – we asked for their safe travels as well as safety and enjoyment as we look forward to celebrating July 4th.

Moleskin: Roadie was correct – the enticement of beer was a trap, well sort of. As noted, the PAX had the opportunity to drink one for the team. Of course splashing merlot would have come into play. I appreciate the 7 PAX that followed me out of the parking lot and allowed me to have some Q-fun with the workout. It was a grinder but the guys pushed through. Roscoe was on fire. Until you hear Moses say his age, you wouldn’t know by the way he pushes through the workout. Toto is drinking the F3 Kool-Aid like it was a free keg on the 4th of July. Nice to have Dr. Feelgood in the fold. Blart was quiet but had his typical dry witted comedic statement that got the guys laughing. JJ was steady as always, and Udders joined in as if he was one of us and not just visiting. Great work by the boot camp guys. Once the workout ended, we re-packed the cooler and I now have a collection of tall-boys, double-deuces, and an Ole E “fo-ty” that I doubt I’ll ever drink. High school and college was a long time ago and I have enough room in my budget for my standard Bud Light. So that means before this piss-water goes bad, I may need to bring the cooler to an AO near you. I’m scanning the Q schedule and you may very well find yourself participating in my version of 99 Beers on the Wall. That is unless Udders doesn’t snatch my Weinke and take this cooler to G-boro. It was a pleasure to Q.

Gashouse PCMB’s

Pax:  Monk, Wet Nuts, Billy Madison, Sargento, Moses, Whoopee, Def Leppard, Sister Act, Step Down, Belding (sp? Sorry), Short Sale (Painlab Q), Matt Stroupe (FNG, Hunka Junk), Quicheeishe, Linus (Bootcamp Q)

Saturday 9/16 kicked off my first official Gashouse QIC weekend.  This is also my first official backblast as I have found that whatever shortcomings I may have as a site Q I am even further substandard on BB posts.  Maybe the experience this time will gain me the insight I need to continue these posts.  We had a good turnout this weekend and I was fully impressed when I took 9 pax with me to lead on the bootcamp.  I thought I lost one early until I realized I had not counted myself, not sure I was even there anyway.

We started with a thorough disclaimer that eventually did not even convince me to follow my lead.  I’m positive, but not sure that we started off with the following:

SSH:  Cadence, 15 or 16?

Merkins:  Cadence, 16??  Had to say, I should have stopped at 10 but man I felt good, that all ended about there, sigh….

LBC:  20 maybe in cadence

Squats:  20 in Cadence

Pledge at the small shovel flags

Break out to Bootcamp, Painlab on their own

The Thang:

Grier Track:

4 Corners:  Exercise, run to next corner on track repeat previous exercise and add the next.  Rinso and Repeato

10 Flying Squirrels, 20 merkins, 30 squats, 40 scissor kicks

Picnic Tables:

Lindsay’s/Forties

30 Dips / 10 Derkins = 40 total

Subtract / Add by 5 each side until you get to 10 Dips and 30 Derkins

(I was wiped out by this point and we had not reached 7:17 am)

Until I could get my math right nobody would start

Front of School:

5 PCMB’s (Prisoner Cell Merkin Burpees)

Plank, merk, right leg Peter Parker, merk, left leg PP, merk, standing position = 1

5 total or until you puke, at #4 I’m nauseous

Mosey to FPC awning:

Monkified 11’s

Partner up, one up the hill the other down, 10 squats, back together for one Booyah merkin, rinse and repeat until 1 squat and 10 merkins.  It took longer for me to explain the exercise than for us to perform.

Awning:

About 5 minutes of restful but impactful Mary, led by various members of the Pax.

Around to the front circle of the church where the landscaper’s had my claimed spot occupied.  I figured it was better to let them finish their work unobstructed as viewing Carolina DD’s the wrong way can be hazardous to health so I modified and used the full empty parking lot, 24/7 permit was still required.  Here we did a set of A.L.A.R.M.S, modified Bombs of some sort.  Arms, Legs, Abs, Run, Exercise, Exercise.

20 each:  Carolina Dry Dock, Lunge, LBC, Run (the rectangle), Merkin, think we left one off.

This left us with enough time to knock out 10 Mike Tyson’s.

Moseyed back to the Schiele where Short Sale had this look suggesting, “where have you been” even as I finished my last step at the Schiele with my phone proudly displaying 8:00 time as the sweet sound chimes of the FPC bell tower sang.

Finisho, right on time.

My first Q as Gashouse QIC.  Awkward coverage of announcements and concerns by YHC but we got through it.  Monk with the Gashouse Bootcamp Q on 6/23, Whoopee has 6/30, and Clavin has 7/7 (although I do want to confirm that is Bootcamp and not Painlab).

Much to report here:

Announcements:

Kayaking at Cramerton to have already taken place by the time this has posted

Hike next Saturday in Boone / Meet at Schiele at 6:30 a.m.

Prayer’s/Concerns:

Billy Madison is moving to St. Augustine Florida this coming Thursday.  He may need some help moving and he will communicate this by Twitter.  You can catch a Billy Madison beatdown Tuesday at Midoriyama and Wednesday at Snoballs.  We wish you the best of luck Madison.

Qwishee/Stroganoff/Sargento running a ½ Marathon in Massachusetts in the coming week

Wet Nuts wife’s Aunt with Ovarian Cancer

Welcome Matt Stroupe aka Hunka Junk

Honored to lead a group of men where I am the six.

Thanks HIM’s, proud to be here

Pain Lab: No Ordinary Hunkajunk

Of all the AO’s in our wonderful region, the Pain Lab is the hidden gem. If you’ve not tried it, well, you’re missing an opportunity. Created by Rudolph and now carried forward by HIPAA, the Pain Lab is a chance to do something different than you normally would do. No running, no jumping (well not much) but a focused workout that will provide your body a good test. With Folsom hosting the 2.0 friendly workout on 6/16, HIPAA was looking for a volunteer Q so he could be with his son on Father’s Day weekend.  My older girls were uninterested to join me at 0700 for a workout, so I took my sophomore Q for the Pain Lab. Earlier in the week Qheeshe sent me a text that he had hopeful candidate for the Pain Lab he was sending over. Unlike the most handsome cardiologist in Gastonia, Dr. Qweesh did not violate any HIPAA laws (that I know of). I planned my Weinke accordingly.

Saturday morning at 0600, I awoke to the dog standing over top of me – a bathroom excursion appeared to be the unspoken demand. I hooked the leash and went for a quick circle of our neighborhood. I arrived back home to gather my things and learned my 12 year old had splashed merlot during the night and not feeling well. Neither she nor my M had slept much. It was a decision point some of us had faced – do I run out and leave my M to deal with this or stay for moral support? I opted for option 1 feeling the Father’s Day weekend would buy me some reprieve of guilt or penance. So I left arriving later than intended, still needing to set-up the circuit of stations for the Pain Lab. Whoopee made sure to call me out for being late to the warm-up. I joined before Linus finished the first set of SSH’s among the other standard exercises before the pledge and then the division of bootcamp and Pain Lab. Qish and his FNG were present, Sargento followed behind, all were Pain Lab pledges at my disposal. Fortunately I brought along extra ‘quipment to be used. Unlike the normal bootcamp the Pain Lab, or at least my Q of it, would and always will begin with stretching. My only qualm with F3 is the stretching is OYO which at our ages, at least the +35 year olds can appreciate a little bit of stretching ahead of the beat-down. So our session began with another warm-up:

  • Seal Jacks IC x 10
  • Cotton Pickets IC x 10
  • Toy Soldiers IC x 10
  • Side to Side Lunge IC x 10
  • Inchworm Merkins – pyramid to 5 and back down
  • High Plank Lunge – Hip flexor/groin stretch (right, then left)
  • MNC’s IC x 10

Then it was time for the Thang which would be my favored tabata with 5 timed circuits of 40 seconds with a 20 second rest between; Three timed rounds with 30 seconds between each one.

Round I

  • Goblet Squat
  • Plank jack w/ Shoulder taps
  • Single Arm Swing (dumbbell wt of choice, 20 seconds R, then L)
  • Alt Lunge w/ twist using a dumbbell
  • Merkin w/ alternating rows

Round II

  • Mountain Climbers
  • French Curls
  • Low to High Plank (Sargento informed me these are called Mahktar N’ Diayes in the exercises lexicon – and he should know as master of the ABC workout)
  • Squat w/ Shoulder Press
  • Merkins

Of course I had music to play as no official Pain Lab is complete without some heavy metal to drive the backbeat and push the PAX. Rudolph and HIPAA would be disappointed to hear if anything less were attempted. I thought my playlist was worthy but of all people Sargento begins to poke holes in the selection. Then our FNG, Matt Stroupe says I picked the pop Metallica song, when they sold out (Hero of the Day). Fast forward…Dokken’s Paris is Burning played – they didn’t like that…Rush’s One Little Victory…not heavy enough…Q is failing big time. Finally Godsmack’s I Stand Alone blared and my PAX were happy. Before going any further, I should note that Qweesh made only two rounds of Circuit 1 before declaring he had to leave for work. Now this is the perfect opportunity to take a shot, maybe on his lack of upper body physique or his soccer arms. But it’s hard to throw a jab when someone was up earlier than me to run 10 miles prior to the workout and that he posted to provide a warm-hand off of FNG Matt. So the good doctor did his part and left his patient to mine and Sargento’s care. Good EH Dr. Squiche!

I had a third circuit waiting but we ran out of time, opting to head back to the starting point to initiate Mary for Linus’ bootcamp to return. We got in a few rounds of flutter kicks, American hammers, and Penguin Crunches before the bells rang to end the workout. We joined the others for the COT, naming Matt Stroupe “Hunkajunk” as he affectionately referenced his personal vehicle. Take notice of the spelling as the Weasel Shaker (me) has to clean up all your attempts to identify the PAX. (FYI – it’s Dr. Seuss with an “e” before the “u” – y’all suck at spelling Arial too – which you officially entered as the font when you intended it to be the Disney Princess (that is Ariel)). Okay – I’m down from my soap box.

COT – make note of this Friday’s 3rd F event beginning at 7 pm at First Presbyterian Church – the PAD which is at the top of the steps where we perform DORA. Pockets and YHC are the speakers. Guy’s only – coffee and water available. We offered several prayer requests which Linus will note in his BB.

Moleskin – I began this diatribe offering perspective of the Pain Lab as a hidden gem. It certainly is for several reasons. All those sad clowns we speak of are not former D-1 athletes that strayed from the training tables and gyms. At best, we are former high school participants or recreational players looking to stoke our competitive fires. The point of beginning this journey of Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith can be the biggest step. Posting at a workout can quickly realize the lengthy distance between our minds of what we could once do with relative ease can deteriorate when out of the game. The Pain Lab is a nice way to re-engage the body to the foray. There is no six to pick up in the Pain Lab, we’re all in one big mosh pit of sweat, encouraging each other. I’m certainly a fan of timed tabata’s as there is no particular count to achieve – you verses you can be a rep of 1 or 100 or any amount between. Whether we want to admit it or not, there is peer pressure among the PAX. We’re guys and we’re wired to compete. But the Pain Lab washes away some of that machismo, where it seems a bit like pre-season training and we’re all on the same team. So if you’ve not yet experienced the Pain Lab, step out of your comfort zone one Saturday to try this workout on for size. Hopefully like our newest FNG, you’ll realize it’s no Hunkajunk either, but a great way to get back in the game and join this great group of guys that are all pursuing similar efforts to push their rocks just a little further each day. Until the next one – thanks for the opportunity to lead.

SWOLE PATROL at the Pain Lab

YHC purchased a Pain Lab T-shirt several months ago because it was cool and had the Iron Maiden “Eddie the Ed” feel with the famous Gashouse mascot on the back.  HIPAA is quite the designer and is basically an F3 Genie.  Think of something and he gets it done the same day.  The problem I had was I had never attended the Pain Lab although I have had great respect for Rudolph for the vision that really allows for a more realistic F3 experience for those that are on IR or unable to mosey.  I decided I needed to Q and earn my shirt.

I had a vision for what this Pain Lab was going to be and had printed out sheets of paper with exercises and in my mind I was going to do the workout in the parking lot with the car stereo bringing the tunes.  HIPAA agreed to bring his Pain Lab accessories and Short Sale agreed to bring his dumbbells we were all set until 0658 when the rain started.  Modify as needed.

JJ warmed us up with SSH and Merkins before we hit out sixes and did some LBC’s in the puddles of water and listened to the funny noises our now wet shirts were making on each rep.  We moseyed to the flag for the Pledge and then we broke into our groups.  Realistically I thought I had 3 HC’s for the Pain Lab.  When we broke up I realized that we had 9 for the Pain Lab.  We got back to the parking lot and the rain was steady.  I knew I needed to modify the plan and so I ordered everyone to grab the Kettlebells, jump ropes, Slam balls, mats, and dumbbells and take a hike on the nature trail for some pain by the pond.  The farmer’s carry with the weights could have been the worst thing called all day as the forearms and shoulders were spent by the time we made it to the pond.  There is a small cabana of sorts with a roof and I set up the pain stations which were something like this…1.  Goblet squats 2.  one leg deadlift  3.  100 reps jump rope  4.  One arm ground to overhead  5.  7×7 (in order without stopping…grab dumbbells, 7 curls, 7 overhead press, 7 triceps extensions, 7 bent rows, 7 jump lunges each leg, 7 burpees with weights to overhead)  We had multiple kettlebells from #20-#50 and dumbbells from #20 to #35.  The 7×7 with 35’s was a kicker.  Basically this was an AMRAP but since we had more people than pain stations we began to modify and add to the workout.  We added slam balls, wall balls, pond runs, picnic table presses, kettlebell swings, and curls.  I did some dips on the memorial benches by the pond that some #HIM’s donated in memory of a good friend who is no longer with us.  Basically everyone got after it for about 45 minutes.

Because I didn’t have a plan for music since I couldn’t bring my car to the pond, I played my IPhone which was not adequate at all for the large area we were covering or to overcome the steady and pounding rain.  I got heckled and tried to say something about bringing my son’s Beats Pill speaker and the Honorable Mayor shut me down immediately.  Something about not taking extreme ownership.  This was my favorite part of the workout.  I knew I had failed and I got zero slack for it.  Thanks for keeping me humble and accountable Mr. Mayor!

We continued on.  BA broke the jump rope.  The Mayor lamented having to use the #35’s each time.  When everyone was totally soaked from rain and sweat and with a little time on the clock YHC called Omaha and we circled up for Mary.  Each PAX had to pick one weight and then call an exercise in order for 5 reps.  Pretty standard exercises were called until we got to BA who called his favorite exercise…you guessed it….”Neckies!”  His instructions were clear.  Put your hand on a weight and do 5 Neckies.  Classic BA.   Glad to have him back in the Gloom.  He is one of the early and reliable Q’s and original Gashouse Pax.  Now to EH that Godfather fellow!

When we finished with Mary it was time to Farmer’s Carry the gear back to the parking lot.  JJ had the rest of the PAX waiting for us for more Mary but the bells rang before we could do the next exercise.  JJ covered the COT in his backblast so I won’t rehash it here, but this was probably the longest COT in the rain in F3 history!

I will admit this was a rough week for me with many things going on and not much down time to work on the Weinke.  But as usual a little spontaneity and lots of good men stepping up helped us make it a decent workout.  There was no clock and no particular order to do the workout.  You could take what you want and it was you versus you.

I appreciate the opportunity to lead and be held accountable.   I admit this BB is posted late as well.  I won’t even make a defense as to why it is late.  Thanks Mayor!

I promised that the PAX would join the “Swole Patrol” and I can say most were probably at least a little pumped up.  Hopefully everyone is feeling the effects of the workout and you got your money’s worth.  I am looking forward to my next post and/or Q at the pain lab.  What a great thing we put on the menu for the men of F3 Gastonia.   Take advantage of it sometime!

 

 

 

 

Passing of the torch

Passing of the Torch

Looking back through Back Blasts I had seen the 1st Pain Lab was done on Saturday May 16th, 2017. After one year of a very successful campaign, Rudolph felt it was time to pass the torch. Rudolph and YHC seemed to have shared the same vision about Pain Lab since the first time I had attended. Given that, he had asked me if I would like to take over this wonderful AO and at the 1-year mark. YHC humbly and gratefully accepted his request. Rudolph, you have introduced a wonderful experience for all to enjoy and cannot thank you enough for the push to keep this going. I only hope I can be as successful as you have been during this time. I promise not to let you down and to keep this alive for years to come.

Here is an excerpt from the 1st  Pain Lab BB: “PAINLAB – you are here because your body hates you after high-impact work, or you are recovering from injury.  Either way, you will get a workout!  High-impact is when both feet leave the ground.  We don’t do that.  We bust @$$ keeping 1 or 2 legs on the ground.  It works!”  I’d like to think that this is the official Mission Statement for Pain Lab and I will keep that promise. All are welcome to join in the pain, but the ones on IR are the ones we definitely want to target. Why? Because this keeps those men involved, possibly rehabilitate faster, keeps their spirits high, and allows them to keep pushing the rock. Prime example here is Clavin. As many of you know, Clavin is fresh off knee surgery. He loves F3 and doesn’t want this injury to put him in that dark place. Clavin was out in full force Saturday, couldn’t even tell that man was on the IR!!!

While Pain Lab’s main home is Gashouse on Saturday’s, it will not be stationary. Once a month we will take Pain Lab on the road, delivering pain at Folsom, The Yank and regions beyond. YHC has been building up his private collection of weights and other goodies, and wants to share them with all. We have Kettlebells, Battle Ropes, Slam balls, dumb bells and Picnic Tables?? (Keep reading J). If anyone wants to Q the Pain Lab and wishes to borrow this equipment for your workout, you are more than welcome to at any time. No security deposit required!

That said, let’s show you how we incorporate these items into a Pain Lab workout!!

The Thang:

Tabata/HIIT Style

30 second AMRAP: 10 second rest (Yes Mayor, it was 10 second rest) x 3 Sets each Round. Switch stations after 3 sets have been completed. Rinse & Repeat until all rounds at each station had been completed.

Stations: 6 HIM = 6 Stations:

 

Station 1 – Battle Rope (50ft 2” Battle Rope):

Round 1: 3 Sets – Double Arm Waves

Round 2: 3 Sets – Battle Rope Burpee (New Burpee!!)

Round 3: 3 Sets – Single Arm Waves

 

Station 2 – Slam Ball (20Lbs):

Round 1: 3 Sets – Overhead Slams

Round 2: 3 Sets – American Hammers with Slam Ball

Round 3: 3 Sets – Overhead Slams to Sprawl

 

Station 3 – Kettlebell (All sizes for all levels):

Round 1: 3 Sets – Plank Rows

Round 2: 3 Sets – Swings

Round 3: 3 Sets – Snatch

 

Station 4 – Body Weight:

Round 1 – 3 Sets – LBC’s

Round 2 – 3 Sets – Pseudo Planche Merkin

Round 3 – 3 Sets – Hand Release Burpees (New Burpee!!)

 

Station 5 – Ruck Sack (30Lbs):

Round 1 – 3 Sets – Bent Over Rows

Round 2 – 3 Sets – Shoulder Press

Round 3 – 3 Sets – Lying Chest Press

 

Station 6 – Picnic Tables

Round 1 – 3 Sets – Bench Dips

Round 2 – 3 Sets – Bench Derkins

Round 3 – 3 Sets – Picnic Table Presses

 

In the time allotted, we were able to finish all 6 stations except for 1 round at the last station before Madoff came back with his group. (Example: The only exercise I wasn’t able to get to do was Overhead Slams to Sprawl)

As you can see, Pain Lab is NOT to be taken lightly. There was not much mumblechatter from the group, well except Mayor constantly complaining about the alleged “10” second rest period. You should be lucky I even gave you one! Overall, I think everyone was so concentrated on busting out AMRAP, there wasn’t much time to talk. YHC totally forgot he had a fully charged GoPro in his car; I would’ve liked to have recorded the session. We will do this in the future for a promo video! Blart, I dont think you had any idea what you were getting yourself into today. Glad you stayed for the pain and hope you return to join us again, it looked like you enjoyed it!

COT

Welcome back cotter, Warden! Warden hit up the F3 FB page Friday evening wanting to know if we still did Pain Lab on Saturday mornings. The reply was yes and reminded YHC to put up an AO schedule on FB. I was glad to see Gashouse have a large gathering of HIM today! Welcome 2.0 FNG Dijon! I know your Dad is proud of you!!

Announcements: Memorial day 5K (Speed For Need), Convergence, Murph all on 5/28. We need PAX to step up and fill open Q’s. Visit our Events page to check over the “Q Schedule for Gastonia, Folsom & Midoriyama:” calendar, it’s there for a reason!

Prayer requests for family, friends & fellow PAX in need of healing and mercy. Madoff took us out in prayer.

Men, as always it is an honor and privilege to lead a group of HIM. I encourage you to keep posting, do not let yourself fall into that dark hole. We are all here for each other, reach out to someone if you need help!

KEEP PUSHING THE ROCK, AYE!!!!

HIPAA

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