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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

Community Foundation Pain Lab

Community Foundation Pain Lab

T-Square came up with a genius idea to move Pain Lab downtown Gastonia at the Speed for Need tent on Saturday morning. I saw the tweet late Friday night but threw it out there anyways letting the PAX know we would redirect to Rotary Pavilion at 7:15AM. This would allow me a few extra minutes to meet anyone that showed up at the Schiele and have them follow me downtown. That said T-Square rounded up the troops downtown and I met Moses and Billy Madison at the Scheile and automobile moseyed to the Rotary Pavilion. The scene was jumping early downtown. Everyone was getting their tents setup and Speed for Need were unloading the chariots. We decided to setup Pain Lab in the grass in front of center stage near the Speed for Need tent.

The thang:

Painopoly of course! I mean, why not? This is a great workout and does not require hours of planning a weinke. It is all on the game board. We did 45 minutes of it and we all finished stronger, sweatier and smellier by the end.

Pain Lab Downtown

There were 5 total PAX and about a quarter of the way through a young boy that had been looking on decided to join us for some kettlebell fun. He did all of the exercises we landed on and with vigor. Good kid with good spirits. Wish he could have stayed for the entirety but he had to go find his family so did not get a chance to name this wonderful 2.0.

COT

Announcements:

Duh, Community Foundation Run in about 30 minutes

YHC took us out in prayer

The one thing I can say is F3 and Speed for Need got some wonderful exposure. We had a lot of curious on-lookers, some asked questions about F3 and Speed for Need in which we directed these folks to the tent. I hope that our Nantan did a good job explaining things. If there is one thing of purpose we fulfilled by doing Pain Lab downtown it was Plant. We planted the seed of what F3 is about.

Tube, good to see you out here brother!! Thank all of you men for taking a detour from the normal Pain Lab spot, it was greatly appreciated. You all pushed hard, even though it may have been uncomfortable doing these exercises in front of a bunch of complete strangers. However, know this, if there is one thing that has helped me since joining this group it is how to step out of your comfort zone and face challenges you may never have.

Until next time,

HIPAA

AYE!

 

3 Year F3 Gastonia Anniversary Convergence at Folsom

Today was the convergence shortly after our GasHouse 3 year anniversary. ToolTime asked me to co-Q, and I have learned over the last few years to always say yes to ToolTime-there is a reason he is asking and I will be better off if I say yes. I arrived early for some EC and realized I was not alone. There was another rucker, a runner meeting 2 other runners on their way, and (drum roll………..) ROADIE out for an extra credit run. Holy NUTS! This F3 thing never quits amazing me. HIPAA and I took off for our ruck (T-square had the runny bunnies and could not make it) and watched as cars started coming in. Just before 0700 we got back and did the usual back-slapping and catching-up with everyone. ToolTime’s plan was I would start then hand off after 20 minutes so we got to it. I started with a quick review of nantanology history in GasHouse from my perspective while the mumble chatter started-I have learned to persevere through the mumble chatter and even (from my standpoint) to accelerate the workout to combat the mumble chatter. We started with a quick warm up (is there really any other kind??) with a few SSH, Merkins, and Squats. Pizza Man’s chatter seemed a little too much so I had to bring out the Monkey Humpers but even that didn’t get him quiet so we split off from the Pain Lab and headed to the tennis courts. My plan was partner work, however it has been awhile since I posted at Folsom, and I forgot there were 300 tennis courts. I really only thought there were 2 or 3….oh well.

 

All Pax on back wall (yes, it’s a wall, not a fence. I am the Q and if I say wall, then it’s a wall-period, end of story). So again, all pax on back wall, P1 picks up P2 and carries him across the 735 tennis courts and puts him down gently then both pax mosey back to start. Flapjack and repeat. Not really sure riding on Pockets shoulders was any easier than carrying him. A year ago I could probably have had a preference both based on his weight and my ability-thanks F3.

 

We planked for the 6 then started next part. P1 gets in plank position, P2 does suicide burpee thing. Go to first line (any line really), do a burpee, then run back. Repeat the process with each tennis court doing a burpee at 2 separate lines per tennis court while P1 stays in plank position. That was the original plan, however due to the number of courts that I had not planned (I really think there are only 27 courts), we changed the plank to LBCs after consulting a few of the guys around me in plank position. At some point, P1 and P2 swap. I don’t really remember when my partner and I swapped-I was still amazed at how many tennis courts there were. I had a lot of other things planned including pull-ups, more Burpees, BTTW, and Hip Slappers but I ran out of time. I’ll save that for another time.

I know ToolTime will add something to the BB, but I want to say how amazed I am at how we (as a group) have done. F3 has made me a better man in so many ways. I was thinking about how much all of us have changed not only physically, but in many other ways. I really think the reason for this is we challenge each other-the kind of challenge that makes you get out of the fartsack or off the couch and do something. To see Roadie running this morning is proof of that. Find a way to challenge your brothers this year, not just at the end of a workout, but a really tough challenge. Find something that makes you uncomfortable then get someone to share that discomfort with. Push them to get better and make them accountable to making you better. We all crave challenges-physically, mentally; spiritually-it is what drives us all in some way. Make it a priority-you will be better for it.

Whoopee

I was really looking forward to a convergence and it being at Folsom made it even better for me! Folsom is a very special place to me! I’ve been posting there since it started, a little over two years ago! I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of something really amazing, and have gotten to know a group of men that would drop what they’re doing to help one another out! Or if needed, they would give you a swift kick in the jungle bridge, if you don’t know what that is, ask Roadie! Sorry, back to the B.B. I was stoked about the three Nantans leading this morning, but due to Freights work schedule he wasn’t going to be able to deliver the beat down that we know would have been given! On Wednesday ToolTime called me up and asked if I would fill in, yes Sir!

I wanted to share Folsom’s love for blocks with the rest of the Pax !

 

Partner up!

50 blockees!

Partner 1 start the blockees, partner 2 crab walk to the line, backwards bear crawl back, alternating to completion!

 

75 thrusters!

Partner 1 start the thrusters (squat with a press) partner 2 take a lap, alternating to completion!

 

Thanks for allowing me to lead today men, It was an honor!

 

Sparky

 

 

 

YHC has been injured for the past few weeks and has limited exercises that he can perform …..One that he can do is ….The Mosey so YHC was the transition Q for the Whoopee and Sparky boot camp!  Remember you get to modify as needed so if you’re on the IR come out and do what you can at the pace you can! On Saturdays you have a pain Lab option in which you get a great workout and little to know impact.  You will not regret it….the worst thing you can do is to just quit coming out all together.

ToolTime

 

Convergence Pain Lab

Pain Lab has been a great alternative to bootcamp’s. YHC, like others, post regularly throughout the week and most often weights (kettlebells, bricks, cinder blocks, etc.) are not included in most Q’s weinke’s. That’s perfectly OK because that’s what makes Pain Lab so special come Saturday AM at the Gas-House. For those of you still unaware of what Pain Lab is, I will quote Rudolph from his Pain Lab PRE-BLAST from almost 1 year ago.

“What is a Pain Lab?  This is a workout that will be designed for those who cannot do High-Impact exercises (both feet leave the ground, like jogging or regular burpees), and also for those members on the mend from injuries, providing a Low & Zero impact solution. We will modify exercises, we will get our cardio spiking, we will bust our @$$e$.”

When I first heard of the convergence happening at Folsom I got excited. What really got me even more excited was the talk of a Pain Lab being there. I knew it would be a great opportunity for those that have not witnessed it to see it in action. I noticed that at the 3 times the other group passed by ours, there were many looks of curiosity. I think I also saw looks of shock and awe because we seemed to be sweating a whole lot harder than them, but hey guess that’s your group leaders fault lol.

The Thang:

Part 1 – Mayor – 100’s – 25 Minutes

Rules: Do 100 reps of the named exercise. Every time you rest count x2 burpees at the end of your set. (e.g. rested 3 times do 6 burpees)

  • 100 Kettlebell Curls
  • 100 Kettlebell Squats
  • 100 Kettlebell Tricep Presses
  • 100 Crunches with kettlebell

Part 2 – HIPAA – PAINOPOLY – 25 Minutes

Painopoly made its 2nd appearance in 2 weeks. We played. We lifted. We conquered.

Part 3 -Mayor – Indian Ruck – 10 Minutes

 

Mayor – Thanks for helping Co-Q with me. That gave me a huge sense of relief as I was unsure what usually happens at a convergence. Way to push through every set with intensity!

Rudolph – A beast as always. You are the reason I came to pain lab in the first place. Thanks for launching this group. Keep it going brother!

Dolph – Jeez man, is there anything you can’t do?! Is there a kettlebell you can’t lift? My new goal in life is to be swole like you.

Def Leppard – A man that never gives up. Coming in and lifting strong while coming off IR. Much respect to you.

As always great conversation, jokes and good music. I feel like we should drink beer and do this next time. I am hoping to see those that looked in will join us some Saturday.

Hipaa/Mayor

 

Naked Man Moleskin

 

Wow it’s been 3 years already! YHC was amazed as he looked around today at all the men out here. I spoke about eh’ing people and growth today …a lot… You see every number is another man! And every man will touch multiple lives. Think of the IMPACT we can have men! Think on the difference that F3 has made in your life! Now I challenge you to think of three men that you know need F3 in their lives. Get over being uncomfortable with asking guys to come out and just do it! Ask them….you have the opportunity to change their life !  I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am to be a small part of F3 Gastonia and F3 Nation. The difference being made through the organization is amazing to watch!

So many of you have really stepped it up this year and it shows….you know who you are. To you I say keep pushing, never surrender ….fight the fight!  Some of you need to take your next step and lead … this thing only works as much as you work it…..if you have an Idea then take it and speak to one of your 3 F leaders. ( 1st F Pizza Man , 2nd F Sargento , 3rd F Freight, F3 Dads Roscoe, F3 Ruck Boudin, Weasel shaker Short Sale, YHC Nantan ) however be prepared to step up and lead YOUR idea or suggestion because F3 Gastonia becomes even stronger and better when more and more Pax step up and take the lead.

Find time to rest men. Physically yes however also spiritually. You have to rest in knowing that the Sky Q is in control and that you have a Spiritual Father that has already paid the ultimate price for you. There is nothing in this world that can overcome you if you are in His family! YHC can only hope that you have this peace in your life!

ToolTime

 

Announcements:

3rd Quarterly event April 13th check pre blast   3rd F Quarterly Event  or get with Freight with questions , April 14th Community Foundation 5k and first SpeedForNeed race for F3 Gastonia in 2018 sign up here Gastonia SpeedForNeed 5k

 

Prayers

Prayers for our continued growth and strength. Prayers that we would be a light for Him and make a difference in the lives of the people around us.

 

Proverbs 27:

17Iron sharpens iron,
and one man sharpens another.

 

It was an honor to lead today men!

Whoopee/ Sparky/ Hipaa/ Mayor/ ToolTime

Painopoly

My goal in life is to come up with fun and creative ways to turn the ordinary into extraordinary.  Thankfully, F3 has let me use them as my canvas. Since I’ve joined I’ve seen my fair share of workout creativity from every Q, daily, therefore I was excited when I got the chance to Q the Pain Lab at the Gashouse. When I was a young boy I loved playing board games. It allowed my family to come together to enjoy each others company and put aside our busy lives outside the home, so I thought it would be interesting to incorporate that same idea into an F3 workout. Just hangout, chat and play a friendly game. That said, Painopoly was born. Which is A redesign of the classic board game Monopoly for those that couldn’t figure it out. Streets were renamed to match those in the Gaston county area, A Kettlebell workout instead of a property value, Railroad’s would appropriately have 5 Burpee’s, A 1Lb Kettlebell for the game piece and I even had some fun with the Chance and Community Chest cards. Only difference with my version is that no one wins, everyone loses.

Excitement was setting in during the week as I began promoting it. The interest and intrigue was there but no HC’s, so how many would show? On my way in early and I forgot the dice, side trip to Wal-Mart. As I arrived to the AO quite early, as did Stroganoff for his recon, I began wondering if the gloom would hinder reading the Painopoly board spaces. I began my recon of the parking lot in search of the brightest spot. Found a good spot under a set of parking lot lights. The nervous tinkles hit me so found a tree quickly. At this point it’s 6:50 and not much traffic coming in. Panic sets in. Did I scare people off? 7AM and we have a good showing of 13 collectively. After the warm-up and pledge 3 decide to stay back with me. Thank you T-Square, Mayor and Billy Madison. Billy Madison was definitely intrigued by it, so much that instead of totally skipping the Saturday workout he managed to squeeze in about 20 minutes until he had to leave for his sons baseball tournament.

The Thang:

We played Painopoly, listened to some loud metal and had great conversation.

Rules:

  1. Roll the dice and move the appropriate amount of spaces
  2. Do the exercise on the space
    1. Chance or Community Chest – Draw a card from the correct pile. Could be an exercise, a rest, Go To Jail or even an Omaha for the next exercise of your choosing.
  3. While the next player rolls every other player needs to do a wall sit

Some how T-Square managed to land on every Railroad (5 Burpees each), we went to jail (15 Burpees) once and I think Mayor drew a Chance card with 5 Burpees. We also managed to land on Kettlebell cleans 4 times which = 4 sets of 10 reps. There was some grunting and groaning so I knew the reps I had labelled were a good number. Although we didn’t manage to hit every exercise on the board, we hit a good number that worked just about every muscle group with intensity.

The PAX seemed to really enjoy playing and cannot thank them enough for participating. There is talk this may make another appearance in the near future. Show to know. If anyone would like to use this for a workout or another Pain Lab, let me know and I’ll let you borrow it. While I legally cannot sell this (copyright infringement with Parker Bros/Hasbro), If you want your own I’ll gladly make you one if you want. Only thing in return is you must make a minimum $20 donation to a local charity. By charity I mean like Rolling Hornets, not Mayor.

Thank you again for letting me lead. It is truly an honor and privilege. I hope you enjoyed your time and got in a good weight workout. Until next time, Aye!!

 

HIPAA

 

 

Next time we’ll sandbag more…

I’ve had the pleasure to attend a few Pain Labs in recent months and rest assured they are not a day off for anything except running. Rudolph has a good thing going Saturday mornings at the GasHouse. If you’re curious to find out more, the Pain Lab will be on the road at the Folsom Convergence 3/24, consider checking it out. I’ve been on the temporary IR this week, unable to sit long periods of time and Epsom salt baths are the most comforting part of my day. Hopefully that gives you enough information that I need to say no more except that being unable to workout for a week was driving me crazy. The Pain Lab was the perfect pool to dip my toe. So after we circled with Wojo and the boys for a brief warm-up, said the pledge, we split off to the amphitheater where the coupons lie in wait. We had 7 willing men ready to try my version of the Pain Lab. Clavin coming off IR and Moses brought his son Jake Dobbins a recent ECU graduate. Welcome to the fold Sparrow as we would later anoint him among our PAX. HIPPA came in hot off a 3+ mile ruck and kept the weight vest on – “STI – RONG” as accolades go. Another brief disclaimer to modify any of the “suggestions” written on the placards and do so at your own devise.  A similar version of this workout was conducted at The Goat last week and some modifications were necessary. But first, let’s get our blood flowing with a light start:

Warm-Up #2

  • SSH IC x 10
  • Scissor Runs IC x 10
  • Mummy Kicks IC x 10
  • Toy Soldiers IC x 10
  • Imperial Walkers IC x 10
  • Cotton Pickers IC x 10
  • Side to Side Lunge IC x 10

Since this is the PL and my muscles had not been worked in a number of day, let’s add some stretching:

  • Squat with elbow to knee press
  • R/L Shoulder Press to knee
  • Plank – move to R lunge; R arm high, L arm high, hamstring stretch
  • Plank – move to L lunge; L arm high, R arm high, hamstring stretch
  • Downward Dog, high plank, Cobra, Child’s pose

Thang:

We had three groups of two and the Q as a single to cover 4 stations where the last station served as the “timer” performing 10 burpees in Round 1.

  • Circuit 1
    • R Lunge/Squat/L Lunge
    • Merkin Alt Toe Tap
    • Flutter Kick
  • Circuit 2
    • Squat / Imperial Walker
    • 10 / 2 Merkins
    • American Hammer
  • Circuit 3
    • Calf Raises
    • Plank Jack Merkins
    • Peter Parker

There was not a lot of mumble chatter, just grunts and subtle complaints but I had the 80’s Hair/Metal cranked up so maybe that drowned that nonsense (BTW – Judas Priest has a new album (do they still call them albums even though music is now downloaded?) and it pops like their good stuff from back in the day). I had on the Weinke to do another set but approaching the halfway point I wanted to speed it up – this time the timer was 3 burpees.

The next round would bring in the coupons to push the muscles more. The timer was 60 seconds for each round.

  • PVC Station
    1. V-Ups
    2. Rifle Squats
    3. Straight Arm Jacks
  • Half Block Station
    1. Lunge Press
    2. WWI – Pass the Block to your partner (try this one next time)
    3. French Curls
  • Full Block Station
    1. Curls
    2. Bench Press
    3. Kettle Bell Swings
  • Wall
    1. Dips
    2. Derkins
    3. Plank Brick Lift

I had much more on my Weinke but little time. The sandbags were next but then Tool Time and Tyson flew in signaling the boot camp was back, so I improvised a little…everyone circle up. With 6 sandbags (~25 to 30 lbs) spread out, the odd men would give the bag high, then squat to receive their next bag low. The even numbers would get the sand bag low, raise up and hand off high. Clear as mud, right? Lets give this a try and it sort of worked, picking up the pace before we reversed positions to work the opposite muscles. Probably more work on that one to get organized. With 5 minutes left, let’s tackle Mary as fast as we can.

  • Flutter Kicks IC x 10
  • Chopsticks IC x 10
  • Leg lifts x 10
  • Lazy Freddie Mercury (hand to knee instead of elbows) IC x 20 (Thanks Rudolph for the count)
  • American Hammer IC x 20
  • High Plank – Jingle Balls IC x 10
  • In/Outs – IC x 10
  • TIME!

COT – lot of prayers needed for our PAX and their family members and friends battling illness and in need of healing: Wojo, T-Square, others. Announcements: April 7th CSAUP 50 mile relay – see Tyson for more details, sign up via website. Community Foundation Speed 4 Need on display: register under Gastonia F3 and make our presence felt. Hunchback is the announcer for the event.

Moleskin – In a small block of space, without running one step calories can be burned and muscles can be stressed. The music is loud and the PAX are pushed as much as they desire to be, maybe a little more. You can’t help but find that extra effort with Rudolph’s verbal nudges like he expressed today to our FNG Sparrow. TopHat and Moses were a formidable duo clipping off their burpee count as were Clavin and Hippa. Query your mind to think where else could you barely know someone, if at all and now you’re working along side, pushing each other with positive encouragement? Fist bumping upon completion. There are a lot of problems that could be solved in the world with this type of brotherhood. We’re lucky to have this opportunity.

As with any new workout, the timing is the biggest challenge. But I made notes and will be ready for a Pain Lab in the near future, ready to employ my new sandbags. Until the next one, thanks for the opportunity to lead.

BTW – a black Under Armour hoodie jacket was left in the parking lot. Text me if it is yours (7045162193) and I’ll return it to you.

Pain Lab_No weights or Brains

Being my first Q, I figured it needed to match the intensity of previous Pain Labs from Rudolph and his previous posts. So here goes…

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…no wait.

Call me Ishmael…hold on.

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God…

It was cool and icy in Ralph’s house. 3 Pax and 1 Q showed for Pain-lab. The goal for the day was KISS, Keep it Simple Stupid. Not hard for me, so that’s what I did. We broke it down to 14 basic exercises using the Tabata method: 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest between. Here’s the breakdown (sorry that the Lexicon for all exercises are not accurate)

Merkins 20 seconds-rest

LBC’s 20 seconds-rest

Wax On (shoulder rotations) 20 seconds-rest

Sumo Squats 20 seconds-rest

Tricep Dips 20 seconds-rest

Stair Step Ups 20 seconds-rest

Peter Parker 20 seconds-rest

Front lunges 20 seconds-rest

Hi Plank 20 seconds (brought in some yoga poses)-rest

Warrior pose 20 seconds-rest

Up Dog 20 seconds-rest

Down Dog 20 seconds-rest

Low Plank 20 seconds-rest

Warrior Pose Side Stretch 20 seconds-rest

Breaking those 14 moves down with 2 different times really put a beat down on the shoulders and hammys, so we decided to up the ante by running through all 14 exercises (+ another set of Merkins and LBC’s at the end) for a total of 8 minutes of solid workout….TWICE. While we didn’t run, cardio did play a factor in the training for the day. We kept it simple…No brains. We kept it body resistance…no weights. KISS.

Thanks for the encouragement from Rudolph and his confidence in letting me lead his Lab. Thanks for Short Sale, HIPPA, and Tube for following my lead. Hopefully they feel the pain from the lab. I also got to play my theme song for the workout. How many PAX get to do that!!

Peace, HFT

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