Fitness, Fellowship, Faith

Day: January 18, 2021

Lucky 53 @ The Fighting Yank!

Well today is YHC’s 53rd birthday and have been looking forward to Qing it for a couple of weeks. YHC wanted to make sure the number 53 was well represented throughout the workout and spent some time developing a Wienke that would be challenging. However, Friday morning was the first of a few soft launches of a Friday morning AO in Belmont and Tiger put on a pretty good beatdown. Later that afternoon at Bottom’s Up, the group was telling Pilgrim’s Progress, who fart sacked that morning, the level of the beatdown. He looked at YHC and said since Tiger had a strong beatdown, your Saturday B-day Q may be light. Wrong thing to say to YHC, so when YHC got home, changed the Wienke up and gave it little more heat!

After a 3.5 mile EC ruck, it was time to celebrate!

Disclaimer – no FNGs so you know what to expect

Mosey to the pavilion in Stowe Park for Warm-up

  • SSH x 53 I/C
  • LBCs x 53 OYO
  • Mountain Climbers x 53 OYO
  • Merkins x 53 OYO
  • Moroccan KCs x 53 OYO
  • 10 Burpees

The Thang:

Mosey to Myrtle St

Nur up the hill and 5 Squats @ each of the 10 telephone poles = 50 squats, do 3 more to make 53.

10 burpees


Mosey to Hawthorn Hill

Triple Nickel

5 merkins + 1 Burpee, run to top (about .15 mile up hill) , 5 monkey jumpers + 1 burpee (5 reps with 3 exercises = 53)


Mosey to Airline St along train track

Zombie Walk x 53

10 burpees


Mosey back to Stowe Park and circle around the water fountain for some core work

Round 1

  • LBC x 20 IC
  • American Hammers x 20 IC
  • Flutter Kicks x 20 IC
  • 5 Burpees

Round 2

  • LBC x 15 IC
  • American Hammers x 15 IC
  • Flutter Kicks x 15 IC
  • 5 Burpees

Round 3

  • LBC x 10 IC
  • American Hammers x 10 IC
  • Flutter Kicks x 10 IC
  • 3 Burpees to finish out a total of 53 burpees for the birthday

Circle up around The Fighting Yank for COT

The Pledge


Prayer Request

  • Friend of Nutria’s family with cancer
  • TickTok from Race City region, wife passing away
  • DoubleTrouble – F3 Charlotte on ventilator
  • YHC’s niece with COVID19

YHC shared from a recent devotion on Leadership

What hard choices are you facing today? Every leader has them. Anyone can make easy choices when resources are plentiful, harmony and unity exist, and everything is going as planned. It’s when difficulties erupt that Christ-like leaders and godly wisdom are needed most. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would help us discern right from wrong and show us the way to go. Where do you need the Spirit’s guidance today?

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”—John 14:16

Thank you all for allowing me to lead. It was definitely an honor!

Breaker Breaker

Early Morning SmokeOut at The GOAT

14 strong at The Greatest AO Of All Time for a familiar, yet pretty thorough, beatdown.

No FNG’s and a quick disclaimer, where YHC pledged to be the Q for the entire day, only to be proven wrong almost immediately after as I turned it over to the one and only… Pilgrim’s Progress, who kicked us off.

The Thang:

Pilgrim’s Progress called each in cadence:

  • SSH x 20
  • Grass Pickers x 10
  • Mountain Climbers x 10
  • Merkins x 10
  • CDDs x 10

Next up, Sizzle Suicides (starting from Floyd & Blackies, up the hill on 8th):

  • Run 1 pole – 10 LBCs
  • Run back – 10 LBCs
  • Run 2 poles – 20 LBCs
  • Run back – 20 LBCs
  • Run 3 poles – 30 LBCs
  • Run Back – 30 LBCs
  • Run 4 poles – 40 LBCs

Then to the Rec Center for a round of Dora.  For this Dora, we’d start from the entrance to the Rec Center parking lot, find the biggest hill you could find, and Nur to the parking spaces in front of the apartments.  Then, mosey back.  In the meantime, your partner works towards these exercises:

  • 100 Hand-Release Merkins
  • 200 Squats
  • 300 Flutter Kicks

This was a grind.  The first round of HRM weren’t awful.  The second round were.  Also Nurring up that hill got old quick, but we at least got to entertain some guy in his parked car taking his early morning smoke break.  Nothing like seeing a bunch of guys running backwards at your car when you’re getting stoned.  Had Sargento been there, I’m pretty sure he would have EH’d him.

Once all that nonsense was over with, we moseyed back to the stairs behind the shops, where Sausage wasn’t quite sure how to count to ten.  We wrapped things up with a Triple Nickel–one set of exercises at the bottom of the stairs, run up the stairs, one set of exercises at the top, run back around the building to the start.

Bottom of the stairs:

  • Bobby Hurleys x 5
  • Oblique Crunches LS x 5

Top of the stairs:

  • Bobby Hurleys x 5
  • Oblique Crunches RS x 5

The burpees got cut due to time, though I doubt anyone really minded after the work done earlier.  I hadn’t got my timing right yet in a Goat Q, so I wanted to wrap things up as close to the COT as possible.  Turns out we finished up right on time, thoroughly smoked.


  • New AO starting tomorrow at Belmont Central
  • Gavel’s VQ on Monday 1/18 at Mt. Hollywood
  • Saturday is Breaker Breaker’s Birthday Q at the Yank, followed by a launch of Q Source
  • Saturday is also Buckshot’s 1 year F3 anniversary
  • Primal Friday 5:00
  • Baby Gold Digger
  • New Honor shirts out there

Prayer Requests:

  • Double Trouble (F3 Charlotte) on a ventilator
  • Stogie’s dad
  • Pilgrim’s Progress’s friend’s son’s heart condition
  • National Guard heading to Raleigh for riot control
  • Our country

YHC took us out


Lots of men pushing the rock these days, but definitely want to give kudos to Sausage, who’s come out firing and has been a great addition to the PAX.

Thanks to Pilgrim’s Progress for the assist today.  He’s really been putting in work and expanding his F3 schedule.  Next up, a VQ, and hopefully soon.

Thanks to all for the prayers and the contacts while my son was sick and my family was quarantined.  It was my first time away since being a regular, and it sucked.  I can’t imagine how tough IR must be, when you mix the injury and not being able to get out there in The Gloom.

Thanks again to all for the opportunity to lead.

Yabba Dabba Doo

2021 Gashouse Whetstone


I hope you are all having a great start to 2021.  In order to ensure we have the most up-to-date Whetstone, please take a moment and answer the following questions.   Please either email me ( or text me (704-914-5813) your answers.

  1. Are you currently a Blade?  Who is your Stone?
  2. Are you currently a Stone?  Who is your Blade?
  3. Are you willing to be a Blade?
  4. Are you willing to be a Stone?

If you’re not familiar, below is the program as defined in the Q Source material.  Take a moment and look it over.  Reach out to me any time at the methods listed above if you’re interested in joining or gathering more information.




The Vertical Relationship Between Men

A man must be sharpened like a knife blade

Both a man and a knife are made to cut, but neither can be Effective until properly honed.

A knife is sharpened by a whetstone. While water is used to lubricate the whetstone prior to sharpening that is not where the “whet” part comes from. To whet actually means to sharpen, like with a man’s appetite and his curiosity. In other words, to whet both blade and man is to put on an edge, with a result that is sharp, dynamic and ready to cut. The unsharpened man is dull and lethargic, in-Effective as a Leader and ill-Prepared for the Obstacles he will face in his life.

Just as a man’s appetite for pure food must be whetted, so must his appetite for the heavy responsibility that comes with Leadership . The HIM acts as the Stone to the younger man’s Blade , providing the hard surface against which he becomes sharper and whetting his appetite for greater responsibility.

Hard looks and straight talk (tempered by love) get results

Because the desire of an older man to pass on what he has learned to a younger man is natural, the vertical relationship between Stone and Blade has existed since men first sought the Advantage of gathering together into Communities. But like all relationships, it takes skill and effort for the Whetstone to work. To obtain that skill, a HIM does not wait until he is retired to begin practicing it. He is about the business of Sharpening younger men even while he himself is being Sharpened.

Sharpening does not happen by accident. It must be done with Deliberatude within a vertical relationship between two men who set out to see it happen. It works best between men who are not at the same point of their journey. For a Blade to be Sharpened properly, the Stone must be the harder of the two, at least for a season.

Like the Shield Lock, the Whetstone is a relationship that is subject to the 3P: it must be Proximate, Purposeful and periodic to be Effective.

– Proximity requires the Stone to physically meet with his Blade. While it is fine (good even) for them to also talk on the telephone and email, that is not a replacement for the physical meeting where they can look each other in the eye. Hard looks and straight talk (tempered by love) get results. That cannot be done virtually.

– To be Purposeful, the meeting between the Stone and the Blade must be more than the kind of inconsequential pizza party a Club would have–it must have a particular Outcome in mind: the Acceleration of the Blade’s Preparedness. The Stone’s task within the Whetstone is to help the Blade get ready for the expected and be ready for the unexpected by both encouraging him to turn Pro and providing him with the Bricks he will need to build his own Guardrails. Just as a Workout should Accelerate the HIM’s Fitness, the Whetstone should Accelerate the Blade’s proper personal alignment.

– There is no set rule for the periodicity of the meeting between the Stone and the Blade. It must be frequent enough to be Effective but not so frequent that the Stone and Blade smother each other. This is something both men must determine through trial and error. However, because it is (by design) a Movement away from the Status Quo it will cause pain, and it is man’s general hardwiring to avoid pain. As a result, the Stone must be deliberate to ensure periodicity. Otherwise, his Blade will drift away to something easier.

The Whetstone is necessary for both the Blade and the Stone to Get Right

Through the Whetstone, the Blade receives something he lacked before, a honed edge to his life that he must possess to be Effective and have IMPACT on his Community. But the Stone gets something as well. In fulfilling his natural desire to pour into younger men he Accelerates his own pursuit of proper personal alignment.

Although we tend to think of hypocrisy in binary terms (as in you either are a hypocrite or you aren’t) the truth is that we all practice a bit of hypocrisy, at least subconsciously. None of our deeds match our words 100% of the time. Since we are all hypocrites, the question is one of degree–how big a gap is there between deed and word? The bigger it is, the less Right one will be. In other words, the Get Right requires the hypocrisy gap to be closing with Acceleration.

Nothing closes the hypocrisy gap for a man like having a Blade. Helping another man build his Guardrails through the formation of positive Habits strengthens the Stone’s Guardrails. This principle is reflected in the 12th Step of Alcoholics Anonymous: having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. The act of carrying the message goes hand-in-hand with practicing the principles.

Hypocrisy is dependent upon selfishness and self-delusion. The Whetstone results in an abandonment of self which deprives hypocrisy the fuel it needs to survive. By talking the talk to his Blade, the Stone finds himself more Prepared to walk his own walk.

A flair for the exotic

12 HIMs showed at the AO formerly known as Martha’s House for a Monday morning start your week right bootcamp. YHC had his (son’s) trusty JBL with him and, with no sign of Roscoe present to hijack the playlist, it promised to be an uninterrupted session of musical and physical bliss! This is what happened…

Disclaimer, no FNGs but a cotter (Cougar) was present so full details were given.

Pledge of Allegiance, actually YHC scuttled this attempt as there was no flag flying to pledge to.

Warmup: Don Quixote x10 IC, Air Presses IC

Mosey down to the hub of the baseball fields for the beatdown. Pledge of Allegiance upon arrival when the flag was spotted.

The Thang: The Alphabet

YHC first came up with this workout in December 2017 and the way it goes is that, for each letter in the alphabet, a corresponding exercise was chosen to do 10 reps of either OYO or IC as the Q desired on each one. YHC also explained that since printing out the exercise list almost 5 years ago it’s been my motivation to try as many new exercises as possible for my various Q’s and to note the date they’re done for reference. I’ve gotten through a bunch of them over time but there are still plenty to try. With as many exercises as we have available to us you’d think it wouldn’t be hard to come up with a list of one for each letter. Not so fast my friend, it actually can be quite challenging. Below are some of the more notable ones we did today:

  • Burpees – against my better judgement
  • Daniel Son – like the kick from Karate Kid! Finish Him!!!
  • E2K – aka Elbow to Knee or a variation of oblique crunches
  • Fairy Jacks – look it up
  • Jack Ass Merkin – from the President of the MHC, no less!
  • Outlaw – feet together you make an O shape, we did 10 each direction
  • The Chinook – overhead arm circles with a squat thrown in
  • Up Straddle Hops – looked an awful lot like Side Straddle Hops
  • X Factor – like a bigger version of dying cockroaches
  • Zebra Kicks – whatever

We made it through the first round with time to spare but YHC was prepared and this is what the next rotation looked like.

  • Chinook Squats – Looked an awful lot like The Chinook
  • Diamond Merkins – again, from the Pres
  • Fingertip Merkins – are you kidding me?!?
  • Goofballs – do you even know me?
  • J Lo’s – on all fours, leg parallel to ground, rotate to side then up in the air, worked the glutes a lot. Do each leg
  • Knerkin aka Chuck Norris merkins – another? this is getting stupid. The MHC needs to regroup. For membership inquiry’s DM me on Slack

We finished up the workout with an Indian Run back to the Pelicans and nobody died, so that was good.


Announcements: new Belmont AO (does it have a name?)

Prayer requests: Easy Rider’s watch that makes 911 calls all by itself, Our Nation, Stinky Bird’s back (he had to leave the workout early because of it), Front line workers: police, military, nurses, doctors, teachers

Thanks for the opportunity to lead!

Mt. Hollywood VQ

As 5:30 hit we had a great crowd already then 2 more rolled in making 17. We gave them 10 monkey humpers then moved on. I checked for any FNG’s and went straight to the warm up missing the disclaimer, blame it on my nervousness.

Warm Up: 25 SSH IC, 20 Overhead press IC, 15 Squats OYO

Pledge of allegiance then time to start.

The Thang: Plan was for 3 sets of 11’s at three different spots but we had to audible towards the end. We stayed for the first spot and took a lap around the parking lot. First 11 was Merkins at one end of the lot then LBC’s at the other. Nur to LBC’s then run back to merkins.

Mosey to First Presbyterian Church for our second spot and second set of 11’s. CDD’s at bottom of lot then run to top of the lot, sneaky little incline to WW1’s run back to CDD’s.

Mosey to Ida Rankin Elementary for our third spot and third set of 11’s. Due to time I called an audible to triple nickel. 5 Mike Tyson’s at one end of the lot then run to the other end for 5 American Hammers, Karaoke back to the start to continue.

Mosey back to flag with 3 minutes left.  Stretched a little and finished off with an F3 favorite 5 burpees. I did confess that I planned on burpees at each stop but quickly discarded those. That is time.

We had a great crowd and I definitely felt the support thank you men.

Announcements: Termite posted on slack about an opportunity to help a disabled vet move on Jan. 29th.
New AO at Belmont Central Friday mornings, check it out.

Prayer Request: Gold Digger’s family and new baby. Martin family after the passing of a family member.  PAX on IR or haven’t seen in a while.  NC and surrounding distributing  vaccine.

YHC took us out in prayer.

The Gavel has spoken.


MLK – The Gossip Choice Morsel – Q Source (Language)

8 HIM’s posted on MLK day for some running/rucking.

Mayor showed up  looking like he was going on a date in his jeans, sweatshirt and brogans (Stogie with the call out).

COT: I shared Proverbs18:8 “Words of a gossip are like choice morsels.” and a little devotional to go along with it.

Prayer Request: Big Pappy’s mom, Westside’s grandmother, Stogie’s dad, Wichita’s mom, LB’s aunt, Sister Act’s family, Gold digger (new dad)

Announcements: Round Up and Hacksaw doing 24 hour run starting at Ingles in Dallas, 2 miles circuit, come run a few miles with them starting this Saturday morning January 23 at 5:30am.


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