Fitness, Fellowship, Faith

Day: April 12, 2021

Block Giveaway @ The Sandlot

8 in the Gloom this morning ran around, did some American Hammers, ended where we started, picked up some cinder blocks and did some exercises with them.  Here’s what I remember:

The Thang:

  • 10 x SSH (IC)
  • 10 x Hillbilly Walkers (IC)
  • 10 x Don Quixote (IC)
  • 10 x Mountain Climbers (IC)
  • 10 x Mike Tysons (IC)
  • 10 x Dying Cockroach (IC)

Mosey to the park entrance

  • 10 x Hand-release Merkins (OYO)

Mosey to the turd shack

  • 10 x American Hammers (OYO)
  • 10 x Hand-release Merkins (OYO)

Mosey to the far corner of the soccer field

  • 15 x Double Crunches (LBC and Reverse Crunch at same time) (OYO)
  • 10 x American Hammers (OYO)
  • 10 x Hand-release Merkins (OYO)

Mosey out the trail

  • 20 x American Hammers (OYO) (“You know there are other exercises, right?”)
  • 15 x Double Crunches (OYO)
  • 10 x American Hammers (OYO)
  • 10 x Hand-release Merkins (OYO)

Mosey to the front of the neighborhood

  • 20 x Hand-release Merkins (OYO)
  • 20 x American Hammers (OYO)
  • 15 x Double Crunches (OYO)
  • 10 x American Hammers (OYO)
  • 10 x Hand-release Merkins (OYO)

Mosey to the doctor’s office parking lot

  • 20 x American Hammers (OYO)
  • 15 x Double Crunches (OYO)
  • 10 x American Hammers (OYO)
  • 10 x Hand-release Merkins (OYO)

Mosey back to the flag.  Time to get out the blocks.

  • 15 x Curls (IC)
  • 15 x “Millies” (IC) (From Shelby TT – Chest Press into a Pullover)
  • 10 x Tricep Extensions (IC)
  • Murder Bunnies to the other side of Snoballs
  • 10 x Squats (IC)
  • 10 x Merkins w/1 hand on ground and 1 on block, switching hands (IC)
  • Murder Bunnies back to the flag
  • 20 x American Hammers (IC) (Legs over block)
  • 20 x Flutter Kicks (IC) (Block extended over chest)

Quick PAX choice

  • T-Square – 5 x Blockees (OYO)
  • Clavin – Plank & Arms up Stretches
  • Hushpuppy – 15 x Curls (HP count, 1 – Curl, 2,3,4 – Lower)


  • 4/17 – Convergence
  • 4/24 – PT Test
  • Week 2 of “Name it & Claim it” Challenge – Squats

Prayer Requests:

  • Lewis & Shook Families
  • GSM
  • Turtleman
  • Flintstone’s sister

Any and all PAX present were welcome to take a block with them for the Convergence.


I can’t put anything here that hasn’t already been thought or said about the tragedy in Rock Hill.  All I can say is to everyone affected, we think about you often, and keep praying for strength and healing.  If any of you need anything, reach out to a brother.  That’s the whole reason we do all of this.

Block work is tough.  Looking forward to getting stronger so it’s not as bad.

Great to have T-Square and Hushpuppy out in The Gloom at The Sandlot this morning.

Yabba Dabba Doo

The Storm’s Greatest Hits & A New Site Q

13 at The Storm to run back some of the stupidest things YHC remembers doing over the past year.  Here’s what I remember…

5:29 with a train rolling in and a packed schedule, and knowing I’m going to end up talking to much, so let’s get started with

  • 5 x Burpees (OYO)

We begin with the disclaimer from Groundhog Day at The Storm and

  • 22 x SSH (IC)

Next up, an old favorite from the Site Q himself

“Don’t use your tongue!” got the chatter goin, and the idea of the French Merkin was born.

Mosey to the traffic circle at the front of the school for some seriously modified 11s

12/15/2020 – Q: BOS – 11s modified to 7s modified to about 5 1/2s

Today, we did “Odd Eights”, starting with 1 of each exercise at the bottom traffic circle and 7 of each exercise at the top traffic circle at Lakewood Rd.  4 rounds total with 1,3,5, & 7 reps at the bottom and 7,5,3, & 1 rep at the top.  Called exercises were the same at the bottom and the top, and were:

  • Burpees
  • Double Crunches (LBC & Reverse Crunch at the same time)

In spite of cutting it way shorter than originally intended, it still took up a healthy chunk of time, taking us to about the halfway point of the workout.  No 10-counts today, YHC talks too much.  Six rolled in to a random assortment of ab exercises, and we didn’t break stride and went right on to the side of the school, with the batflippers jumping the literal hurdles along the way.

8/25/2020 – Q: Huckleberry – DORA

YHC learned two things from Huck’s DORA:

  1. “Australian” means inverted
  2. “Single count” and “double count” don’t mean what I think they mean

Partnered with Slim Shady, we messed around and ended up doing 300 Australian Mountain Climbers counting right side only or 2 leg movements = 1 rep.  Everyone else counted differently, and YHC still doesn’t know what “single count” and “double count” mean.

Anyways, today, pressed for time, our DORA was:

  • 50 x Dwight Howards
  • 100 x Australian Mountain Climbers (Count each leg movement)
  • 150 x People’s Chair Air Presses

Quick work made.  On to our last stop… the softball field.  They knew what was coming.

Before we got to the worst of it, an ode to the Site Q as we climbed the bleachers for some “Dirt-y Calves”.

  • 15 x Calf Raises (IC)

YHC takes his time calling calf raises so that each rep gets its full flex.  Time for one last dose of awful.

8/4/2020 – Q: Wet Nutz – Bear Crawl

This was awful the first time we did it, and it was awful again.  No matter how long you think it is, the path from the softball field is always longer than that.  I had been back at it in the Gloom for 2 weeks when Wet Nutz dropped this gem on us, and it was the most miserable and beat up I’ve ever been at a workout.  Luckily, Virus and El Tigre picked me up and I survived it.

For those who weren’t there, we bear crawled that path with 10 merkins the penalty for stopping and taking a break, until we reached the end or time got short.  Luckily, as today was just a highlight reel of miserable workouts, we didn’t get to repeat it the 2 or 3 times that we did originally, and with time running out, we moseyed back to the flag.

Back at the circle, Dirt asked for the floor and let us know that he was turning over the Site Q responsibility to Pilgrim’s Progress.  Many, many kudos given at that point to Dirt for his leadership at The Storm.


  • 4/17 – Convergence & Bulldog
  • 4/24 – PT Test & Gashouse
  • 5/10 – Young Life Golf Tournament – See Buckshort for details
  • 5/22 – Amoeba Ruck CSAUP – 4 man teams – See BOS for details
  • Rocky Branch Trail Enhancement Project – Connects Belmont to Cramerton by a Carolina Thread Trail connector with multiple offshoot trails for different skill levels and activities.  You can support by donating through the Community Foundation Run with the Tarheel Trailblazers team by April 17th.

Prayer Requests:

  • Orangeman’s M traveling
  • PAX looking for jobs
  • Flintstone’s sister

Dirt took us out in prayer.


Dirt is my kind of leader – one who lets the actions of his life speak for him.  He’s the first person to arrive at a workout and the last one to leave.  If he gives you his word, it’s as good as done.  He’s the first one back to go pick up the Six.  He puts others before himself.  You can think you’ve got the upper hand on him, and the next thing you know, he’s racing by you with plenty of gas left in the tank.  He won the Iron Skillet in March.  He’s not the fastest, or the strongest, and surely not the biggest, but he’s committed, every day, to getting better.  His daily excellence in the small things yields big results.

Now it’s Pilgrim’s Progress turn to lead at The Storm, and I know he will do the job well.  He’s consistent and committed and will put all his energy into his role as a leader.

This is my first Q after running the Mortimer, and I feel the need to remind myself that none of us are ever staying the same.  We’re either accelerating or decelerating.  Post-event collapse is something I know I struggle with as specific reasons for focused work are hard to find.  I know I can get complacent having reached my goals, and just not get after it with the same urgency.  Roscoe is always quick to remind us that the reason we work hard every day is because we don’t know what life’s going to throw at us next.  We’re never fully prepared for the worst, but if we keep accelerating and stay hungry, we’re stronger and more prepared than we were yesterday.  Keep pushing the rock, and keep accelerating.

Thanks for the opportunity to lead.  Best wishes to both the former and now current Site Qs.

Yabba Dabba Doo

Just Leave me

Five ran the route, two rucked, and three ran before the OG running AO in the Gashouse.  Quiche, Buckeye, and Gold Digger ran before the start but it only counted as EC for Gold Digger as Buckeye and Quiche skedaddled out of there at about 0531.  Since we started one minute late, I guess it counts as a post for them.

Whoopee tried to stay with Gold Digger, YHC tried to keep them in sight.  Flintstone and Short Sale ran until Flintstone wanted to catch YHC and eventually Whoopee.  Gold Digger came back to get me and I tried to survive as he talked to me just after the gut check.  YHC then proclaimed to Gold Digger, “just leave me!  Go get Whoopee and I will get Short Sale” and that is what happened.

Les Nessman and Pockets rucked and were back in time for Nameorama.

YHC had the Q at Q-Source where we discussed the Starfish model of organizational leadership from Freed to Lead.  Tube was there.

Prayers for Stroganoff, Mr. Jenkins, Bobby, Purple Haze, and EZ Rider and the entire GSM family.



Substitute Q

What a great morning to get a mosey and the word in with a great group of Friends.

Rabbit ears was on the schedule to Q, luckily for me I had a verse in a text from Wichita he had sent this morning.
So we preceded with the verse below.

“But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet.” Hebrews 10:12-13

Convergence, and PT test coming up.

Prayers for, the Shook, Lewis, leslie family. each other and the GSM family as they lift up the loved ones of the employees they lost. Success of the Ville 2 Ville.

The Bed Pan is Full..

Twenty Twos at Tequila!

So as the early AM thunderstorms blew through Belmont and Lake Wylie today YHC was thinking that the 22s were a reasonable plan that could if needed withstand adversity such as a T-storm. Turned out we didn’t need to. But, the Folsom crowd showed up (unlike the Belmont crowd today) to get some buttermilk for breakfast. We fed ’em like this:


SS-burpees X 5

IWs X 20


Peter Parkers X 20

Mosey around the community (church and down to the other road and back to the school).

Fall out for set 1 of 22s.

Merkind (20 -2)

Jump squats (2 – 20)

Run a lap at the halfway point. Run two laps when we are done.

Set 2 of 22s.

CDDs (20 -2)

Jump Lunges (2- 20)

Same running  as above.

By now, pax was gassed. it was feeling kind of July out there!

Move over to the field and do “thirds” which means run  1/3 of the field and a repeat.

1/3 – 5 HR merkins

2/3 – 10 HR merkins

3/3 – 15 HR merkins

Run all the way back and over to COT and pledge


Great showing by the Dallas Cowboys today! They were here in force.  Looking forward to coming up that way and leading in June or sometime in that neighborhood. Wish I could have had time to break bread with them  this morning. Great glue going on there!

Where were our Eagle Park boys? Spring Break I assume. It happens.

Obviously we have lots of prayers up for our GSM brothers that are under huge stress right now with the events in Rock Hill. I am sure Purple Haze and Stroganoff are dealing with these families in real time. And nothing you can really do about it when someone goes off like that. Really shows how our mental health battles impact us every day. Prayers for that aspect of our  world today. We got to push that rock!

Pax hit it hard today. Proud to lead these men.





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