Since the August 9th, 2019 F3 Nation Roundtable call about the famous Gashouse low/no impact AO known as “Pain Lab“, we’ve received an overwhelming response from PAX wanting info on how to implement this into their region. This has been huge for the growth for F3 Nation. We’ve been trying to keep up with DM’s and Emails, but as you all know life happens and we may not respond as quickly as we’d like to. That said, we decided to compile the best of the best info here on this page for your convenience and easy reference. It is highly encouraged to spread the link to this page if you have others that are wanting to start their own Pain Lab type AO. Hope this helps!
Documents & Resources:
Past Weinke/BackBlasts Examples
Pain Lab Rules by Rudolph
1) Zero to Low Impact, no High Impact. Zero is two feet on the ground, Low is one, High is both feet leave. Focus on exercises where you are always planted in some fashion.
2) Word of the day is Modify: if an exercise cannot be completed, I always tried to have 1-2 ready to go to accompany. And to that end, separate the body into 3 parts – legs, trunk, arms. If a man has a quad injury and cannot squat, have him air shoulder presses (they will catch up to him!). If a man is too big to do Imperial Walkers, have him do alternating high kicks instead. My rule was, if part is injured, I have two options to throw at him. You’ll find some fun in making a spreadsheet and separating exercises into 3 segments, then making another column with weights added.
3) One thing that I didn’t mention, is the default rest pose of Plank remains. People may finish something early, may have an alternate, but bark at them to get in Plank when we stop. Getting the timing down on a Painlab Q can be tricky! That of course is still up to the Q, when to rest and when not to. When you work weights in, the body can use some rest between sets! It’s fun to get creative when structuring, and super-sets work wonders (one exercise goes directly into another, but never more than 2….such as front lateral shoulder raises goes into military presses, but that would be it!).
I always try to get all parts of the body warmed up, as in Painlab you’ll likely hit them all. So adhering to rule of being planted, can’t go wrong with this:
Moroccan Night Club
Low Slow Squat
And you can comb the lexicon for more.
Here as long as the rule is applied, just have fun borrowing from a regular Q but changing things up. Let’s take 11’s for instance. Instead of running to and fro, do lunge walks one way, then high knees back. So Squats on one side, Merkins on the other, and you can easily pivot into alternates as needed. DORA is great here too, and I’d encourage bear crawls, crab walks, ski lunges, slow karaoke, high kicks, and even seal crawl. You just need to know your crowd.
Two categories here, and I”ll have links below. I always encourage getting gear here. Blocks are the cheapest way out: you can get 10 cinderblocks that weigh about 16 pounds for cheap. Then, take duct tape and wrap them. Good to go, and 75% of kettlebell exercises can be done with blocks.
If you all decide to get kettlebells, here’s a common mistake: average starting weight for men is 16 kg (35 lb). Most guys go lighter, but don’t let guys do this! Anyways, kettlebells open up a whole world of low/zero impact strength and cardio via two main exercises we’ll cover in a bit (Russian Swing & Turkish Get-Ups). Also, I had some 25 lb plate weights, and 10 lb. plate weights I would bring. My usual would be 2-3 kettlebells, a couple of blocks, and some plate weights.
The other category of non-weighted can be done, but I would focus more on core (Mary on steroids).
It’s important that after all the muscle work you stretch the guys. I like to do this via Yoga, no way to do this other than to review some YouTube videos so you can see the poses, learn the breathing, or just go old school like BEFORE you’d do a sports practice but instead do it at the end. As older guys our muscles are more prone to tear if DON’T stretch .
Lastly on the format, there are great, great tools that HIPAA uses, but will cost money: battleropes, slamball, etc. You know another piece of gear? Sidewalk chalk. That way you can make stations, and rotate people through them.