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To Stretch or Not to Stretch

Great morning for a workout as 15 HIMS pushed themselves at the Storm!

Dirt always says YHC brings something new; I actually did have something new to interject into the warm-up. One of my goals is to remember to stretch before and after a run, so  I thought I would introduce one new stretch, the Gorilla Stretch. Get in gorilla position and slowly stretch up. Well, there seemed to be two camps of thought about this.



SSH, Gorilla Stretch, Don Q’s

1st & 10

Perform 10 Merkins, 1 Burpee (11’s) at the 10, sprint the very end. Recover jog back to the 20. Perform 9 Merkins, 2 Burpees, sprint to the very end, recover jog to the 30. Repeat until all 100 yards and 11’s have been completed.

Oblivious and Clampett are fast; SA is a beast; every pax pushed themselves! Buckeye loves to stretch and makes that known; SA doesn’t and makes that known..telling me to pay Buckeye no mind.

7 of Diamonds

At each of 4 corners:

Round 1– 7 4-count CDDs

Round 2-14 Big Boys

Round 3- 21 American Hammers

Round 4- 28 Plank Jacks

So, I caught flack for stopping at what are technically not “corners,” so I extended the actual routine. Watts Up tried to get technical with me about something that went right over my head. Buckeye wanted to talk stretch, SA doesn’t want to hear it.

Quarter Pounder

Sprint 25 yards-25 High Knees-NUR back to beginning

Sprint 50 yards-50 squats-NUR back

Sprint 75 yards–75 LBC NUR back

Sprint 100 yards-Flutters-NUR back

Lindsay’s- 30 DIPS/10 Step-Ups, 25/15, 20/20, 15/25

Buckeye was given the opportunity to lead a stretch but declined.


Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:6 ESV

Salvation comes by faith alone, by grace alone, through Christ alone. It is a gift we don’t have to work for it.

“We can stand safely, securely, and confidently before God because of the work of another, namely Christ. ” Exalting Jesus in Philippians


Convergence-4/17 Bulldog (All other AO’s closed)

Freight collecting supplies

PT Test 4/24 Gashouse (All other AO’s open)

Prayer Requests:

Job situations

YHC took us out.

Name-o-rama (Buckeye wanted to change his what, just give it a guess).

Thankful for you guys..good times!!


Back @ The Storm

The Mortimer 100 is finally in the books for 2021 and training is over so back to The Storm on Tuesdays ilo the Half-Pipe training. I will say putting in the training definitely pays off. This year YHC was able to shave some time off pace on the first two runs. Both were 7 mile runs, not the hills that other team members had, but did have some challenge. First the first run, was 9;17 per mile, 6 secs faster than last year with an extra 1.5 miles and a couple hills. The second run is the same as YHC ran last year and was 8:37 per mile, 8 secs faster than last year. Legs hurt Sunday and Monday, so I knew not to attempt much running this morning, although EC was performed putting in around 2 miles.

Its 5:30 am and we have a several PAX ready to get working!



  • SSH
  • Imperial Walkers
  • Don Qs
  • Moroccan Nightclubs

The Thang:

Slow Mosey to front of school

Next 32 mins of four rounds with the following 8 exercises. Perform each exercise for 45 secs then a 15 sec rest.

  • Burpees
  • Merkins
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Squats
  • Jump Squats/Bobby Hurley
  • Lunges
  • Flutter Kicks
  • SSH

Six minutes left, so we mosey back to COT for a brief round of mary


Verse of the day – “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” Psalms 18:2

Announcements – Convergence @ Bull Dog on Saturday April 17th and PT on April 24th.  Dr.Seuss with Q next week at The Storm

Prayer Request – EZ Rider’s wife, Hippa’s wife’s grandmother passed away, prayers for family; PAX looking for jobs

YHC closed us out in prayer

Thank you men for allowing me to lead this morning, it was an honor!

Breaker Breaker

Name that tune

It was rainy this morning, so much so that Dirt and Watts Up suspended their EC until YHC arrived for the beatdown. We even drove over to the covered area at the school building in order to stay dry.

After a head count it was determined that 4 guys were manly enough to come out this morning. Rocks were found and pushed. Here’s what happened…

With YHC being pressed for preparation time, I went with old faithful, The Deck Of Death! We did whatever the card said to do. It was fun.

Probably the more important part of todays workout was that there was musical accompaniment to go along with the beatdown. YHC has had this playlist ready since January but hadn’t found the right time to bless the HIM with it. Unfortunately, Big Pappy coincidentally beat me to the punch with his 80s TV show theme song playlist several weeks ago. Gotta strike while the iron is hot! My TV theme song list was a little broader in scope though, covering shows from the 50’s all the way til now.

The songs we heard this morning included the themes from Rawhide, Mr. Ed, Sesame Street, What’s Happening!!, The Andy Griffith Show, The Monkeys, Stranger Things, The Brady Bunch, Knight Rider, The Mandalorian, The Muppet Show, The Addams Family, Twilight Zone, Mission: Impossible, Fresh Prince of Belair, Gilligan’s Island, Hawaii Five-0, The Jeffersons, The Simpsons, Sanford and Son, GI Joe, Scooby Doo, The A Team, Growing Pains, Miami Vice, CHiPs, Family Ties, Yellowstone and even the Olympics. We didn’t have time to get to Fat Albert, Inspector Gadget, The Pink Panther, The Golden Girls, The Flintstones or The Beverly Hillbillies but rest assured, the hits will be back.

Thanks for the opportunity to lead today men. I hope you had fun!

Announcements: New AO in Dallas starts March 27th, PT Test April 24th

Prayer requests: Watts Up dr appointment today for shoulder, Dirt has 2nd interview today, CPAP looking for work

YHC took us out.


“It didn’t look that far on Google Maps”

“5:30, let’s mosey” is how the morning began.  YHC knew there was no time to spare with a warmup but paused in the traffic circle for a count-off and 5 burpees, 10 squats and 15 LBC’s before continuing our mosey around past the buses to the southeast corner of the building.  Where wall meets sidewalk is suitable terrain for “suspension merkins,” the first element of 11’s to be paired with big-boy situps all the way back at the traffic circle.  Suspension merkins are tough, but YHC underestimated the distance between exercises that made this set of 11’s last longer than anticipated (hence the title of this post).   It was after 6:05 when the second set of 11’s commenced with Dips at the school entrance and oblique crunches at the middle island of the parking lot.  Halfway through these 11’s it was time to head to COT.

Announcements:  New Dallas AO

Prayers:  Rebar health, Watts Up and Dirt job search

Leadership is a journey.  Privileged to share the journey with today’s PAX,


The STORM – March 2, 2021

We had 14 HIM at The STORM this morning on a chilly, but a perfect morning for a workout.

We started with a long mosey around the school.

Warm Up
10 Hillbilly Walkers IC
10 Imperial Squat Walkers IC
10 Merkins IC
15 Mountain Climbers IC

ROUTINE 1 – Sprints and More

We split into three groups for more space.

From one end to the other we did side shuffle plus two burpees and sprint back
Then we did karaoke, high knees, skip, and nur. Each of these exercises was followed by two burpees.

ROUTINE 2 – Wheel of Merkins

Each PAX grabbed a piece of curb and performed 5 incline merkins. Staying in the plank position, rotate 90 degrees clockwise until your body is parallel to the curb with your right hand on the curb and left hand off it. Repeat 5 merkins Rotate 90 degrees more and perform the same number of decline merkins. Rotate 90 degrees more. Repeat with left hand on the curb and right hand off it.

ROUTINE 3 – Escalator

We knocked out an escalator of 5 Burpees, 10 Squats, 15 Mountain Climbers and 20 Plank Jacks then back down, but this time using 20 Plank Jacks, 15 SSH, 10 Seal Jacks and 5 Smurf Jacks.

We had about 90 seconds so we did OYO lbc’s, flutter kicks, etc.

Strides of March CSAUP – March 6, 2021

Rooster – March 13, 2021

P200 – March 19-20

Mortimer 100 Relay – March 19-20


Dirt is going in for a job interview.

Breaker Breaker asked for prayers for a relative.


Sean Corcoran (RADAR)

It Was Supposed to Be Colder

It was a great morning considering the forecast just a few days before… it had been forecast to be in the teens, but the weather did not cooperate and it was in the upper 30’s!  And there were 12 of us ready to get in a good workout.

No FNGs so a quick disclaimer and it was go time…

Warm Up

SSH – 20 IC
Imperial Walker Squats – 15 IC
Burpees – 10 OYO


The Thang

Mosey down the hill and take a left headed towards the back entrance.  At each speed bump drop and do 20 LBCs, plank for the six at the stop sign.

Triple Nickel at the hill – monkey humpers at the bottom, jump squats at the top.

Mosey back down the road to the roundabout at the front of the school…  again, 20 LBCs at each speed bump.

We went around the circle with each of the pax calling an exercise.  The caller then had the choice of either running a lap around the parking lot in front of the school, or doing a bear crawl around the roundabout… Dirt and Nutria were the only two takers for the bear crawl.  Called exercises included the seal jack, Freddie Mercury, CDD, dying cockroach, flutter kick, big boy situp, hand release merkin, American hammer, monkey humper, and Watts Up invited us all to run the lap with him.

We then had a short mosey to the side of the school for a set of 11’s.  The exercises were flutter kicks and hand release merkins.  Time was drawing short and a few of us had to miss our last round or two as it was time to head back to the flag.

Everyone put in some good hard work to get just a little bit better.


CSAUP – March 3rd
P200 and Mortimer 100 – March 19th

Prayer Requests

Keep a check on the prayer list on slack.

We closed with prayer.

2/23/21 – The STORM

Thirteen storm chasers showed up at The Storm to get in some good work in the pre-dawn gloom.  By the time we were finished, we could see the sky getting brighter on the east horizon.  It was a great start to the day!  EZ Rider, Watts Up, BOS and Dirt got in some EC before the work out.



Warm Up:

Seal Jacks IC x 20

Hillbilly Walkers IC x 20


Mosey out the back road of the school to Lakewood Road, stopping at each speed bump for 50 squats.  HALT….. Doodles is exiting his car late!  Stop and do 20 Monkey Humpers OYO with rear facing Doodles.  Continue on to Lakewood road after saluting Doodles.

5 Burpees at Lakewood Road

Mosey to the back of the school stopping at each speed bump for 15 Merkins.

Dora 1-2-3-4       PAX 1 runs to the stairs by the loading dock and does 20 Calf Raises while Pax #2 AMRAP’s the exercises.  Flap Jack when PAX 1 returns.

50 8 count body Builders

100 Merkins

200 dips (I wanted to Step Ups but the benches were icey)

300 Flutter kicks counting one leg

400 Air Presses


Mosey to the front of the school for Suicide American Hammers.  10 reps, counting one side, at the first line in the parking lot.  20 reps at the second line and back to first line for 10 reps.  30 reps at the third line and 10 reps back at the start.

Almost time.  Mosey back to the flag for more 8 Count Body Builders IC until time.  I think we got in 6 or 7 of them.

Good work today gentlemen!


Prayer Request:



The Storm after The Storm

Fortunately the storms moved through the area overnight and the gloom wasn’t quite as bad as it could have been. YHC arrived early and there were already 5 or 6 cars in the parking lot and PAX scattered everywhere doing EC. Way to push guys! No FNG’s so short disclaimer and we got to work.


5 Burpee’s, 10 Merkins IC, 15 IW Squats OYO, 10 Merkins IC, 5 Burpee’s


Mosey to the roundabout at the front of the school for a little core work:

25 American Hammers IC
10 Big Boys OYO

25 LBC’s IC

10 Big Boys OYO

25 Flutter Kicks

10 Big Boys OYO

25 Mountain Climbers

10 Big Boys OYO


5 Burpee’s then mosey around the school to the loading dock for 10 to 1’s.

10 HR Merkins then run down and jump up on the dock for 10 Squats. Back down to the starting point and rinse and repeat with 9/9, 8/8…..all the way to 1/1.


5 Burpee’s then mosey to the front of the school for some shoulder work. 3 sets of Dirty Hookups IC and Dips IC.


5 Burpee’s then back to the roundabout for a repeat of the earlier core work.


5 Burpee’s, take a lap around the school and then repeat the earlier shoulder work.


Back to the flag with time for 5 more Burpee’s and 2 minutes of Mary.



Discussed a devotion that Sarlaac posted on GroupMe last week about Serving. Serve even when it is inconvenient, always be ready to serve, let God interrupt your schedule when he needs to and don’t get frustrated when he does so.



BOS planning to present a check to Holy Angels at Cherubs after the Yank workout on Saturday. Show if you can.

Strides of March on March 6th – see preblast for details and sign up


Prayer Request

Big Pappy and family

SA’s daughter and family



Doodles took us out.

I’m Broke

Welcome to Groundhog Day at the Storm. Welcome to Groundhog Day at the Storm.

Welcome to Groundhog Day at the Storm. Any FNG’s?  (No.)
I’m not an expert, so anything I say is just a suggestion. Modify as needed. The first exercise is the side-straddle hop. Ready position, Move. In cadence, Exercise! (IC x 22)

Today’s workout will be a series of Four Corners exercises. The four corners are marked by the orange cones around the parking lot. At each corner we’ll do 22 reps of the exercise written next to the cone. The sheets at each of the cones will also tell you how to move to the next corner. To keep track of how many circuits we’ve completed, the first PAX back here after all 4 corners will take one Groundhog out of this box, place it in the next chalk circle, and Plank for the Six. We’ll move to the next round together.

Let’s mosey this way to the first cone.

1. 22 Flutter kicks – count one leg (Bear crawl to next cone)
2. 22 Bobby Hurleys (Karaoke to next cone)
3. 22 Shoulder Taps – each shoulder (Lunge walk to next cone)
4. 22 Merkins

Funny thang, after the first round it seems like we started all over, like YHC and the 11 PAX were stuck in a time warp, and must’ve repeated the same first round 6 or 7 times (the stuffed groundhog somehow mysteriously jumped back in the box every time – maybe he saw his shadow?) before a train rolled through and broke the twisted cycle. After the obligatory 5 burpees plus 15 seconds of LBC’s YHC ended the madness with the pledge.

– Sign up for Extinction Run 2/13
– Rooster run in Rock Hill
– Dirt will be somewhere tomorrow for EC

– Double Trouble
– Rebar
– YHC’s friend Pat with cancer
– Prayer list on Slack

Thanks for the privilege to lead.


Tammy Wynette and Single Count Confusion at The Storm

A massive thunderstorm scared off all but 8, who put in work at The Storm of a different kind.  Here’s what I remember:

  • 10 x Goofballs (IC)
  • 10 x Don Qs (IC)
  • 10 x Hillbilly Walkers (IC)

The Thang

Unsure of what kind of conditions we’d be in, the plan was to utilize the cover, so we moseyed to the front door of the school to start things off with

Tammy Wynettes

  • Pax 1 does 10 reps of a ground exercise
  • Pax 2 does 10 reps of a standing exercise, matching the pace and rhythm of Pax 1 (“Stand By Your Man”)
  • Ground Exercise: 10 x Mike Tysons
  • Standing Exercise: 10 x Imperial Squats
  • 2 Rounds, so each Pax did both exercises 20x total

A bluetooth speaker would have been nice at this point, or even just the forethought to actually play the song with the speaker on YHC’s trusty iPhone, but that’s what a better Q would have done.  Anyways, that was quickly done, being only 2 rounds, so we moseyed back to the covering by the side door to unroll the instructions for The Main Event (“Because that was just the warm up.”)

The Main Event was a set of 11s as follows

  • Side Door
    • 1 Burpee
    • 1 Travolta (right arm)
    • 1 Toe Touch
  • On the way from the Side Door to the Front Door, stop for
    • 7 Squats
    • 7 Dips
  • Front Door
    • 10 Hand Release Merkins
    • 10 Travoltas (left arm)
    • 10 Toe Touches
  • Mosey all the way back to the Side Door

And it’s 11s, so you know the drill

For intermission, once the 5/6 round was completed, at the Side Door, complete the following before starting the 6/5 round:

  • 100 Flutter Kicks (Count 1 Side Only)
  • 100 People’s Chair Overhead Presses
  • PAX discretion on how to break these up

Too many instructions, and a lot to remember, but the rhythm of it all was pretty natural after the growing pains of the first round.  YHC made the mistake of declaring that he finally understood what “Single Count” meant, only to be confused again by the discussion that followed.  Surely there is an easier way to describe it.  YHC will stick to “one side only” while calling exercises and will ask for clarification from another Q for the foreseeable future.  No time for a second full round of Flutters or Wall Sits, or even to make up the 5 burpees for the train as we only had time for a few Flutter Kicks at the end of it all.

A quiet COT at the Side Door, either inspired by the intensity of the workout, a lack of sleep from the thunderstorms, or both.


  • The Storm needs Qs, step up and lead
  • New Friday AO to be named this week; Orangeman is Site Q
  • Extinction Run – 2/13
  • Mortimer Ruck – See Watts Up if you’re interested

Prayer Requests

  • Our Country


Outdoors.  Rain or Shine.  Part of what we learn in The Gloom is consistency.  Roscoe will be the first to tell you that “Tomorrow is Thursday and we hit The Pub on Thursday.”  When the decision is already made, it’s just a matter of executing the decision.  I’ve learned not to wait until the morning to decide whether or not to post, because if I did that, there’d be a lot of times that I wouldn’t make it.  No try, only do.

When it comes to consistency, there’s not better examples than Dirt, Watts Up, and Dr. Seuss.  Whether it’s leading EC at 0500 at a bootcamp, first in line to volunteer to Q, or posting twice on a Tuesday, you know these PAX will be there.  These HIMs push me every day.  It’s great to Q on uncertain days like this knowing you’re not going to be the only one showing up.

Watts Up hit 100 miles in January already this month, after getting painfully close during the November Challenge.  It’s not any easier, Watts Up.  You’re just getting stronger.  A well-deserved Most Improved PAX who isn’t slowing down.

Thanks for the opportunity to lead.

Yabba Dabba Doo

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