9/19/20 – Backblast – Saturday Bootcamp: “Good things come in threes”

14 PAX posted this morning on an extra dewy and chilly morning:

  1. Wet Burrito
  2. Archive
  3. Tortuga (respect)
  4. Cookies (FNG, welcome)
  5. DBC (hate)
  6. Sparrow
  7. Noodles
  8. Smokey
  9. Nickerdoodle (FNG, welcome – yes this is his new official name!)
  10. Saga
  11. Captain Crunch
  12. Da Vinci
  13. Banks
  14. Jazz Handz

By the end we all had morning dew puddles in our shoes and gloves as souvenirs. In true Jazz Handz fashion, I couldn’t just make it a stock set of routines from the exicon. YHC is always trying to one up myself from last time to get up to a beatdown the other pax bemoan and remember. Here’s how the morning went:


  • 7 motivators IC
  • 15 windmills
  • 20 goof balls IC
  • Daisy pickers (touch each foot) timed by Q
  • Arm circles OYO forwards and backwards, big and small

Get the blood moving, let’s follow the Q:

PAX each grabbed a coupon, and moseyed in a single file line up Hoffa, around the upper perimeter, and down again. Drop the coupons at foot of Hoffa for later use, count off into groups of 3 (had 4 groups of 3, and 1 group of 2). Then pax dispersed to the various stations listed below for the first Thang.

Thang 1

“Dora’s Twisted Sisters”  

Three pax & three exercises per station. Six minutes per station. 4 stations total.

This took much longer than expected simply due to learning curve and communicating the “game mechanics” of this twisted routine. Once explained we were off to the races with my faithful 2Q Da Vinci calling when to rotate your group of three to the next station.

The “Dora 1-2-3” exercises per 3 pax were 150 merkins, 250 LBCs, 350 squats. If you finish before hitting all 4 stations, start another Dora count over with 100 merkins, 200 LBCs, 300 squats! Once you’ve hit all four stations and your team has complete at least one Dora count, run a lap around Hoffa, stop at coupons and do a 10x rep coupon workout of your choice. Hold for next group to finish and do a lap with them. Rinse and repeat. Until all pax have completed their 123 workouts at all 4 stations.


Each set of 3 pax worked a station for 6 minutes, with a little mumble chatter and moseying between rotating stations. When the “pace” (traveling) exercise per station had been executed per pax, teammates flapjacked within their station like normal Dora (but there are three tasks instead of two to maintain:

  1. COOTEEs (Circle is Outdoor Training Exercise Equipment)
    Pull ups + Sprint to flag/back again (pace) + 123 goal
    6 minutes, then rotate
    Dips + Sprint around playground/pavilion (pace) + 123 goal
    6 minutes, then rotate
    Mount climbers (inclined?) + bear crawl up around slide / crab walk down around other side (pace) + 123 goal
    6 minutes, then rotate
  4. Base of Hoffa
    1 pax runs (pace), 1 pax coupon work of choice + 123 goal
    • This station can accommodate two groups
      6 minutes, then rotate

Thang 2

“The Jazz Handz Special: 9x Welsh Dragons”

In Welsh Drago alley, just north of the baseball diamond.

Reminder how this exercise works: Remain in plank position the whole time. Bear crawl forward 4 steps, do 1 merkin, 1 plank jack, and tap the BACK of each shoulder 1 time. Repeat adding 1 rep to each exercise each time – bear crawl forward 4 steps, do 2 merkins, 2 plank jacks, 2 sets of back of shoulder taps… etc. Go until you get to 10 reps each, you’ve covered 30-50 feet, or until your arms fall off – whichever comes first.


Sadly no time for proper Mary. Just a little planking while we held for Six to circle up at the flag.


Prayers for work transitions and new opportunities

Praise that Archive and his entire family’s covid tests came back negative including the false-positive on his MIL.

Continued prayer for Jazz Handz sleep and anxiety

Grateful to have our two new FNG’s: Cookies and Nickerdoodle


So thankful for you men and the drive this group has instilled in me. Let’s each work towards being a “mensch” in our community and family. Mensch is a yiddish word for a man of integrity and honor. That starts with you against yourself. If you can muster up the nerve to workout with a bunch of crazy men in the mud and mire of an early morning, you can go back to your homes and communities and live with that same energy. Sacrifice and serve, watch out for the “sixes” in your life—who is trailing behind? Who can you bolster up and encourage? Also, who do you know who can benefit from the community and encouragement that is F3? Look out for those men who need this, who might not even know they need it. Watch their backs, hold for the six. Aye.