10.31.2020 – In Celebration of

It was a chilly morning. A full moon was visible in the distance as 18 PAX were present for today’s beatdown. Throughout the week I struggled with deciding to do a regular workout or do what I have been known to do which is to bring fun and celebration on this Halloween morning. My father, Jose M. Malagon Sr., passed away on 10/24/2020. I asked myself, what would my father have me do? With my M pushing me to get out there and workout, I was able to see just how much I need F3 in my life during this difficult season. I decided to keep it fun for the group and incorporate the number 24 to acknowledge my father’s passing. Halloween is also my father’s birthday. He would have been 64 on this day. Today was in celebration of my father’s life.

WoR: Frankensteins x24, Batwings x7, Webbicides x 5 sprints – 5 Merkins at each line – 25 total Merkins.

This is Halloween (Nightmare Before Christmas) – PAX to hold People’s chair position. For every Halloween reference made during the song, PAX to perform a squat (29 references). PAX to also max out on squats when cued by La La La towards final seconds of the song.

Thang 1 – Zombie Lane – 2 Rounds w/ Coupons

Round 1 – Zombie Plank Pull Throughs X24 (Plank Pull Throughs) followed by Zombies & Blocks (Bears & Blocks) rally to the base of the hill, back to base of Zombie Lane.

Round 2 – Goblet Squats x24 followed by Murder Bunnies rally to the base of the hill, back to base of Zombie Lane

Zombie walk w/ coupon to base of the hill.

Thang 2 – Zombie Hill – 4 Rounds – PAX to perform an exercise at the base of the hill before performing Zombie Crawl up the hill. Rinse and repeat.

Round 1 – BOO-Urpees x24 (6 count burpee – on 6 count cover/uncover eyes and yell “BOO” on the jump)

Round 2 – Corpse Press x24 (Overhead Press)

Round 3 – Crucible Merkins x24

Round 4 – Skull-crushers x24 (Triceps – behind head to overhead)

CoR/NoR: Sparrow, Archive, Jazz Hands, Captain Crunch, Hotbox, Banks, Katniss, Bloomer, Tortuga, Crack, SAGA, Jolly, Cookies, Da Vinci, Nickerdoodle, T-bone, Too Big Too Fail, Noodles (Q).

CoT: Thank you to God for Archive and his, newly born, 2.0. Prayers for Archive’s M and continued recovery. Prayers for Jazz Hands’ M so that God may reveal job opportunities and to continue adjusting to remote learning. Prayers for Crack and his M’s mother who recently passed away as they themselves continue in the healing process.

Moleskin: Thank you to the men of F3 Wheaton. For pushing me each and every time and giving me words of encouragement. For telling me of my inspiration towards them. I, too, am inspired by all of them. Thank you all for reaching out during this difficult time. My father was short in stature but had a big presence. Not perfect and didn’t always know how to express his love at times. We had our differences, our ups and down. Days before he passed, he posted in Spanish on Facebook:

A true act of mercy. Loving each person, whoever they are. See the good side of each person, whoever they are. Forgive each person, whatever they have done. Being willing to do everything quickly for the Lord and for any child of his, no matter how difficult it may be.

I closed with a passage on Comfort from 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 NIV – “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ”.

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