11.29.19 — Black Friday Rucking

What better to do with a long weekend but get a good long ruck in? 9 PAX jumped at the opportunity to wake up early, and hit a FREE door-buster fitness opportunity. Walking with weight. Banks, TBTF, Noodles, and Crunch hosted the return of Reactor and Shakespeare with (the as yet unnamed) Chris, Matt, and Don.

Turning their back on the temptation of donuts and coffee, they got down to it with a ruck start time of 0538. A quick hike up North past Geneva and the Wheaton Christian Grammar school and on over to Kline Creek Farm before heading back toward Wheaton. A quick jaunt over the bridges at the Towers and the Fairgrounds before cutting through Lincoln Marsh and heading back to Northside Park, where the donuts were a bit more tempting after 10.2 miles and three solid hours of ruck work.

Good conversations maintained the whole time, only occasionally punctuated by some ruck-shuffle. Topics ranged from good wool socks and the other virtues of CostCo to the various temperaments of pre-schoolers and the benefits self-imposed phone-time limits. Calories burned, weight moved, and the brotherhood encouraged, all before breakfast.

Average pace maintained: 17min / mile

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11.16.19 — Circuit Breaker

4 PAX (Banks, Hot Box, Gummi Bear, and Crunch) posted in a now typically chilly day with a promise to that work and warmth was on the horizon. We dusted off some old reliable standards and got some new stuff to add to our core routines.

Warm O Rama:

  • Motivators ICx7

Thang #1: 

  • The Murph (almost)
    • 1 mile
    • 20 min AMRAP circuit (aim for 20 sets)
      • 5 Pull-ups
      • 10 Merkins
      • 15 Squats
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Thang #2:

  • The Cora (aka, “Core” Dora) (Partner exercise)
    • Shoulder Taps ICx100
    • Pickle Pointers (aka, Glute Bridges) x200
    • LBCs x300

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5MoM:

  • Ol’ Ironsides (Boat/Canoe + American Hammers ICx10)(x2)
  • Flutters ICx30

COR/NOR/COT: Prayers for the brothers travelling or otherwise unable to make it that day — prayers for incoming family this week and over the holidays, that they would be close, connected and able to draw near to one another and to the Lord.

11.11.19 – 11.11.1918 The “Armistice” Shuffle

6 PAX posted were not deterred by the beginnings of our Veteran’s Day snow-dump. For their valor against the fartsack on a blustery day in the Gloom they received a Ruck-Day inspired by Team RWB’s “Armistice” WOD.

The Set:

  • 11 Thrusters IC
  • 11 Burpees OYO
  • 19 Squats IC
  • 18 Lunges OYO

The Mileage:

Perform the set. Ruck 1.1 miles to the Wheaton North HS flag-pole, repeat the set, ruck 1.1 mi back to the shovel flag. Lotta shuffling.

  • 11 Ruck-Deadlifts IC

(Total Mileage: 2.4mi at a 4.8 mph pace! Way to get after it, men!)

COR/NOR/COT: Prayers for our Vets for community, encouragement, support and serving them as they have served and continue to serve us. — for health and support in Gummi Bear’s family (esp. M. and youngest) as they live and grow — for Noodles as he holds the line at home — all the brothers as we start a new week: strength, endurance, courage, leadership

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10.28.19 — Every Ruck Day Shufflin’

With a new appreciation for just how warm 40 degrees is, 5 PAX (Noodles, Gummi Bear, Too Big To Fail, Archive, Crunch(QIC)) posted in the Gloom for another Ruck Day. This time it was two quick laps around followed by a little PT circuit to finish out the time.

Warm-o-Rama:

  • Mountain Man Poopers IC x 10 (we miss you, Banks!)
  • Imperial Walkers IC x 20

The Shuffle:

  • 1.75 miles in 21 minutes flat for a solid 12:00 mile-time (5mph)

The Team Spartan ruck circuit:

1 PAX each on the following exercises, rotate when the hill runner returns:

  • Hill Run + 10 ruck-pushups
  • Thrusters
  • High Pull / Ruck Swings
  • Plank Pull-through
  • Ruck Lunges

COR/NOR/COT: Prayers for Noodles’ family and their rest (praise for breaking the 4 hour mark on sleeping!) — for Archive and the long wait to hear back from the hiring process — for focus, discipline and character for the week ahead.

10.26.19 – APFT, take 2

6 stalwart PAX (Noodles, Jazz Hands, Banks, Crunch, Archive, Gummi Bear) met the misty, chilly gloom head-on looking forward to their quarterly check-in. The brisk air was motivating as they warmed-up and then gave it what they had. If their scores did not improve we firmly content that their overall form was much improved this time around. Look to next quarter for some solid acceleration. Crunch at least needs to work on his core…

Warm-o-Rama

  • SSH ICx25
  • Ballerina Toe-Squats ICx25
  • Bat Wings ICx20
  • .6 mile mosey

“The” Test

  • 2 min AMRAP Merkins
  • 2 min AMRAP Big-boy sit-ups
  • 2 mile timed run

COR/NOR/COT: Prayers for Jazz Hands mom, who got good enough blood work back and is now looking forward to a mid-November procedure — for M. Jazz Hands as she deals with some physical ailments and the blues — Archive as he waits to hear back from the Itasca hiring process — Noodles and his house as they seek more concentrated and extended sleep for baby and parents — prayers for leadership, clarity of purpose, and strength of spirit for the coming week.

Slow Burn: the Eccentric Jane Fonda Workout

On a morning that was slightly warmer (and slightly darker) than most days this week, 6 PAX (Too Big To Fail, Banks, Noodles, Archive, Crunch, and F3-Birmingham’s Sparrow!) posted for an odd workout that aimed to hit them in some strange places. The main drumbeat of Good Form was preached and we settled in for a not-so-sweaty but stealthily difficult exercise.

  • Motivators x5
  • Bat Wings IC
Eccentric Murph Training (Circuit) (15min) — slow-lowering reps done in reverse of the normal exercise to build strength and practice proper form and muscle activation. Done in a circuit for 15 min.
  • Eccentric Pull-ups x3–5
  • Eccentric Merkins x8–10
  • Eccentric Squats x15
Locked and Loaded — an opportunity to put that practiced form into action going the right way through the exercise
  • Dead Hang Shoulder Shrugs x5
  • Full Range of Motion Merkins x10
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The Jane Fonda Circuit — The Gluteus Medius. Look it up. Work it. Get injured less.
  • The Jane Fonda ICx10 (each side)
  • Hip Raises ICx10 (each side)
  • Curb Stomps ICx10 (each side)
  • Plank Fondas ICx8 (each side)
A little more Mary — not letting that rotator cuff off the hook. Not enough time to hit this like I wanted to.
  • Pike push-up 5 OYO
  • American Hammer
  • Pike push-up 5 OYO

COR/NOR/COTprayers for travels — focus and stamina at work — that word would be swift in coming on job interviews — that rest would be abundant for young parents — that Birmingham and Wheaton would be closer for Sparrow’s journey to us.

Moleskin Testimonial – Talking with Sparrow this week, and thinking through the past 2 years and the WAS/NOW of my own journey, I started F3 a listless time waster who couldn’t get up in the morning without his M. Getting my butt off the couch to take care of the house or get down on the floor to play with my kids was a mental wall I often could not push through. I wasted most of those evenings on video-games and YouTube, lonely, underused, and ill-spent. When Archive came calling, I knew I needed discipline, fitness, energy, and guy friends in my life. I said “sure” in as nonchalant a way as possible. I’d post. So I did. And it was fun; silly enough (Side Straddle Hop? Really? It’s a jumping-jack guys…) to not take itself too seriously, but purposeful in the small ways that build up week by week, as long as you show up for it. So brick on brick we made a small community of men leaning into each other’s lives. It was definitely a small community at times, but the need to show up and be there for each other was clear. I would have quit in the first year if I were on my own or if the group didn’t need me. But here I am, still at it, more fit, disciplined, and connected than I’ve been since I was 20. Whatever hits the to-do list at work or at home, I regularly think to myself: “Suck it up, man, you’ve already done harder things than this today. Get after it.” So, thanks, guys. I hope your story is similar. Keep showing up for it.

9.30.19 – EZ Ruck + Surprise Thrusters

After a brief bit of cooler weather, 6 PAX (Banks, Triple XXX, Too Big To Fail, Noodles, Gummi Bear, Capn Crunch) woke to a warm, foggy morning. YHC had Bertha and Jerry out as optional dial-ups for the day, and some PT in store to start off Monday properly. Continuing our “year of good form”, these were completed with full range of motion for maximum benefit and maximum groaning.

The Ease-In:

  • Imperial Walkers ICx20
  • Abe Vigoda ICx10

The Starting Gun:

  • 25 Ruck Thrusters

The Mileage:

  • First Mile (+Bertha, no love for Jerry): 15:20
  • Second Mile (no Bertha, still no love for Jerry): 14:20 / 14:40

The Wind Down:

  • American Hammers (with Ruck) ICx20

COR/NOR/COT: Prayers for work (focus, energy, motivation, endurance) —  for recovery for Triple XXX’s wife’s mom and her bypass surgery — for Baby Noodles’ sleep schedule and rest and respite for Noodles and M — for Gummi Bears’ grandpa as his children make decisions about where to locate him for assisted living care and all the choices surrounding that — for Gummi Bears’ sister who took a fall on the stairs this past week while pregnant, that she and the baby would be healthy and fine and avoid any similar mishaps.

The good form is definitely still a big adjustment, but hoping to see good return as that gets easier (eventually?). Looking forward to a long slew of Qs lined up for October and posting ready to hit whatever crazy thing they have planned.

9.28.19 – Good Form, Low Reps

Being on the cusp of starting Year 3 of F3 Wheaton, and coming off of GrowRuck #16 the week before, we rose this morning with an eye to building a solid foundation to push into even greater improvement this year. Thanks to Cadre Danny, it was hammered home that reps that don’t have good form aren’t worth doing, and might even end up getting you injured. If we’re out here to do a hard thing that’s good for us, then we might as well be doing it with Good Form. 6 PAX (Jazz Hands, CATS (the Musical), Banks, Archive, Too Big To Fail, and Capn Crunch) answered the call on a slightly rainy day with the beginning of post-summer coolness settling in.

Warm-O-Rama:

  • Motivators ICx7
  • Imperial Walkers ICx21
  • Tin Soldiers ICx10

Pearls of Wisdom: (Mosey the islands stopping at the quarters to focus on full-range of motion on one exercise)

  • Form lecture: Squats – 10 Practice full-range of motion squats / Bolt 45s
  • Dan Taylors (lunge practice)
  • Form lecture: Merkins – 10 Copperhead Merkins (complete with form lecture)

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Interlude: Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes (10 count coupon exercise) ICx5

Application Section:

  • (demi-)Heartbreak 1,2,3’s (As partners – 50 Merkins / 100 LBCs / 150 Squats, partner runs the hill)
  • Pull-up practice: form lecture and then one (or AMRAP) pull-up with excellent form

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The Ender:

  • Dead-hang practice
  • Doomsday Clock: Plank in circle, take turns doing 1 Merkin until everyone has bowed out

COR/NOR/COT: Prayers for Archive’s job interview this coming week — for Jazz Hands’ Mom’s blood-work to go well enough in prep for surgery — for Tim’s friends heading back to Iraq to find work — gratitude for the group at Wheaton and blessing on it’s ministry and growth this coming year. Excited for the personal and relational growth of the next year and couldn’t be happier about the men I share that road with.

Coffeeteria @ the Park! (not pictured: Gummi Bear, Gummi Worm and the rest of the fam (minus M. Gummi Bear) dropped by to share some donuts and fellowship with us!)

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Thought of the day: it is amazing how hard an exercise can get if you start using good form. It keeps you honest about where your limits are. Full range squats are no joke.

9.16.19 – The Ruck 5k

4 PAX posted in the warm, slightly misty Gloom. (Gummi Bear, Banks, Crunch, Archive) The day held one simple task, 3 miles in 45 min.

The PAX limbered up with 10x IC Imperial Walkers and then headed S out of the park and due West on Oak for Lawson Field. Then back along on Prairie for what ended up being a decent pre-dawn house tour of the gas-lit lamp, faux French Country section of Wheaton. That covered 2 miles in good enough time that we got our final mile in around the lake, complete with some Scout Run shenangians with the flag that mostly averaged out, pace-wise. Sub 15:00 achieved!

A good day, and some good rucking. Someone forgot his phone, so it was a Casio-only workout.

9.7.19 – Surprise! Killer Bs!

With much the Nation registered and hyped up about IronPax 2019, YHC wanted to see what all the fuss was about. So when he got thrown the Q for Saturday this locked and loaded workout seemed too good to pass on. Being a certifiably sick individual, he also felt fine springing it on whoever decided to post that day, sandwiched in between some more extended running than usual.

4 PAX (Banks, Archive, Gummi Bear, Crunch) posted and got Motivated (Pittsburg-style!) and then moseyed over to the track (less than a mile, guys, 1km) to begin the Killer Bs.

5 Rounds (steps 1-5) for time:

  1. 10 yard Broad Jump
  2. 10 Burpees
  3. 10 Bonnie Blairs
  4. 10 Big Boi sit-ups

(repeat steps 1-4 two more times, ending at the 30 yard line)

5. Bear Crawl 30 yards back to the start

We made a good motley crew for it, with Banks posting to his first time back in almost a month and Archive having a bad back from some unknown (most likely parental) cause. But it did mean that he could take some good pictures for us. Two sub-30 finishers, and called for time so we could mosey all the way back to the flag for a prompt coffee and donuts.

Through a series of unfortunate events, we missed dragging Jazz Hands through this experience, but he did make it out and ad hoc’d his own workout (Route 121s) around the park until we found him on our return.

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