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9.19.19 – Old Fashioned Beatdown

It was another beautiful day at AO Mastodon, and with the impending Growruck event and lack of HC’s our Q knew it would be a lightly attended event, so he decided to not do anything fancy and deliver an old fashioned beatdown for whoever decided to show up. Gummibear was the only other PAX to arrive, so the 2 of us set off for the workout.

Warm-O-Rama:

  • 7x Motivators
  • 15x Tin Soldiers

Thang 1:

We took off on a run around the AO, and completed a few exercises along the way:

  • 11’s – Merkins & Squats stopping at each lightpole. 1:10, 2:9,…,10:1
  • Monkey Bar Routine – 1 PAX cross the monkey bars and complete 3 pullups while the other completes 5 burpees.
  • Dan Taylors 8x – 1 Squat, 4 Lunges up to 8 Squats, 32 Lunges

Thang 2: Coupon Work

We then stopped at the faithful coupon pile and picked our coupon of choice and completed the following:

  • Hodor 30x
  • Colt 45’s
  • Bolt 45’s

Thang 3: The Finale

We put back our coupons and moseyed to the hill to complete a round of Jacob’s Ladder up to 7. (Run to the top of the hill: 1 burpee, repeat with 2 burpees, keep repeating until you get to 7.

COR/NOR/COT

Finishing right on time, our 2 faithful PAX gathered and said prayers for Noodles as he and his M are beginning their lives as parents, for Captain Crunch & Archive as they embark on Growruck 16 with the Naperville men, and for us all to stay focused in our daily lives and finish the week strong!

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.

9.14.19 – Even or Odd?

It was another beautiful day at AO Mastodon, and our Q had 2 workouts planned in case there was an even or odd number of PAX. As we started our warmup, we had 4 faithful PAX, so we started down the path of the even workout. Suddenly Cats arrived and on to the odd workout we went, but then we all heard the usual Saturday morning screeching tires as Jazz Hands came speeding into the AO to put us back onto the even workout!

Warm-O-Rama:

  • 7x Motivators
  • 15x Tin Soldiers
  • 15x 4-Count Merkins IC

The Thang:

The PAX partnered up for a little Tortoise and the Hare B.O.M.B.S. Two sandbags mysteriously arrived at the AO, so two teams used those, and one used a regulation coupon. The PAX ultimately circled the Island-to-Island loop 3x completing a total of 25 Burpees, 50 Outlaws, 75 Merkins, 100 Big Boy Situps, & 125 Squats. We then gathered back up at the flag and finished strong with Captain Crunch’s favorite Old Ironsides (Boat/Canoe with American Hammers mixed in).

COR/NOR/COT

Prayers for Noodles and his M over the next few weeks as they welcome a new member to their family, Captain Crunch and Archive as they take on Growruck 16 next weekend, and Jazz Hands Mom and family as they prepare for her upcoming surgery. All photography and video evidence was captured by Captain Crunch and will be posted accordingly.

9.12.19- Nice and Easy Now and Again, from the Candy Man.

The Q had an ingenious workout planned for a team competition, but when only three pax posted, that plan was abandoned, perhaps lost forever to AO Mastodon. Worse things have happened I believe.

The 3 PAX; Captain Crunch, Banks, and Gummibear had all completed the ironpaxs challenge the following day. So in the spirit of esprit de corps that they were being swept up in, the Q decided today would be a bit of a victory lap, taking it pretty easy and laying off the coupons.

Warm Up: 2 mile group Jog (crunch mile) (9 min pace).

Thang: One 15 min circuit: Complete as many sets as possible:

-5 Pull Ups

-20 Box Jumps

-25 Sit ups

(5-7 total sets were complete by each pax).

Cool Down: 5 minute Ab workout; misc ab exercises.

Conclusion: This truly was a pretty easy workout. But it is important to adjust the tempo now and again. I think we all had fun and still got some good cardio and were able to work on pull-ups, which no one is terrific at. Also it was good to provide some focus to the abs, and help get the lactic acid out of the legs, through the jog. Overall, it was nice to be outside, together, and getting low intensity reps in.

NOR/COT/Prayers: Banks;Continue to be strong, Gummibear; God would bless Gummi Bear’s business and give him wisdom and long term vision, For Noodles and family and upcoming new member, For Archive and his career, and I honestly cannot remember what Crunch requested…Forgive me Captain Crunch.

Crunch….doing crunches. Actually he is doing sit-ups…in perhaps the smallest pair of shorts he could find.
Banks doing pull-ups… Photography sometimes is the most difficult part of these workouts. Only the best pictures are posted.

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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09.05.19 Diagnostic Test

4 pax ( Archives, Captain Crunch, and Gummibear, and an FNG) posted.

This workout was one of the easier workouts we have done in that the purpose was for each pax to re-assess where he is on basic exercises. This workout was simply to serve as a new baseline.

Warm Up:

We moseyed around the playground for a warm-up jog. .

Test: (As many reps as possible for time)

30 Sec -Pull ups

1 min – Inverted Rows

2 Min- Push ups

1 min- Modified Dips

Q forget to include sit-ups in this event. Needs to include this next time.

1 min- coupon squat presses (in hindsight this is not a testable event- no one reached muscle failure, or was even close to reaching muscle failure on this.

2 mile run for time

NOR/ COT: FNG given name Papa Bear. Prayers: Captain Crunch: wisdom in disciplining children. Archive: continued prayers for interview. Papa Bear: for wisdom with housing for his father. Gummibear: mother’s allergies/ wisdom for doctors.

9.2.19 – Labor Day Bonus Rucking

Full credit to Noodles for asking Saturday “So, it’s a holiday weekend… we’re doing something a little extra, right?” With the general agreement of the group, we pushed it a little bit farther, going for a good 5.25 miles before breakfast.

As we assembled in the deep mist of an early September Gloom, Noodles, Triple XXX, and Crunch were surprised to hear a child cry out from the car as Gummi Bear got his gear ready (ruck, stroller and 1.5 year-old FNG-Gummi Worm). Then we settled in for a good stroll and good conversation as the mist rolled by and the sun slowly started to brighten up the morning. On our way back we even got some pictures to turn out!

Everything went well, but YHC forgot to bring the flag along (left in the car). So no bonus points for the Ruck Your Colors September Challenge. Log them with a more competent Q, gents! (I did rep a Goruck American Flag spearhead for the ruck, if that counts.)

Gummi Worm keeping the boys in line back there…

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… and being the poster child (Gummi Bear also pictured)

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The Sandbag squad passing the foggy moors of AO Mastodon.

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The Victors (and not a ruck in sight!)

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8.29.19 Leggy legs and a little back and shoulders too…

And the ring alluded him….in all seriousness my wedding ring did go missing during this workout. Right now it is somewhere in the tall grasses of AO Mastodon, cold and alone.

At 0527 all 5 paxs that had given an HC were present; TBTF, Captain Crunch, Archive, Noodles, and gummibear.

Warm Up; We jogged around playground hill area; doing butt kicks, high knees, and karaoke. Archive was perplexed by such a low key warm up, but after all it is a warm up and it is a bit early in the morn. Were no spring chickens anymore.

Thang 1: IC Pull ups/ Partner Assisted: 3 sets of 10 followed by last man standing or hanging contest. This contest proved extremely short.

Thang 2: Circuit (3 sets) 25 Box jumps/8 reverse rows

Mosey on to the Coupons

Grab Coupon and conduct lunges w/ coupon overhead to bottom of hill

Thang 3: 10 Coupon Get ups or 20 Coupon squat thrusters, 20 coupon floor wipers, 20 coupon pulls. Leave Coupon and run up hill. At the top of hill 10 glute bridges, and 20 skater squats. 2 sets of circuit (2nd set at 50% reps for coupon exercises)

Thang 4: Legs of destiny: 15 airsquats, 15 jump squats, 15 lunges, 15 bouncing lunges.

NOR/COT: Prayers: Archive interview, TBTF health, Noodles M & Baby, prayers for those present; Gummi Bear upcoming fall schedule.

Rows
Lunges /coupon overhead
Noodles & TBTF: Coupon Squat Thrusters
Archive & Crunch: The Glute Bridge

8.26.19 – Do the MACV-SOG!

In the early grey of a gloomier than normal morning, 4 PAX (Triple XXX, Noodles, Archive, Crunch) met to complete the final workout for the month. As the rain made up its mind, they moseyed around in the rain until lightning stationed them under the pavilion for the remainder of the workout.

MACV-SOG Workout: (reps split evenly between 2 PAX)

  • 100 no push-up burpees (ruck on)
    – then 2 rounds –
  • 24 ruck swings
  • 64 push-ups (ruck off)
  • 24 ruck squats
  • 64 sit-ups (ruck off)

After that, a bonus mile to round out the time.

It was nice having a bit of weather impact (but not stop) the workout for the first time in a while. We’ll see what challenges they have cooked up for September!

COR/NOR/COT: Noodles looking forward to the imminent arrival of 2.0 — 2.0s starting school this week and last week — prayers for good community and good learning environments

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8.24.19 – Homage to FOMO

As of late a lot of HIMs have been out commission, out due to illness or just traveling out of town. That left Noodles to hold down AO Mastodon, plant the F3 Shovel and flag colors. Let’s not forget having to step up and Q for the day. Saturday’s BC workout still managed to have 3 HIMs HC for the day. Today was a small tribute to Noodle’s FNG workout as well as some exercises to remind us of those not present! Some may be out but today’s HIMs surely remembered you!

WoR: Motivators x7, Ballerina Toe Squats x20. Moseyed over to the route that Noodles will never forget!

Thang #1: Under the Street Lights

6 lights – 6 stations to perform an exercise. 3 Rounds – x30, x20, x10

Station 1 – Burpees

Station 2 – Imperial Walkers

Station 3 – Step Ups

Station 4 – Lunges

Station 5 – Squats

Station 6 – ATMs – Plank position, Alternating Shoulder Touches (4 count), 1 Tempo Merkin, (down 1-2-3, up on 4), 1 fast Merkin)

Thang #2Good Ol’ Hoffa!

3 Rounds

Monkey Humpers x10 (bottom) – Sprint – Gas Pumps (top). Repeat.

NoR: Jazz Hands, Too Big To Fail, Noodles (QIC)

CoT: Jazz Hands – Prayers for grandmother and second surgery on her brain to help w/ motor skills d/t Parkinson’s, safe travels to California. TBTF – Prayers for motivation on the job. Noodles – Prayers for health, 26 days until 2.0 arrives.