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
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/COT — prayers 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.