11.9.19 – Upper Body Blast

It was another beautiful day at AO Mastodon, and we had 8 PAX (Noodles, TBTF, Hotbox, Gummibear, Archive, Jazz Hands, Captain Crunch, Banks) show up for the promised upper body shredding. As an added bonus, the forecasted wind did not materialize, so with the sun shining thanks to daylight savings time, our PAX headed off for a beatdown in fantastic weather.

Warm-O-Rama: The Usual

  • 7x Motivators
  • 15x Tin Soldiers

Thang 1:

We started with a mosey through AO Mastodon completing the following exercises along the way:

  • Route 66 – Stop at each light post and complete 1 Burpee, increasing burpees at each light post until 11 are completed – 66 total burpees
  • Flat Tire – The PAX partnered up and performed a wheelbarrow followed by derkins in the following counts: 4 steps wheelbarrow, 1 Derkin; 8:2, 12:3,… finishing with 40 steps wheelbarrow and 10 Derkins. (This was definitely a challenge to complete and the PAX traded roles frequently)
  • Bataan Death March – Run in a line and the last PAX drops and does 5 Burpees, and then catches back up. We completed 1 round and finished at the C.O.O.T.I.E.S station (Shoutout to Captain Crunch for the naming rights)

Thang 2: Interval training

We completed sets of Pullups, Burpees, Merkins, & Dips. Starting at 5 reps each and increasing to 10 reps each in 2 minute intervals.

3 MOM

  • 20x LBC’s
  • 20x Oblique LBC’s to each side

COR/NOR/COT

Prayers for Jazz hands Mom on her upcoming surgery, his coworker, and for his knee to heal. Prayers for a strong week, and for TBTF to get good news about his job.

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.

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.

9.14.19 – 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.

9.7.19 – 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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8.3.19 – Dip City Grand Tour

With Urkel and F3 Chicago Converging on Ohio Beach, the F3 Wheaton boys swallowed their FOMO and made the best of it back home. To ease their suffering the Q planned a full Chicago-themed workout:

Warm-O-Rama:

  • Motivators ICx7 (+ a set of 8 just because)
  • “Deep Dish” toe touches (Chicago-Style Mountain Man Poopers)

Dip City (round 1): (The PAX were required to complete 2,706 total, divided by the 6 that showed up, that was 451 dips per person)

  • 200 Dips per PAX

The “Bean Cloud”: (not a lot of “bean” or “cloud” based F3 exercises…)

  • Blackjack: 20 Hill runs (the best view in the AO) with Monkey Humpers at the bottom (1, 2, …, 20) and Gas Pumps (the bean cloud part) (20, 19, … , 1) at the top.
    • “Creative Accounting” – PAX that completed their 20th set first came back and took some sets from the guys bringing up the Six.

Dip City (reprise):

  • 251 Dips per PAX (Millennial style, it’s Millennium Park after all, see Creative Accounting above)

Denari selected Cooldown:

  • Doomsday Clock (PAX circle up in high plank, taking turns doing 1 merkin. As PAX drop out, they perform one penalty burpee and another for each person still in the circle.)

COR/NOR/COT: Prayers for Jaime as she recovers from birth complications — for Jazz Hands mom going in for another round of brain stimulation for Parkinsons — for Noodles to have good morale at work and be able to properly and helpfully navigate some toxic situations going on — Archives application to director at a new library

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I don’t know who lets this clown run any workouts…

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But everyone except Gummi Bear survived to the Coffeeteria!

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7.20.19 – Beating the Heat

With a heat index threatening our fun, 5 stalwart PAX (Archive, Banks, Jazz Hands, Noodles, Crunch(QIC)) posted in a muggy 80 degrees before it got any hotter. The Q’s genius plan to keep exertion to a maximum and heat related smart-sacking to a minimum was the addition of a makeshift kiddie pool courtesy of some not yet utilized workbench lumber. It worked surprisingly well for being slapped together, and we got good and soaked regularly throughout the rotation. We had rucks enough to go around, so no one had to do the modified coupon version.

The Standard: 

  • Motivators IC x 7
  • Tin Soldiers IC x 14

The Water Workout:

  • 100 Ruck Squats
  • 1 Kraken Ruck Burpee in the “pool” (3 hand release merkins)
  • Ruck up the hill
  • 70 Ruck Push-ups
  • 33 Ruck Swings
  • 30 Lunges down the hill
  • Mandatory water-break
  • Repeat all of the above steps 2 more times

The Filler:

  • PAX played “Deck of Pain” (draw two: 1st card is your exercise, 2nd card is your rep count) with the workout cards until the 6 arrived.
  • Tear down the “pool” and haul it to the Q’s car

COR/NOR/COT: Prayers for job applications, upcoming work-travel for Banks, “Crunch’s rat disease-thing”, Noodles 2.0 (and his room!) — praise that we all beat the heat and lived to tell the tale.

Thought of the Day: It has been a long time since I did that many modified push-ups.

6.22.19 – No Legs

8 PAX including one FNG (Welcome Too Big To Fail!) showed up on a beautiful summer day for the regularly scheduled weekly beatdown. With the evening ruck on the Horizon, our Q promised to stay away from any leg exercises. The lesson behind today’s workout is that when you put your mind to it, you can do 5 of anything, just keep moving forward.

Warm-O-Rama (The Usual)

  • 7x Motivators
  • 15x Tin Soldiers

Thang 1: 5 Alive

  • Run the short mile stopping at each lamp post and adding on the rep count
  • 1st Lamp Post -> 1 Burpee, 2nd Lamp Post -> 2 Burpees… 5th Lamp Post -> 5 Burpees
  • 6th Lamp Post -> 5 Burpees, 1 Merkin…. 10th Lamp Post -> 5 Burpees, 5 Merkins
  • 11th Lamp Post -> 5 burpees, 5 Merkins, 1 Star Jump
  • 16th Lamp Post -> 5 Burpees, 5 Merkins, 5 Star Jumps, 1 Dive Bomber
  • 21st Lamp Post -> 5 Burpees, 5 Merkins, 5 Star Jumps, 5 Dive Bombers, 1 OHC
  • 25th Lamp Post -> 5 Burpees, 5 Merkins, 5 Star Jumps, 5 Dive Bombers, 5 OHC’s
  • Totals: 115 Burpees, 90 Merkins, 65 Star Jumps, 40 Dive Bombers, 15 OHC’s

The Finale:

  • 20x Pull Ups
  • 2 MoM – 50 4-Count Flutter Kicks

COR/NOR/COT

We welcomed FNG Too Big To Fail! Prayers for this evenings Ruck Event, Jazz Hand’s Wife and her new job, Noodles and his Baby, and safe travels for Toolbox and Panadero.

6.15.19 – APFT Benchmarking

With YHC’s birthday coming up next week, and with the Army having it’s 244th birthday on Friday, it felt like the best possible time to try the Army Physical Fitness Test and get some numbers on the board. 8 PAX showed up to see how their present selves measured up against their future selves.

The Standard Open:

  • Motivators x7
  • Abe Vigoda IC x 20

The Main Event – APFT:

  • 2 minute AMRAP Push-ups
  • 2 minute AMRAP Sit-ups
  • 2 mile run

APFT June 2019 results:

Name – Push-ups / Sit-ups / 2 Mile time (Age / Army Scores = Total out of 300 possible)

  • Captain Crunch – 70 / 68 / 13:24+10sec penalty for shortcut (32 / 95 + 91 + 97 = 283)
  • Jazz Hands – 43 / 35 / 17:44 (32 / 67 + 52 + 87 = 206)
  • Skirt Chaser – 61 / 43 / 15:03 (36 / 86 + 61 + 84 = 234)
  • Archive – 80 / 70 / 15:06 (33 / 100 + 93 + 84 = 277)
  • CATS – 20 / 19 / 21:47 (31 / 40 + 33 + 8 = 81)
  • Noodles – 46 / 24 / 19:09 (39 / 72 + 45 + 52 = 169)
  • Hurt Locker – 69 / 66 / 16:14 (41 / 96 + 89 + 77 = 262)
  • Banks – 74 / 69 / 16:14 (37 / 100 + 93 + 77 = 270)

Overall assessment – Not bad F3 Wheaton, but there is more core and cardio in our future…

The Closer:

  • American Hammer with Coupons, while Captain Crunch did his penalty Blockees for bypassing the parking lot detour on his first mile. (If you can’t do it, don’t Q it, man!)

COR / NOR / COT: Prayers for continued growth as individuals and as a group, for support and strength, that we can help the people around us be their best selves and make the world a better, healthier place for our presence in it — Lifting up Jazz Hands and his M and 2.0s in the midst of a season of transition on all sides.

 

MOLESKIN: Today I was really impressed by the grit on display by all these men, giving what they had in them to bust through, arms shaking, joints complaining. 100% completion. And we have the future APFT to look forward to. A lot of newer PAX here have done less than two months of F3. This was a great day to have in the books to look back to.

Doing the Goruck June challenge has really driven home for me that improvement comes from consistent application over time. To get the mileage in, I have been rucking almost every day, and I have seen steady strength and speed increases that I wouldn’t have had or wouldn’t have noticed without trying to accomplish the same thing again and again, day after day. To any PAX reading this, what is the thing you want to be better at? Do it at least every other day, preferably every day. Measure successes and failures. It will improve. Embrace the Suck.

5.18.19 – The Full Body Beatdown

QIC – Crab Legs

The Scene.  A beautiful morning (around 50 degrees and sunny), and a beautiful AO

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Warm-O-Rama

  • Good mornings – IC (12)
  • Imperial Walkers – IC (12)
  • Quad stretch
  • Arm Circles – 10 front and 10 back (IC)
  • Motivators x 7

THANG 1:

  • B.L.I.M.P.S.: (Burpees, Lunges, Imperial Walkers, Merkins, Plank Jacks, Squats) do sets of each of exercise at the light posts, returning to the 1st light post after finishing the squats set, decreasing by reps 5 each lap. (25 / 20 / 15 / 10 / 5)

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THANG 2

  • AMRAP  the following:
  1. High Knees – 90 seconds
  2. Overhead Claps – 60 seconds
  3. Mountain Climbers – 60 seconds
  4. Carolina Dry docks – 60 seconds
  • Bear crawl up the hill
  • AYG sprint up the hill

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Mary

  • LBCs
  • Scissors
  • Low Plank Twists
  • Guantanamo

COR: 11 HIMs: Hurt Locker, Glee, Sweet Gherkins, Noodles, Good Hands, Archive, Captain Crunch, Banks, Jazz Hands, Rhinestone, Crab Legs (Q)

2 FNGs:  Glee and Noodles

NoR / Announcements, Prayers:  Bump.  GrowRuck.

CoT

Henry Ford – whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.  Most of us know this quote, but it’s so true.  Today we faced adversity.  Are you going to give up?  That voice in your head telling you it’s hard, that it sucks, that there’s discomfort, that you should stop and quit.  Are you going to quit?  Tell that voice to go Fuck off!  Whether it was your first day, or your 176th post like me, this never gets easy, but maybe easier.  If you’re pushing yourself, you’ll be able to do more than before, but still meet the same discomfort and face the same voice?  Don’t quit.  There will always be guys who are faster, stronger, and ahead of me.  I push to catch them.  I may never catch them and so you may not also.  Don’t let that crush you.  Get better.  Be better than yesterday, than last month.  Strive to be the best version of yourself.

Prayers for Bump.  Prayers for F3 Detroit on their 1st day.  Prayers for both F3 Wheaton and F3 Naperville that we continue to add PAX and help men become better versions of themselves in our communities.  Prayers for any unspoken requests in our hearts.  We pray this in God’s name,