2.8.20 – 5 Alive Returns!

It was another beautiful day at AO Mastodon, and 9 faithful PAX (Archive, Captain Crunch, Noodles, Hotbox, TBTF, Shiplap, Katniss, Jazz Hands, Banks) came out for what promised to be a beatdown not soon to be forgotten! It had been a while since 5 Alive resurrected itself, so YHC thought there was no better time than to feel alive than on a snow covered February morning!

Warm-O-Rama:

  • 7x Motivators
  • 15x Tin Soldiers
  • 15x Mountain Man Poopers
  • 10x Merkins IC

Thang 1: 5 Alive!

  • Run the short mile stopping at each lamp post until the Thang is complete
  • 1st Lamp – 1 Burpee
  • 2nd Lamp – 2 Burpees – this progresses up to the 5th lamp post and doing 5 Burpees
  • 6th Lamp – 5 Burpees, 1 Merkin – The Merkins increase by 1 until the 10th lamp post
  • 11th Lamp – 5 Burpees, 5 Merkins, 1 Star Jump – The Star Jumps Increase until the 15th lamp post
  • 16th Lamp – 5 Burpees, 5 Merkins, 5 Star Jump, 1 Dive Bomber – The Dive Bombers increase until the 20th lamp post
  • 21st Lamp – 5 Burpees, 5 Merkins, 5 Star Jumps, 5 Dive Bombers, 1 Squat – The Squats increase until the 25th lamp post
  • 25th Lamp – The routine culminates with 5 Burpees, 5 Merkins, 5 Star Jumps, 5 Dive Bombers, and 5 Squats
  • From there, run the rest of the mile to the C.O.O.T.I.E.S.

For those of you counting at home, that adds up to the following:

  • 115 Burpees
  • 90 Merkins
  • 65 Star Jumps
  • 40 Dive Bombers
  • 15 Squats

Thang 2: A Little Competition

The PAX split into 2 teams at 4 stations and completed the following, each PAX would complete 5 of the exercise at their station and then sprint to tag their team mate at the next station. We completed 2 rounds of each PAX completing all stations. The stations were:

  • 5x Pullups
  • 5x Dips
  • 5x Merkins
  • Sprint up the hill and down the slide to the finish!

4 MOM:

  • 50x Flutter Kicks IC
  • 25x each side oblique crunches IC
  • Boat/Canoe

COR/NOR/COT:

The lesson behind today’s workout is when you put your mind to something and focus you can do it. This was exhibited today through “I can do 5 of anything”, but this can be applied to everyday life when you keep moving forward and don’t quit! Prayers for health for Hotbox and Archive and for Jazz Hands to restore a little bit of normalcy to their lives. Great job today HIMs!

1.11.19 – Isildur’s Bane

11 PAX (Noodles, Ship Lap, FNG-Dovetail, HotBox, FNG-Body Pillow, Captain Crunch, Too Big To Fail, Banks, Jazz Hands, Archive, Gummi Bear) posted to a squally Saturday morning workout ready to “Embrace the Suck”. The weather took it slightly easy on us with a two hour break between rain and snow, but the wind was still a brisk 20mph. Without much fanfare, we settled in for some fun times.

  • Motivators (IC x 7)
  • Windmills (IC x 15)
  • Scapular Push-Ups (10 OYO)

Mt. Doom:

  • Ring of Fire variation, PAX calls an exercise (they dislike) and performs exercise while the remaining Fellowship descends the hill and then buddy-carries (in teams) other PAX to the top. Rotate until all PAX have been Isildur/Frodo once. — We broke into two teams of 5 (before Jazz Handz arrived), I think some PAX were doing the quick math on 11 hill runs…

18min AMRAP (reprise) we got to reprise the TBTF / Gummi Bear workout that everyone else missed, which (un)fortunately set our arms up for some low figures on the next portion

  • 18 Merkins
  • 18 Sit-ups
  • 18 Aussie Pull-ups
  • 18 Squats

Resolution Time: another check-in is needed here sometime to confirm how many pull-ups can be done with fresh arms that haven’t done 100+ rows first.

  • Do AMRAP pull-ups, stop when you can’t get your chin over the bar
  • (interlude) 30 lunges
  • Eccentric Pull-ups (start at top, slow lower) 5ish (or AMRAP)
  • (interlude) 30 Sit-ups
  • “Back-only” pull-ups (arms stay straight, engage back muscles)

Mary:

  • J-Lo #1 for one minute (knee to chest, straight, side, straight, chest)
  • J-Lo #2 for one minute (low-plank hip dips)
  • Flutters ICx50

COR/NOR/COT: Prayers for safe travels in the weather — Jazz Hands packed weekend with a friend’s wedding and hosting — a good start to classes for Noodles — and keeping and building solid momentum for 2020!

12.7.19 – #RememberTheBackblast

(11 days ago) A 6-PAX gathered (Jazz Hands, Banks, Gummi Bear, HotBox, Noodles(SubZero), Capn Crunch) with the beginnings of winter chill and a mission to try something new and different. Knowing very little about what was coming except that it was totally easy, the Q settled in with some old stand-bys to put them at their ease:

Warm-o-rama:

  • Motivators ICx7
  • Windmills ICx20
  • Scapular Push-Ups (Low range of motion (1-2”) focusing on the serratus anterior; All fours or push-up position; lock elbows, press fingers out and up, tight core, straight back (no arching)

YTWLs – 8-10 reps (1-2min rest between each) focusing on spine muscles and scapular-thoracic movement; Not shoulder joint, keep shoulders down, scapula set before movement begins. Bellybutton OFF the ground.

The “rest” exercises:

  • J-Lo #1 for one minute (knee to chest, straight, side, straight, chest)
  • J-Lo #2 for one minute (low-plank hip dips)
  • Jane Fondas
  • Hollow Body (Shoulder blades off the ground, lower back pressed into the ground, deep breathing(shaking), toes pressed together, pointed, bring as low as possible with form. Everything clinched and straight.)

After completing the restful / yoga portion of the set, it was time for the surprise attack Pearl Harbor themed WOD, with the goal of completing over 2,335 reps, one for each U.S. serviceman killed.

The “USS Arizona” WOD (39 sets as a group)

  • 12 Bent Rows
  • 7 Dive Bombers
  • 41 American Hammers

The wrap-up:

  • Coupon Presses (8 min AMRAP)

Due to a Reindeer Run 5k that day, we avoided our usual Coffeeteria spot and went to Starbucks for a change of pace:

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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.