10.17.19 – Tour De Mastodon

It was another beautiful morning at AO Mastodon and 5 faithful PAX showed up for a no frills beatdown. (Archive, Noodles, Hotbox, Captain Crunch, Banks). The sky was clear, but it was a bit chilly so we started off quickly and never let the intensity die down. Captain Crunch was a little concerned about moving on without his jacket, but I told him not to worry he would be warm in a second!

Warm-O-Rama: The Usual

  • 7x Motivators
  • 15x Tin Soldiers

The Thang:

We started off on the long mile and completed the following as we stopped along the way :

  • 10x Pullups
  • Suicides at the basketball courts
  • 12x Burpees
  • 12x Burpees
  • 7x Dan Taylors
  • 12x Burpees
  • 10x Pullups
  • 12x Burpees
  • Bearpees across the tennis courts
Everyone is in the picture, but the steam wouldn’t stop coming!!!

There was an entire inner loop of activities planned, but we were running low on time, so we then moseyed to Hoffa and completed the following:

  • Sprint to top of hill, 10x Star Jumps, walk back down
  • Sprint Bear Crawls to top of hill, 25x Monkey Humpers, walk back down

We then moseyed to the flag

COR/NOR/COT:

We were all still out of breath, but were able to lift up some prayers. We asked for patience as Archive waits to hear on his job interview, that Noodles’s son’s test results come back positive and they are able to get him to eat better, and we asked for focus and discipline for all of us as we finish out the week strong.

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.

10.2.19 – Leg Day!

After raining all night, the skies cleared at AO Mastodon, and 6 faithful PAX showed up for a leg day beatdown (Archive, Captain Crunch, Noodles, Gummi Bear, Cats(On a Thursday!) & Banks)! After feeling the burn all week from a Captain Crunch led good form extravaganza on Saturday, the pain had finally subsided and it was time to feel the burn again!

Warm-O-Rama:

  • 7x Motivators
  • 15x Tin Soldiers
  • 15x Mountain Man Poopers
  • 10x 4-Count Merkins

Thang # 1:

We ran the short mile and completed the following along the way:

  • Start – 25x 4-Count Johnny Drama’s
  • Stop 1 – 25x 4-Count Johnny Drama’s
  • Stop 2 – 20x No Surrender
  • Stop 3 – 20x Side Lunges

Thang # 2:

We completed all of the below 2x

  • Aiken Legs
    • 20x Box Jumps
    • 20x Squats
    • 20x Revers Lunges off wall
    • 20x Split Jacks
  • Bernie Sanders up hil
  • 10x Star Jumps
  • Lunge Down the Hill

The Finale:

Howling Monkeys around the circle 3x

COR/NOR/COT:

Prayers for Archive and his job interview, Noodles and his M to continue to have patience and find time to sleep, Cats for his upcoming presentation, and Banks and his M as they travel this weekend.

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.

9.23.19 – Ruck Day!

The rain finally stopped and it was a nice clear morning ITG for Ruck Day! After very few HC the night before, we were pleasantly surprised with 5 PAX showing up for the day, (Gummibear, TBTF, Banks, and surprise posts by both Noodles (Fresh off the arrival of his newborn son) & Captain Crunch (Just finished Growruck16 the day before)!)

The Workout:

We warmed up with Motivators and Mountain Man Poopers, then we rucked around 2 miles and completed 25x Merkins and 5x Dan Taylor’s along the way. We finished the workout with 3 sprints up the hill. (It was going to be 2, but Captain Crunch thought 3 was a better number)

COR/NOR/COT

Prayers for Noodles and his M as they adjust to life as parents, focus for the upcoming week, and fast recovery for Archive and Captain Crunch after the weekends shenanigans.

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.

9.2.19 – 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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8.26.19 – 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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8.19.19 – The Mata Mile (ft. Bertha & Jerry)

In the Gloom of another Monday, 4 PAX (Gummi Bear, Noodles, Triple XXX, Capn Crunch) met up for another Goruck Guerrilla themed challenge: The Mata Mile.

Part 1: The Shuttle Run

In pairs of two, the partners circled the west island loop with a station on opposite sides. One partner rucked (AFAP) to the opposite side (400m) while the other performed the exercise, then, upon reaching that side, the second partner set out to catch up, while the first partner performed the exercise. Repeat for four exercises (two loops around the lake)

One partner Rucks 400m while the other does exercise:

  • Ruck Squats
  • Plank Hold
  • Ruck Lunges
  • Flutter Kicks

Part 2: The Sandbag Mile

Using a sandbag or other team weight, ruck one mile, alternating who carries the weight. You must finish as a team.

After that, we loaded up with some team weight a set off for the mile around the park with our good friends Jerry (52lbs of water) and Bertha (85lbs of sand). Gummi Bear and Noodles ran off with Jerry, swapping between them as needed. Triple XXX and Capn Crunch teamed up to carry Bertha between them, alternating hands as their fingers complained.

With time getting away from us, YHC on Team Tortoise was going to direct Team Hare to take the short mile, but they got ahead of things, and were feeling pretty good about themselves, so they ran the full Archive mile, while Bertha persuaded Triple XXX and I to cut it a bit shorter. While taking the shortcut, our fingers had had enough, and in the spirit of teamwork I opted to give my ruck to Triple XXX and just shoulder Bertha for the last 1/3 mile. Team Hare easily caught up to us and we finished as a team.

One more Monday and one more Ruck Challenge workout to go!

8.12.19 – The Hammer and the Red Dawn

5:30 saw 4 PAX (Archive, Noodles, Triple XXX, Cap’n Crunch) assembled at MASTODON with TBTF coming in hot just as we were talking through the plans. The persistent thick fog at the AO meant that the initial plan for a Mata Mile was scrapped because it would have required some visibility across the lake. In it’s place we opted for the Hammer workout with a sandbag swap in place of buddy carrys.

  • 400m Buddy or Sandbag carry
  • Split the Reps on the following:
    • 300 ruck swings
    • 300 sit-ups (no ruck)
    • 200 lunges
    • 200 overhead press
  • 400m Buddy or Sandbag carry

It was an interesting Ruck workout to only cover .5 miles, but it filled the time and brought the sweat. Mission accomplished.

COR/NOR/COT: prayers for all present for the ability to focus and do good work this week, but esp. Noodles who is working through some specific challenges right now

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