Son Of A Monkey Humper

(Thanks to Porcelain for naming this Backblast, in what was either a moment of inspiration or exasperation. Either way, well done.)

Conditions: Pristine.

PAX: Porcelain, Bad Boy, Studio 42, Keep The Change, Trapper Keeper, Harvey Updyke, Blue Mule, Vector, Hawkeye, Walker (Visiting from Rock Hill, SC!), Da Vinci

QIC: Hi-Viz


Mosey to the tennis court for WOR.
Good Mornings X10 IC
Squats X 20 IC
Merkins X 10 IC
Carolina Dry Docks X 20 IC
Mountain Climbers X 20 IC
Air Presses X 10 IC

Mosey to the field for 11s.
Hand-Release Merkins on on side, Lieutenant Dans on the other with a full run across the field.

Plank and wait for the 6.

Line up. Bear Crawl to the mid-line. Monkey Humpers X 25 IC. Rinse & Repeat back to the start line.

Line up. Duck Walk to the mid-line. Carolina Dry Docks X 25 IC. Rinse & Repeat back to the start line.

Mosey to the parking lot for Mary.
Flutter Kicks X 20 IC
LBCs X 20 IC
Boxcutters X 10 IC
Plank Variations
J-Los X 20 IC



-Great to see Hawkeye back this morning. Keep him and the family in your prayers as they navigate the visa process in Atlanta in the coming days.
-Strong work all the way around. Nice to have Walker visiting (and setting the pace) from SC. #Respect
-Q sheet is looking a tad sparse. Need some guys to step up and sign up. Studio 42 has his VQ on Wednesday at Titan and I’ll be co-Qing with TK at Bomber on Friday, which is also #FriendlyFriday. Let’s get those EHs going and keep the momentum on the West Side going…

YHC turns 38 today, and the older I get, the more thankful I am for men like you who want more — and better — for their lives.

It’s an honor to hang with you.


Westeros 30 July: 14 PAX rinse and repeat Indian run and merkins

Westeros 30 July: 14 PAX rinse and repeat Indian run and merkins

14 Pax: Blue Mule (Q), Vector, T-Cell, ABC, Porcelain, Studio 42, Keep The Change, Right Said, Trapper Keeper, Crab Legs, Rocket League, Reveille, Bicentennial Man, Hi-Viz

Mid 70s with average humidity – about the best conditions you could hope for in the South in the summer.

Extremely simple Q.

Mosey from start to school circle.

Warm-o-rama: Squats, Willie Mayes Hayes, side straddle hops, imperial walkers, bumpkins, and arm circles to get the blood flowing.

Indian Run from School to Lover’s Circle — ~1 mile, mostly up hill.

Circle of Pain: 10 overhead arm claps in cadence followed by 10 merkins. Rinse and repeat, adding five repetitions each time. Stop when complete 30 repetitions. That’s 100 total exercises.

Indian Run from Lover’s Circle to School — ~1 mile, mostly down hill.

Circle of Pain: Rinse and repeat.  Brings exercise count to 200.

Sprint from school to parking lot.

… And that’s about all there is to it.


Blue Mule


Jazz in Music City


Making progress! I recorded the CoR this time….but it  didn’t save to my stupid phone, so let’s see how well I do.

Blue Mule, Princess Aurora, Crab Legs, B&B, Porcelain, Vector, Hi-Viz, Right Said, Bad Boy, Trapper Keeper, Studio 42, Harvey Updyke, and Voucher. (Thanks for the assist Vector!) I swear, one day I will get the HC right.


I figured it was time for the guys to get a taste of what I do for the army, so it was all about the Jazz this morning. Crab Legs brought out an FNG (B&B), so disclaimer happened as soon as we started a mosey at 5:30. After that, we circled up for:

Windmills x10, LBAC x 10, Seal Claps x10, OH claps x10, RLBAC x10, Willy Mays Hayes x10, Good Mornings x10 OYO, then mosey on to the soccer field


Lined up on the outside of the field to learn a couple musical terms:

Jump squats x10

Alligator Merkins x10

Zombie Crawls x10

Zombie Walks x10

2 rounds total to make sure they fully grasp the wonder of Jazz. Now that we’ve got the main genre down, let’s learn about some subsets of jazz:

Body Builders x10

Lt Dans x10

Up Straddle Hop x10

E2K x10

Stagger Merkin x10

Ipod got stuck on repeat, so we got to listen to a round of blues twice. Then studied a bit of:

Sumo Squats x10

Werkins x10

Imperial Squat Walkers x10

Non-Alternating Shoulder Taps x10

Gorilla Humpers x10

Of course, you can’t talk about jazz without studying one of the greats:

Merkins x10

Iron Mike x10

LBC x10

Elevated Merkins x10

Smurf Jack x10

Little to no mumble chatter, so the students must have been captivated by the music.

Now the interesting part: a little friendly competition with 1 round of Blue Falcon. 2 teams each have 3 minutes to come up with a workout for the other team. The team finishing last had a penalty of 15 burpees.

Team 1 created: Burpee Broadjumps x10, Manmakers x10, Hydraulic Squats x10, and Monkey Humpers x10

Team 2 put together: Burpees x10, Sprint to the end of the field, rinse and repeat 4 times with 1 final set of Burpees x10 at the end.

It was a close race, but Team 2 scraped by with a victory. They got to “rest” and do field sprints while Team 1 cranked out their 15 Burpee penalty.

Good workout today gents, and a hearty welcome to B&B! Vector asked to keep his family in our prayers as their son goes off by himself for a few weeks to camp. Also, please keep my cousin in your thoughts as she’s recovering, as well as my brother since he left yesterday on his second deployment.


  1. Stonewall is still happening Saturday even though there are a couple of other events going on the same day.
  2. TN CAN RUCK Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Touch base with Princess Aurora if you’re interested and haven’t signed up yet.
  3. Warpath takes place down in Franklin Saturday too. Feel free to double up if you’re feeling manly.


World Cup Westeros 7/2/2018

Apologies for the late backblast.

PAX: Third Person, Right Said, Vector, Crab Legs, Hi -Viz ,TCell, Hambone Voucher, En Fuego, Baptist, Rocket League (FNG)

QIC: Pop-A-Lock

Met at the new overhang/awning for a oddly-shaped circle warmup. It’s World Cup season, setting a theme for a wet and wooly Westeros.


Stuff. There were BAC, Seal claps, and other festivities.


Mosey to the field.

Forward, Reverse, Side shuffle, and Criss-cross halfway across the field. 3 burpees when you get there, 3 when you get back.

Quick mosey to recover.

4 full on sprints, one burpee at each end.

Mosey around the big field to recover.

Now that we’ve warmed up, time for soccer. Heavily modified Indian run – pax space out. Man in back dribbles the ball in between each pax. When he passes you, do three squats. Otherwise do SSH. Got through the line once before it was time to move on.

Next we move to the grinder portion. PAX count off, then partners do 15 Death-by-froggers. This entails PAX 1 in high plank, PAX 2 jumps over, crawls back underneath, does 5 merkins, then flapjack. Did in sets of 5. Total body crushing exercise.

Another modified Indian run – pax in back dribbles ball to front then leaves it for the back. Do around the field a couple of times.

Circle of love. All PAX in high plank. Pass soccer ball between pax. Every pass you do one merkin. If you miss you do 3 burpees. Halfway through switch to crab position. Pass with the feet. Every pass do 3 Alabama prom dates.


Props to Hambone for the very appropriate Rocket League moniker for our new, fast FNG.


7s & Double QPCs

PAX: Blue Mule, Reveille, Princess Aurora, Hambone, Bad Boy, Trapper Keeper, T-Cell, Voucher, Keep The Change

QIC: Hi-Viz

CONDITIONS: 73 and muggy. What else is new?


Mosey to the school’s front steps.

Good Mornings X 10 IC
Squats X 20 IC
Overhead Claps X 15 IC
Reverse LBACs X 15 IC

Mosey to the tennis court for a Quarter Pounder on the corners. Bear Crawl between each of the following:
25 Merkins
50 Mountain Climbers
75 LBCs
100 Plank Jacks
Plank and wait for the six.

Mosey up the hill and around to the side drop-off circle for 7s, It’s Jump Squats on one side of the circle and Burpees on the other. Plank and wait for the six.

We’ve got time, so mosey back to the tennis court for a reverse of the Quarter Pounder. Crawl Bear for extra measure.
100 Plank Jacks
75 LBCs
50 Mountain Climbers
25 Merkins
Plank and wait for the six.

Mosey to the parking lot.



-Friendly Friday is this week. Vector has the Q at Bomber. Would love to see a good crowd and some new faces, so let’s give it away and get those EHs going.
-Still time to get signed up for the TN Can Ruck. See PA for details.
-Sorry to hear Rev’s cousin faces more injuries than first thought. Keep her and the family in your prayers.

Excellent work this morning. Always good to spend time with you guys.

If you’re looking for a new podcast, I might suggest the F3 Podcast, which has recently — it seems — been relaunched. I’ve been listening to it during my morning commute and would definitely recommend it. A lot of good principles about leadership, integrity, and living beyond yourself, plus some practical advice on getting the most out of — and more importantly, giving your best to — F3 and the men in our community.

SYITG. Viz out.

440 on the 440 and Double the AO’s

YHC was planning on rain. Didn’t happen. What a glorious treat.

12 showed for a little exploration of the recently completed 440 Greenway.

First we did a quick COP in the Great Lawn. WMH, GM, SSH, Squat, and Merkins. It was quick. Needed to get moving. I had no idea how long that sucker was going to be. Felt like an Aunt Bea Q.

We started at what will now be the official Westeros launch point at the Greenway entrance. We did 10 Merkins, 10 Squats. 10 Little Baby Crunches, and 10 SSH. This 40-pack would be repeated 10 more times (11 total sets)

We headed down the 440 Greenway, stopping occasionally for the 40-pack. Ultimately, in maybe what had not been accomplished since Ironclad 1.0, we arrived at Titan. Circled back and finished our 40 packs at the start. For those who weren’t tracking, we did 440 of the exercises. Greenway is approx 2.5 miles. Helpful to know for any future Ironclad events.

Wrapped up with some Mary.


  1. Wednesday is Mickey’s last day before he heads to Chapel Hill. Let’s send him out with a bang.
  2. Continued prayers for Vectors father plus Reveille’s brother and father. One is deploying to Russian border and father is coming home.
  3. GREAT having Harvey Updike back out. With Voucher appearing, enjoy seeing so many new-old faces. Who knows, maybe The Mighty Stork  is coming back next.


PAX:  Blue mule, En frego, Hi viz, Crab legs,  Vector,  T cell,  PA,  RIGHT SAID,  Bad boy, Porcelain, Trapper Keeper, Bicentennial Man, Revelry

13 PAX learn a lot more about Fatherhood this morning. Strength, Patience, and Endurance was all tested.

Temp: Cool 73 degrees with 80% humidy.

Warm up with a quick mosey around the neighborhood. New homes going up if anyone is interested. Medium price ~$800k…

COP: SSH x 30 IC, High Knees x 30 IC, Merkins x 15 IC, Mountain Climbers x 20 IC, Willy Mays x 15 IC Each Leg, Good Mornings x 15 OYO.

Each exercise represented a point in a fathers life where he would feel such pain or exhaustion in a muscle group. After each exercise, PAX completed a sprint up the hill with a mosey back down to complete the next exercise.

F – Fast sprints x 3
A – Air presses  x 60
T – Single Leg Thrusters x 30
H – Monkey Humpers x 30
E – Elbow plank progression
R – Reverse Lunges length of hill
H – American Hammers x 30
O – Overhead Claps x 60
O – Overhead squats x 30
D – Dips x 50

MARY: Fludder Kicks x 30 IC, LBC x 30 IC, Nolan Ryans x 15 IC Each arm


This Tuesday, June 19th, Send off for Crawfish, Third Person, and Mickey Mouse at Edley’s in Sylvain Park @ 8pm.

Tin Can Ruck – See PA’s announcement on Slack.  ~6 hours or running starting mid-Saturday morning, July 21st.

It was awesome to lead you men this morning!

That Sucked – Westeros 6/11/18

13 Pax at Westeros this morning

QIC – Reveille

Pax – Bad Boy, Third Person, Trapper Keeper, Hawkeye, Crawfish, Blue Mule, The Baptist, Porcelain, En Fuego, Right Said, Crab legs, and

Light mosey to the drop-off pad for WOR

  • x10 Windmills
  • x10 Bat Wings
  • x10 Merkins IC
  • x10 Imperial Walkers

Mosey to the soft, dewy grass for the “My daughter called me fat” workout

  • Circuit 1 (5 rounds)
    • x15 Shoulder Taps
    • x10 Merkins IC
    • x10 Merkins OYO fast as possible
    • rest
  • x10 8-count pushups
  • 7 rounds of “Lizzies” (burpees done like Liz Llorente)
    • 1 min on
    • 30 sec rest
  • Circuit 2 (2 rounds)
    • x20 Squats
    • x20 Jump Tucks
    • x20 Lunges
    • x20 Plank Jacks
  • Crowd Surfing!

Mule-paced mosey to AO to end with strecthing

Few notes: Tuesday 6-19 there’s an 8:00 pm meetup to send off 3 of our pax. Brew ruck registration is live. See Princess Aurora for details. Keep En Fuego’s wife in your prayers as she goes in for an outpatient procedure.

Ultimate Warriors

The Pax: T-Cell (Q), Right Said, Firefox, En Fuego, Trapper Keeper, Hawkeye, and Porcelain. (TEAM BLACK SHIRTS)

Princess Aurora, Reveille, High Viz, The Baptist, Pop A Lock, Third Person, Hambone (TEAM COLORED SHIRTS)

I’ll explain the teams in a moment. Perfect conditions. Dry field. Record breaking Westeros crowd. Today was ripe for Westeros Ultimate Frisbee Game 1.

YHC got caught at the wrong light and came in hot, like 5:31 am. Not good. Luckily Firefox was rolling in just as late with the customized T-Cell frisbee and cones.

The Thang:

Quick mosey around to the school and down to the great lawn. After some SSH, Squats, Merkins, WMH, and GM, we got down to action.

Was grateful to have a perfectly outlined field of play ready to go. All we had to do is throw down some cones, explain the rules to Reveille, and then divide up. Shirt colors made it easy.

Normal rules applied, except every drop pass was 5 merkins for everyone and for every goal scored against your team, 3 burpees that built. Plying to 7. Let’s kick this off.

Quick Game 1 Recap – The Black Shirt were machines. Firefox clearly had some sort of “don’t guard me” shield around him because it was 3-0 before the put a body on them. I think at 4-0 the Black Shirt started doing burpees with TCS. Eventually it was a 6-0 lead before TCS got on the board. Final of game 1 was 7-1. We all did burpess because although TBS was dominant, we were also empathetic.

Quick Game 2 Recap- Swapped Firefox for Reveille. TCS came out firing and took a 2-1 lead. TBS tied it up at 2-2. It was 6:15am, so next score won. Right Said threw a beautiful pass to YHC for the win.

Team Black Shirts goes 2-0 for the morning.

Despite a little ultimate rustiness, it was a lot of fun. Got about 5,000 steps in and 2.35 miles, so covered some ground along with some merkins and burpees. Won’t be the last game of the summer.


IronClad is in full swing. Good to have Hambone and Pop A Lock make a visiting Q. Still not to late to sign up, see the slack or holla at PA. Get signed up, even if it’s just for the patch (and the t-shirt!)

Friday is Friendly Friday across Nashville. YHC on the Q at Bomber and I’ll make it FNG-friendly. Your brother’s need this, so don’t be shy with the EH’s.

Love Is In The Air

Still emotional and on a high from the Royal Wedding, YHC decided to take the Pax up as high as he was for a trip to Love Circle.

Conditions were PERFECT for the 13 pax in attendance.

QIC: T-Cell PAX: Princess Aurora, Bad Boy, Trapper Keeper, Hawkeye, En Fuego, The Baptist, Porcelain, Right Said Fred, The Jeweler, High-Viz, Blue Mule, Reveille.

Mosey to tennis court to get this crew stretched out. Good Morning Apocalypse to start out, followed by WMH, SSH, Squats, and some little, tiny baby arm circles to wrap. We had a long journey ahead of us, so we took off from there.

After a LONG mosey to the top of Love circle and a moment to reflect on the beauty of a sunrise from the best view in Nashville, we paid some homage to the Royal Family. First up was King Phillip, in which we did 96 (his age) SSH’s and then made a loop round LC. Next up was the Queen (92) crunches and then a loop. Finally, we gave Prince Charles (69, his age!) due with some Monkey Humpers. A nod to not only his rumored past, but his somewhat monkeyish appearance. These were brutal.

From there we made the long mosey back via West End. All in all, we covered about 3 miles and were feeling every bit of it when we rolled back into Westeros.

Finished with a bit of Mary – Flutters and Freddie Mercury to finish.


  1. Great showing on Saturday at Sylvan Park fest. Probably good to do a few more of these, just need some better signage, etc.
  2. 4:13 kick-off on Thursday. Come out and support these guys!
  3. Stay tuned for a new AO on Tuesday’s led by En Fuego and Foggy Pirate
  4. Prayers for Jeweler’s mom who is sick
  5. Forgot to mention, but NO WESTEROS next week. Memorial Day Convergence at Concord Park.