The 1975 World Tour

AO: the-castle
Q: SalPal
PAX: Snickers, Pink Slip, Strutter, hambone, Chunks, Pep, Dilbert
FNGs: None

WARMUP: Half-hearted SSH + squats

THE THANG: In honor of The 1975 (a shared passion of mine and Chunks), 4 sets of DORA, 75 reps each, each with a different method of travel:

Part 1:
Travel: Bernie Down/Run Back
– 75 Merkins
– 75 Air Presses
– 75 Dry Docks
– 75 Reptars

Part 2:
Travel: Broad Jump Down/Run Back
– 75 LBCs
– 75 Hammers (each side 1)
– 75 Mountain Climbers (each side 1)
– 75 Shoulder Taps (each side 1)

Part 3:
Travel: Shuffle Down/Run Back
– 75 Squats
– 75 Lunges (each leg 1)
– 75 Calf Raises
– 75 Apollo Ono’s (each leg 1)

Part 4:
Travel: Boo-Boo Bear Crawl Down/Run Back
– 75 WWIs
– 75 Burpees
– 75 Lt. Dan’s

Everyone got to part 4 at time, so we went back to startex for assorted routines to close.

MOLESKINE: PSA: Spotify Pleeb-ium throttles your max volume.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Lots going on in July: runs, launches, night moves, etc. Look at Slack. I’m your Q, not your personal planner. 2.0 support for Sunshine, see Slack for how to contribute.

COT: Praise for Snickers in the promotion, for my M and job search, for Sunshine and new 2.0. All other intentions spoken and unspoken.

Stay salty Nashville. Green Sally out.

The quiet return

AO: pain-train
Q: G-string
PAX: FLO, Timber, El Capitan, Pebbles
FNGs: None
Beautiful summer morning ending with an epic sunrise.

– inchworm walkouts to merkin
– runners stretch
– GOAT stretch
– High plank with five merkins following the mission and each core principle
– Mosey around the track, pick up coupons and burden carry to playground

Thang 1: E2MO2M
every two minutes, complete the following
– 15 shoulder presses
– 10 floor-to-ceilings
– 5 burpees over the block
Completed seven rounds. After the fourth round, add two reps to each exercise if finish before the first minute.

Thang 2: MOT race
Split into two teams. One person on the team raced while the other did block curls.
Race down the cones doing three MOTs on the way out then sprint back to start.
– alligator crawl
– Bear crawl
– Gorilla run
Winning team does 10 block leg extensions per leg. Losing team does 15 goblet squats.
Ran four races

To close it out, we did two rounds of ten SADs (slow ass derkins)

The media portrayal of dads is usually trash. Homer is a lazy idiot, the sultan in Aladdin is a doofus, Bluey’s dad is attentive but he “doesn’t remember the boring stuff” (sunscreen, floaties, essentials). Our kids need good, responsible men to look up to, and the stories we tell should reflect that. Right now, being the prince isn’t cool, and princesses have to do it all themselves.

We need to give our girls an image of good men, so they aren’t satisfied with bad men. And we need our sons to aspire to be heroes who can slay the dragon.

– TWO VQs next week at the Knoll!

– prayers were offered up

SKA is not only a musical genre…. it’s a lifestyle

AO: handsomizer
Q: Natural Ice
PAX: Freakonomics, Salami, Blueliner, Cuban Missile, Strutter, BCG (F3 Harrisburg PA), Detective Pikachu, Red Skull, Spinal Tap, Old Maid, Natural Ice
FNGs: None
The majority of my musical teenage taste was focused on Rock and pretentiously seeking out Indie music. However my punk rock friends and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 added a little SKA flavor to my Youth. After seeing this about Bart SKA-mpson, I felt inspired to dig into the genre and torture the PAX with my findings.

CONDITIONS: Amazing Sunrise

Mosey to the Stairs. PAX was informed that is the SKA man started yelling “Get it Up Get it Up Get it Up” we would have to stop what we are doing and run up the stairs…… spoiler alert that happened a few times.

SSH, LBAC, Seal Claps, Moroccan Night Clubs, OHP, Merkins
SKANKING – SKA version of an imperial walker – arms are more loose and your kind of hoping. Its a SKA thing…

Stair Run Race in pairs
Crossed soccer field with 2 lunges and a burpee broad jump, returned by SKANKing
Stair Run
Short 1 minute tabata – Reverse Lunges, Merkins
Stair Run
Bear Crawl down the soccer Field
Stair Run
Slow Alabama Prom Dates, Freddy Merks and Supermans
Stair Run, and second stair run to get the speaker 🙂

MOLESKINE: Its ok to like Bad Music, Dont Yuk the Their Yum

ANNOUNCEMENTS: July 8th at 7pm here at the Handsomizer location

Hunger Games Round 3 – BBQ and Board Games July 12 at 7pm at the Ice Haus

August 2nd Detective Pikachu is moving and needs your help. Beer and Pizza to be provided

COT: Praise for Detective Pikachu M getting a job at higher than asking salary

Cafe Prius


AO: thebuffalo
Q: greyalbum
PAX: Giving Tree, Sandlapper (David Suggs), @baconator, @duplex, @sweetnlow
FNGs: None

Seal Claps
Overhead press
Runner’s Stretch

The Thang:

11’s on Long Ave Hill

Ab Work
Crunchy Frogs
American Hammers
Flutter Kicks
Side Planks

Coupon Work on Bball court
Overhead Press Waterfall 10-1
AMRAP Rows, Curls, Chest Press


Sobriety, Adoption, Birthday


AO: the-knoll
Q: Sooie
PAX: AAA, Ex-Pat, FLO, morning stār, Pebbles, Sooie, Sparrow, Bumblebee (2.0), Barfly, WordPress
FNGs: 2 Barfly, WordPress
CONDITIONS: Cool, Humid, mist on the knoll. Perfect way to kick off the longest day of the year!

top to bottom
Yes/No/Maybe’s in cadence
Overhead claps
Don Quixote’s
Low slow squats
Slow merkins
Scorpion stretches

20 yard sprints between cones at 20%, 40%, 60%, 80%, 100% speed.
Team competition to pick up the most cones on the 120 yard sprint back.

War! Broke out the ol’ Deck O’ Cards, maintained the 2 teams from the cone competition. Proceeded to play war. Winning team did 1 of 3 exercises based on the color of the face up suits. Losing team did combination of exercises based on the suit.
J = 11
Q = 12
K = 13
A = 14
Winning team exercises:
:large_red_square: = air presses x total
:black_large_square: = Spicolli’s (calf raises) x total
:large_red_square: :black_square: = Imperial walkers x total
Losing team exercises:
:heart: = burpees
:diamonds:= WW2’s
:clubs: = dips
:spades: = squats

MOLESKINE: Had fun playing the game yet it reminded us of tensions, struggle, uncertainty, and injustice around the world. Shared Psalm 46 as a reminder of something more secure and more foundational than what we can see in the world around us.

:alert: VQ’s Next Week! :alert:
Sparrow Tuesday 6/25
FLO Thursday 6/27
Come out and show support!
Convergence at greenmachine 7/4

Prayers offered and lifted.

A morning with sooner

AO: middle-tooth
Q: sooner
PAX: Triple Pane, Betty Ford, Cowboy, Toothless, Pole Dancer, Rocket Mortgage, Oatmeal, starlord hook
FNGs: 1 starlord hook

WARMUP: we did some active stretching and opened up cowboys hips


First… Ab City
– 50 LBCs plus 25 leg lifts
– 50 LBCs plus 25 alternating leg lifts
– 50 LBCs plus 25 WW1

Second… Choose your own adventure
-pardner up
– player 1 runs the long way round to meet player 2 to finish exercises
– Player 2 run short leg to do exercise
– Alternate players
– Exercises were merkins, dips, iron mikes and jump squats

Third… Goaltimate
– Basically make it take it ultimate

I took too long in cot

ANNOUNCEMENTS: lots, we have a great nantan… Read his posts

COT: family, travel, praise for healing


AO: offthebooks
Q: Wolfpack
PAX: Wolfpack, Roboman, E-Z Go
FNGs: 1 E-Z Go
CONDITIONS: Perfection



Thang 1
11’s with 30 yard Coupon carries
– Goblet squat
– Iron Mike

Thang 2
AMRAP 4 rounds (30on 15off)
– Jump squat
– Mountain climbers
– Wall sits
– Lt. Dans

Visiting family in NC and got to run my uncle (Roboman) and a FNG through a F3 bootcamp. Decades ago I used to meet my uncle for weight training early in the morning. Awesome to still get at it with him all these years later.

Pizza and pool party tomorrow at Robomans.

COT: Fitness. Fellowship. Faith. It’s hard to go at these alone. Reminder to seek help where needed and lean on others for guidance.

90s Summertime

AO: the-knoll
Q: El Capitan
PAX: morning stār, Pebbles, Sooie, The Banker, AAA, El Capitan, Ex-Pat, FLO, Sparrow, Timber, Malibu, @fishbiscuit (2.0), @tonks (2.0), @bumblebee (2.0), @icebox (2.0), @nitro (2.0), @cookie (2.0), @spike (2.0), @fern (2.0)
FNGs: 4 @nitro (2.0), @cookie (2.0), @spike (2.0), @fern (2.0)
CONDITIONS: Humid, upper 70s

TUNES: 90s jamzz


My Climb Warm-up Routine
– downward dog / cobra
– power merkins (3x per side)
– deep calf stretch
– PE back stretch
– lower back stretches

– Mosey around back stop to center of field


Part 1: Duck, Duck, Goose on the Plank!

– Duck PAX are all planking in a circle. Tagger chooses a “goose!” who will sprint around the circle to return to their spot. Instead of chasing, tagger does 10x Side Straddle Hops. Whoever is last to plank is “it”. (We had several close races!)

Part 2: Water Balloon Challenge

– 16x reusable water balloons contain laminated slips of paper with various workouts & are hidden around the playground.

– All PAX will hold a squat while one looks for a water balloon. He or she may pelt the PAX with the water balloon upon returning. All PAX will perform the exercise written within. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Cool down: Mosey’d a caboose-is-loose around the-knoll, then convened at playground for three minutes of Freddy Mercuries.


– Count Off
– Name-O-Rama
– Welcomed aboard 4 FNG’s visiting Uncle Sooie’s family from Central Florida. All had excellent F3 name choices.


Black Lung & Hair Band to Co-Q a 4th of July convergence beatdown at greenmachine :flag:


“You are as important as you make another person feel.”
-Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

I am so grateful for the men who make the-knoll such a positive, encouraging place to get stronger. I encourage y’all to be aware of the “least of these”, to see each person as a unique individual made in God’s image who is worthy of respect. Rather than seek glory for ourselves, seek the good of others in quiet service, empathy, and kindness.

Closed in prayer.

It was an honor to lead y’all this morning! :el-capitan:

Tortoise & Hare v5

AO: thestronghold
Q: Red Skull
PAX: Hacker (Franklin), Judy, baggervance, SalPal, Chunks, Right Said, Decaf, Cabana Boy, Moon Walk, Tealfin, Midnight Club, Practice?, Night Light, Chef Boyardee, Cruise Line LifeSaver, Dr. Seuss, Skechers, Double Flush, Pick Me!
FNGs: None
CONDITIONS: The summer humidity finally found The Stronghold. It was a sticky 77 degrees at 0530.

WARMUP: Circle Up for the standard pre-run warm-up: SSH, IW, Squats, Stretches, WMHs.

THE THANG: Partner Up, Set a Goal, RUN!! Today we saw 5 new PRs! The runners were “All In” by 40:17. Our Rucker was in by 50:00.

MOLESKINE: It is easier to do hard things when you have a partner to encourage you.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Signing Day for this class is next Friday, 6/28 at 11:30. Come join us, celebrate the accomplishments of this class and enjoy some Hot Chicken and Mac & Cheese.

COT: Prayers for clear minds, strong hearts, wisdom and courage.

U.S. Open

AO: detention
Q: Grape
PAX: Accounts Receivable, Deep State, Donkey Hammer, Esposa, Mistah Mistah, Movin On Up, Winona, Works for a Guy, Pound Puppy, Lockjaw
FNGs: 1 Lockjaw
CONDITIONS: a little warm for sleeves

WARMUP: normal shoulder burner:

20 SSH
10 Imperial Walkers
10 Hillbillies
10 OH Press
10 OH Clap
10 Seal claps
10 Moroccan night clubs

THE THANG: Mosey to the hill and fake like we’re going to climb the hill all morning, then mosey to the shed to get some coupons

Practice hitting BOMBS
Blockees- 25
OH Press- 50
Merkins- 75
BBSU’s- 100
Squats- 125


Work on throwing DARTS
Dirkins- 25
APD’s- 50
Regular squats- 75
Thrusters- 100
SSH- 125


Just enough time for a short PUTT
Pulls- 5
Unders- 5
Thrusters- 5
T-Ups- 5

ANNOUNCEMENTS: hunger games coming up

COT: prayers for the PAX