It’s Not About You

Why do we post Back Blasts?
As my dad would have said to me when I was a kid, “Because I told you to!” Obviously, that didn’t work for me then and it doesn’t work for us now as GAM, grown ass men.
I have been thinking a lot lately about the importance of the Back Blast coming off the Memphis launch, a host of new and reworked AOs and a great Nantaan call recently.
As I understand them, the Back Blast is the following:
  • A recap of the workout
  • A place to recognize those who posted
  • A way to track numbers and growth
  • A way to commemorate a break through
  • A way to commemorate someone splashing merlot for posterity
  • A way to make announcements
  • A way to document new and different exicon from the PAX
  • You’re a leader and part of Qing a workout is writing the BB
I’m sure there’s more on that from DREDD & OBT in Freed to Lead but I can’t get my hands on it right now.
All the above is great and I wholeheartedly agree with #1-8 and with the Nantaan of the Nation and the Great Weasel Shaker at WWHQ in their excellently penned Freed to Lead (which I still can’t find). But to me, the real reason we post the BB I realized today when I got a text from country code +44. At first glance I thought it was spam. Upon further inspection, it was from the one and only Scribe of F3Nashville Faulkner. So, without blabbing on, here’s what he wrote (I edited the very end)
“Been doing three F3 workouts a week by following the backblasts. Off days I run 4 miles. Miss the camaraderie and spiritual support. Tell everyone I said hey. Praying for those mentioned in backblasts, particularly the Kemps. Glad to see how F3 is growing … In this pic, I just finished Edible Arrangement’s latest Qed workout. The park I work out in mainly behind me. Hope you’re well.”

The title of this post is from the people at GoRuck.  I was constantly reminded of this over the past weekend in the 9-11 Memorial Ruck.  Ultimately, the BB isn’t about us being too busy, too lazy or too indifferent because it’s not about us and how we feel about posting the BB…it’s what someone else gets out of it.
So if not for #1-8 and for F2L, do it for the Faulkner’s, the Rooms2Go and others that find themselves DR for an extended period of time and that miss y’all, that miss F3Nashville and miss the 15 Burpess every minute for 10 minutes from that jerk Funyuns!

The Gauntlet

5 August 2017

QIC: Bagger Vance

PAX: Cowboy, Catfish, Pussy Cat, Beggar, Family Jewels, FNG Boss Baby, BV

unseasonably cool as the 5 redpillers took to the lot at Annex.

Mosey’d through the lot w some side shuffles, high knees, butt Kickers and what have you.

Circle up back at Greenway entrance and give Beggar and Pussy Cat a lesson on 0700 not 0705

circle up for WOR:


IW, HB, GMA, Squats, IW X 13 IC


PAX partner up for a Run through the Guantlet i.e. the entire ROTC course. Pax instructed to shotgun start the course. Each pax to complete course. You could skip any station w a 20x OYO merkin penalty or 10x OYO Burpee penalty. Any skipped station that had some length to it was to be Lt Dan’d.

Squat, Flutter Kix, LBC for 6

Thang Part II


with same partner, line up in a parking stall. Each team had to complete called number of exercises.   YHC was in stall 100, the rest spread down to YHC right side.

Team 1: 102 Squats, Merkins and 4 Ct Flutter Kix

team 2: 104 “, “, ”

Team 3: 106 “, “, ”

Team 4 : 108 “,”,”

Thang Part III

20s : step ups, Dirkins

20s : Dips, Irkins

Thang part IV


Squats w/ PCMB (1x) speed bump

Mosey back to Greenway Head for

4 MOM:

Plqnk o Rama

The Ladies of F3:

Ola Dolly


Laney Loo

Pam Anderson

J Lo


Numbers are steady w Annex.  Need to start more EH’ing up that way…lots of rooftops and lots of potential PAX to share the love with.

Welcome to FNG Boss Baby, coach at HHS and he seemed to secretly loathe our AO!

Keep up the good work out that way PAX!


Please keep the Wallaces in your prayers.  John is having the second of the two part amputation surgery tomorrow.  I didn’t make it by there this weekend but we did take his kids to church today; Anne Lacey seemed to be in good spirits and JW has been very responsive w me via text this weekend.

Continued prayers for the Kemps and sweet Job.  Please continue to lift them up in prayer for this tough, tough season.

Men, i urge you to fight for your wive’s hearts and desires.  Seek to die to yourself to live for her and your family.

Memphis launches on 19 August.  I will be traveling down that way to launch.  Please let me know if you have EHs in that area.  We will start at 0700 at Shelby Farms Park.