Titan – 03.11.20 – “Lost at home”

9 HIM posted for an old school Q in YHC’s first Titan post since the park renovation began.

QIC: Princess Aurora

PAX: Black Lung, Cowbell, Crawlspace, DFrost, Drago, Right Said, Siri, Trap House

THE THANG:

Medium mosey to greet the ducks and COP at the circle by the lake:

  • SSH
  • WMH
  • SnL Squats
  • LBAC F/R
  • Hillbillies
  • Imperial Walkers

Hop to the circle by Lizzie the Dragon for some bear crawls in cadence with breaks at each lightpost for 10 squats. RnR x 7 posts.

Indian Run to the Hill of Sisyphus for 11’s with Hand-Release Merkins up top and Jump Squats at the bottom.

Mosey to the playground for a 3-set pull-up routine working off individual max.

Mosey back to start for 3MOM:

  • Boxcutters
  • Flutter Kicks
  • LBCs

COT/BOM

MOLESKINE:

It’s been quite some time since YHC graced Titan with his presence, but it was good to be back at one of the OG AOs. Even with the ongoing construction, there’s still so much the park has to offer, and a love affair with the hill was rekindled.

BULLHORN:

  • TAP for sick, injured, and those displaced by tornado.
  • Encouragement to be smart about COVID 19 and to keep momentum going with serving those areas damaged by the tornado.
  • Statewide convergence October 16-17. 2nd F Friday night with a workout at 0700 at Bicentennial followed by a speaker. Get it on your calendar now so we can show up big!

 

Atlantis – 3.12.20 – “Bears on the Brain”

8 PAX did that hard thing and got better together while dealing with YHC’s bear fascination as of late.

PAX: Bareback, Crablegs, Dfrost, Pop-A-Lock, Pumpkin Spice, Right Said, Trapper Keeper

QIC: Cunning Linguist

Gloom Factor: Mild to non-existent. One might legitimately argue that it was ideal workout weather.

INTRO:
At 0529, YHC called out that One Minute Warning and then exactly one minute later, the Disclaimer was given (well, more like stumbled through, but we made it). Then, a quick mosey (into a slight mud puddle — my apologies, gents) all the way over to the farthest reaches of the lower parking lot at Atlantis for WOR.

WOR:
15 x SSH
12 x LBAC
12 x rLBAC
12 x WMH
15 x SnL Squats

Next, YHC led a mosey to the near end of the parking lot for the first part of THE THANG.

THANG 1 :
Lately, all that YHC has been able to think about is “bears.” Literally. First, during the Moscow Mule workout at Westeros, we did tons of “Russian” Bear Crawls. Then, prior to the official cancellation of March Madness (now affectionately known as March Sadness),  YHC was thinking about my UCLA Bruins. And last but not least, I heard my buddy Cramer on Mad Money mention a “bear market” just last night. In other words, bears were everywhere in my mind. I had “bears on the brain,” one might say.

Because of this, our routines would likely include bear-related maneuvers, and the PAX would have to grin and –wait for it  — bear it.

I’ll be here all week, folks!

We started at the near end of the parking lot and individually performed Bear Crawls until the first lamp post.

Then, we sprinted to the second lamp post.

Next, we did Crawl Bears until the third lamp post.

Finally, we sprinted to the final lamp post. Rinse and repeat back to the start of THANG 1.

Simple, but effective.

After a brief countdown from 20-1, a mosey to the Bob Ross water tank for THANG 2.

THANG 2:
Partner up as 1s and 2s for DORA 1-2-3.
1s run around the water tank, 2s perform:
100 x Merkins
200 x LBCs
300 x Squats
Tag in and out until completion.

With some time leftover, we took another mosey, this time to the upper parking lot (near STARTEX) for a bit of an experiment (before which, Pop-A-Lock called out “I love experiments,” or something to that effect). In fact, this was something I heard was created by our buddies at F3 Nolensville. So, we began THANG 3.

THANG 3:
Bear Brawls
Keeping the same 1s and 2s from THANG 2, 1s get in Bear Crawl position, 2s put pressure on the shoulders of 1s for 3 rounds (and then alternating with each round).
Round 1, 50% resistance
Round 2, 75% resistance
Round 3, 100% resistance

This appeared to be well-received, as I heard some mumblechatter of approval amongst the PAX. If YHC played golf, he would likely give himself a golf clap right about now.

Then, very short mosey to STARTEX for Mary.

MARY:
15 x Flutter Kicks
10 x Alabama Prom Dates
15 x Box Cutters
10 x American Hammers
12 x Freddie Mercury

At this point, it was 0615, so we called it a wrap and circled up for COT/ BOM.

MOLESKINE:
Thank you to all who continue to show up when YHC is on the Q sheet. I continue to be humbled by the fact that you’d rather work out with me than ride the Peloton or go to the Y (not that there’s anything wrong with those things)!

BULLHORN:
-Thoughts and prayers were given for many folks, some of which were PAX-specific (including the Soft Shell Crab and the imminent Baby Pumpkin) and non PAX-specific.
-Congrats to Michelin Man and his M, as they had their “Training Wheel” this AM (and a Hat Tip to Bareback for the creativity).
-Let’s make a concerted effort to reach out to those who we haven’t heard from lately, as this coronavirus thing may be causing added anxiety amongst the PAX. Vector stated something similar in a recent Slack message of his, and YHC would like to second this concern.

This is your Colonel, signing off!
-CL

AdeQuate Q

Temp:32

PAX: In Picture

QIC: BV

WOR:
Ssh, WMH, Scorps, Cherry Pickers

Count off to 4s

Hell in a Cell
15 X
1s – 8 ct BB
2s – Lt Dans
3s – Burpees
4s – Squat Jumps

Bear crawl baseline
Crawl bear alleys

All in, head to parking lot for Curbies
15-1 decline and incline Merkins
Bear crawl and crawl bear to and from each side of parking lot.

All in, mosey 1/4 way down greenway

RNR
hell in a cell on my count w a couple twists.

Mosey 1/2 up hill for some PreMature Mary and more Merks

Hit the lot for 54 Squats and circle up for Right On Time

Mary:
Plank Progression
Flutter Kix X 50 IC
Plank some mo
Ola Dolly x 40 IC
GMA X 5 IC
Burpees on my count X 8ish

TIME

NMM:
Great to see the PAX turnout in support of our Beastside Bros.

So, YHC lost his Weinke on the way over and had to improvise the Q. Was hoping my tunes would jog my memory but sadly had to defer to Big Stick who threatened to take his tunes and go home (turns out we all wish he had).

The theme was going to be a running heavy Q but thankfully, we just got to chill on the top side of the Buffalo.

Was also gonna Russian Roulette the tunes between 400mHz white noise on repeat, Beethoven and a bluegrass version of Taylor Swift’s greatest hits.

The consensus of the PAX was the MacGaugh’s donuts were better than anything YHC or Big Stick had to offer.

BH:

Prayers up for the displaced and hurting people of Middle Tennessee. Please look to slack or the Beastside Bros for more ways to help.

Families that need our prayers : Fogartys, Duffys, Sinclairs and surely more.

Great to hang w y’all. Look forward to coming back again soon.

YHC,
BV

 

Gruesome Twosome

Gruesome Twosome

Temp: 32
Gloom: Nil

PAX: Deep Dish, Bagger Vance
QIC: “,”

Mosey up and around Sunnyside Mansion back to the parking lot.

WOR: SSH, IW, HB, GMA, WMH

Thang:

Run 1/2 Mile up to Midtown Church then back to Picnic Area 1 for 1 mile total.

100 Pull-Ups
200 Merkins
300 Squats

Run 1/2 Mile out Clayton them back to PA1 for 1 mile total.

Mary:
WWIing
Planking
Crunching (LBC & Happy, Crunchy, Froggy)
Olá Dolly
Big Boy Bicycles
More Crunching
Putin Pounding
More Planking

Time

NMM: There’s been many a day when I wanted to fartsack, when I figured I’d go on a solo ruck or whatever. That was the case again last night after seeing all of the other things happening today but I decided to nut up and Q. I am glad I made that decision as I had a full hour to hang with my man, Deep Dish.

It’s days like today that make me grateful for F3 and the HIM that I have gotten to know. Suffice it to say, Deep and I had a great talk about things that we all will face, have faced or are in the midst of. I encourage all of you to make that extra effort in the mornings when you don’t feel like it, you never know what you will learn from your Brothers and what you can share with them too.

BV

Last Dance 413 Class 001 2020

Sharknado
Temp : 32
Gloom : High

PAX: Red Skull, The Baby, Juicy Juice, GoalDLocks, Baby Joker, Benjamin Button, Dae Dae, Titan Man, Pop A Lock, Reveille, DanOSaur, Hot Route, Brother @Law, Pickachu, Bagger Vance
QIC: BV

Pretty somber crowd this am as we embarked upon the last workout for this class. Quick dispensing of the Disclaimer then a down to and through the STEM bus lot.

WOR:
SSH, GMA, IW, HB X 13 IC

THANG :
Sharknado
15 Burpees
20 Squats
20 Merkins
20 Pistol Crunches
20 CDD
Run lap

Lead lap got five rounds in. We Flutter Kicked and waited on the 6.

Mary :
Olá Dolly x 13 IC
5 Merkins
Flutter Kix x 13 IC
5 Merkins
Plank Progression
MC at a fever pitch so we argued into 10 Burpees called out by YHC.
AL Prom date RT leg up, LT leg up
Plank Progression

Time

NMM:
Hard work today men. Thank y’all for persevering. Proud of this class of 413 and how they have stuck with the program. #BreakTheMold

YHC,
🎒🐜

Stonewall – 2.22.20 – “Rage Against the ‘Wall”

5 HIM got after it in the below-freezing gloom on a Saturday morning to challenge each other and themselves by way of an out-RAGE-ously complex set of workout routines courtesy of YHC.

PAX: Care Bear, Crawlspace, TheJeweler, The Situation

QIC: Cunning Linguist

Gloom Factor: Legit, in a bone-chillingly cold kind of way. You know when you still feel like you’re freezing after 15 solid minutes of working out? Yeah, that’s the one!

INTRO: YHC rolled up at 0529 due to missing his exit on 440 and having to circle back to the entrance to Stonewall (which included getting stuck at a railroad crossing, I kid you not), and thus, the One Minute Warning was called out and YHC gave the F3 Fistbump to all PAX present.

At 0530, YHC gave a moderately verbose version of the Disclaimer and then set off on a Mosey to the Gale Lane Community Park (affectionately known as “The Circle” by some PAX) for our Warm-O-Rama.

WOR:

12 x SSH
14 x LBAC (oops, YHC was still clearly waking up here)
12 x rLBAC
12 x WMH
12 x SnL Squats

Then, one loop of the track and back to the starting location of WOR for our Theme of the Day: The recently-announced Rage Against the Machine reunion tour being held in various locations across the US in 2020.

Rage (or RATM, for the cool kids) was formed in 1991 — 29 years ago. And thus, we started on a Rage-themed routine for THANG 1

THANG 1:
The RAGE Routine
29 x Reverse Lunges
29 x Air Press (overhead)
29 x Gorilla Hummers
29 x E is for Burpees (because words are hard, people)
All OYO, with lap around the track between each letter in the word RAGE.
High plank upon completion

At some point during the aforementioned routine, a car pulled into the small parking area at this park, and it was difficult to discern what was going on inside. Be safe out there, folks (even in the broad daylight of the morning)!

Countdown from 30-1 was called out, then we moseyed back to the gazebo nearest STARTEX for THANG 2.

THANG 2:
DIDs (2 rounds)
15 x Dips
10 x Incline Merkins
5 Decline Merkins

Another countdown from 30-1, then Mosey to the main house at the top of the park for THANG 3.

THANG 3:
ATMs
10 (4-count) x Alternating Shoulder Taps
10 x Tempo (Slow and Low) Merkins
10 Fast Merkins

Another countdown from 30 to 1 was needed (desperately, as YHC was perhaps on the verge of Merlot Splashage at this point in the workout), then we got started on THANG 4.

THANG 4:
Modified Dora
OYO
50 x Merkins
Lap around the large house
100 x LBCs
Lap around the large house
150 x Squats
Lap around the large house
Al Gores upon completion

Mosey to Playground for our final THANG of the day.

THANG 5:
7s
6 pull ups
Mosey to fence at house on hill
1 jump squat
Countdown until we had to cut short for time (believe we ended at 3 pull ups and 4 jump squats) and Moseyed to STARTEX for Mary.

MARY:
All IC
10 x Flutter Kicks
10 x LBCs
10 x Alabama Prom Dates
10 x Freddie Mercury
10 x WWIs

At this point, the clock struck 0700 and we were good to go for countoff, COT, and BOM. Oh, and 2 runners (Black Lung and Right Said) appeared at around this time after putting in another solid 8+ miles this AM. Well done gents!

COT/BOM

MOLESKINE:
Always an honor to lead, and the Men of Stonewall put in a fantastic effort this AM. Thank you for letting me take point for an hour!

BULLHORN:
-TAPs for all families (including the Fogarty family) that are suffering right now.
-TAPs for TheJeweler and his M – ask him directly for more info if you wish to dig deeper into what this means!
-BOLO for Biscuit Run details on Slack – the event is next weekend!
-Same for the En Fuego-led CSAUP – also being held next weekend, BOLO for more deets on Slack!

As stated above, it is always an honor to lead you men! This is your Colonel, signing off!

-CL

Westeros – 01.27.20 – “Remembering Mamba”

12 PAX took the metaphorical court at Westeros for  a tribute to Kobe Bryant chock full of reps, mumblechatter, and pain.

QIC: Princess Aurora

PAX: Black Lung, BnB, Cowbell, Crablegs, Crawlspace, Drago, Harvey Updyke, Michelin Man, Pop-A-Lock, Porcelain, Vector

THE THANG:

Medium mosey to WEMS steps for a COP, all IC:

  • SSH x 24
  • SnL Squats x 24
  • Merkins x 24
  • Mountain Climbers x 24
  • LBAC F/R x 12/12

Quick mosey to the circle to huddle up under the awning and explain today’s main course: a five-round circuit (in honor of Kobe’s five rings) building up to 8 reps of each exercise in each complex.

Complex 1: Perform one Merkin followed by one Ab Thruster. Two Merkins followed by two Ab Thrusters. Repeat ascending up to eight Merkins followed by eight Ab Thrusters.

Complex 2: Perform one Lunge each leg followed by one Jump Squats. Two Lunges each leg followed by two Jump Squats. Repeat ascending up to eight Lunges each leg followed by eight Jump Squats.

Take a lap around the driveway and RnR x 4.

Those who finished all five rounds did Mary of their choice until time was called. Most had begun round five by this point, but it was time to mosey back to the flag for COT/BOM.

MOLESKINE:

This one was a real grinder. 180 reps each of all exercises, and the legs were on fire. Tclaps to all the guys for pushing it all the way to the end.

BULLHORN:

T&P for the Fogartys, Bad Boy, Hipster, Siri, and Michelin Woman.

PA out.

MAMBA Mentality

9 PAX including 2 Willy Lomans showed up to celebrate the life of Kobe Bean Bryant, employee #8, AKA Black Mamba, and the 9 total passengers aboard this weekend’s helicopter flight

QIC: En Fuego

PAX: Pumpkin Spice, Cowboy (Respect), Rock Drop (WL, Respect), Reveille, Burrito (WL), DFrost, Trapper Keeper, Money Shot

Conditions: Per Pumpkin, a degree outside of IC credit

Following welcomes and introductions to our WLs, a disclaimer, and assurances to Rock Drop that III Pillars was in fact not a running AO, we mosey’d over to the base of Mt. Covenant to set up WOR shop, in preparation for a workout that could be mistaken as a running AO workout.

  • SSH x 20
  • WMH x 15
  • LBAC x 15
  • Scorpion Stretch x 12 (PAX knew it was coming and delighted in it)
  • GMs x 10 OYO

The Thang:

Head over to Mt. Covenant where YHC tees up that we will be honoring the legacy of Kobe by tapping into our Mamba Mentality (per Kobe: “The mindset isn’t about seeking a result – it’s more about the process of getting to that result.  It’s about the journey and the approach.  It’s a way of life…And you have to work hard in the dark to shine in the light.”).  With that, we recognize his 20 seasons, two jersey numbers (8 & 24), 5 rings and commence with the following:

Round 1

  • Perform 8 Merkins; Bernie to first light pole up Mt. Covenant, run back for:
  • 8 Merkins, 8 Air Squats; Bernie to second light pole and run back for:
  • 8 Merkins, 8 Air Squats, 8 Mike Tyson’s; Bernie to third light pole and run back for:
  • 8 Merkins, 8 Air Squats, 8 Mike Tyson’s, 8 Bonnie Blairs; Bernie to fourth light pole and run back for:
  • 8 Merkins, 8 Air Squats, 8 Mike Tyson’s, 8 Bonnie Blairs, and 8 Alternating Leg Raises (aka flutter kicks, 4-count); Bernie to top of Covenant and hold plank / SSH for the six.  All in, Mamba mentality fully engaged, we proceed  to base of southern entrance of Covenant for…

Round 2

  • Perform:
    • 24 Merkins at base;
    • Run to the top of hill for 24 Merkins & 24 Air Squats;
    • Run back to bottom for 24 Merkins, 24 Air Squats and 24 total reps of Mike Tyson’s & Monkey Humpers (12 each);
    • Run back to top and in interest of time straight into 24 Alternating Leg Raises

All in, head back to shovel flag and time called upon arrival.  COT / BOM, with T&Ps for healings amongst the PAX, CCR and his family, TK adoption process this Friday, and Pumpkin and Crablegs for their Ms and upcoming 2.0 arrivals.

Moleskin

Excellent effort by the PAX – Mamba leading to 3.05 miles traversed with 51 stories climbed.   As previously coined by PA, those Driveway to Heaven suicides are brutal, especially when Bernied.   Great having Burrito & Rock Drop join representing Chattanooga and Lexington, SC.

Always appreciative of the opportunity to lead.  YHC will leave you with a quote Louisville basketball coach Chris Mack told his team when breaking the Kobe news:

“I told my team today how lucky we are to breathe, how lucky we are to have problems, how lucky we are to have one another.  Sometimes in the midst of all our problems we need to realize we’re having the time of our lives even if we don’t know it.  Find it in the little things man.  In things like driving your kids to school.  Like telling your son a bedtime story…”

En Fuego

 

 

1.22.20 “Ups and Downs” (The Racetrack)

Today’s workout was inspired by the chaotic ups and downs of our recent weather patterns. PAX experienced lots of elevation change during some gloomy low 20’s temps.

PAX: Umbrella, Bagger Vance, Boone’s Farm, Leatherneck, Toga, Not a Sport, Old Fashioned, Soft Serve, Ochocinco (QIC)

Disclaimer:
Started off on great footing (literally and figuratively) with some sage advice “modify at your own risk!” This foreshadowed 3 minutes into the mosey when YHC modified the paved track in favor of a shortcut through the grass–only to end up leading a few men into several inches of wet muck.

WARMUP:
Mosey through the park, up the grand staircase, and to the parking garage for some warm up exercises, including Good Mornings, Willie Mays Hayes, Toe Touches/Stretch and Hop Kicks (in remembrance of CCR who was home with a sick child).

THANG 1: (Ascent: Parking Garage Stairs):

Start at level 1 (1 burpee), then up to level 2 (2 burpees), down to bottom, then repeat all the way to the top (up and down) stopping at each level for said amount of burpees, to level 6.

THANG 2: (Four Corners at the Top)

  • Corners 1, 2, 3, 4: SSH x 25 each corner OYO
  • Long sides: mosey to next corner
  • Short sides: side shuffle to next corner

THANG 3: (Descent)

We worked our way down six levels of the garage, stopping at each end to perform 5 slow and low merkins. Alternated methods of movement from one end to the other, including sprints, back-pedals, bear crawl, lunge, Lieutenant Dans, and side-shuffles. At the bottom, mosey back to the grand staircase by the park.

THANG 4: (Grand Staircase / Reverse Jacob’s Ladder)

  • Run down stairs; 7 jump squats; Run back up
  • RnR (decrease reps by one each round)
  • Cut short for time (only finished 3 rounds)
  • Mosey back to start for Mary and COT

MARY/COT

  • Plank alternates (High, elbow, low) for 30 seconds each
  • 10 WWIs OYO
  • 20 LBCs OYO
  • 20 Prom Dates OYO
  • Finish with Good Mornings

2nd F Backblast – Inaugural Gentlemen’s Dinner

On January 16th, 18 PAX gathered at Jimmy Kelly’s steakhouse in Nashville for the Inaugural Gentlemen’s Dinner. The turnout was a mixture of Nashville region guys and The Strenuous Life men (from the Art of Manliness platform). Pax in attendance were Toothless, Bareback, Laff Track, Princess Aurora,  Hipster, Blue Mule, Cub Cadet, Vector, Hambone, Pop-A-Lock, Crawlspace, Hi-Viz, Harvey Updyke, and Reveille.

We kicked it off with a few drinks and brief introductions, then opened up with a toast before sitting down for some appetizers. We then went around the room to make introductions and tell how we each received our names. Scott wowed us all with his gift of custom-made poker chips with his TSL class logo and motto (The Black Jacks) represented.

Steaks were then presented in exemplary fashion, and another toast was given by Pop-a-Lock to recognize Hambone for his work as Comz director. The evening was so much more than we could have anticipated. The meal was exquisite, but it paled in comparison to the camaraderie and fellowship felt by all.

Thanks to all of you for making this happen!