NEVERLAND Nitro 44’s

THE SCENE: “neverland,” new rockin AO far from midtown. 76 and the air was nearly digestible. 11 men, three sets of 11’s, nitro coffee at Crave. 

Welcome: I am not a professional

You are participating at your own risk

You are responsible for your own wellbeing

You are here voluntarily, and you are not paying to be here

Know your limits and do the best you can, all exercises can be modified and are only suggestions.


20x SSH, 20 Imperial Walkers, Arm Circles 10 front 10 back (holding lunge position), 8 Merkins in cadence, 6 Squats in cadence.


This is mostly borrowed from a Knoxville workout I posted to on one of the coldest days of the year. Things have gotten sweatier since then.


11’s: box jumps and merkins (nothing in between). Plank variations for six.

Partner of similar size, partner carry from playground to flagpoles and back.


11’s: Burpees and big boy sit ups. Nothing in between. Flutter for six.

10x Flutters in cadence.

Bear crawl inchworm through two rounds of 11 PAX.


11’s: dry docks and lunges, pulling Sue the Log from one end of parking lot to other. Pull Sue as many or few times as you want.


25x Freddy Mercury.

11 Pax, 2 FNG’s: Shoestring, Smee, Bruce, Woodpecker, Soybean, Tool Time, Anklet, Zima, Hitch, Tiger Lilly, Four Eyes



God loves us, doesn’t get frustrated with us the way we get frustrated with ourselves. My son has been trying for so long to pull his own pants up and can finally do it without getting them uncomfortably twisted. I watch, I love him, I do not think less of him. When I forget to calculate closing costs for selling my house or make other make other mistakes, God does not love me less. Rest in that love.

Really wasn’t trying to hold your hand, @tigerlilly . Welcome, and see you at GrowRuck….

@smee , fantastic work. Hope you’ll keep posting, for the workouts or the nitro coffee.

Neverland is a cool place.

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Roadtrippin’ to Neverland

It started last week when Toms and YHC were discussing how we both needed to be rucking more before bootcamp. We checked our schedules, and I was signed up to Q at Neverland. YHC proposed a road trip; Toms tentatively accepted. 

Fast forward to Monday. We settled on a meeting spot and time. YHC blasted it on Slack hoping for some other East Memphians who could split gas and driving. We’d meet in a back alley at 0422 and depart at 0423 in order to make the 0450 ruck. Total radio silence. Undeterred, YHC set the alarm for 0354 (every minute counts), and another for 0355 (always set two alarms). Toms and YHC rendezvoused at 0422 on the nose. Toms brought snacks (leftover calamari from a fancy pants work dinner he endured the night before). YHC brought the tunes (Pet Sounds, naturally). Gas tank said we had 118 miles to empty. Would that be enough?? We said a prayer and rolled out – 0423 on the dot. 

Along the way, we discussed work and calling. We were raised on a promise that we’d have the opportunity to do work we are passionate about, or work we’re “called” to do. Most people in the world don’t get that opportunity. We Americans have so much choice that it can be paralyzing. Am I in the right field? Is this what I’m meant to do? I think the Sky Q would say it doesn’t really matter. Work hard, stay humble, and love your neighbor. If you enjoy what you do, that’s great. If you don’t, you have to endure, but only momentarily. YHC is blessed to be surrounded by a contingent of PAX who are enduring together. Life can be miserable at times, but it doesn’t have to be lonely. 

We rolled into Neverland at 0447. Dark. Alone.

The silence was broken by an Avalanche completely wrapped in Green Monster signs. It was Choker, there to ask us if we were registered to vote, and also to ruck. There’s no better way to start a Tuesday.

After the ruck, YHC greeted Zima and Major. YHC found out in the COT that Major was an FNG and that’s just his real name. YHC got to meet Flobee and learned about his namesake. FNG Tool Time pulled up at 0529. We got started 60 seconds later.

Did that.

SSH x20, Daisy Picker x10, IW x15, Hillbilly x15
Mosey down the sidewalk and around the track, stopping to do merkins and flutter kicks along the way.

The PAX were divided into 4 groups (3 pairs and a lonely Q). YHC had four cones set up – two at the bottom of a hill, two at the top. Group 1 started at Cone 1 with 10 burpees, then bear crawled uphill to relieve Group 2 at Cone 2. Group 2 started with AMRAP CMU overhead presses until relieved, then lunge-walked to relieve Group 3 at Cone 3. Group 3 did AMRAP squats until relieved, then crab-walked downhill to relieve Group 4 at Cone 4. Group 4 did AMRAP CMU curls until relieved, then power skipped to Cone 1 and did 10 burpees. Etc. 

We completed one full rotation. For time, YHC had the burpee group say “Go” when they started their bear crawl, and all groups rotated at once. We got through two more rotations. 

The arms were begging for more, so we had to give it to ’em. We grabbed the CMUs and occupied the gazebos near the playground. Dips and CMU skull crushers – sets of 20, 15, 10, 5. 

Although YHC was totally soaked in sweat, I still prefer no rolling around in wet grass. The dew was very heavy this morn’, so we moseyed over to the stage for Mary. 

BBSU x20, Pickle Pounder x10, J-Los x10, Hello Dolly x20, Rosalita x20, LBCs x27 (time!)

7 PAX (2 FNGs – Private and Tool Time)

It’s always tempting to fartsack a workout. It’s also tempting to fartsack work or your responsibilities as a husband and father. There are people in your life counting on you to be engaged and deliver. Build some mental toughness and do the work.

Prayers for Alex and Magen (friends of Tool Time) who lost their baby. Prayers for all affected by the cave incident in Thailand.

Not much mumblechatter today cause the PAX were either putting in work or cursing YHC under their breath. The last few dips/skull crushers almost kilt me. Neverland is a great AO with great hillage, lots of wet grass, and a handful of exercise stations of questionable use. T-CLAPS to Tool Time and Private for ringing the first bell. You’re only an FNG once. 

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K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Stupid

THE SCENE: Beautiful 72 degrees


SSH IC x20
Daisy Pickers IC x20
IW IC x20
Deep Squats IC x10
Mosey to the amphitheater stage.

Super 21
1 Merkin / 1 BBS
2 Merkins / 2 BBS

21 Merkins / 21 BBS
Pax moseyed up the hill to the gazebo after rounds 12, 15, 18, 20 and 21 to give our arms a rest.  It was futile.

American Hammers IC x30
Flutter Kicks IC x20
Gas Pumps IC x20

4 PAX (0 FNG’s)

When putting this workout together, YHC realized just how simple it was. Mainly Merkins and Sit-ups.  So simple, yet extremely effective.  It reminded me that many times, the Q will come up with extreme new ways to beatdown the pax.  Sometimes creating over complicated and confusing exercise routines.  This workout was simple(in construction, not execution).
This also reminded me that YHC can also overcomplicate my spiritual life.  God has called me to a simple life.  Love God and love others is a simple command.  YHC can make life difficult by adding unnecessary rules and expectations that make it harder on myself and those around me.  Loving God and loving others is the very foundation of my faith.  This was a good reminder to keep my focus simple.

YHC arms got smoked.  Those last 3 rounds really put a hurting on the pax.  All were sweating.  All were working hard.  Really loved going to Neverland!  YHC plans to make the visit often.  Excellent AO.  Also enjoyed meeting No Fuego, a true HIM.  I will definitely grab a brew with him some day.


GrowRuck is coming!!  Make the HC!!

Neverland Launch

THE SCENE: 76F and 91% humidity


Welcome given and disclaimer disclaimed.


  • SSH x 20 IC
  • Sprinkler x 10 IC (each side)
  • Slow Squats x 10 IC
  • Annie x 10 IC (each side)
  • Mountain Climbers x 10 IC

*mosied along track (~0.4 miles) to other side of park*


Charles Bronson
Two shovel flags and a tree were used.  A tree was used as a start marker.  A shovel flag was placed  ~100 yards out, and a second flag 10 yards out from second flag.  PAX performed 50 SSHs at starting point, sprinted to second flag, army crawled to third flag, and then mosied back to starting point.  Rinsed and repeated 50 reps each of merkins, burpees, LBCs, and squats.

*mosied along track (0.3 miles) to start*

Leg Wrecker
Two flags were placed 25 yards apart.  PAX split into 2 groups with Group 1 at 1st flag and Group 2 at 2nd flag. Group 1 performed Lt. Dan’s until they reach Group 2.  Group 2 holds Al Gore.  Upon arrival, Group 1 holds Al Gore while Group 2 performs Lt. Dan’2.  PAX performed in reverse half-way through.  Rinsed and repeated until time for Mary.

Bring Sally Up
PAX circled up and YHC played “Flower” by Moby. PAX performed squat by going down on “down” and up on “up”.


  • Hollywood side crunch x 15 IC (each side)
  • Hello dollies x 20 IC (fast and slow count)
  • ABCs IC

19 PAX (3 FNGs and 1 Willy Loman):  Bruce Wayne, Zima, Short Timer, Green Monster, No Fuego, Soybean, Rabbit, Phat Pat, Carport, Slim Shady, Sleep Number, Choker, Woodpecker, Orange Julius, Flobee, Swingline (Willy Loman from F3 Johnson City), Snap-On (FNG), Bounce House (FNG), and Roundup (FNG)

Some people have the mindset that they are dealt bad hands or feel sorry for themselves that they are too tired dealing with everyday activities and give up.  The apostle Paul reminds us in Philippians 3:14 to “Press on toward the goal”. There are many men and women who refuse to get bogged down in their everyday activities or to allow past events or failures hinder their future goals and endeavors. Don’t focus on the past. Get so involved in the tasks at hand (whether its your family, your job, or even posting) that you are too preoccupied in getting what needs to be done, that you forget past hurts or concerns.  Paul lived a full and productive life  and as he says in 2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith”. Go out and seize the day and give every aspect in your life everything you got. Rewards go to the finishers.

Outstanding numbers for a Neverland launch!

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