I am not a polar bear

THE SCENE:  33 degrees with a spiteful wind.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER  Check.  Chioccetti even repeated it back mid-workout.


SSH x 15 IC
Imperial Walkers x 12 IC (I don’t know if it was supposed to be 10 or 15.  All i know is a strong gust of wind temporarily numbed my brain.)
Squats x 10 IC
Daisy Pickers x 15 IC
Arm Circles x 15 IC  (It was around this time Four Eyes arrived and performed an impressive medley of the exercises he had missed at 2.5x)
Reverse Arm Circles x 15 IC


Mosey to past all the puddles to Flicker Street.  Bear Crawl 1/3 of a mile to skate park, stopping every 30 seconds (ish) to perform Merkins x 5 OYO.  (This was cold.  Eventually our hands went numb.  We stopped maybe 2/3 of the way to perform SSH x 10 IC in hopes of returning feeling.  Then we almost got run over.  Good times.)

At skate park, perform the following:
–  Step ups x 5 OYO (2 is 1)
–  Elevated Pickle Pounders x 5 OYO (feet elevated)
–  Step ups x 10 OYO (2 is 1)
–  Elevated Pickle Pounders x 10 OYO (feet elevated)
–  Step ups x 15 OYO (2 is 1)
–  Elevated Pickle Pounders x 15 OYO (feet elevated)
–  Step ups x 20 OYO (2 is 1)
–  Elevated Pickle Pounders x 20 OYO (feet elevated)

Brief demonstration from QIC, then perform the following:
–  Dips x 5 OYO
–  Abyss Superman x 5 OYO (feet hanging off ledge) (justifier also hanging off the ledge, rather than crushed like hopes and dreams.. Four Eyes asked for clarification on this point a few reps too late for comfort.)
–  Dips x 10 OYO
–  Abyss Superman x 10 OYO (feet hanging off ledge)
–  Dips x 15 OYO
–  Abyss Superman x 15 OYO (feet hanging off ledge)
–  Dips x 20 OYO
–  Abyss Superman x 20 OYO (feet hanging off ledge)

Group up, perform 8-count body-builders x 25 IC

Mosey back to startex


Flutterkicks x 30 IC
Freddie Mercury x 30 IC

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA:  Moth Balls, Jail Bait, Four Eyes, Chioccetti, Toms

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:  YHC shared a thought from a recent sermon–that what we often define as “charity” is what the Bible defines as “justice”.  If I give food to the hungry, clothes to the cold, money to the impoverished, and lodging to the refugee, it would be easy think myself charitable.  God calls that something else.  If I don’t do those things, it is not that I am simply not being charitable–it is that I am not meeting the standard.  I am hoarding that which is not mine, to the detriment of those in need.  That is something far different than a lack of “charity.”  I would do well to keep that in mind.

MOLESKIN:  YHC was less than a good Q this morning.  Maybe it was the wind.  Maybe it was the constant sense of discomfort about safety while bear crawling through the street.  Regardless, my demeanor was less than confident.  Grateful for the opportunity to practice leadership with 4 HIMs this morning.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Lunch at WF East Memphis on Monday to discuss social justice.  Check Slack for discussion content and additional information.

Not a tragedy

THE SCENE: Perfect. Crisp and 50 degrees.
SSH x20 IC
Daisy Pickers x10 IC
Imperial Walkers x10 IC
Hillbillies x10 IC
11s – Captain Thor and Jump Squats

Merkin Max – do as many merkins as possible. Winner gets a break, losers do 10 burpees. Four Eyes cranked out 138!

Partner up – balance game. Best described with a video https://youtu.be/AwkInfe2I3o?t=150
Toms won but did sympathy burpees with the losers. 

Wall sit max (hands over head). Last man standing sitting wins. Snookie held out longest. Losers do 10 burpees

Flutterkicks x20 IC
Freddie Mercury x31 IC
From Rudy: “Since when are you the quitting kind? So you didn’t make the dress list. There are greater tragedies in the world.”

I didn’t have my best day yesterday. I got humbled a bit. However, there are greater tragedies in the world. We must be self-aware to appreciate the good things and not lose perspective when things go awry. 
Its worth repeating – Four Eyes cranked out 138 Merkins…
Captain Thor was not made with 11s in mind, but that’s a great combination. That’s the most I’ve ever done by a long stretch and it was both dreadful and delightful. 

This was my first time posting at the sandlot and it is a tremendous AO. 

All 7 PAX stayed for coffeeteria. 
Insert information about upcoming events, 2nd or 3rd F opportunities, and any other announcements.

Zombies vs. Humans

THE SCENE: A rather mild 58 degrees; however, a distinct chill lingered in the air. Visibility was limited and we had the unsettling feeling we were being watched. There had been rumors of tiny demons roaming the neighborhood demanding people give them candy. However unsettling the scene, the dark omen had not yet revealed itself, so we gathered our resolve and began…
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Standard F3 disclaimer with the added warning that we may not all make it back alive. The PAX understood the risk and agreed to proceed at his own risk and modify as necessary.
SSH x 20

Pushing up Daisy Pickers x 12

Squats x 10

Imperial Walker x 20

Hillbilly x 20

Merkins x 10

Mosey to the rugby field.


We arrived at our destination without incident and took a second to gather our composure. Just when we were beginning to feel confident that this gloom was going to go our way, Soybean said the words we had all been dreading:  “I just saw a shooting star.” YHC’s heart dropped. The dark omen. YHC looked at Soybean in horror as his face began to decay and his eyes adorned a mindless, bloodthirsty gaze. YHC turned to run and came face to face with Mothballs. He wore his normal grin, but this grin wasn’t his normal jovial smile. It was maniacal! Menacing! It said, “I want to eat your brains then splash merlot for fun.” YHC could see his features begin to decay as Soybean’s had, but I did not stick around to see the transformation. YHC ran for his life, then noticed Chioccetti sprinting beside me. “Good, I’m not alone.”

To successfully evade the zombies:

Sprint to the far end of the field- Perform 20 burpees

Sprint across the field- 20 BBSU

Sprint back down the field- Bear Crawl down the hill- 20 Merkins

Sprint to opposite end of the hill- 20 Get Ups- Crab Walk up the hill

Rinse and Repeat x 3

Zombies chased and tried to catch the humans.

Chioccetti and YHC were spent. We had given it all we had. There were times when we wanted to quit and give up but we kept each other going. The zombies would close in and we would narrowly escape. Finally, we came to crab mountain all we had to do was make it to the top, and we would be safe. As YHC started his assent, a cold, dead hand caught me around the wrist…

The Zombies won and everyone was on the verge of splashing so YHC decided to slow the pace. We traveled down the field in the following manner:

Zombie crawl (all arms no legs)

Lunge walk

Broad jump

Lunge walk

Bear crawl

Mosey back to STARTEX.

Choose your own fate Mary:

Soybean- Heels to the heavens

Chioccetti- Boxcutters

Moth Balls- Side to side heel touches

Bookworm- J-Lo & ABC’s
4 PAX (0 FNG) Chioccetti, Soybean, Moth Balls, Bookworm
YHC shared that it is better to just be sad than to be a sad clown. When we slip into sad clown mode and cover our pain with a fake smile, we fail to present with those around us. We can’t love them well or lead them well if we aren’t being real about how we feel. Sadness leads to acceptance, and acceptance helps us move forward and step into deeper maturity.
YHC had no idea how/if this would work but it was a lot of fun. Zombies and humans alike has extra motivation to push themselves and we all pushed our limits. It couldn’t have played out better, with the Zombies catching the humans on the last obstacle. Thanks to the PAX for indulging my nerdiness. Also, shouts to Soybean for needing rules to keep him from posting TOO MUCH! YHC needs rules to make sure he posts at all! What a beast.
I’m sure there are some but I forgot them.

Round the Bases

THE SCENE: Dark, crisp 45 degrees


Welcomed the PAX and introduced the FNG to the 3F’s. YHC reminded everyone about lack of professionalism and that they should push themselves, but modify as necessary.


Everything is IC unless otherwise specified.

SSH 30, Hillbillies 15, Daisy pickers 15, Monkey Humpers 30, Merkins OYO 15.

Before we moseyed the long way to the baseball diamond, PAX paired up and talked about encouragement and words of affirmation. YHC challenged them to think about the last time PAX received an encouragement, what was it about and what was said.

Once we arrived, in the PAX partners did total 100 Row pull-ups and box jumped up the bleachers (one PAX doing pull-ups while the other box jumped, then they switched).

Then, we moseyed into the diamond to begin the workout around the bases. Each Pax did 5 Burpees after completing a round of the following exercises.

  • Run backwards
  • High Skip
  • Wheelbarrow (switch with partner at each base)

After holding Al Gore until all in, we moseyed to Skate Park.

At Skate Park PAX alternated AMRAP Derkins and AMRAP Ierkins 30 seconds each. PAX completed 2 sets, then positioned around pool for Mary.

OOOOOHHHHHS IC x 25, Supermans 5 times holding for 10 seconds each, Flutter kicks x 25 (Passed to Jailbait). Then moseyed back to the parking lot where we finished by prepping for the APFT with Big Boy Sit Ups (each PAX had a partner who held the feet while exercising).

9 PAX (1 FNG Chewy)

YHC has been impacted by encouragement and thinking through the way leaders should be encouraging those around them. I challenged each PAX to think about one person who they want to encourage/affirm and one person they should encourage/affirm to build a better relationship.

Today’s workout was exciting for me. YHC has been challenged by running more frequently and the HIM that are encouraging slow PAX (like YHC) to continue to push through and build endurance. Also, bleachers are slick, probably won’t box jump those in the future.


Sand Bears, Burpees, & Broadjumps

THE SCENE:  Cool front hasn’t hit yet but grateful that we’re past the heat of the summer.  We were somewhere in the lower 70s and dry.

Side Straddle Hop x 20
Butt kickers 60 seconds
High Knees 60 seconds
Front Little Overhead arm circles x 10
Back Little Overhead arm circles x 10


Sand Bears & Burpees
We moseyed to the Beach Volleyball Pit and partnered up. One man on each side. Man 1 bear crawls the width of the sand pit while Man 2 does Burpees, when Man 1 reaches the other side, they trade. We did this mayhem until our arms were shaking (for about 20-25 minutes I guess).

Broadjumps & Lunges
We moseyed over to the Union Ave. on-ramp mountain and made our way up by doing a broadjump, 3 lunges, then another broadjump, 3 lunges, etc. We made it to the top of the hill then moseyed back down and around the skate park swimming pool.


Lay on your front with legs dangling in pool. Lift up your legs to 180 degrees, go back down to 90 degrees, rinse and repeat in cadence x 10

Turn over to your Six, make big circles with your legs with your feet going down into the pool and up into the sky.  Like the O in ABCs.  Toms made us do almost 40 of these.

James Bonds
On your 6 in seated row position (leaning back with legs about 10 inches off the ground) hold your hands in front of you like your holding a gun. Hold for 10 count and then slowly point your finger gun to the right for 10 count. Swing finger gun all the way to the left for 10 count and then back to the middle for another 10.

Lay on your six with legs dangling in pool. Lift up your legs to 90 degrees, go back down into the abyss, rinse and repeat in cadence x 10

Mosey back to start.

Mothballs, Toms, Soybean, Chiachetti, Jailbait, Crayfish

Do hard things.  Right now my hard thing is raising a 16 year old.  Hormones are raging, he’s going through some stressful things, and it is difficult to parent him to say the least.   Trying to remember what not to do from my memory of the reactive, conflict-generating style of my father, I’m seeking to find a balance of non-response for the sake of defusing while not running away or avoiding because it’s hard.  Several years ago when my kids were starting school (oldest was homeschooled in kindergarten and was starting at Campus School for 1st grade and my daughter was starting Kindergarten at Downtown Elementary).  This was stressful and anxiety-inducing for them and for my wife and I.  So I some how scheduled an out of town work trip the first week of school.  Looking back I see that I was unconsciously distancing myself from the situation because I wasn’t strong enough to deal with it, to be there for my wife, my son, and my daughter.  Today I’m seeking a different approach and praying to be present, not run away, and draw close to my wife and my God––especially when going through difficult situations.  My challenge for the PAX is to not run from hard things.  With God’s help and support of your brothers you are stronger and tougher than you realize.  Let’s take it one day at a time, one step at a time, and be there with the ones we love through their struggles and stress.


Four Portals of Tiger Lane

THE SCENE: It was dark and warm. In the distance, a gaggle of PAX were seen running down Hollywood, migrating south from the Old Forest.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: These happened, Cheesesteak! Get off my case!

We assumed the plank position, and YHC asked the PAX what they thought the concept of being a High Impact Man meant. We talked about making a positive impact on our communities and neighbors. Then we talked about how making an impact usually comes through intentional relationships.

Mountain climbers IC x16
SSH IC x20
Imperial Walkers IC x15
Hillbilly IC x15
Arm circles x10 frontwards and backwards

Pair up! PAX were instructed to discuss and name two individuals whom they want to impact in some way – maybe a child, maybe wife or girlfriend, maybe a neighbor. Loooooong mosey with your buddy to Tiger Lane – good chatter. 

At the Four Portals, we each selected a section of portal wall and did the following:

Jump-up burpees (burpee in front of the wall, jump onto the wall at the end of the burpee) x15
Derkins x15
Dips x15
Incline Merkins x15

Rinse and repeat with 10 reps then 5 reps.

Mosey over to grassy expanse for a little burpee catch-me-if-you-can.

Same partners, P1 heads downfield running backwards. P2 does 3 burpees then chases down P1. When P2 is caught, he does 3 burpees while P1 runs backwards. Etc until we reach the sidewalk at the end. Rinse and repeat going back the other direction.

Mosey over to fountain, whose walls are 2-3 times as tall as the portals. 25 derkins OYO.

Loooong mosey back to the rugby pitch with your partner. PAX were instructed to tell their partner one action they would take this week to impact the people they identified earlier. I said I would take my oldest son out somewhere to talk about becoming a man and being responsible and reliable. I also said I’d have a conversation with a widow at church about her finances and what kind of support she needs.

We stopped at the rugby field for some Mary.

Flutter kicks x30
Heels to the Heavens x20
WWI Sit-ups x20
American Hammers x20 (Thanks, Four Eyes!)
Burpee IC x10
Pickle pounder x10

AYG sprint back to start point.

8 PAX, no FNGs

YHC encouraged the PAX to follow through on the actions they talked about with their partner, and to hold each other accountable over the next week. 

The Sandlot never disappoints, mainly because the PAX never disappoint. Prayers for Alcy Ball Development Corp, who are trying to buy a house to use for offices. Prayers for the PAX to be active and productive at work and home. Some got Squatober reps in after the pic, then we headed to the nearest donut shop. 

Would You Rather?

  • THE SCENE: Cloudy, gloomy, and wonderful.
  • Hilly Billy IC x20
  • Daisy Picker IC x20
  • Laying Down Leg Bend Twist IC x15
  • Laying Down Heals to the Heaven x15

Lil Mosey to the billboard off Central.

  • Would you rather #1? 30 pull-ups, or 60 Bicycle Crunchers (or half and half) *at the end of each would you rather is the option to hold plank or Al Gore.

Lil mosey to the platform by the rugby field.

  • Would you rather #2? 25 Derkins, or 50 jump squats (or half and half)

Lil mosey to the goal posts.

  • Would you rather #3? Lunge walk, or Bear Crawl across the field (or half and half)

Lil Mosey to the bleachers.

  • Would you rather #4? 30 row ups, or 60 Big Boy Sit-ups (or half and half)

Lil mosey to the skate park.

  • Would you rather #5? 30 box jumps, or 60 regular push-ups (or half and half)
  • Would you rather #6? Run through the “dip” 20x-once across is one, or 40 dips (or half and half)
  • Would you rather #7? 20 burpees or 40 Supermans with legs over the ledge (or half and half)

Lil mosey around until we get back for Mary.


  • MARY:
  • Flutter Kick IC x30
  • Heal Touch IC x20
  • WW1 Sit-ups IC x20
  • Stretches- cobra stretch, child’s pose, leg bend twist and hold both sides

4 PAX, Bookworm, Chiochetti, Soybean, and Moth Balls
Healing takes work. If you keep running into the same struggles, the same issues, start digging to see where it’s coming from. There may be some things from your past, maybe even your childhood that you are stuck on that you need to confess to a brother and seek amends on.

Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Lamentations 3:40 NIV

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. James 5:16a NIV

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10 NIV

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 NIV


Taper Time

THE SCENE: a pleasant 75° and wee bit gloomy

SSH IC x20
Daisy Pickers IC x15
Daisy Shuffle IC x12
Hill Billies IC x15
Imperial Walkers IC x15
Tempo Squats IC x10
LBAC IC x10, Reverse IC x10
Mosey .5 mi
Sprint 50 yds.
Squats OYO x10
Four Eyes & Toms did 5 pull-ups on the rugby pitch crossbar

Mosey .25 mi
Dips IC x20
Merkins IC x10
Soybean & Chioccetti did 5 Git-Outs in the pool

Mosey .25 mi
Squats OYO x10
Mosey up the ramp
Arms-raised Squats OYO x10
Mosey down the ramp
Shoestring & Mothballs did 10 wet Merkins

Mosey .25mi
Crawlbear up a berm x 2

Mosey to the Sandpit
Sprint across sand (40yds), 5 squats, sprint back, rest (90 seconds)
Sprint, 10 squats, sprint, rest (60 seconds)
Sprint, 15 squats, sprint, rest (60 seconds)
Sprint, 15 Merkins, sprint, rest (60 seconds)
Mosey back to start

Leg stretches
Back stretches
Daisy Pickers
7 PAX (0 FNGs): Mothballs, Chioccetti, Soybean, Toms, Shoestring, Foureyes, Hitch
The Q spent last night doing some menial chores and complaining to his M about how the next 3 months won’t afford him a break. Work, travel, kids, life in general, it’s all just cramping his leisure! Convicted by his own whining the Q was compelled to admit to his lack of manliness and his blatant disregard for the Lord’s Sabbath, an entire day intentionally set aside as a break, for rest.
Upon realigning himself this morning through some brotherly work, the Q is committing himself in the accountability of his brothers to intentionally observe the Sabbath over the next 3 months and quit bitchin’ about not getting breaks, especially to his M, whose job is much harder than his.
God gives us work just as He gives us rest. Isaiah 40:30-31
Never stand across from a Ranger Panty-clad PAX during Hill Billies.
Rugby Crossbars are way up there.
It’s way easier to watch Git-outs than do them.
I should have made the Wet Merkins into Wet Hand-release Merkins.
Crawlbearing uphill is the pits.
0 burpees today, your welcome.
GrowRuck12 is this weekend. We still have room during the Ruck!
F2nd event Friday 7-10P at Carolina Watershed Brewery (OYO tab)
F1st event Saturday 7-8A at ECS Dredd-led beatdown
F2nd event Saturday 8:30-9A at ECS after beatdown, breakfast (bring $3 if you aren’t signed up for GrowRuck)
F3rd event GrowSchool 9-11A at ECS great chance to soak up some leadership wisdom
CSAUP event GoRuck Custom Tough 6P-death at Tom Lee (sign up! if not, come support Old Ballz O Positive as he supports the Cadre, drink beer and throw shade, under no circumstances should one encourage the PAX…at all)
F3rd event Worship after patching led by Foureyes, presumably at Tom Lee

Fire Station Remembrance

THE SCENE: Refreshingly cool 62 degrees.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER Disclaimed: All advised to modify or stop as necessary.
Imperial Walkers IC 15
Hillbillies IC 15
Big arm circles (forward and reverse) IC 15
Overhead claps IC 15
Windmills IC 15
Bodies hit the floor
Bodies by Drowning Pool (3:21)
Start in plank position. When the song says “Let the bodies hit the floor” do a donkey kick (26 total). When the song counts (1,2,3,4) do a Merkin (21 total). Always plank when not doing Donkey Kicks or Merkins and never let your bodies hit the floor.

Mosey to the rugby pitch
Partner exercises as follows:
Bodybuilders 10
Lunge walk
1 leg merkin 30
Crab walk forward
BBS 100
Bear Crawl
LBCs 300
(modified to lunge walk as the only mode of transportation after Jail Bait found broken glass over the field)

Mosey to the parking lot of Memphis Fire Prevention North
Each Pax took a remembrance stair climb to the top.
Discussed the importance of remembering 9/11 and the particular events that surrounded that day. Asked the Pax to reflect on where they found themselves when they first heard the news.

Mosey back to Startex/Endex in purposeful silence.

Shoulder taps IC 15
WWI situps IC 10
Flutter kicks IC 20 (Moth Balls)
Hello Dolly IC 20 (Jail Bait)
Freddie Mercury IC 25 (Commando)
Shoulder blasters (because they never fail to make YHC fail)
Plank final 20 seconds

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA4 Pax, no FNGs  Commando, Moth Balls, Jail Bait, Orange Julius
Discussed the importance of remembering the events of 9/11. Should we, our children, or our grandchildren forget, then something similar will happen again.
Each Pax reflected on where they were the day it happened. Each of us had a similar yet uniquely different experience. The clarity with which we are able to recall those events down to minute detail is always startling.

Prayers for Commando, currently undergoing changes in employment that have resulted in some uncomfortable yet necessary conversations as he does what is best for his daughter.

Prayers for Jail Bait and his M as they prepare to welcome a newborn next week into their family!

YHC loved the opportunity to post and Q at the Sandlot!

A Little Bit of Running and A Lot of Bit of Working

THE SCENE:  It was dry and gloomy

All was given


  • SSH IC x 20
  • IW IC x 20 in a clockwise fashion
  • Windmills IC x 20 (10 forward and 10 backward)

Find a partner.  1 of the partners grabs a CMU and let’s mosey to the skate park (in the dark)


Put CMU down and everyone follow YHC around the skate park in a rectangular fashion

  • Go left – high knees to the end (short edge)
  • Go straight – bear crawl (long edge)
  • Go right – butt kickers (short edge)
  • Go straight – crab walk (long edge)

Partner Work Part 1

  • P1: run straight to near the end of the skate park and do 5 box jumps and run back
  • P2: circuit of the following:
    • 100 CMU Curls
    • 200 CMU Squats
    • 300 Overhead Presses

Mosey to the rugby field (other partner carries CMU on the way)

Partner Work Part 2

  • P1: mosey roughly halfway [due to police tape] (Four Eyes said it was 43 yards! lol!)  and do 5 groiners, then mosey back and do 5 groiners
  • P2: mosey with P1 halfway and back while carrying the CMU overhead
  • Alternate each time until each partner does this 5 times

There was more planned but we ran out of time so we moseyed back to the parking lot


  • American Hammers with CMU IC x10
  • Flutter Kicks with CMU overhead IC x 20
  • Hello Dollys with CMU overhead IC x 20

6 PAX (0 FNGs)  Moth Balls, Jailbait, Orange Julius, Teacher’s Pet, Four Eyes, Rabbit (QIC)

Proverbs Chapter 16 talks a lot about Leadership and YHC shared 9 characteristics of a good, Godly leader based on a recently read article based on Proverbs Chapter 16

  1. Seek’s God’s direction
  2. Is modest, not arrogant
  3. Is a peacemaker
  4. Is fair and just
  5. Surrounds himself with honest, trustworthy counselors and listens to them
  6. Is a good learner
  7. Is humble
  8. Is sensible and kind
  9. Is slow to anger

Read Proverbs 16 and look for opportunities to be a better leader at home with your M, 2.0s, at work and wherever you have opportunity to lead.

Prayers for the house in Four Eyes neighborhood that their work would like to purchase, for Jailbait’s pregnant M,  endocrinologist friend of Orange Julius’ in Tupleo MS just passed away – prayers for his family and for the community who has a need for someone to step in and fill the gap, Shoestring’s health, Cowbell’s job search

CMUs always make everything tougher – YHC needs more CMU in my life!

The PAX dominated the CMU workout!  Very impressed with the hard work in YHC’s VQ at the Sandlot

There was a welcome nice breeze that came in during Mary – everyone was very thankful for that!

GrowRuck 12 September 21-23 – it’s coming sooner than you think, train and prepare!