…that time it sounded like 2 bombs went off during COT/prayer

THE SCENE: Tobey Park, Field #3; humid, warmer
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER : completed.

  • SSH x 25
  • 2 laps around bases with jog from home to first; sidestep from first to second then second to third and jog from third to home
  • 2 laps of Hopscotch (2 foot hop) back and forth over chalk line from home to 1st; 1 leg hop from first to second then alternate leg second to third and 2 leg hopscotch from 3rd to home
  • 2 laps: Backpedal around bases
  • 4 laps: sprint single then jog rest of bases, sprint double then jog rest of bases, sprint triple then jog rest of bases; sprint homer
  • Daisey Pickers x 15
  • Windmills x 15

“9 Innings”

Pax (total of 8) split into pairs.  One partner would start at home plate and complete the following exercises at each base:

  • Home: Mountain Climbers x 15
  • First: CMU curls x 15
  • Second: Mercans x 10
  • Third: LBCs x 20

The other PAX would run a lap around the perimeter of the baseball field.  If either one finished before the other, he would hold plank until his partner finished his lap.  Then the PAX would switch.  We did this for 2 rotations and I decided to change format where one partner started at home and the other partner started at second and the infield routine continued.  If your partner caught up to you, you were assessed 10 penalty Mercans.

Extra Innings: Finished with a 2 lap Indian Run


  • Big Boy Sit Ups x 20
  • J-LO x 10 (held plank for 15 seconds) then x 10 more
  • Boxcutters x 15
  • Big Boy Sit Ups x 10
  • Freddie Mercury x 31
  • Cobra stretch x 30 seconds


  • 8 PAX (no FNGs)
  • Pirtle, Four Eyes, Mothballs, Teacher’s Pet, Bruce, Toms, Sir Mix A Lot, Bottomless (Q)


  • “MASCOT”: A symbol of a something rather than the something itself.
  • Reflected on challenge from Goldilocks at OF on 5/14 related to our own desires of our heart to know the Lord and seek him and to maintain the fire that the Lord has started within each of us.  Discussed how the MASCOT is a shell of who he was made to be and that we are made for more intentional and purpose driven lives
  • ACRONYM: HOW + GOD = reduction in EGO
  • HOW (Honesty, Openness, Willingness): To avoid being the MASCOT, we have to be open and honest about where we are and be willing to change
  • GOD (Good Orderly Direction): This is the way you want for your life…walk in it.  Concept of discipleship and importance of second F.  Importance of identifying HIM that you can have relationship with and be challenged by.
  • EGO (ego or Easing God Out): the things we do to move ourselves away from God and/or the things we do to elevate ourselves as God of our own lives.  These are false fronts that we use to impress, fool, trick, pretend and manipulate.  HIM are always looking to reduce and eliminate these characteristics.
  • Finished reading Ephesians 4:20-25: “….Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.”
  • Prayers: Bruce’s friend Hunter who is struggling with addiction and experienced his second heroin overdose; Tom’s for strength today on what would have been his 8th wedding anniversary.
  • 2 loud explosions occurred during the prayer accompanied by a near, if not complete, F’bomb drop by one unnamed PAX.  Gun shots? Transformer explosion(s)? Maybe just the Spirit?  Should have looked for those tongues of fire.

This was my second Q and I was appreciative for everyone that came out.  The PAX effort was excellent and I do feel like everyone was getting better by being there this AM.  Looking forward to participating and leading in the future when needed.

Four Eyes: Doughnuts and Coffee afterwards for those that weren’t concerned about how dirty they were

Bruce with announcement related to a Pancho’s Ruck that is happening on Saturday May 19th…reach out to him on Slack if interested

Double Quarter Pounder at the Sandlot, Plain

THE SCENE: Awesome weather in which to get turnt. YHC arrived at 0510 to run a mile (our horrible May challenge). Four Eyes was there waiting. We made the block around Avery. The PAX started arriving after we got back. Phat Pat rolled blaring some baloney libertarian talk radio and told us Red Roofer was going to be late. YHC politely informed PhP that no one cared, and that we’d be on the rugby pitch within 5 minutes. 

PAX: Four Eyes, Bottomless, Crayfish, Bookworm, Phat Pat, Red Roofer, Soybean (QIC)


Circuit Jack: SSH x20, Plank Jacks x20, Smurf Jacks x20
We grabbed the shovel flags and moseyed to the rugby pitch. The PAX did not seem eager, so YHC calmly asked them to speed things up. I also informed the PAX that, this being King of the Bluff day, we’d be doing a basic F3 workout – nothing fancy, but nothing easy. As our Nantan says, “F3 is more than a workout, never less.”

We planted the flags at ~25 and ~50 yard lines in the (very hard) sod, and gathered at the Southeast corner of the pitch. 
5 burpees OYO, run length of the field to next corner
Red Roofer had just pulled up, and Phat Pat was “guiding” him to where we were, aka avoiding the work. We OHC’d while we waited.
5 burpees OYO, bear crawl across field to next corner
5 burpees OYO, run length of field  
5 burpees OYO, bear crawl across field to the start

Circle up for: Daisy Pickers x15, Imperial Walkers x15, Hillbillies x15

I think we all enjoyed the unique feeling of doing Imperial Walkers after running and bear crawling. YHC *highly* recommends.

Quarter Pounder – we did this together, and the exercises in cadence
Starting at the try line (that’s rugby speak), sprint to 25 yard line, 25 merkins, run backwards back to start
Sprint 50 yards, 50 squats, run backwards to start
Sprint 75 yards, 75 mountain climbers, run backwards to start
Sprint 100 yards, 100 SSH, run backwards to start

The only thing better than a quarter pounder is a double quarter pounder. So we did it all over again.

There was a good bit of mumblechatter – partly because running backwards over sun-ripened divots is especially hazardous and partly because Phat Pat kept getting a head start on the sprints.  

***UPDATED*** Somehow, I forgot the Crowd Pleaser, which was very terrible. I must have blocked it from memory. To start Mary, we did the dreaded Crowd Pleaser. This is a 1:1 ratio of merkins and groiners, increasing reps by 1 to the point of utter exhaustion. To make it extra bad, I decided to do these in cadence. So we did:
One 4-count merkin : one 4-count groiner
Two 4-count merkins: two 4-count groiners
…up to 4:4, at which point, midwife noises were plentiful. Alas, we had to descend back to one! The total is 16 4-count merkins and 16 4-count groiners done in pretty quick succession. Do not try this at home. Or anywhere! JUST DON’T DO IT!

Dying Cockroach x10 (YHC struggled to do this one right)
BBSU x15
LBCs IC until 0615, approx 40

Magnificent 7, no FNGs

YHC read part of the DRP article from the Q Source about Sad Clown Syndrome.

“The symptoms of Sad Clown Syndrome are subtle, so the malady can be difficult to diagnose. The Sad Clown may not be chronically obese—but he is not physical fit, lacking in strength, speed, stamina and toughness. He may not be alone—but he is lonely, living bereft of meaningful male friendships. He may not be unemployed—but he lacks true purpose, having no clear vision or direction governing the things he does or fails to do. The Sad Clown may seem happy on the outside—but that is only what he seems to be, not what he is.

“…Absent a Disrupter, a man willing and able to create a disturbance in his enervated life, he will remain just as he is, clinging to the capsized boat of his life and incapable of initiating the Movement required to Get Right.”

YHC encouraged the PAX to be a Disruptor. We all have neighbors and coworkers who seem perfectly fine on the outside, but are actually drifting without any purpose.

Read the whole thing here. And be sure to check out the Q Source index for other topics.

Prayers lifted for Crafish’s neighbor, Four Eyes’ neighbor, and YHC’s foster placement. 

I had a great time this morning. Can’t put my finger on why. Maybe it was Four Eyes’ eternal smile. Maybe it was Bookworm’s cursing while running backwards over hard, uneven dirt. Maybe it was Phat Pat and Red Roofer modifying SSH to modified OHCs because they were “tired” from “working all weekend.” Maybe it was Crayfish’s syncopated 15 count. Maybe it was Bottomless’ mostly silent determination. Maybe it was Memphis. Or Maybe it’s because #TurntTobeyTuesday is just the place to be.

Unrelated – my M calls these posts “the backsplash.” 

VAPE tonight at Half Shell
Service Project Saturday at SOS (see preblast)
GrowRuck in September (see preblast)

Counting House

THE SCENE: The Sandlot: Weather: 45


  1. Welcome: I am not a professional 

  2. You are participating at your own risk 

  3. You are responsible for your own wellbeing 

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

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


WARM-O-RAMA:   SSH, Windmill, Imperial Walkers, Merkins, Squats, mosey to parking lot with numbers (AKA “The Counting House, ~0.25 mi), stretch.



Today we’ll pair two exercises together, one for even numbers, one for odds. Move from parking spots numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, as high as you can doing that number of the assigned exercise as you move from spot to spot.

Start on parking spot numbered “1.” Do 1 squat.

Run to spot 2. Do 2 Merkins. Then 3 squats. Then 4 Merkins…

  • Round 1: Odds: Squats. Evens: Merkins. 5 min timer.

Mosey to Stop Sign Hill. Stretch at bottom. Sprint to touch stop sign, mosey down for 4×4’s wait for six. Mosey to skatepark, use parking space there for Round 2.

  • Round 2: Odds: Burpees. Evens: Gas Pumps. 4 min timer.

Mosey to skatepark. 11’s: Derkins, Box Jumps. 4×4’s to wait for the six. Mosey back to Start.



Mothballs led us through Flutter Kick and American Hammer to close out.



Second Base, Teacher’s Pet, Father Abraham, Mama’s Boy, Mmmbop, Bottomless, Sir Mix A Lot, Browns, Mothballs, Four Eyes


From the weekly pre-blast Q-source selection:


Candor is a rare quality, because people are hard-wired to avoid the adverse consequences that often arise from knowledge of the Truth, whether it is their own knowledge or the knowledge of those around them. Leaders will hide the Truth from their followers to avoid Accountability for their own failures, but also for a less selfish reason: to avoid bringing them pain. Because Truth is Disruptive, a weak Leader will shy away from telling it. He will be less than Candid with his followers and justify it with the delusion that he is sparing them out of love. But it’s a wired kind of love that leads a man to tell a Brother that he is Right when his boat is actually capsized.

Look for a chance to speak the hard truth, and to invite it spoken, in your life today.

MOLESKIN: The Sandlot has so many options. Great work with the short bursts of hard work today.



Father Abraham VQ next week!!!

F3 Day of Service!

May 5, SOS Spring Clean from 8:30 – 12:00, and Dia del Ninos from 11:00 – 5:00. Put it on your calendar and find some clown car compatriots. See weekly pre-blast for details (or DM FourEyes).

Group Diamond Dora 234

THE SCENE: Windchill in upper 30s…warm enough for GMT exposure
PAX Welcomed & disclaimed


  • SSH x 25
  • IW x 20
  • Windmills x 20
  • Hillbillies x 19
  • Goofballs x 25


Mosey through ballfields to Flicker street, pause for 10 burpees, continue mosey to Sand Volleyball Court, 10 non-sand burpees, then break up into teams of 4 (1 team of 5) for Dora 234

  • Round 1: 200 groiners
  • Round 2: 300 burpees
  • Round 3: 400 squats

Two Pax travel together around the volleyball court to hill while other two are tackling the reps. When pax get to hill, PAX either wheelbarrow or Partner Carry to the fence, PAX then run to back to their starting spot and swap places with their PAX.

We finished DORA 234 around 6:05pm and that’s when Gus, F3 Memphis N’antan, was at #380 Sand Burpees (his ‘gift’ to us for achieving a count of 86 total men for the inaugural King of the Bluff challenge on 4/2/18). 

Gus looked all but defeated, we chose to get after it with him for 20 sand burpees to get to the finish line (self-prescribed 400 sand burpees). #ISI

After we accompanied Gus for his final 20 sand burpees, we moseyed to Startex for Mary.

  • LBCs x 20
  • Jane Fondas x 10 each side/leg
  • ABCs (In Cadence, fyi Leveeites)
  • Iron Cross for 1 minute
  • Flutter Kicks x 15
  • Shoulder Taps led by Four Eyes

14 (0 FNGs)

YHC’s M loved being a part of the body at Lookout Mountain Pres whilst in college and I’ve taken to their preaching via their podcast series. Was struck by their Easter series focus on Christ’s descent into being a man. The words of Philippians 2:6 “who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,” rang out in a new way thinking about God taking the form of a baby. How can we exhibit Christ likeness in ways that showcase a glimpse of this humility?

Prayers for Hitch & Four Eyes neighbor that has had hallucinations & prayers for Four Eyes friend seeking financing for his home.

YHC planned for DORA to occur by the ballfields and the bleachers to be climbed vs the hill. Old Man Hitch recommended that we Omaha as to be nearby to Gus for his 400 sand burpees, this was a welcome adjustment. Bleachers would’ve likely been more prone to accidents without added downpainment. Shoutout to Granola’s Mothership Q for reminding YHC of the Goofball.


  • BrewRuck on 4/28!
  • GrowRuck host site fall of 2018!


AO:  The Sandlot

QIC:  Toms

THE SCENE:   70* and not a rain drop in sight.  Sweatin’ weather.



Mosey to end of street.  SSH x 15 IC.  Woodpecker almost got clipped by a speeding car.  Mosey back.

Hillbillies x 15 IC

Daisy Pickers x 15 IC

Arm Circles x 15 IC.  Reverse x 15 IC.

Grab a CMU and mosey to field.


Split into two groups–those with CMUs and those without.  CMU group does shoulder presses x 15 OYO and merkins x 15 OYO.  Non-CMU group flips tractor tires down to the far side of the field until they are relieved by the CMU group.  (3 PAX per tire, rotating on and off with remainder PAX doing burpees.) Sprint between stations, rinse and repeat until QIC deems fit (we completed 5 or so rounds).

Bear-blocks and burpees.  Half the PAX lines up with a CMU at end of field.  Other half lines up at furthest tractor tire.  CMU group bear-blocks (bear crawl and pull CMU) to non-CMU partner who is performing burpees.  Switch.  Once complete, each PAX lunge walks back to original position.  Rinse and repeat.

Time to put the tires back, so one group does burpees while the other group puts the tires back.

Mosey to return CMUs (many of which are now broken).

Wall sit for 30 count.

Balls to wall as parallel to the wall as you can.  Handstand pushups x 5 OYO.


Flutter kick circuit.  On back, flutterkicks x 15 IC.  Raise legs to 45 degrees, flutterkicks x 15 IC.  Back at 45 degrees (iron cross for the studs), flutterkicks (6 inches) x 15 IC.  Raise legs to 45 degrees (back still at 45 degrees), flutterkicks x 15 IC.

American Hammer x 10 IC.

Hollywood Side Crunch x 10 IC.  Flap jack.


14 PAX.  Sir Mix a Lot, Four Eyes, Costello, Bookworm, Mmmbop, G-string (Willy Loman from Murfreesboro), Woodpecker, Iditarod (Willy Loman from Murfreesboro), NPR (Willy Loman from Murfreesboro), Long Relief (Willy Loman from Murfreesboro), Soybean, Crayfish, Father Abraham, Toms.


YHC has been struggling a lot lately, and that struggle has manifested in humbling conviction that he tends to serve money and its promise of “security” more than he serves his creator.  Comfort is not the pursuit of a HIM, yet comfort is often praised “security” while sacrifice is often dismissed as negligence.  At best, it seems an acceptable practice to give a nod to those stepping into the unknown only to close our garages, lock our doors, and say “good for them, but it’s not for me.”  YHC is the worst offender.  YHC read the PAX the following quote from John Piper:

For every man who fails his family in the path of obedience to God’s call, I would guess there are probably a thousand men who failed their family by keeping them safe in the path of prosperity.

YHC encouraged the PAX to not be fooled by the illusion of security and safety, particularly as it relates to money.  Money will let you down.  Our hope has to be in something greater.

Prayers for MLK 50 and our city.  The attempted suicide (or possibly indirect cry for help) of a Visible School student and the implications for Sir Mix A Lot.  Soybean’s mom’s upcoming chemo and testing.  Individual at Warrior’s Center who was in a wreck and may lose a couple fingers.  Individual at Warrior’s Center who recently lost his mom to cancer.


4 Willy Lomans in town for MLK 50 was a great encouragement.  Enjoyed having the extra bodies and the work they put in.

Nothing beats a heavy tractor tire.



Sand to Glass

AO:  The Sandlot

QIC:  Costello (VQ!)

THE SCENE:   60* and dry with solid gusts of wind here and there.



SSH x 15 IC
Arm Circles x 10 IC.  Reverse, x 4 IC.

Mosey to volley ball court.


Sand to Glass.

QIC gave the PAX an overview of how sand is made into glass, which is frankly terrifying when you are standing in front of Gus’ playground.

Perform one squat jump, one side straddle hop, and one merkin.  User’s choice on the mode of transportation across the desert–bear crawl, alligator crawl (a new favorite, but very hard to execute without eating sand), spider crawl, broad jump, karaoke.  Once to the other side, repeat.  Rinse and repeat back and forth about 4 or 5 times.

Mosey to Union, to Hollywood, and back through The Sandlot to the volley ball court via the skate park.  Approximately 1.5 miles.  QIC led front-running PAX in planks at various points until the six caught up.

Line up at one end of volleyball court.  Sprint to other side, perform one merkin.  Rinse and repeat back and forth.  Some PAX chose to ladder the reps during this portion.  At about 6:05, circle up for Mary.


Iron Cross while discussing ways members of the PAX have seen God this week, courtesy of Crayfish.

Mountain climbers x 30 IC.

LBCs x 20 IC.

Indian run around the volleyball court.  Mosey back to Start.  Circle up for Flutterkicks x 20 IC


12 PAX, 0 FNGs.  Hanson (Willy Loman from Franklin), Bookworm, Choker, Traffic Jam (Willy Loman from Winchester), Father Abraham, Mmmbop, Teacher’s Pet, Sir Mix a Lot, Mothballs, Crayfish, Toms, Costello.


QIC read the following quote from Teddy Roosevelt:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. 

QIC encouraged the PAX to fight and push for the benefit of those around them.  How we deal with conflict and respond to trials and circumstances in life send a message about our God to the world.  We are being watched, so let’s fight with all we’ve got for the kingdom.


Everyone loves the sand.  Obviously.

During the Indian run, QIC instructed the individual sprinting to the front to yell his name over and over… loudly.  YHC is not entirely sure where this idea came from, but QIC led with fervor, and the PAX followed suit. The PAX’s enthusiasm was rewarded, for when Father Abraham commenced his sprint, he only got through “FATHER ABRAHAM!!” one time before the PAX burst into unified song:  “Father Abraham had many sons.  Many sons had Father Abraham.  I am one of them, and so are you, so let’s all praise the Lord.  LA LA LA LA!”  That, my friends, is a win.


Sign up for BrewRuck 901.

Sue Cricket, #turnttobeytuesdays

THE SCENE: #turnttobeytuesdays at The Sandlot. 50 degrees, breezy.

  1. Welcome: I am not a professional
  2. You are participating at your own risk
  3. You are responsible for your own wellbeing
  4. You are here voluntarily, and you are not paying to be here
  5. Know your limits and do the best you can, all exercises can be modified and are only suggestions.


10x SSH, 10 Imperial Walkers, 10 Merkins, 10 Squats. Mosey to Hollywood and back. Line up on one side of startex parking lot.

On Go, do 10 burps and sprint across parking lot and back, choose teams by separating 1,2,1,2 as each man finishes. Keep teams for duration. Mosey to the “cricket pitch.”


Sue (log w 4 pulling ropes) and the Wickets (2 big trash barrels) were waiting for us in the south parking lot. Trash barrels about 10 yards apart. Teams alternate completing exercises while other team “scores runs” by pulling Sue around the “wickets.” All reps must be completed, but no one is required to perform a specific amount of reps. When exercising team calls “HALT,” scoring team unhitches Sue where she lies.


  1. 100 burpees (first team exercises while other team “scores,” then swap)
  2. 100 jumping lunges (my team lost a run for whacking the wicket with Sue on this round – she handles a little loose).
  3. 100 BBSU
  4. 100 Merkins
  5. 100 gas pumps
  6. 200 Overhead claps

Dealers Choice:

FourEyes: Merkin Side Planks x10

Teacher’s Pet: LBC’s x20

Soybean: Rosalita x25

FourEyes: J-Lo x5

Pirtle, Teacher’s Pet, Soybean, Shoestring, Sir Mix A Lot, Bottomless, Crayfish, Four Eyes.

Mishpat: Seeking out people who are being taken advantage of and helping them.

Jeremiah 22:3. “Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.”

I am most often guilty of self-righteousness and of waiting for others to come to me for help, instead of humbly seeking them out. I also struggle a lot with asking for help.


Pulling Sue around today was HILARIOUS. Anything to inspire a little competition and get the pax working hard.

Prayers for Bruce’s father-in-law.

FourEyes closed on a house in Alcy Ball yesterday, pray for his family and his new neighbors

Get in touch with Crayfish to hear Gregory Boyle speak (or at least hear stories about this man).

Midtowners Lunch at Casablanca on Madison this Thursday.

Quadrangle of Fire


THE SCENE:  Chilly at about 35 and dry.  First time I can remember Tobey not being filled with mud.

Side Straddle Hop x 20
Front Little Overhead arm circles x 10
Back Little Overhead arm circles x 10
High Knees 40 seconds

We moseyed to a dead end, turned around to find the right way, stopped and did squats until all were in, continued mosey past Skate Park, did merkins until all were in, then moseyed to our destination (Parking Lot of Memphis Fire Prevention North of Avery Ave.)


Quadrangle of Fire
We numbered off into teams of 4 then spent 4 minutes at each workout below:
Fire Chairs
Partner up, grab a fire hydrant, and hold a chair
  • 10x  Box jumps
  • 15x Dips
  • 10x Derkins
Post Merkins & Stairs 
  • 2 men hold a 10 foot post while 1 man does incline Merkins in the middle
  • One man run up the stairs, lift the coupon over your head 10x, come down and relieve a man holding the post.
  • Rotate & Repeat
Battle Hoses
  • 3 men do firehose shakes
  • 1 man sprint to the fence & back
  • Rotate & Repeat


Mosey to the Skate Park and gather around the empty 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 OYO.
Turn over to your Six, make big circles with your legs with your feet going down into the pool and up into the sky. OYO
Boat / Iron Cross
While on six, in seated row position (leaning back with legs about 45 degrees) – arms beside body or held out in Iron Cross for more difficulty. Hold for a long time.
James Bonds
On your 6 in seated row position (leaning back with legs about 45 degrees) 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 until our time was up.
Mosey back to start.

16 – Costello, Sir Mix-a-lot, Pyrtle, Four Eyes, Dewey, Bookworm, MmmBop, Teacher’s Pet, Granola, Soybean, Orange Julius, Phat Pat, Soulja Boy, Jasmine, Bootheel, Crayfish


Step 1 – We admitted that we were powerless over ____ and that our lives had become unmanageable.  We are powerless over fire hydrants, firehoses, addictions, sin, what other people think, etc.  We must first admit the problem before moving into the solution.  We need to admit that we don’t have all the answers, we don’t have it all together, we don’t have all the resources at our disposal to overcome the problems we’re faced with.  Death comes before the resurrection.  We cannot do this alone, but together we get better.  By acknowledging the problem we prepare to ask for help from others and God.  The good news of the gospel is that we have to go down before we come up.  We are not God and if we exalt ourselves we shall be humbled, yet when we humble ourselves we shall be exalted.