No Tigers Were Hurt In The Making Of This Snotwoggler

Sandlot; dark and gloomy



.75 mile mosey to Tiger Lane for Tha-Thang

*11’s (OYO)

  • RUN 100 yard length of field
  • RUN (backwards) 100 yards to starting point
  • REPEAT as follows:
    • 2 BBB/9 PS
    • 3 BBB/8 PS
    • 4 BBB/7 PS
    • 5 BBB/6 PS
  • RESUME as follows:
    • 6 BBB/5 PS
    • 7 BBB/4 PS
    • 8 BBB/3 PS
    • 9 BBB/2 PS
    • 10 BBB/1 PS
  • RUN .75 mile back to STARTEX
  • MARY:
    • BOX CUTTER (Build the box) x 20 IC
    • BOX CUTTER (Open the box) x 20 IC
      10; (Willy Loman from the 615) Trapper Keeper, Chioccetti, Bookworm, Teacher’s Pet, Sir-Mix-A-Lot, Crayfish, Easily Amused, MIB, Low Note and O Positive (YHC)
      Do hard things. In your marriage, parenting, work, faith walk, health and wellness.  It is difficult to push through the hard stuff sometimes in our lives but it is so important we see things through and FINISH STRONG.
      This was a sucker punch.  When YHC bypassed a traditional Warm-A-Rama and said ‘follow me’ and led the PAX on a .75 mile mosey to Tiger Lane set the tone of what was in store.  Then when YHC announced that 11’s was the main course, the overwhelming SIGH was…EPIC.  All said, we ran 2.5 miles, including 10 football field lengths forward and 10 football field lengths backwards.  These PAX FINISHED STRONG and we enjoyed some PLC together.
      See: Preblast

Sandlot, 4/30/19

THE SCENE: High 60s.  Cloudy.  Dry.  Felt amazing.



Squats x 10 IC
Daisy Pickers x 10 IC
Windmills x 10 IC
Arm Circles x 10 IC
Reverse Arm Circles x 10 IC
Merkins x 10 IC
SSH x 25 IC
Stretch what ails you

Mosey to bleachers


5 rounds of

  • Squats x 20 OYO
  • Pull-ups x 20 OYO
  • Burpees x 20 OYO

Plank variations and Merkins until all in.

Mosey to the location at which we started, albeit at a different time than when we started.

Invert thyself on the wall.

  • One PAX drops and does Burpees x 5, then gets back on wall.  Next PAX goes.  Rinse and repeat until all PAX have performed Burpees.
  • 20 second count.  Rinse and repeat with Squat Jumps x 5.
  • 20 second count.  Rinse and repeat with Merkins x 5.


LBC x 50 OYO
Flutterkicks x 75 OYO (2 is 1)
Hold plank 100 seconds

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA:  9 PAX (0 FNGs).  Low Note, Altar Boy, Crayfish, Toms (QIC), MIB, Four Eyes, Teacher’s Pet, Tuco, Chioccetti.

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM: There is never a good time to experience difficulty, in whatever form.  While life occurs in seasons, waiting on life to get easier or more convenient is often a fool’s errand.  Trust in the sovereignty beyond your control.  Rest in mercy.

MOLESKIN:  We have been saying Chioccetti’s name wrong.  Maybe.


soggy bottom boys

THE SCENE: mid to high 50s. Perfect conditions
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Welcomed & Disclaimed

  • SSH x50 IC
  • Daisy Pickers x15 IC
  • Imperial Walkers x10 IC
  • Merkins x10 IC
  • Polka Stretch x10 IC
  • Arm Circles x 40 (fwd sm, fwd big, rvrs sm, rvrs big x10 each)


  • Moseyed around a baseball field to a hill
    • PAX partnered up & Wheelbarrowed 3 times each up said hill
  • Mosey to Baseball field and lined up on left field line for DORA123
    • Stick with same partners from Wheelbarrows. Partner 1 does exercise while Partner 2 moseys to center field fence. Partner 2 arrives at fence and does 10 American Hammers IC and moseys back to flapjack w/ Partner 1
    • Collectively P1&2 work towards
      • 100 – BurpO’s
      • 200 – Lunges (2=1)
      • 300 – LBCs

Mosey’ed back to “STARTEX” (hope Gus reads this)

  • YHC polled the PAX if they wanted MARY or Sprints…7 of 9 chose MARY
    • Peter Parkers x25 IC
    • Captain Thor! 1 Big Boy Situp to 4 American Hammers. We went up to 6 before time was called.


YHC shared his pastor’s illustration about operating knowing the victory that Christ has achieved on our behalf. This should alleviate anxiety and stress of minute things.


YHC was sorry for being a minute late! Pre-Ruck crew was lured into the Mid-South Coliseum to sneak a peek! We moseyed back (helped our Ruck pace out quite a bit!) . However, this glimpse cost others a minute of 1st F and for that…..sorry.

4/27 – BREW RUCK

Tour de Lot

THE SCENE: 54 Degrees, Dry, with a scent of Moth Balls.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER Check. Although Gus (Nantan) corrected my language during disclaimer. He prefers to use the word DIRECTION instead of SUGGESTION as he DIRECTED to me instead of SUGGESTING the change.

(All Exercises In Cadence unless otherwise noted) SSH-30, Soulja Boy Shuffle (aka 123 touch the deck)-10, Imperial Walkers-10, Hill Billies-10, Daisy Pickers-10, Monkey Humpers OYO-30.

THA-THANG: (done with a playlist)
First, we stayed in the parking lot and partnered up to complete 10 yards of Shop Vac Merkins. Then, we completed 40 yards of Burpee Dans (finishing off the number from Jail Bait’s Q on yesterday). We started with 4 for one 40 yard length, then switched to 3 for the way back.

Next, PAX moseyed to the billboard on Central and completed 41 pull ups (April Arms). Toms’ and Shoestring’s moseys to the music were inspiring. During Pull ups, so many PAX complained about their how their fingers hurt… maybe PAX needs a February Fingers #suggestionnotdirection. PAX Boat/Canoed (crunchy frog) until all in. YHC led Boat/Canoe.

Then, PAX moseyed to Rugby field to complete 10 Absolutions. Hold Plank till all in. YHC asked Crayfish for a 10-count. He counts quickly. PAX then ran across the Rugby Field to the Skate Park.

At the Skate Park, PAX completed 41 Dips, then PAX moved to the pool for ABC’s, LOL’s – 10, and LBC’s -25.

Finally, PAX moseyed back to parking lot.

Shoulder Taps (led by Four Eyes), Boat/Canoes, American Hammers (led by Shoestring)-30, and 24 Flutter Kicks (completed during Toto’s Africa).

13 PAX (1 Willy Lowman – Incognito)

YHC talked about Jesus’ arrest and the account in the Gospel of Matthew. The chief priest had to wait to arrest Jesus, because he was afraid to do it in front of the crowd. When you read more about the arrest, you see that Jesus was arrested when he was in community in the garden. But, Jesus’ community was not on mission with him. They were sleeping while he was praying.

YHC discussed the importance of community/accountability, but it must be with those who understand your mission and the will of God.

The Sandlot is the best AO IMO with a great group of HIM to workout with. I am honored to get a chance to be led by and lead these HIM at this AO!

The billboard does hurt your fingers when you do 41 pull ups.


If you build it…

THE SCENE: 60 and fog. Moist everywhere

It Happened


  • SSH x 15 IC
  • Daisy Pickers x 15 IC
  • Arm Circles (forward back) x 10 IC
  • Imperial Walkers x 15 IC
  • Mtn Climbers x 15 IC
  • Mosey around the ball fields

Field of Dreams (Modified): Set up 4 corners (or 4 bases in the outfield)

  • Home – Burpees 15 OYO Sprint
  • “1st Base” – 20 Merkins Sprint
  • “2nd” –  25 Plank Jacks Sprint
  • “3rd” – 30 Smurf Jacks Sprint Home.

Modified Dora

  • Partner off
  • 1st partner runs down and back in Parking Lot,2nd performs exercise.
  • As a team complete 75 Bobby Hurleys, 125 Squats, 150 Lunges

April Arms: 34 dips, 34 pull ups. Plank till all in.

Capt Thor got to 5.

Four eyes led ankle scratchers  and side plank.
16 PAX (no FNG)
Spoke briefly on the need for men to Vulnerable with one another. Yes with big things in our life, but also in our insecurities (i.e. Feeling like a failure, unsure of the future, not measuring up, etc). Trying to handle those things on our own will drive a wedge between us and the people around us.
Intimidated by the prospect of my VQ. Thankful for a bunch of encouraging innerloopers.
Big thanks to Mothballs for Leading The Sandlot! Best of Luck to Chioccetti taking over.

Diamonds in the Rough

THE SCENE: Rolled in early to setup. Unfortunately, baseball field I wanted to use was locked up tight (Google Terrain doesn’t tell you that, or I just didn’t zoom in enough). Went to one of the available sandy fields. Temp: modest 42˚ Clear enough sky to see stars and one random vehicle in the parking lot (I ain’t scared).


I welcomed and disclaimed.
Daisy Pickers x 15 IC, Arm circles x 15 IC, Rev Arm circles x 15 IC, IW x 30 IC

Mosey to available ball field for 7 of Diamonds

  • ROUND 1 (4 corners at bases):
    7 Burpees OYO at each corner, Bear Crawl between corners, hold Al Gore til All-In
  • ROUND 2 (4 corners at first edge of outfield):
    14 Bobby Hurleys at ea corner, Bear Crawl between corners, hold Al Gore til All-In
  • ROUND 3 (4 corners at midway into outfield):
    21 Merkins at ea corner, Sprint between corners, hold Al Gore til All-In
  • ROUND 4 (4 corners at outfield fence):
    28 Smurf Jacks at ea corner, Sprint between corners, hold Al Gore til All-In
  • ROUND 5 (back to 4 corners at midway into outfield):
    35 Lunges (Audible 1=1) at ea corner, Sprint between corners, hold Al Gore til All-In
  • ROUND 6 (back to 4 corners at first edge of outfield):
    42 Squats at ea corner, Bear Crawl between corners, hold Al Gore til All-In
  • ROUND 7 (back to 4 corners at bases):
    49 SSH (or LBCs) at ea corner, Bear Crawl between corners, hold Al Gore til All-In
    ALMOST made it, but Four Eyes alerted YHC to time so we finished out at 2nd base and moseyed back to Startex

Nah. No time.

7 PAX:  Moth Balls (AOQ), Photoshop (QiC), Four Eyes, Old Man Hitch, Lodge, Low Note + 1 FNG Tuco (1 Irish Goodbye)


“Why do You Love Your Wife?”

Don’t think too hard; just answer in one or two phrases. I’m going to wager you picked from a couple of general themes. Maybe you love her because of something she does for you: She’s beautiful. She’s funny. She makes you feel strong. She lifts you up. She’s godly. She’s, well, fun in bed.

Or you love her because it’s expected: You know it’s the right thing to do. After all, Paul said, “Husbands, love your wives” (Eph. 5:25).

Perhaps it’s a mixture of both. The first motivation capitalizes on her performance. The second focuses on your obligation. Both reasons are COMMON. And both reasons eventually run out of steam.

As men, we tend to love shiny gadgets. We crave the latest and greatest. So when the shine wears off a man’s bride, it’s no wonder we are tempted to pine for an upgrade. You may not pursue another woman, but if your primary motivation for loving your wife is her performance, at times, you secretly hope your wife will change. You may even drop some not so subtle hints:

“You working out today?”
“Remember when you wore a bikini?”
“I love the way Deron’s wife talks about him to others.”

Paul calls us to love our wives as Christ loves the church, but then Paul gives us the motivation – because one day Jesus will present the bride back to God (Eph. 5:26-28).

I’m guessing when Paul wrote this phrase, he might have read Ezek.16:8-14 that morning. God never loved Israel because of how she looked in the mirror or her impressive resume. God’s bride blossoms after the wedding day and becomes more beautiful and splendid over time, not because she “worked out” or “aged gracefully,” but because God loved her into radiance. If a man views the wedding day as the height of his bride’s beauty, then he will never love like Jesus. He’ll constantly be comparing what was rather than anticipating his role in what could be. For Jesus, the wedding day was simply the start of a lifelong extreme makeover designed to advance his bride to royalty.

When we love someone based on their performance: what they say, how they act, how they look, eventually they will let you down. None of us are perfect, and if you’re honest you long to be respected and loved by your wife because of you who are, not what you do or how you look. Trust me, as you get older, the mirror will become far more revealing than appealing. Performance driven relationships are exhausting.

When we love based on obligation, eventually marriage transforms into a cold union. Duty without a sense of glory always leads to drudgery. And drudgery always leads to death. It may not be the death of a marriage, but many marriages experience the death of intimacy. They married a soulmate, but ended up with a roommate.

Why do you love your wife? If it’s because of how she makes you feel or because it’s your duty, you’ll end up with a COMMON marriage. But if you want to be UNCOMMEN, love your bride as Christ loved the Church – who saw the glory in one day presenting his bride back to His heavenly father – even more beautiful than the day they got hitched.

1. Hitch accepted offer on house
2. Mothballs selling house. He and M are needing to decide where to live next. Pray for them to find a common ground on where that is and what will bless their family the most.
3. Four Eyes offered a house that could work as an office. Pray for wisdom and boldness.

Don’t know where my head was today, but thanks to Hitch and Four Eyes for the assists when I strayed from how we do things and for time keeping. Thanks to Moth Balls for inviting me to Q and for the great PLC.


Crucible #001

THE SCENE: A windy yet gorgeous gloom at 0600.  The weather held off on rain

YHC(Shoestring) organized the Crucible to be a trial of a mans endurance, stamina, mental, and physical strength and to see what kind of new creation comes out on the other side.  5 AO’s with a 20 minute bootcamp. 14+ miles of running. 1 amazing event.  15 pax circled up for the welcome and disclaimer.  One of those pax was a FNG.  Running support for the event was C-Lo and Zima.  Greatest of T-CLAPS to those two HIM who helped make this event amazing.  Without them, there is no telling how many pax would have not completed the event.

YHC kicked off the event as Q at the first AO, Old Forest.  The bootcamp went as follows:
SSH IC x30
IW IC x10
Daisy Pickers IC x20
Mosey to one end of the parking lot and started 11’s. Burpees on one end, Big Boy Sit-ups on the other.  Plenty of running.  At the end of 20 mins, the pax gathered together and began the ~1.8 mile trek to the Sandlot where Soulja Boy would take over on Q. Nature Boy and Four Eyes started off strong.  YHC was not breathing well from sickness but had to push thru and felt a ton better than expected.  The pax were overall in great spirits and were ready for the task at hand.

After a short 2 mile jaunt form the Old Forest Soulja Boy kicked off the 20 minutes at Sandlot with a BANG.  Pax lined up at the 50 yd line of the football field for some…

10 Merkins at the 50yd line.
Bear crawl to the 35yd line perform 10 BBSU and crawl bear back to the 50.
10 more merkins at the 50 then bear crawl to the 20 (stoping at the 35 for the BBSU) and perform 10 squats and crawl bear back to the 50.
Totaling 70 reps, 45 yds of bear crawl, 45 yards of crawl bear.

Next PAX partnered up and finished off with some Doracides. 100 Merkins, 150 BBSU, and 200 squats using the same distance for suicide sprints. TCLAPS to C-Lo for for jumping in to even out the number of PAX.

Altar Boy decided to do something crazy.  He made the pax run more after running. Why would someone do that? Great question.  Altar Boy put us through the Blue Mile.
4 Rounds:
10 Hand Release Merkins
Run 100 Yds
10 Pull-ups
Run 100 Yds
10 Jump Squats
Run 100 yds
10 Big Boy Sit-ups
Run 100 yds
Total 40 reps of each exercise and 1 Mile.

O Positive was our Q at the Bermuda Triangle.  you never know what’s coming with the swirling snakes of OP, but this was plain foolishness on a wall!  The smackdown was laid and YHC was in pain.
Wall Sit
Merkins x 30 OYO
Wall Sit til All In (WSTAI)
Burpees x 30 OYO
Pickle Pounders x 30 OYO
8-ct Body Builders x 30 OYO
Mtn Climbers (R/L=1) x 30 OYO
Body Bag Builders AMRAP for final 3 minutes

This is where the test of the pax really came through. The next leg was the longest distance of running for the day.  6+miles from the Berm to the Blazing Saddles.  YHC made it about 150 yds and realized my knees and lungs were not going to cooperate.  I had to tap out of the event and call it a day.  YHC hopped in the car with C-Lo to run support.

U-Rock was our last Q up for the day.  He was fresh since he had not done a single thing in the Crucible up til then.  YHC realized the noises
Mosey to horse arena steps
Down up irkins
Down up derkins
Down up dips
Up down leg lifts – got made fun of by some 6 year old girls at this part

Dirty McDuece
Crawl bear to playground, Sprint back
Set 1: Merkins, BBSU, Squats.
Set 2: Alternating Side Merkins, Flutter Kicks, Lunges.
Set 3: Werkins, WWI Situps, Monkey Humpers.
Set 4: Close grip merkins, Crunchy Frogs

Captain Thor – got to 7
Lt. Dan – got to 6

12 pax completed the event by running 17+ miles and 5 bootcamps at AO’s.  Those pax are Halpert, O Positive, Tomb Raider, Altar Boy, Nature Boy, Speaker, Soulja Boy, Steinbrenner, Four Eyes, Speedy, Orange Julius, and Crayfish.  The 3 that did not complete the event but put in work were YHC, Barney and Bobsled(FNG)

Crucible- a situation of severe trial, or in which different elements interact, leading to the creation of something new.

This event was made to be a trial that the pax could test themselves and come out a new creation.  This definitely tested some of the pax.  It was hard and YHC was proud of the pax that completed the event.  I was amazingly proud of how far the FNG(Bobsled) made it in the event.  Regardless what each individual pax learned about themselves in the event, there is a reality that life is one giant Crucible.  A trial that leads to the creation of something new.  As believers, our hope is in Jesus that He endured the ultimate crucible on the cross so that we could be made into something new.  Never forget that sacrifice and that we have a mediator in Jesus.  He is our everything.

This was an amazing day for F3 Memphis and YHC can wait for the fall when we do this again.

Prepare now for the fall.  Crucible is coming again.

Tiger Lane Fun Run

THE SCENE: Just above freezing temperatures.

Side straddle hop IC 20x

Hill Billy IC 20x

Daisey Picker IC 20x

Lil Mosey

Mosey to Tiger Lane. Split into pairs, one partner runs around the sidewalk area while the other, doing AMRAYC until partner returns to tap out (2 sets each)-

  • Merkins
  • Squats
  • LBC

Continuing on down tiger lane starting with a bear crawl, then switching to walking lunges, then to karaoke (sp?)

Mosey back to starting point.

Ran out of time.
Soybean, Low Note, Altar Boy, Easily Amused, Toms, Sir-Mix-A-Lot, Moth Balls
Life is full of struggle, and often times we struggle with the same things our entire lives. It would be great if we could just be done with past struggles, but sometimes we still struggle, and that’s ok. Don’t be discouraged, but carry on. Pursue Christ in all things, and let him help you through the difficult times.

Brace yourselves, the Crucible is coming.

1, 2, 3, . . . let’s go!! at the SANDYlot

THE SCENE: cool quiet, like being at the beach only with trains and FedEX airplanes.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER:  done in slow motion until all in.

WARM-O-RAMA:  SSHs x 30 IC, mosey to sand volleyball courts: Hand-release merkins x 10 IC, BBSUs x 10 IC (just because).
Partnered up and faced one another across the length of the volleyball court (on the sand).  Performed 5 Rounds of:

10 Burpees, 20 Merkins, 30 Mt. Climbers (2=1)

at the completion of each round both partners sprinted toward one another giving encouragement, slapped hands, and swapped sides before rinse and repeating.

Performed 5 Rounds of:

10 Eight count body builders, 20 Carolina Dry Docks, 30 Squats

Performed 2 Rounds of:

10 Bobby Hurleys, 20 Lunges (1=1), 30 Monkey Humpers

MARY:   Flutter kicks x 20 IC, American Hammers x 20 IC, Guantanamo Bay x 3, J-Lo x 20 IC.

4 PAX, 0 FNGs; Toms, Moth Balls, Altar Boy, Tomb Raider
You are highly valued!! Reminded each PAX individually that they are highly valued and are placed here and now for a specific purpose.  We are highly valued by our Creator.

First time at AO Sandlot, loved it, a great urban jungle mixed with a dash of recreational sensibilities.

Performing the exercises on sand adds a whole ‘nother element of suck.  We had to match the pace of the movements to our partners so that we’d end at the same time.  This pushed both and kept us working together instead of a free for all followed by waiting on the 6.  A few wise PAX started on the grass until QIC clarified that the rounds were to be wholly performed in the sand pit.  However, the recent rain kept the full effect of the sand at bay.  Almost splashed and no chaffing.

I really had a great 2nd F time watching the sun come up and hanging with the guys in good dinosaur conversation until after 0700.

Crucible.  Ah, the Crucible is going to be soo difficult!!! (March 30)

3/5 Backblast: Spring Training at the Sandlot

THE SCENE: wind chill 14



SSH x 20
IW & Hillbillies in circles x 10 each
Arm circles x 20

Mosey around a couple baseball fields

Pitcher-Catcher 11s:
Bodybuilder burpees at pitcher mound
Then bear crawl to home plate
Jump squats at home plate
Crabwalk back to pitchers mound

Bases ATMs (reps of 10), then run to the next base
1st: Alternating shoulder taps 4 ct
2nd: Tempo merkins 4 ct
3rd: Merkins fast
Home: run home, mosey back to 1sr
Rounded the bases 3 times

Freddie Mercury x 15
Peter Parkers x 15
Freddie Mercury x 10
Peter Parkers x 10
Dealers choice: American Hammer and alternating toe touches (or heel touches in our case)
More Freddie Mercury & Peter Parkers
Boat/Canoe for one minute

3 – Altar Boy, Jailbait, Mothballs

Who are you limiting as a leader? Let’s get organized or courageous or over our own egos, and get out of people’s way that we are slowing down bc of low leadership.

Pre-run bootcamp experiment . . . learned that it takes 17 minutes when the wind chill is at 14 to get warm, then you’re toasty for the rest of the gloom.