Week 2 at the Cockpit

THE SCENE: a gloomy AO with almost 100% humidity


SSH IC x20
Daisy Pickers IC x20
IW IC x20
Little Man in the Woods IC x20
Mosey around the park

11’s- Burpees on one end, Squats at the other.

Grabbed the 40#, 60# and 80# sandbags.  Laid them on the ground and did an Indian Bear Crawl with sandbags.  The last pax had to pickup the sandbag and run them the front of the line of pax bear crawling.  It SUCKED!

Bring Sally Up- Squats…also SUCKED!

Mosey to the playground, 3 rounds of 10 hanging leg lifts and 10 4-count flutter kicks. Mosey back to flag for rest of Mary.
Mountain Climbers IC x20
Should Taps IC x20
Peter Parkers IC x20
American Hammer x20
Gas Pumps IC x20

7 Pax (No FNG’s)

YHC spoke on my experience yesterday of not really feeling like being at church.  Once I got home I had a conversation with my wife where she kindly reminded YHC that worship is not about what I feel.  Its about recognizing I am who I am in comparison to the GREAT I AM.  He is God and He is worthy to be praised no matter how YHC feels. This was a great reminder for me to be thinking bigger than myself to the creator of all the universe.  Yahweh is I AM and He is worthy of all my praise.

Ditch was a true inspiration to the pax!  RESPECT!  He pushed thru and didn’t give up when his body was sure telling him to stop.  All the pax were smoked today and those who did not bring gloves, sure learned a lesson.  Great morning being at the Cockpit. It is an amazing AO with tons of 1st F options.  This is going to be a beautiful AO!

GrowRuck in Sept.
Tough and Light GORUCK events this weekend

Dora Moseys to Millington

Date: 06/14/2018
AO: The Cockpit
QIC: Soybean
PAX: No Fuego, Choker, Soulja Boy, Short Timer, Zima, Tree Hugger, Leaky, Orange Julius, Bombay, Soybean | FNGs: Shania, Rickover, Hilltopper

THE SCENE: At YHC’s humble abode, it was dark. Then I drove for 30 minutes, and it was less dark. The Cockpit in Millington, TN is our newest AO, and YHC had the privilege of leading our second workout there. Upon arrival, I moseyed around a little to inspect the premises, taking special note of the two bridges (one wider, sturdier than the other) and the meadow, which was pleasantly damp. 

75* is gross, but I guess it could be worse.

Did that.

SSH x20
IW x15
Daisy Picker x10
Hillbilly x15
Short lil Indian Run around the 0.5 mile walking track, sprint to tennis courts. Thinking about calling this a Curry Lap in the future.

Dora 1-2-3
For a new AO with new(ish) PAX, YHC decided to introduce them to Dora 1-2-3, a classic and adaptable routine that’s great for men of all fitness levels. PAX partnered up. P1 made a box inside the tennis court, side shuffle, run forward, side shuffle, run backwards. P2 started on the exercises. 

100 Merkins
200 Big Boy Sit-ups
300 Squats

Teams who finished early did flutter kicks and planks, then we all jumped in on the last 100 or so squats for the teams that were behind. 

Next, we moseyed across the big bridge to the field. Zima was shouting something like “Oh no, not the Dutchies” as we approached the bridge. Then he sounded relieved when I kept going. I don’t know what that was about, but I’m glad I spared him.

Burpee Catch-Me-If-You-Can:
Same partners. P1 takes off backwards across the field. P2 does 3 burpees and runs to catch P1. Flapjack to the far backstop, ~100 yards. Bombay got assaulted by a horsefly while we waited for the six. Repeato back to the start point. 

Something blue appeared in my peripheral vision. I looked over into a neighboring backyard. There was a man leaning on his above ground pool with his dog, just watching. I guess he’s never seen 13 grown men running around at 6am and looking miserable.

Moseyed across the tiny bridge with weak boards. YHC was legitimately concerned the bridge would give way with 1.5 tons on there at the same time. It didn’t, but this was Day 2. We’ll have to see how she holds up. 

Hand-release merkin IC x10 (This is where you start in high plank, lower chest all the way to the ground on 1, raise hands out to side on 2, hands back in on 3, and back up to plank on 4.)
Slow count merkin IC x5
Hand-release merkin IC x10
Dying Cockroad IC x10
LBCs IC x8 to 0615

Did that. 13 PAX. Three (3) FNGs earned new names. 

YHC and M are foodies. Anthony Bourdain’s shows are some of my favorites. On the outside, he was wealthy, had a job everyone wants, and went places most of us can only dream about. He seemed happy. And yet, he despaired enough to take his own life. Depression, loneliness, and hopelessness are not always easily identifiable. YHC has wrestled with depression for years. The community of brothers I’ve found in F3 has been a great encouragement for me. There have been weeks when posting is the only thing I’ve looked forward to. All of us have men in our lives who need community, a band of brothers. Even if your neighbor/coworker/family member looks happy, successful, or in amazing shape, he still needs F3. ABH

YHC loves a good Dora workout. It’s a great way for bat flippers and FNGs to both get in an honest day’s work. YHC played third wheel, which wasn’t as fun on the catch-me-if-you-cans. The Mary circuit was interesting. I was counting cadence, but there was only the occasional muffled rep count from the PAX. Mostly I just heard groaning and heavy breathing.

Hilltopper and Rickover were sponsored by Bombay! Shania was sponsored by Jasmine. Shout-out to Captain Obvious for this excerpt from his Annex backblast. I’ve modified it for my purposes.

Neckbrace Shania, who experienced F3 for the first time today, came because of an invitation from Cheesesteak Jasmine. Neckbrace Shania assumed that Cheesesteak Jasmine would join him at the Annex Cockpit (as Sponsors are apt to do), because he was told … and I quote … “I’ll see you in the Gloom.” whatever Jasmine said. However, Pastor Cheese Jasmine instead Fartsacked, leaving his FNG all alone. Empty promises. Classic clergy Trane employee move*. 

Friday night ruck – see Slack for deets
GrowRuck in September – see Slack for tails

*FNG is also a Trane employee, so whatever.

Launch the Cockpit

Date: 06/11/2018

AO: The Cockpit

QIC: Gus

PAX: No Fuego, Zima, Jasmine, Tree Hugger, Soulja Boy, Woodpecker, Father Abraham, Gus | FNGs: Leaky, Ditch, Short Timer

Conditions: 73F and humid – just awful



Merkin Mile!
.25 mile + 25 merkins
.25 mile + 25 merkins
.25 mile + 25 merkins
.25 mile + 25 merkins—Zima and Father Abraham showed up as we were completing the Mile, just in time to finish the last 25 merkins with the group.

As we were Merkin Miling, I spied with my little eye a bridge. This was  not just any bridge, but a grown-ass bridge made with forged steel girders, probably built by union labor. It went from one side of a concrete drainage ditch to another. In other words, it was totally unnecessary. I made a mental note.

Elevens on the Tennis Court
BBSU on one end
Monkey Humpers on the other end—There might be nothing better than introducing Monkey Humpers to a group of self-respecting FNGs.

Dips & Squats at the Bridge to Nowhere
15 dips / 15 squats
12 dips / 12 squats
9 dips / 9 squats
6 dips / 6 squats
3 dips / 3 squats
While we were dipping and squatting, No Fuego made a snide remark about  counting down by 3s resembling some counting system used by CrossFitters. This ain’t CrossFit, buddy.

Dip & Hold on my command.—That got old fast.

Captain Thor
1/4 all the way to 10/40

Ratchet Shoulder Blaster Until ENDEX

Count-O-Rama (11)


COT / BOM:  I shared a message I often share about experiencing Authentic Manhood by (1) rejecting passivity, (2) accepting responsibility, (3) leading courageously, and (4) expecting a greater reward. This is the first message that resonated with me in a COT, and I was Honored to share it after the first workout at this new AO.

Moleskin: It’s days like today that keep me hooked on F3. Seeing FNGs struggle while brothers that were FNGS not so long ago are beasting it gives a clear picture of increased Fitness. T-claps to Zima, Father Abraham, Tree Hugger, Jasmine, Woodpecker, and No Fuego for helping set the pace. Special T-claps to Soulja Boy for putting in the work necessary for a successful AO Launch! The Cockpit is in good hands.