Hydration Hell

THE SCENE: brisk 75. Bell Ringer and HomeWrecker beat me there and I was early.


Arm Circles x 20 IC, Reverse AC x 20 IC, Daisy Pickers x 20 IC, Imperial Walkers x 20 IC

Used the hill right off parking lot instead of stadium stairs (questionable sturdiness from neglect, plus didn’t want to tote the Four 44lb water jugs down there).

Water up Everest
Set up PAX in 2 teams, one with 4 PAX, one with 5 PAX at base of hill. Half of each team went to top of hill . 1 PAX from each team carried 2 water jugs (88lbs) to top of hill while remaining PAX did Squats until handoff of jug. Once jug gets to top, the next PAX carries it back down and continue handoffs until each PAX has carried jug up once and down once. Then RINSE and REPEAT with Merkins while waiting.

Bucket Brigade
Line up at base of hill. The 2 teams lined up separately shoulder-to-shoulder to start trek uphill. Lowest PAX passes ‘bucket’ (44lb water jug) up to next PAX in line, then runs up to end of the line to receive object again. Once at top, repeat going back down.

Didn’t inform PAX that this was a race on 1st go round. *SURPRISE!*
Winning team did 5 Burpees, while losing team did 10 Burpees. *Soybean* was all in a tithy when he found out it had been a race (his team was poking along).

Amazing what a little extra work can do to motivate PAX to #dobetter.

2nd race was close, but the Bean Team won. Aww Yeah! YHC was tempted to forget the Burpees after this race, but alas, I am an honorable man. Burpees done!

Leave those vile water jugs and mosey to parking lot near shovel flag for:

1 Big Boy Situp (BBS), Bear Crawl 10 yd, 10 Merkins, Back pedal to start
RINSE and REPEAT adding to BBS and subtracting from Merkins
by one to keep total at 11. Hold plank until All-In
(modified to Al Gore, cuz my arms were spent)

Soybean was a true Q and joined the 2 PAX who were finishing up 11s, or was it just because he didn’t want to hold plank or a tree.

Freddy Mercury x 30 IC, 60 count rest (don’t want anybody keeling over on me), American Hammers x 25 IC, another 60 count (same reason, plus fluffing for time), asked Soybean to lead Gas Pumps x 20 IC.

9 PAX: Soybean (Nantan), Photoshop (QiC), Bell Ringer (AOQ), Cupid, HomeWrecker, Ringless, 3 FNGs:  Dundee, Big Brown, Upstate


Do Hard Things

An interesting map is on display in the British Museum in London. It’s an old mariner’s chart, drawn in 1525, outlining the North American coastline and adjacent waters. The cartographer made intriguing notations on areas of the map that represented regions not yet explored. He wrote, “Here be giants,” “Here be fiery scorpions,” and “Here be dragons.” Fortunately, explorers ignored his warnings—and discovered whole new continents as a result!

The cartographer’s notes did not reflect truth—they reflected fear. In our own lives, it’s not actual giants, scorpions, and dragons that keep us from doing hard things. It’s the fear of them. Once we take that scary first step with God’s help—and keep going forward—we’ll experience the bigger, more fulfilling life God has in mind for us.

Fear is the fence that keeps us stuck in our comfort zones. To be fair, we usually feel fear for a reason: often something is outside that should make us afraid. The problem is when we just sit there.

We wait. And we wait.

Why? We’re waiting to stop feeling afraid before we attempt anything. We’re often afraid to try something new because of painful past experiences. We tried stepping out before, and it blew up in our faces. We poured everything we had into something we cared about, and our efforts fell short. We don’t want to embarrass ourselves again.

The truth, though, is that if we’re waiting until the fear and feelings of inadequacy go away, we’ll never venture outside our comfort zones. Until we take a step in spite of our fears, none of us will ever truly be able to do hard things. If we want to continue to grow and learn for the rest of our lives, we must beat these fears—not by making them go away, but by recognizing that there is something worse than discomfort, worse than the unknown, worse than failure. The worst thing is to never try at all.

God is ready to work through us, even with our limitations. Instead of worrying about future fears, we can, as Corrie ten Boom wrote, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

How could your life be different if you chose to do hard things by stepping outside your comfort zone?

Upstate – buying first house after 2 years of marriage. Prayers for his M and him to relax and trust in this process.
HomeWrecker – final class for being licensed to foster and then hopefully adopt.
Cupid – just sent 16yo daughter off on a mission trip to Guatemala
Bell Ringer – pray for growth and effectiveness of Hernando AO

Awed at how God works. We were trying to make it where Soybean didn’t have to come down to Hernando again today, but there were no other PAX from Memphis that could. So he did. And he got to chat with another PAX who will be fostering and possibly adopting at some point. How cool is that?!?

Wish I had video of that *2nd Buckets Brigade* race. It looked comical from where I was in the fire drill line.

2nd Anniversary convergence at Mothership on August 17, 2019.

Post-Independence Day Burn

THE SCENE: A lonely post-Independence Day morning. Just Beans and Shoestring on a 35 minute car ride.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Disclaimed and stuff.


SSH IC x30
Redisclaimered… and restarted the workout.  Gotta make sure that FNG gets his monies worth!
SSH IC x30
IW IC x30
Windmills IC x15
Squats IC x20
Burpees OYO x10

Merkin Mile: 400m then 25 Merkins(x4)
Busted out the sandbags!!
AMRAP for seconds of each station, then rotate.
Station 1: Plank
Station 2: Bent over rows (60lb sandbag)
Station 3: overhead press (40lb sandbag)

American Hammers IC x30
LBC’s IC x30
BBS IC x30

3 PAX. 1 FNG. Cupid, Soybean, Shoestring (QIC)


Cupid will not be able to move his arms for at least 3-5 days.

Invite your friends, HERNANDO!!

Hernando Humidity

THE SCENE: Humid Grossness



SSH IC x30
IW IC x20
Mountain Climbers IC x30
Arm Circles IC x20

Bear Crawl across the parking lot to curb. 1 Merkin.
Bear Crawl back to start. 2 Merkins.
Back and forth until 10 Merkins completed.
Mosey to the track.

10 Burpees OYO to pay homage as we entered the track.
Mosey to exercise equipment at opposite end of the field.

5 Pullups
10 Merkins
20 BBS
30 Squats
400m Lap around the track.
(I think everyone finished 5 rounds.)

10 Burpees OYO to show respect when leaving the track.

American Hammers IC x30
LBC’s IC x30
American Hammers IC x30
BBS IC x30

Bellringer, Toms, Photoshop, Junior Mint, Shoestring(QIC)

I wish I could remember what I said two weeks ago.  I’m sure it was extremely profound and filled with wisdom that would even make Solomon marvel!

Proud of how Junior Mint pushes himself every time he shows up.  He is getting better every week! Thanks for riding with me Toms!


Dora Explores Hernando

THE SCENE: Could not ask for better weather in the middle of June in the DEEP South. Cool and calm; clear skies.


Meandering mosey to the upper field, circle up! 
Side-straddle hops x20
Daisy pickers x15
Imperial walker x10
Hillbillies x10

Mosey to the track, flutter kicks til all in. 


YHC emphasized the Fellowship aspect of F3…then we did some partner work.

DORA! The PAX partnered up. Each pair was one Memphis PAX and one Hernando PAX. 

Partner 1 starts on exercises, while P2 runs out and back about 35 yards. The reps were cumulative for the pair.

Merkins x100
Big Boy Sit-Ups x200
Squats x300

After that, all PAX did 20 additional squats, on your own!

We shuffled partners and lined up at the goal line. [insert heaving noises from the back]

Burpee Catch-me-if-you-can!

P1 starts backpedaling down the field. P2 does 3 burpees, then runs to catch P1. Once caught, switcheroo and P1 does 3 burpees while P2 backpedals. Etc all the way down the field….and back. Plank while waiting on the six.

Mosey back to the flag with some lunge walking mixed in. 

Carolina Dry Docks x10
Shoulder Taps x15
Annie x12
WWI Sit-ups x20
LBC x15
Gas Pumps x12

8 PAX: Shoestring, Junior Mint, Bell Ringer, Bookworm, O Positive, Old Town Road (FNG), Oopsie (FNG), Soybean (QIC)

Sad Clown Syndrome is real and affects many men. The Sad Clown is characterized by a lack of consistent fitness, meaningful male relationships, and purpose. F3 isn’t the only solution to that problem, but it’s the best one I’ve found. 

Awesome work by the PAX this morning. Huge shout-out to OTR and Oopsie for fighting through. They reminded me of myself 20+ months ago. It doesn’t get easier, but you will get better. 

Workout next Friday. Same time. Same place. Tell your friends!