September 12, 2018

Old Forest Backblast 9/12/18

THE SCENE: mid-60’s, light drizzle, cloudy. Lots of random cars in the parking lot. Later discovered it was probably another boot camp style workout near by. Probably wasn’t free. Definitely wasn’t F3.


Did it.


  • SSH (IC) – 25
  • Windmill (IC) – 15
  • LBAC (IC) – 20


11’s with Carolina Dry Docks + Breakdance Irkins (on picnic benches)
Start with 10 CDD’s in the middle of parking lot near shovel flags.
Run forward to north end of parking lot, bear crawl through grass to long picnic tables (~10 yards)
Perform 1 Breakdance Irkin using the benches of the picnic tables (incline merkin, up to plank, raise right arm to sky, another incline merkin, up to plank, raise left arm to sky = 1)
Crawl Bear back through grass, then backwards run through parking lot back to startex near shovel flags.
Next round – 9 CDD’s, 2 Breakdance Irkins…
Once finished with 11’s: Partner plank shoulder shruggs + Wheelbarrow
Partner up
Partner 1 in plank position, Partner 2 grabs ankles of partner 1 and performs 10 shoulder shruggs.
After shruggs, Partner 1 wheelbarrow “walks” forward (2 “steps” with hands = 1) x 10.
Flapjack and repeat. Each pair got through this 2-3 times.
Since we had odd numbers YHC just did a bunch of derkins and bear crawled around the parking lot.


  • Crunch Jacks (IC) – 25
  • J-lo (IC) – 10
  • Flutter Kicks (with slow down in the middle) (IC) – 15
  • American Hammer (IC) – 20
  • 6 inch leg hold off ground – 30 seconds


9, No FNG’s – MIB, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Chioccetti, ISS, TLC, Doc Hollywood, Mirage, Trojan (Irish Goodbye), Handsy (QIC).


As I participated in the 9/11 stair climb at the Ruins yesterday, YHC reflected on my own willingness to enter into risk / hard things for the benefit of others. As we reached the metaphorical floors at which firefighters would have started to see fire in the WTC, I asked myself – “Would I have gone on? After already having climbed maybe 1,500 steps with heavy equipment, knowing that there was certain danger ahead, likely death, would I have pressed on to rescue others?” I was already so exhausted from merely walking up and down steps at Tom Lee Park with a ruck on my back and the cool Mississippi River breeze blowing on me. How much harder would it have been to be in the shoes of those firemen that day. I felt a conviction – I don’t know if I would have had the courage, bravery, drive to continue on and do that. Maybe I would have run the other way to save myself. I don’t really know. Regardless, I know that it is much easier for YHC to pursue my own safety, comfort, leisure than to sacrifice that for the sake of others day in and day out. While moments to be brave and run towards risk for the benefit of others in moments like 9/11 are rarely seen by most people, we all face daily opportunities to sacrifice for the benefit of others. I think the only way to truly be prepared for the big moments is 1) to practice sacrificing in small ways for the benefit of others every day and 2) to recognize what has been done FOR you. As a Christian, I look to Jesus. There’s no greater example of someone leaving comforts and entering risk for the sake of others.  2 Corinthians 8:9 says, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor so that you, by his poverty, might become rich.” I challenged all of us to no just think about all we need to do to be brave, but rather to reflect on that – what has been done FOR us to find our courage and bravery in the face of challenges. And to look for small ways every day that we can sacrifice our own comforts for the benefit of others in response to what has been done for us.


I love working out with all these HIM. We’ve got a great AO at Old Forest because the guys that post show up, work hard, and bring tons of encouragement. T-Claps to some of our newer guys who are showing up and pushing through the pain to get better.

And – I was so confused when I showed up to Old Forest to find 8-10 cards parked in front of the pavilion (one, because I was early and two, because our F3 crew normally parks on the south side of the lot closest to the playground). During warmorama we noticed several small lights (cell phone flashlights?) emerging one at a time near the forest. They gradually congregated near the arch entering the park trails and we heard lots of giggling, some shouting, and later some music. They remained until we were nearly all gone and started coming back to their cars one by one as we were wrapping up. Really strange!

Service opportunity in South Memphis this Saturday. Check with Chioccetti for details. Check Pre-Blast for any other announcements.