April 9, 2018

We Did More Before 6:15am Than Most People Do All Day

TL/DR:  AFPT results posted here.

THE SCENE: 0530 Hours at Fort Morg.  2nd week of April and it was 39 degrees, because Memphis.


SSH x20 IC, Windmills x10 IC, Baby Arm Circles Forwards x10 IC (repeat Backwards)

Last week Memphis PAX at The Levee and The Barracks took the Army Physical Fitness Test.  Today was The Morg’s turn.  The intent is to repeat this test every 6 months both so that we can track progress as well as to provide a little extra motivation to push hard in the gloom.  The timing for this worked out really well, as YHC’s National Guard unit was already scheduled to take the APFT yesterday.  This freed YHC up to clipboard the test to ensure everything was recorded accurately.

Event 1:  Push-Ups, AMRAP 2 minutes.  (See Soybean’s backblast from last week for the detailed explanation/instructions that were read to the PAX for all 3 events.)  In addition to the official instructions, PAX were warned that “Slots Push-ups” would not be tolerated at The Morg.  Proper execution and what not to do was demonstrated by Granola.

Event 2:  Sit-Ups, AMRAP 2 minutes.  Sit-ups are hard.  Proper execution and what not to do was again demonstrated by Granola.

Event 3:  2-Mile Run.

Mary didn’t get hers today.  45 minutes is a super tight timeline for an APFT; we were a few minutes late starting the CoT.

17 PAX: Bob Ross, Bootheel, Choker (Q/Proctor), Granola, Green Monster, Imposter, Mr. Wonderful, No Fuego, Orange Julius, Part Timer, Phat Pat, Soybean, Toms, Tree Hugger, Wall Builder, Woodpecker, Zima.

Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12:  “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.”*

In YHC’s opinion, this passage is what F3 is all about.  We gather in the gloom to make our muscles stronger.  But the hidden bonus is that we are making our hearts and souls stronger at the same time.  We keep coming back to the gloom because of the brotherhood that is created there.

YHC has only been posting for a little less than 3 months.  But in that time he has seen numerous examples of this.  A brother mentions on GroupMe that his father is in the hospital 90 miles away, and the PAX immediately start planning a trip for an OTB workout and prayer session to support him.  A brother reports that the family van was totaled, and the PAX immediately start offering rides and loaner vehicles.  It happens over and over again. Keep it up boys, we are on to something here.

Prayers were lifted up for Sleep Number’s family in the loss of his father, and for the friends of a PAX who recently lost their baby.  Prayers of thanksgiving were also lifted up for Po and his M for the healthy birth of a 2.0.

* PAX were advised to disregard verse 11 for F3 purposes, NTTAWWT.

TCLAPS to all who participated.  The APFT is a light workout compared to a regular F3 boot camp.  But the PAX pushed hard this morning – more than one person was close to splashing at the end of the run, which means they were really giving it their all.  YHC is excited to see how much the numbers improve 6 months from now.

BrewRuck901 is coming up April 28.  Register here.

And here’s the big one–hot off the presses, just announced this morning:  GrowRuck is coming to Memphis in Q3!  Exact date is not scheduled yet; more info to come.