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Q: Priorities

Pax: Croc, Priorities, Rhymes, Sawdust, Sharkbait

Happy Halloween F3 Monterey!  Five titans of terror converged on the misty fields of haunted Monterey for a spooky Halloween themed beatdown.  YHC was the only pax incognito as the coolest teenage mutant ninja turtle and was therefore the default winner of the costume contest.   Theme of the morning was Pumpkins!  Special shout out to Lucky’s grocery for selling me a half dozen giant discount pumpkins the night before Halloween.   Here’s how it went:

Warm up-

SSHs x 30 IC

Hillbillies x15 IC

Don Quixotes x15 IC

Choose a pumpkin wisely.

Jack “Skellington” Webbs – Mosey to the soccer goal with pumpkin as a coupon for suicide Jack Webbs.  Sprint to 1st cone, 1 merkin x 2 overhead pumpkin press, sprint back to goal.  Sprint to 2nd cone, 2 merkins x 4 overhead pumpkin presses, sprint back to goal… hit all 6 cones and the opposite goal for 7 merkins x 14 overhead pumpkin presses, sprint back.

Pumpkin Tabata – Tabata style alternating between Pumpkin Burpees and Hot Potato Pumpkin Sit Ups.  20 seconds on 10 seconds off for 4 minutes.  2 sets.

Tunnel of Pumpkin Love –  Standard tunnel of love but pushing your pumpkin through first.

Zombie Walk – Begin zombie transformation by Squats x20, Iron Mikes x20, 20 second Air Chairs (all with pumpkin) Once in full on zombie mode, lunge walk the length of the soccer field with pumpkin.

Pumpkin Olympics – Circle up for dealers choice coupon exercises with pumpkins.  Here goes trying to remember every exercise… Curls, Merkins, Planks, Toe taps, Pumpkin twists, tricep extensions, flutter kicks, leg lifts, single arm press, reverse merkin presses, bus drivers, that’s all I got…

COT – Count-a-rama, Name-a-rama, BOM

Today’s words of wisdom came from a quote that has been going around the F3 Twitterverse from Warren Buffet:

“The people we surround ourselves with either raise or lower our standards. They either help us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves or encourage us to become lesser versions of ourselves.  We become like our friends. No man becomes great on his own. No woman becomes great on her own.  The people around them help to make them great.

We all need people in our lives who raise our standards, remind us of our essential purpose, and challenge us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves.”

Wouldn’t have been surprised if it had been Dredd and OBT saying those words.  I’ve surrounded myself in F3 for the last 11 months and 25 days and the man I was 1 year ago is unrecognizable to me.  Who are you surrounding yourself with?


  • The new website is up and running.  This should be obvious if you are reading this. All Monterey pax should be receiving an email with login info at some point so that you can comment and post backblasts after you Q.
  • Click here for all the latest F3 swag
  • A couple of Holidays coming up that YHC will be out of town for: Nov 23 (Turkey Day) and Dec 19th and 21st (YHC will be down range for Christmas.  Be ready F3 Twin Cities…) If you are available and willing, please sign up to Q those days here.
  • An excursion is in the works for a Monterey takeover of F3 SF Peninsula on a Saturday morning in the near future.  Standby for dates, times and clown car details.

Daily Lexicon:  “Q” – A leader who takes responsibility for the Outcome.

Priorities out

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FNG Week in Monterey!!


Q: Priorities

Pax:  Croc, Sharkbait, Priorities, Sawdust (FNG)  –  Tuesday

Pax: Croc, Ballcock (F3 Bluffton), Priorities, Rhymes (FNG) – Thursday

First of all, YHC has got to be better at posting backblasts.  Period.  Believe it or not, YHC may have been called (and not it a nice way…) the backblast police, back in F3 Hampton Roads.  If only I still had a job where I could sit at a computer and follow all things F3 nation and weasel shake to my hearts content.  Ah, the good ole days…

Tuesday –

Warmup –

SSHs x25 IC, Don Quixotes x10 IC, Imperial Walkers x15 IC, Merkins x15 IC

The Thang:

Standard issue Dora 1-2-3 teaching the FNG how to count.  For a Marine, he wasn’t too bad…

Next was a little exploring of the AO as the pax found yet another soccer field in the neighborhood.  Pax again partnered up at the center of the field.  In this variation, one partner ran to one of the benches surrounding the field and did 5 Dips and 5 Derkins while the other partner did AMRAP Burpees until partner returned.  Switch, rinse and repeat until all pax hit each of the 5 benches.

We mosey on.  Running uphill, seemingly forever, the pax found the only pull up bars in the AO.  Our FNG proved not only could he count but was also the champion of the pull up bar.  Running out of time, it was AMRAP pull-ups and then back to the flags.  YHC would have had the pax back to flag right on time if we hadn’t attempted a shortcut to a locked gate, having to back track a couple hundred feet and scaring a school janitor half to death…  In the end, everyone got 3 minutes of bonus work in.

Ended with numbers/names and a closing prayer to be better husbands, fathers, sons, co workers and men.  Welcome FNG Sawdust!


Pax hit the beach for a variation of the B.L.I.M.P.S. marathon idea stolen from YHC’s visit to F3 Twin Cities.  First, a short warm up of SSHs, IWs, DQs and an indian run on the beach to the pier.  Then we turned around and took off on a mosey.  Every quarter mile or so, the pax stopped and did a part of the BLIMPS, starting with 5 burpees and adding a letter and 5 more reps at each stop.  Final stop was 5 Burpees, 10 Jump Lunges (Iron Mikes), 15 IWs, 20 Merkins, 25 plank jacks and 30 squats.  In the interest of time and distance, all running was away from the flags except for the final leg before we hit S.  After that it was a Mosey all the way back.  The pax exited the beach for the running path for a sprint back to the flags, about 200 yards, just in case you needed to stretch yours legs after a couple miles on the sand.

Back at the flags it was names, numbers and a prayer to get better.  Welcome Ballcock, down range from F3 Bluffton!  Great to have our first F3 traveler since our first week!  Thanks for coming out!  And welcome to FNG Rhymes.  After much deliberation, it was decided that although seemingly too easy, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity for someone with the last name Busta to have the F3 name Rhymes. Welcome!


  • Big plans for a Halloween beat down on Tuesday morning.  It’s possible we could have 2 FNGs and as many as 8 pax!  Let’s make that happen.  Also, posting in costume will not be discouraged…
  • If you’re ready to Q, get signed up here.  This Priorities guy is running out of new and creative ideas…  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NrxXB-7ZGblGuGwYscXguzzWtnu-CUxiJY2V8Lrte2M/edit?usp=sharing

Priorities out




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