Q-uality Time

Extra Credit: 2 PAX pulled up, pushed up, and squatted through some Murph training.

QICs: Golden Pinky, Newton

PAX: Golden Pinky, Newton

GLOOM FACTOR: Calm and 62ºF

WARMARAMA
(GP-led)
10 LBAC IC
10 RLBAC IC
10 WMH IC
Fellowship Lap / 10 Burpees OYO
10 Cherry Pickers IC
10 Seal Claps IC
10 Overhead Claps IC
Fellowship Lap / 10 Burpees OYO
10 Windmills IC
10 Imperial Walkers IC
10 Hillbillies IC
Fellowship Lap / 10 Burpees OYO
Calf / Hammy / Quad Stretches
Fellowship Lap / 10 Burpees OYO
More Calf / Hammy / Quad Stretches
Fellowship Lap / 10 Burpees OYO

The THANG
(GP-led)
Mosey to sidewalk next to Robin’s small hill:
10 Merkins on sidewalk
20 Dips on wall
30 Mountain climbers on top of hill
20 Irkins on curb
10 WWIIs on other side of parking lot
20 Irkins on curb
30 Mountain Climbers on top of hill
20 Dips on wall
10 Merkins on sidewalk

(Newton-led)
Lazy Dora:
–Partner 1 performs 10 Merkins, Partner 2 Planks, Flapjack to 60 total Merkins
–P1 performs 20 Flutter Kicks, P2 holds feet 6″ off ground, Flapjack to 160 total Flutter Kicks
–P1 performs 30 Squats, P2 Low Squat Holds, Flapjack to 300 total Squats

MARY
(Newton-led)
20 LBCs OYO
20 WWIIs OYO
Side Planks

COT/BOM
Newton closed us out with a prayer for the PAX that couldn’t be with us in the gloom this morning and for all of the PAX to have a great weekend.

Announcements

  • The official launch of our Saturday AO – Robin’s Hood – has been pushed to next Saturday, April 6. Make plans to come out, bring a friend or two, and celebrate the launch of NATX’s
  • April NATX Challenge is almost here: April Headlocks Bring Friendly New Guys
  • The NATX Murph will take place on Memorial Day (May 27)… 57 days away!
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Fist Full of Dollars

Extra Credit: 2 PAX rucked some new roads and some old roads in Travisso and racked up 4 miles.

QICs: Slides, WikiLeaks

PAX: Globetrotter, Golden Pinky, Newton, Red Ryder

GLOOM FACTOR: Slightly Windy, 61ºF

WARMARAMA
10 Neck Circles IC
10 Reverse Neck Circles IC
10 Arm Circles (Make ’em Big) IC
10 Reverse Arm Circles (Make ’em Big) IC
25 SSH IC
10 Calf Stretches SC

The THANG
Friendly F3 relay race (break into teams of 3, losers do 20 burpees):
–Partner 1 sprints 2 parking lot laps (~80 yards)
–Partner 2 holds plank while waiting for P1 to finish sprint
–Partner 3 performs sit-ups
–Rotate until all 3 partners perform the sprint
–2 sets

Fist Full of Dollars
–5 Merkins
–5 Burpees
–5 Diamond Merkins
–5 Squats
–5 Wide-Armed Merkins
–2 sets

Shuttle Bust
–Shuttle sprints every 10 yards out to 40 yards
–Finish with 5 Merkins, 5 Squats

MARY
20 Side Crunches Left & Right
40 Flutter Kicks
40 WWIIs
15s Side Planks Left & Right
20 Bent Canoes
Stretches – Hammys, Quads, Calves

COT/BOM
Prayer of thankfulness for God’s grace and allowing us to push our bodies physically. Prayers for grace to walk worthy of the calling. Requests for mercy as we seek to be awesome husbands and fathers. Thankfulness to be with other men to push each other. Prayer for a relaxing weekend and a worshipful Sunday.

Announcements

  • The official launch of our Saturday AO – Robin’s Hood – has been pushed to next Saturday, April 6. Make plans to come out, bring a friend or two, and celebrate the launch of NATX’s
  • April NATX Challenge is almost here: April Headlocks Bring Friendly New Guys
  • The NATX Murph will take place on Memorial Day (May 27)… 59 days away!
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It’s Ok to Not Be Ok

Extra Credit: 2 PAX put in 4 ruck miles and shared some quality fellowship time.

QIC: Golden Pinky

PAX: Link, Newton, Red Rider

GLOOM FACTOR: Windy, 59ºF

WARMARAMA
25 SSH IC
10 WMH IC
10 Cherry Pickers IC
10 LBAC IC
10 RLBAC IC
7-1 Motivators

The THANG
PAX partnered up–size would matter today.

10 Under/Overs each – P1 crawls under P2, P2 performs a Merkin as P1 leaps over P2, P1 gets into plank and P2 begins his crawl.

Buddy Carries (1 Lap)

10 Big Boy Sit-ups / 10 Hamstring Curls

Buddy Lateral Squat Walks to light pole and back

10 Get-ups Left/Right

Buddy Carries (1 Lap)

MARY
Skipped Mary to make time for #F3MentalBattle chat.

COT/BOM
The F3 NATX PAX spent the last ~10 minutes sitting in a circle and discussing men’s mental health, depression and suicide. YHC shared my personal battle with depression and the role F3 has played in my life. YHC really appreciated the openness and willingness the PAX had to be real with each other and have an honest discussion.

Announcements

  • The official launch of our Saturday AO – Robin’s Hood – has been pushed to next Saturday, April 6. Make plans to come out, bring a friend or two, and celebrate the launch of NATX’s
  • April NATX Challenge is almost here: April Headlocks Bring Friendly New Guys
  • The NATX Murph will take place on Memorial Day (May 27)… 61 days away!
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Bone the Fish

Extra Credit: 2 PAX Murph’d it up: 1 mile, 50 Pull-ups, 100 Merkins, 150 Squats, and another 0.75 miles.

QIC: Red Ryder

PAX: Globetrotter, Golden Pinky, Link (FNG), Newton, Photo Op, WikiLeaks

GLOOM FACTOR: Dark, Cloudy, 65ºF

WARMARAMA
30 Side Straddle Hop IC
20 Wille Mays Hayes (Silent Count)
30 Bean Pickers IC
Mosey to the hill

The THANG

  • Bear Crawl to top of stairs with Merkin x 10 first platform, Squats x10 on second and LBCs on top.
  • Rotate: Dips x 20, Derkin x 20, Squats x 20 and repeat once.
  • Bear Crawl down stairs, Merkin x 10 first platform, LBC x 10 on second and Burpee x 10 on last.
  • Mosey to the parking lot.
  • Modified Bone The Fish:
    • Run to parking line
    • Side shimmy to the end
    • 10 Merkins each line to end of parking spaces
    • Repeat backwards with 10 Burpees on return for each line.
  • Slow Mosey to pull-ups. Took count of max pull-ups which gave 7 average. Rotate 7 pull-ups, 14 Merkins and 21 Squats. Slow Mosey back to

MARY
Luge x 20
LBCs x 20
15 James Bond’s (front, right and left)
10 Freddie Mercury’s.

COT/BOM
As we went around the COT today, Newton (Respect!) and Platinum Pinky (Double Respect!) was given their due recognition and YHC was reminded just how respect-full the PAX was today!

Announcements

  • The official launch of our Saturday AO – Robin’s Hood – is planned for next Saturday, March 30. Make plans to come out, bring a friend or two, and celebrate the launch of NATX’s
  • NATX shirts are on sale now until March 27 (2 days left)! Get yours at F3.mudgear.com.
  • April NATX Challenge: April Headlocks Bring Friendly New Guys
  • F3 NATX March Madness is here–check out how F3 does March Madness!
  • The NATX Murph will take place on Memorial Day (May 27)… 63 days away!
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A Very Respect-Full PAX

Extra Credit: 2 PAX got slightly more Murph-ready. 1 PAX showed up early for the Main Event and got their instant initiation into Murph training!

QIC: Golden Pinky

PAX: Newton, Platinum Pinky

GLOOM FACTOR: A Nearly Perfect 64ºF

WARMARAMA
10 WMH IC
10 Cherry Pickers IC
10 LBAC IC
10 RLBAC IC
10 Seal Claps IC
10 OH Claps IC
25 SSH IC
10-1 Motivators

The THANG
Our 2 EC Murph PAX were 25 Pull-ups, 50 Merkins, and 75 Squats shy of completing the full Murph, so YHC baked some Murph into the Main Event:

  • Run a lap, 1 Pull-up, 2 Merkins, 3 Squats
  • Run a lap, 2 Pull-ups, 4 Merkins, 6 Squats
  • Run a lap, 3 Pull-ups, 6 Merkins, 9 Squats
  • Run a lap, 4 Pull-ups, 8 Merkins, 12 Squats
  • Run a lap, 5 Pull-ups, 10 Merkins, 15 Squats
  • Run a lap, 4 Pull-ups, 8 Merkins, 12 Squats
  • Run a lap, 3 Pull-ups, 6 Merkins, 9 Squats
  • Run a lap, 2 Pull-ups, 4 Merkins, 6 Squats
  • Run a lap, 1 Pull-ups, 2 Merkins, 3 Squats

After reaching 100% completion for the Murph, the PAX performed a quick circuit of 20 Dips, 20 Derkins, and 20 Box Jumps/Step-ups.

The F3 name of the next exercise escapes YHC, but the PAX hopped forward on one leg for 3 hops, switched to the other leg for 3 hops, and repeato until reaching the end of the parking lot.

PAX held plank for 3 10-counts (1 per PAX) and then performed 10 Mountain Climbers IC.

The PAX then turned 90º and performed the alternating one-legged hops – 4 hops per leg – until reaching the end of the parking lot.

On their 6, PAX held feet 6″ off ground for 3 10-counts (1 per PAX) and then performed 10 Flutter Kicks IC.

The PAX then turned 90º and performed the alternating one-legged hops – 5 hops per leg – until reaching the end of the parking lot.

PAX held Low Squat Hold for 3 10-counts (1 per PAX) and then performed 10 Body Weight Squats IC.

The PAX then turned 90º once more and performed the alternating one-legged hops – 6 hops per leg – until reaching the end of the parking lot.

PAX held plank for 3 10-counts (1 per PAX) and then performed 10 Merkins IC.

MARY
Platinum Pinky led the PAX through 10 Crunchy Frogs IC.

Newton led the PAX through 20 LBCs OYO.

COT/BOM
As we went around the COT today, Newton (Respect!) and Platinum Pinky (Double Respect!) was given their due recognition and YHC was reminded just how respect-full the PAX was today!

YHC closed the workout with a quick prayer to give thanks for a nearly perfect day to workout and to be better men. YHC also prayed for the men at the workout and the men who missed the workout. And, finally, YHC prayed for F3 NATX – that our efforts would be blessed and that men would join us on our worthwhile mission.

Announcements

  • The official launch of our Saturday AO – Robin’s Hood – is planned for next Saturday, March 30. Make plans to come out, bring a friend or two, and celebrate the launch of NATX’s
  • NATX shirts are on sale now until March 27 (4 days left)! Get yours at F3.mudgear.com.
  • April NATX Challenge: April Headlocks Bring Friendly New Guys
  • F3 NATX March Madness is here–check out how F3 does March Madness!
  • The NATX Murph will take place on Memorial Day (May 27)… 65 days away!
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Howl at the Moon

Extra Credit: 3 PAX donned a ruck and practiced some extreme couponing–perhaps a little too extreme…

QIC: Golden Pinky

PAX: Newton, Cable Guy, Slides, WikiLeaks, Red Ryder, Platinum Pinky

GLOOM FACTOR: Dark, Texas-chilly, 55ºF

WARMARAMA
Circle up!
10 WMH IC
10 Cherry Pickers IC
10 Imperial Walkers IC
10 Hillbillies IC
10 LBAC IC
10 RLBAC IC
25 SSH IC

The THANG
Keep circled up!

Merkin Ladder (1 – 10 – 1)

Jump Squat Ladder (1 – 10 – 1)

Mountain Climber Ladder (1 – 10 – 1)

Crunchy Frog Ladder (1 – 10* – 1)
* At this point, the PAX were all feeling it in the hip flexor, so YHC called an audible and had the PAX flip over for Upward Dog. Slides pointed out that Upward Dog deserved its very own F3 Exercon name and offered up the name “Howl at the Moon” – a perfectly fitting name for what it looked like the PAX was doing! The PAX transitioned into Downward Dog and Slides offered up the name “Gateway Arch” – another perfectly fitting name to put in the Exercon!

Flutter Kick Ladder (1 – 10* – 1)
* Break for one more round of Howl at the Moon and Gateway Arches.

MARY
Merkin Ring of Fire (10 Merkins each… except for Newton, who might still be doing Merkins at The Big House!)

COT/BOM
It was incredibly exciting having 7 PAX at the workout today. Obviously, I enjoy any company I can get at our workouts and I certainly cherish the time I get with any and all PAX that show up. But, at a deeper level, today was special because we had men post at the workout who we haven’t seen in a while, we had men fighting through some pain (that I may or may not have inflicted), and we had men who continue to come out and crush the workout.

I was reminded (by, of all things, one of my F3 shirts) about how iron sharpens iron and I 100% believe this is what happens in this group. We start off by making each other better in terms of Fitness, but we soon start making each other better in terms of being a man and being a leader. I hope I was able to help sharpen each of the PAX today and I can personally attest to being sharpened each and every time I am around every single one of my F3 NATX brothers! Aye!

Announcements

  • The official launch of our Saturday AO – Robin’s Hood – is planned for next Saturday, March 30. Make plans to come out, bring a friend or two, and celebrate the launch of NATX’s
  • NATX shirts are on sale now until March 27 (5 days left)! Get yours at F3.mudgear.com.
  • April NATX Challenge: April Headlocks Bring Friendly New Guys
  • F3 NATX March Madness is here–check out how F3 does March Madness!
  • The NATX Murph will take place on Memorial Day (May 27)… 66 days away!
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Ring Around the Mosey

Extra Credit: Cable Guy, Golden Pinky, and Newton continued our Ruck EC with a 4 miler and then joined the rest of the PAX to enjoy the Greyhound AO.

QIC: Newton

PAX: Platinum Pinky, Golden Pinky, Cable Guy, Red Ryder

GLOOM FACTOR: Clear, 52ºF

WARMARAMA
50 SSH IC
30 Imperial Stormtroopers IC
10 Windmills IC
15 Bean Pickers IC
10 Arm Circles forward
10 Arm Circles reverse
10 Overhead Claps – “Seal-like”
5-1 Motivators

The THANG
Mosey to the Track

  • 20 Merkins – 200m mosey – 20 Merkins – 200m mosey
  • 20 LBC – 200m mosey – 20 LBC – 200m mosey
  • 20 WW2 – 200m mosey – 20 WW2 – 200m mosey
  • 30 Squats – 200m mosey – 30 Squats – 200m mosey

Mosey down to parking lot for Lazy Dora:

  • Partner1 10 Merkins, Partner2 Planks – flapjack until 60 total Merkins
  • Partner1 20 LBCs, Partner2 performs a 6″ leg hold – flapjack until 160 total LBCs
  • Partner1 30 squats, Partner2 does squat hold or wall sit – flapjack until 260 squats

That brought our count to: 100 Merkins, 200 LBCs, 300 Squats. Well done, Men!

MARY
10 SlowMo Merkins IC
Side planks 30s X 2

COT/BOM
Everyone looked real strong out there. Thank you everyone for your commitment to showing up in the gloom… I’m looking forward to seeing our group continue to grow in the coming months. Have a great hump day!

Announcements

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NATX Challenge: April Headlocks Bring Friendly New Guys

NATX PAX, Welcome to Springtime!

The cold winter weather is behind us and the sweltering summer weather is not yet upon us… that means this is the perfect time to be recruiting FNGs to join our F3 NATX workouts!

The Challenge:

Right now, think of 5 friends/neighbors/co-workers/acquaintances–you will soon put these 5 people in an Emotional Headlock (EH) to join you at one of our F3 NATX workouts.

On April 1, you will post the names of your 5 friends on our NATX Slack channel: NATX-Challenge. This represents your commitment to Headlock your friends throughout the month of April (and beyond).

If you are able to successfully EH all 5 of your friends and bring them to an F3 NATX workout in the month of April, you will receive a brand new F3 Reflective Patch to put on your ruck (or wherever else you put your patches).

On the NATX-Challenge Slack channel, you will also post the name of 1 group or organization you would like to contact in order to spread the word about F3 NATX and recruit FNGs. This group or organization could be a business network, a church group, or anything else where 2 or more people gather.

The Goal:

The most obvious goal in the April NATX Challenge is that our F3 group would grow. This aligns perfectly with F3’s mission to plant, grow, and serve small workout groups for men for the invigoration of male community leadership.

Right now, on average, we have anywhere from 4 – 6 PAX at our workouts. Imagine if we multiply those numbers by 5… workouts with 20 – 30 PAX adds another level of intensity to the 1st F and reaching those numbers would be an incredible milestone in our journey!

But, perhaps the most important reason to focus on the growth of our region is to share the mission and impact of F3 with as many men as possible in North Austin, TX. My hope is that F3 has been (and continues to be) a positive force in your life and that you would feel compelled to share this group with others.

Good luck with those headlocks, men! Can’t wait to meet our future FNGs!

Aye,
Golden Pinky

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Two Steps Forward

Extra Credit: The plan was a little Murph Challenge training, however Murph Challenge training did not occur in the gloom this AM.

QIC: Golden Pinky

PAX: Red Ryder

GLOOM FACTOR: Full moon, chilly, 48ºF

WARMARAMA
25 SSH IC
10 Merkins SC
10 Willie Mays Hayes IC
9 Merkins SC
10 LBAC IC
8 Merkins SC
10 RLBAC IC
7 Merkins SC
10 Hillbillies
6 Merkins SC
10 Cherry Pickers IC
5 Merkins SC
10 Imperial Walkers
4 Merkins SC
10-Count Leg Stretches
6 Merkins SC

The THANG
Fellowship Lap around entire MoH parking lot.
Bear Crawl Paula Abduls: BC forward 2 spaces, 1 Merkins, CB back 1 space, 1 Merkin until PAX got to the other side.
Lunge Walk Paula Abduls: LW forward 2 spaces, 1 Squat, WL back 1 space, 1 Squat until PAX got to the other side.

Fellowship Lap #2.
YHC then flipped everything around…
Crawl Bear Paula Abduls: CB back 2 spaces, 1 Merkin, BC forward 1 space, 1 Merkin until PAX got to the other side.
Walk Lunge Paula Abduls: WL back 2 space, 1 Squat, LW forward 1 space, 1 Squat until PAX got to the other side.

One more Fellowship Lap.

MARY
20 Flutter Kicks IC
20 LBCs IC
20 Freddie Mercury’s IC

COT/BOM
Our Paula Abduls today reminded me about the journey I have been on working to plant the shovel flag in North Austin, TX and expand our incredible group. There are so many instances where our group has taken two steps forward: FNGs, 2nd F’s, GoRuck/Murph training, etc. There are other times, however, where it feels like the group takes one step back–usually in the form of PAX numbers dipping at a workout.

Yet, even in those instances, I am encouraged by the PAX that show up and, together, we continue to push this group forward. I’m so thrilled Red Ryder made it out for his 3rd workout already and I always enjoy getting to know my F3 brothers a little better as we suffer during the beatdown. So, let’s continue to push each other to take 2 steps forward and don’t let those 1 step back moments get you down, as you have a group of brothers here for you and ready to help you take your next 2 steps forward!

Announcements

  • NATX shirts are on sale now until March 27 (9 days left)! Get yours at F3.mudgear.com.
  • Coming soon… April Headlocks Bring Friendly New Guys
  • F3 NATX March Madness is here–check out how F3 does March Madness!
  • The NATX Murph will take place on Memorial Day (May 27)… 70 days away!
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Co-Qs & Coffeeteria

Extra Credit: Murph Challenge training – quick lap, 100 pull-ups, 200 merkins, 300 squats.

QIC(s): Golden Pinky, Cable Guy, Newton

GLOOM FACTOR: Colder than normal for mid-March, 44ºF

WARMARAMA
(Q – Golden Pinky)
Fellowship Lap
25 SSH IC
10 WMH IC
10 LBAC IC
10 RLBAC IC
10 Imperial Walkers IC
10-Count Arm Stretches
10-Count Leg Stretches

The THANG
(Q – Cable Guy)
Mosey to soccer fields.
Bernie Sanders to mid-point of field, turn and Sprint to the other side. (x2)
Lunge Walk to mid-point of field, turn and backwards Lunge Walk to the other side. (x2)
Open Gate Walk backwards to soccer goal.
Side Shuffles from one goal to the other, side shuffle back to first goal.
Calf/Shin stretch (to recover from EC Ruck from Friday).

(Q – Golden Pinky)
Jacob’s Ladder / 11’s Combo
Sprint up the hill, 10 Burpees, Sprint down the hill, 1 WWII
Repeato (decrease by 1 Burpee/increase by 1 WWII) until PAX hits 1 Burpee and 10 WWIIs

(Q – Newton)
5 Wide-Arm Merkins IC
10 Diamond Merkins IC
5 Absolution IC
5-1 Motivators

MARY
YHC’s memory is a little fuzzy, but there were definitely Flutter Kicks, Crunchy Frogs, and In & Outs involved…

COT/BOM
Newton closed the workout with a prayer for safe travels for those traveling and a great weekend for all NATX PAX. Until we see each other in the gloom again soon!

Announcements

  • NATX shirts are on sale now until March 27! Get yours at F3.mudgear.com.
  • Coming soon… April Headlocks Bring Friendly New Guys
  • The NATX Murph will take place on Memorial Day (May 27)… 72 days away!
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