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

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


  • 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

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

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!


  • 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
  • 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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The Mini-Q

QIC(s) / PAX: Newton, Golden Pinky, Red Ryder, Photo Op

GLOOM FACTOR: Dark, Wet, 70ºF

(Q – Newton)
15 Imperial Troopers IC
10 Willie Mays Hayes IC
10 Air Squats SC
Motivators 5-1

YHC broke the remainder of the workout into four even 7-minute portions and gave each PAX a portion to do with it whatever they saw fit… YHC went first to give the PAX enough time to plan out their mini-Q.

Mini-Q #1: Golden Pinky
YHC led the PAX to Platinum Pinky’s Power Park. There are 4 stations at PPPP and the PAX rotated through each station:
– Bench 1: 30 Dips
– Bench 2: 20 Step-Ups
– Bench 3: 20 Derkins
– Bench 4: Hold BTTW

After PPPP, there was just enough time to mosey to the basketball courts and Lt. Danger from one baseline to the other baseline and back to the original baseline.

Mini-Q #2: Red Ryder
Red Ryder led the PAX up to the track and to one end of the straightaway.
– Sprint to the other end of the straightaway
– Perform 10 Burpees
– Bernie Sanders back to the starting point
– 1 final lap around the track

Mini Q #3: Photo Op
Photo Op had the PAX mosey to the top of the stairs. The PAX then proceeded to perform a Derkin on each step of the stairs all the way down to the bottom.

Going back up the stairs, the PAX would run up to each flat portion of the stairs and perform:
– 1st Flat = 10 LBCs
– 2nd Flat = 10 Flutter Kicks
– 3rd Flat = 10 Jump Squats
– 4th Flat = 10 Merkins
– 5th Flat = 10 WWIIs

Mini-Q #4: Newton
Newton led the PAX back down to the parking lot.
– 30 SSH IC
– 7 SLOW Diamond Merkins IC

No time for Mary today (but YHC and P.O. may or may not have run a couple hill sprints after Newton and Red Ryder pulled away) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Newton closed the workout with a prayer thanking God for the day and the opportunity to workout together and


  • Every month is the official FNG month for F3, but April is going to be a huge EH/FNG month for F3 NATX. YHC will provide the details soon, but the working title of our recruiting push will be…
    April Headlocks Bring Friendly New Guys
  • NATX logo is finalized and shirt types have been chosen! Our pre-order page is being created and should be up within the next 24-48 hours.
    • Once the page is launched, there will be a 2-week window for pre-orders, so get your orders in early and often! Shirts will be shipped 10 days after the pre-order window closes.
  • WikiLeaks is the Austin, TX Chapter President for the National Marine Corps Business Network and is looking for any Marines the PAX might know to get connected into the network.
  • The NATX Murph will take place on Memorial Day (May 27)… 75 days away!
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Third Leg

::YHC knocks on wood::
It seems like this eternal winter might finally be behind us and warmer weather is around the corner! With the arrival of spring, YHC is excited about better opportunities to recruit FNGs and expand the NATX PAX.

YHC took the opportunity today to help the PAX get back to basics, learn the importance of HTC, and get some Q practice in. That’s right… today there would not be a Q at The Big House, because we would all be the Q today at TBH!


PAX: Photo Op, Newton, Platinum Pinky, Golden Pinky

GLOOM FACTOR: Light Breeze, 64ºF

(Q – Golden Pinky)
10 Body Weight Squats SC
10 Merkins SC
10 Cherry Pickers IC
10 Slow Merkins IC
10 Merkins IC

(Q – Newton)
Newton pulled out the bricks and proceeded to smoke the PAX:
50 Shoulder Presses
50 Arm Curls
50 Squats
50 Side Lateral Raises
25 Arm Curls

(Q – Platinum Pinky)
Platinum Pinky led the PAX in a lap around Heartbreak Hill to aid in upper body recovery.

(Q – Photo Op)
Photo Op led the PAX over to a set of large stone stairs.
Side Alligator Walk up the large stone stairs, hit the top step, Side Alligator Walk down the large stone stairs.
20 Derkins SC

(Q – Platinum Pinky)
59 Flutter Kicks SC
25 Crunchy Frogs IC

(Q – Golden Pinky)
10 American Hammers IC (x6)
30 Mountain Climbers IC
20 Mountain Climbers IC
10 Mountain Climbers IC

Towards the end of Freed to Lead, there is a section about The Third 500, where OBT joins the Harvard Crew program and his coach explains the only way to survive the 2,000 meter race: divide the race into quarters – four 500-meter legs.

In the First 500, the crew would be sprinting off the line, full of adrenaline, and this leg would fly by. In the Second 500, the crew would be finding their swing, settle into race cadence, and coming together for the journey ahead. In the Fourth and final 500, the crew would go “balls to the wall” to the finish line, pulling with anything and everything they had left.

However, the coach explained that it was the Third 500 meter leg where the race would be won or lost. At this point in the race, the start would be a distant memory and the finish too distant to even contemplate. If they could hold it together – as individuals and as a crew – in the Third 500, that would be the difference.

Life is incredibly similar to this 2,000 meter race. In the First 500 (Birth to 20), you are sprinting off the line, full of adrenaline and the race is very new to you. In the Second 500 (College to 40), you have begun to settle into a career, a family, and finding your rhythm. In the Fourth and final 500 (60 to 80 and beyond), the finish is in sight and you are giving it anything and everything you’ve got left. However, the Third 500 (40 to 60) – the time of the stereotypical midlife crisis – is the time where most men get lost in the fog of the race. The start line is a distant memory and the finish is not yet in sight.

F3 has proven to be useful way to help men hold it together – as individuals and as a PAX. So, whether you are in the First, Second, Third, or Fourth leg of your race, my hope is that F3 has helped you hold on to the vision for your life and helped push you towards the prize of finishing this race we are all in.

T-claps to Platinum Pinky for crushing the Third Leg of this race and moving on to the Fourth Leg. I am confident you will be crushing the Fourth Leg with the same determination and dedication that helped you crush the Third Leg!


  • NATX logo almost finalized! Provide your final input on the F3 Gear channel on the NATX Slack workspace.
    • Next steps: F3 Nation approves our logo, we choose shirt type(s), and then we order shirts!
  • NATX Murph training officially kicks off this Monday, March 11 at Mettle of Honor. The NATX Murph will take place on Memorial Day (May 27)… 80 days away!
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Photogenic Beatdown

2 PAX took part in an EC Ruck at 0430 before the Main Event.

It was a brisk 23ºF at the start of the workout and dark as we started the warmarama. After a late night waiting up for my 2.1 to get home from theater practice, it was especially tough to get up and come into the gloom.

QIC: Photo Op

PAX: Newton, Golden Pinky


10 Imperial Walkers IC
15 Hillbillies IC
10 Calf Stretches x3
10 Merkins

Mosey to the track where we started with 25 Merkins and 2 sprints x 1/4 of the track.
Next was 25 Burpees and 2 sprints x 1/4 of the track.
Next was 25 Mountain Climbers (single count) and 2 sprints x 1/4 of the track.

We then proceeded to test our endurance by duplicating the above on the track except for doubling the Merkins, Burpees, and Mountain Climbers but still had to run the track in between.

20 American Hammers IC
10 LBCs IC
20 Flutter Kicks IC
10 LBCs IC
1 Minute Plank Hold


  • Preliminary NATX logo designs have been created! Provide your input on the F3 Gear channel on the NATX Slack workspace.
  • Spring is just around the corner and we need to anticipate/capitalize on the warmer weather to bring more FNGs into our fold.
  • NATX Murph training officially kicks off this Monday, March 11 at Mettle of Honor. The NATX Murph will take place on Memorial Day (May 27)… 82 days away!

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Mustard Seed Planted at Mettle of Honor

It was about 25 degrees out there and working out in the gloom with some wind gusts wasn’t easy at all. So special thanks to the fellow F3 members for showing and supporting my 4th Q. I thought of doing some weights so I request Newton to bring his gear (bricks/blocks) but I changed the day’s theme to track and stack to keep ourselves warm.

QIC: Globetrotter

PAX: Photo Op, Newton, Golden Pinky

GLOOM FACTOR: Dark, Windy, 28ºF

Theme – Track and stack. The PAX starts with a jog, stops for an exercise of 10 reps and starts to jogs again. For every new stop we add a new exercise with 10 reps and stack 10 more reps for every exercise we did in prior stop.

Here is the order of exercises listed along with a total count of reps by end of day:

  • LBC (150)
  • Merkins (100)
  • High knees (60)
  • Balls to the walls (Bonus, one time only, single count 40)
  • Mountain climbers (30)
  • Crawl bear up the stairs (Bonus, one time only)
  • Squats (10)
  • Pull ups and Dips (Bonus, one time only, single count 10 set of 4)

No time for Mary today.


  • NATX Mustard Seed page is now live!
  • Photo Op has the Q this Wednesday, March 6 at #thegreyhound

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