The Battlefield (Launch Edition)- The choice is yours, will you fight?

7/30/20 | The Battlefield AO | Westside High School | 64 Degrees – 69% Humidity and a north west breeze of 3 mph 

42 PAX: Big One, Samples (Respect), The Plague, Vandelay (Respect), Tube Socks, Bogie, Room Service, NoDoz, Khakis (Respect), Ponzi, Da Vinci (Respect Respect), Tater Tot, Wide Right, Pony Express, Map Quest (FNG), Icy Hot, Stella, Huffy, Biff, Wait Time, Nugent, Pancake (FNG), Merch, Safe Ride, Todo, LPC, Folsom, Tender Foot, Hoosegow, Beta Max, NightCrawler, Tin Cup, Chichklets (Respect), Tug Boat, Two Step, Radar, Smash Mouth, Mardi Gras (FNG),ToadStool, Slow Roast, Brazilian

Q: Grillz

Welcome FNGs: Map Quest, Pancake and Mardi Gras

PAX gathered at the shovel flag in the parking lot on the north side of Westside High School football field. Grillz welcomed the PAX, shared the mission statement, and gave the disclaimer that he is in no way a professional – modifications were also encouraged and it was suggested they be used liberally!! The PAX welcomed 3 FNGs so the five core principles were shared! Here is an outline of actually what followed…

  • Welcome to F3: Fitness – Fellowship – Faith
  • Any FNGs?
  • F3 Mission: Plant, grow and serve small workout groups for men for the invigoration of male community leadership.  
  • Disclaimer: Not a professional, PAX encouraged to modify as needed.
  • Explanation of a few exercises
  • Principles: Free of charge, open to all men, held outdoors, led in rotating fashion, end in COT

Warm-o-rama: Mosey from Shovel Flag to Center Field

  • 10 Sun Gods (F&B)
  • 10 Imperial Walkers
  • 15 Goof Balls
  • 10 TappyTaps
  • 10 Abe Vigod

Count off for total

Pre-Thang: Mosey on track to south end zone then Ladder run with Burpees 

PAX to count off by 3’s.  Each group lines up in the south end zone, begins ladder run in 25 yard increments.  All PAX begin Burpees while Man #1 runs to 25 yard line and return to goal line, Pick up Man #2, When Man #2 returns to the goal line he picks up Man #3, continue this pattern until everyone in the group is finished with the run.  As you complete the run, being Burpees. Early finishing teams complete Big Boy sit ups until all groups are finished.

Khakis Inspired ModificationDeconstructed Burpees: Merkins, Groaners or Bobby Hurley’s – Your Choice

The Thang: Stair run with warrior stations

Stay in the same group as Pre-Thang and then split into two to complete The Thang. 

Group #1 and #2 start at a station, group #3 will push starting at Station #1.  Run up the stairs and then bear crawl to Station #2 at the top next set of stairs, run down the stairs and bear crawl back to Station #1. Repeat until Omaha at 6:05am!

Warrior Station #1: Legs – Being Battle Ready Begins with a Solid Foundation

Copperhead Squats, Split Jacks, Reverse Lunge with High Knee, Monkey Humpers, Squat Jumps

Warrior Station #2: Shoulder / Chest: Being Battle Ready Ends with Lifting Others Up

Yogi Werkins (Wide merkin with alt. toe touch), Alternating Shoulder Taps, Carolina Dry Docks, Mountain Climbers, Dips

6MOM: American Hammers x 5 IC every other person (5 count every other person) until everyone in the circle has counted.

Warrior Song Playlist (17m 8s):

  • Autobots Reunite by Steve Jablonsky
  • Extraction Point by Hans Zimmer
  • Come Together by Gary Clark Jr. and Junkie XL
  • Warrior Falls by Ludwig Goransson
  • Guardians at the Gate by Audiomachine
  • 11 Days in Hell by Audiomachine

COT: Count off, Name-O-Rama, Name any FNG’s, Announcements/Prayer Requests, COT, Prayer

Thoughts from Grillz COT:

Grillz gave huge T-Claps to all F3Omaha PAX for the encouragement and support leading up to the opening of this site! It’s been a long time coming and he is honored to lead alongside the HIM of F3Omaha. 

Grillz shared that much of the inspiration for the name ‘The Battlefield’ came from John Eldredge and his book Wild at Heart. According to John, we are all in a battle daily – evil is pursuing us, God is after our heart and we’re all the star of this scene.  If you have taken a look at the twitter page for The Battlefield, you will find a favorite quote from the book: 

‘Every man is a warrior inside. But the choice to fight is his own.’

Like F3 in general, The Battlefield will be an AO that prepares HIM for the battlefield of life and ENCOURAGES HIM to CHOOSE TO FIGHT!  Evil is all around and comes at us every day.  Life can take you out unless you are battle ready and always on the swivel and backed up by a solid group of HIM who can call you out, hold you accountable, and share in your struggles and joys!

Grillz dad did not choose his battles well and over the years he made some of the same mistakes his Dad made – plus some others. 4 years ago Grillz stopped drinking, social binge drinking had become an issue for him. Once he got going, he would not stop – until it was too late. While sitting in church one Sunday morning after going out with some friends the night before, still able to smell the alcohol on his breath, the pastor asked a simple question – ‘Is there anything in your life that is keeping you from a deeper relationship with Jesus?’ God intervened with perfect timing as he was sitting there feeling ashamed and lonely. 

The drinking was just a facade to cover old wounds he had never addressed.  The choice he made to stop drinking has led to freedom. Freedom to find an identity in the truth and not hide behind what he thought other people expected, freedom from being what Eldredge calls a poser (The F3 Sad Clown).  Confronting and dealing with wounds is not a fun process, but for Grillz at least, it has allowed him to be free from the shame he had created. Shame that did not actually exist. He is encouraged that he continue to find authentic relationships with people who love and accept him for who he is – who he was created to be – struggles, imperfections, wounds and all! This freedom has also empowered his to share his story freely and openly. Perhaps somehow, just maybe it helps someone turn toward their own freedom, stop posing and get out of their sad clown cycle.

Authenticity and servant leadership are two HUGE things for leaders to remain relevant and credible. The two stair stations in the workout focused on what Grillz suggests is the foundation and ultimate goal of leadership: 

First, the leg station symbolizes a solid foundation of worldview and purpose. Without this, a leader will be without true conviction and is sure to lose influence over those in his care. 

Second, the shoulder/chest station symbolizes the ability to lift others up and/or carry the load for someone else in a time of need. This must be built on the solid foundation and requires true humility to take a back seat when needed. 

In the Bible, Proverbs 4:23 says ‘Guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.’

Sure, we come for the great beatdowns – and of course The Battlefield will showcase these each week.  But if we are not leaning into the fellowship of Sky Q and at least one other PAX – our hearts – the beginning of life – are in danger.

All of this is nice to think about but it requires action.  No one in the group can make that decision for you – YOU MUST make the decision to fight – only you.  Are you fighting for your M, fighting for your 2.0s, fighting to live in your God given purpose?  

Grillz lamented that he has not always fought for these things, and it kills him to look back and know that he was absent from The Fight at times. But the good news is – it’s never too late. You can start today! Grillz challenged each of the HIM in the circle to commit to being intentional to fight the battles and stand up in their purpose – we can change a city.  A city of servant leaders living out true masculinity as it was originally designed.  

As the quote from Braveheart goes, ‘All men die, few men rarely live!’ Grillz says – Let’s LIVE!

See you on #thebattlefield

Aye, Grillz

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