Futurama: “Longest Grinder in Omaha, Part II”

Thursday, August 6, 2020 | Futurama | Memorial Park | 66 degrees & Beautiful Skies 

PAX (17): Nemo (Hate, Hate), Bogey, Touche, Othello, Slow Pitch, Spreadsheet (Hate), T-Bird, Visor (FNG), Minute Man (FNG), Two Step, Polaroid, KC, Abraham (FNG), Mac’n Cheese (Hate), Rooster, Icy Hot, Sparty 

QIC: Sparty 

It was calm and quiet when YHC arrived just after 5am. Shout out to Othello for showing up early to Ruck in the gloom. As he returned to the shovel flags, PAX started arriving from behind the Memorial like a scene out of a movie. It was a smaller group for a Futurama beat down, which was great news. As 5:30am rang, Sparty called out a “Welcome to F3! This is Futurama!!!” He then went through the mission statement and 5 core principles like he had recited it a hundred times before. A couple disclosures were shared after he let the PAX know he is not a professional: 1. You will be running on grass in the dark. Be careful as there are a lot of unknowns and you could step in a hole. 2. You will be doing a partner workout today. Your length of time your partner will be working out will be directly tied to the effort you give when running. Fear started to run through the PAX as mumbling could be heard from all around Sparty. It was time to start a mosey. 

As the Pax ran around the circle drive, they circled up around the flagpole in the memorial. Before we got started, Sparty made an announcement for the PAX to congratulate T-Bird on his 1-year anniversary to F3, TClaps! Sparty then called out the exercises for 


– Sun Gods (10 IC forward, 10 IC backwards) – Seal Claps – 10 IC – OH Claps – 10 IC – Cherry Pickers – 10 IC – Recover – Tappy Taps – 10 IC – Tater Taps – 10 IC – Big Ones – 10 IC – SSH – 30 IC – lot of uncertainty from the PAX as the number climbed and Othello started giggling 

As Warm-a-rama concluded, Sparty advised the PAX to Mosey to the bottom of the stairs. Upon everyone’s arrival, he then shared that we would be doing a simple 3-man grinder. All of the HIM looked to the south and noticed a 2nd light allllllll the way down at Dodge St. More grumblings from the PAX could be heard, and the swear words in their heads were deafening to Sparty. The functionality of a 3- man grinder was quickly explained, and Othello wisely recommended that YHC share with the 3 FNGs what AMRAP means. The PAX then started to divide into groups to get started: 

Exercises at the top of the hill: 

– Merkins 

– Burpees – Dips – SSH – Carolina Drydocks – No one got to this exercise – Incline Merkins – Cherry Pickers – Werkins 

Exercises at the bottom of the hill: 

– Freddie Mercuries – Plank Hold – Big Boy’s – LBCs – Chilcutts (Plank) – No one got to this exercise – American Hammers – Flutter Kicks – Gas Pumpers – Shoulder Taps 

At 6:07am, Sparty yelled down the hill, “OMAHA!” The HIM at the bottom of the hill looked defeated as they now had to run back up the hill to join the rest of the PAX. While we waited for the 6 to get in, the exhausted men got in a plank position until the 6 arrived. Upon his arrival, the PAX mosey’d up the stairs so the yoga ladies could take over the landing. No 6MoM, this is Futurama! 

Name-a-rama: Instructions were given to the 3 FNGs and they all looked prepared but had no idea what was happening. Nemo (Hate, Hate) kicked us off as he was happily welcomed back to the PAX. Touche was given a “Great Job today,” as Sparty was honored to partner with him this morning. T-Bird received an additional shout out for his 1-year anniversary. As Minute Man completed his FNG name, Two Step was astonished as he just realized he went to school with him growing up back in Lexington. He was so caught off guard that there was minimal eye contact with the camera and he immediately walked over to Minute Man after he gave his “2” solute. 

FNG’s were then named: Abraham (nice Two Step), Minute Man (Again Two Step), & Visor (Slow Pitch came in clutch and walked around like he had done this a thousand times, no big deal). 

Announcements: T-Bird and Curse’s Anniversary, 2 Club Conundrum this weekend. 

Prayers: Othello echoed Tube Socks request from the day before for all teachers and students going back to school. Great reminder! 

COT – Today’s workout was a tip of the cap to our man No-Doze that led this same grinder a year ago and it was such a beatdown that Sparty thinks about it all the time and had to replicate it for his first Q at Futurama. We all show up in the morning to Accelerate our First F, but it’s important for all of us to continue to work on Accelerating our 2nd and 3rd F as well. One of the things I have started doing regularly is listening to F3 Podcasts. This last weekend, I heard a great quote from their “COT Podcast” that hit home for me. Shout out to Roadhouse and Vandelay for both recently talking about “Controlling what 

you can control,” in their COTs. This quote was along those lines, just delivered differently. Here is how it was put: 

“I have come to the frightening conclusion, that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture, or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated. And if a person is humanized or de- humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.” 

This is an important reminder for all of us. We carry more power than we realize. We are leaders in our homes, at work, and in the community. We need to pay attention to our attitudes and how we respond to things. This is a struggle for me and this quote is something I can read everyday and be reminded of how I need to be responding. Let’s all be better leaders. 

Prayer: It’s been a while since this could happen, so Sparty called upon Slow Pitch to take us out. After a short laugh by the two of them, Slow Pitch absolutely nailed it. Great job my friend. 



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