The Sanitarium Backblast: Libertarian Beatdown

March 2, 2021//Papillion-LaVista Senior High//AO-The Sanitarium//28 Glorious degrees//

18 Pax: Grillz, Arch, Golden Pike, Skittles, Tony the Tiger, Maaco, Ferdinand, Knobbs, Zoro, Squeaky Clean, Baby Shark, Girl Dad, Levy, Roney, Grease Fire, Schnapps, Trench, and Folsom.

Q: Folsom

The PAX gathered in the shadows, what’s up with no one having light? Guess it’s a spooky Sanitarium thing. Many of the men just arrived back from their pre-run. Folsom welcomed everyone to F3! The mission statement was stated, the 5 core principles were stated with special emphasis on the principle of being led by the members on a rotating basis, and the disclaimer was unspoken. Then the PAX got down to business as Folsom lead them on a mosey around the school to Centennial St. before pausing for the warm up.

Warm O’ Rama (10 minutes) (Folsom took this time to Explain and Demonstrate HTC to the PAX because the rest of the beatdown would allow the PAX to get some Practical Exercise.)

  1. Butt Kickers OYO, while Folsom briefly explained that today’s beatdown would allow everyone a chance to pick and lead an exercise. He called it the Libertarian Beatdown. Folsom explained that as a Libertarian, he believes in everyone’s right to choose for themselves and to suffer the consequences of those choices, but since this is F3, the PAX would suffer together. Folsom further explained that he was not advocating anarchy, and therefore there would be some rules. Each PAX had to use HTC (How To Count) to lead the exercise and it had to be hard. A violation of either rule would lead to punishment burpees for the entire PAX. (Folsom is proud to say that no punishment burpees were needed.)
  2. High Knees OYO, Folsom explained HTC’s purpose and importance, “it gives [the Q’s] confidence in their ability to lead the PAX and the opportunity to demonstrate their competence in that ability. We [Dredd and OBT] believe that confidence and competence are leadership building blocks, which is at the heart of F3’s Purpose.” Each count represents a movement, and therefore allows the Q to set the pace.
  3. Don Quixote ICx10, nice and slow
  4. Cherry Pickers ICx20
  5. LL Cool J ICx7

The Thang: String of Pearls, Freed to Lead Libertarian Style (25minutes)

Folsom had the PAX count off, he was number 18. He led the PAX on a short mosey (string), probably .25 miles, then had the PAX circle up for the first of 5 pain stations. The PAX numbered 1, 2, 3 got to pick and lead an exercise at the first stop (pearl). 1 had to lead a lower body exercise, 2 lead a core exercise, and 3 lead an upper body exercise. Then the PAX moseyed another .25 miles, to circle up for numbers 4, 5, 6 to lead with the same guidelines. This continued until returning to the shovelflags at exactly 6:15. Folsom sincerely apologies to the PAX numbered 16 and 17 who didn’t get time to lead today and for going a bit over time.

MOM: No need for Mary today.

Announcements/Prayers: 2nd F lunch and happy hour this Friday! Check Slack for details.

COT: Khakis had this idea to talk about the core principles of F3 whenever he gives a CoT in 2021. Because it was a great idea, I stole it. Today, I decided to talk about why we are led by the members on a rotating basis. Some are clearly better than most others, so why not let them lead all the time? The PAX are guaranteed a good beatdown and no one has to take a chance of ending up in the Museum of Failure. If we did that, then F3 would really just be another workout group. The mission of F3 is to reinvigorate male community leadership through planting, growing, and serving small workout groups. Leaders are made by actually leading. You can’t watch another kid ride a bike, having never ridden one yourself and then ride a bike expertly. You will fail, but through failing you learn to ride a bike. Leadership is learned in the same way. HTC is blueprint for leadership. To master anything, a man has to have it explained, have it demonstrated, and then have the time to practice it. Leading a beatdown is practicing leadership. Gaining confidence and competence in the gloom translates to other leadership opportunities. I know, because I’ve used that confidence to be a leader at my job and among family and friends. Aye- Folsom

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