The Colosseum Backblast: Love thyself!

June 8, 2021//Westside High School//AO-The Colosseum//72 balmy degrees//

29 Pax: Toadstool, Wide Right, Pablo, Jack Rabbit, Sven, Scrunchie, Super Nasty, Lansbury, Dirty Bird, Half Pipe, Sportiva, Super Tasty, Finkel, Dr. Thunder, Bear Grylls, Stella!, Safe Ride, Tin Cup, Z-Bo, Samples (respect!), Bloodshot, Tinderfoot, Greek Freak, Flanders, Smashmouth, Space Bar, Ice T, Betamax, and Folsom.

Q: Folsom

The PAX gathered just outside the track. Folsom greeted the PAX with a hardy good morning and told them that there will be two namarama’s today. The first the PAX get to pick their own nicknames to say, the second with their given F3 nicknames. The mission statement was made, the 5 core principles were stated, the disclaimer was made, and then Folsom sent the PAX for a mosey around the track, then onto the field at the 50 yard line.

Warm O’ Rama (7 minutes)

  • Goof Balls ICx20
  • Monkey Humpers ICx15
  • Mountain Climbers ICx20
  • Tempo Merkins ICx10

The Pre-Thang: Jumping Stairs (10 minutes)

Folsom had the PAX count off by 2’s, sent the 1’s to the north side and the 2’s to the south side of the east stadium stairs. Both groups were told to partner up. All PAX were told to do 5 Jungle Boi Squats, 2 Scoopz Style, then Partner A ran up the stairs, Bernie Sanders to the next set of stairs, run down and then join their partners. The partners then did 5 more Jungle Boi’s before switching off. The partner not running the stairs did AMRAP of these three exercises: Derkins, Dips, and Incline Merkins. After the second partner completed the 3rd exercise, the partners ran to the north end zone and held plank while waiting for the six.

The Thang: Speed Skating Ladders and More (15 minutes)

Once everyone had reached the endzone from the stadium stairs, Folsom had the PAX partner up again, but with a different partner. Partner A started with the Speed Skating Ladder, which was Apollo Ono’s to the 10, 20, and 30 yard lines, (That was the plan, but after doing that once, Folso called an audible to omit the 30 yard speed skate going forward.) mosey back to goal line in between. Partner B did AMRAP of the following exercises until relieved by his partner. Folsom’s Bad Ass playlist kept the PAX energized during this 2 man grinder!


  • Cherry Pickers
  • Alternating Should Taps
  • Flutter Kicks
  • Fox holes (1 Big Boy + 1 Merkin = 1 Fox hole)
  • Alternating Lunges
  • T-bar Merkins

Post-Thang: We had a few extra minutes so Folsom lead the PAX to midfield for a run at The Impossible Push Up. I guess it’s some YouTube, or Tik Tok, or something trend where you have to do one push up that takes 3 minutes. That’s 90 seconds to lower yourself and 90 seconds to raise back up. You can never take tension off your muscles, and you have to move, you can’t just hold high plank and then drop in the last few seconds. But since that looked really hard in the video Folsom watched, we started training with a 1 minute push up, 30 seconds to lower, 30 seconds to raise. Folsom can’t speak for everyone but he was pretty pleased he was able to do it!  

MOM: although it was nearly 6:05, Folsom proceeded with Mary.

Announcements/Prayers:  There is a whole bunch of stuff going on this week and the fun really gets rolling this weekend. If you don’t already know, you better ask somebody!  

COT: The first Namarama I let everyone pick their own nicknames. It wasn’t a test or anything, but a way to get people to think about what I’m about to talk about. That is self-acceptance. If you can’t love yourself for who you are, how can you expect anyone else to love you? I’m not saying to think that you’re perfect or that you should give up trying to improve, but rather to accept that you have faults, but also talents, and that you deserve to be loved regardless of your deficiencies and regardless of past behaviors or choices. It’s great that you are working to improve yourself, but you need to forgive your past mistakes and not make that love conditional on any improvements. There is a proven, strong correlation between self-acceptance and happiness. Duh! For more information, check out this article.

Aye- Folsom

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