Date: Friday, September 10th, 2021

AO: The Brickyard

PAX: Greek Freak, Stella, Bloodshot, Beta Max, Safe Ride, Huffy, Smashmouth, Drone Strike, Doll Face, Hard Hat

Q: Hard Hat

Weather: 68 degrees and clear, the grass was fairly dry as well

Greetings occurred prior to the workout and there was a little discussion about what guys might expect for this workout. I informed Huffy and Stella on the prerun that we would not be running, and that there wouldn’t be much to get the heart rate up for this workout. At 5:30, I welcomed the group as we were all circled up near the playground. I told everyone to grab their coupon, and that for the duration of the workout, we would not put it down. There were some questions to seek some clarification on this, and modification was discussed. The disclaimer was given, and the 3 F’s were described, with emphasis that today’s workout would focus on both the 1st and 2nd Fs. Also, the PAX were warned, things might get a little weird. PAX were then directed to carry their blocks over to the grass and circle up.

Warm-a-Rama: None

The Thang: While everyone was circled up and holding their coupons, the plan for the workout was laid out. We’re going to do exercises with the blocks AMRAP. During each exercise, one PAX will be answering a question. The amount of time to answer is dictated by how quickly another PAX moves from one cone to the next. There was a cone right next to the circle, and other that was probably around 30+ yards away. Each cone had a pile of coupons next to it. Holding onto your coupon for the duration of the workout is one challenge everyone was tasked with. Another challenge, is to carry two coupons to the far cone, and if you’re up for it, carry 3 coupons back. The question to be answered will be the same for each PAX, and we’ll go around the circle. The first question was: Where are you from originally? If you’re from Omaha, what keeps you here? If you’re not from here, why’d you come here? Other questions related to this were asked as well, because the speaker needed to keep talking until the coupon carrying PAX made it back. After everyone answered the first question, we started another round. The next question was: What is the story behind your F3 name? What is something you didn’t mention when you were an FNG that maybe would have been fun to bring up? Again, we went around the circle answering the question. The exercises performed with the coupon were (in no specific order):

  • Squat Thrusters
  • Kettle Swings
  • Curls
  • Alpos
  • Tricep Extension
  • Overhead Press
  • Grave Diggers
  • Goblet Squats
  • Big Boys
  • Alternating Block Merkins
  • Lunges
  • Vertical Coupon Bench Press
  • Dead Lift
  • Flutter Kicks

Upon completion of the 2nd round, there was a little bit of time left, so we did a rapid fire round, with everyone doing American Hammers with the coupon and quickly answering the question: If you could take a bath in any kind of food (beverages are acceptable), what would it be? If you think this is when things got weird, you’d be wrong. Sadly though, you’d have to have been there to hear the answers. This concluded the workout.

Closing: There were a bunch of announcements: 2 club conundrum, Queenservice lunch, Oscar Mike supporting Roll Bar. Prayers for families experiencing loss recently. My message for the COT was a mix of things that have been running through my mind lately. I’ve been on the Q schedule for today for a long time, and didn’t know about today being World Suicide Prevention Day, until a couple days ago. Thinking about that, and also the recent event of someone losing a close family member (not by suicide), got me reflecting on how suicide has affected me an those near me. A couple years ago an event occurred with my mother that caused me to lean into F3 more. It was a little bit of turning point for me in F3, because prior to that, I hadn’t really opened up a whole lot and really hadn’t shown much vulnerability. I received a call one Wednesday evening from my dad regarding an incident with my mom. He didn’t word things very well in that conversation, and for a moment, I thought my mom had passed away. She didn’t but was in the ICU. I made arrangements to head to the hospital she was at that night, and knew I’d be out of town for a few days and would miss F3 workouts, so I texted Ethanol and asked him if the guys could pray for me that Thursday morning. It felt good to ask for help. It was hard to do it at first, but it felt right. I wanted the workout today to symbolize a few things. I wanted the coupon to symbolize the ones we love the most and hold closest to us. Don’t put them down. I wanted the extra coupons to symbolize others. Ones that we want to help, to bring up, to carry along. I wanted them to symbolize that as much as we want to help carry others, we should not put down the ones closest to us, and we cannot take on too much. Carrying others outside of our core group should be temporary, because we don’t want to lose focus of the ones that are or must be the most important to us. I wanted the questions to be answered by everyone so that each guys could share about himself, and feel accepted by the rest of the group. I hope everyone learned a little something about one another, and that might help us to help each other a little more if one of us is struggling.

Aye! – Hard Hat

PS: Several badasses in the group carried 3 coupons. I wasn’t one of them. If you want to know the most efficient way to carry 3, I think Doll Face had the best technique (Sorry Beta Max!). I didn’t think this workout would be very difficult, but damn, I’m sore. Carrying a coupon for 38+ minutes straight can wear on you.

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