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1st Annual Gobbler Challenge

1st Annual Gobbler Challenge

When: 2020-11-26
QIC: I-Beam
The PAX: I-Beam, La-Z-Boy, Junk, Slide Rule, Tweet-E, Waxjob, Zoom, Butters, Wallball, Repeat, Frosty, Unibrau
3 FNGs – Quidditch, Jetta, Compass

Conditions: Gloomy, 57 degrees

Side Straddle Hops x 10 IC
Imperial Walkers x 10 IC
Cherry Pickers x 5 IC
Baby Arm Circles x 10 IC

Gobbler Challenge
5 Rounds of KB swings and an exercise
10 KB Swings, 10 Exercise
15 KB Swings, 15 Exercise
25 KB Swings, 25 Exercise
50 KB Swings, 50 Exercise
Run a lap (1/4 mile)

Repeat substituting next exercise

Exercises: Hand Release Merkins, Squats, Bent Over Rows, Rowers, Overhead Press


Thanksgiving. Remember the reason for thanksgiving and give thanks for all that we have and those on our life that support us and make us better.

BUDs Seal Training (maybe)

When: 2020-11-19
QIC: I-Beam
The PAX: I-Beam, Mayberry, La-Z-Boy, Snitch, Junk, Biscuits, Slide Rule, Tweet-E, Bowflex, Driftwood, Tank, Excitebike, Waxjob

Conditions: Winter-like, 31 degrees

Side Straddle Hops x 12 IC
3 Burpees OYO
Imperial Walkers x 12 IC
3 Burpees OYO
Cherry Pickers x 65IC
5 Burpees OYO
Squats x 10 IC

Count off by 2

Mosey to Matterhorn
BUDS PT Round 1
Team 1 carries boat to Backbone
Team 2 Merkins, pull-ups, 4-ct flutter kicks (20,5,35 – AMRAP)

BUDS PT Round 2
Team 1 carry boat
Team 2 BBS, Squats, 8-ct body builders
(15,20,15 -AMRAP)

Team Indian Run with Boat
Tennis Court Suicides x 3
3 Burpees OYO in between

Flutter kicks x 15 IC
Hello Dolly’s x 15 IC
Reverse Crunches x 10 IC
Burpees x 5 OYO


Privilege is the idea that you have received or been granted something for which you put no effort into. This can be manifested in a lot of ways. The upbringing you had, the job you work, your race and many other areas of life. I’ve been contemplating privilege in many ways over the past couple of weeks.

I saw a video on privilege where a teach offered some kids $100 to the person who ran the fastest across a field. He handicapped those without privilege first. Look it up on YouTube. It’s an interesting watch.

I saw it played out in last nights episode of the Crown where Michael Fagan not once, but twice broke into Buckingham Palace and went the to the Queens room. He was down on his luck and the scene portrayed a kind of privilege where the queen has and Fagan did not.

I also heard it in this weeks F3 Podcast with Steam and Crawdad. Crawdad admitted his first job in DC was not because he wasn’t necessarily qualified but he knew somebody. I can relate to that in my first job.

Where does privilege hit you?

Anatomy of a Burpee (Revisited)

QIC: I-Beam
The PAX: Mayberry, Bowflex, Slide Rule, Ribbed, Mudpuppy, La-Z-Boy, Biscuits, I-Beam

Conditions: Clear and 59 degrees

Side Straddle Hops x 20 IC
2 Burpees OYO
Imperial Walkers x 11 IC
2 Burpees OYO
Cherry Pickers x 6 IC

Mosey to boat parking lot
Dora EMOM (Burpees)
100 – Donkey Kicks
200 – Hand Release Merkins
300 – Jump Squats
Flutter Kicks til 6 is up

Slow mosey cool down together

11’s at Baby Everest
1 BBS at bottom
Bear crawl up hill
10 Burpees
Crab crawl down hill
Repeat, 2/9, 3/8……

Mosey back to parking lot
Flutter kicks x 20 IC
LBC’s x 20 IC
Box Cutters x 20 IC
Hello Dolly’s x 20 IC
V-Ups x 10 OYO
Burpees x 5 OYO


Patience is the ability to endure difficult circumstances such as perseverance in the face of delay; tolerance of provocation without responding in annoyance/anger; or forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties.

To me: Patience is the level of endurance one can have before negativity.

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world – Helen Keller

Proverbs 14:29
Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly

My daily struggle is frustration. Most days I can’t believe people don’t see things the same way I do. I continually strive to gather info before I hastily respond.

Indie 500

THE SCENE: Mid-50s and clear. Slight smell of 2-stroke exhaust.

SSH x25 IC
Cherry Pickers x5 IC
Tempo Squats x10 IC
Crabettes x10 IC
LBCs x15 IC

Grab a CMU and circle up. We’re working independently today. Cardboard wienkie as follows:

15 Up & Over Merkins (L+R=1)
30 Upright Row
20 Squat Thrust
30 Curls
30 Tri Ext
30 CMU Swing
20 Hand-Release Derkin
20 Lawn Mowers (each side)
15 Twist Lunge (each leg)
20 OHP each arm (or 50 with both arms)
20 ALPOs
20 V-ups
Total reps add to 500… But if you get done early, R&R.

After each exercise, take a lap around the outhouse.

Just put up those CMUs
16 showed up to get better today.
Utmost.org from Nov 5:

Partakers of His Suffering

…but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings… —1 Peter 4:13

If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a number of experiences that are not meant for you personally at all. They are designed to make you useful in His hands, and to enable you to understand what takes place in the lives of others. Because of this process, you will never be surprised by what comes your way. You say, “Oh, I can’t deal with that person.” Why can’t you? God gave you sufficient opportunities to learn from Him about that problem; but you turned away, not heeding the lesson, because it seemed foolish to spend your time that way.

The sufferings of Christ were not those of ordinary people. He suffered “according to the will of God” (1 Peter 4:19), having a different point of view of suffering from ours. It is only through our relationship with Jesus Christ that we can understand what God is after in His dealings with us. When it comes to suffering, it is part of our Christian culture to want to know God’s purpose beforehand. In the history of the Christian church, the tendency has been to avoid being identified with the sufferings of Jesus Christ. People have sought to carry out God’s orders through a shortcut of their own. God’s way is always the way of suffering— the way of the “long road home.”

Are we partakers of Christ’s sufferings? Are we prepared for God to stamp out our personal ambitions? Are we prepared for God to destroy our individual decisions by supernaturally transforming them? It will mean not knowing why God is taking us that way, because knowing would make us spiritually proud. We never realize at the time what God is putting us through— we go through it more or less without understanding. Then suddenly we come to a place of enlightenment, and realize— “God has strengthened me and I didn’t even know it!”
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Faith through Doubt

  1. THE SCENE: Insert info about the weather, etc.

    10 Windmills, 10 Cherry Pickers, Little of This and That, Michael Phelps.
    Mosey to large parking lot with gardens in middle.  We will perform Iron PAX Week 0 challenge, doing the following exercises six times:
  • 24 merkins
  • 24 squats
  • 24 lunges where both legs = 1
  • 400 meter run

Those men finishing first will do the following exercises:

  • 40 Baby Crunches
  • 30 Big Boy Sit-Ups
  • 20 Side Straddle Hops (4 count)
  • 20 Hello Dollies (4 count)
  • 20 American Hammers (4 Count)
  • 20 Mountain Climbers (4 Count)
  • 20 Bicycle Kicks (4 Count)

Mosey to AO

Twelve men, no FNG’s.

The whole problem with the world is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.  –Bertrand Russell

As a Christian, I get pissed off by people who are so damned sure about the bible and about God.  I’m talking about the guy who arrogantly proclaims that it is sacrilegious for us to question God.  Do these people really think about God?  With all the pain, injustice, greed, and despair in this world, don’t we have a right to question?  Are we supposed to follow God like robots, like automatons, never wondering, never doubting?

As a Christian, I have found my knowledge of God and faith in God strengthened by my questioning and doubts.  For, it is through my questioning that I seek, read, talk to others with more knowledge than I, and ultimately ponder, wrestle with, and finally converse with God.

It is nice to know that I am in good company.  Look at Christ’s disciples when he was taken to be crucified.  Look at Peter.  Christ told him that he would doubt and deny him, saying that before the rooster crowed Peter would deny his three times.  And, having done so, when the rooster crowed and Peter remember what Christ said, he wept bitterly.  But, like Paul, Peter would become a great apostle who spoke for and spread the word about Christ.  And, like Paul, he was willing to be killed to do so.  And most of Christ’s other disciples, who doubted just as Peter did, also died proclaiming Christ.

I read a 2014 Oped in the New York Times by Julia Baird.  In it, she talked about the backlash he received when Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has admitted that he sometimes questioned God.  The International Business Times proclaimed his statement was the “doubt of the century.”  The Australian atheist columnist, Peter FitzSimons, tweeted, “Victory.”  The Archbishop is a man who has reasons to doubt God.  As a teenager, he cared for an alcoholic father.  He lost his first daughter to a car accident when she was seven months  old.  But, as a follower of God, his questioning has strengthened him.  He understands others because he has suffered.  He understands doubt because he has doubted.  And, he knows that Christ, whJen he died on the cross, spoke for our doubts when He cried, “My God, Why have you forsaken me?”

As Ms. Baird aptly stated in her Oped, “Just as courage is persisting in the face of fear, so faith is persisting in the face of doubt.

So brothers, when you question this world, when you question it’s creator, know that you are in good company.  Doubt, but persist in the face of your doubt.  Persist in seeking answers to your doubts.  And have faith that God understands your doubts, but seeks you.

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