It was a wonderful morning for a beatdown and 13 HIMs joined me for some Saturday morning work. The mumble chatter was great (curtailed a bit after getting into the harder work) and the men worked hard on this warm morning. Here’s what we did:
Warmup: Moseyed to the field by the ATC and performed Side Straddle Hops, Moroccan Night Clubs, Cherry Pickers (also known as Through The Tunnel for our Bluffton brothers).
Workout: Still part of the warm up, we did 5 rounds of merkins and body squats (20 reps each) for a total of 100 reps for each exercise. We then moseyed to the York Road Elementary School inclined parking lot and and did an 11 routine with 6 count burpees at the top and jump squats at the bottom (10 – 1, 9-2, etc.) until we ascended the ladder on one end and descended the ladder on the other end. After that was completed, we moseyed to the adjacent field and did 50 in cadence flutter kicks. We then moseyed to the Lutheran Church parking lot for some 4 corners. For the 1st round of 4 corners, we did 25 diamond merkins, 25 body squats, 25 pike presses, and 25 calf raises. For the 2nd round of 4 corners, we did 25 regular merkins, 25 body squats, 25 pike presses, and 25 calf raises. To finish up the workout, we performed 7 prison cell merkins (3 merkins per rep) and 25 in cadence flutter kicks back at the COT.
Moleskin: Brotherhood has been on my mind lately so I wanted to share a bit of my background so the brothers understand why I do what I do and why the F3 brotherhood is so important to me. I have 2 older brothers who are both deceased. My oldest brother died when he was 12 years old due to a disease known as Cystic Fibrosis. I was 6 weeks old at the time and I have always felt a great sense of loss even though I never got to know him. I often wonder what would have been if he had lived and what our relationship would be like. My 2nd brother was killed in an automobile accident when he was 20 years old and I was 10 years old. I idolized him and was devastated when the State Troopers came to our house at 2 AM to give us this terrible news. This was the only time I ever saw my father cry and I will never forget that. My 2nd brother was working as a mechanic and still living at home with my parents. On the day before he was killed (a Saturday – he was killed early Sunday morning) he asked me to help him clean our garage but I wanted to play with my friends and decided not to help him. Oh, how I regret not taking the opportunity to spend time with my brother! I had no idea that I would never get to see or talk to him again (on this earth anyway). Because of these experiences, the brothers of F3 mean so much to me. I love my F3 brothers (agape or phileo love, not eros love) and that is why I hug the brothers when greeting or parting. Personally, I’m not into fist bumps. They’re okay when you walk by a brother when doing the work during a workout, but I think they’re stand offish and impersonal when greeting and parting. I suspect that the disciples weren’t giving Jesus fist bumps when they were with Him. I suspect that they had such deep and reverential respect for Him as their Lord, Savior and friend, that they hugged Him as often as they could. The brothers of F3 fill a void that was left by the passing of my natural brothers, so I’m going to hug you whether you like it or not. If you don’t like it, you’re just going to have to get over it! We never know when our time is up on this earth, so hug a brother because you might not get to see him again!
COT: We closed with announcements, and a prayer. I had us kneel for prayer rather than stand because I think that’s the proper posture before our Father in Heaven. Jesus knelt to pray on the Mount of Olives before his crucifixion, and the Bible says in Philippians that every knee will bow at the name of Jesus so we might as well get in the habit now.
Announcements: F3 Dads on Saturdays at 9 AM. Hog and Coyote next weekend.
Special thanks to JAG for letting me Q today. As always, it’s a great honor to lead fine men!