YHC arrived at 0516 thinking there would be a decent-sized group for our lightly marketed four-year AO Anny, but little did I know 45 HIM’s (including 1 FNG) descend upon the Comanche AO to celebrate. We had 61 (I believe) for our inaugural beatdown, so 45 in a COVID world is stellar, IMO. We truly appreciate each of you for coming out to celebrate with us!!
Seeing a ton of F3 Royalty (err OG’s) brought back a flood of old memories this morning. I’m talking about you @SS Minnow, @Gamma, @Chowder, @Guiness, @ONJ, @Alcatraz, @Pongo, @RibShack and several others!
My F3 journey started at Highlands, moved to Tradition, then to The Valley and Davis Lake with some Tradition sprinkled in, and ultimately to Comanche where I’ve enjoyed retirement for the past four years. Without the leadership of the @Chowder, @Gumps, @Hammer’s, and @Dingo’s of the world, I wouldn’t have experienced any of this fun though. F3 has played a significant role in my life which I am grateful for. My journey wouldn’t have happened if @Hammer didn’t spend nearly a year EH’ing my #SadClown self to come to a Highlands beatdown seven years ago. He was relentless in rescuing me from eating myself to death and I am truly thankful for that. While I’m still fat, I’m much better off than I was when starting this thing way back when. It took me 6.5 years to convince the M to give FiA a try and she’s now crushing it. At least it didn’t take you that long to get me out @Hammer! No doubt you would’ve ridden my As$ that whole time though. My 2.0 has been coming out to F3 beatdowns consistently since the onset of COVID and is already Q’ing beatdowns at age 13. My 2.1, age 8, is now attending FiA beatdowns with the M because she wants to be like her mommy. Proud of my kiddos for being willing to get up early and put in work at such young ages.
Enough about me and my family, let’s discuss what happened this AM. An epic disclaimer was provided and the mumble chatter commenced surrounding it. We looped the standard Comanche warm-o-rama lot, stopping for some parking lot zig zag (that’s what I call it anyway). We then ovaled, rhombused, or amoeba’d (depending who you ask) up in front of the school for COP. 15 SSH’s IC were prescribed; followed by 10 low slow squats IC; 10 IST’s IC; and 10 mountain climbers IC. It was now time to get to work and that we did.
YHC was nervous about a large group due to COVID, so I decided to split the group in half (or as close as possible) and spread us out in front of the school. Clydesdales were labeled Group One (of course, since YHC is proudly one of them). Rabbits were labeled as Group Two and they didn’t really like it. Clydesdales don’t really care what rabbits think though. The Thang was explained without context. Basically, look at the exercise/rep count letter key and spell a series of initials underneath your assigned group name (One or Two). After each set of initials, run a lap around the parking lot with the rabbits loop being a tad longer than the Clydesdales. Why not, they actually like running…. If you finish all sets of initials under your assigned group with a lap after each set, start on the sets of initials for the other group until time is called.
Here were the initials we used:
|Group One||Group Two|
Here is the exercise/rep key used:
A: 50 SSH
B: 20 WWII SIT-UPS
C: 10 BURPEES
D: 20 MT. CLIMBERS
E: F&R ARM CIRCLES (20 EA.)
F: 20 PETER PARKERS
G: 25 PLANK JACKS
H: 50 HIGH KNEES
I: 30 FLUTTER KICKS
J: 20 IST’S (IC)
K: 20 MERKINS
L: 20 JUMP SQUATS
M: 20 APOLLO OHNO’S (EA. SIDE)
N: 40 SSH
O: 15 BURPEES
P: 30 BOBBY HURLEYS
Q: 35 LBC’S
R: 25 MERKINS
S: 20 REVERSE CRUNCHES
T: 25 AIR SQUATS
U: 3 MIN. WALL SIT
V: 50 LBC’S
W: 25 MONKEY HUMPERS
X: 50 MASON TWISTS
Y: 30 CHAINBREAKERS
Z: 1 MIN. BALLS TO THE WALL
What did the initials stand for you ask? At COT, YHC explained this. These initials were for the victims of the recent mass shootings in Atlanta and Colorado. While watching the news recently and being disgusted by more acts of senseless gun violence in our country, I thought how can I shed light on some of the victims of these horrific acts? YHC is a pro-gun guy as a lot of you know, but for a living I spend a lot of time trying to get guns off the street. Sadly, this feels like a never ending battle. Despite how much good is done by law enforcement preventing violent crime (trust me, you don’t know a 1/10 of it as it’s not publicized), these heinous mass shootings show a much bigger problem in our society which YHC believes starts with a lack of morals and education during childhood. People often talk about and remember the perpetrators of these acts, but not the victims. Thus, YHC wanted to pay tribute to the most recent victims by honoring their names in the way F3 does best: Through exercise.
Here are the actual victim’s names:
Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33
Xiaojie Tan, 49
Paul Andre Michels, 54
Elcias R Hernandez-Ortiz, 30
Hyun Jung Grant, 51
Soon Chung Park, 74
Suncha Kim, 69
Yong Ae Yue, 63
Rikki Olds: She ‘brought life to the family’
Lynn Murray: Former magazine photo director
Tralona Bartkowiak: A shop manager, newly engaged
Teri Leiker: A longtime grocery employee
Kevin Mahoney: His daughter’s hero
Denny Stong: A grocery worker, avid hunter
Suzanne Fountain: A dedicated gardener
Neven Stanisic: The son of refugees
Jody Waters: ‘Fiercely independent’
Eric Talley: A veteran police officer
I hope the context provided at the end of the beatdown made you all think about just how short life can be how we never know when our last breath be taken. Live life to the fullest and do everything in your power to make those around you better for the sake of our children and the future of our country/world.
Thanks especially to all of my Comanche brothers for keeping this AO going over the past four years. Your selfless dedication to posting at and leading beatdowns is much appreciated and I hope we have many more years together!!