Seven F3 soldiers paid their dues in the INAUGURAL game of Blackjack with The General by posting in the #Gloom for another no-slack #BeatDown (this is the first official workout at The General [Pershing], albeit, the third actual workout). Fortunately, YHC was able to come up with a few Five Card Charlies in an effort to provide these soldiers with their #DRP of #Downpainment.


  • YHC is not a professional instructor #IPlayOneOnTV. F3 workouts are voluntarily and free of charge (you’re here on your own accord). Modify as needed. #PushYourselfButDontHurtYourself #YouAgainstYou. Notify the Q of any serious medical conditions. Aye!


  • The air was a bit chilly at 50° with a heavy 93% humidity. The ground was very wet and muddy from rain this week. Ideal conditions to for #Muddy #Downpainment…


  • Side Straddle Hops (SSHs) x 20 IC to #BreakTheIce near the Shovel Flags


  • Mosey on over to the General’s Mud Pit (The Field) to get the blood moving with some Five Card Charlie Suicides (today aka, Mud Run Suicides)
    • Starting in the middle on the long side of The Field, run suicides to each corner and the opposite side
      • Total: ~0.75 mi
  • Mosey on over to the General’s Side Lot (Side Lot) for some dryer ground and a game of Blackjack (aka, 21s)
    • 20x Merkins, OYO, then run to other end of the Side Lot
    • 1x LBCs, OYO, the run back to starting position
    • RnR x20, decreasing Merkins and increasing LBCs x1 each time (21x total reps each round)
      • Total: 210x Merkins and LBCs, ~1.35 mi
  • Mosey on through the General’s Parking Lot past the #TomatoBootCamp (#WCW) to The General’s Courtyard (The Courtyard) for some Five Card Charlie Ping Pong (#PainPong)
    • 21x In-n-Outs, IC 4-count (42x total) at first benches, then run to other end
    • 21x Dips, IC 4-count (42x total) at last benches, then run to other end
    • 21x In-n-Outs, IC 4-count (42x total) at first benches, then run to other end
    • 21x Dips, IC 4-count (42x total) at last benches, then run to other end
    • 21x In-n-Outs, IC 4-count (42x total) at first benches, then run to other end
      • Total: 126x In-n-Outs and 84x Dips, ~0.5 mi
  • Mosey on back to the Shovel Flags, with a Jail Break past the #TomatoBootCamp through The General’s Parking Lot and circle up at the Shovel Flags for COT
    • Total: ~0.1 mi

#CountORama and #NameORama

  • 7 men. A small, but dedicated crew! Aye!

#BoM (Ball of Man)

  • T’claps to Whiskey for taking us out. TAPs go out to Cruiser’s daughter, CA’s son, Bishop’s friend. The #3rdF pulpit is open to any PAX member. You are all #FreedToLead, and every leader needs to find his “voice” among other men. Offering TAPs is a great way to do that.


  • Great workout today with a balance of cardio, upper body and core, moderate mileage, but high on the reps. For those keeping score at home:
    • We ran ~2.7 miles and burned ~600 calories
    • 210x Merkins (you can thank YHC for swapping these in for Burpees #NextTime)
    • 210x LBCs
    • 126x In-n-Outs
    • 84x Dips
    • #YoullBeFeelingThisTomorrow #Downpainment #BeatDown #SimpleButEffective
  • Unexpectedly muddy conditions on the General’s Practice Field made for some challenging Mud Run Suicides. Never too early to start prepping for #SpartanRace #CSAUP
  • YHC is happy to see Leprechaun push through the pain today after he decided to “pack it in” after 2 Merkins on his own the other day #2PumpChump #NeverBackDown.  It might’ve been his 5′ teddy bear persuading him to crawl back into the #FartSack #WorkoutBuddy #IKeepFriendsInTheTrunkOfMyCarToo
  • The PAX once again had the privilege of working out in the presence of glistening #Tomatoes at the nearby #TomatoBootCamp #WCW
    • There is a frequent visitor to the General’s Parking Lot to do some #ThaiChi in the morning while admiring the view as well
  • Looking Ahead. A couple of workouts you don’t want to miss:
    • #DoubleDown Redux this Saturday. With the recurring success of Saturday’s #DoubleDown, #Downpainment will begin at 0600, likely with a #StringOfPearls, followed by your normal #DRP at 0700 at #TheHogg. For those of you looking to get #Stronger (#NotABoyNotYetAMan), there is no better way than to #DoubleDown. #HitMeBabyOneMoreTime.
    • 1/2/(F)3 Convergence. Each year on January 1st, it is traditional in F3 Nation to have a “Convergence” in honor of F3’s founding on 1/1/11. Since the 1st falls on a Sunday this year, we have called an audible to move it to January 2nd (and it also takes the hangover excuse of the table #NoExcuses). The 1/2/(F3) Convergence is intended to pull together everyone who has participated in a F3 Houston workout for a combined, extended event. A particular focus for the Convergence is for each member of the Pax to bring out FNGs (note: the plural was intentional!). Most guys are “New Year’s resolutionists” (“I need to get in shape this year…”), so it is a great time to bring them out to F3. It is also a great time to celebrate 3 months of F3 Houston #badassery  More details to follow.
  • Remember to put the EH on some FNGs for the Saturday workout. We need some more #homegrown F3 Houston PAX #ABH
  • Twitter. YHC highly encourages the PAX to get on Twitter. It’s not a scary as it sounds (if the old guys can do it, so can you!), and it’s a great source of real-time updates, #MumbleChatter from the PAX and pics of men in blue spandex #NeverTakeEmOff. Suggested Twitter handle: @F3[F3name]. #CommunicationIsKey
  • Backblast Comments. You’re likely reading this on YHC highly recommends getting a login ID and password, so you can comment and post for all of F3 Houston to see. #CommunicationIsKey #MumbleChatter
  • F3 Apparel. T’claps to the PAX who are already sporting their own F3 logo gear. For the rest of you, order your Christmas presents now! #TimeIsRunningOut #FlyTheColors The Official Gear Store of F3 Nation is Mud Gear (


  • CONVERGENCE: A gathering of two or more Groups for a specific Event.
  • The F3 Lexicon provides the PAX with a language that uniquely conveys and captures much of what we do and believe in F3. It seems trivial, but the Lexicon helps connect us and enriches our fellowship. Take some time to check it out. (

Thanks for allowing me to bring the pain