• When: 10/21/17
  • QIC: Duggar
  • The PAX: Quarterback, Sling Blade, Brass Monkey, Weedwacker, Hookup, Holiday, DB

Normally, the Pax at The Yard work off a different clock…one set about five minutes later than the other AOs. Five or ten minutes before the WO begins, there may only be 2-3 Pax members there, and then as the start time draws neigh, they come out of the woodwork. And even then, it’s not uncommon for Pax to also roll in two, three, or five minutes late. So, when YHC first showed up at The Yard on Saturday morning and there were only 2-3 other Pax members there a few minutes before the start, YHC didn’t grow too concerned. But then the chatter started to focus on the Astros’ game the night before and YHC began to wonder what the Count would be. How many guys stayed up late to watch or attend the game? In the end, we had 8 Pax, a low Count for The Yard for certain, but we had a good time all the same. Presumably, the missing Pax were FartSacking, enjoying some REM sleep dreams about the games yet to come.


Not quite hot, but you could certainly feel the humidity hanging in the air, and all YHC could think was “What happened to the cold front?”


YHC is not a professional. You are here voluntarily. #PushYourselfButDontHurtYourself. Modify as needed. If you have any issues, see Brass Monkey or Weedwacker -#inVolunteered, #officehoursneverend; #it’sacallingnotajob – always reassuring to have true Professionals in attendance.

The Thang

The Pax circled up for a short warm up that included:

  • SSH x 25 IC
  • Seal Jacks x 25 IC
  • Abe Vegodas x 10 IC
  • Moroccan Night Clubs x 20 IC
  • Merkins x 10 IC
  • Grass Grabbers x 10 IC

Next, we moseyed around the playground at CES. Lacking lighting, YHC grew uncomfortably aware of how uneven the terrain was and chose not to add agility exercises (e.g. butt kickers, high knees, karaoke, etc) for fear of adding to the IR list, which has been oversubscribed of late.

Having completed the lap, YHC brought the Pax right back to the Toyota Center. Normally, after warming up, we quickly exit TC, but YHC wanted to prove the point that you don’t need a lot of space, coupons, or anything else to get a good #beatdown under the belt. So, having liberally borrowed a series of exercises from MetaShred (check it out on YouTube), the Pax got to work.

YHC asked the Pax whether they preferred to count down or up. The resounding answer was “Down”…so, YHC informed the Pax that we would be counting Up. Normally, YHC would’ve followed through on that promise, but deep down, YHC felt like Up might be a little too much, so a Count Down it was.

The Count Down consisted of the five following exercises:

  • Squat Jump – Civilian Cadence
  • Hand Release Merkins – 4C
  • Scissor Jump – R+L=1
  • Travoltas – R+L = 1
  • Knee Tucks (High quality, high knee) – Civilian Cadence

Exercise by exercise, we performed the following reps with 10 counts in between: 10 – 8 – 6 – 4 – 2. At first, it didn’t seem so bad, but as time wore on…yea, it was tough, especially the Hand Release Merkins (not to be confused with Iron Crosses…on the up phase, you had to push, such that your hands left the ground).

After that, we moseyed over to Tanglewood, where the Pax partnered up for a little Catch Me If You Can. Partner 1 performed 5 Burpees, while Partner 2 ran backwards around the amphitheater. Once Partner 1 had executed the 5 Burpees, they ran, face-forward, to catch up to Partner 2. Once they caught up, they tagged out, and Partner 2 began the Burpees and Partner 1 began to run backwards. We did that for five rounds each.

With a little time left on the clock, we moseyed back to the Toyota Center for some Sally (courtesy of YHC’s BeatsPill), but instead of Merkins, we did High-Low Planks. Ok, so maybe YHC should’ve been a little more thoughtful about the surface we were performing this on and had a little more mercy for the Pax. The newly resurfaced Toyota Center is like a 80-grit sandpaper, so moving between Low and High Planks…well, let’s just say that the scabs on YHC’s forearms stand testament to it’s abrasive quality.

Having gotten through Sally and still with a little time on the clock, YHC dove down into the playlist for some Sandstorm (https://youtu.be/ErJo2CpAYps … YHC is a Gamecock alum afterall) and paired it up with two lengthy sets of Low Flutter.

Personally, sufficiently smoked, YHC called “Recover!” For the next minute or two, YHC observed that the Pax remained supine on the ground…and thus, YHC knew it had a been a true #beatdown…and that made YHC very, very happy.


CountORama and NameORama

8 Pax, no FNGs


Cruiser and his family were of course high on our minds. Also, YHC observed the high incident rate of TAPs for family and friends of all ages facing one form of cancer or another, including Vlasic’s father, KFC’s daughter, and Cruiser’s sister. YHC asked the Pax to be grateful for our and our families’ health, and gave thanks to the SkyQ for our other blessings. We also gave thanks for the brotherhood of F3.


  • Austin – Oct 28th
    • Launch in the AM / Capital Ruck Tour in the PM
    • Contact Duggar ([email protected]) with EH contact details – it’s coming up quick!!
    • Clowncar logistics will be finalized this week. Speak up if you’re HC, so you don’t get left out.

For those few of you who have not yet signed on – get onto BAND today, either via smartphone app (links here: apple / android), or via the website. This is our new preferred Comz Channel going forward – download it and join the band called “F3 Houston” to get all the info on F3 Houston. Here is where you can learn who are the upcoming Qs, sign up yourself to be the Q, read our Backblasts for each WO, learn details of our next CSAUPs, and as usual, make fun of the guys in the Pax in general with some good ol’ Mumble Chatter.

Thanks for the chance to lead!
SYITG – Duggar