• When: 11/13/17
  • QIC: Britney
  • The PAX: Duggar, Backhoe, Louis Vuitton, Snowbird, CC, Lip Sync (Kotter), Beanie (FNG), Britney (QIC)

8 PAX descended upon Grady Park, which henceforth shall be known to F3 Nation as The Marathon, for the first official beatdown at F3 Houston’s newest AO.  And what a beatdown it was.  This AO, named for the looming tower under which it sits, may be small, but that didn’t stop YHC from extracting plenty o’ pain from a fine selection of its many amenities.  Read on to see what you missed…


Just about perfect at 61 degrees with 70% humidity.  Perfect for massive amounts of sweat.


YHC is not a professional instructor #IPlayOneOnTV.  F3 workouts are voluntary and free of charge #YouAgainstYou.  Modify as needed.  Notify the Q of any serious medical conditions #PushYourselfButDontHurtYourself.  Aye!

The Thang

Warm-Up in front of the Shovel Flags, scratch that due to fear of ants (more below), relocate to the Streetball Court

  • 20x SSHs, IC
  • 10x Abe Vigodas, IC
  • 10x Grass Grabbers, IC
  • 10x Tin Soldiers, CC
  • 5x Burpees, OYO
  • 10x Monkey Humpers, CC #foreshadowing #YHCfavorite
  • Merkin / Core Cycle
    • 10x LBCs, IC
    • 10x Merkins, CC
    • 10x Dolly, IC
    • 10x Wide-Arm Merkins (Werkins), CC
    • 10x Rosalita, IC
    • 10x Iron Cross Merkins, CC
    • 10x American Hammers, IC
    • 10x Carolina Dry Docks, CC

Double Applesauce Indian Run (modify to single-file) around the perimeter of the park, ending at the Adult Playground

Partner up 1s & 2s for a pull-up / burpee Tabata

  • Partner 1: 30s pull-ups (unassisted), AMRAP
  • Partner 2: 30s burpees, AMRAP
  • 10s rest, switch partners, RnR x3

Mosey to 1st concrete benches (near Streetball Court) for Core Station

  • 15x American Hammers, IC
  • 15x Cantilever Leg Lifts, IC
  • 15x In-n-Outs, IC

Jailbreak to 2nd concrete benches for Leg Station

  • 20x Single-Leg Step-Ups (10x each leg), IC
  • 20x Box Jumps, OYO
  • 20x Monkey Humpers, IC

Jailbreak to 3rd concrete benches for Arm Station

  • 10x Incline Merkins, IC
  • 10x Derkins, IC
  • 10x Dips, IC

Recovery Mosey back to 1st concrete benches for Core Station

  • 10x American Hammers, IC
  • 10x Cantilever Leg Lifts, IC
  • 10x In-n-Outs, IC

Jailbreak to 2nd concrete benches for Leg Station

  • 20x Single-Leg Step-Ups (10x each leg), IC
  • 10x Monkey Humpers, IC

Jailbreak to 3rd concrete benches for Arm Station

  • 15x Incline Merkins, IC

Jailbreak to Shovel Flags for CoT

CountORama and NameORama

8 PAX, including 1 Kotter (Lip Sync) and 1 FNG (Beanie, fka Todd Falk) roped in by proud papa Lip Sync.  Welcome Beanie, our resident O&G accountant.  See you for 2nd helpings on Wednesday. #backbypopulardemand


YHC took us out with a straight to the point TAPs session, believed by some to be the best they’ve ever heard.  Believed by others to be a check-the-box rendition.


This being the first BB and first WO at The Marathon probably warrants a long and reflective NMM.  Not typically YHC’s style, so here we go…

This AO (or similar) has been on YHC’s mind for some time.  F3 Houston has been growing like crazy recently, and is miles beyond where we started back on 10/1/16 with a single AO at The Hogg.  As we’ve grown, we’ve pulled PAX in from all over the Houston metro area, and started to expand geographically just the same.  However, there are plenty of high-density sad clown populations not far from where we currently operate.  As is the case with many in this city, there seems to be aversion to crossing outside of the 610 loop if you live inside (YHC was to blame previously), and as YHC has recently discovered following relocation, the reverse is true (YHC is also to blame currently).  As such, YHC quickly realized why many sad clowns in the Briargrove and surrounding areas haven’t joined us consistently (not for lack of EH’ing).  It made perfect sense to YHC, now that he lives blocks away from The Marathon, to start this new AO to tap into the local sad clown population.  Bingo!  It worked on the first WO – we got 2 of ’em!  They loved the BD so much, they requested a Wednesday follow-up, and have both said they’ve started EH’ing their friends.

That, to me, is what’s great about F3.  Doesn’t take much to start a new WO location that can attract a whole new population.  We’ll see how The Marathon grows, but YHC is confident it’ll have a solid population of PAX looking for an alternative M / W option.

Specific to the WO, Duggar discovered that some of Houston’s homeless seem to have good data plans, as YHC abruptly woke a local sleeping on the bench as YHC called out our Indian Run.  As we circled back around to the starting point, our new friend had fired up not only his good-morning Swisher Sweets, but also his laptop.  Apparently The Marathon has a good WiFi signal for those looking to update their social media ITG at 5:30am.


*Thirsty Third Thursday* Kirby Icehouse > Nov 16th after working hours.

*November Burpee Challenge* > 20 burpees + the day = Nov 1st 21 Burpees, Nov 2nd 22 Burpees = 1,065 Burpees for the month of November.  Keep track on Band.  Push yourself. #NotTooLateToStart

*Holiday F3 Swag Orders* > Get your orders in by November 20th at midnight.  Long sleeve options available for those chilly Houston mornings ITG.

*January GoRuck Light* > Official GoRuck Light (4-5 hours, 6-7 miles, doesn’t mean it’s easy) this January in Galveston (expect some moisture).  See Event Q Louis Vuitton for more info.

*Feb/March GrowRuck* > F3 Houston is proud to host a GrowRuck event in late February / Early March 2018 here in the Bayou City! Some guys are starting to regularly train for that, so come on out to the ruck on M/Sat at The Hogg, F at Mt. Houston, and Sat at The Kingdom.


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.

Thank you for allowing me to bring the pain
– Britney … bitch!