Northeast Tennessee

Frozen Dirty McDeuce

Northeast Tennessee Johnson City Iron Horse (Founders Park) Erwin Kingsport

It was cold, very cold—10 degrees cold. Four pax arrived at 5:30 for a 5 mile ruck before bootcamp. T-claps.

  • SSH (30 IC)
  • Windmills (10 IC)
  • TTT (10 IC)
  • Squats (10 IC)
  • Imperial Walkers (10 IC
  • Merkins (5 IC)—no comments please, YHC is just coming off shoulder restriction. Back to normal push-ups, but lower reps.
  • SSH (10 IC)

During the COP PAX were asked quizzed on the F3 Mission, Credo, and 5 Core Principles. The PAX passed the quiz—mostly thanks to Jar Jar and Wilbur.

The workout was inspired by the morning workout from Grow School. YHC enjoyed meeting new people and learning interesting things about them. We have grown and have AO’s spread across NETN. With a convergence, YHC thought it was a fantastic idea to pair the men up for some Dirty McDeuce. PAX were instructed to pair up with someone from another AO and find out something interesting about them during the stair lap. PAX rotated partners with each round.

Dirty McDeuce (12 exercises with 12 repetitions performed in cadence)

  • Merkins, Squats, Burps
    • Stair Lap
  • Wide Merkins, Road Runners, BBSU
    • Stair Lap
  • Decline Merkins, Box Jumps, Box Cutters,
    • Stair Lap
  • Dips, Flutter Kicks, LBC

After each rotation YHC asked the PAX to share an interesting facts learned about their partner during the stair lap. This turned out to be quite interesting. We know each other well, but apparently not that well.

Mosey to Tombstone Hill

  • Jacobs Ladder (up the hill, 1 burpee, back down)
    • Rinse and repeat adding 1 burpee until we hit 7 total at the top of the hill

Mosey back to frozen field for some Mary.

With several PAX working on a core challenge, let’s just knock that out for the day

  • 1 minute: V—ups
  • 1 minute: Planks
  • 1 minute: American Hammers

The workout was not a smoker—that wasn’t the purpose. It was intended to focus on the mission, credo, and core principles of F3, with a healthy dose of 2nd F. Mission first, men always.

YHC attempted to drop some motivational words on posting in the cold. Given the difficulty with pronunciation of words due to the cold, it didn’t come out quite as planned. However, here is what I attempted to say… Only recently in the human history have we developed the ability to control our external environment and limit exposure to the elements. For the vast majority of our existence, that has not been the case. Surviving the elements is part of what forged the human body, mind, and spirit. When we workout outside in the elements, we are sharpening these innate human characteristics. Granted, we are only doing it for 45-60 minutes a few times a week, but we are doing it. Most are not. If getting a physical workout was the primary purpose, we’d all be better of going inside, we’d get a better workout. But that’s not the only purpose. We are building toughness, resilience, and the bonds that only come through shared sacrifice and mutual suffering. That’s training for life. That’s building a community. That’s why workouts taking place outdoors, regardless of the elements is 1 of our 5 core principles. 


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