THE SCENE: We were prepared for rain in the forecast but it never came so the weather was just about perfect
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER- Administered
10 x Moroccan Night Club IC
7 x Imperial Squat Walker IC
10 x Overhead Clap IC
7 x Power T Merkins IC
5 x Burpees OYO
More brief warmup than what I normally do – but each PAX got to choose his path today… so I think it was still ok
Explained to the PAX that there are 4 paths they would get to choose today
THA-THANG: Choose your own adventure: Picture of Adventure Paths You Can Take
Note that only the “1’s” were done today – the “2’s” were in case it rained and no chalk was available and the PAX would all be together but we’d individually choose which of two exercises to do. All exercises are 10 single count reps unless otherwise noted.
|Bernie up hill
||Run up hill
||15 Diamond Merkins
|Lunges back down
||High Knees/Butt Kickers Down
||Plank (30 seconds)
|Back to 4-way stop + 5 Burpees
|15 second count off after each round (For rain it will be dealer’s choice for the 6 to finish the path)
||Suicides x 3 (lights)
||Jog + 5 Squats
|Heels to Heaven
||Walk to next part
||Sprint + Side Plank to next part
||Suicides x 3 (lights)
||Sprint to end
||Walk to path
||Jog + 10 Merkins
|(Blue two laps) Back to 4-way stop + 5 Burpees
After approx. 5 rounds, recover at the 4-way intersection and dealer’s choice CORE until all PAX have finished their current round. Fast mosey back to the AO + 1 wagon wheel. Small jail break with Sunrise pushing me hard to the end!
Only at the Crossroads of Pain (aka the 4-way stop sign). If we had time or Waxjob had showed up I was going to end with “Row, row, row your boat” (boat / canoe) #easter-egg
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
21 HIMs FLEXing in the GLOOM!
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
This week Kick flip asked if my BOM would be a continuation of “Step Up!” from my Q Tuesday at #the-project
In some ways, this is true – we’ve been talking about FLEXing as you step things up. As you are making choices to Step Up, what is next? It’s FLEXing – but I’ll leave you wondering what this for another minute.
What do you think of when I say “FLEX”? Do you think of F3 workouts? “Bros” posing in a mirror for that IG pic? Do you think of “FLEX”ing on someone to show you’re the one in charge (your kids, your wife, your subordinates at work, or even coworkers who you feel [wrongly] are inferior in some way to you or are not as good as you are at something so you should get more respect) or even someone “FLEX”ing on you (your boss, a government official, etc.)? Jesus had a few words to say about the last kind of FLEXing:
Matthew 20:25-28 – 25 But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,[a] 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,[b] 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Jesus said to FLEX in the kingdom you have to get low. We don’t fight or live for this world as the place where Christ is making His kingdom come by force (yet- He will return), so here’s an acronym I have for you about FLEXing to help you remember how Christ wants us to flex now while we wait for His return:
Faithfulness – this is a big part of the continuation from “Step Up!” The PAX who get out there day-in and day-out are the ones who are doing the first part of being faithful. Be faithful in your job. Be faithful to your family. Be faithful in your repentance (don’t wait until you have a list of sins a mile long- God is RICH in mercy! and He is waiting for you as He did for The Prodigal Son)
Leadership – Jesus says for us to lead by example with the towel & basin. This means daily denying ourselves, laying down our lives, and obeying the things right in front of us and then AS God gives us roles and ways to lead others we walk humbly with surrender to Him as we know that He is holding us accountable for how we lead, teach, and care for others whom He has set under us for us to love and serve.
Endurance – F3 is such an easy analogy to share this with. The men I see each morning share different struggles and are (as I was reminded this week by a brother) all encouraged in different ways. This is true of your wives, your children, your friends, your pastors, and everyone else you meet. A passage that is constant encouragement for me in this area in particular is Hebrews 12:1-2.
X-factor: The Sovereignty of God – The belief and knowledge that God works ALL things for good (especially the “bad ones” is a way that no matter what has happened, or even especially through what has happened in my life and your life, that God is in control and He will bring to pass what He wills. I’m reminded of a quote from a book I’ve read several times now that quotes one of the Puritans saying “it may be better that one condition is more suitable for another”, meaning that God works in ways we do not (and should not expect to always) understand. He is trustworthy. He will see you through and is drawing you to Himself right now in the trial of adversity or the trial (yes trial) of prosperity. He is using all things to bring Himself glory and that is for your good.
So, how can we FLEX? We can’t do it in our own power but in Christ’s and seeing His example should encourage you and me to FLEX more and more:
Philippians 2:3-8 – 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Made a special trip to Walmart, spent 20 minutes looking for chalk, had a lady help me find the chalk (got groceries too) then forgot the chalk at home… so I had to go back home. I showed up early this morning to see if it was going to rain and had a FLEXible plan if it did but it all worked out. And, as the F3 disclaimer says, I’d have modified as necessary if it hadn’t!
Sign up for the 2020 F3 Iron PAX challenge (Friday’s in September at JUCO as well as at Shamrock if you’re so-inclined too). Judge Judy returns next week (On Q next Friday). There are open Q’s so sign up for one (or ask me to co-q with you)!
Tuba’s family is moving tomorrow as well from Powell to Oak Ridge but he is out of town in the Reserves. Contact Booster to help him move (see Slack / GroupMe)