Social Hour

  • WHAT: Social Hour
  • WHERE: The Thirsty Bruin
  • WHEN: Wed 1/22/20 - gather 5:30ish, disperse 6:30ish
  • WHO: Any man or FNG
  • WEATHER: Dry & warm inside!
  • WHY: We ALL need this more often.
  • PREVIEW: Beer.

    • Sorry for the late notice. Thought it would be good to try & schedule some social time together. See if you can make it to The Thirsty Bruin this evening – 5:30 – 6:30ish.

Ruck It PreBlast – Remembrance

  • WHAT: Ruck It
  • WHERE: Tabernacle Baptist Church rear parking lot
  • WHEN: May 27, 2019 -- Gather 0525; Hard Start 0530; Hard Stop 0615
  • WHO: Any man or FNG
  • WEATHER: Warm & Sticky
  • WHY: 'Tis better to post than to remain in the fartsack
  • PREVIEW: Carry On!

    • Please note the Gathering Spot for the morning — Tabernacle Baptist Church (corner of Broad & George) rear parking lot.

      Minimum Ruck Weight:  30 lbs.

Fellowship in Jacksonville

  • When: 05/18/19
  • QIC: Oz
  • The Pax: Gertrude, McRib, Ron Burgundy, Bitcoin, Shaft, Linus, Cooter, Avenatti, Cousin It, Pyro, Hot Spot, Noonan, Mr. Roboto, Half Note (FNG), Ralph (FNG), Griswold, Monkey Wrench, Code Red, Black Dog, Gander, Stay Puffed, Alfred, Cat Fight, 210, 420, Double Dipper, Cheech, Maytag, Purple Rain, Wintorpe, Blue Hawaiian, Lil Wayne, Half Time, Navy, Oz

35 men from gathered from far and wide this morning for a little Fellowship and to Give It Away


SSH IC x20, Sun gods forwards/backwards IC x10, Windmills IC x10, Very Important Leg Exercises IC x6 each, Imperial Walkers IC x15, Star Jacks on up  x15, Monkey Humpers IC x15, Goofball IC x15, Low Country Crab IC x15, Copper Head Squats IC x15


Power Merkins, Partner Derkins, Squirkins – all IC x15

Catch Me If You Can with 3 Burpees

B.O.M.B.S (50 Burpees, 75 Overhead Claps, 100 Merkins, 125 Big Boy Sit-Ups, 150 Squats). Sprint to far cone for all but with Squats when we Bear Crawled to near cone

Wheel Barrow, Empty Wheel Barrow, Lt Dan/LBC to near cone


Bruce Lee – American Hammer, Leg Lifts, LBCs, Heel Taps, Crunchy Frog all IC x20 followed by 100s


Sasquatch: Greenville – July 27th

F3 Dads Camp: Camp Seagull – August 16th-18th

Closed in Prayer

Well done today men!  What a great time!  Was an honor to lead!


Clown Cars To Jacksonville 0600 at NBHS

  • WHAT: Jacksonville Expanson
  • WHERE: Jacksonville Commons Rec Complex
  • WHEN: 5/18/19 Gather 0655 Hard Start 0700 Hard Stop 0800
  • WHO: Any man or FNG
  • WEATHER: 70s
  • WHY: Share the Love
  • PREVIEW: Meet at NBHS at 0600 for Clown Cars to J'ville. Some will hang around for afterwards for Coffeteria. Others will head back after the workout. Hope to see many of you tomorrow as we Give It Away!!

Fellowship in Jacksonville

  • WHAT: Jacksonville Expansion
  • WHERE: Jacksonville Commons Rec Complex - Meet Near Skate Park
  • WHEN: 5/18/19 Gather 0655 Hard Start 0700 Hard Stop 0800
  • WHO: Any man or FNG
  • WEATHER: 70s
  • WHY: Share the Love
  • PREVIEW: Partner Up!

Ruck It PreBlast

  • WHAT: Ruck It
  • WHERE: Union Point Park Gazebo
  • WHEN: 5/6/19: Gather 0525, Hard Start 0530, Hard Stop 0615
  • WHO: Any man or FNG
  • WEATHER: 60 with light breeze
  • WHY: Trapezius Focus
  • PREVIEW: Row, Row, Row Your Ruck

    • Minimum Ruck Weight:  30 lbs

Fun with Winthorpe

15 posted for the morning beat down at Bushwood.  Riding high off a fresh Red Sox victory to end the Yankee’s season and with no FNG’s, we jumped right into …


  • Cotton Pickers x 12 (IC)
  • Windmills x 10 (IC)
  • Down Dog Calf Stretch (OYO)
  • SSH x 22 (IC)
  • Blue Hawaiian Lap


RING OF FIRE – 10 stations with an exercise at each station.  Get as many reps in for 1 minute and then rotate to the next station.

  • Burpees
  • Shoulder Taps
  • Jump Squats
  • Merkins
  • Stationary Skaters
  • Carolina Dry Docks
  • Lunges
  • Mountain Climbers
  • One Leg Plank (Needed to be demonstrated)
  • Iron Mike’s

Mosey around to the covered area of the club for

  • Australian shoulder taps x 15 (IC)
  • Australian Jacks x 10 (IC)

Mosey back to the stations for another round of ring of fire but 30 seconds at each station.

Mosey back to covered area for London Bridge.  (plank position with your head near the wall.  Start with one hand on the wall then both hands on the wall, so you’re balanced then one hand down and the other hand down.)  x 10 (IC)

Mosey back to the circle for ..


  • Captain Thor’s x 20 (IC)
  • Awkward Planks (hold right hand out and left leg out and balance.  Then do the other side)
  • 007

That’s all we had for the morning.  Closed in prayer.  Great push this morning.



Community Support Day

  • WHAT: The Bear
  • WHERE: Pete & Nikki's - 1308 Broad St
  • WHEN: Gather at 7:30 for breakfast and between 8:30 and 9:00 for work.
  • WHO: Any man or FNG
  • WEATHER: Doesn't matter ... people need help.
  • WHY: Chicks dig guys in boots and gloves.

    • Instead of a workout, we will meet at ) for breakfast at 7:30.  After we eat, we’ll head to a meeting point to get instructions of where we can help.

The Second Son

  • When: 05/13/17
  • QIC: 420
  • The Pax: Winthorpe, Harris Teeter, Roll Tide, Duece, Ingrown, Blue Hawaiian, Honey Wagon, Mr Roboto, Up Early, Morning, Flanksteak, McRibb, Unicorn, Moe, FNG Cornfed, 420

On this gloomy cool and possibly rainy morning a pax of 16 posted to suffer through YHC’s homage to his second son James who turned 7 this week.  Originally a Mother’s Day theme had been planned; however YHC struggled with the marriage of Mother’s Day and exercise and as his son’s birthday arrived this past Thursday he realized a theme was staring him in the face.  As is typical with many second or third children James neither asks for nor gets the same attention as our firstborn, so this workout was about him.

At 6:58 we had two pax roll in hot and ironcially one was Up Early but at his mubblechatter always lightens the load we were glad to see him.  Duece, Mr Roboto and Roll Tide rolled up from their pre-Bear Ruck.  We also had an FNG (Cornfed) so YHC busted out the mission statement and disclamer and we got started with


Abe Vigoda’s x 10 due to my son constantly calling me Old Man

Dancing Bears x 10 due to his love of animals and dancing

Downward Dogs due to his passion for dogs

Goofballs x 20 because this is how he looks when he dances-pure joy, no fear.

Since James loves a game of tag we moseyed to the corner of the big lot for the Thang #1:

Catch Me if You Can-We partnered up and did 4 laps.   The first two laps Pax A does 4 burpees while Pax B runs backwards until Pax A finishes and sprints to catch him then flapjack.  Second two laps were 10 diamond merkins instead of burpees.  Most were sucking wind by 2 laps and all were by the end of 4.

Since James, like most 7 year old boys, loves playing with worms we moseyed over to the side of the building to cool off with a Wall of Worms.  Everyone went Balls to the Wall and then on my command moved left, then right, then down and back up-did another 10 count and we recovered.  Rinse and repeat.

We then moseyed back to the parking lot to incorporate the date of James’s birthday (11th) for Thang #2:  11 rounds of Deconstructed Burpees.

OYO 11 squats, 11 leg thrusts, 11 merkins, 11 more leg thrusts then up and rinse and repeat 10 more times dropping by 1 rep each round.  Around round number 8 YHC realized that the leg thrusts were much more difficult than he thought and told everyone to skip the round of their choice due to “time constraints”.

After a 20 count we moseyed under the shelter for Thang #3:  An Escalator to 7.  James is drawn to an escalator like a moth to a flame and will ride one in a loop until physically removed.  As he turned 7 this seemed to be a good fit.  We did Box Jumps x10, Derkins x 20, Groiners x 30, Imperial Walkers x 40, Squats x 50, Lunges x 60 and LBC’s 70.

We quickly moseyed back to the big lot for Thang #4:  7’s.  We started in one corner with 1 squat jump and then ran halfway to the next corner and did 6 surfer merkins (due to James’s recent experimentation with surfing), then the rest of the way to the next corner for 2 squat jumps, another half run and 5 surfer merkins and so forth until the 7’s were complete.  There was a lot of mublechatter that a surfer merkin was really just a burpee with dizzyness added and i cannot argue the logic.

The pax was gassed and YHC was prepaired to do mary on the spot in the big lot but Ingrown called for a jailbreak so the pax sprinted back to the flag for Mary:

Alpha, Bay City Scissors x 10, Dying Cockroach x 10, and Freddie Mercury’s x 10.

We circled up and sounded off, Cornfed was named and since there were no announcements we closed in prayer.

Thanks to everyone for indulging me-as always it was an honor to lead this group!

John Robert Mattocks