Well, we may have all showed up at the Abyss with forearms looking like praying mantises (praying manti?)…but we left looking rather Popeye-swole. The culprit, turns out, was a simple Thang: Partner Uno started a two-coupon farmer carry whilst the “left behind” partner did a series of 20 ‘Merkins + 20 Ninos Grandes (big boys), then sprinting ahead to relieve the “Forward Farmer” and continue the progress of said coupon carries. The groundwork stops then rotated to 20 Jump-Squats + 20 x 2-ct. American Hammers, then to 10 BOYOs + 20 x 4 ct. LBCs…then repeat that sequence until all the coupons got an awesome tour of Lake Abyss. After crushing that (2nd half all uphill), we got bored and voted unanimously (okay, it was just Q-Dictator me) for a bunch of Murder Bunnies. “I yam what I yam” (an official Popeye quote). -KL-

Backlist The Ruiner @ The O

Great Saturday Morning at The Original, despite some counting and depth perception issues on my part we managed to have a great workout.

PAX- Harry Caray, Russdiculous, Tron, Handbook, Dot (R), Sump Pump (R), Jitterbug (Q)

COP SSH, Grassgrabbers, Toy Soldiers, Abe V’s, Mountain Climbers, Stretching, and quick Mosey around the Tennis Courts.

Thang 1- Combined Merkins with Rifle Carry of coupons the width of the tennis courts. 5 merkins rifle carry across court 1, 10 merkins rifle carry across court 2, 15 Merkins rifle carry across court 3, then work back down with 10 Merkins and then 5 Merkins. We then repeated this pattern with Squats.

Thang 2- A “7” with Manmakers and Jump Squats. 6 MM’s Sprint to end of the Tennis Courts, 1 Jump Squat, Bernie Sanders back….Etc.

Thang 3 -Moseyed to neighborhood across the road and used the Hill for another “7” of T-merkins and Bobby Hurleys.

Thang 4- Moseyed back to Tennis Courts for Lucky”7″ number 3. This one was Thrusters and Squats. In between Pax did a bear crawl the Width of one court and Lunge Walk Back

Thang 5- PAX Did 10 cross over Merkins with Coupon, 10 Coupon Hopovers and 10 Big Boys, then took a lap around the interior of the courts….Rinse and Repeat 2 more times.

That left 5 minutes for Mary and back to the Flag

COR, NOR, Intentions…..Pleasure to Lead this Group

Jitterbug Out

Pre-Blast Motivator @ The Abyss 11.08.21 – 0500 hrs Kitty Litter Q

Be back at home sipping coffee while other AO Pax are still mid-way through their Thangs! We’ll plan on a bit of coupon work, core strengthening, mosey-fun, and of course “2nd F” mumblechatter to get the lowdown on our brothers’ weekend activities. Grab that FNG who needs to know how to start a week off on the right foot. -KL-

BB for 11.4.21 The Agony at the County

16 Pax were in attendance for this pre-race primer.  The attendees were….

Big Bird


Little Jerry (R)

Double Down (R)

Bulletin (R)



Jolly Rancher

Captain Crunchberry

Virginia Slims


Kitty Litter



Abacus (Q)

DeVitto (Q)

Although it was not a typical Agony beatdown, the purpose was to get our bodies ready for the rigors of the race on Sunday. I headlocked Abacus to Co-Q this one, given his running experience.   To get everyone motivated, frosty coupons were passed out to those PAX who guessed the musical artists that were inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame this past week.  Gisele mentioned Kraftwerk (?) and Valdez guessed some artist named Jay-Z?  Kudos to those HIMs for their knowledge of Rock N Roll! 

Abacus started us off with a variety exercises for COP which included the following: 

8 nuclears

25 Merkins

15 copperhead squats

15 4-ct mountain climbers

Downward dog, right over left, left over right, Right/right, left/left, and then a run around the County.   


5 Laps around the islands which include the following: 

  • 1st lap – Mario down, carioca back then 30 Merkins
  • 2nd lap – Strides down, quick “hot” steps back  then 30 hip bridges with heels
  • 3rd lap – Sprint down, easy run back then 15 lung thrusts with each leg
  • 4th lap – Mario down, carioca back then 1 minute leg lift hold
  • 5th lap – Stride down, hot step back then 20 – 4ct birds

After the laps, we performed 20 SSHs, 15 Copperhead squats, 20 Merkins, 15 – 4ct mountain climbers and then an Indian Run around the county.  The last 6-7 minutes consisted of an assortment of stretches, some of which should not be done in public i.e. squatty potty, happy baby, etc.  We did finish out with a 45 sec arch hold, glute stretches, and quad stretches. 


Counterama, Namerama, Announcements, and Intentions.  We made an announcement regarding the monthly ruck and gave praise to Captain Crunchberry by giving him the shovel for his leadership during the race training.  It was cool seeing his brother, Jolly Rancher, giving him the shovel.   Thanks to CC for keeping the runners on point with training and motivation!  Lastly, we said the runner’s prayer and gave thanks to God for giving us the ability to participate in an event like this one.   Thanks to all that attended.  Always grateful to lead. 

– Abacus and DeVitto out!

BB for 11/3 Foundry @County


Yankovic (R)
Single Source
Holy Roller (R)
Brown Water
Meter Maid
Le Pew
Cochran (Q)

Can we call that brisk? It was f#@#*&#% cold!! Pax assembled by the flags, disclaimer issued, and we moseyed our coupons over to the playground area so we could incorporate the pull-ups I promised into the workout.

COP: SSH, Abe Vigodas, Grass grabbers, Michael Phelps, and Kindra Newmans.

For the heavy, I put together a ladder workout that did not require us to run. We did twenty reps for each exercise, and instead of running between sets, we did five pull-ups. Yankovic couldn’t resist, and went on a long run between two of his sets, but that was mostly because he had an extra pair of gloves to loan to LePew. Nobody had extra shoes or pants, so LePew had to deal with the consequences of his poor planning on those fronts. But he learned a valuable lesson about dressing properly for the occasion, and “getting better” can come in myriad forms in the gloom. The exercises:

Side Ab Bends
Chest Press
Calf Raises
Skull Crushers

We tacked on a few minutes of EMOM where everyone did five pull-ups, ten merkins, and fifteen squats on the minute. Then I got tired, and we moseyed back to the flags for lightning round of Mary.

Announcements, Intentions, and daps. The runners made it back as we were finishing up. As I drove away, I saw Meter Maid, Brown Water, and Dauber talking–no doubt sharing legendary tales of the Foundry’s history known only to her proud Site Q’s. If I squinted I could almost see Alexa smiling down on them from Foundry Site Q heaven. Cochran out.

BB – Temple of Gloom – Diane Dukes Q – 11/4/21

First Q at the O, thanks Handbook for the hospitality. PAX attendance – Harry Caray, Worm, Sump Pump, Flo Jo, Tron, and Handbook, great seeing everyone, thanks for coming out. At 0530 started off with the Disclaimer

COP: SSH, Grass Grabbers, Runner Stretch, Mountain Climbers, Michael,

AMRAP, Finish an exercise, then run the small loop back to the tennis courts

50 curls

50 squats

25 BDE burpees (Bonnie Blair‘s and squats)

25 Merkins

50 lunges

50 X factors

25 Thrusters

25 Merkins



– Dukes

11/4/2021 Slide Rule Q – The Big Kapowski @ Bayside

Hey everybody! Excited to lead the charge in the gloom tomorrow where the preppys get up early and start the day off right. As usual start time is 5:30 AM (says the guy that showed up at 5:40 AM for the The Max on Tuesday (Sorry Schotzie!). We will not be using full size Coupons only MINIs tomorrow. Bring gloves anyway because it is going to be below freezing!!!! Sleep well knowing that I have a plan to warm you up even though 29° F is the forecasted temp. Cheers! SYITG, -Slide Rule

BB – The Incubator @ Posh – Hush Puppy Q

Stick up
Jitterbug (R)
Fertile Myrtle
Hush Puppy

It was a nice cool morning at Posh. Mid to upper 40s, perfect work out weather if you ask me. We circled up for disclaimer. After a quick mosey we got on with COT which included grass grabbers, toy soldiers, SSHs, and Imperial Walkers among others.

It was time to get down to the Thang.

50 Sadies, running 50 yrds at 10 rep increments.

100 merkins, running in 20 rep increments

150 squats, running in 30 rep increments.

It was a simple but effective work out. You v You style. These are my favorite type of work outs because there is plenty of opportunity for mumble chatter and fellowship among the Pax and everone can push at their own pace. No man left behind. Everyone gets better.

After the Thang was complete we knocked out some Mary. Each Pax picked a core exercise: American Hammers, Big Boys, Freddie Mercurys, and Elevators were a few selected.

Finally the WO was complete and we got together for COT. COR. and NOR. Intentions said and unsaid were lifted up to the Sky Q and we finished with an Our Father.

Thanks for the chance to lead gentlemen, it was a great way to start the week!

Hush Puppy

BackBlast – 11/2/21 Boondocks Abacus Q

Nine PAX turned out for a body weight old school beatdown.

PAX – Yankavic (R), Cochran, Honey Do, Dauber, LePew, Single Source, Backflop, Flexseal, Abacus Q

We warmed up with nuclears and various other easy body weight exercises. After a bit of warming up we headed off to the back parking lot for some 11’s. Our 11’s included burpees and big boi sit-ups. We moseyed off toward the flags for a grinder session of merkins, copperhead squats, mountain climbers, imperial walkers and SSH. Then we moseyed to the park entrance and back. We repeated this 2 or 3 times.

Few intentions were lifted in COT, we ended with an Our Father and hit the day!

BB 10.30.21 Nest @ County – Kitty Litter Q

Five hardcore Pax proved that deez HIMs don’t have WWW Syndrome (we don’t melt like Wicked Witch West when there’s a little precipitation in the air). Got after it under the portico with some loud tunes and partnering. Somewhat of a modified DORA/AMRAP. Set 1 – one partner farmer-carried coupon whilst “dry” partner did Sadies. Repeat, so both partners did two cycles of each. Then we all mosied together. Set 2 – one partner bear-crawled out/Bernied back whilst dry partner did Thrusters. Again, repeat. Then all mosied as a Team. Set 3- one partner lunged walked out/lunged back whilst dry partner did coupon curls. Rinse & Repeat. Ended the hour with a round-robin (“dealer choice”) of Abs. Strong showing Men! –KL–

Backblast The Big Kapowski 10/28/2021

After having to bag a Q at Bayside following a heavy snow in February, I promised to return soon. Soon is a relative term, so thanks to @Sliderule for holding me to my promise. Joined by a great Group of HIM who were feeling Lucky

Borland (R), Ruby (R), Slide Rule, Schotzie, Birdie, Gilley, Jitterbug (Q)

7 PAX for a workout I have been running called “Lucky 7’s”. (Coincidence or Divine? I don’t know but we were at Bayside?)

-Short Mosey and then COP: SSH, Abe V’s, Toy Solders, Stetching, Merkins and Squats

-Thang 1, Seven #1- Burpees and Squats. 6 Burpees, Mario 50 yards, 1 Squat Sprint Back….Repeat with 5, 2 etc

-Thang 2, Seven #2- T-Merkins and Jump Squats. 6 T-merkins Sprint 50Yards, 1 Jump Squat, Bernie Sanders back etc

-Thang 3, 7’s aren’t lucky unless you got 3! Moseyed to area by School Entrance where we had a short wall to work with. Derkins and Bobby Hurleys. 6 Derkins, Bear Crawl 20 yards- 1 Bobby Hurley, Lunge Walk back to Wall etc.

-Thang 4- Use the short wall for 3 sets of 20 Step ups-15 Dips-10 Incline Merkins,

Mary, COR, NOR and Intentions. What an honor to lead an extraordinary group of men. Im not Sure when I will be back but it won’t be another 8 months. Right @Slide Rule? Jitterbug Out!

BB 10/28/21 Agony @ County – AirRaid VQ & Ghost Q

Weather:  Cool, about 48 deg  

Pax: Crockpot, Cowboy, Bulletin (R), Cochran, Honey Do, Mama’s Boy, Gilligan, Alexa, Rocky, Viking, Brown Water, DeVitto, Timeshare, Flex Seal, Jolly Rancher, Captain Crunchberry, Virginia Slims, Fungi, Cratchit.

COP:  Side Stradel Hops, Toy Soldiers, Grass Grabbers, Downward Dog, Merkins, Michael Phelps

We divided into two groups.  One group started with Thang1 exercises, other one started with Thang2 exercises.   After each exercise, we did a 1/4 mile lap around the school, and then switched to other Group for different kind of exercise. Some of the Pax did their own 4 or 5 mile run.

Thang 1  – with coupon

10 Man Makers

20 Overhead Presses

30 Curls

40 Rows – 20 each side

50 Bench press

60 Coupon squats

Thang 2:

10 Pull ups

20 Merkins

30 Dips

40 LBCs

50 Flutter kicks

60 Low Scissors

Time ran out before most of us could finish all the exercises, but we did get plenty of running around the school!

Thanks for y’all welcoming me as VQ!   It was fun making up some exercises.

CoR, NoR, Announcements and Intentions were done too.

PreBlast 10/29/21 Wistaria @ Pleasantville Ghost Q

Tomorrow’s workout will include the following: A deceptive activity where a person creates a fictional persona or fake identity on a networking service, usually targeting a specific victim. The practice may be used for financial gain, to compromise a victim in some way, as a way to intentionally upset a victim, or for wish fulfillment. Bring a coupon just in case. I can assure you, you don’t want to miss this one. SYITG