BLACK OPS @ 7AM – St. John Center for Homeless Men Merkin Challenege – 11/27

878 That’s right come join in the fun tomorrow in the GLOOM to knock out 878 BURPEES with yours truly at St. John Center (700 E Muhammad Ali Blvd).  The more people we have the more burpees we get to dish out.  There is parking available on the street as well as a parking garageContinue reading “BLACK OPS @ 7AM – St. John Center for Homeless Men Merkin Challenege – 11/27”

St. John Center for Homeless Men Merkin Challenge Update & BLACK OPS – 11/27

Great News – 770 You may ask what does that number mean.  Well that is how many pairs of socks we have raised with 6 days remaining. HUGE Thank You to everyone. It is amazing what type of impact our HIMS have on our community.  As mentioned we still have 6 days remaining so ifContinue reading “St. John Center for Homeless Men Merkin Challenge Update & BLACK OPS – 11/27”

St. John Center for Homeless Men Merkin Challenge

Calling all PAX and AO’s for a wonderful 3rdF opportunity.  I met with St. John Center recently and with the winter coming they are in need of white crew socks for their members.   St. John Center for Homeless Men is a great local non-profit that helps homeless men address the barriers to housing andContinue reading “St. John Center for Homeless Men Merkin Challenge”

BB: 10/10/19 at The O: SUICIDE SQUAD

12 strong showed up on Oct. 10th at the O for a beat down inspired by two fronts.  Gillispie, Star Child, Jitterbug (R), Number2 (R), Tron, Vincent (R), Lobsta, Glen Ross, OJ, Violet, Ice Man (R) and Flo Jo (Q) all came out to join the Suicide Squad. Gear – TTT, nuff said. Thang 1: Continue reading “BB: 10/10/19 at The O: SUICIDE SQUAD”

PreBlast “Back to Q School” Digiorno Q “The O” Temple of Gloom #F3Counts #HC #HL

If you haven’t been to Q School this week, then tomorrow may or may not be the best day to attend. We will do a few things: review the basics of an F3 workout, the core principles and counting IC. All this will be done while building camaraderie amongst leaders. Come join me for anContinue reading “PreBlast “Back to Q School” Digiorno Q “The O” Temple of Gloom #F3Counts #HC #HL”

BB: 8/1/19 at the O – Why FloJo?

(15) Violet, Scuba Steve, Wham!, Vincent, Nugget, Tron, Dunphy, Undertaker (DR), Buschhhhh, Pope, Digiorno, Glen Ross, Trump, Gillispie, and FloJo all got better on Thursday with a good all out workout. Why FloJo?   Well, I was once a runner, and love to work on getting back into it.  So as advertised in the PB, someContinue reading “BB: 8/1/19 at the O – Why FloJo?”

Sleepwalking Around the O – ToG Backblast 7.11.19. Welcome Deer Tick.

QIC: Captain Insane-o Pax (29, 1 FNG): Trump, Deuce, Pope, Busssccchhh, Flo Jo, Scuba Steve, OJ, Eggo, Violet, Dorothy, Lobsta, Carlton, Methane, Whitney, Crock Pot, Wham!, Red Roof, Deer Tick (FNG), Pixar, Butcher, Zoolander, McAfee, Nugget, Tron, Dunphy, Catfish, Vincent (R), Tony Malito, CI Conditions: Like a hot blanket of bear fur covered in honeyContinue reading “Sleepwalking Around the O – ToG Backblast 7.11.19. Welcome Deer Tick.”

7/11/19 ToG Preblast-If you’ve never skipped a CI Q, here’s your chance #getrested

Been a while since I Q’d. I’m going to give some thought to what to do, but no promises that it will be good, original or even interesting. It’ll just be good to be there, or not if you’re tired. Here’s a picture I found in my photos that I like.

5/23 Backblast – Modified Dora at the Temple of Gloom

It’s been awhile since I’ve taken the reins on a Q. I forgot how horribly I sleep the night before … I’m currently on coffee number 3 (or maybe 4) as I write this. As I was thinking about what the workout would look like, I knew I wanted to keep it simple, but challenging.Continue reading “5/23 Backblast – Modified Dora at the Temple of Gloom”

5/23 Pre-blast — Gillispie Pool primer/Quarterly Q at the Temple Of Gloom

Just a few days away from all the pool openings across the city. Get in that last Thursday Q at The O to impress all the Wendy Peppercorn’s of the world. Or just come out and see a rare Gillispie Q. Regardless of your motivations, it’ll make you better.

5.16.19 Temple of Gloom | BackBlast

QIC: Scuba Steve 10 Pax: Bojangles*, Wham, Oboe, Pixar, Butcher, FloJo, Pope, Tammy Faye Baker, Violet, Scuba Steve Circled up around the flag… Ain’t nobody tearing an Achilles on my watch! Already broke a heart @f3pope and I couldn’t put someone on the IR list for the A-Olympics, uh uh! Warm up: toe touches, runnersContinue reading “5.16.19 Temple of Gloom | BackBlast”

01.05.2019. Back Blast. 4 Saturday’s — 4 Churches. Week 1 @ Holy Trinity.

When: 5:00pm   Where: Holy Trinity Parish (The Mutt)   Q: The Holy Spirit   # of PAX: 12   PAX: Glen Ross, Big Bird, Le Pew, Gilligan, Meter Maid, Abacus, Aerobie, Mama’s Boy, Storm Trooper, Fridge, Windshield, and Miyagi   WINKE YHC got to his home parish, Holy Trinity right around 4:30, where heContinue reading “01.05.2019. Back Blast. 4 Saturday’s — 4 Churches. Week 1 @ Holy Trinity.”

01.05.2019. Pre Blast. 4 Saturday’s — 4 Churches.Week 1 @ Holy Trinity Parish.

Who: All Pax, Friends, M’s, and 2.0’s   When: 1700   Where: Holy Trinity Parish (AKA: The Mutt)   Q: The Holy Spirit   Calling all HIMs! Gather with Aerobie, and myself for the 5:00pm mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. This is week one location for the month long event. We will meet atContinue reading “01.05.2019. Pre Blast. 4 Saturday’s — 4 Churches.Week 1 @ Holy Trinity Parish.”

ToG Backblast 11/29/18 – IN THE FACE!

Q:  Captain Insane-o Pax (21, 2 FNGs) (behold this group of CGs):  Fergie, Soft Wood (FNG), Peroni, Vincent (R), Star Child, Glenn Ross, Gillespie, OJ, Zoolander, Zartan, Diablo, Trony, Violet, Sweatshop, Pork Chop, Shank (FNG), Trump, Quimby, Busssscccchhh, Deuce, CI Conditions:  33*, a bit of cloudcover.  Dry until the last 10 minutes when it wasContinue reading “ToG Backblast 11/29/18 – IN THE FACE!”

Temple of Gloom Pre-blast 11/29 – Running is a Life Skill, Part 2

First, we will not do 100 burpees, run a mile, 50 burpees run a mile for time. Unless someone else chooses to do it, I won’t run that until sometime in March 2019. It seems like a lot you are twitchy about this one since I’ve scaled back my Qs and I’m apparently not creativeContinue reading “Temple of Gloom Pre-blast 11/29 – Running is a Life Skill, Part 2”

What about Ice? He’s Killing Your Brain Like a Poisonous Mushroom. ToG Backblast 11/15/18

Q: Captain Insane-o Pax (12): Diablo, Glenn Ross, Red Roof, Tronie Tron Tron, Digiorno, Bussscccchhhh, Violet, Mad Cow, Grinder, OJ, Abacus, CI It’s been so long since I Q’d I screwed up the disclaimer. I even forgot the name of an exercise during the workout. Maybe it’s rust, maybe it’s stress, maybe it’s age. NoContinue reading “What about Ice? He’s Killing Your Brain Like a Poisonous Mushroom. ToG Backblast 11/15/18”

11/15 Temple of Gloom Preblast – Do You Even Q, Brah?

For a while I was on pace for the most Qs. Then life/work/growing Pax got in the way, so it’s been a while.  A full month in fact.  I haven’t decided exactly what to do, but we’ll figure something out.  That said, you will run at least one continuous mile.  SYITG. -CI

BackBlast – Temple of Gloom #theO 11/8/18 – Gemini Q (Pittsburgh)

It was dark and the temperature was between 34F and 36F depending on which clump of muddy grass you grabbed in the gloom for a guest Q from Gemini (Pittsburgh). 15 PAX posted: Red Roof Captain insane-O Basic Bro (from Michigan) Star child Flo JO Sweatshop FNG (Butterfly) Grinder Violet McAfee Abacus (thank you for theContinue reading “BackBlast – Temple of Gloom #theO 11/8/18 – Gemini Q (Pittsburgh)”

9-20-2018 BB Gillispie Q at the ‘O’- Temple of Gloom

15 pax came out to the Gloom for my 3rd Q. Since it was my first Q in months, I tried to keep it simple, but challenging. Somehow I ended up with a lot of catch me if you can variations. Q: Gillispie Antman Who-Dey Mayberry Kilo Flo Jo Scuba Steve Digorno Glenn Ross LocoContinue reading “9-20-2018 BB Gillispie Q at the ‘O’- Temple of Gloom”

Temple of Gloom Pre-Blast- The O- 9/20/2018

No. I don’t plan on running to Big Rock (this time). For those who don’t know, the picture is a nod to what we did on my very first post. 100 posts later, I’m on deck to Q. This is my first Q in months after injuring myself in the lamest way possible. Now IContinue reading “Temple of Gloom Pre-Blast- The O- 9/20/2018”

Backblast / ToG – The ‘O’ – 9/13/2018

PAX: Glen Ross, OJ, Wham!, Scuba Steve, Joker, Gillispie, Antman, Crop Duster, Escort, Jordy, Deuce, Sump Pump, Miyagi, Flo Jo, TRUMP, Catfish, Crabgrass (FNG), Mayberry (Q). After competing in Huggies PAX vs. PAX challenge the following day, and thinking about the workout I had planned, the phrase “If you can’t Q it, don’t do it”Continue reading “Backblast / ToG – The ‘O’ – 9/13/2018”

Pre-Blast – The ‘O’ – 9/13/18 ToG

I’m an engineer, not a marketing director.  I don’t like writing Pre-blasts or other blasts for that matter.  However, I do enjoy reading the clever ones (like Methane’s generic cookie comparison), but this isn’t one of them.  I’m a meat and potatoes with butter and salt kind of guy. No frills, no pepper, just saltContinue reading “Pre-Blast – The ‘O’ – 9/13/18 ToG”

Thunderstorm of Gloom Back Blast – 8.16.18

Q: McAfee Pax (6): Glass Joe, Flo Jo, OJ, Fergie, Wham!, McAfee. Conditions: 69 degrees, strong and steady rain, lightning was creeping in trying to scare us away, but we were not deterred. The weinke ( or meinke) was in jeopardy but we were able to modify for the circumstances. Gearlander: Dry-fit shorts, U ofContinue reading “Thunderstorm of Gloom Back Blast – 8.16.18”