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Soft Launch of Waxhaw’s Newest AO: “Last Call”

Sometimes it’s hard to believe just how much the little ‘ole Waxhaw Region continues to grow. We are just one week into January and we have already soft-launched 3 new AO’s with “Clean Slate” on Saturdays, “Cowbell” on Wednesdays, and now “Last Call” on Fridays. These are in addition to the current (3) workouts on Saturdays and Wednesday and (4) on Friday (if we include Cerberus). What’s the reason for the new Friday AO?  To meet the Demand and to Grow!

As we started creeping up to 20-30 guys every Friday at Impromptu/Swarm, the Pax decided to add another workout at Marvin Ridge HS to shift some of the numbers. Today would be the start with our fearless Site Q’s, One Star and Noonan.  Thanks to Noonan for accepting (after some coaxing) the challenge to lead his first site after being a regular for some time now.  One Star, on the other hand…he just keeps leading and encouraging the Marvin Pax.  Keep it up, brother!

6 Pax showed up for the soft-launch, which was promised to be under some cover from the expected nasty weather. Time to dust off and update the old Whiteboard of Pain, make sure the Tabata Pro app was functioning and synced to the playlist (aka avoid human error), and put in some work. Here is what we did:

The Thang:

Quick warmup from the covered picnic tables to the middle school alcove for some SSH, IW, Low Slow Squats, Plank Jacks, and Mountain Climbers. Mosey to another (somewhat) covered area for People’s Chair, Air Presses, Donkey Kicks…mosey back to the picnic tables for a Tabata-style workout.  8 exercises for :30 seconds with a :10 recovery in between each exercise. Once the 8 exercise cycle is complete, we run a distance to get in some miles. The exercises:

  1. Dips
  2. Step-ups
  3. Knee-ups
  4. Squats
  5. Dry Docks
  6. Big Boy Sit-ups
  7. Lunges
  8. Burpees

Run to a location for various exercises before returning to the benches. Rinse & Repeat 4 times, while getting in 2+ miles of running as well.  Done!

 

Moleskin:

Great work by the Pax who showed today.

Bottlecap continues to lead by example by showing up to support new AO’s, VQ’s, milestone Q’s, etc. Just some of the reasons why he is our Nantan.

Fiji has become such a consistent leader among his peers, and has made tremendous gains over the past couple of years. Lifting you and your close friends up in prayer right now, brother.

Noonan is a regular who works hard every time he posts, and is now leading a site. Thanks for stepping up, brother.

Deep Dish has transformed his health and fitness level, and has become a trusted leader among the Pax. Hard to believe you’ve only been with us a year, brother.

Smuggler is relatively new to the Pax, but seems to fit right in, enjoys the workouts and the fellowship. Keep showing up, brother, and I look forward to getting to know you more.

We missed our co-site Q, One Star, today as he is dealing with a mild case of COVID. Prayers for an easy and quick recovery, brother. We need you out there next Friday for the official Launch of Last Call.

It was a privilege to lead the first Last Call workout, but also a blessing to be out there. It was a challenging few months for YHC, as most of you know, and it made it difficult to post.  Adjusting to a growing family and a new life dynamic was not easy.  Today marked YHC’s 3rd post this week, which is both sad and encouraging at the same time.  Sad because I’m not in the shape I once was, and the expectation used to be 5-6 posts/week. Encouraging because I’m feeling better after posting more often lately and I get to be around great men, compete again, and lead.

Whether we like it or not, there comes a time when we need to re-evaluate our priorities, focus on the most important things in our lives (family), and re-create ourselves. For YHC, it meant re-establishing what F3 means to me, the types of workouts I need to get out of my comfort zone (Rucking, Kettle Bells), and what I can do as a leader in this season without leading a Region, a Site, or even a workout.  You learn to appreciate things more when you don’t have them for a while, and I know God is working on me in this season.

As Shop Dog told me, “You need to be a participant right now to focus on the family”.  No truer words have been spoken, and though it was hard to embrace this initially (“ego check”) it allowed me to take my foot off the gas and focus on leading my family, and working hard to build a legacy through the school. F3 will always be a part of my life in one way or another, and I’m excited about how I can help lead and encourage others, while also accepting the same in return.  Let’s keep working hard, growing, and challenging each other to be better men, husbands, fathers, brothers, and the leaders God created us to be. We are all here for a bigger purpose, and we need to live that out in our families and community now more than ever.

Announcements:

  • Service Opp as our SOB brother, Paper Jam, is moving into Waxhaw tomorrow. 9am load up at the apartment in Ballantyne and simultaneous 9am unload of a Pod at his new home in Millbridge (the award-winning community year after year!)
  • YHC took us out in prayer, with a special recognition of a close friend of Fiji’s who passed away recently.

“And we know that in All things God works for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purpose” – Romans 8:28

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