Spontaneous Leadership, Brought to You by F3

AO: The Bridge

When: 12/16/2022

QIC: Popper

PAX (9): Birdie, Boomer, Cohiba, Dinghy, Maguire, Popper, Potter (Matt Rowand), zima, Jocko


With a mere 9.5 hours to spare before Friday Bridge go-time, no Bridge PAX had claimed the Q. YHC threatened a Popper impromp-Q on Slack, and our fearless site-Q Birdie made it official.

YHC’s impromp-Q morphed into a quick search back through F3 Chicago backblast archives to find the weinke from my F3 1-yr anniversary Q at Dip City AO. The cold temps in the Alpha somehow made this seem appropriate. Some nips and tucks to the plan to account for the Bridge AO’s layout, a curating of upbeat hipster Christmas tunes, and the morning’s plan was set.


Mosey to the back of the path of pain. In cadence: SSH, WP, WM, Hillbilly, Michael Phelps, Overhead Claps.

The Thang:

Thang 1


  1. 10 pull-ups
  2. 25 merkins
  3. 25 BBS
  4. 25 Bonnie Blairs (alpha)
  5. Travel animal-style to the start of the winding path. Pick your poison: bear crawls, crab walks, bunny hops, Colonel Sanders (credit: Jocko), etc, or some combo of these.
  6. Mosey back

Rinse & repeat, completing 4 sets in total. Mary for the 6. 10-count rest.

Thang 2

Partner circuit. Partner up. Each PAX pair gets an exercise to AMRAP, then rotate when the timer returns.

  1. Timer: Mosey lap on the winding path and back around to the group (~1/4 mile)
  2. Burpees
  3. Jump squats
  4. 5 pull-ups & 5 SSH alternating

Mosey back to the flag.


Crunchy frog, gas pumper, LBC, oblique crunches, a couple others YHC cannot recall.


Feathers’ Hooch/Boneyard bash deets:

  • When: Fri 12/16, 7pm
  • At Feathers’ nest: 9855 Hunt Club Way
  • Invitees: PAX & M’s (RSVP to Feathers pls)
  • All catered food and drink provided by Feathers. Bring a small app or beverage if you wish.

Scrooge Xmas Eve beatdown deets:

  • When: Sat 12/24, 7am
  • At Hooch: Regal Medlock Crossing shopping center
  • Scrooge bringing leaded and unleaded egg nog for eggnogteria (RSVP to Scrooge pls)

Praises for Inspector Gadget’s remission diagnosis for lymphoma!

Prayers for comfort for those in our circles experiencing their first holiday season without a loved one.

Naked-Man Moleskin:

F3 is a leader-generating machine. Five years ago, YHC would not have dreamed of committing to lead an unknown number of men in a 45-minute workout with under 2 hours of waking moments to plan it.

Today, such spontaneous leadership is second-nature for YHC, made possible by the HIMs of F3 Hooch, Bridge, Meathouse, and occasionally other AO’s, pouring into me these last 4+ years, giving me opportunities to lead, struggle, fail, receive your encouragement, and lead again. And every F3 PAX is a partaker of these fantastic opportunities to hone our courage and confidence in the face of uncertainty. F3 is truly a unique community for which I am profoundly thankful.

Leave a Comment