32 strong rolled into the JCP lot this morning.  If any of you were looking for creativity and variety, sorry to disappoint.  Disclaimer was given and off we went – somewhere Au Pair is still waiting for a warm up and Costco is looking for some arm circles.

The Thang:

Mosey over to fountain in front of JCP for COP Round 1:  10 burpees, 10 standard merkins, 15 standard squats, 20 LBC’s

Head to front parking lot for COP Round 2:  10 star jumps, 10 wide grip merkins, 15 prisoner squats, 20 Hello Dolly’s

Frogger across Six Forks to entrance of CapTrust deck to jog the flats and sprint up the ramps in the deck with a round of COP at top of each ramp:

COP Round 3 at level 2:  10 burpees, 10 diamond merkins, 15 monkey humpers, 20 reverse LBC’s

COP Round 4 at level 3:  10 star jumps, 10 dive bomber merkins, jumping lunges (15 each leg), 20 Rosalita’s

COP Round 5 at level 4:  10 burpees, 10 stagger left merkins, squat hold, 20 Freddy Mercury’s

COP Round 6 at level 5:  10 star jumps, 10 stagger right merkins, standard lunges (15 each leg), 20 dying cockroaches

COP Round 7 at level 6:  10 burpees, 10 CCD’s, 15 standard squats, 20 WWII sit ups

Take stairs down to fountain in front of WOB for COP Round 8:  10 derkins, 10 prisoner squats

Head back to NH – squat hold waiting for light, then frogger back across Six Forks to front parking lot for COP Round 9:  10 burpees

Sprint back to launch point for 2 MOM:  6 inch leg hold – 5 counts around the horn



  • continued prayers for Season Salt’s daughters, Lilly and Layla, as they recover from open heart surgery
  • continued prayers for healing for our injured Pax, including White Shoe, Dice, Wonderland, Cornholio, Steroid and Larry David to name a few.
  • Sign up for Mud Run on 10/4 – see link in Announcements
  • Sign up for The Mule III on 10/25 – see link in Announcements
  • Thirst Quenchers tomorrow (8/21) – 12 pm at Larry David’s office, 4600 Marriott Drive (next to Crabtree Marriott).  YHC has the Q.

Great work this morning men.  Not a lot of variables today – just getting work done.  That, coupled with the extra humid gloom, led me to dub this morning as The Grind.  Truth is, there is a lot of repetition and lack of variety in much of our day-to-day experience.  At times we find much of our day consumed with what may seem to us to be meaningless or boring tasks, whether at home or at work.  However, we know there is great value in engaging in these routines as they develop consistency, expertise, experience and endurance that we can draw upon when called to handle the more extraordinary events and circumstances in our lives.

A 17th Century French monk named Brother Lawrence was able to develop a very different perspective on routine daily life.  Brother Lawrence was assigned kitchen duty in the monastery, where he spent day after day cooking and cleaning for his fellow monks.  Over time, he was able to view these rather mundane tasks as a way to experience the presence and love of God in his life at all times.  He came to believe that the motivation behind a task rather than the level of status afforded to it was most important, thus allowing him to joyfully serve God in whatever he was assigned to do.  As he put it: “Nor is it needful that we should have great things to do. . . We can do little things for God; I turn the cake that is frying on the pan for love of him, and that done, if there is nothing else to call me, I prostrate myself in worship before him, who has given me grace to work; afterwards I rise happier than a king. It is enough for me to pick up but a straw from the ground for the love of God.”  Or as the Apostle Paul puts it in Colossians 3:23:  “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for man . . .”  Or as we in F3 like to put it in cruder, less lofty terms, may we all learn how to better “Embrace the Suck” of the routine, find the true value and hidden joy in it, and become better men for it.  Aye.