30-Day Challenge – Pull-up Pre-Blast

30-Day Challenge – Pull-up Pre-Blast

Tired of having pull-ups announced during a workout and dreading the exercise? Ready to build that muscle that has been eluding you this entire time. This is the challenge for you!


30-day pull up challenge. The next installment in the 30-day challenge series from F3 Hartsville


The challenge starts on Feb, 12 and ends March, 12. But you will need to set a baseline and get that number to Judge Judy before we start

What we need from you:

Go to a close pull-up bar location, War-zone, Farsight, The Clinic etc. they all have a bar/playground. Use proper form, palms out people, we are doing pull-ups not chin-ups. I will be at Farsight 5:00am and Revolution 5:15pm Tuesday 2/6, and War-Zone 2/8 at 5:00am to get your baseline numbers and demonstrate good form. If you can’t make it to one of these then get your baseline (as described below) and let me know the number.

How you will get your numbers;

We will go to the pull-up bar and demonstrate form followed by as many as you can do before you Stop/Struggle/Cant get quite above the bar. From there I will assign CHALLENGES and a training program for each person.

This challenge is for everyone who wants to get better whether you can do ½ or 20 you will get better and be victorious if you give it all you got.

Training instructions will be given after your individual baselines have been established. Everyone should be advancing as the challenge continues.

What is success:

Stick with the program for all 30 days (no, not every single day) and show progress to complete this challenge.

Await further instructions IYAFYL


30 Day Challenge: Holiday Prayer Challenge

This challenge is designed to help us grow in our spiritual life with God.

Many of us have our days scheduled. For example, we all schedule our time at work, at play, with family, and the times of our exercises with our F3 brothers. Do we schedule in time to be in prayer with God? This challenge is not difficult. It does require commitment. The commitment is to spend time with God both speaking to God and listening to God.

The Challenge:

  1. Schedule a time each day for reflection and listening for God.
  2. Find a place to be still and quiet, free from distractions.
  3. Quiet one’s mind by talking with God. Pray to God first, and then wait quietly for God’s response.
  4. As the challenge moves forward add one minute every six days following this schedule.
  • Monday, November 27th – Saturday, December 2nd – 5 minutes
  • Sunday, December 3rd – Friday, December 8th – 6 minutes
  • Saturday, December 9th – Thursday, December 14th – 7 minutes
  • Friday, December 15th – Wednesday, December 20th – 8 minutes
  • Thursday, December 21st– Tuesday, December 26th – 9 minutes

We will have a GroupMe page for all participating. Keep track of your own progress and share your experience on the chat to encourage others. The goal is 20 out of 30 days.

Two other important points:

  1. It may take some time at first to get the thoughts of the day clear from one’s mind for conversation with God.
  2. If you miss a day, don’t worry, start again the next day and keep on the schedule. God will still listen.

Are You Up For The Challenge


One of the great things of F3 is the #CSAUP. Whether it’s the Marine Core Mud Run (#F3Superbowl), GoRuck Challenge, P200 or the ultimate test of strength and endurance in what is known as The Fox. CSAUP’s are great for 2 main reasons. 1) They push the Pax to train hard in preparation for the crazy stupid and utterly pointless event that will always take a man beyond what he thought he was capable of. And 2) It brings together Pax who don’t normally see each other at the Tues/Thurs workouts. THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH THE #CSAUP is….there isn’t enough of them! Thus the F3 Hartsville 30 Day Challenge was born.


A series of 30-day challenges (goal is 6 per year) that focus on a specific muscle group or discipline. A goal will be defined at the beginning and a Q will be assigned. Each man will keep track of his progress, with the “encouragement” of the other Pax participating of course. Challenges could require double downs and/or solo work. After a Pax has completed 3 challenges within a 12 month time frame he will earn the exclusive F3 Hartsville Challenge Trifecta shirt or patch. Other key pieces of information include:

  • Regional 1st FQ (Goldilocks) will be the program Q with individual challenge Q’s taking the lead on the different 30 day challenges
  • Only one challenge will be active at a time
  • Challenge ideas should be presented to 1st FQ (Goldilocks) for “approval”. Requirements: it must be hard, it must be accessible to all men, there must be a clearly defined goal (preferably relative to a mans starting point)
  • Other stuff as we think of it….


Did you not read the 1st paragraph! We are not here to maintain the status quo. This is an opportunity for all Pax to go beyond their routine and comfort zone then relish with their brothers in the collective sharpening of our 1st and 2nd F.


All Pax. No excuses. Everyone is invited regardless of your starting point.


Read below for launch dates of the first two challenges. After that it’s open but challenges must be approved by 1st FQ (Goldilocks).


Up to the Q. Some will be double down at the site determined by Q. Some will require solo work as well.


Tab will be added to the Q sheet for Pax to sign up. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TPKwHL8WNM73wsfy3vw6VHu98irlhHxYVXPdbMesuCI/edit?pli=1#gid=2077069414

When the challenge starts, show up and do the work. #DFQ


  • Oct 10th – Kettle bell Challenge
  • Challenge Q – Green Acres
  • Goal – 10,000 swings in 30 days


  • November (date TBD) – Pull Up Challenge
  • Challenge Q – Divac
  • Goal – 3 pull up workouts/wk – rep specific goal based on starting point

Log Corner beatdown

Conditions: Easy day, all day


Last night Goldi put something on the chat about YHC having the Q. Since I thought I signed up for it and forgot, I said, “Yea I got a plan”. I didn’t, but I knew I wanted to make it heavy. The M and I took the kids downtown to the block party and we were having a great time. Then, I heard someone say it was past 8 and I remembered the mother of all GORUCK events was being live streamed. I quickly advised the family that it was time to pack up and roll out. When I got home, I quickly hopped on line and started watching. One hand on the phone, the other putting kids in PJs. I put the kids in bed and headed downstairs so I could watch it on a larger screen. About that time, they started laying into the rosters with F bombs. That’s when the wheels started turning for my Q.



Do what?

The Thang:

PAX were instructed to mosey over to the log pile. Since we had 5, we had a team of 2 and a team of 3. YHC instructed the PAX to grab a log and head towards the corner of Cargill and 4th. We were doing the big block 4 corners.

Round 1:

Cargill and 4th:

Drop the log and do 100 merkins. Pick up your log and get going.

4th and Carolina:

Drop the log and do 100 squats. Pick up your log and get going.

Carolina and 5th:

Drop the log and do 100 big boys (crowd pleasers for the Clinic crew because of how many big boys we did at my Tuesday Q). Pick up your log and get going.

5th and Cargill:

Drop the log. Do 50 merkins, squats and big boys. Get your log and head back to SP


After round one we dropped the logs and did a ruck mosey around the course.


Round 2:

Cargill and 4th:

Do 50 merkins.

4th and Carolina:

Do 50 squats

Carolina and 5th:

Do 50 big boys.

5th and Cargill:

Do 25 merkins, squats and big boys. Head back to SP.


Put the logs back

Annoucments and DEVO:

Paperboy said he is ready for Selection.


I grabbed my phone to do a count off and saw that I had a few missed calls and a text from the M asking me to come home. Quill was sick and she thought he may need to go to the ER. Goldi closed it up.

When I got home, my M had just finished giving Quill a breathing treatment and he was doing much better. Didn’t think there was an immediate need to go to the ER so he will be seeing the Dr today.


Currahee/Sink or Swim

Conditions: Q’s Birthday so…was going to suck regardless of weather.

Equipent: 25 meter pool, 2 duffel bags, 2 cinder blocks, 2 bricks, and goggles.

Currahee is traditionally a ruck workout but, I decided to move the PAX to the pool to experience what the Sink or Swim AO has to offer. I was afraid I was only going to have two so post for the workout. I was supprised by the number of PAX and the names that posted. We also received a visit from Bowtie who always has his mouth open everywhere I see him. I made sure to ask everyone if they could swim. We were going to find out either way. Rocky hesitantly got in the pool and then hung on the side for dear life. Reminded me of a bug going down a drain.


5 laps down and back.

The Thang

2 swim lanes had a duffel bag with a cinder block inside and a brick at the bottom of each. We divided into 2 teams. Each team had to drag the bag and push the brick under water down and back 5 times. At the shallow end everyone got out to do 50 merkins and 50 flutter kicks. At the end of the deep end everyone had to do 3 rounds of salmon ladder.

Doesn’t sound too bad but, the PAX were out of breath for most of the time. This is a great team building workout and an excellent mental challenge. I kept looking to see how Rocky was operating. He was still kicking.

Cool Down

Tread water for 5 mins.


We BOM while treading water in the deep end. Some PAX got closer to God. Little Jack joined us.


Rocky impressed me. I was really wanting to have to supply rescue breaths and high quality chest compressions for which he would never live down. Other PAX started questioning their regular Fitness routines. Some even commented that they felt like a FNG. Everyone should try to push themselves out their comfort zone. The next challenge is to attend Bowtie’s and Benchwarmer’s Zumba AO they been recruiting for on Farmersonly.com. Well, that may be a closed group and by invitation only.

Great push guys.




3 AOs in 1

Conditions: Hot, humid and just right

Friday just before 5, YHC noticed that no one had stepped up to take the Q for Convergence. Since I had a new appreciation for life, thanks to Klinger for almost killing me Friday morning, I decided to share some love with the PAX.

I arrived 20 minutes early to the newly established “Nude Beach” AO, population Lil Sweet and Dumper. I walked over to the topless pair and they said they ran a few miles before hand, and Lil Sweet said that I didn’t have to worry about getting “kicked in the nuts” because he broke a sweat on his mosey. Whew…

3 minutes til, there were only about 6 PAX there, and by the time we got started 6 more showed up. Valley Boy has no time for sissy warmups so he got there just after we finished. Anyway, here is what went down.

I had this idea that a lot of the guys around Hartsville miss out on a lot of the non-Tuesday/Thursday AOs so I brought those to them at Convergence.




20 IC Reach Thrus

20 IC Imperial Walkers

I instructed the PAX to head over and grab a block and circle back up. (Enter Valley Boy)



Each AO was around 20 minutes except BC.

1st AO: Brick City

We did exercises starting with 50 reps and decreased by 10 each round. At the end of the round you had to complete 10 burpees and then hold air-chair before moving to the next set. It went like this:

Curls – 50-40-30-20-10

Overhead press – 50-40-30-20-10

Chest Press – 50-40-30-20-10

Upright Rows – 50-40-30-20-10

You did all 50s, 10 burpees, all 40s, 10 burpees etc

We made through the sets of 20 before having to move to the next AO. Time was called and the PAX lined up on the sidewalk by the road and set their blocks aside.

2nd AO: Temple (Crowd Pleaser)

We obviously didn’t have that God-forsaken hill, so we had to modify.

20 reps of Merkins, Squats and LBCs

Run to the other end of WARZONE, but stop and do 3 burpees in the middle (coming and going)

3rd AO: Currahee

Upon hearing the name of the 3rd AO, the PAX let out a collective sigh and started complaining.

Obviously, we didn’t have rucks so we simulated the “suck” with our blocks.

Using the trees, we bear-crawled to each tree while dragging/throwing our blocks and did 10 Merkins at each tree. Once you arrived at the end of WARZONE, you had to complete 20 block burpees.

To get back, you had to lunge with your block and do 10 Goblet Squats at each tree. Then, 20 block burpees

Time was called, we put our coupons up and circled back up.



I left my DEVO at home on a different paper, so I rehashed my DEVO from Clinic Thursday. Read it, it was much better. You can click the link below to see it.

The Clinic: 300s



8/26 – F3 Manning Big Bang – Goldi is heading up the clown car for it

9/2 – F3 Hartsville has the Q. Contact Goldi if you are interested in posting

Prayer Request:

Radar – having a procedure done

The Gutry Family – Asked the Lord to be with each of them

Jim Nelson – Smooth transition for his new adventure



  • After about 10 minutes Goldi said, “It’s about time to stop this B#^#@!” Language Goldi! I expect that trash from the Clinic, but come on man! Only 4 of us posted today!
  • T-Claps to Lil Sweet for doing some weird toe touch burpees during the Temple AO
  • You lost that T-Claps when Radar had to come help you carry your block during the Currahee AO…
  • Before the warmup was over, Dumper took his shoes and socks off. Must be a WARZONE thing
  • Thanks to Dumper for bringing out a bucket of ice water and having water bottle for the PAX. After the workout, he poured it on himself. Lil Sweet was staring at this in daze. One can only imagine what was running through his mind
  • Thanks for coming out Divac! Haven’t seen you post in over a month!
  • Lovebug created a new workout. I’ll let him name it, but it simulates a dog scratching his butt on a carpet.


In all seriousness, great push to yall. Hard work was put in by everyone today.


Farmers Carry

Conditions: Humid, tons of mosquitos and ants

With Klinger DR training, he asked YHC to take the Q. I decided to switch it up a bit and asked everyone to meet at Clinic/Brick City. Enough small talk.

This is what was done.

  • Ruck to BC

The Thang:

  • Grab two water jugs for farmer’s carry and start at the first light pole
  • 200 LBCs

Round 1

  • 25 merkins
  • Farmer’s Carry jugs to 2nd light pole
  • 25 merkins
  • Farmer’s Carry jugs to 3nd light pole
  • 25 merkins
  • Farmer’s Carry jugs to 4nd light pole
  • 25 merkins
  • Farmer’s Carry jugs to last light pole
  • 25 merkins
  • 200 LBCs

Round 2

  • 25 squats
  • Farmer’s Carry jugs to 2nd light pole
  • 25 squats
  • Farmer’s Carry jugs to 3nd light pole
  • 25 squats
  • Farmer’s Carry jugs to 4nd light pole
  • 25 squats
  • Farmer’s Carry jugs to last light pole
  • 25 squats
  • 200 LBCs

Round 3

  • Hold plank
  • 1st PAX farmer carries their water jugs to the last light pole and back
  • 2nd PAX goes
  • 3rd PAX goes
  • Returned water jugs
  • Ruck back to SP

Too Heavy

Currahee AO

Conditions: Weather never stops this QIC


I am really bad about not posting Back Blasts but, when something catches my attention I write one. I am not going to tell what we did. It did suck. I didn’t show compassion on the PAX that showed up. No breakfast. Currahee is hard. I expect low numbers. It is designed to prepare PAX for GORUCK events which leads me to my point.
WTF Hartsville PAX! Some of have signed up to do the Custom Heavy and yet you are choosing to fartsack every Currahee. Especially when I put out on the group chat that the Q is going to suck. Pull your heads out of your fifth point of contact and get back into the game. Y’all trained harder for a Light with a silly ass pink patch. This Custom will be harder than a regular Heavy. There will be quitters but, even more if no one puts in the effort to train like they should. You cannot Greyman this event and get patched like Fudger did on his last Tough. You might as well just write the check directly out to whatever charity organization he is supporting. The Two that posted this morning aren’t even signed up for the Custom!
There are Two Q’s in the week that are hard and will help you. Pathfinder’s pool Q on Monday and Currahee on Friday. Both are out of the comfort zone and both focus on “mind over matter”. Stop being snowflakes. Some PAX are doing the right thing by running before Q’s on Tuesday and Thursday. Good job. Now grab your balls and ruck up.
I hope the Combat Dolphin has its way with each and every one of you.