Q-101 Returns #Mothership Edition

Q-101 Returns #Mothership Edition

Workout Date:



Texas Ranger and Hamburglar


Hamburglar, Fergie (R), Squirt, Manziel (R), Texas Ranger

The Thang:

AO: Warthog

Conditions: 40s and clear

Q-101 used to be an annual event until the pandemic hit. Since that time, its only been done once by now Nantan, Quaker. Prior to that, One Call has always Q’d it and has done a great job setting the standard for how a beatdown should be run. Q-101 taught newer Pax the right way to lead, and it was a helpful reminder for seasoned Pax, too.  Hamburglar and I came up under the tutelage of OC and his Q-101s, so its bothered us to see the region (ourselves included) get away from some of the standard points of a beatdown and felt the need to bring back Q-101 to get everybody back on the same foundation. In true F3 fashion… if you like how something is done, copy it and make it your own. This is pretty much the same Q101 beatdown that I learned from OC at #Timeshare about 4 years ago.

1 minute warning – Remember men – USE COMMAND VOICE THROUGHOUT…We are not weak, soft, or slow – we are leaders!

Time to start…

A lot of this information was Interspersed with the COP (Circle of Pain) and throughout the beatdown, and we were usually moseying or planking while chatting:

Explanation given:
a. Assign someone to be “Point Man” – to be in front
b. Assign someone to be “Sweeper” – to keep eyes on 6
c. Encourage one or two guys to lead the “Mumble Chatter” – keeps morale high – with this crew no assignment was necessary.

A little explanation of what Q-101 is and how it would run; the Mission of F3 – “To Plant, Grow, and Serve small workout groups for man for the invigoration of male community leadership” – we lead by example!

A little time spent on what we do and why we do it since it’s good for all of us to review; lexicon; various names for exercises; look at your neighbor, ask for a demonstration – if you are on Q and there is a FNG, if you can, tell them what the exercise is in common terms so they aren’t floundering about – bring them into the Brotherhood right away!

If you have to demonstrate, as Q, don’t count demo reps in your count, even for OYO stuff.

DISCLAIMER – hit all points – WHY?
a. It does have legal significance
b. F3 has standards to uphold, and the Disclaimer is one of them
c. It helps set the tone of the workout from the very beginning

What to say:
1. I am not a professional
2. You are participating at your own risk, and you are assuming the risk of injury
3. You are responsible for your own well-being; you could get injured
4. You are here voluntarily, and you are not paying to be here nor am I being paid to lead you
5. Know your limits and do the best you can
6. Modify exercises as needed. Everything we say is a suggestion. Stop exercising if needed at your own discretion.
7. By working out with us today, it is assumed that you have read the disclaimer and notice on the website and accept the risks associated with working out here today.
8. Does anyone have any questions or objections?

5 Components of every F3 Workout:
– Free
– Open to all men, regardless of fitness level – we will not leave a man behind, but we will not leave a man where we found him either
– Outdoors, rain or shine, hot or cold
– Peer led, no training necessary
– End with COT

PLANNING YOUR WORKOUT – There is no “perfect” F3 workout.  Everyone’s structure will be somewhat different. The hardest part about Q’ing a workout is signing up to do so
Important points:
1. It’s not about YOU.  It’s about the PAX
2. Actually PLAN your Workout; write it down; run ideas by other guys who have Q’d.  We all learn from each other.
3. If you can’t DO IT, you can’t Q IT. Know your limitations.  We don’t “clipboard” workouts.  Also, don’t smoke yourself!
4. Better to have too MUCH than not ENOUGH.  When tired, hard to come up with stuff
5. Always wear a WATCH – must be able to keep up with the time.  We respect our Brothers and time constraints we may have.  If you forget, find someone to keep your time.
6. NEVER Leave a Man Behind-bedrock principles of F3.  We start together and finish together.  It is how we make a man feel included, and how we keep people coming back.  You have to keep this in mind when you are planning the workout.
7. Don’t be afraid to alter your workout if it isn’t working for the PAX.  Use 10 counts as needed.
8. Every F3 workout will be different.  One of the beauties of F3.  From a fitness standpoint the muscle confusion that results from differing workouts is part of the benefit to the PAX.
9. Show up early and be energized!!  Meet PAX you haven’t met.  Greet your regulars
10. Use Good form – LEAD BY EXAMPLE – Q has 2 options: 1) lead plank-o-rama, or 2) pick up the 6 – some discussion about this and thoughts for the way to handle
11. Push everyone to give 100% – encourage the PAX; Praise!
12. Remember phases of the PAX – Survival, Push yourself, and keeping an eye out for others to encourage
13. Use the Proper Order and terminology:
a. “The Next Exercise is _______” – PAX repeat exercise name; Demonstrate if needed
b. “Starting Position … Move” – Pause between info and command, to assist with understanding
c. “In Cadence … Exercise” – PAX repeat back “in cadence” to demonstrate understanding
d. “1, 2, 3” then PAX calls rep – Cadence matches the movement
e. Change your Voice Inflection on Last Rep – keeps Order; PAX says HALT
f. “Recover” – tells PAX to stand up, get out of position and relax, etc.

Here’s the video on how to count.

SSH x 20 IC – easy exercise to circle around and assess the PAX – injuries; FNG’s fitness; etc. – if you see something – ask the man; be sure to give him modification ideas if needed
Mosey down Forbus to the light pole
Merkins x 22 Single count cadence – #22Kills
[Example of using good form.  Don’t cheat yourself.  You wake up early to get better.  Do the exercises right and push yourself.  Also, gauge your PAX – if Q sees PAX huffing and puffing and resting on knees and not exercising or just holding plank, stop the count.  You are no longer benefiting the PAX.  Great, you can do 100 merkins in a row.  Nobody else can.  Do 10.  Then do other stuff.  Then go back later and do 10 more.  Etc.  You will get your 100 in, and so will the other guys]
Mosey to the light
15 TTT IC; 15 Windmills IC; (Didn’t do this, but it was in the original BB and too good to leave out – On your 6 – Big Boy Sit-ups x 10 On Your Own (OYO) – why OYO? Sometimes IC doesn’t work – DO NOT GIVE UP IC as the dominant part of your workout – as this gives away your leadership – but sometimes have to use OYO)
Mosey down Meyers to Parking Lot C
Plank as we talk more about the stuff above

REMEMBER TO ALWAYS explain what the rabbits do waiting on 6 – this is key for OYO exercises so men are not standing around

Elevens  – GIVE CLEAR INSTRUCTIONS – You may have a great idea, but you have to be able to clearly communicate that to the PAX if you want them to do it.  If you get questioned, explain it!

  • Start with 1 Squat, Mosey across the parking lot, 10 BBSU (total count always equals 11)
  • Mosey across the parking
  • 2 Squats, Mosey, 9 BBSU (11 reps total)
  • Rinse and repeat until you finish with 10 squats and 1 BBSU
  • Pickup the 6 to finish

Remember while doing partner work to have great #MumbleChatter
Keep Morale high; Camaraderie; encourage partner and others cranking out reps
Pick up, or preferably, work alongside, the 6 if need be or plank on the 6

Mosey down Meyers to Parking Lot D, Plank and more talking points

Mosey to the Parking lot in front of Crabtree for the secret finale

The BEAST – 6 cones set up for 6 stations
The BEAST is supposed to be 6 exercises, performing 6 reps at 6 stops – a slight time modification needed here –  we only had time for 3 exercises due to time restraints..  No problem; that’s our job as Q – keep to time, know what you have to do, know time to get back, etc.
Start at the 1st cone with 6 reps of designated exercise, sprint to the 2nd and do 6 reps, then to next cone and do 6 reps, etc. etc. until we reach the final cone and do 6 reps, turn around for next exercise, and hit each cone with 6 reps back to the start cone for 6 reps. We stayed together & YHC lead the reps in Cadence– no man left behind!  Also explanation given that something like this is good to push men of all fitness levels – those fitter can go faster and then do more when helping the 6.
We had time for 5 of the exercises:
– Merkins
– Squats
– Flutterkicks

We then moseyed back to the Flag for the COT – Every F3 workout ends with a COT and BOM

Count-O-Rama – 5
Name-O-Rama – call out, “Hospital Name, Age, F3 Name” (“FNG” for new guys)
PAX repeat F3 Name; RESPECT for those over 50, DOUBLE RESPECT for those over 60, etc)
Q is responsible for leading the COT
Q is responsible for getting the Count and recording names for BackBlast
AOQ is responsible for recording Hospital Name and E-Mail address of FNG’s so they can get welcome email
Q is responsible for communicating the Count via Twitter/Slack

a. You are responsible for doing the Backblast
b. Backblasts are important; You owe it to the Pax
c. The Standard is that the Backblast is posted within 24 Hours
d. Read this for more information on the BB and its importance: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_YqK1xMFMfyYlFTeHcwSzUtTm8/view
e. Also good to read the BB from the AO earlier in the week so you’re not repeating the same workout somebody else did, unless you wanna!

– Read this BB; watch the video, etc.
– Catapult AOQ Handoff: March 28

– Get on the Q Sheet

Prayer requests upspoken


Texas Ranger

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