Prepare, not Compare

    • When: 7/6/18
    • QIC: Italian Job
    • The PAX: Padeye, Capt. Kangaroo, Heehaw, Hotsauce, Fryin’ Pan, Kenyan, Mayhem, Polymer, Ryder, White Hat, Sir Purr, PCH, Pescador, Mongo, Gold Plate, Homer, Sapper, Ripcord, Smiley Face, Magic Mike, Roxanne, PacMan, Italian Job

I had the privilege to spend 45 minutes with 22 other PAX this morning at Petra. To the best of my recollection, here’s what we did…

The Thang

Popcorn Warm-Up

  • 25 SSHs (IC) – Sir Purr
  • 25 MNC (IC) – Smiley Face
  • 15 Cherry Pickers (IC) – Kenyan
  • Left over Right/Right over Left – Sapper
  • 15 Windmills (IC) – Roxanne

Mosey to end of the parking lot

  • Jog to first line
  • Butt Kickers to the next
  • High Knees to the next
  • Karaoke facing the street
  • Karaoke facing the buildings
  • Jog to the next
  • Nur to the next
  • Sprint to the end
  • 10 Alternating Shoulder Taps (IC)
    • Bear Crawl to the next line
  • 10 Carolina Dry Docks (IC)
    • Crab Walk to the next line
  • 10 Overhead Claps (IC)
    • Bunny Hop to the next line
  • 10 Mountain Climbers (IC)
    • Broad Jump to the next line
  • 10 Count
    • Bunny Hop to the next line
  • 10 Little Baby Arm Circles (IC)
    • Bear Crawl to the next line
  • 10 Low Slow Squats (IC)
    • Walk to the next line
  • 10 Merkins (IC)
    • WWLs Power Skips to the end
  • Mosey to the Office Depot Wall
    • People’s Chair while rotating through 5 good form Merkins each
  • Mosey to the double walls
    • 10 Muscle Ups
    • Rest
    • 10 Muscle Ups
  • Mosey back to the start
  • Ab lab
    • 10 LBCs (IC)
    • Broga (Regular, Left Hand High, Right Hand High, Regular, 6 Inches)
    • 15 Big Boy Situps (OYO)
    • Stretch (Butterfly, Left leg out, Right leg out)
    • 10 Flutters (IC)
    • 10 Merkins (IC)
    • 10 Freddies (IC)
    • 10 Peter Parkers (IC)
    • 10 Rosalitas (IC)
    • 10 Parker Peters (IC)
    • 10 Box Cutters (IC)
    • Stretch (both legs out)
  • Lap
  • Mosey to COT
    • 10 SSHs (IC) – Sir Purr
    • 10 MNC (IC) – Smiley Face
    • 10 Cherry Pickers (IC) – Kenyan
    • Left over Right/Right over Left – Sapper


We are not living up to our potential as the men we are called to be because we get caught in the comparison game. Not only has this permeated our personal and work lives, but it has begun to creep into our F3 brotherhood as well. It’s not our fault, human nature forces us to review our situations and relate them to others. This learning mechanism keeps us from making the same mistakes as others or improving upon their methods. There are two outcomes of comparison: envy for what someone has or pride for how much better you have it. Both of these are toxic.

In a society that is enamored with social media, we are barraged with images of false perfection. We only see the good things people want us to see – their highlight reel. The cycle is this: we compare, we think someone has it better, we get depressed, we try to correct it, then we repeat the same things we just did. We spend money we don’t have on things we don’t need to impress people we don’t like. We believe that others have it better than we do and we get depressed. Don’t let the perfect perception fool you, everyone has crap going on behind the scenes.

As we start getting stronger with our fitness, we begin to set goals. The problem is our goals are set the wrong way. We tend to stay things like, “I want to be as strong as Tinker Toy or as fast as Walker.” Rather than comparing ourselves to, we should instead prepare ourselves for. We should set goals in preparation of something. Set realistic and worthwhile goals like, “I want to be strong enough to carry my family’s bags on vacation” or “I want to run a 5K faster than last time.” Setting goals in comparison to will cause you to miss more often than not. Resist the urge to compare and instead do what you can to prepare. You can do amazing things if you focus more on the outcome and less on others.


Italian Job

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