A large group showed up for Sparta this morning

The Powers-That-Be at Sparta were desperate for a Q, so they called on Pâté to lead what they had hoped would only be about 5 or 6 of Metro’s finest PAX. Instead, we got 29 of them.

I could sense Thin Slice’s hesitation, silently questioning whether YHC had the wherewithal to lead such a significant crowed through the paces of a workout demanding enough to be worthy of the Sparta brand. I’m hopeful that he wasn’t disappointed.


  • Mosey to corner of Magnolia/McDonald, deep in the heart of #SoDil.
  • Partner up
  • SoDil Wedge, one partner up Magnolia, one up McDonald, 5 burpees at every speed bump, 10 squats at every stop sign
  • Meet on Lyndhurst for 10 #BSlap Merkins
  • Back down, rinse/repeat x3
  • Mosey to butterfly park, partner up
  • 1 partner runs up Elmhurst to corner at Poindexter
  • 1 partner does 10 merkins/20 LBCs on repeat until first arrives
  • COT

We covered 3.75 miles and included all sorts of different paced gents during the 45 mins.


Sparta continues to be Metro’s most #impressive Friday workout. Not sure if it’s because of the location, the PAX, the Site Qs or the influence of some outside force, but if you’re not showing up, you’re missing out.

On an unrelated topic, YHC wanted to share some thoughts about how good the world has gotten. We live in a true Golden Age, where people are living longer, healthier lives than ever in human history. For a species that is 300,000 years old, you and I are #blessed to exist in a time such as this. Some data from an article I read recently on Human Progress:

“As late as 1870, life expectancy in Europe, the Americas, and the world was 36, 35, and 30 years. Today, it is 81, 79, and 72 years.

In 1820, 90 percent of humanity lived in extreme poverty. Today, less than 10 percent does.

In 1800, 88 percent of the world’s population was illiterate (emphasis mine). Today, 13 percent of the world’s population is illiterate.

In 1800, 43 percent of children died before their fifth birthday. Today, less than 4 percent does.”


It’s easy of us to lose sight of how good life is, to get caught up in the despair that seems to permeate our society and the news, even though we’ve got it really, really good. F3 helps me maintain a perspective, and I hope it does for you too.

Said another way in this #TruthBomb:



  • Curly’s moving forward with an F3 workout for #teens at the YMCA on West Blvd. Half hour workout, half hour hangout. Get up with him for more details
  • F3 Boone is up and running. Hope you can deal with the elevation better than I could

Thanks to Doobie and Slice for the keys to the Sparta kingdom.

2 thoughts on “A large group showed up for Sparta this morning

  • May 10, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Like I am sure The Don never doubted Bonasero’s ability to make Santino presentable after the toll booths, I never doubted you.
    And you proved above why I insisted on a backblast… well done.

  • May 10, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Was not there but love the backblast. Enjoyed the article on Human Progress!

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