Balloon Bash

YHC had an impromptu water balloon fight with the 2.0s a few weeks ago, which was a ton of fun. That triggered an idea of how can I make a fun workout like this. A quick $2.22 order from Amazon for 50 water balloons, and about 45 minutes of filling water balloons later …

These bad boys only cost $2.22 on Amazon!

Conditions: 44 deg F, seriously, who would willingly choose to get wet with those temperatures?!?


YHC knew that the PAX would need to be warmed up to deal with some cold water in 44 deg weather. So we started with 21s, a favorite of Clog’s. Ironically, Clog was the only one to miscount on the reps, and we all got 5 burpees as a result. As we started those burpees, an aircraft took off from KSAV, so we tacked on 5 more burpees.

Plank, disclaimer, review of the Mission of F3: To plant, grow, and serve small workouts for the invigoration of male community leadership.

Indian Run to the backlot. We were supposed to stop and get cindy’s Along the way, but YHC forgot. We didn’t realize it until the very first exercise below called for cindy’s. We modified.

The Thang

YHC brought a bucket of about 32 black water balloons, each filled with a different color of water. The M pointed out that food coloring stains really bad, so not wanting to ruin any of our nice expensive Mud Gear shirts, I broke bathtub color tablets into pieces and put them in the balloon prior to filling … these 2.0s are finally proving to be useful!.

Finally, a 2.0 product that proved useful to me!

Each PAX grabbed a folded paper slip that had an exercise on it, but didn’t look at it yet. The PAX would line up arm-in-arm, Red Rover style, and 1 PAX would launch a balloon at the line from about 10 yards away. Whoever got hit with the balloon would read their exercise. If the thrower completely missed the giant wall of PAX in front of him, he had to 5 burpees to account for the shame. Reps were determined by the color of water.

  • Blue = 15 reps
  • Red = 20 reps
  • Yellow = 25 reps
  • Green = 30 reps

After the reps, the PAX that was hit got to throw the next balloon.

The exercises listed on the paper (with the ones we actually performed noted with *) were:

  • Merkins*
  • Burpees* (twice)
  • Jump Squats
  • American Hammers per side*
  • Smurf Jacks
  • Lunges per leg*
  • Monkey Humpers*
  • Sprint (reps = seconds), mosey back*
  • Curls
  • Overhead Presses
  • Bear Crawl # of Parking Spots*
  • Squat Thrusters* (without the cindy!)
  • Kettle Bell Swings
  • Figure 8’s
  • Cindy slide with Merkin
  • Box Cutters*
  • WW II’s*
  • Freddie Mercuries
  • Tricep Extensions
  • Carolina Dry Docks
  • Abyss merkins
  • Shoulder Taps (4 count)*

2 special papers were in the list, but neither were chosen … next time.

  • Reps * 2 – Throw again for exercise
  • Extra balloon throw at Nantan

At 0605 hrs, YHC called for the PAX to split into 2 teams of 7. 1 team had the remaining balloons at the workout site. There was a second bucket full of balloons (uncolored) at the far corner of the parking lot. Time for a good ole fashioned water balloon fight. This quickly turned into anarchy, sabotage on your own team, and one balloon directly in the side of Doughboy’s face courtesy of YHC. It was not intentional, just perfect timing for doughboy to bend down combined with my poor aim. Pretty sure I owe him a beer at the next #2nd-F event.

Sorry Doughboy. I did give a disclaimer though, so we’re cool, right?


Countarama, Namearama, FNG Naming, Announcements, Pledge, Prayer

It took us far too long to name Spirit Stick, but he is now named and welcomed as part of F3. Swabbie with the solid, persistent EH for him.

Saturday (11/30) – convergence flag football in Richmond Hill at the turf field, 7 am. Coffeeteria afterwards.

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