Archive for April, 2016

Is there life/QF after Prince?

I know you’ve been grieving. Me too. After the shock, you spent a day or two wondering whether there is anything worth doing other than put the Color Purple cast’s tribute on repeat while posting every one of your Prince memories on Facebook. By today, you may have decided yes, there are some things worth doing, like take a shower or put on the other leg of your pants. But maybe not quite yet. There’s Prince’s Superbowl halftime show to watch again, the 20 most important Prince essays to read,  and his entire catalogue to listen on on Tidal.

Someday, friend, you and I will have to crawl out of our little lavender hovel of sadness and reengage with the world.

Here is a quiz to help you know whether you’re ready. Answer yes or no.

  1. Did you figure out how to watch Lemonade, even though you don’t have HBO?
  2. Have you managed to have sex again?
  3. Can you watch the Starfish and Coffee + muppets video without crying?

If you answered yes to one or more questions, you’re ready. It’s time. Here are 3 ways to ease back into the world of the living:

  1. Come to Queerfit this Tuesday, 6:15 at Brownwood Park. If you were part of QF92, come on. If you were not part of QF92, come on. We’re open and ready for you to join us.
  2. Put your cowboy boots on for the Gay Ole’ Opry on Tuesday after QF, in town from NYC. Karen or Karen & the Sorrows is my writing coach – it’ll be a fun show.
  3. This Friday, April 29, come celebrate the completion of QF92 with a Banh Mi + Ribs throwdown at Coach Glo’s. Queerfitters of any stripe (past, present, future) are all welcome, as are your sweetie pies, children, and friends. If you’re not on the FB event page, RSVP here in the comments.

See y’all Tuesday. And Friday. Purple rain forever.

April 9 – The 92d day of QF92

It’s a wrap this Saturday, so bring yourself and for an extra point, bring a friend to our final QF92 group workout. Dress in layers – forecast is for 48 degrees and windy, but Shae is coaching, so you’ll warm up quick.

There will be a longer post and more details on the FB page in a few days about life post-QF92. The 6:15 Tuesday and 10:00 Saturday workouts will continue, and are open to QF92 folks past and present + anyone who is member of the FB group. Guests are always welcome, just be mindful as always that the space is intended for trans and LGBQ people of color and our allies.

Team #nolabels had a small lead as of yesterday, but all teams are within striking distance of winning this final point tally. To add to your 3 points for getting to practice and the 1 point for bringing a friend, the final challenge for 3 more points for your team:

Give a shout out in the comments to (1) someone from your team, (2) someone not on your team, and (3) yourself. Be specific about what’s so good, inspiring, impressive, joyful, excellent, fun, strong, kick-ass, etc. about your (1), (2), and (3). You must give your own damn self a genuinely loving shout out to get these 3 points. Go to it!

April 8 – final qf92 daily challenge 

Friday is day 91 of Qf92, so one last challenge before our final in person workout (which will be a bring-a-friend extra pointer). There are 3 points available for this last challenge. It goes like this…

5 rounds of:

  • 12 push-ups
  • 12 v-ups or sit-ups
  • 12 tuck jumps
  • 12 lunges

That’s 1 point.

For a 2d point, 100 burpees. You cannot do the burpees without doing the 5 rounds.

For a 3d point, get someone who is not in QF92 to do at least 10 of the burpees with you. 

Rack up those points! 

April 7 – Testing testing 1, 2, 3

For Thursday’s challenge, we’re testing how far you’ve come with QF92.

Start the day with 5 sun salutations. Think on who you’d like to bring to Saturday’s final QF92 workout.

Warm-up with 3 rounds of (5 pushups, 5 squats, 10 jumping jacks, 1 spiderman stretch)

Then for 1 point:

  1. Max reps of perfect push-ups.  Good solid plank, nose to ground, good looking push-ups. Rest as long as you like – a few hours is fine. Then,
  2. 100 squats in as few sets as possible. If you can find a tempo that allows you to do all 100 in a row, awesome. Rest as long as you like. Then,
  3. Max hold inversion. Time yourself.

Let us know in the comments how you did, and whether you improved on your numbers from earlier in the year. Be honorable with your push-ups especially! If you did not add to your max number but improved on your form, all the better.


April 6 – greatest challenge repeat and/or triple threat

2 points possible today, but only if your inbox overfloweth…

1 point for your team: do yesterday’s challenge if you did not do it already.

2d point for your team:

6 rounds

10 jumping squats (land softly!), 5 extremely slow push-ups, 5 one-armed squats each arm, 15 foot bear walk

Help your teammates help your team. We’re in the home stretch, ye mighty queerfitters…all the way all the way.

April 5 – greatest challenge ever + bring a friend

5 points possible today during our final week of QF92. It being Tuesday, there are 3 points to be had for getting to Brownwood Park for our 6:15. Glo is on deck to coach, so bring your A game.

If you bring a friend, your team racks up an extra point.

Not enough? An additional point is possible by doing this challenge as well…

Set a timer for 12 minutes. Then as many rounds as you can squeeze in of:

30 squats (get low!)
12 pushups
Delete 15 emails from your inbox. If you do not have a spam filter and you’re deleting a lot of spam, your number is 25.

Let us know how it goes.

April 4 – Monday Strong

Our Monday challenge gets your up and strong, using three explosive moves. For 1 point:

5 sun salutations, then

3-5 clapping push-ups or some version of one. It you can’t quite get the clap, push off as hard as you can at the bottom. Who knows, you just might get a millimeter airborn, maybe an inch, maybe enough to sneak in a quick clap. If you can clap your hands, try for a chest touch. If you can touch your chest, try for this, the clap behind your back.
3-5 high jumps. Really exploding upwards, pausing between each jump to gather yourself so you can reach up as high as you can get, like you’re trying to touch the basketball rim.
3-5 handstand pushups or divebomber pushups
20 squats

5 rounds. Then pick one of the moves (push-ups, high jumps, handstand pushups, or divebomber pushups) and do another 5 sets of 3-5.

That’s it – no need to rush this workout. Go for quality of movement. Surprise yourself today.

April 3 Final Week of QF92

Can it be?

Last week’s points winner: #nolabels. By a landslide. Do not go gently into the night, all ye other teams! Many points in the mix for this final week.

Tuesday will be a bring a friend day, so make your invitations.

For today’s challenge, there are 2 possible points:

5 sun salutations as early in the day as possible. (Even if you’re not going to do the challenge, do the sun salutations. If there’s one thing you want to take with you from QF92 as a daily practice, it’s stretching your way into the day when you wake up every morning.) Then, anytime,

3 burpees
7 walking lunges each leg
3 burpees
7 reverse walking lunges each leg
3 burpees
15 seconds rest

Repeat total of 4 rounds. Take the full 15 seconds of rest! Give us your total time in the comments.

For an extra point, do the workout outside, and run at least 1/4 mile at the end. It need not be fast. It need not even be a run. But if your body wants to run,run! Let us know in the comments if you get that extra point.

April 2 – jump crawl jump run 

Get yourself to QF at 10:00 for 3 points, or for 1 remotely:

100 rope skips or jumping jacks, 15 feet bear crawl, 8 broad jumps (land lightly!), 400 meter run

4 rounds.