F3 Knoxville

surf and turf ruck

THE SCENE: 52* and rainy, great day to build some character

Gear inspection and move out, no warm up here.  Gear included: all ruckers with rucks at challenge weight + water, one 60 pound sandbag (Irene), one 80 pound sandbag (Black Betty).  Ruck up and move to Emerald Youth soccer fields.

Quick warm up there:
Tempo squats
BAC forward
Chinooks (or Sudokus)

Workout began with pushup and situp test from APFT/Heavy PT test.  Partner up and hold each other’s feet, then fist on the ground for pushups while partner performs 2 minutes max pushups and 2 minutes max situps.  PAX to try to remember and see how they improve after 2 month winter challenge from Charity Challenges.

Next was to dine on some surf and turf, stolen from Brickyard workout A-Rod posted last week.

  • 100 yard bear crawl
  • Take a break with 5 rounds of Amazon complex with 60 pound sandbag
  • 100 yard crab walk (this was funnnn)
  • Another break with 5 more rounds of Amazon complex (burpee over bag, strict curl, clean, squat, press toss to next man)

Ruck up and move back towards start point.

Once back at start point for false finish, take sandbags off shoulders and hold them in front for some extra distance carries.  Basically walking and kicking the sandbag while smoking already toasty shoulders.  Trade out sandbags at even intervals.

No time for Mary, which was nice since it was soaking wet (though we already were too).

4 weirdos: Swanson, Pfeiffer, Amazon, Abort

Get started and see how far you go

THE SCENE: 30* but little wind, ready to go

Even/odd static stretches for 20 count: middle, left, right
BAC forward and reverse
Tempo lunge
Mosey out of SP and over to the amphitheater, stopping in front of the stage.

  • 10 Bulgarian split squats (10 each leg)
  • Sprint the stairs, mosey back down to the stage
  • 10 calf raises on stairs

Repeato with 15 reps

Mosey further to the parking lot behind the Min Kao building on UT campus for Charles Bronson.  Three cones set up, with 5 exercises at first cone.  Perform exercise, sprint to second cone, bear crawl to the third cone, mosey back and move to next exercise.  Repeat for each exercise.

  • 50 SSH on 4 count
  • 50 Merkins
  • 50 Burpees (yup)
  • 50 Big boy sit ups
  • 50 Jump squats

Mosey back to amphitheater, need to balance out the leg work with some upper body.  15 decline merkins, 15 regular merkins, 15 incline merkins all done in succession with no rest.

Mosey back to start point for Mary.

Flutter kicks
Heals to heaven
Feet elevated crunches
Boat canoe flutters led by Pfeiffer
10 Strong: Pfeiffer, Rusty, SiPad, Pullups, Amazon, Half Caff, Ivy, G6, Swanson, Abort
I’ve noticed on weekends that I am either extremely lazy or extremely productive, and usually nowhere in between.  I either just lay around and never get started doing anything or once I get started it just leads to staying busy.  The latter was yesterday, and it simply started with doing laundry early.  Then I painted something I had put off for months.  I fixed a broken section of fence that has needed attention for at least a month.  Cleaned up the utility room.  Found clothes to donate….I just encouraged men to get started with something and see how far it takes them to accomplish other things as well.

Keep Rick (G6’s son) and Blake (Scope’s father) in our prayers as they both have surgeries upcoming.
Hardship Hill teams need to form up soon!!

testing out the 1-2 step up

THE SCENE: 39* which was a heat wave after Monday and Tuesday

Gear inspection and quick warm up
  • BAC forward and reverse
  • Tempo squats
  • 8 count bodybuilders
Gear up and move out. Head to UT amphitheater by library. 4 PAX with rucks, two additional 60 pound sandbags. Rotate bags as needed until reaching amphitheater.
Two count of one arm ruck overhead squats, then step up to next level of amphitheater. Continue to the top.
2 derkin at each level, bear crawl going down (hence forth known as the controlled fall).
Two rounds, switch arm for ruck overhead going up. Same two count controlled fall going down. THIS WAS HARD.
Bucket list style, mule run. One man farmer carries both 60 bags about 20 yards and back. Upon return, next man takes turn and the group moves to next exercise.
  • Curls
  • Flutters
  • 8 counts
  • Thrusters
  • Sit ups
  • Overhead over and back
  • Merkins
  • Ruck OH squats

Went two rounds of this, bumping order. Ruck up and head back to start point, climbing stairs at The Hill and Pfeiffer finding another solid mountain to ruck up. (A Rod once said if you have a choice to go over or around a mountain, you always go over).

Cash out with Amazon complex. Burpee on top on sandbag -> strict curl -> clean -> squat -> press throw to next person in the circle. 5 reps for each man.

4 weirdos: Fast n Easy, Pfeiffer, Swanson, Abort

shooting from the hip

THE SCENE: Phone said 16*, feels like 6*.  Channeled my inner Crawdad and rocked shorts (though I had 5 layers up top).  Wind was colllddddd

BAC forward IC
BAC backward IC
Tempo squats IC
Mosey out of start point and toward amphitheater.  Run to the top of the backside of the theater to try to hide from the wind. One round of leg blasters, exercises done with no break:
15 air squats
20 lunges (10 each leg)
10 jump squats

Followed by a half round of Amazon shoulder smokers:
25 overhead claps on 4 count, pick the cherries and put them in the bucket x3, then another 25 overhead claps on 4 count.  Amazon is the only person with the superpower to go to 100 on 4 count with no rest, can’t do it don’t Q it, so we stop at 50.  Mosey down and across the pedestrian bridge and over to the Big Ball stairs for some 11’s.

Start with one jump squat at the bottom, run to the top of the stairs and do 10 hand release merkins.  Keep going through 11’s routine until our legs were made of jello.  Recover and 10 count.

Mosey back to the pedestrian bridge and do Lieutenant Dan’s across the bridge.  Four lunges, one burpee, until you reach the other side.  Short mosey to the bottom of the amphitheater.  One group of 2 and one of 3.

One partner does dips on the benches at the bottom, the other partner sprints up the hill and does 5 pull ups on the rails at the top.  Return to the bottom and flapjack with your partner.  3 rounds for each partner.

Mosey back to the start point for Mary.

Box cutters IC
Boat/canoe ring of fire
Frostbitten 5: Dinger, Filter, Swanson, Vertigo, Abort
Scheduled Q did not show up, so I did not have a word prepared.  I just did the Pantene method and rinsed and repeated my word from Saturday about reaching out to someone you haven’t spoken to and rebuild a bridge.  Vertigo spoke about the value of lives of all ages, and hope that the man who left a note to his family had a change of heart and will be found alive in the mountains.

re-building bridges

THE SCENE: 45* and the rain held off

Shoulder taps IC
Six count squats IC
Peter Parkers IC
Bench step ups OYO
Mosey out of start point toward Big Ball, pass it up and stop just short of crossing Cumberland Avenue. Everyone on their 6 for big boy sit up ring of fire.  Everyone holds iron cross position, going around the circle one man does 5 BBSUs and resumes iron cross, moving to next person in circle.  Recover, and cross over Cumberland Avenue and mosey over to church parking lot beside Henley Street Bridge.

PAX instructed to grab a big rock and pair up, and after doing so have to choose someone else (pair up with someone you don’t usually pick).  Partner A duck walks with rock to cone, sets rock down and sprints to the end of the parking lot and back to their rock, and duck walks back to their partner.  Partner B performs as many reps as possible of the following exercises (does AMRAP and switches to next exercise after taking turn running):

  • Curls
  • Toes to knees (deadlift)
  • Overhead over and back
  • Bent over row

Recover and 10 count.  Short mosey to the incline parking lot just below church lot.  Spread out for round the clock exercises.  Starting at the 12 o’clock position (head uphill with feet downhill), perform 10 hand release merkins and 15 squats, then plank waiting for everyone else to finish the hour.  Turn and do 10/15 at the 3:00, 6:00, 9:00 positions.  Then start at midnight and turn back time, going backwards and doing another round.

Recover and 10 count. Another short mosey to the nice steep hill for Super 11’s.  Start at bottom of hill, run to the top and do 11 flutter kicks on 4 count, return to the bottom for 11 American hammers on 4 count.  Run to the top for 10 flutters, back down for 10 hammers.  Continue through routine until we’re all exhausted.

Recover and mosey back to start point.

Box cutters IC
Edward scissor legs IC
8 strong: Pfeiffer, Scope, Quarantine, Midas, Careless, Magic Mike, Reverb, Abort
Took the Q on this day because it was one of my best friend’s birthdays, who unfortunately I haven’t spoken to since last year on his birthday.  I have no idea why, but we don’t speak any more.  I could blame pride and stubbornness for this, but whatever the reason may be, it is not a trait of a HIM.  I encouraged the PAX to think of a relationship that has either been damaged, or even just fallen to the wayside and reach out to that person and see if you can reconnect.

Rock piles and cathedrals

THE SCENE: 29 actual temp, 23 feels like temp. Shorts weather!

  • 6 count squat (not tempo)
  • 6 count shoulder tap
  • Merkins on 4 count
  • SSH (varied pace)


“Bro I’m cold” rule in effect for durarion – I call out person when I’m cold and we do 5 burpees. Person I call out must call six count cadence. They then nominate the next person when they’re cold – or want to be a jerk.

Mosey out of SP toward amphitheater. Stop at back part of amphitheater for 10 eight count merkins, 10 jump squats. Sprint the hill and hold squat waiting for the 6. Continue mosey to church parking lot for rock PT.
  • Curls x15
  • Thrusters x10
  • Offset merkins x10
  • 10 meter duck walk and back
  • Overhead squats x 10
  • Overhead press x15
  • Hammers x10 (4ct)
Escalator style. Between each iteration run and touch the church and come back. Pick up next exercise and work back through beginning with curls.
Mosey back to SP.


  • Iron cross IPTBAW. Last man standing picks next exercise and count, calls cadence but only does half the reps. Careless wins, calls out 30 Edward scissor-legs. Like a boss, does them all instead of stopping at 15.
  • Low plank on elbows IPTBAW. Run out of time with most PAX still holding, so we all win.

12 strong, 1 visitor from Charlotte and 1 first time baller from Dog Pound: Reverb, Amazon, Passport, Dingar, Brooks, Duggar, Filter, Careless, Cowbell, Swanson, JPEG, Abort
“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”  Go about your day viewing things not the way the are, but the could be if you applied impact to them.
Hardship Hill OCR coming up in May. I want us to have minimum one team, hopefully two. We also will be building an obstacle, details to follow.

One more 18 beatdown

THE SCENE: Low 50s, perfect temp to sweat

Windmills x12 IC
Shoulder taps x12 IC
Tempo merkin x12 IC
Tempo lunge x12 IC
SSH x31 IC
Collect keys and mosey out of the A.O. toward the amphitheater.  Run under the bridge and through the seldom used part of the park, pausing at the statue for a round of leg blasters.  20 squats, 20 lunges, 10 air squats all done in cadence and no break in between.  Shake your legs out and continue Mosey.  Cross Cumberland Avenue and run up Estabrook behind the engineering buildings until reaching the stairs of Mordor.

Partner up for a Dora workout.  One man performs exercise while the other runs to the stop of the stairs, performs two burpees, and runs back down the stairs to relieve his partner.  Flap jack, all exercises cumulative between partners. 150 reps of each exercise:

  • Bulgarian split squat (using benches)
  • Ranger merkins
  • American hammers on 4-count
  • Overhead claps on 4-count

Recover and 10 count.  Routine took up the entire workout (glad I didn’t say 200 reps of each) so we head back to A.O. for Mary.

Flutter kicks x20 IC
Captain Thor up to 5:20
Q favorite of Boat/Canoe until time ran out
16 Strong including 2 FNGs: Swanson, Cowbell, Half Caff, The Voice, Stagehand, Passport, Reverb, Rousey, Soot, G6, Hot Topic (FNG), Amazon, Blackout (FNG), Jenner, Huey, Abort
New years always bring about resolutions of people trying to set goals, some of which are too vague or too difficult to be obtainable (nothing wrong with resolutions, or setting high goals).  During this time of year, challenge everyone to think of one word they can choose to try to improve different aspects of their life, this stolen from an F3 podcast I listened to.  Examples of words I heard or found were Present, Change, Joyous, Purposeful (what I’m leaning towards).

The point is to let that word improve all aspects of your life instead of just choosing one thing you may or may not do.  In my case, to be purposeful with what I do.  Move and workout with purpose, love those around me with purpose, perform my job with purpose.  LIVE with purpose.
MOLESKIN: Continue to pray for Butterfly and his wife Chelsea and she tries to figure out what has been causing her medical issues; pray for Soot, Huey, and Hot Topic as they return back to station and for Soot’s possible deployment; pray for the Corcoran family who lost their son in a car accident Saturday night; pray for Stagehand as he travels to Florida to be present with his family; pray for our community and our brothers as we close out this year and begin 2019.

The pain train

THE SCENE: 34*, nice and clear

No warm up, no time. Quick gear inspection and get the show on the road
Equipment list, everyone with rucks with challenge weight, water bladders etc. Three 60 pound sandbags (Sandy, Sandra, and Irene) and one big girl 80 pound sandbag (Betty).

Move out away from start point, rotating sandbags every 0.20 miles. At the end of your rotation, you have to pay a 5 squat transfer fee before handing off the sandbag. Transition can not allow sandbag to touch the ground. Head to Tom Black Track on UT campus, hitting every scrappy hill we can.

Once at the track, ground sandbags for PT. Circuit consisted of the following:

  • Atlas lift with 60 bag
  • Lateral pull merkins with ruck
  • Bent over row with 80 bag
  • Leg levers with ruck overhead
  • Reverse lunges with 60 bag
  • Shoulder loads with 60 bag

Last man bear crawls to cone and back, taking over at Atlas lifts and bumping everyone to next exercise. Go through circuit twice.

Recover and link the sandbags together with carabiners for the pain train (aka the floppy log) back.  Carry can consist of shoulder, farmer carry, whatever. Rotate as needed like an event. Due to time left, after a few rotations the pain train is broken back into individual bags as the train moves slower. Last quarter ro third mile sandbags had to be carried off shoulders. Get back right at 6:15.

Impact and enunciate

THE SCENE: 41* which was nice and toasty in comparison to the last few days

Shoulder taps
Tempo lunge



Mosey out of the SP and toward the Big Ball.  Lots of chalk at the base of the stairs for the escalator.  Each exercise is 10 reps, picking up a new exercise each iteration through and running the stairs to the top of the Big Ball after completing each exercise.  Final iteration is 10 reps of all six exercises followed by the run to the top and back down for Mary.  Exercises as follows:

  • Imperial squat walkers
  • Merkins
  • Pickle pounders on 4-ct
  • Alternating shoulder taps on 4-ct
  • Crab cakes on 4-ct
  • Tricep dips

Short mosey up to the middle platform of the stairs beside big ball.  Circle up for contra burpees.  Start with normal burpee, then add a merkin each repetition until you reach 10 merkins at the bottom of the burpee.  Recover back down to the bottom of the big ball to pick up laundry.

Mosey across bridge and over to the amphitheater.  Line up across the front of the stage.
15 Bulgarian split squats (15 each leg), 15 wide merkins
15 jump squats, 15 Carolina dry docks
15 side step ups (15 each leg), 15 legs on stage sit ups and touch stage

Recover and mosey the long way around and up behind the amphitheater heading back to start point for Mary.

Recliner flutter kicks (not laid back completely)
Recliner Edward scissor-legs
12 strong including a visitor from Charlotte: Operation, G6, Singlet, SiPad, Careless, Swanson, Brooks, Amazon, Reverb, Cowbell, Red Writer, Abort
Impact is forcible contact to strong effect.  Thank the PAX for the impact they have all had on me recently, where I know I’ve taken small things from each of them and emulated to try to improve my character.

Celebrity Q

THE SCENE: 45* and clear

BAC forward IC
BAC reverse IC
Cherry pickers IC
Tempo squat IC


Everyone on Preacher at the fountains.  Each corner of the World’s Fair Park lawn has an exercise and number of an exercise to perform.  Run laps and do the work until Preacher calls time.  Each time you pass the fountains you don’t collect $200 but perform 8 burpees.  Corner exercises:

  • Mountain climbers 4-ct x12
  • Power merkins x10 (explode off the deck and clap at top of merkin)
  • BBSUs x15
  • Jump squats x15

Lather rinse repeato. Recover on Preacher and mosey towards amphitheater.

After nearly getting hit by the same truck going both forward and reverse (the truck, not us), assemble on the stage at the theater.  Routine is 11’s.  Start with 1 box jump on stage, sprint the stairs to the top, 10 rail rows at the top.  Return and repeat finishing off 11’s.  Merlot might have splashed.  Recover on Preacher.

Mosey back to the south end of the World’s Fair lawn.  Line up going across.  Preacher calls 10 count bear crawls, then remain in place and do 10 squats all in cadence.  Repeat until reaching the fountains on the other side.

Box cutter flutter Edwards ???
American hammers
25 Strong for Preacher’s visit: Jenner, Crawdad, Cornhole, Red Writer, Archie, Wilson, Filter, Careless, Quarantine, Halo, Rousey, Passport, G6, Sneaky Pete, Waffle House, Operation, SiPad, Swanson, Partial, Al (FNG), Purple Rain, The Voice, Petey, Preacher, Abort
Preacher talked about his recent move to Arizona, and how none of what has happened to him in the last few months would have been what he planned or thought he would do.  He had to walk through the valley of the shadow of death to end up where he needed to be.

Can drive competition with FiA this week.