F3 Knoxville

Terror Tabatas

THE SCENE: 60* and rainy, but not a total washout
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

Quick jog to the bridge at 5:30 to get out of the rain
Squat and reach
Hillbilly’s
Shoulder taps
Tempo merkins 5x each diamond, ranger, wide
This and that
THA-THANG:
Simple today.  Jog to the amphitheater, hop on stage for tabatas.  Ascending and descending in rounds, 40 seconds of work with 20 second break.  After each exercise is finished with the noted number of rounds, run a stair circuit.  Starting at stage right, run up the stairs and snake down and up until you reach stage left.  Move on to next exercise and increase/decrease the rounds.

  • Burpees – 2 rounds
  • Lunges – 3 rounds
  • Merkins – 4 rounds (can alternate incline/decline/hand release/whatever you want)
  • Flutter kicks – 5 rounds
  • Inverted rows on rails – 6 rounds (sucked)
  • LBCs – 3 rounds
  • Last round we only had three minutes, so we did one round each of squats, 8-count bodybuilders, and finished with jump squats

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
8 braved the rain: Livestrong, Java, Walrus, Postman, Swanson, Trowel, Magic Mic, Abort
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
“Open your mouth only if what you’re about to say is more beautiful than the silence.” This was directed internally much more than externally, had a quick listen to the rain and sounds of downtown (mostly nice, also a dumptruck)

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Hardship Hill build day this Saturday at Swanson’s house.  OCR the following Saturday, some talk about teams and rucking.

Burbs 9-11

THE SCENE: 76* and muggy again
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
THA-THANG:
Warm up lap: take off through the park and head towards West Hills Elementary, stop in the lot for 11 reps each of merkins, squats, curls.  Continue ruck, make a left on Vanosdale, left onto Bennington, left onto Corteland, and left onto N Winston.  At every road intersection, stop for another round of 11 reps each of merkins, squats, and curls.  Total of 9 rounds by the time we make it back to parking lot.

Meaning: The breakdown of the first responders killed on September 11th as follows: 37 Port Authority officers, 23 NYPD, 8 EMTs, and 343 firefighters.
The Work: Farmer carry ruck in one hand and sandbag in the other hand the length of the parking lot and back to simulate first responders carrying gear into the fray.  Once back to start, pay homage to the first responders with the following exercises (carry down and back, do one exercise; down and back, move to next exercise):

  • 37 brickyard manmakers
  • 23 eight-count bodybuilders
  • 8 bear complex with sandbag
  • 343 flutter kicks

Flutters were done as a group ring of fire style until we reached 343.  Back to your feet, ruck and sandbags over to the base of the N Winston hill.

Meaning: We don’t have stairs, but we have a huge hill.  Also, going over the bridge mirrors FDNY ladder 118 crossing the Brooklyn bridge heading for the towers.  The six giants on that firetruck all perished on the day.
The Work: Carry the sandbags up the hill.  Once everyone makes it to the top and safely into the parking lot, we honor ladder 118 with 11 eight-count bodybuilders.  Sandbags back up and mosey back down the hill.  Quick set of 10 counts for everyone (me) to get their breaths, turn around and do it again for the second tower.  Again, at the top we honor ladder 118 with a set of 19 reps each of merkins, squats, and curls (brings our total of each on the day to 118 reps).  Mosey back down for Mary.

MARY:
20 flutters
20 hammers
15 flutters

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
In NYC last year I visited the 9/11 memorial, and just taking it all in I leaned against the memorial.  After a minute I looked down and noticed the name my hand was on, Abraham Zelmanowitz.  I remembered the name just because of how odd it was at the time.  Later while walking through the museum, I came across this man’s story.  Abraham worked on the 27th floor of tower one of the WTC.  He very easily could have gotten out of the building after the planes hit, but his friend and coworker Ed Beyea was a quadriplegic.  With the elevators out of service, Abraham chose to stay with his friend until help arrived to get Ed down the stairs and out of the building.  Unfortunately that help never came, and they were both killed in the collapse of the tower.  The selflessness and heroism of that day can never be overstated, both in first responders and in stories such as these.  19 years ago we vowed to never forget, and I hope that promise is one that we keep.

Bears and Bricks

THE SCENE: 72* and humid, basically no wind
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

Imperial walkers x10
Monkey humpers x10
Calf raises x10
Shoulder taps in plank x10
Four count merkins (hand release) x10
THA-THANG:
Mosey short half lap around the World’s Fair lawn and back to the sidewalk adjacent to the convention center.  Five cones set up in a line, spaced 12-15 yards apart for Bear With Me.  Bear crawl between cones, knock out exercises at each cone.  Recover mosey back to start and plank waiting on the six.

  • 20 pickle pounders
  • 20 merkins
  • 20 squats
  • 20 Carolina dry docks
  • 20 flutter kicks

Rinse and repeat for two rounds.  On the third round, Q called an audible: lunge walk between cones and cut reps in half.

Quick 10 count and mosey towards L&N.  Everyone grab a nice brick (really big stone paver) from L&N and jog it over to the war memorial.  Routine was supposed to be descending ladder, running through entire list of exercises, then repeating taking off the bottom exercise.  We only got through two rounds, but they sucked enough.  After each round, we ran the parking lot, up the stairs and back. Exercises as follows (sit ups and merkins without stones):

  • 40 curls
  • 35 sit ups
  • 30 merkins
  • 25 goblet squats
  • 20 front raises
  • 15 Lion kings
  • 10 Mr. Spectacular

Again, got through two rounds.  Which was painful enough after Amazon’s Saturday boulder beatdown.  I’ll definitely come back to this stone workout and run it from the beginning.

We did two rounds of 10 curls and 10 overhead tricep extensions, dropped our pavers off where we got them, and moseyed back to the SP for Mary.
MARY:
Sit ups x15
Flutters x10
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
6 strong: Bilko, Slim Shady, Drive Thru, Postman, Passport, Abort
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
We always have discussions about being High Impact Men in F3.  At times, I’ve struggled with what that looks like for me and how I can have any impact, let alone high impact.  I came across a quote that made me think about the impact my F3 brothers have had on me, most of which were probably unaware because they were simply being themselves. Quote reads: “The awakened man has stepped away from living a life ruled by his mind and ego-self and is consciously connected to his heart.  He is not embarrassed to reveal his true colors.  He is redefining age-old beliefs of what a real man is, and by his example, calling other men to wipe the sleep from their eyes.”

These men that I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by in the gloom have unknowingly caused me to wipe the sleep from my eyes.  They have shown me small things and large which I have picked up, either consciously or not, which have improved my life and my relationships with people in my life.  My hope, and my way of having high impact, is to take the things they have shown me and pass them along to others. Aye!

tightrope walking

THE SCENE: 66* and a little muggy, perfect sweat angel weather
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:
Shoulder taps x15
OH Claps x15
Merkins x10
Hillbilly’s x12
Tempo squats x12
SSH x15
THA-THANG:
Mosey out of the start point towards parking lot, make a left and head towards Broadway.  Didn’t have to wait long at the light, crossed over Broadway and through the Commercial Bank parking lot over to the back parking lot of Regions Bank.

Four cones spaced out in the parking lot, paying homage to Magic Mic’s beatdown at BB from last week.

Round 1: Lunge walk between cones, perform jump squats at cones increasing reps 4, 6, 8, 10.  Mosey back
Round 2: Crawl bear between cones, perform merkins at cones increasing reps 5, 10, 15, 20. Mosey back
Round 3: Frog jump (hands must touch ground) between cones, perform (someone said you like) burpees at cones increasing reps 2, 4, 6, 8.  Mosey back.

10 count breath snagger and then mosey up Lynnwood Drive a few buildings until we reach the parking lot with the coupons.  Everyone grab a rock, start the music up and run through as many rounds as you can in 10 minutes.

  • Boulder squats x15
  • Curls x20
  • OH Press x20
  • Rock swap merkins x10
  • Run at 80% pace to the brick wall and return.  Lather rinse repeat until timer goes off.

Quick mosey back down Lynnwood to the Regions parking lot again and circle up.  Amazon style swapper, two exercises back and forth with no rest between, decreasing reps each round.  Also, a different PAX leads the round each time.  Rep counts were 10, 7, 5 for each exercise.

  • Four count merkins
  • Tempo squats

Mosey back the way we came, through the bank parking lot and back across Broadway to the church parking lot to finish up.

MARY:
CASH OUT WITH ATMS!!!
American hammers x15
Flutters x10
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
10 Strong: Duggar, Swanson, PDA, Filter, SpaceX, Magic Mic, Walrus, Herbie, Puck, Abort
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
I asked if anyone knew who Karl Wallenda or Nik Wallenda are, which Filter did (I forgot your Applebee’s trivia gift card).  Karl Wallenda was a pretty famous tightrope walker who began his career in the 20s.  The Ringling Brothers added him to their circus, and he helped create some crazy stunts including the pyramid of people walking on a tightrope (which did kill a few members of his team in one accident).  Karl was killed as well while attempting to walk between two hotels in Puerto Rico.

Later on, his great grandson went back to the same spot and accomplished the walk.  Funny enough, earlier this year he walked 1800′ across an open volcano that took him over 31 minutes to cross.  Why would someone go back to the spot that killed their ancestor and attempt the same thing?  Legacy.  He wanted to keep the family legacy alive.  I hope that I am capable of something that will inspire someone else to come behind me and repeat, or even elevate to another level.  And I sincerely hope if I can that its something worthy of being referred to as legacy.

THE SCENE: 55* dry and perfect
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

Tempo squats x10
Static stretches left/right/middle x20 secs each
Shoulder taps x15
Four count merkins (hand release) x12
SSH x10
THA-THANG:
Mosey out of the fountains toward the lots where we park, past The Foundry and across the railroad tracks to Preacher’s parking lot (The International).  Five cone set up, about 10 yards apart for reverse suicide ladder.  PAX line up across the parking lot, run to the furthest cone and perform exercise.  Run back to the start line.  PAX then run to the furthest cone, repeat that exercise, and add the next cone and exercise on the way back, eventually knocking out all 5 exercises.

  • Four count merkins (hand release) x10
  • Jump squats x10
  • Burpees x10
  • LBCs x20
  • SSH x30

Each PAX grabs two rocks from the pile right beside our starting point.  OYO, then hold both rocks overhead when finished.

  • Lateral raises x20
  • Curls x20
  • Up and outs x20

Sprint out to the furthest cone and return to your rocks for another round, this time 10 reps of each.  Return rocks and mosey back across railroad tracks to the parking lot across from The Foundry for Lt. Dan’s Revenge. Starting with 2 squats and 4 lunges, then run up the short hill and knock out 5 merkins, return back to bottom of hill.  Repeat, increasing to 4 squats 8 lunges, 6/12, 8/16, 10/20 all with 5 merkins at the top of the hill before running back.

Quick mosey back to start point

MARY:
American hammers x20
Box cutters x10
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
10 strong: Passport, Steam, Swanson, Magic Mic, Cornhole, Petey (WELCOME BACK), G6, Half Dome, Postman, Abort
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
From Ozark, Jacob Snell: “Ill humor in the morning brings about a darkened day.”  I know that I have been struggling lately at work, and I really thing it is because I’ve not been able to work out as much.  When I get up, I have extra time and look at the news or social media, which is inevitably something negative.  I think it’s pretty obvious that it sets the wrong tone for the day and its hard to climb out of that hole dug so early.

But when I come and work out, I’m listening to people talk about doing things with their kids, or seeing faces for the first time in a while and without them knowing it, they have pointed me in the right direction for the day.  That positivity just in words, that goes along with having done some exercise, prevents a darkened day.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Morristown launch June 6th!