F3 Knoxville

Lean on HIM but also me when you need help!

THE SCENE: 55 & rain…pretty perfect for the gloom

  • Mosey for cover at the Clayton Center
  • Cherry Pickers (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Windmills (IC) X 10
  • Baby Arm Circles Forward X 10 (IC) w/ Michael Phelps
  • Baby Arm Circles Backward X 10 (IC) w/ Michael Phelps
  • Overhead Claps (IC) X 10
  • Tempo Squats (IC) X 10
  • Tempo Merkins (IC) X 10
  • Tennessee Rocking Horse X 10
  • Mosey to the Library



  • 20 Merkins, 20 Big Boys, 20 squats X 3 rounds
  • 10 Diamond Merkins, 10 lunges per leg, 10 4-ct Flutter Kicks X 3 rounds
  • 20 Wide Merkins, 20 reverse lunges, 20 American Hammers X 3 rounds w/ running the courtyard in between
  • Any Upper Body, Core & Lower Body Exercise OYO X running the courtyard in between (3-5 laps on average)

MARY:Part of Q


10 men trying to get better


Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re weak, but it means you are strong and wise. Being proud is a sin and that is why many people fail to ask for help even when they desperately need it. Continually ask the Lord for help and strength daily realizing it’s impossible to live the Christian life without Him.

We also need to lean on each other, ask for help, prayers, etc.  We are not and should not feel alone but occasionally we do.  Let’s all realize that we can and should lean on each other when needed.

James 1:5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

Psalm 121:2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Proverbs 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellers there is safety.

Proverbs 15:22 Without advice plans go wrong, but with many advisers they succeed.

Proverbs 20:18 Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice.

Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

Psalm 10:4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.


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  • Street Hope Project – copy paper, napkins & 55-gallon trash bags
  • New AO in Blount County – The Arsenel – starts this Saturday at Sandy Springs Park

50 Days Until 50 – Do I Deserve HIS Respect?

THE SCENE: 23 and a bit chilly in the gloom

  • Jog in Place
  • Side Straddle Hops (IC) 15
  • Cherry Pickers (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Baby Arm Circles Forward X 10 (IC) w/ Michael Phelps
  • Baby Arm Circles Backward X 10 (IC) w/ Michael Phelps
  • Tempo Squats (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Merkins (OYO) X 20
  • Tennessee Rocking Horse X 10
  • Mosey across the street to JUCOLeConte


JUCO LeConte

  • 20 merkins at the bottom, run, 20 merkins in the middle, run & 20 merkins at the top
  • 20 squats at the top, 20 squats in the middle & 20 at the bottom
  • Rinse & Repeat X 3-4 laps (most did 3, some did 4)
  • Mosey in front of Valley Church property

Sidewalk in front of Valley Church Property

  • 20 monkey humpers facing Hardin Valley Road
  • 20 merkins
  • 20 Big Boy Situps
  • Mosey to Maple Street Lot

Maple Street Lot

  • Grab a large stone
  • 20 curls
  • 20 bent over rows
  • mosey to AO


  • 50 calf raises
  • 20 Hello Dollies – 4 CT
  • 20 Pickle Pounders – 4 CT
  • 20 Heals to Heaven – 4 CT
  • 20 Pickle Pointers – 4 CT
  • Planks (one arm/one leg & switch)


14 Men


Francis Chan is an American Protestant author, teacher, and preacher. He is the former teaching pastor of Cornerstone Community Church, an Evangelical church in California, founded by Chan in 1994. He also founded Eternity Bible College in 2004.  Lots of the following words come from his devotionals F3 is going through right now.  Good stuff and I plan to read his book Crazy Love.

Our hope is that you will see that the only sane response to God’s love is wholehearted devotion to Jesus. And that the crazy people in this world are those who experience God’s love and remain complacent, not those who let go of all they have and follow Him completely.

Even though I glimpse God’s holiness, I am still dumb enough to forget that life is all about God and not about me at all.

Would you describe yourself as totally in love with Jesus Christ?  Or do the words halfhearted, lukewarm, and partially committed fit better?  Unfortunately, those words fit me on most days.  I want to become on fire for God, every second of every day.

I go to church, I volunteer and give to charity, I am moved by stories of faith but don’t change.

I turn 50 in 50 days so I’m going to go through a physical, mental and spiritual journey.  I’m going to ruck at least 150 miles with this 50 pound rucksack and I’m going to do at least 15,000 push-ups during that time.  I’m going to be raising money for Valley Church’s new campus construction.  While I’d love your financial support, I want you to pray for me and our church.

I’m going to use that hour or so a day to pray, think, and create a plan to move forward in my life with God being the focus.

Chan encourages us to make a faith action plan, do something that scares you, step out into a holy adventure that we can’t control. See all others as Christ.


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We all have dreams & all are sinners

THE SCENE: 34 and felt too nice for the gloom

  • Cherry Pickers (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Morrocan Night Club X 15 (IC)
  • Tempo Squats (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Tempo Merkins (IC) X 10
  • Side Straddle Hops (IC) X 20
  • Tennessee Rocking Horse X 10
  • Mosey to the Large Parking Lot by the Pond


The Pond

  • 20 Merkins & 20 Squats in 3 locations around the Pond
  • Rinse & Repeat X 2

Large Parking Lot

  • 20 Monkey Humpers & run up & back
  • 20 Diamond Merkins & run up & back
  • 20 Big Boys & run up & back
  • 20 Upside Down Merkins & run up & back
  • 20 Lunges & run up & back
  • 20 Carolina DryDocks & run up & back
  • 20 Flutter Kicks & run up & back
  • 20 Laying Side Straddle Hops & run up & back


  • Imperial Walkers X 20
  • Pickle Pounders X 20


12 Men in attendance


I love quotes and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has so many powerful messages (listed below). After we talked about his belief in peaceful protests, I shared that Dr. King was also known to be a womanizer. I feel that didn’t negate all of his great work but shows that we are human and all sin and have character flaws. None of us want to be judged solely on the worst things we’ve ever done. Fortunately, God loves us and will forgive us if we repent.

  • Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
  • Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
  • The time is always right to do what is right.
  • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
  • Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?
  • We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
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  • Blood Drive at Lakeshore on the 29th – 5 spots left
  • CSAUP on the 30th at the Asylum

Uncle Booster’s 12 Days of Christmas

THE SCENE: 35 and beautiful in the gloom!

Insert information about the warmup.

  • Baby Arm Circles Forward X 10 followed by Michael Phelps
  • Baby Arm Circles Backward X 10 followed by Michael Phelps
  • Cherry Pickers (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Tempo Squats (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Hand Release Merkins X 10
  • Side Straddle Hops (IC) X 20
  • Tennessee Rocking Horse X 10
  • Mosey to the Large Parking Lot


12 days of Christmas

We do ascending exercises, with 60 yard runs down & 60 yards back each day.

  • 1st day of Christmas     Burpee
  • 2nd day of Christmas:    Shoulder Taps (4ct)
  • 3rd day of Christmas:    Box Cutters (4ct)
  • 4th day of Christmas:    Jump Squats
  • 5th day of Christmas:    Hand Release Merkins
  • 6th day of Christmas:    Hello Dollys (4ct)
  • 7th day of Christmas:    Smurf Jacks (4ct)
  • 8th day of Christmas:    Carolina Dry Docks
  • 9th day of Christmas:    Flutter Kicks (4ct)
  • 10th day of Christmas:  Squats (4ct)
  • 11th day of Christmas:   Diamond Merkins
  • 12th day of Christmas:  Burpees

Ascending Squats

Lunge, Lunge – 1 Squat

Lunge, Lunch – 2 Squats

Etc…up to 15 squats

100 Calf Raises

MARY: Part of the Q

16 enjoyed the fun…Betty, Butter Knife, Commission, Erector, Hound Dog, Judge Judy, Kenjo, Kick-Flip, Mailbox, Pool Boy, Ralph, Spotter, Survivor, Wanderer, Wheelchair & Booster


This Q was borrowed (and tweaked a bit) from Charmin’s Q at the Quacken on Wednesday


“Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her King.” – “Joy to the World”

“Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.” — Helen Steiner Rice

“Remembrance, like a candle, burns brightest at Christmastime.” — Charles Dickens

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” — Mother Theresa

“Your children need your presence more than your presents.” — Jesse Jackson

“The way you spend Christmas is far more important than how much.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality.” – Washington Irving

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future.” – Agnes M. Pahro

“May your hearth be warm, your holidays grand, and your heart held gently in the good Lord’s hand.” — Unknown

“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable Gift.” – 2 Corinthians 9:15

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No Christmas Workout

Tabata Time In Tennessee

THE SCENE: 52 and beautiful…almost too nice for the gloom!

  • Side Straddle Hops (IC) X 15
  • Cherry Pickers (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Baby Arm Circles Forward X 10 followed by Michael Phelps
  • Baby Arm Circles Backward X 10 followed by Michael Phelps
  • Tempo Squats (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Hand Release Merkins (OYO) X 10
  • Burpees (OYO) X 5
  • Mosey to the Junkyard


Junkyard – Behind Maintenance Building – Coupon Pile

Mosey to next parking lot – Tabata 30 seconds of work / 10 seconds of rest

  • Rifle Carry CMU to next parking lot
  • AMRAP CMU Thrusters (for 2 minutes)
  • AMRAP CMU Bent Over Rows
  • AMRAP CMU Lunges
  • AMRAP CMU Overhead Press
  • Run .15/mile around the parking lot
  • AMRAP CMU Curls
  • AMRAP CMU Squats
  • AMRAP CMU Triceps
  • AMRAP Burpees
  • AMRAP Flutterkicks
  • Run .15/mile around the parking lot
  • AMRAP CMU Tricip Extension
  • AMRAP Big Boy Situps
  • AMRAP Calf Raises on the curb
  • Mosey to AO


Part of workout


5K, Butter Knife, Dart Gun, Guardrail, Hound Dog, Judge Judy, Ralph, Wanderer & Booster


Continuing the theme about friendship, I discussed the JUCO October Challenge to reach out to friends who could benefit from F3 or who just may need a friend.  This Challenge has already prompted me to text 15 or so guys (local and around the country) who I haven’t talked to in a while.  The result is I’ve had some good conversations with old friends and/or acquaintances that may need a friend.

While I am reaching out to people who may need a friend, this has been good for me because it has forced me to get off my rear (could have used a stronger word) and do something that not only makes me feel good but is bringing a smile to the faces of others.

So why is it important to have friends AND BE A FRIEND?

1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Colossians 3:13 – Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Ecclesiastes 4:10 – If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

1 Peter 4:10 – Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

3rd F at Bombshelter Saturday, October 17th