F3 Knoxville

Last Hello

THE SCENE: Partly cloudy, 66 degrees F, 91% humidity

SSH, Imperial Squat Walkers, Arm Circles, Cherry Pickers

Grinder Run, Grinder Bernie, Grinder Skip


Push Pull

Two Groups:  First group does 11 Inverted Pull ups or 5 Pull ups while second group does 11 Merkins.  Switch spots and exercises.  Perform 6 rounds for a total of 66 Merkins and 66 Inverted Pull ups.

Indian Run to the Educator

Educator Workout

Burpees x3 at the base of hill

Alternate ascents: Bear Crawl half/Bernie half on odd number, then run on even number.

At the top perform following exercises with CMUs: Swings x11, Thrusters x11, Curls x11, 4 count Flutter kicks x11, Derkins x11, Upright Rows x11

Loop down the Educator by way of the sidewalk.

Mosey back to the AO.

Box cutters, LBCs, Flutter kicks.
11 in attendance with a cameo appearance by Woodshack and a special appearance by Moses.  Good to see some back after a few weeks.
My reflection today is based on a memory error on my part.  I thought May 2 was the anniversary but it was actually October 2.  Just assume its October 2 today.

On that day in 2002, the Alcoa, Inc plant was getting ready for a visit by the CEO.  Finishing touches on cleanup, painting, mowing, etc was in full gear.  Just before noon, I was heading back to my office though a glass hallway when I see Rod using a push mower around the office area.  I stop and waited for about 30 to 45 seconds for Rod to see me.  Finally during one of his changes in direction he looks up and sees me.  I nod, give him a wave, and open my mouth as if to say “hi.”  Rod does the same and then we both go about our business.

Rod usually ended his work day at 3:00 pm but with much to be done, he accepted an overtime shift to work 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  On that shift he and coworker, Danny Boone, were to get rid of an old glove vending machine that had been at the South Gate for ages.  No longer did workers have to spend 10 cents for a pair of cotton gloves.  Safety had progressed to a point dictating gloves as essential to job performance.  Plus many task required specialized gloves much more protective than thin cotton ones.

Danny and Rod loaded the vending machine onto a 10-ton flatbed truck and took it around to the dumpster box area on the North end of the plant.  At the top of the bunker they started to push the vending machine into the dumpster below when Danny got a page.  He told Rod that he needed to find a phone to return the call.  He asked that the machine not be moved until he returned.  About 5 minutes later, Danny returns and notices that the vending machine was no longer on the truck and he did not know where Rod was.  Looking over the top rail of the offloading area, Danny sees that the machine is in the dumpster.  Tragically, he also sees Rod has fallen between the dumpster box and the bunker wall.  The 8 to 9 foot fall proved to be fatal to 48 year old Rodney W. Martin.

One of the pillars of F3 is Fellowship.  I bring up my memory of Rod to remind us how important it is to make those small, short, and sincere connections.  We do that as we gather each workout with a simple fist bump and perhaps short chatter like “how are you doing” or “how did that work out for you at work.”  It’s that simple connection to let each other know that they matter and they add to our life.  Someday we will look back and smile about each other and the impact that F3 fellowship made.

I think back to October 02, 2002 frequently and I remember Rod mowing in his Christian slogan T-shirt.  More often than not, he had one on.  Perhaps that is what drew me to him.  Perhaps that is what encouraged me to have some chit-chat with him.  Perhaps I admired his impeccable work ethic.

Most often I think back to that day and know that I didn’t stop to say “hello” to Rod.  I had stopped to say “goodbye.”

Continue prayer for Butterfingers’ M concerning employment.  Lifted up Moses, Squiggly, and Snorkel in the 100 miler this weekend.
Hardship Hill – Be there or be square.  May 18th.


THE SCENE: Clear skies, 51 degrees F, 90% humidity

SSH, Glute marches, Baby arm circles (forward/backward), Imperial squat walkers.

Length of grinder jog, Bernie, skip, and karaoke.
Partner up.  #1 overhead CMU carry toward Mt. Crumpit by way of the fountain.  #2 does 5, WWII sit-ups, runs to catch #2 and overhead carries CMU while #1 does 5, WWII sit-ups.  Continue to alternate until reaching the base of Mt. Crumpit.

At Mt. Crumpit #1 run up to back side of tree, performs 3 burpees, and runs down to pick up where #2 left off on the following exercise reps.

100 CMU Squat thrusts

200 Derkins

300 OH CMU Flutter kicks (single count)

200 One arm dead lifts (alternate arms after 10x)

150 Curls

200 Bent rows

200 Dips

When time requires, return to AO with OH CMU carry/WWII sit-ups described above.

Glute marches, Box cutters, LBCs.

8 HIMs.

Today we spent time on “voliltion.”  What got me thinking about it was a photo on social media that I saved a few years ago.  It was a picture of the football field with Army and Navy playing.  The caption said something about it being the only game that day where every player on that field was willing to die for me and my freedom.  I also thought of my son-in-law, Travis.  During one of his 8 tours of duty he received the Bronze Star for Valor because he chose to live by the Ranger creed to leave no man behind, put himself in harms way, and drag his wounded teammate to safety.  Sua Sponte!  I mentioned one of the last scenes of the movie, Saving Private Ryan, when Captain John Miller (a Ranger) tells Private Ryan to “earn this.”  This disappointed many Army Rangers because they believe that a Ranger would not say something like that.  Rangers don’t expect their service to be “earned”, there service is their own volition.  Sua Sponte!

We celebrated Christ this past week.  He chose to obey his Father on His own volition.  Yes, in His prayer in the garden He did ask if there was some other way to accomplish His mission but he always came back to say that He would do the will of His Father.  Jesus didn’t ask us to earn it.  He did it by choice so that our sins would be forgiven, we would be declared justified in God’s eyes, and redemption could be ours.  We don’t have to earn it.  We only need to repent, profess Christ, obey, and follow.  Not easy, but at least we know the way to everlasting joy and peace.

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Ranger Beatdown

THE SCENE: 59 degrees F with plentiful rain
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER  Hammy did the welcome and disclaimer before turning it over to Spook (Travis Elkins) for the Ranger Beatdown.

10 thoracic spine rotations/side
10 scap pushups
10 pushups
Plank rotations
Inch worms
10 bend and reach
10 Windmills
10 Squats
10 Side lunges
10 Walking knee hug
10 Walking glute stretch
10 Quad stretch with RDL
10 side step overs/leg
10 yards worlds greatest stretch (forward lunge w/side rotation, hamstring stretch, hip flexor stretch)
75 yard jog warmup


3 sets (15 mins)
⁃       1x Leg Blaster = 20x air squats +
20x in-place lunges (10x each leg) +
20x jumping lunges (10x each leg) +
10x squat jumps

⁃       Inchworm alligator clapping push-up x 5
⁃       Single leg RDL 10/leg

3 sets 
⁃       Pull-up ladder 5-1 x 3
⁃       Pike pushup ladder 5-1 x 3

Anaerobic conditioning (10 mins)
⁃       Run 75 meters and walk back

3 sets
⁃       Curls 21s w/block
⁃       Tricep extensions w/block x 20
⁃       Dead Bug leg lifts w/block x 15

3 sets
⁃       Single arm rows w/block x 15/arm
⁃       Glute Marching x 15/leg
⁃       Side star plank leg raise x 10/leg

9 PAX, 1 guest Q (Spook – Travis Elkins), 1 FNG (Doghouse – Kevin Stephens)

1 Timothy 4:7-8Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths.  Rather train yourself for godliness, for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

It is biblical that we should take care of our physical bodies and well being.  A strong body helps us to develop a strong mind.  F3 supports that aspect in the first F.  In the passage, the Apostle Paul, challenges that training in godliness of far greater value because it prepares us for the life to come, the everlasting life.  We should exercise the third F as it is of value in every way.  Holding ourselves accountable through the second F helps us progress in our third F.

Thanks to Travis Elkins for joining us and for the leadership gift he provided this morning.  Rangers Lead the Way!
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They’re Back

THE SCENE: Calm, clear, 40 degrees

SSH x21, Baby arm circles forward/reverse x11, Imperial squat walkers x10, Cherry pickers x10, and mosey to Waxjob Hill.

7’s on Waxjob Hill – Burpees to WWII Sit ups, bear crawl up – run down.

3/4 mile Indian run. Front man carries 40# sandbag, man from back takes sandbag and all performs 3 squats. Continue run until group returns to the AO.

11’s on the Grinder – Running the length of the Grinder

Three set of 11’s all using CMUs progressing from:

  • 1 Squat trust ⇒ 10 On the Shelf
  • 1 American Swings ⇒ 10 Dead lifts (per arm)
  • 1 Decline merkins ⇒ 10 Bent rows

7’s on the Grinder

1 Pull up ⇒ 6 Step ups per leg


11 V ups, 11 box cutter, 11 V ups, 11 WWII sit ups, 11 V ups

5 faithful HIMs

In April 2013 at just under 4 years old my great nephew, Whitt, was diagnosed with leukemia.  Using a protocol from St. Judes Hospital, he immediately began chemo treatments at a children’s hospital in Fort. Worth with maintenance administered in Midland, Texas.  A year later Julie and I visited them during a quick Texas tour to see family members.  Bald headed with a port inserted in his chest, we accompanied Whitt for one of his chemo treatments.  The chemicals were not pleasant to receive and nausea and sickness was the normal side effect.  His parents would always comment that Whitt never whimpered, never cried, never complained.  He always took it like a real trooper.  That April day in 2014 was no different.  In fact, Whitt played in a T-ball game that evening and played very well.  Whitt’s dad was on the field when a father from the other team was commenting that his son had a really tough day since he had swim practice before the ballgame.  My nephew said he could sympathize because his son had a chemo treatment earlier that day.  You could hear the crickets.

In 2016 the treatments ended and Whitt has remained cancer free.  Almost 10 now, he has become a really, really good baseball player.  Whitt has been a constant reminder to me that God does not test those who trust in Him more than one can endure.  Whitt trusted God as much as any 4 or 5 or 6 year old boy could.  He is brave and he endured.

Various fund raisers were held in the tight knit West Texas town of Midland.  I must have 8 to 10 Whitt-Man t-shirts.  Most of them have two Bible verses on the back.  The first is Deuteronomy 33:27.  The next is Psalms 113:7-8.  Check them out.  They will encourage you.

Heroes come in many shapes and sizes, genders, and ages.  Whitt will always be my hero.  He lifts my spirit.

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Convergence at the Asylum followed by the 3rd F.  Festivities start at 7:00 am on Saturday, March 31st.  Be there or be square.

7 Come 11

THE SCENE: 58 degrees with partly cloudy night skies.

SSH x20, Imperial Squat Walkers x10,  Overhead Clap x20, Cherry Pickers x12

Skip across parking lot and proceed to Waxjob Hill.
7’s on Waxjob Hill – Burpees to WWII Sit ups, run down – bear crawl up.

1/2 mile Indian run.  Front man carries 40# sandbag, man from back takes sandbag performs 3 squats while rest of group performs 3 WWII sit ups. The pack then catches up to front man to continue transfer routine.

11’s on the Grinder – Running the length of the Grinder (Had to modify due to CMUs being removed from the Bomb Shelter)

Three set of 11’s consisting of:

  • 2 Rocking Chairs ⇒ 20 Dips (increase/decrease by 2 at each end)
  • 1 Burpee ⇒ 10 Dry Docks
  • 2 Decline Merkins ⇒ 20 WWII Sit Ups (increase/decrease by 2 at each end)

In all three sets the 11’s were stopped before completion to move to the next one as time was running out.

Flutter kicks x10, wide flutter kicks x10, box cutters x10, LBC’s x40, box cutters x10, LBC’s to cash out.
Total of 10 battle hardened HIM’s.

Last time I reminisced about the last 10 years.  It was 10 years I was able to experience and Staff Sgt. Jason Dahlke was not.  He was killed in action while service in Afghanistan during 2009.  Today I want to talk about one of the major lessons I learned since that time.

I have always been “right.” Since I’m right either everyone agrees with me or they are wrong.  I got into some family trouble several years ago because of my “I’m right” attitude and it really caused some problems.  There were deep wounds and healing was not overnight.  It was a gradual process, took a lot of work, and a message to self hit me hard. Thankfully, the storm has been weathered and family relations are better than ever.

Life is not about being right all the time.  Sometimes (maybe most of the time) it doesn’t really matter.  What matters is listening to the other person(s) and picking the right battles.  It reminds me of my faith.  There are definitely essentials to the faith, but others are not. It seems to be the non-essentials that cause the problems in Christianity.  The division into denominations has mostly been the results of differences over non-essentials, the man made religion.  We should concentrate on the one place where Christians all come together – at the foot of the Cross.

Ashley’s beloved dog may be near the end and will be a hard loss after so many years.
3rd F is March 30th at The Outlook, 716 20th St, Knoxville, TN 37916.  All area AOs will converge at the Asylum that morning before heading over to the 3rd F at 8:30 am.