F3 Knoxville

The Not-So-Merry-Go-Round

THE SCENE: 60’s, clear skies, a little damp from yesterdays rain
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

Static stretching, Tempo Squats, Hill Billies
THA-THANG:
Moseyed over to the field behind the amphitheater with the paved walkway around it, then got into partners with someone who would push you but not lap you or be lapped. Here we had 8 stations, 4 corners and 4 cones (1 between each corner). Each had a different workout assigned to it. Pairs rotated around the stations by completing the exercises, running a lap around the field, and then moving on to the next. Here are the exercises at each station:

  • Toe-Tap-Merkin Bearcrawls forward and backwards across the large paved section
  • Monkey Jumpers across the field then duck walk back
  • 50 x Cobras, 25 x Carolina Dry Docks, 10 x Walkout merkins
  • 100 x BBS
  • 25 x Hand-Release-Release Merkins, 25 x standard Merkins
  • Murder Bunnies across the field and Overhead Carries back
  • 25 x Standing Shoulder Taps, 25 x Plank Shoulder Taps
  • 20 x American Hammers, 20 x Flutterkicks, 20 x Freddie Mercurys, 20 x LBCs

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Shared the story of Robert McCherye, who was a 19th century minister who was just as well known for his faith as he was for being a workaholic. He died of cardiac arrest at 29 and on his death bed wrote “God gave me a message to deliver and a horse to ride on. Alas, I have killed the horse and now I cannot deliver the message.” I think we tend to acknowledge that rest is worthwhile but are still reluctant to take the time needed for it. Sometimes it makes us feel weak or like we’re wasting our time. When Jesus was confronted about working on the Sabbath He said that man was not made for the Sabbath but the Sabbath for man. It’s easy to walk away from that saying “OK, Jesus said its fine for me not to rest”, but rather we should hear that and acknowledge that if the Sabbath was made specifically for us then it must be worthwhile. So let’s seek out rest wherever we need it, whether that be physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Hardship Hill next weekend

The Amazing Race: Big Ball Edition (Soot Co-Q)

THE SCENE: Lower to Mid 60’s, partly cloudy. Couldn’t ask for better weather!
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH, Arm Circles, Imperial Walkers, This and That, Tempo Squats
THA-THANG:
We divided everyone into two teams for an Amazing Race style workout. Each team was given a clue, then had to decide what landmark that clue was hinting at. If the team went to the right location, Soot or I would tell them the workout for that spot. The first team to hit each location and finish each workout won. A few bonus rules: bear crawl every bridge, 1 burpee at each landing or top of each staircase, and bernie up every hill. Each team went in opposite orders, I led one clockwise while Soot led the other counter-clockwise. Here are the clues, locations, and exercises:

  • “It rises in the morning, but never gets out of bed” – The Sunsphere – Here we did 7’s between the edge of the water and the base of the sunsphere with Smurf Jacks and Star Jacks
  • “Here you might enjoy a nice view of the river, but you won’t enjoy the dense new additions to your team” – The Rockpile – Here we did 30 reps of Thrusters, Tricep Extensions, Curls and Front Raises
  • “The crown jewel of UT’s campus. The hallowed high ground” – The Hill – Here we lined up at the flag pole and did flutterkicks while one at a time each of us bear crawled around the flag pole
  • “Floors of empty spaces” – 11th Street Garage – Here we did the following in all 4 corners of the garage: 15 reps of Merkins, Squats, LBCs, Mountain Climbers (2ct)
  • “It’s almost time for our show to end, so be sure to grab your seats” – The Amphitheater – Here we just did 50 inverted rows
  • “End our race with a world tour and a splash” – The AO – Here we did a kind of inverted Indian Run. While running in line around the fountain, the person in front would do burpees until the rest of the team caught up, then the next person would pick up where they left off and the first person would go to the end of the line. The first team to a total of 200 burpees won.

The race ended just before 8am with our team reaching 200 burpees while Soot’s team was only 3 burpees behind

MARY:
Abort led us in an ATM cash out
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Soot led the word talking about how he and I met his junior year of college when he went to visit a campus ministry that I work for called the Navigators. After meeting we got lunch a couple times and eventually started meeting on a weekly basis for discipleship. After graduating, Soot and I have maintained that relationship, although we no longer meet as often, and Soot has gone on to lead his own Bible study and invest in guys the same way I invested in him. Also, Soot was the guy who first got me to come out to F3. After a lot of tip toeing in the shallow end, I eventually became more involved with F3 here and have also brought a few other FNG’s in along the way.

We shared all this for a few reasons. One being the importance of relationships and community. Soot and I have maintained our relationship with one another even in busy seasons, when he was deployed in Kuwait, and now as he moves from CO to NC. The second being you never realize how far a simple invitation will go. I invited Soot to grab lunch, which led to a mentoring relationship, which led to Soot mentoring others as well. Soot invited me to a workout, which led to me being more involved here with Big Ball and the Quacken, which also led to me inviting others to workouts. These relationships we have and the invitations we extend to others are important, and we never know how far they’ll end up going.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Hardship Hill is coming up

IronPAX Week 1 at the Quacken

THE SCENE: Damp from a night of storms, lower 70’s
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH, Arm Circles, Tempo Squats, static stretching
THA-THANG:
IronPAX Challenge Week 1 Workout

EMOM (called by app)- 3 burpees

3 Burpees (Begins Rd & EMOM timer)
50 Hand Release Release Merkins
100 Leg Raises
150 Jungle Boi Squats “2Spoonz Style”
200 Big Boy Sit-ups
250 Stationary Lunge Steps (ct ea leg as 1 rep)

MARY:
yeah right
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
We’ve seen yet again another black man shot and protests rage, leading to a counter-protester being shot and killed. When I see these things happen my gut reaction is anger, and to want to drag people into the street and demand justice and accountability. Last week I read through James, which has a lot of things to say, apologetically, about those that are rich or in power and abuse their power. But what it says to believers isn’t to rage against them, but to be humble, mourn, and be unbiased and pray for those that need it. It reminded me of Matthew 9 that says when Jesus saw the masses He had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So my encouragement to the guys, especially myself, this morning was to consider compassion when reacting to these situations we seem to constantly be seeing in the news

Iron PAX Week 0 at the Quacken

THE SCENE: Upper 60’s, damp but not raining
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

Light static stretching while praying and giving Word (went in reverse today since I had to bail right at 6:15)
THA-THANG:
IronPAX Week 0 baby!

  • 4 rounds of the following for time: 50 squats, 40 Big Boys, 30 Merkins, 20 Bonnie Blairs, 10 Burpees, 400 meter run

MARY:
More static stretching to cool down
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
The return of the IronPAX Challenge had me reflecting on how difficult those workouts were. It also caused me to remember how much I struggled in workouts in general and how the challenge, as well as being more consistant, helped me become more comfortable with harder exercises. This also reminded me of something we talked about with my students last year. The Hebrew word Zakar as a verb means to remember, but as a noun it means man. So when Genesis explains that man is made in God’s image, there is a correlation between our identity as “zakar” (man) and our call to “zakar” (remember) God. I encouraged us to remember and reflect on where we’ve been and who we are, to remember God, and also to consider the IronPAX challenge because it will inevitably kick all our butts

Dynamic Duo Part Two-o

THE SCENE: Clear, Humid, Lower to Mid 70s
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH, Arm Circles, This and That, Tempo Squats, Rockettes, Cherrypickers
THA-THANG:
Moseyed over to Jane Allen for 11’s: American Hammers at the bottom on a 4 count, burpees at the top. Called it for time on the 4:7 round

Moseyed back over to the playground for 7’s: Assisted pull ups on the monkey bars and step ups

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Shared how recently on campus trying to recruit new students to our ministry I caught myself feeling anxious and timid when initiating with new faces. I found myself worrying about whether or not they would like me, if I was interrupting them, or if they felt annoyed by me. This reminded me of one of my favorite verses, 2 Timothy 1:7, which says that God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. So I’ve been reminding myself that the Spirit that lives inside me is one that loves the students I’m engaging with, and when that isn’t enough to motivate me forward, the Spirit gives me the self-discipline I need to move forward anyways. I encouraged us to take that same attitude into anywhere else we might be feeling anxious or a tendency to remain inactive or passive