F3 Knoxville

Ducks Don’t Run

THE SCENE: Clear, humid, warm, lower to mid 70’s
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH, Arm Circles, Tempo Merkins, Tempo Squats, Cherry Pickers, walked over to the parking lot
THA-THANG:
We did 5 rounds of crossing the parking lot, from the first stripey thing (which we decided is in fact the technical term for it) to the second at the other end. There were 4 cones along the way, each of which would mark a break for a different exercise each round. Also, each round we had to travel using a different form of exercise (bear crawl, broad jumps, etc.)

  • Round 1: Bear Crawls – Cone 1: 10 x Burpees, Cone 2: 15 x Hand Release Merkins, Cone 3: 20 x Plank Rotations, Cone 4: 25 x Merkins
  • Round 2: Broad Jumps – Cone 1: 10 x Lunges (each leg, 20 total), Cone 2: 15 x Flutterkicks (4ct.), Cone 3: 20 x Box Cutters, Cone 4: 25 x Smurf Jacks
  • Round 3: Crawl Bears – Cone 1: 10 x Inch Worm Merkins, Cone 2: 15 x Shoulder Taps (4ct.), Cone 3: 20 x Overhead Claps (4ct.), Cone 4: 25 x Cobra Merkins
  • Round 4: Anything other than running or walking (choice of bear crawls, jumps, lunges, etc.) – Cone 1: 10 x Get Ups, Cone 2: 15 x Side Lunges (each side, 30 total), Cone 3: 20 x American Hammers (4ct.), Cone 4: 25 x Big Boy Sit Ups
  • Round 5: Anything other than running or walking (choice of bear crawls, jumps, lunges, etc.) – Cone 1: 10 x Man Makers, Cone 2: 10 x Hand Release Merkins, Cone 3: 10 x Burpees, Cone 4: 20 x LBCs.

MARY:
Ring of Fire with Merkins and Flutterkicks to kill the last 5 or so minutes
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
At church Sunday the guy preaching quoted Ray Ortlund saying “You can either be impressive, or you can be known. But you cannot be both.” I’ve been thinking about that a bit recently. I think we’d all, at least to some degree, say we’d prefer to be impressive rather than known, but I also think we all realize that being known is much more important and beneficial to ourselves and others than being impressive. This also reminded me of 2 Corinthians 12:9 where Paul says that God’s power is made perfect in his own weakness, and therefore we would gladly boast about his weaknesses. In order for us to grow, improve, and positively affect the world around us we must first be honest and vulnerable with each other and especially with ourselves, identifying our weaknesses and shortcomings so that we can continue to work on them rather than hide them in order to appear more impressive than we really are.

Practice Makes Permanent

THE SCENE: Upper 60’s, clear, humid as always
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WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH x 15, Rockettes x 10, Tempo Squats x 10, Arm Circles x 10 forward and backward, Shoulder Taps x 10, Phelps, This and That, Cherry Pickers x 5

Then we ran a lap around the park and headed over to the parking lot
THA-THANG:
For the workout we did one minute of an exercise, followed by a run out and back across the parking lot, followed by 15 seconds of rest before moving on to a minute of another exercise. I encouraged all of us to spend that minute focused on performing each exercise with as close to perfect form as possible, not worrying about how many reps we got done. Better to do 10 perfect push ups than 20 half hearted ones here

  • The exercises we did were: Burpees, Squats, Cobra Merkins, Big Boys, Merkins, Mountain Climbers, Plank Shoulder Taps, American Hammers, Hand Release Merkins, 6 Point Lunges, Catalina Wine Mixers, LBCs, Wideout Merkins, Sumo Squats, and Plank Rotations

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
I was reminded not too long ago of a coach I had in high school who would always say to us “Practice doesn’t make perfect, practice makes permanent. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” If we spend every workout doing rushed, poor-formed exercises then we’re only training ourselves to continue to do rushed, poor-formed exercises. That mentality applies to the rest of our lives as well. If we approach our families, marriages, churches, jobs, etc. with rushed, poor-formed actions we’re only cultivating flawed families, marriages, churches, jobs, etc. So not only in our workouts, but also in our lives as well, lets all focus on going through the entire motion, digging deep, taking the time to do things right, and training ourselves to do the right thing, since we know that practice makes permanent, not perfect.

Making The Most Of The Mundane

THE SCENE: Clear, mid 60’s
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WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH x 25, Arm Circles x 15 forward and backward, Shoulder Taps x 15, Tempo Squats x 8, Imperial Walkers x 15, Cherry Pickers x 8
THA-THANG:
The workout was reverse suicides; 4 cones were laid out in the parking lot and each cone had an exercise assigned to it. 1st lap we’d run from one end of the lot to the farthest cone and do that exercise and run back. 2nd lap we’d do the same but add the 2nd cone on the way back. 3rd lap was same as before but added the 3rd cone, and same thing for the 4th lap and 4th cone. We did 3 rounds, which were broken up by Get Ups followed by hill sprints

  • Round 1: 1st cone – 10 American Hammers (4ct), 2nd cone – 15 Flutterkicks (4ct), 3rd cone – 20 BBS, 4th cone – 30 Oblique crunches (15 each side). Ended with 15 x Get Ups followed by a hill sprint
  • Round 2: 1st cone – 10 Squats, 2nd cone – 15 Box Cutters, 3rd cone – 20 Lunges (10 each leg), 4th cone – 20 180* Squat Jumps. Ended with 10 x Get Ups followed by a hill sprint
  • Round 3: 1st cone – 15 LBCs, 2nd cone – 15 Sumo Squats, 3rd cone – 15 Inch Worm Merkins, 4th cone – 15 Body Builders

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Shared about how things have felt incredibly mundane within my own life. All the days seem similar. There’s not much going on aside from working from home, which most of us know is an absolute blast. I shared this with my students not long ago how this reminded me of 1 Kings 19:11-13, which says 11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”. Seasons of routine and mundane days can actually have a lot of value, because they almost force us to be more willing and able to hear the Lord’s voice when it appears as a gentle whisper rather than a grand display of majesty or glory. So my encouragement to everyone, especially myself, was to be encouraged and view this season as an opportunity to train ourselves to be more aware of God’s presence.

Learning From Others

THE SCENE: Perfect: lower 60’s, started off a bit foggy then ended up clear and sunny
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH x 20, Arm Circles x 15 forwards and backwards, Tempo Squats x 5 slowly, Tempo Merkins x 5 slowly
THA-THANG:
Numbered off into two teams, each of the following exercises was treated as a team competition

  • Round 1: Each team raced across the event lawn, but our mode of transportation was Monkey Jumpers (3 Monkey Humpers followed by a Broad Jump). First team fully across would have won, but we got kicked off the grass so we called it a tie.
  • Round 2: moseyed over to the other event lawn with the new patio. This time we did 11’s as teams, but with a few twists. Between each exercise was 11 steps of Bear Crawl Toe Taps going forward or Crawl Bear Toe Taps going backward. The exercises were Burpees and Single Leg Merkins. So the first set was 1 Burpee, 11 steps of Bear Crawls with toe taps each step, 10 Single Leg Merkins, then 11 steps of Crawl Bears with toe taps each step. Team One won this one.
  • Round 3: Still at the other event field, we paired off within our teams for Doras, first team for all pairs to finish wins. Exercises were 100 x Single Leg Burpees, 200 x Star Jumps, and 300 x Big Boy Sit Ups while one partner runs up the pathway and touches the far light post and runs back. We had to call it for time, but Team One was the closest to finishing and won on a technicality.

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
I mentioned at the start of the workout that I didn’t come up with this, and that it was actually a workout I hopped in on with one of the AO’s in Nashville a few weeks ago while visiting family. Building off of Swanson’s encouragement to seek out and be willing to receive accountability, I encouraged us to couple that with seeking to also learn from others, both here and from outside sources or people outside of our normal circles. Like I had mentioned, I learned this workout from another AO and would never have thought of it on my own, and I tend to pay attention to others’ Q’s and take note of what I like and incorporate them into my own workouts. Supposedly Einstein is quoted saying that when we stop learning is when we start dying, so let’s go out of our way to learn from one another and not become complacent with what we know

Team Building at the Quacken

THE SCENE: Upper 50’s, clear
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH x 25, Arm Circles x 10 forwards and backwards, Shoulder Taps x 10, Tempo Squats x 10, Imperial Walkers x 10
THA-THANG:
Ran a lap around the park, then ran up to Gresham. Here we got into two teams of three for doras, but instead of each team working on their own with one partner running while the other did exercises, we had one team doing exercises in cadence while the other team ran together. So all the exercises were added amongst all of us, but each team of three did the workout together in cadence. We ran from the front of the school down to the loop at the bottom of the hill and back while the other team did exercises. The exercises were 100 x burpees, 200 x squat jumps and 300x LBCs

MARY:
Ran back to parking lot across from AO and did a ring of fire with merkins, starting with 1 rep and ending with 5
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
Welcome to SpaceX
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Been reading The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, which opens by saying “Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It’s teamwork that time and again proves to be the ultimate competitive advantage both because it is so powerful and so rare.” From experience we can all say that being on a team that is “rowing in the same direction” is a huge game changer. If I had tried to do this workout on my own I probably would have done 5 burpees and called it quits. My word of encouragement was to consider the teams we’re a part of, at work, home and anywhere else, and how to work together with them and “row in the same direction”

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
CSAUP coming up July 18th