F3 Knoxville

Pressing through the Pain, Praying in the Rain

THE SCENE: 47°F and drizzly
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Administered + COVID reminder

Moroccan Night Club x 10 IC
Overhead Clap x 10 IC
Seal Clap Squat x 10 IC
Tennessee Rocking Chair x 7 IC
Stationary Lunges x 5 each IC
Reverse Lunges x 5 each IC
World’s Slowest Burpee x 3
Hillbilly x 10 each IC
Prayer Squat x 10s on, 5 off, 3x

The good news is today you’ll be exercising under an overhand. The bad news is that YOGWO (You Only Get Wet Once) doesn’t apply. We’ll be doing a Timed DORA and in between the sides where we exercise, we’re running in the rain.

If we have an odd number of PAX, that man partners with a pair of men. This is going to be repeating DORA in the rain. Each round of DORA is for time.

PAX#1 jogs to the other overhang and does the ARMs exercises while PAX#2 (and PAX#3 in possibly group) does the Legs exercises listed below. End of time called all PAX gather at one overhand, do 1 CORE exercise, HOLD, and rest while the next round of DORA is completed.

Timed DORA #1
5 Tempo merkins + 10 sec plank hold + 10 sec rest
Legs Lunges
Core Dolly
30 sec of Rest
Holds Reach/hang 15 sec
Praying Squat 15 sec
Plank 60 sec
Timed DORA #2 Arms 5 Burpees, 10 sec rest
Legs Reverse Lunges
Core LBC
30 sec of Rest
Holds Seal Clap /OHC 15 sec
Wall Squat 15 sec
Forearm Plank 60 sec
Timed DORA #3
Arms 5 Burpees, 10 sec rest (again)
Legs Reverse Lunges
Core V-ups

Hold – Forearm plank with 1 rainbow drop each size every 5 seconds for 30 seconds total. Mosey to ERC overhang and make a Dealer’s Choice Circle.

Mary-Go-Round (aka Rotating Dealer’s Choice) – making a normal MARY circle for Dealer’s Choice, each PAX calls out a 4-count IC exercise . After going around, each PAX does 10 IC reps of the exercise on the Q’s lead. Then each PAX does the exercise the PAX to his right did. Q calls out the cadence and the PAX again do 10. Repeat for a chosen length of time or at the end during normal “MARY” part of the workout. If PAX complete all exercises in the full circle, go back to the left instead.


Booster’s post and tag about him rucking and praying challenged me and it’s really got me thinking and pondering about prayer and of course praying more.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 – pray without ceasing,
Simple yet impossible right? Sometimes we all think of prayer like we’re endlessly climbing a mountain that never ends with our prayers doing little more than the echo bouncing off the ceiling our voice causes

But we have to reframe prayer. A few quotes on prayer:
What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use, men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men, men of prayer. – E.M. Bounds

A family without prayer is like a house without a roof, open and exposed to all the storms of heaven. – Thomas Brooks

We don’t drift into spiritual life; we do not drift into disciplined prayer. We do not grow in prayer unless we plan to pray. That means we must set aside time to do nothing but pray. What we actually do reflects our highest priorities. That means that we can proclaim our commitment to prayer until the cows come home, but unless we actually pray, our actions disown our words – D.A. Carson

Prayer is paramount to our daily spiritual vitality. We may be redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, but if we are not communing with God then we cut off our spiritual nutrients. So do you pray? How often? Only at mealtimes? Only at Bible Study. Let’s circle back to our verse:

1 Thessalonians 5:17 – pray without ceasing,

3 ways to apply this (surely there are more)
1. Walk with God each day in a spirit and attitude of prayer.
Turn things over to Jesus (1 Peter 5:7)
2. Ask God in your prayers to give you a desire more to pray
This also includes letting other men in your life know regularly where you are struggling. How much more does God desire to give you good things (Matthew 7:11)
3. Plan to pray.
Set aside time specifically that isn’t busyness, hurried to be alone with God.

There are many systems like ACTS for personal prayer as well as Operation World for world missions. But whatever you do, pray without ceasing.

Welcome back Sergeant Slaughter!

Guardrail and I prayer walk sometimes and bear each other’s burdens. It’s a great way to spend time and it’s so edifying. If you want to do a prayer walk, just shoot me a DM on Slack or text me if you have my number and let’s make a time to walk, talk, and pray together.

Soldiering through the Project Deck of Pain

THE SCENE: 29°F and 0% chance of water – 100% chance of PAIN!
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER– Administered + Cell Phone + COVID

10 x Moroccan Night Club IC
10 x Tennessee Rocking Chair IC (increasing speed ~rep 7)
5 x Tempo Merkin IC
4 x Rainbow Drop OYO
10 x Tempo Squat IC

This workout has been months in the making! It takes its inspiration from the Deck of Pain at JUCO as administered by Trolley (many times over) – Deck of Pain /-/ Deck of Pain II /-/ Deck of Pain III /-/ Jailbreak Tour

Also checkout the “official” F3 Workout Deck (it has something like SSH‘s in it… smh but I digress)

Q asked for 4 volunteers – 1 for each suit in a standard deck of cards that I passed out baggies with the exercise cards written on them. Today we have a caveat: I want to cover all exercises today so that the next time around all of the Project PAX know what is what (and hopefully we can have more than 1 PAX per suit of cards).

I’m going to paste in the table I used to make the workout and subsequently write on the cards because trying to remember the order of 52 cards, even in groups of 13, while leading the workout and working out… not happening. Unlike this guy.

Jokers were also administered at key points because you NEVER KNOW when you’re going to get a surprise.

Big Joker: 20 burpees

Actual results of the Q today:

We got through 85% of things but left the Little Joker (the one with lots of text on it) is Dealer’s Choice at the #shovel-flag. Every PAX must name a Mary exercise. There are still some Spades to be done (in BOLD in the table below) but we got most things done.

After each suit was completed, the PAX with the baggie of cards for that suit read the following (that goes along with the BOM):

1. Compassionate (Hearts)- the best soldiers only use deadly force when they are absolutely required to. They find no joy or satisfaction in destroying carnage. They seek to defend what is worth defending. His compassion drives him.

2. Courageous (Diamonds) – Someone courageous says “Please don’t force me to show it.” It readily admits to having a warring attitude when I need to. When a battle is to be fought, I will be in the front line fighting it. I will not back down because I believe Psalm 20:7 which says “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

3. Competent (Clubs)- Without competence, courage becomes folly. The Christian soldier as he engages in war, has to be armed, prepared, and wise. He understands who the Enemy is, what the Enemy is. He does not walk in the flesh morally but physically. Thus, he wages war not in the flesh though he has flesh.

4. Calculating (Spades)- a soldier plans for war. He thinks about what needs to happen where and wisely strikes. He fights spiritual wars. He reasons the truth from Scripture. He brings the Word of God and lets it bear its truth. And, when those who have been warned, just like the apostle Paul he is ready to strike and purge out the false teachers.


Location Suit Card Description Card Amt Modified Amt
Shovel Flag Spades 2 1 lap entire shovel flag parking lot 1 1
Shovel Flag Spades 3 Dips on the curb 15 5
Shovel Flag Spades 4 Bear crawl in parking lot Q’s distance Q’s distance
Shovel Flag Spades 5 Moroccan night club (if Erector is present he must lead it IC) 15 15
Shovel Flag Spades 6 Tempo squats 10 10
Shovel Flag Spades 7 4x4s 10 5
Shovel Flag Spades 8 Jumping Spider 10 5
Shovel Flag Spades 9 Heels to Heaven IC 20 10
Shovel Flag Spades 10 Werkin 15 5
Shovel Flag Spades J Stationary Lunges 10 ea leg 5 each leg
Shovel Flag Spades Q Al Gore 30 sec hold x 2 30 sec hold x 1
Shovel Flag Spades K Rotational Merkin 10 5
Shovel Flag Spades A Single Leg Calf Raise 15 ea leg 7 ea leg
Pool Wall Clubs 2 Walls of Jericho See decsription 5 each exercise
Pool Wall Clubs 3 Dips on bars 15 5
Pool Wall Clubs 4 Crawl Bear up steps 1 1
Pool Wall Clubs 5 Pull-ups at the Playground 10 5
Pool Wall Clubs 6 Squats 20 10
Pool Wall Clubs 7 Burpees 10 5
Pool Wall Clubs 8 Clap Merkins 10 5
Pool Wall Clubs 9 Gas Pump IC 15 5
Pool Wall Clubs 10 Merkins IC 20 10
Pool Wall Clubs J Lunges (each leg = 1) 20 10
Pool Wall Clubs Q Michael Phelps 10 30 sec rest
Pool Wall Clubs K Pickle Pounders IC 20 10
Pool Wall Clubs A Incline Calf Raises on top of the Wall 20 10
Amphitheatre Diamonds 2 Run a lap around the theatre 1 1
Amphitheatre Diamonds 3 Dips on the theater wall 15 5
Amphitheatre Diamonds 4 Crab walk across diameter of theater 1 1
Amphitheatre Diamonds 5 Seal Clap Squats IC 20 10
Amphitheatre Diamonds 6 Box Jumps on low theatre wall 15 5
Amphitheatre Diamonds 7 Flying Squirrel 10 5
Amphitheatre Diamonds 8 Shoulder Taps IC 20 10
Amphitheatre Diamonds 9 Dolly IC 20 10
Amphitheatre Diamonds 10 Diamond Merkins 10 5
Amphitheatre Diamonds J Iron Mike / Bonnie Blair (ea leg) 7 5
Amphitheatre Diamonds Q Reach for the Sky / Let it Hang 30 sec each 30 sec total
Amphitheatre Diamonds K Pickle Pointer IC 20 10
Amphitheatre Diamonds A Decline calf raises on the curb/edge 25 10
Friendship Bell Hearts 2 Run to across bridge and back to bell 1 1
Friendship Bell Hearts 3 Dips with feet on wall/bench 15 5
Friendship Bell Hearts 4 Reverse Crab around bell 1 1
Friendship Bell Hearts 5 Raise the roof (air press) 20 10
Friendship Bell Hearts 6 Squat Jump 10 5
Friendship Bell Hearts 7 Burpee with Jump Tuck 10 5
Friendship Bell Hearts 8 Irkin/Derkin alt (each) 10 5
Friendship Bell Hearts 9 Leg Lifts 20 10
Friendship Bell Hearts 10 World’s Greatest Merkin 7 5
Friendship Bell Hearts J Reverse Lunge (each leg) 10 5
Friendship Bell Hearts Q Plank 30 sec x 2 30 sec x 1
Friendship Bell Hearts K Rainbow Drop (single count) 15 5
Friendship Bell Hearts A Alternating Leg single leg calf raises (single count) 40 20


We did a lot of stuff, but no MARY today.
9 Soldiers strong!
The notes and Word I shared comes from two John MacArthur sermons on 2 Corinthians 10:1-6: Winning the Spiritual War Part 1 // Winning the Spiritual War Part 2

We are soldiers in a war whether we know it or not. To wage war, we need to regularly evaluate where we are and prepare for war. Later this morning I have my yearly CPE (that’s Complete Physical Examination) scheduled. To do the blood work they required, I had to fast. Fasting can take many forms, and we’e been “deprived” of a lot this past year due to many circumstances beyond our control. There will continue to be many things that are beyond our control (like the “lot” that is cast when a card from the Deck of Pain is pulled, but we can control our reaction (this has been talked about many times before) as well as we can control how we prepare for situations going forward.

This is where being a soldier comes into play: Life is not a happenstance set of events – we can and should take stock in order to prepare for the battle – and yes, we are at war. Paul tell us this how we are to wage war in 2 Corinthians 10:1-6:

1 I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!— 2 I beg of you that when I am present I may not have to show boldness with such confidence as I count on showing against some who suspect us of walking according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 6 being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

Reflect on the 4 aforementioned qualities and see that you are applying them to your life:

1. Compassionate (Hearts)- are you loving those around you, truly caring for their well-being and putting yourself after them? This starts with your immediate family.

2. Courageous (Diamonds) – Are you willing to take a stand when necessary? Do you even know what you’re going to stand for?

3. Competent (Clubs)- Leroy Jenkins is a classic example of courageous but not competent. Are you wisely taking risks, or stumbling into folly?

4. Calculating (Spades)- Last but not least, when push comes to shove, are you ready to take action in specific ways? We don’t just throw away the whole thing, but having a plan that takes out the enemy without civilian casualties (if at all possible) is paramount.

Prayed for Doodle Dandy’s wife and another wife who live in the neighborhood where I live – both were in a car wreck and in the hospital over the weekend with broken ribs, possible spinal cord injuries, and at least one had a collapsed lung. Also prayed for Trolley’s M having a hysterectomy next Tuesday.

It was VERY slippery today. But Soldiers who walk together, even physically distanced, can look out for each other. Nobody fell and we all got stronger!

Also S/O to Kick-flip, Snaggletooth, Mathlete for looking for and to Biohack for finding my keys that dropped out of my pocket by, of course, the Pool wall.
Step up and Q!

Lean into the Hill

THE SCENE: Mid 40’s and rainy. PERFECT opportunity to embrace the day.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER – Administered + COVID + Cell Phone
Moroccan Night Club x 10 IC
Pickle Pounder x 10 IC
Lunges x 5 ea OYO
Tennessee Rocking Chair x 10 IC

Mosey to Canopy (brief respite to finish the warmup and demonstrate)
Monkey Humper x 10 ea
Prayer Squat (aka Air Squat while hands are in a prayer) x 10 ea
Monkey Humping Goblet Squat x 5 ea

Mosey to CMU pickup then to Freshman Hill

Freshman Hill
3 rounds, 5 reps each
Ex x 5 ea Top x 1 ea Core
Rd 1 Monkey Humper Merkin Flutter
Rd 2 Goblet Squat Overhead Clap Rosalita
Rd 3 Monkey Humping Goblet Squat Burpee
XY (Flutter + Rosalita

Put up CMU & rest. Shortcut mosey to Sophomore Hill

Sophomore Hill – abs for the 6, 10 reps with the 6, 2 rounds
Corner 1 Corner 2 Corner 3 Corner 4
Gas Pump BBS Heels to Heaven LBC
Bernie up Mosey Sprint Mosey

Walk to stop sign, long run to Mt. JUCOnte. Cross Hardin Valley Road:

  • Start at first tree/light pole
  • Do 10 Pickle Pounders
  • Lunge to next tree/light pole
  • Do 10 Pickle Pointers.
    Repeat. Original plan was to do this for 5 mins (2.5 up, 2.5 down) but we only had time for ~4 minutes up to make it toward our final destination.

Mosey to Mt. JUCOmanjaro. A few took a shortcut mosey (S/O to Erector and Spotter for the long way around).

Final hill: Go up JUCOmanjaro as far as you can get in ~5 minutes.

No Mary today.
5 PAX leaned into the chair! (and Bernie even decided to join us post-workout!)

This is a bit of a continuation from Project: Friendship point #3 – know the Hill you’re willing to die on. Full disclosure – I got this from one of the pastors at my church and a fellow F3 PAX- Osteen!

The article I got for today’s themed Q (Freshman Hill, Sophomore Hill, Mt. JUCOnte, & Mt. JUCOmanjaro) came after I had an injury I’m still nursing where I can’t do merkins with proper form. Booster called out my Pickle Toe last Monday after I “smart sacked“. While I think my injury is legitimate, far Far FAR too often we let minor things in our lives get the best of us because we say/do a Knox Roll. Instead, as the article Osteen posted is titled, we need to “Lean Into The Hill“. What does that look like. From the article there are 4 points (rooted in Scripture):

1. Face our own hills each day (1 Corinthians 9:27) – We each face our own hills each day. It might begin with getting out of bed. It might be initiating a conversation we expect to be difficult. Or starting into work or schoolwork or yard work. We all encounter hills; some more, some less. And when we do, it takes more effort to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Again and again, we face challenges big and small. And when we do, what is our default? Will we keep stepping? Slow down? Stop all together? Or lean in?!

2. Develop the instinct (Romans 12:1-2) – Deep down we want to be distracted. Humans have craved and
found distractions for centuries; the digital avenues for it have simply made distraction even easier.

3. Look Through the Hill (2 Corinthians 4:16-18) – Just a few more minutes, and the hill will be behind me,
and I will be happier for having leaned in rather than having given in.

4. Jesus Leaned In (Heb 12:1-2) – Jesus “set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). Why? “For it cannot
be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem” (Luke 13:33). This was emphatically not the easiest
path but the hardest. The greatest of hills. He would perish, he said, & in the worst possible way: on a cross.

Prayed for Amish‘s family (his grandfather passed away Thursday). Prayed for Wanderer’s brother-in-law (recovering from COVID)
CSAUP this Saturday January 30th at The Asylum… in case you haven’t seen the 300 reminders on Slack for it this past 6 weeks!

Project: Friendship

THE SCENE: 50% chance of rain. 100% chance of pain (well, at least 100% chance of D.O.M.S.)

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER – Administered + COVID (hopefully we don’t have to do this soon! 2021: ROPE (Return Of Partner Exercises)

Started cold, warmed up… Actual warmup:
Moroccan Night Club x 10 IC
Newton’s Cradle, OHC x 5 each IC
SLOW Dance Tempo Squats x 5 IC
Lunges x 5 each
Tempo Hand-release Merkins x 5 IC
Donkey Kicks x 5
Tennessee Rocking Chair x 7 IC

Mosey to Amphitheater

Mary 20-21’s – Do 20 reps of the first exercise, do 21 reps of the second exercises, run a lap around the Amphitheater. First one back calls a Mary exercise max 15 reps. Single Count unless otherwise noted:
Round 1 – BBS – Flutter Kicks (4ct IC) – (Lap + Mary Exercise) “Am I really that predictable?” called by Erector. I don’t remember the exercise but I thought it was the QOTD
Round 2 – Pickle pounders – pickle pointers – (Lap + Mary Exercise)
Round 3 – LBC’s – Heels to Heaven – (Lap + Mary Exercise)

30 seconds rest

DORA 20-21’s – same as Mary 20-21’s but your battle buddy does the exercise in parentheses until you complete 20 reps of the first exercise, flapjack (swap and do what he was doing), and then go to the 21’s doing the same alternate exercise in parentheses
Round 1 – Squats (Newton’s Cradle) – Merkins (Stationary Lunges) – (Lap + Mary Exercise)
Round 2 – Burpee (Reach for the Sky / Let it Hang) – OHC (Seal Clap Squat) – (Lap + Mary Exercise)

30 seconds rest

“The Wave” – in a circle but starting with the Q doing the following in a circle – 5 rounds of each exercise then take a lap around the Amphitheater

  • 1 x Burpee (start your Burpee when the previous PAX claps his hands – you should have plenty of rest between Burpees here)
  • 2 x Squats (start your Squat when the previous PAX has completed 1 of his)
  • 2 x Iron Mikes (IC so 4 total 2 each leg, start your Iron Mikes when the previous PAX has finished his first rep on each leg)
  • 5 x BBS (start your BBS when the previous PAX has completed 1 BBS. There should be a 1 BBS break before you start again)

Final Mary / MaryHail Mary (Not sure what to call it)
American Hammer x 10 IC
Heels to Heaven x 10 IC
ABC’s (all 26 of them!)
Lap around Amphitheater
E2K(oblique crunch)

Lots of Mary today. None at the #shovelflag so we’ll leave this blank. Aye!


CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM: Today’s Project: Friendship

Prov 17:17 – A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
1 John 4:21 – And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Since I started F3 a year and a half a ago, the men at F3 have provided the right kind of friendship I didn’t really have before starting F3. I’ve developed this in other areas of my life, but F3 has been so good, challenging, and refining that I wanted to focus on aspects Friendship and 3 aspects / modes it can take for us to consider:

1. Seek to reconcile strained or former friendships (I am seeking to personally apply this right now so pray for me!)
Matthew 5:23-24 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

You and I are called to go to the brother we have wronged (if possible and wise, of course) and seek reconciliation (because God has reconciled us to Himself we can be reconciled to each other – 2 Cor 5:11-21). This is hard because the we may believe that we were more wronged personally but that is not what God calls us to here. See “Seven A’s of a Biblical Confession” by Ken Sande for specifics of how to walk this out. We must seek to be the mature ones. Jesus pursues us in reconciliation and while He is perfect and we are not, the steps Ken lays out are the hard path that did not revile when reviled, that sought us when we weren’t looking for Him. This is what a man of God does when he is wrong – he seeks confession and reconciliation!

2. Maintain solid friendships through peaceful unity, keeping the Gospel at the core.
Ephesians 4:1-3 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

F3 is a men’s leadership organization. When we come out here, we are saying we are going to challenge others and let others challenge us. It’s not easy, but the crucible is where hearts are tested say Proverbs 17:3 and 27:21. We walk in goodness with each other, seeking to help others watch their six, and working together toward common goals that we have first in Christ and then in F3 and other areas. ISI Proverbs 27:17.

3. Know the Hill you’re willing to die on.
There are some things, while few and far between, that are more important than a “friendship”. I put it in quotes because these things should be so rare and understood to be as such that when they do pop up, it is a clear boundary crossed that a friendship cannot continue without major reconciliation (and usually lots of honesty, sincerity, and humility from someone over time before trust can be rebuilt). The Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) is one of these examples. If anyone adds to or takes away from Christ-crucified with the only work we do is faith by repenting and turning from our sins, this is a hill to die on because Jesus died on that hill (Calvary).

Another example of this is when a friend goes long in unrepentant sin, we have to love that friend enough to call him back (Galatians 6:1-2). We always look to restore the friendship, but it must be in truth. Our goal should always be reconciliation when we call someone to repentance, first with God (2 Corinthians 5:20-21) and then with each other. The book of James talks about this and how wonderful it is to bring a brother back from the second death:

James 5:19-20 – 19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Remember, there are not many hills to die on. You might even say the Gospel and a friend in unrepentance are one and the same hill to die on. But knowing these is a huge part of friendship because we uphold truth.

A #project of building rich, deep friendship doesn’t mean you jump off a cliff together the first time you meet a guy, but it does eventually get to taking that kind of risk. Talk about deep things along the way. Be intentional. Be men who walk steadfastly, build friendships with other men, and build those friendships on the deep, solid Rock of Jesus Christ.

Thankful for friends, especially the PAX of JUCO and The Project (and that Ribbed guy who not only invited me to F3 but stuck with me when I didn’t deserve a chance).

CSAUP at The Asylum 1/31/2021 0630 – 0900
You can order Asylum gear with their pre-order here (through January 18th, 2021)

2020 Year in Review – A Blackbast from the Past!

THE SCENE: mid-30’s and sprinkling. Back-up Q in case of rain ready in hand (preparedness is key to leading!)
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER – Administered + COVID reminder

The following Q is a compilation of a part of the backblast of the first workout of each month we had this year (no Q’s at JUCO in April). Links included!

-New Year’s Day at JUCO by Mermaid
Karaoke (down to 2nd light pole & back)
Walking Lunges (2x down and back in parking space)

-What Does Frozen 2 & 100 Burpees Have in Common? by Booster
Baby Arm Circles Forward X 10 followed by Michael Phelps
Baby Arm Circles Backward X 10 followed by Michael Phelps
Hand Release Merkins – OYO X 10

-Do over with miles and burpees by Ribbed.
5 cherry pickers

Today after all of our exercises we will add a buffer of each PAX’s choice: (this is a buffer added to mesh all of the exercise pieces from various workouts together)
5 burpees / 10 squats / 25 LBC’s
When completed, plank for 30 seconds at the end of exercises.
If you finish the plank before the Q calls recover to move on to the next exercise location, repeat but don’t do the same exercise the twice in a row.

-Mosey toward CMU Pile. Along the way we’ll make some stops:
-4-way stop #1: JUCO RECON MISSION (the post says IC but we did these OYO to allow for more work for those who wanted it)
15 Merkins
15 Squats
15 Plank Jacks
15 Cherry Pickers

-4-way stop #2: JUCOnapolis 500 by Mailbox
20 merkins

-4-way stop #3: Better late than Bernie by Stye
10 Burpees
20 BBS
30 Lunges

-Mosey the rest of the way to the CMU pile: A New Beginning by Booster. 10 x each of the following:
Kettle Bell (CMU) Swings
Goblet (CMU) Squats
Tricep Extensions

-Median’s VQ – by Median (aka Guardrail’s 2.0). Another 10 x each of the following:
(Hello) Dolly
Jungle Boi Squats
Calf Raises

-JUCO circuit by Erector:
5 pull-ups
20 OHP

Mosey to the big parking lot between the Shovel Flag and the CMU pile. IMPACT by Judge Judy:
Pole to Pole: 10-20-30

  • 10 Merkins, Mosey
  • 20 Merkins, Mosey
  • 30 Merkins, Mosey to curb
  • Repeat w/Squats
  • PAX were given the choice to do a mystery exercise or to repeat with Lunges. They chose the lunges so I’ll save this for next

Cold and Difficult Things by Guardrail
Dealers choice – LBC’s, Flutter Kicks, Hello Dolly, & Hillbilly Walkers were done x 10 ea IC and then time ran out!

7 PAX in sprinkling weather

I have a friend who likes to say the following response when someone says “that was unexpected” – like the Spanish Inquisition! (sketch is from Monty Python – it’s clean so you can watch if you like – Spanish Inquisition Part 1Spanish Inquisition Part 2).

PAX were asked to name something unexpected: many difficult things were named. Obviously, 2020 and COVID-19 were unexpected. At least to us. But God has His sovereign hand in it all. He is sovereign over salvation. He is sovereign over sanctification. He is sovereign over everything – including the workout we just did.

The workout we did today was a compilation of pieces from the first backblast of each of 11 months (no F3 in April) of this year. These Q’s are from Mermaid, Booster, Ribbed, Judge Judy, Mailbox, Stye, Booster (again), Median (Guardrail’s 2.0), Erector, Judge Judy (again), & Guardrail. These are posted in the Backblast above. And let me also say that backblasts are very important, and here are the reasons (with full explanation in this link) – So why do we write BB’s in the first place? (and here’s a link for how to post a backblast on the F3 Knoxville website)

1. It documents the actual workout itself.
2. Along these lines, it gives FNG encouragement.
3. It builds community amongst the PAX who posted there that day, and also amongst PAX who posted.
elsewhere so they can see what they missed. Maybe most importantly, it builds community amongst PAX who didn’t post for whatever reason.
4. It gives Q’s (especially new ones) great ideas for their weinke by reading about what other Qs have done.
5. Accountability, which is one of the major factors that makes F3 work, is found in the BB’s in 2 ways (see link for explanation): First – it makes you do what you said you’d do. Second, it shows who posted and keeps a record of it, making others more likely to post.
6. Gives our data people information and stats about workouts and helps us guide decisions on if/how/where/when to add new AO’s.

BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, God has the future in His hands. I will be thinking about and setting yearly personal goals this week. Last year, I set a few & completed some as well Many of you know my story how God exposed my sin to save me. I am so thankful that He disciplined me as a son (Hebrews 12:1-17). But He also gve me exactly what I needed in 2019 and He has done the same in 2020. Our trust in His sovereignty means that 2020 has gone exactly has God has intended, no matter the “regrets”, “wants”, or “hopes” we had, have, or will have. I read the following quote 2x yesterday. 1x from a pastor at my church and another time from Ribbed’s M’s CaringBridge and I want to leave you with this so that you can get perspective and trust on God’s call for you today

“I compare the troubles which we have to undergo in the course of the year to a great bundle of sticks, far too large for us to lift. But God does not require us to carry the whole at once. He mercifully unties the bundle and gives us first one stick, which we are to carry today, and then another, which we are to carry tomorrow, and so on. This we might easily manage, if we would only take the burden appointed for us each day; but we choose to increase our troubles by carrying yesterday’s stick over again today, and adding tomorrow’s burden to our load, before we are required to bear it.” -John Newton.

I sincerely appreciate every PAX who posts a BB. It doesn’t have to be complex or take a lot of time, but I encourage you to be diligent and carry the stick today when you Q- post a BB, add a little more flavor if you’re already posting, and encourage other to do so going into 2021.

The 2021 F3 Q Calendar is now open! #ThanksRatchet #StepUpPAX