F3 Knoxville

CMUesday @ The Project

THE SCENE: Bitter 24 degrees with wind. Just mean…
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Done. With cell phone just in case any of us were to freeze and fall over.
WARM-O-RAMA: heck yeah – lots of warm-o-rama…

  1. 15 SSH – 4ct, IC
  2. 15 Tempo Squat – 4ct, IC
  3. 10 Iron Mikes (each leg, 2 ct) – OYO
  4. High Knees running in place – 30 seconds
  5. 5 Burpees – OYO
  6. 10 Arm Circles (both directions)
  7. 10 Moroccan Nightclub – IC
  8. 10 Overhead Clap – IC
  9. 8 Tempo Merkins – 4ct, IC
  10. 8 Merkins – 4ct, IC
  11. 8 Cherry Pickers – 4 ct, IC
  12. 8 Project Motivators – IC
  13. Pick up CMU, mosey to Friendship Bell


CMU Work @Friendship Bell: 20 bicep curls, 20 overhead press, 20 tricep extensions, 20 squats, 20 BBS w/CMU (2 ROUNDS) – Take CMUs, mosey to K-2(5)

Doras @K-25: Partner 1 starts on 50 Burpees, 75 BBS, 100 merkins, 200 squats (all without CMU) while Partner 2 starts on Sprints w/CMU up the hill. Switch off with partner until rep count is complete. Mosey back to Shovel Flag. Whew!

PAX Choice: Freddy Mercury, and Little Baby Flutter Kicks – Finished for time.

4-STRONG: Erector, Kickflip, Chaco, and me, Snaggletooth.

God, Touch Our Hearts (John Piper)
Saul went to his house at Gibeah; and the valiant men whose hearts God had touched went with him. (1 Samuel 10:26)
Just think of what is being said in this verse. God touched them. Not a wife. Not a child. Not a parent. Not a counselor. But God.
The One with infinite power in the universe. The One with infinite authority and infinite wisdom and infinite love and infinite goodness and infinite purity and infinite justice. That One touched their heart.
How does the circumference of Jupiter touch the edge of a molecule? Let alone penetrate to its nucleus?
The touch of God is awesome because it is a touch. It is a real connection. That it involves the heart is awesome. That it involves God is awesome. And that it involves an actual touch is awesome.
The valiant men were not just spoken to. They were not just swayed by a divine influence. They were not just seen and known. God, with infinite condescension, touched their heart. God was that close. And they were not consumed.
I love that touch. I want it more and more. For myself and for all of you. I pray that God would touch me anew for his glory. I pray that he would touch us all.
O for the touch of God! If it comes with fire, so be it. If it comes with water so be it. If it comes with wind, let it come, O God. If it comes with thunder and lightning, let us bow before it.
O Lord, come. Come that close. Burn and soak and blow and crash. Or still and small, come. Come all the way. Touch our hearts.

There is something about the phrase “the valiant men whose hearts God had touched” that inspires me, and rouses a hunger in me. I have found myself in this new year more hungry for a deeper, more powerful, intimate closeness with God. I believe it’s the natural consequence of F3 and my purity group, and what God is doing in my family and church. At the beginning of the year, I felt God give me the word FOCUS. Makes me wonder about what this year will be like. Whatever else 2020 may bring, this hunger for greater friendship with God is a worthy and holy pursuit.

Talking about expanding The Project to include Thursdays and Saturdays – possibly another bootcamp, perhaps with more running while Tuesday with more reps/weights, or vice versa. Saturday option would be trail running with pain stations. EHing our local guys to jump in to The Project. Need more commitment for Qs as well as handing off shovel flag to an Oak Ridge local.

F3 Morristown Launch in April! And Hardship Hill coming up in May!

Millenial@The Project

THE SCENE: 33 and gloomy…

We used the 10 exercises that will comprise the workout: 1) SSH; 2) Lunges; 3) Merkins; 4) LBCs; 5) Mtn. Climbers; 6) Flutters; 7) Arm Raises; 8) Squats; 9) Oblique Crunches – 50 per side; 10) Burpees.

THA-THANG: (right out of the Exicon)
Millennial: Goal is a total count of 2000 as a team. The full pax does 100 reps each of a called exercise, then runs a 100m lap back to a point where they gather again for the next called exercise. There will be 10 cycles, which get you to your number. Teamwork matters. The first nine cycles end when the FIRST person gets to 100, which keeps the pax together. The last cycle, which is always burpees, is done together and usually with someone Q-ing or rotating the Q through the 100 burpees.  1) SSH; 2) Lunges; 3) Merkins; 4) LBCs; 5) Mtn. Climbers; 6) Flutters; 7) Arm Raises; 8) Squats; 9) Oblique Crunches – 50 per side; 10) Burpees. Named as year 2000 is within the time period around which the Millennial generation was born.

PAX Choice: Squeaky Bed Dolly, Freddy Mercury, 100 (interesting new exercise – ask Samaritan), Flutterkicks, and Hello Dolly (waddup girl!)

Erector, Kickflip, Salad Boy, Samaritan, Chaco, and Snaggletooth

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:Revelation 3:14-22 New Living Translation (NLT)
The Message to the Church in Laodicea
14 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation:

15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. 18 So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. 19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.

20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. 21 Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.

22 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.”

A recent death of a friend and brother in Christ is causing me to reevaluate my priorities. It makes me want to take hold of my loved ones and say the important stuff, and allow lesser “priorities” to take their proper place in the lower rungs of my heart and daily activities. Busy-ness and the “tyranny of the urgent” often displace what is truly important: for me, that is not being lukewarm in my relationship with Jesus, but seeing my poverty for what it is, hearing Jesus knock, and letting him come in and “sharing a meal together as friends.” And sharing this same conviction and desire for my loved ones and all with whom God would cross our paths.


How God thinks of you

THE SCENE: cool and wet

  1. 15 SSH – 4ct, IC
  2. 15 Tempo Squat – 4ct, IC
  3. 10 Arm Circles (both directions)
  4. 10 Moroccan Nightclub – IC
  5. 15 Tempo Merkins – 4ct, IC
  6. 5 Burpees – OYO
  7. 8 Cherry Pickers – 4 ct, IC
  8. 8 Motivators – IC
  9. Mosey to Senior Center Parking Lot


  1. Apple Turnover@ Senior Center Parking Lot: PAX would do a bear crawl for 3 parking lines, then flip to crab walk for 3 lines, alternating between bear crawl and crab walk for the length of the parking lot. PAX then return to beginning but crawl bear (backwards) 3 lines, then reverse crab 3 lines, etc. Mosey to Playground.
  2. 6Pack@ Playground: Like 11’s but 6s: 5 Pullup/ 1 Merkin to 1 Pullup/5 Merkins. Mosey to Amphitheater.
  3. Mucho Chesto@ Amphitheater: 10x Merkin / 10x Wide Merkin / 10x Diamonds / 10 Stagger Merkin Left / 10 Stagger Merkin Right. Rinse and repeat for a total 100 Merkins. Mosey to Library Parking Lot.
  4. Obama@ Library Parking Lot: Named after the 44th POTUS, Bear Crawl between the grass islands in the parking lot, but after every 4 hand moves PAX must stop and perform 4 Merkins. (The 4 and 4 for the 44) Mosey through half of Bissell Park and return to Shovel Flag.

MARY: PAX choice: BBS, Flutter Kick, Side Crunches (both sides), Star Crunches, Freddy Mercury


CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM: Psalm 139:1-6, 10, 16-18, 23-24 (from The Passion Translation)

Lord, you know everything there is to know about me.
You perceive every movement of my heart and soul,
and you understand my every thought before it even enters my mind.
3–4 You are so intimately aware of me, Lord.
You read my heart like an open book
and you know all the words I’m about to speak
before I even start a sentence!
You know every step I will take before my journey even begins.
You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way,
and in kindness you follow behind me
to spare me from the harm of my past.[a]
With your hand of love upon my life,
you impart a blessing to me.
This is just too wonderful, deep, and incomprehensible!
Your understanding of me brings me wonder and strength.[b]

10 Wherever I go, your hand will guide me;
your strength will empower me.

16 You saw who you created me to be before I became me![g]
Before I’d ever seen the light of day,
the number of days you planned for me
were already recorded in your book.[h]
17–18 Every single moment you are thinking of me!
How precious and wonderful to consider
that you cherish me constantly in your every thought!
O God, your desires toward me are more
than the grains of sand on every shore!
When I awake each morning, you’re still with me.

23 God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart.
Examine me through and through;
find out everything that may be hidden within me.
Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares.
24 See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on,
and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways—
the path that brings me back to you.

When I don’t have a specific word to share, I like to go to the scriptures, especially to fill my mind/heart with what God thinks of me. Psalm 139 speaks to me that way. David was a shepherd boy, and a Warrior-King, but he was also an fervent worshiper and lover of God. The end of the chapter is an invitation, opening myself to God’s searching and examining me, to bring me back to Himself.


Been a long time, JUCO…

THE SCENE: 71 and clear and muggy as hell.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Finally did it right this time.

1. 15 SSH – 4ct, IC
2. 15 Tempo Squat – 4ct, IC
3. 10 Arm circles – 4ct, IC (both directions)
4. 15 Merkins – 4ct, IC
5. 10 Cherry Pickers – IC

Form 2 Lines: Death March (last person 3 burpees, then run to front of line) to Physical Plant.

1. CMU: 20 bicep curls, 20 overhead presses, 20 squats, 20 BBS w/CMU
2. Bear crawl dragging CMU to Hill
3. Doras (partner-up): 1 partner starts on 100 merkins, 200 BBS, 300 squats while other partner starts on sprint w/CMU up/down the hill – switch off with partner until rep count complete. Return CMUs to Physical Plant.

4. Final Push: Sprint in big parking lot – light pole to light pole.

Mosey to Shovel Flag for Marys.

Weed Whacker led in Flutter Kicks and WAXJOB led the Wax Job Special: ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT.

Booster, Mandolin, Spotter, Nutmeg, Finger Food, Trolley-RESPECT, Pool Boy, Guard Rail, Ginger, Mermaid, Commission, Chaco-RESPECT, Anchor Man, Jitters, Wax Job, 5K,5 Sgt Slaughter, Erector, Weed Whacker, J-Lo, Focus, Nadia, Gump, and me, Snaggletooth

We commit time and discipline to strengthening our physical bodies. How are we strengthening our spirits for the battles we are in? Ephesians 6: 10-18 gives us a good picture of the spiritual battle that wages around us.

The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Once again, I’m moved by how blessed we are to be able to get better together. But I’m also amazed by the struggles that we have in our individual lives: marriage, family, work, church. Life is tough and not all of us are winning in our struggles, but there is tremendous hope in Christ: We are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us.

A few announcements were made…

Untitled Tuesday @ The Project


F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Same old (IMPORTANT) stuff. (One day, I’ll say everything the right way – without help from the PAX.)


  1. 15 SSH – 4ct, IC
  2. 15 Arm circles – 4ct, IC (both directions)
  3. 15 Squat – 4ct, IC
  4. 10 Iron Mikes (2ct, rt leg) – OYO
  5. 15 Merkins – 4ct, IC
  6. 5 Burpees – OYO
  7. 10 Cherry Pickers – 4 ct, IC
  8. Mosey to ORHS Track

1. Bataan Death March@ORSH Track: Last PAX does 5 Burpees, then catches up to the front of the line. 2 ROUNDS AROUND TRACK. 2nd time around, 3 Burpees instead of 5. Mosey to K25 Hill.

2. Doras@K25: 1 partner starts on 100 merkins, 100 BBS, 100 squats, 50 Burpees, while other partner starts up hill. (We did ALL. OF. THIS. Kept wondering “What time is it? Surely, it’s time to head back to the Shovel Flag…”) Mosey to Friendship Bell.

3. Lunges from Friendship Bell back to Shovel Flag. (There’s been lots of mumble chatter about sore butts and thighs from the F3 Greenwood Iron PAX Challenge, Week 0. So, what better way to be ready for that kind of punishment than to keep up the pain? However, I know that I will totally regret saying this with all the mumble chatter about Iron PAX Challenge, Week 1…)

Everyone had a chance to lead in 1 Mary exercise: Flutterkick, Freddy Mercury, Right Side Crunches, Left Side Crunches, Star Crunches, and HELLOOOOO DOLLY (“waddup girl?!” – Booster quote)

6 STRONG: Erector, Chaco (RESPECT-RESPECT), Trolley (RESPECT), Rocket, Samaritan, and Snaggletooth on Q

There are several friends in my life, men who are struggling – and some of them, not winning – yet: battles with their own character/integrity, marriage, family, work, etc. But I have this hope for them (and for you and me) in God:

“Keep trusting in the Lord and do what is right in his eyes.
Fix your heart on the promises of God and you will be secure,
feasting on his faithfulness.
Make God the utmost delight and pleasure of your life,
and he will provide for you what you desire the most.
Give God the right to direct your life,
and as you trust him along the way
you’ll find he pulled it off perfectly!” (Psalm 37:3-5, TPT)

Always a joy…

Iron PAX Challenge, Week 1; TTTP (but apparently, no longer Trucking TO the Pound…)