F3 Knoxville

Man Down

THE SCENE: Balmy 72 degrees

  • 20 x Imperial Walker IC
  • 15 x Tempo Merkin IC
  • 20 x American Hammer (4ct.) IC
  • 20 x Overhead Clamp IC (except I-Beam, who was deliberately out of cadence)

PAX counted off 1-4 and split into groups of 4 people each. One PAX from each group was designated “injured” and had to be carried by the remaining three. PAX rotate as needed while we headed for the Pav-A-Lon. We paused for 20 Iron Mikes (4 ct. OYO) while some of the folks rested their shoulders.

Once at the Pav-A-Lon, each PAX drew two cards from the card. The number designated the rep count and the suit designated the exercise as follows:

  • Hearts = Pull-ups
  • Clubs = Burpees
  • Spades = Dips
  • Diamonds = Diamond Merkins

Face cards = 10 and Aces = 11.

Between rounds PAX moseyed to the top of the hill and bear crawled back down.

We broke back into groups and carried our injured teammates back to the AO.

We cashed out with two rounds of ATMs!

Two FNGs today – good work guys!
I shared a story with the PAX of a college senior that was seeking guidance because she was stressed about decisions others were making for her. We talked about the importance of remembering that we are grown-ups that are not only capable of, but responsible for, our own decisions. It’s easy to get complacent and let others lead, but there comes a time when you need to step up and do your own thing.
TAP to the Junk clan – we missed you out there today, brother!
Truckin’ to the Pound coming up in September.

Heavy Things I Cannot See

THE SCENE: Upper 50s with a light breeze a.k.a freakin’ gorgeous

10 burpees OYO

9 burpees OYO

8 burpees OYO

7 burpees OYO

6 burpees OYO

5 burpees OYO

4 burpees OYO

3 burpees OYO

2 burpees OYO

10 burpees OYO

The PAX caught on to this quickly and whined consistently, but once you start Shock & Awe you can’t let off the throttle!
I requested the PAX bring some heavy things to play with today and they delivered a variety of coupons including medicine balls, a cannonball, some sandbags, dumbbells, and CMUs. We assembled into a straight(ish) line with every other PAX holding a coupon.

The PAX moseyed along until the poor soul carrying the 60# sandbag went silent. We then stopped to swap up who was carrying coupons. Each time we stopped to pass coupons we performed 40 reps of merkins, squats, dry docks, or star jacks at the Q’s discretion.

This continued until we reached the staircases. We dropped our coupons and Crawl Beared up the steps and then ran to the top. Once the 6 arrived, we bear crawled back down (including the steps, thanks to Mayberry’s good example) and picked up our coupons to continue towards the Pa-va-lon.

Inside the Pa-va-lon we performed 3 sets of the following

  • 10 x pull-ups
  • 15 x box jumps
  • 20 x dips
  • 25 x derkins

We picked up our coupons from here and rolled back to the AO with a few coupon swaps and then rocked a set of Shoulder Blasters for good measure.


I really regret we didn’t have time to shred our core. Guess I’ll make up for this on the next Q…



“The IMPACT (for good or bad) that a man has on his children cannot be underestimated

The quality of a man’s relationship with his children defines the quality of their relationships with everyone else for the rest of their lives. If he is absent, they will be distrustful. If he is capricious, they will be unjust. If he is cold, they will be withdrawn. But, if he is present, just and warm the HIM will have imprinted upon his children’s hearts a template of relational success upon which they can rely throughout their lives. They will in turn pass it on to their Shorties. In this way, the IMPACT is infinite.”

I discussed these words with the PAX and highlighted how important this relationship is. We often take the blessings of our 2.0s for granted amongst the stress and anxiety that comes with them, but it’s impossible overvalue how critical our relationship with our kids (and with our fathers, for that matter) really is.

Lot’s of new faces from the Aslyum and one PAX from Chicagoland. Thanks for trekking out to the Dog Pound, gents! Also, Shooter is welcome for the Phish reference in the title.

Fantastic Figure 8’s

THE SCENE: Shew, it’s sticky out there.

  • 5 burpees OYO
  • 10 Lunges (each leg, OYO, much to Mayberry’s dismay)
  • 15 Imperial Walkers (IC, for Mayberry)
  • 20 Squats IC (super slow, for the old people)
  • Little baby arm circles x 10 each direction

Mosey to the parking lot where a ~1,000 ft figure 8 course was laid out. The following exercises were performed throughout each lap:

  • 25 LBC’s (4 ct.)
  • 10 pistol squats (each leg)
  • 25 Hello Dolly (4 ct.)
  • 10 Oblique Crunches (each side)
  • Burpee broad jumps
  • Lunges
  • Bear Crawl
  • Stair climbs x 2
  • Gorilla Shuffle
  • Inchworm merkins
  • Crabwalks

La-Z-Boy lead through some more hello dollys, since we hadn’t had enough yet.

Be aware of who & what you spend your time on. I recently observed a man take a phone call during his daughter’s dance practice and act annoyed that the dance practice was interrupting his phone call. While there is a time and place to focus on work and to be diligent, there is also a time and place to be wholly present for our friends, family, etc.
Mayberry wore a weight vest (again) and still kicked our asses. That guy is a beast.
Don’t forget about F3 Convergence on Memorial Day. Also, a Murph workout at 9:00 a.m. organized by Abscess. Last, please sign up to Q! We are going to start trying to fill up the month’s schedule on the last week of the previous month. If you’re skeered, please reach out to a “veteran” Q or research the Q101 info on F3’s website. It’s not hard, it’s very rewarding, and everyone appreciates your efforts!

The Making of Manmakers

THE SCENE: 67 degrees and bee eee ay you tee full

Tempo Squats, smurf jacks, side straddle hops, star jacks, lunges, and inchworm merkins
Pax moseyed to the light-pole circuit in the upper parking lot. We increased rep by one for each consecutive pole on the way up and decreased rep by one on the way back, adding one exercise each trip in this order:

  • Thruster
  • Merkin
  • Plank Jack
  • Jump Squat

Afterwards, we found a battle buddy and stood opposite them in a line. Pax A Bernie’d as fast as they could for ~20 yards. When Pax A hit the 20 yd mark, Pax B sprinted to catch up with Pax A turning around to join the sprint once caught. Total sprint ~50 yards. We did two rounds for each team member and then Indian moseyed bac

We had time for 30 box cutters, in cadence.
I read the PAX some exceprts from QSource 1.9 regarding Mammon, a HIM’s relationship with his work. We discussed how we failed or excelled in this area and how to keep it in check.


Shooter is back, but he is being pretty quiet. Hopefully he’ll get back to his former self soon.

Dig Deep

THE SCENE: 41 degrees with a big ole moon

We did some SSH during the disclaimer to get warm, and then followed up with:

  • Little bit o’ this & that
  • 15 merkins
  • 15 windmills

The PAX moseyed over to a cone circuit. 5 cones were placed at three distances (Cone 1=short sprint, Cone 2=medium sprint, Cone 3=long sprint, Cone 4=medium sprint, Cone 5=short sprint).

Each cone had an exercise listed at its base (Cone 1 = BBS, Cone 2 = Carolina Dry Docks, Cone 3 = Squats, Cone 4 = Merkins, Cone 5 = American Hammers).

Pax sprinted to each cone and performed 5 reps of the listed exercise at that cone. In between Cones 3 and 4 we paused for sets of 7-ups with the pee rocks (curls, presses, tris with a heavy rock in ascending rep count from 1 to 7 and back down to 1).

Continue this patter, increasing rep count by 5 each time. Right before Mary we re-grouped at the start line for one last sprint to the long cone.


  • Oblique Crunches x 10 IC, each side
  • Box Cutters x 20 IC
  • Flutter Kicks x 15 IC
  • Mountain Climbers x 25 IC

Two FNGs today – great work PAX! Welcome to Twinkletoes and Peek-a-boo!
Take some time to review the words used in traditional wedding vows and really let them soak in. I was at a wedding with my 3 yo daughter this weekend and had to explain the ceremony to her curious mind. I found myself interpreting the wedding vows in ways that I probably didn’t consider 6 years prior when I repeated them to my bride (who is way out of my league). It really stood out to me that I am not always a good example of what those vows mean, even though I should be since I’m setting the example that she may use for her future husband one day.
Felt good to be back with the PAX after two fartsacks in the last few days – thanks, guys!