F3 Knoxville

Treebiscuit – Shamrock

✔ THE SCENE: It’s early

✔ F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Covid-19 as well as welcome


  • SSH
  • Mtn Climbers
  • Tennessee Rockin Chairs
  • Windmills
  • Cherry Pickers

Tree Biscuit – Shamrock:

As a group, Run to an un-slapped tree, slap it, everyone call out the running burpee total,  do A single burpee, repeat.

Minutiae (aka Rules):

  • A tree only gets tagged once.
  •  Scaling/Modification:
    • We travel as a pack, if you find yourself falling behind, skip a tree and burpee and keep moseying to catch up.  It’s more fun and less confusing to have the group stay together, especially when we alternate taggers.
    • Scaling is NOT cheating, it’s just scaling, no judgment here. You made it here and that’s enough.
    • We’re going to be zig-zagging all over campus so the better we can stay together the more we’ll be able to keep an accurate count and not leave people behind.  Plus it feels bad to tag a tree without everyone there doing it together.
  • Taggers + Number cadence
    • The tagger is the person closest to the nearest tree. They slap the tree and call out what the burpee running total is about to be. Similar to our cadence exercise routines, the whole group calls out the number and does a burpee.
    • The tagger is typically in the front of the pack, however since we are traveling in a mob fashion that’s not always true.
    • Similar to an indian run, each person should take turns being in front and tagging a tree. This makes the workout much more fun.  If you have already tagged several trees then just slowly fade back and let someone else tag the next one.
  • What’s a Tree:
    • We don’t do burpees for any old shrub. They have to be worthy. Trees should be about 6 inches around and 10 feet tall.
  • No Poison Ivy:
    • In an attempt to not to get too dirty and get poison ivy, we’ll pass trees that are surrounded by shrubs and tall grass. Luckily we are in a very well manicured park where most of the trees have nicely mowed grass leading up to them.
  • Terrain
    • We are going off road for sure.  The ground is very un-even around many of the trees. Be careful when running not to twist and ankle.  And don’t hit your face on a rock or root when doing a burpee in the dirt.
  • Volume
    • The louder you call out the number, the more you inspire your fellow brothers!
  • Milestones
    • At 50, 100, 150, 200 make sure the group catches up and circles around the tree, wait a few seconds. Do the burpee.  Celebrating these milestones adds to the encouragement factor.

It’s not about the numbers but in the spirit of healthy competition here they are:

Previous Tree biscuits from other AO’s

And Todays total

  • Shamrock – 216 – May 27, 2020


We burped until the clock ran out.

Circle of Men

1 corinthians 9:24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.


Sign up for Q’s!.  Mandolin on Friday.  Link to Q Cal List

AMRAP Hundreds


Supposed to be clear skys… Everyone at home.


At Home workout challenge.


  • 100x SSH
  • 100x High Knees (single count)

The Thang: AMRAP of Hundreds

100 reps of a Legs, Core, and Arms exercises. For a boredom repellant get on a field with yard lines and progress to the next 10 yard line before starting the next 100 reps of an exercise.

  1. 100x squats
  2. 100x Freddy Mercuries (4 ct)
  3. 100x Merkins
  4. 100x Calf raises
  5. 100x LBCs
  6. 100x Shoulder taps
  7. 100x Lunges (50 each leg)
  8. 100x Hello Dollys
  9. 100x Carolina Dry Docks
  10. 100x High Knees
  11. 100x Big boy Sit ups
  12. 100x Seal Claps
  13. 100x SSH
  14. 100x Scissor Kicks
  15. 100x Overhead seal claps
  16. 100x Iron Mikes
  17. 100x Flutter Kicks
  18. 100x Dips (find a curb)


What? You want more?


I trust yall!


Wash up and often and early. Drink a ton of water. Always.

The 220 Mile.


Virtual Q –


Off the books. 100% voluntary. 100% free. Definately not a professional.


  • SSH
  • Mosey to quarter mile track
  • Cherry Pickers
  • Wind Mills
  • Twisting Pickers – Kind of a combination of a windmill and a cherry picker. Done to the 8 count. Starting position is just like cherry picker – legs spread – torso up. Extend the arms straight up. 1. Turn torso left. 2. Turn torso right. 3. Arms lowered to shoulder height – turn torso left. 4. Turn torso right. 5. Drop arms down to toe level – touch left toe. 6. Touch right toe. 7. Touch ground directly underneath you (like cherry picker) 8. Touch ground behind you.
  • Clap Jacks – just for good measure to get heart rate up – Its a combo of a clapping merkin and star jack. It’s pretty evil and starts to hurt after about the third or fourth one.

The Thang: The F3 220 Mile.

Basically a mile broken up into 8 even 220 yard segments. It is preferable to do this around a track because of all the crawling.

  1. 220 yards of backwards lunge
  2. 220 yards of forwards lunge
  3. 220 yards of forwards crab walk
  4. 220 yards of backwards crab walk
  5. 220 yards of backwards bear crawl
  6. 220 yards of forwards bear crawl
  7. 220 yards of bernie
  8. 220 yards of sprint (ha if you can)


We’ll see if we have time.


Stay safe out there! This would be on my list of F3 Knoxville challenges if we were to create a challenge series for the F3 Nation like Greenwood does. The other one I’d suggest is the 100 Burpee Pullup + 100 CMU Thrusters for time one..

Thrusting Pull Burps – Virtual Q


work out of the day – Virtual Q


Welcome one and all.


  • 10x SSH
  • 10x Cherry Pickers
  • 10x Windmills
  • 10x Mnt Climbers
  • 10x Rocketes

The Thang: Thrusting Pull Burps

I don’t ask you to do it all, just one more. Think of that during your WOD today. Just one more. Just one more. Just one more.

I’m consistently amazed by our attempts and then successes. Many Q’s I’ve thought of, I have not known ahead of time if it could be done but you men astound me… consistently. So i don’t doubt you will do it again. One time I asked you to bear crawl all the way up Jucomanjaro. You did it. One time I asked you to carry a CMU over a mile and up Jucomanjaro.. and you did it. One time I asked you to do over 200 burpees … and you did it. Today is similar and simple.

This is it:

  • 100 CMU Thrusting Burpees
  • 100 Burpee Pull ups

That is it. You can break it up however you want.

Cap & Tap

We’ll put a 45 minute Cap on it. Meaning you go until you either tap out, you hit the time limit, or you finish.


A 100 Burpee’s usually take about 10 minutes. The reps are double that with added weight and pullups. So I’m guessing some will finish in 3x the normal 100 Burpee time (~30 minutes). However strange things happen when you hit your max – usually speed drops way down – thus the 45 minute cap.


In crossfit sometimes what they would do when facing supper high reps is they do reps of 10 then 5 etc. And they do alternates. I’d recommend 10 of each then switch with small rests in between. At JUCO we’ll be doing it that way with a small stair climb in between. Meaning We’ll keep the CMU Thrusters down by the CMU pile (at the bottom of the stairs). We’ll do 10 Burpees with the CMU.


The CMU needs to be in your hands. Start standing up, holding the CMU. Go down to do a Merkin on the CMU. Pull your legs up, transition to do a thruster with the CMU. That is one.

Do 10 of those, then put your CMU down, leave it there, and run/mosey/walk over to the pull up bar (ours are approximately 50 yards from the CMU pile – up a few stairs).

At the pull up bar – Do a burpee under the pull up bar, then do a single pull up. (this pull up can be under or over handed – we recommend alternating). That is one rep. After 10 of those, run down to your CMU and start the next set of ten.

We also recommend keeping chalk on hand to count your reps (1 tally per set of 10). This will totally exhaust us and so our counting ability is usually impaired.. so use chalk if you got it.

Technically you can do all 100 burpee thrusters at once, take a 10 minute break, then do all 100 burpee pull ups. That might work out better. I don’t know. Its up to you, but it must be done within 45 minutes. I’m guessing that a slower pace with small breaks and alternates will be “easier”.. but as you know “I am NOT a professional”. If you take breaks try to limit them to 30 seconds or less. If you take breaks longer than 30 seconds, then your mind starts to tell you that you can and should stop. Fight against the urge to stop, even if you are down to single reps.

Just one more rep.
Just one more rep.
Just one more rep.


I believe the WOD to be hard enough to not need a mary. 🙂


I love all you brothers!! It’s an honor and joy .. every … single … time!! Forever grateful to you all!


Reach out to your brothers this week! If you complete the workout, ping me in Groupme and I’ll tag you in this post and record your time.


  1. Trolley 47:15
  2. Spotter 47:35
  3. Betty 48:30
  4. Ralph 48:50
  5. Mermaid 50:30

Irken/Dirken Biscuit


32 degrees, snow flurries at a NEW AO – Name TBD




  • 20 SSH
  • 20 Cherry Pickers
  • 20 Mountain Climbers
  • 10 Crab Climbers
  • 20 Mountain Parkers
  • 10 Crab Parkers

The Thang: Irken Dirken Biscuit

Go tour the campus and for every incline do 10 Dips, 10 Dirkens, and 10 Irkens.
The inclines are small hills, benches, and stairs. There were also a few side tracks we took.

The first side track/warmup was a Mtn Climber + Lizard stair climb.

  1. Bear crawl up right beside the stairs
  2. Lizard crawl down the stairs = Stagger Merkins as you progress down the stairs crawling
  3. Lizard crawl UP the stairs = Stagger Merkins as you progress UP the stairs
  4. Reverse bear crawl down right beside the stairs

The second side track was a bear crawl stair loop with 10 Dirkens and 10 Irkens at the stairs.

The third side track was 10 Hill climbs and 10 Dirkens and 10 Irkens after the 10 hill climbs.

Then progressed to the Six picnic tables . For each picnic table do 10 Dips, 10 Dirkens and 10 Irkens.

Then mosey to pull up bar. Al Gore hold while your brothers take turns doing three reps of MAX # of Pull ups.

Almost out of time. Mosey around the campus and do 10 Dips, on the benches and marvel at the infinite workout possibilities on campus.


No time for Mary


Drive a Steak – Read out of Joshua 22 – Acknowledging there is ONLY one God, The Rubenites erected a controversial Alter to honor God. At first it was mis-understood, but then when explained, it brought Glory to God and was accepted. What steaks in the ground are you driving to educate your kids and future generations about what it means to be a Christian. This Catholic school invested heavily (driving a steak for future generations) in the combination of permanent “monuments” in which to teach future generations about Jesus. We are very grateful to have the privilege to be able exercise on this Holy ground and potentially call it the home of a new F3 AO.


Welcome two FNG’s – Chicken Wing (Sam) and Hoopti (Kyle). Please tell your friends about this new locations. Let’s make it a permanent addition to the flourishing F3 Knoxville group.