F3 Knoxville

Dual Route 66

THE SCENE: Mild for February

  • SSH IC x 20
  • Cherry Pickers IC x 10
  • Tempo Squats IC x 10
  • Merkins IC x 10
  • Baby Arm Circles (forward & reverse) IC x 12


Dual Route 66’s – 22 light poles up the path to the top of Little Baby Hill. When finished with the first set of exercises, run back down the hill back to the first light pole. Rinse and repeat with the next set of exercises.

  1. Merkins and Big Boy Sit Ups
  2. Carolina Dry Docks and Jump Squats
  3. Flutter Kicks (4 ct) and Iron Mikes (4 ct)
  4. Burpees and Hello Dollies (4 ct)

Mosey to the playground for 3 sets of Tricep Dips and Derkins.


Just enough time for some Hello Dollies, plank work, and American Hammers.

19 HIMs – no FNG’s


With the recent flooding throughout Knoxville, I witnessed a lot of men ready and willing to jump into action to help out their neighbors. Men from our church group helped by digging ditches to divert water away from basements and crawl spaces. When they heard that friends and neighbors were in need, they dropped their Saturday plans and eagerly ran out into the rain to help. It was a great reminder that we as men have a longing to come to the rescue. We want to play the hero, to help others in need, to accomplish great feats in adverse conditions.

On the flip side, we as men are very often reluctant to ask others for help. We tend to wait until the very last minute to reach out to our brothers. We wait until our basements and crawl spaces are already filled with water before we’re willing to ask for help. Even though our brothers are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to jump into action, we attempt to do it ourselves for as long as we can…….until it reaches a point where it’s no longer manageable.



This loop is looking familiar

THE SCENE: Low 40’s and clear

  • 2 laps around the parking lot
  • SSH IC x 20
  • Tempo Squats IC x 10
  • Baby Arm Circles (Forward/Reverse) IC x 12
  • Cherry Pickers IC x 10
  • Merkins IC x 10


Moseyed to the oval parking lot for some laps. 4 stops along each loop, each with an assigned exercise. Complete 20 reps of each exercise, then run to the next stop.

Lap 1:

  1. Merkins
  2. Wide Merkins
  3. Narrow Merkins
  4. Carolina Dry Docks

Lap 2:

  1. Squats
  2. Lunges
  3. Jump Squats
  4. Iron Mikes

Lap 3:

  1. Flutter Kicks (4 ct)
  2. American Hammers (4 ct)
  3. Hello Dollies (4 ct)
  4. LBC’s

Rinse and repeat. We managed 9 total laps, so completed each of the exercises 3 times.

No time for Mary

25 HIMs including 3 FNG’s; welcome to Burgundy, Scrum, and Flo


It seems like the last few weeks have been filled with story after story of tragic accidents and loss of life. It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives and worry about the “stresses of tomorrow” – discounting the blessings of today by worrying about what we may face tomorrow. However, we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow. Worrying about tomorrow doesn’t take away those troubles; it simply steals the joy from today.

I’m terrible about taking today for granted and worrying about what tomorrow may bring. It’s usually when I’m confronted with a story about tragic loss of life that makes me momentarily realize how precious today really is. I use the word “momentarily” because it typically lasts for a day or so and then I’m right back to worrying about tomorrow.

Let’s celebrate the blessings of today.

Presents for Everyone

THE SCENE: Cold and clear
Handed out some presents early – 25 envelopes, each containing an exercise. We went through our gifts in sequential order:

  1. 25 SSH
  2. 10 Tempo Squats
  3. 10 Tempo Merkins
  4. 12 Baby Arm Circles (forward and reverse)
  5. Bear Crawl across the parking lot
  6. Crawl Bear across the parking lot
  7. 20 Derkins
  8. 20 Bench Rows
  9. 10 Burpee Box Jumps
  10. 15 LBC’s (4 ct)
  11. 20 Tuck Jumps
  12. 15 Hand Release Merkins
  13. 10 Lunges (10 each leg)
  14. 20 American Hammers (4 ct)
  15. 10 Dive Bombers
  16. 10 Iron Mikes (4 ct)
  17. 15 Sweat Angels (4 ct)
  18. 15 Diamond Merkins
  19. 20 Squats (4 ct)
  20. 20 Flutter Kicks (4 ct)
  21. 20 Dry Docks
  22. 20 Jump Squats
  23. 15 Box Cutters (4 ct)
  24. 10 Burpees
  25. 1 Time All You’ve Got up Little Baby Hill


Just enough time for some plank work and Cap’n helped us cash out with some ATM’s

33 HIM’s – no FNG’s


Especially this time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness – getting things wrapped up before the new year, planning for next year, finishing up the Christmas shopping, figuring out logistics for the holidays, etc, etc. Sometimes the most difficult task is to just slow down and enjoy the moments, the memories.

I’m as guilty as anyone when it comes to getting caught up in the “hamster wheel of life” – creating my list of things I need to get done, worrying about what’s to come tomorrow, and simply not slowing down to appreciate the moments right in front of me. I was reminded of this last night when I was getting ready for the Q this morning. I was preparing the envelopes for the workout (just another task that I needed to get checked off my long list of things to get done over the next couple days), but my 4 year old son was so excited when I asked him to put some stickers on the envelopes. He swelled with pride knowing that Daddy needed his help, and he quickly plopped down next to me and began meticulously placing his Christmas stickers on each envelope. It was just a little moment – inconsequential in the grand scheme of things – but I cherished that time with him. He won’t always be 4 years old, and he won’t always want to help his Dad with those silly projects.

Cherish the moments.

A little Route 66

THE SCENE: 30 degrees and clear

Some mosey with SSH, Tempo Squats, Cherry Pickers, Merkins, and Baby Arm Circles mixed in


Route 66 day – completed the following exercises in succession:

  • Burpees
  • Flutter Kicks (4 ct)
  • Merkins
  • Jump Squats
  • American Hammers (4 ct)

Mosey around the oval parking lot until the six finished. Then headed up to the pavilion for a set of 11’s – exercises were Bench Rows and Box Jumps.


Just enough time for some Hello Dollies, Sweat Angels, and finished with 30 seconds of LBC’s

24 HIM’s including 1 FNG – Welcome ‘Snoopy’


We have a lot to celebrate this time of year, but for some men, it’s a time of loneliness, isolation, and feelings of worthlessness. Those feelings aren’t confined to the holidays obviously, but they can be heightened around this time of the year. We’ll never fully know the battles that others around us are fighting on a daily basis.

If God has put someone on your heart, just reach out to them. A quick phone call (even a text) could make someone’s day. Just hearing the words “I was thinking about you man” can make all the difference in the world. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking about someone but not letting them know that you’re thinking about them, not reaching out, not taking any action. We have thousands of excuses for it – I’m just too busy, I’ll do it later, etc., etc., but they are all just that – excuses to justify our inaction. Let’s make it a point to actually reach out when God puts someone on our hearts this week.

3 C’s

THE SCENE: Mid 30’s, cloudy, just a little precipitation at the end


Some SSH’s, Cherry Pickers, Baby Arm Circles, Merkins, and Tempo Squats mixed in with some mosey over to the rock pile.

Moseyed to the rock pile for 3 sets of the following exercises (with rock):

  • Bicep curls
  • Overhead shoulder press
  • Squats

20 reps of each exercise, run and touch the bottom of the stairs in between each set. After 3rd set, we did 20 reps of 4 ct. flutter kicks with rock overhead.

Mosey to the dead end just below the Asylum for some 7’s. Exercise at the bottom = Jump Squats and exercise at the stop sign = Burpees.

Mosey back to the rock pile for round 2 (same exercises but only 2 sets this time). Finished with the flutter kicks.

Mosey back down to the dead end for another round of 7’s. Exercises = American Hammers (4 ct) and Merkins.

Mosey back to the rock pile for the last round (just 1 set this time). Finished with flutter kicks again.

Mosey to the bottom of Little Baby Hill. Run 3 times up with 1 burpee at the top each time.


Just enough time for some Hello Dollies and some Sweat Angels

11 HIM’s – no FNG’s


3 C’s that are in direct opposition to being the men we are called to be: Comfortability, Convenience, Complacency

I’ve found myself falling into the trap of the 3 C’s lately in terms of leading my family spiritually. Insert any excuse you want…..tired at the end of the day, in a busy season of life, work stress, etc., etc., etc. But those excuses are all just temporary circumstances, and God doesn’t call us to be governed by our circumstances. We are called to lead our families – not just when it’s comfortable or convenient. Being a HIM is about being the man that God calls us to be, regardless of our present circumstances.