F3 Knoxville

Good times with Cindy

THE SCENE: Clear and 30

Relive of the workout: https://www.relive.cc/view/2148229797

3 rounds of exercises

  • SSH IC 4ct 21x, 14x, 7x
  • Merkins OYO 21x, 14x, 7x
  • Peter Parkers 2ct 21x, 14x, 7x
  • V-Ups OYO 21x, 14x, 7x

Grab Cindy (CMUs) and mosey to the end of the parking lot.

  • Round and Round with Cindy (complete 4 rounds)
    • Reverse Lunges, Cindy on back 10x
    • Cindy Hammers 20x
    • Cindy Rows 15x
  • Leave Cindy and Mosey around lot
  • Get Cindy and mosey to second station
  • Quality Time with Cindy, 12 minutes on the clock, complete as many rounds as possible
    • Reverse Lunges, Cindy in front 15x
    • Bear crawl drag
    • Cindy overhead BBS 15x
  • Leave Cindy and Mosey around lot
  • Get Cindy and mosey back to first station
  • Round and Round with Cindy (complete 4 rounds)
    • Reverse Lunges, Cindy on back 10x
    • Cindy Hammers 20x
    • Cindy Rows 15x
  • Mosey to AO


  • Ring of Fire – merkins
  • Flutter kicks 20x IC
  • WWII situps 20x
  • Boat/Canoe



Talked about the prodigal son parable with a focus on the older son (see red text below). There is so much time that we waste dealing with bitterness and anger over the littlest things when we should be enjoying the time we have with the Father. We get laser-focused on what others have or are getting or are doing and not on the fact that He is beside us wanting to be with us. Figure out where those tendrils of bitterness and anger have gotten ahold of you in your life and find ways to release it so that you can focus on the good that is right in front of you.

The Parable of the Prodigal Son

11 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. 14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to[a] one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.

17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’[b] 22 But the father said to his servants,[c] ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.

25 “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”


The Quacken launches on March 1st.

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50 and clear

SSH x 20
Imperial squat walkers x10
Baby Arm circles forward x 10
Baby Arm circles backward x 10
Hand claps x10


Grab a partner and go to block pile
Exercise 1 – One partner does farmer carry while the other bearcrawls across parking lot. (switch at opposite end or as needed.)
Catch me if you can(Squats) to top of hill complete 5 Bro-Pees with partner then back to CMU pile
Exercise 2 – Complete exercise 1 then add Brickbarrow(2 parking spaces
Run to top of hill complete 5 Bro-Pees with partner then back to CMU pile
Exercise 3 – Complete exercise 1&2 then add back to back curls with CMU
Catch me if you can(Squats) to top of hill complete 5 Bro-Pees with partner then back to CMU pile
Exercise 4 – Complete exercise 1,2&3 add 15 4 count CMU Flutter kick
Run to top of hill complete 5 Bro-Pees with partner then back to CMU pile
Exercise 5 – Complete exercise 1-4 and add 10 Hand release partner mericans
Catch me if you can(Squats) to top of hill complete 5 Bro-Pees with partner then back to CMU pile
10 CUM squat Press

Captain Thor x 5

How different would our lives look if we put others needs before our own.  Show someone love today especially those who might not have show it to you.
Let each of you look out not only for his own interest but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:4

​Welcome Buns and Glitter 

Hardship hill sigh up DO IT!

Mend House – Burpees and Bear Crawls

THE SCENE: Clear and 48

Mosey from the Mend House to the Gresham Parking Lot

  • Burpees 0
  • SSH 10x 4ct IC
  • Burpees 2
  • LBAC 10x 4ct IC Forward & Backward
  • Burpees 4
  • Cherry Pickers 10 4ct IC
  • Burpees 6
  • Air Squats 10x IC
  • Burpees 8
  • Overhead claps 10 4ct IC
  • Burpees 10


  • Ascending Bear Crawls
    • 1 Merkin, Bear crawl across the lot, 2 Merkins, Bear crawl, …. to 10 Merkins
  • 21s
    • BBS – Start with 1 (increase by 1 each time)
    • Run to end of the lot
    • Leg Lifts – Start with 20 (reduce by 1 by each time)
    • Continue until numbers are flip-flopped.


  • Circle of Pain – Merkins (start with 5 down to 1)

11 Hims, 9 from Mend House (2 FNGs)

As a group of men we need to hold one another up, strengthen and encourage each other. Just as a body has different aspects to build it up, we each have unique strengths that can apply to the group.

Ephesians 4:16

16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.


The Quaken will launch on March 1st. Mark your calendars.

Yep, A loop, a big Loop!

THE SCENE: 54 and a little breezy.

20 merkins OYO

  • One big loop
  • Ruck up and head towards Middlebrook,
  • Stop about every mile and do 20 merkins
  • Over 6 miles at close to a 12 minute pace with Ruck
  • The ruck run was broken up into sections, sling shot ruck w partner , run a light pole , walk a light pole , Indian run
  • looped back to the AO w about 20 minutes left so we started in a BURB version of a Dora
  • 50 body builders, 75 upright ruck rows , 100 ruck thrusters and 125 front ruck big boys.
  • we got to the ruck thrusters and did a round then stoped for the last 2 minutes for Mary

20 ruck flutters IC

20 front ruck big boys

20 ruck flutters ic
9 pax
Surround yourself with uncommon people, (read goggins quote
For me it’s not necessarily about being surrounded by uncommon people but more importantly , positive people !
Insert information about upcoming events, 2nd or 3rd F opportunities, and any other announcements.

Thunderstruck Annie OTB

THE SCENE: PERFECT – Low 50s. Cloudy. Dry.

I, sirs, am not a professional.

SSH x25 IC 4CT

Cherry Pickers x10 IC

Annie IC – 7 each arm forward and back IC

  • Plank position. Extend one arm out to do a BAC 7x forward. Switch arms and repeat. Switch arms and reverse rotation. Bonus points for doing them at the same time…

Air Squared –

  • People’s chair with 20 overhead claps OYO

Mosey to parking lot across the street.

4 stations, 30 reps each lap, 5 laps total.

  • 150 merkins
  • 150 imperial walkers 2CT
  • 150 overhead claps 1CT
  • 150 curb jumps

BBS when done.

Time left –

  • Sprint one end of the lot to the other. Do 1 burpee. Sprint back. Repeat 3x.

Mosey back to AO.

PAX selected 20 reps of their favorite exercise for the group to do:

Flutter kicks 4CT IC, BBS OYO, American Hammers 4CT IC, Squats IC

Thunderstruck – do one pushup every time they say “Thunder” or “Thunderstruck” and plank otherwise for the duration of the song.

Tempo Squats until time. 20 IC

Mr. Wedgie, Frasier, Abort, Clinger, Herbie, Filter
Prayers for Wedgie’s mom, Filters mom, MIL, and aunt-in-law, Frasier’s big decisions,
Philippians 2:3-4 – “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
AO launch on Friday, March 1 at 5:30am!


THE SCENE: Balmy 51 degrees
All In Cadence

Tempo Merkins
Mt Climbers
Tempo Squats
Moroccan Night Clubs
Imperial Walkers


Line up in formation – the F3 JUCO flight
Jody over to Heartbreak ridge (C-130 Rolling Down the Strip)
  • Low Crawl up the Hill (on elbows)
  • Freddy Mercury (25, IC)
  • Jog down the Hill
  • Flutter Kicks (25, IC)
Repeat 4x


Mosey to Brick Wall, Pair Up for Dora 1-2-3
  • 100 Derkins
  • 200 Dips
  • 300 Irkins (didn’t quite finish due to time constraints)

Jody back to the AO (Momma, Momma Can’t You See…)

Psalm 23

Unit Cohesion – importance of F3, and a quick message about The LORD being our Shepherd.

More than cards and candy…

THE SCENE: cloudy and pleasant, upper 50s.

Nailed it.  Did I say I wasn’t a professional?… I think so.  Not sure.


20 SSH IC, 13 Steve Earls (lost count), 10 Cherry Pickers, Little of this/that, 10 Tempo Merkins IC, 10 Windmills IC

Valentine’s Day warm up! Mosey to the fields by the new bathroom.  Four cones will be set up for BUCK 25s! Bernie Sanders from center cone to cone to right. 10 pickle pounders/ 10 pickle pointers

Run back to center cone and Bernie to cone to left. 10 pickle pounders/ 10 pickle pointers

Bernie Sanders to cone behind 5 pickle pounders/ 5 pickle pointers

Charge up two terraces of hills, 100 Side Straddle Hops for the Buck 25!

Mosey to Parking Lot across the street.  Q had hidden bag with Valentines for the PAX, but almost couldn’t find where he hid them. (Thanks Ice Man for finding them!)  Each PAX gets a Valentine.  There is a poem with a related exercise.  We will do the exercise at the cones separating the bays, and then run the length of the parking lot and return to the next bay up, or lunge to the next station once we turn the corner.  Another PAX will read their Valentine, and we will continue until all Valentines have been read.  The poems and exercises are (random order):

  1. Roses are Red, violets are blue, I’d climb any mountain, to finally reach you.
  • Do 20 mountain climbers 4-ct

2. I said to you, “Oh, please be mine; Be mine forever, Valentine. I must have seemed like quite a bore, So join me in some Captain Thors!

  • Do Captain Thors (1:4 ratio of BBS:American Hammers up to 5:20). 1x each side = 1 American Hammer
  1. I swore that we would never part,
    As I put my hand upon my heart.
    Had I been thinking with my head,
    I probably would have fled instead
  • Sprint to end of parking lot and back (then do it again to get to next station!)

4.  You’re sharp as a tack and quick as a fox! I got you a gift, just open the box!

  • 20 Box Cutters (4-ct)
  1. After six shots of vodka at the bar,I find you as pretty as a shining star
  • 20 Star Jumps
  1. Valentine, O, Valentine, I’ll be your love and you’ll be mine.
    We’ll always be happy, and that is a fact You’ll be my Jill, and I’ll be your Jack!
  • 20 Plank Jacks (4-ct)
  1. She sent her love a Valentine;
    But he did not reply.
    He packed his bags and waived Adios! And from her he did fly!
  • Do Superman pose, hold for 60 seconds
  1. Oh will you be my wallaby?”
    Asked Mr. Kangaroo.
    “For we could find so very many
    Jumping things to do.”
  • 20 Jump Squats

Mosey to baby cardiac.  We will do two runs up.

  • Run #1, 20 Monkey humpers, Bernie Sanders up, 20 dive bombers at top
  • Run #2, sprint to top, 3 burpees, return to AO

Heart Shaped leg lifts, flutter kicks, box cutters, Peter Parkers

Six men strong, plus one FNG who we named J-Lo.


It’s Valentines Day, after all, but who was St. Valentine?  Glad you asked.  He was a 3rd Century Roman Saint, martyred and buried on February 14, 269 AD, and is the saint of couples, beekeepers, marriage, love, and plague and epilepsy, of all things.

Valentinus (Latin version of his name) defied the emperor Claudius’s orders and secretly perform Christian weddings for couples.  This was prohibited, because Claudius felt single men made better soldiers, as they had less to lose.  To remind the men of their vows and God’s love, Valentinus cut hearts out of parchment and gave them to them, perhaps the origin of heart-shaped Valentines.  For his crimes, he was tortured and ordered under house arrest in Rome.  He pleaded his case to the Judge, and discussed the validity of Jesus’ teachings with him at length.  The Judge tested Valentinus by bringing in his blind daughter.  If Valentinus could restore her sight, the Judge would convert to Christianity.  He touched her eyes and restored her sight.  The Judge was humbled and immediately converted.

So, he was released, but he continued to preach where he wasn’t supposed to, and kept performing Christian marriages, was eventually caught and was sent to the emperor, Claudius II for punishment.  Claudius took a liking to this fellow (I get the impression Valentinus was quite the charmer), but then Valentinus went too far, and tried to convert the emperor to Christianity.  Claudius demanded that Valentinus renounce his faith, and when he didn’t he was beaten with clubs. That didn’t kill him, so they stoned him.  This guy was apparently like the Terminator, and just kept going, so they chopped off his head.  Yep, that did it.  Before he was sentenced, it is rumored that St. Valentine wrote a note to the daughter before he died, signed, “From your Valentine.” Thus inspiring the tradition of love letters.

SO, Valentine’s Day isn’t just about chocolates and flowers and Hallmark cards.  Human love and sexuality is wonderful, and blessed by God, and all that is celebrated by the holiday.  But the saint who it is named for was willing to put his life on the line for what he believed.   And with the power of the Holy Spirit he was able to do that —even to the point of death.

Prayers went out to Swimmie’s uncle, who is suffering for some health issues, and continued prayers for Abscess and his family.

Bomb Shelter C.S.A.U.P. 2019

Low / Mid 30’s

Fins on Q to get things warmed up!
LB Arm Circles F/B
Large Arm Circles F/B
Tempo Squats
Cherry Pickers
Toe Touches
Jump Rope

Mosey .6 miles to the first beatdown location at the Elementary School.
The Ancient Kraken! (Designed by Pinocchio!) 8 Excersises with Mt. Suckmore & 5 Burpees:
After each exercise run around the Kraken, up Mt. Suckmore, Complete 5 Burpees and continue around the Kraken to the next exercise.  Rinse and Repeat for 30 min…

  • T-Merkins (x16)
  • Dr. W (x10)
  • Bobby Hurleys (x20)
  • Star Jacks (x30)
  • Mr. Spectacular (x12)
  • Shoulder Tap Merk (x12)
  • Single Leg Dead Lift Squat (x10ea.)
  • Alternating BBS (x20)

Just over 2 miles to the next beatdown location. The Murph & Mary at the Alcoa Bridge. Pax split in half and began with the Murph beatdown. Once completed they began Mary (OYO) for a rinse and repeat until the 1 hour time limit was completed.

  • Murph
    • 1 Mile Run
    • 100 Pull-ups
    • 200 Push-ups
    • 300 Air Squats
    • 1 Mile Run
  • Mary (Designed by Fins)
    • BBS (x10)
    • Ankle Touches (x10ea.)
      • Run to Bridge & Back
    • Holly Dolly (x10 IC)
    • American Hammers (x10 IC)
      • Run to Bridge & Back
    • LBC (x15)
    • Bicycle (x10 IC)
      • Run to Bridge & Back
    • Flutter Kick (x10 IC)
    • Mountain Climber (10 IC)
      • Run to Bridge & Back

1.8 miles to the next beatdown location. The Alcoa High School Football Field. (Designed by Mr. Rogers & Moses!)
Pax split into teams of 3 with 1 pax in each endzone and 1 at the 50 yard line. The pax member at the 50 completes exercise and release the pax member at the end zone. That pax member then runs to the 50, completes the exercise continues to the next end zone and releases the pax member. Rinse and Repeat. (1 hour total, with movements being 8 minutes each.

  • South End Zone Exercises:
    • Box Cutters
    • Leg Lifts
    • Mountain Climbers
    • Iron Cross Big Boys
    • Pickle Pounders
    • Bicycle Kicks
  • 50 Yard Line Exercises:
    • Peter Parker Merkins (x8)
    • Dry Docks (x8)
    • Body Builders (x4)
    • Bear Crawl (20 yards)
    • Hand Release Merkins (x8)
    • Big Boys (x10)
  • North End Zone
    • Air Squats
    • Bobby Hurleys
    • Reverse Pickle Pounders
    • Good Mornings
    • Monkey Humpers
    • Holly Dolly
  • After 48 minutes of movements the pax had the opportunity to “Cash Out”!
    • Moby – Flower 3:26 (High Plank / Low Plank – Bring Sally up / Bring Sally Down)

  • Alcoa Football Field Playlist:
    • Guns N’ Roses – Welcome to the Jungle
    • Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train
    • Sam Tinnesz – Ready Set Let’s Go
    • Imagine Dragons – Whatever it Takes
    • AC/DC – Shoot to Thrill
    • Beastie Boys – Sabotage
    • Linkin Park – Wretches and Kings
    • Carrollton – Shelter
    • AC/DC – T.N.T.
    • Sam Tinnesz – Wolves
    • Eminem – Till I Collapse
    • Carrollton – Made for This
    • Papa Roach – Born for Greatness
    • Dropkick Murphys – I’m Shipping up to Boston
    • Logic & Rag’n’Bone Man – Broken People
    • Metallica – For Whom the Bell Tolls
    • Moby – Flower

25 Pax!
What kinda “ripples” are you creating?  I spoke to the pax about the rock hitting the pond and the ripple effect.  Be a positive ripple in this world!

Luck of the Draw


Shoulder Shredders x 20 IC
Air Squats x 20 IC
Merkins x 10 IC
Mosey through the park stopping periodically to pull 4 random cards. Shuffle and repeat.
LBC X 10
Side Crunch x 10
Repeat for 5 minutes
10 men embraced the chaos of life.
Embrace the chaos life brings. Let it roll over you and see where it takes you. Sometimes chaos is good and sometimes not so good. Regardless, it stimulates character growth. Variety is the spice of life.

Stairway to Heaven (If Heaven Is Monkey Humpers)

THE SCENE: Low 30’s. Distinct lack of rain.

25x SSH IC
15x TN Rocking Chair IC
5x Cherry Pickers IC
10x Hindurkins IC
Calfkiller (5 sets of 20 calf raises, punctuated with 25%, 50%, 75%, and AYG runs across the parking lot)


Mosey through the parking lots toward Success Drive entrance.
Stop at steep hill for 7’s: Burpees and Squat Jumps.
Audible after the first trip up the hill… There’s seeding and landscap netting up there!
Mosey on around to a clear hill and continue with 7s

Continue mosey to the Success Drive entrance, Al Gore for the 6 and then 10 Merkins OYO

Head across the street to the alley and stairway behind the strip mall.
Partner up, one PAX at the top, one at the bottom.
Partner at top starts exercise, partner at bottom runs up the stairs and immediately back down.
At the bottom, call for battle buddy by name and do reps of exercise until battle buddy completes stair run and calls.
Stick with same exercise until Q calls out next exercise, at which time upper and lower PAX swap places.
Monkey Humpers
8-count Body Builders

Head back toward the AO…

Stop in front of the Zaxby’s in a well-lit area
Line up on the sidewalk facing the restaurant – 15x 4ct Monkey Humpers IC!

Back across the street… Hey, there’s a pile of bricks! Everyone grab 2 for some impromptu shoulder work!

Finally back to the AO

Just enough time to row our boats gently down the stream a few times…
12 PAX killed it today!
So yesterday had quite a few instances of suck. Nothing awful, but kinda one of those days. Late leaving the house because we had to prep for a last-minute showing. Got a call from Doggy Camp that the dog has diarrhea and needs to go to the vet. Leave work and go sit at the vet for a couple hours. Turns out she’s contagious and can’t go back for a week, so there goes my lunch for the next week. Take her home, back to work, stay late, come home, clean up diarrhea…

I say all that not to have a pity party for me, but to point out kind of how minor all that stuff is in the big picture… However, the biggest suck turned out to be my attitude. I was convicted by something I saw on Facebook of all places. Just a little platitude on a cloud background, but it was appropriate, and it rang true: You can’t always choose your circumstances, but you CAN always choose how you react to them. I had reacted poorly. Selfishly. I didn’t come out and blow up in some way I would regret later, but I just seethed away inside. It’s pride. It’s sin. And it just eats away at your soul, taking your eyes off the mark.

So don’t let things control you. Take control. Choose how you react when the crap hits the fan (or splatters on the wall, as the case may be).

Bittersweet Q this morning… It’s great to lead a great group of HIMs, but hate that the opportunity came at Bagger’s expense. Speedy recovery to you, Sir!
Town of Farragut Shamrock Ball (father/daughter).
Official launch coming up for the Quacken (Fountain City) coming March 1