F3 Knoxville

Go Diego Go!

THE SCENE: Rainy, wet, too warm for February
10 – Cherry Pickers, 15 – Rockettes, 10 – Windmills, 10 – Merkins OYO

Mosey to large West parking lot.

Belch across the parking lot stopping on every parking row for 5 tempo merkins. Wait for 6 to finish and sprint to the next line. 8 rows covered in total.

Mosey to the coupon pile and partner up. Each team grabbed one CMU and headed to the maintenance parking lot for some fun.

Dora’s cousin Diego made an appearance. Each team completed the following:

  • 100 – Merkins
  • 150 – CMU Overhead Press
  • 200 – LBC
  • 250 – CMU Curls
  • 300 – CMU Squats

One HIM performed the exercises while their battle buddy completed suicides across the parking lot with three stops. The PAX went above and beyond my expectations and knocked out Diego with minutes to spare.

Mosey back to the AO.

No time. Diego was a beast.

7 HIMs didn’t let a little rain scare them away. No FNGs
IWhen faced with a problem that seems insurmountable, take a step back and attack it one piece at a time. As Booster said, “You eat an elephant one bite at a time.” Don’t doubt your abilities when faced with trials in life, use those trials to grow and you will be better for it.
Shoutout to Judge Judy for joining me on the pre-ruck and to Erector for knocking out a pre-run. Bagger has gotten word that his job in Atlanta is finally coming through and he will be moving in the coming month. It will be sad to see him move on, but we’re all excited for him as well.
The CSAUP is this Saturday at the Bomb Shelter. Start time is 6am and projected finish is 10-10:15am.


THE SCENE: Mid 60’s

Partner slingshot run to Suckmore.
P1 jogs while P2 does 4 squats and sprints to catch.
Going down the ladder
Round 1
10 Pull-ups
Run up Suckmore past cone
10 Merkins
Reduce by 1 rep each time
Round 2
10 Dry Docks
Bernie up
10 Monkey Humpers on 4-count
Reduce by 1 rep each time
Mosey back to grinder
No time.
11 men.
Bring a good attitude to all you do and you can change the mood of a whole room. Applies to your household, workplace or even out in the COT.

surf and turf ruck

THE SCENE: 52* and rainy, great day to build some character

Gear inspection and move out, no warm up here.  Gear included: all ruckers with rucks at challenge weight + water, one 60 pound sandbag (Irene), one 80 pound sandbag (Black Betty).  Ruck up and move to Emerald Youth soccer fields.

Quick warm up there:
Tempo squats
BAC forward
Chinooks (or Sudokus)

Workout began with pushup and situp test from APFT/Heavy PT test.  Partner up and hold each other’s feet, then fist on the ground for pushups while partner performs 2 minutes max pushups and 2 minutes max situps.  PAX to try to remember and see how they improve after 2 month winter challenge from Charity Challenges.

Next was to dine on some surf and turf, stolen from Brickyard workout A-Rod posted last week.

  • 100 yard bear crawl
  • Take a break with 5 rounds of Amazon complex with 60 pound sandbag
  • 100 yard crab walk (this was funnnn)
  • Another break with 5 more rounds of Amazon complex (burpee over bag, strict curl, clean, squat, press toss to next man)

Ruck up and move back towards start point.

Once back at start point for false finish, take sandbags off shoulders and hold them in front for some extra distance carries.  Basically walking and kicking the sandbag while smoking already toasty shoulders.  Trade out sandbags at even intervals.

No time for Mary, which was nice since it was soaking wet (though we already were too).

4 weirdos: Swanson, Pfeiffer, Amazon, Abort


THE SCENE: 54 degrees and Rainy

SSH x 25 IC

Team Mosey

BRICK workout completed. Run Hill/Parking Lot between each set of reps.

  • Burpees 2-4-6-8-10, 10-8-6-4-2 (Hill)
  • Rocky Balboas 2-4-6-8-10, 10-8-6-4-2 (Parking Lot)
  • Incline Merkins 2-4-6-8-10, 10-8-6-4-2 (Hill)
  • Capt. Thor’s 2-4-6-8-10, 10-8-6-4-2 (Parking Lot)
  • King Kong Thrusters 2-4-6-8-10, 10-8-6-4-2 (Hill)

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F3 BRICK: A single habit or act that is advantageous to you and others! We had 2 FNGs this morning! Welcome “Special Delivery” and “Tide”!
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Death Shall Die

THE SCENE: Sunny and pleasant, temps in upper 60’s

20 Side Straddle Hops, 10 Rockettes, 10 Temp Squats, 10 Windmills, 10 Little Baby Arm Circles Forward and Backward
Mosey to new restroom area by new parking lot.  We will do Pickett’s Charge to Admin Bldg.  Those finishing first circle back to retrieve their brothers.  We will next do 20 heel lifts regular, 20 with toes in, and 20 with toes out on the steps of the Admin Bldg.  We will next Bernie Sanders to roadway.

Mosey to dragon tail sidewalk and down to where cone is set up for Route 66.  We will do Route 66 up the dragon tail with the following exercises:

  • Squat Jumps
  • Dive Bombers
  • Imperial Walkers (four count)

Mosey to parking lot that is by entry way to Northern Ball Parks.  We will be running around corners, doing the following exercises:.  The corners show three sets of exercises because we will circle the parking lot three times.

  • Corner 1:  25 Merkins, 25 Diamond Merkins, 25 Carolina Drydocks
  • Corner 2:  (all of the following are 4 count) 20 Flutter Kicks, 20 American Hammers, 20 Hello Dollies
  • Corner 3:  (all are with CMU’s) 25 Overhead Presses, 25 Curls, 25 Rows
  • Corner 4:  25 Smurf Jacks, 25 Star Jumps, 25 Plank Jacks

Mosey back to AO.

Planks with reaches.
Twelve men, no FNG’s.


John Donne is an English Poet who lived in the 1500 and 1600’s.  He wrote a number of sonnets called his holy sonnets and his 10th holy sonnet is one of his famous ones that is now entitled “Death Be Not Proud.”  Donne, as a Christian, knows that, in God, he need not fear death.  In the first four lines (quatrain) he mocks death, saying that though some have called it mighty and dreadful, it cannot kill those it thinks it can overthrow, such as Donne.  In the second quatrain, Donne ironically praises death, noting that through it good men can finally rest from the suffering they face here on Earth.  In the third quatrain, Donne chastises death again, claiming it is a slave to “fate, chance, kings and desperate men.  How can death be proud when it only dwells within “poison, sickness and war?” In the final couplet of the sonnet, Donne delivers the final blow to death, turning death upside down.  Knowing that, through God, we who believe in Him shall live on into eternity, Donne points out the truthful irony:  once we die here on Earth, death no longer exists.  Once we die, death is no more – death dies!

Here is the beautiful sonnet.  Read it knowing that, through our faith in God, we need not fear death.  If we believe that God is eternal and that, through him, we live eternally, we have nothing to fear.

Holy Sonnets: Death, be not proud

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul’s delivery.
Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell’st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.


I Love Hate You, Man

THE SCENE: 50 or so. Hot and muggy. Also really dark, because clouds and new moon.

SSH x20
Windmill x15
CMU Hop-Over x20 OYO
Cherry Picker x8 IC
Round-the-blocks Merkins (1 lap)
Pass-the-CMU 1 round each direction


Mosey down around the outhouse and back up by the grassy area.

Pair up, one PAX does traveling exercise, other does specified reps of stationary exercise, then goes to relieve traveling PAX wherever they are. Alternate between the two stationary exercises until time called, then move on to the next Travel/Stationary grouping

Traveling Stationary
Bear Crawl w/ CMU 20 Curls
20 Tri Ext.
Crab Walk w/ CMU 20 Merkins
20 Big Boy Situps
Farmer Carry 2 CMU 20 Squats
20 Carolina Dry Docks
Blockee Broad Jump 5 8-Count Body Builders
20 Tri Ext.

Once more around the outhouse, then back up to the AO

Just enough time for 5 Pullover-situp-standup with CMU
12 Men today… All disciples I pray!
Just a practical word today for your health and those around you: wash your hands. 2.0 and half of her school are out sick….
I planned on running this Q up on the soccer field across the street, but it was so dark I couldn’t see the cones when they were 10 feet away.
Oh well… Whatever kind of grass that is near the AO smells pretty nice. I guess it’s whatever they put on there to cover up the odor of the dog excrement…
Thanks to Mayberry for today’s title. Definitely appreciated the “I love hate you right now, Waxjob” toward the end of the beatdown.
Signup for Hardship Hill!!!! (YHC too)
The Project AO launch in Oak Ridge was today… Tell your friends!

Ringing the B.E.L.L.S.

THE SCENE: Nice and crisp – feelin’ like a spring day!

  • 15 Baby Arm Circles – Reverse it
  • 25 SSH
  • 10 cherry pickers
  • 15 tempo squats
  • 10 tempo Merkins
  • 10 MTN climbers

Mosey on offer to the hill near the ‘ol Chocolate Factory, grab a partner and tackle the Burp Back Mountain.  100 total burpees.  While one partner does burpees the other sprints to the top of the hill, turns, and runs back.

Mosey over to the stairs beneath the glorious wig housing Big Ball and get ready for Elevens!  Start at the bottom of the stairs with 10 squats, run to the top, and perform 1 8-count bodybuilder.  Run back down the stairs for 9 squats, run up, 2 8-count bodybuilders… Keep going until 1 squat and 10 8-count bodybuilders.

Mosey over to the bridge beyond the big pond. Make your way across with Lt. Dans. Lt Dans = Lunge with right leg, lunge with left, squat… Repeat until halfway down.  Turn and mosey back towards the AO.  Stop just underneath the Big Ball and SPRINT back to the AO.

  • Burpback
  • Elevens
  • Lunge
  • Lunge
  • Sprint

= B.E.L.L.S.

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Joan Cronan was the Athletic Director for the Lady Vols and worked with Pat Summit to help oversee much of the women’s athletics program’s success.  I once saw her give a talk about ensuring that every day you ring your B.E.L.L.S.  The B.E.L.L.S. are

  • Bible
  • Exercise
  • Learn
  • Letter of gratitude
  • Special project

These are daily habits that help ensure a well rounded and focused mind. Spend time in the Word, take care of your body daily, learn something new (as simple as a new word), let someone know you are grateful for them (read Ephesians 1:16 – pray for them by name), and take 5 minutes to straighten a junk drawer or toss old food out. That few minutes of chipping away at a bigger thing helps you eat the elephant one bite at a time.

CSAUP with the Bombshelter on Saturday! On a personal plug: fundraising pint night at Elkmont Exchange on Wed for Cystic Fibrosis 5-9pm

Monkey humpers are way better than squats

THE SCENE: 39 maybe

SSH x50 on the 4ct IC

merkins x10 on the 4 IC

Peter Parkers x10 on the 4 IC

monkey humpers x10 on the 4 IC

repeat, merkins, peter parkers, MH


  • Mosey to Wax Job Hill for 11s. start with 10 Monkey humpers at the bottom, Bernie up and do 1 BBS
  • Mosey to the church parking lot, stopping 2 times for Rocky balboas on the curb (20 -4ct IC)
  • At the church parking lot, bear crawl and do one merkin at each line, maybe 15-20 lines, then crawl bear back doing merkins at each line.
  • jog/sprints x4 the whole parking lot
  • Indian run back to the AO and stop by the play ground
  • music and cones! 4 cones to make one big box. With Chumbawumba playing, do SSH and when they say “I get knocked down” do a broad jump burpee to each cone. the key was to broad jump good enough to make it around the cones before the song was finished. Usually, you SSH/burpee in place the whole song but not this time. it pays to be a winner!

Merkins x10 IC

Peter parkers x10 IC

Monkey humpers x10

Black Jack – 20 big boys/ 1 superman alternating arm/leg lift. We got to around 11 and 10

cashed out with ATMs
11 pax
Ecclesiastes 4:9-1
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Nightmare after the Super Bowl

THE SCENE: Cool and crisp. Nice morning.

BAC x10 IC
Little bit of…
Sumo Shoulders x10 IC
Tempo Squats x10 IC
Merks 4ct x10 IC
5 Bodybuilders IC

Shoulder Shredder – 100 4ct OH Claps

Approach big hill near AO start. Going uphill: Bear crawl 12 paces, crawl bear 6 paces. Repeat until reaching the top

Mosey down to new lots.

Escalator using 4 corners: Perform exercises at Corner 1, run lap, Corner 1 + Corner 2, run lap, keep building for 4 corners
Corner 1: 10x Bodybuilders, 10x Merkins
Corner 2: 10x Bodybuilders, 10x Sit-up-ups
Corner 3: 10x Bodybuilders, 10x Crab Cakes
Corner 4: 10x Bodybuilders, 10x Angle Grinders

Mosey back to AO

Shoulder Shredder again

Discussed Jim Collins 20 mile march concept. Choose a goal and consistently move toward it instead of balls to the wall on good days and no movement at all on bad days. Apply this to the push-up/sit-up charity challenge and don’t get behind.  https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/whats-your-20-mile-march/ 

2nd F lunch Wednesday @ Jamaica Sunrise in Maryville
CSAUP at Bomb Shelter this Saturday

Fun on Crumpet

THE SCENE: 50s. Heat wave.

Squats 4-count x 15 IC
Merkins 4-count x 10 IC
Burpees x 5
Carry CMUs to Crumpet
Burpee Broad Jump
30 Curls
Bear Crawl
30 Tricep Extensions
Inch Worm Merkin
30 Bent Rows
Crawl Bear
30 Upright Rows
Lt Dan
30 Goblet Squats
Captain Thor w/ CMU 8:32
LBCs 1 minute
12 brave souls.
“A runner is a miser, spending the pennies of his energy with great stinginess, constantly wanting to know how much he has spent and how much longer he will be expected to pay. He wants to be broke at precisely the moment he no longer needs his coin.”

“What’s crucial is the need to override what your instincts are telling you to do (slow down, back off, give up), and the sense of elapsed time. Taking a punch without flinching requires self-control, but endurance implies something more sustained: holding your finger in the flame long enough to feel the heat; filling the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run.”

“In a wide variety of human activity, achievement is not possible without discomfort.”
– Alex Hutchinson Endure