F3 Knoxville

Bearway to turkey day

THE SCENE: 31* and clear, ready to pre-heat the oven

Side straddle hops x26 IC
Windmills x10 IC
Merkins x20 OYO
Tempo squats x10 IC
Mosey to the base of the big ball, two rounds of Cindy:

  • Pull ups x10
  • Merkins x20
  • Squats x30

PAX performs flutter kicks waiting on the 6.  Recover.  Mosey up steps and across bouncy bridge to parking lot across from Knoxville MEPS building.

There are 5 evenly spaced cones across the parking lot.  PAX perform bearway to heaven:
Bear crawl to first cone – 10 burpees – bear crawl back to start point
Bear crawl to second cone – 8 burpees – bear crawl back to start point
Bear crawl to third cone – 6 burpees – bear crawl back to start point
Bear crawl to fourth cone – 4 burpees – mosey back to start point
Bear crawl to fifth cone – 2 burpees – mosey back to start point
PAX perform flutter kicks, American hammers, and hello Dolly’s waiting on the 6. Recover and 10 count.

Short mosey to steps in front of Knoxville MEPS building. Two more rounds of modified Cindy (no pull ups)

  • Dips x10
  • Merkins x20
  • Squats x30

Mosey to hill at Walnut Street, PAX assemble at the bottom of the hill.  PAX perform 7’s on Walnut Street hill.  Starting with 6 jump squats, Bernie up the hill to cone, 1 derkin.  Lather rinse repeat.  PAX perform reverse crunches on hill waiting on 6.  Recover.

PAX mosey back towards SP, stopping about halfway back for Pfeiffer to take us on some black Friday shopping (multiple levels of plank holds).  Continue Mosey back to SP.

No time for Mary upon returning to SP
11 Turkeys strong, including 1 FNG.  Pfeiffer, A-Rod, Cheatsheet, Heisenburg, Scooter (FNG), G6, Swanson, Anchorman, Butterfly, Woodshack, Abort
Thankful for the opportunity to lead.  My task is to become a better leader, because I am present for the PAX as the PAX are present for me.


THE SCENE: 32 and frosty! Just right.

SSH x30 IC
Cossack Squat IC x8 each leg
TN Rocking Chairs x15 IC
Pickle Pusher Merkins x10 IC
Monkey Humpers 4ct x20 IC
LBAC x20 each way IC
Sundials 4ct x15 each leg IC
Pickle Pounders 4ct x20 IC

Throw off everything that hinders

Mosey to the hill between tennis courts and baseball field for 7’s (audibled from 11’s): Burpees and Squat-tuck-jumps.  Bernie up the hill, bear crawl down.

Mosey down the road around the outside of the ball field and back up to the Scrapyard for 1:5 ratio pull-ups to dips. Start with 1 pull-up, 5 dips all the way to 5 pull-ups, 25 dips.

Partner leg pushdowns x25 (each partner)

Crab walk all the way across the Grinder from the Scrapyard to the Pavalon, half-way forward, half-way backward.

  • 15 box jumps
  • 10 decline merkins (feet on the bench)
  • 10 box jumps
  • 5 decline merins (feet on the table top)
  • 5 box jumps
  • 10 Carolina Dry Docks

Regroup at the AO


  • Flutter Kicks x20 IC
  • Slutter kicks x15 IC
  • Row Your Boat x5 times thru song

11 PAX including 1 FNG: Travis Selkins – Spook! In town from DC, visiting FIL and BIL (Hammy and I-Beam)
Of course, today is Thanksgiving Day.  You’re going to hear a lot about being thankful for all of the blessings and good things in your life.  But just like the beatdown often sucks, hard times and difficulties come in life. It’s often hard to recognize as you’re in the middle of it, but Romans says that God works all things together for the good of those that love Him.  The first thing James says after his greeting is that we should count it joy when we encounter trials and hard times because it develops our faith.  So I encourage you as you think of the good things and give thanks, take time to look back at the tough things.  Look at how God has strengthened and grown you through those and give thanks for the tough things in your life.
Today’s beatdown was like roasting a turkey without putting foil on the drumsticks…. Legs were done and burnt way too early!
Holiday coffeteria at SBUX!

Planksgiving Feast

THE SCENE: 32 degrees with starry skies

Little Bit o’ This

Little Bit o’ That

Michael Phelps

5 burpees OYO

Smurf Jacks x 10 IC

Smurf Jacks at rapid cadence x 10 IC

Smurf Jacks at rapid cadence x 10 IC (again)
Mosey to the tennis courts to visit Crazy Aunt Sandy who likes to discuss politics at Thanksgiving lunch

Hold Al Gore for 10 ct. along base line, Bernie Sanders to opposite base line.

2 diamond merkins, Bernie Sanders back to original base line.

Rinse and repeat with 10, 20, 40, & 60 ct. Al Gore. Add 2 diamond merkins each time.

Break the PAX into three groups and head to the main course for Elevens at each of the following stations:


4ct LBCs at the bottom, single count Oblique Merkins at the top.


Round the Clock Merkins (12,3,6, &9 only) at the bottom, Carolina Dry Docks at the top


Narrow squats at the bottom, goblet squats w/ CMU at the top

If you finish early, get a second helping of your favorite portion!

Lean back in your recliner for 30 seconds. Change channels with right hand and then left hand.

Pickle Pounders x 15 IC


The following was paraphrased from this article:


Unlike most national holidays, Thanksgiving must be proclaimed each year by the President. George Washington made the first proclamation in 1789. He asked that Americans unite in thanks for “the peaceful and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government”.  Lincoln revived the tradition during the civil war when he asked Americans to give thanks “with one heart and one voice”.

President JFK wrote Proclamation 3560 which begins “Over three centuries ago, our forefathers in Virginia and Massachusetts, far from home in a lonely wilderness, set aside a time of thanksgiving”. He continues to indicate that they gave thanks for their safety, their fields, their children and “the love which bound them together”.

It is important to note that JFK wrote this to a divided nation. This was after the Bay of Pigs invasion, the first “military advisers” arriving in Vietnam, and only two months after the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, AL where the KKK murdered several African-American girls.

These transgressions largely parallel the atrocities that we see in the news today. Let’s try our best to step back from the trees and take a look around the forest. We have a democratic government that, despite its faults, ensures us incredible freedoms. We have running, potable water. A reliable power grid. Food to eat. A place to lay our head at nights that is warm and dry. There’s a lot to be thankful for, and we tend to overlook the most important ones.

It also worth nothing that Proclamation 3561 was written 19 days after JFK’s Thanksgiving proclamation. It was written by LBJ, denoting a day of mourning for JFK’s assassination. Take a break from your divisions today and be a strong leader, a good friend, and a warm light in a world that can often be dark and cold.

Smorgasbord of pain

THE SCENE: Actually quite nice around 43 degrees and clear. Warm up was quick

50 Jump Rope, around the world, 8s, halos, mosey around outhouse

The pre-Thanksgiving Smorgasbord

9 cones 20’ apart in a big L shape
1)Jump rope
2) Merican KB swings
3) Bent over rows
4) Goblet Squats
5) KB curls
6) BBS
7) KB cleans
8) Sumo High pulls
9) overhead press
Go 2 Rounds (qty of 25,15 except JR is always 100)
Drop KB at next cone and run or Bernie Sanders to end of cones and back to KB in a triangle pattern to do next exercise
Round 1 Running between Cones
Round 2 Bernie Sanders between cones

Flutter kicks x35, Box cutters x15, dead bugs

3 Bartman, Bueller, Tank

Been a tough week with the wife relations. Been fighting over stupid things and stress makes things worse. I thought to myself, it would be easier if I was on my own. BUT….she is “my own” she is part of me as my wife. Scripture reads:

“In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:28‬ ‭

“No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:29‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself….”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:33‬ ‭

So when I get frustrated with my wife, I’m really getting frustrated with myself. I need to take care of her as I would take care of me. I haven’t been doing that lately.

Small group but we got after it. There was a Frosty appearance as he rucked and did some PT off in the pound somewhere.

Tallest Tower Wins

THE SCENE:   Mid 30’s….cold!



  • SSH x 20
  • Burpees x 10
  • OH Press x 10
  • This/that stretch
  • Cherry Pickers


  1. Split into 2 teams.  Each team had 4-5 CMUs, 4-5 pee rocks, a 70lb kettlebell and an 87lb steel gas can.  Mosey/ruck as a team to the paved hill by the restaurant carrying all of the team’s weight.  Once we reached the hill it was time to build some towers.  Each team had to climb the hill with all of their weight.  Once at the top they could drop 1 item of the team’s choosing and perform 3 burpees as a group.  Then take everything else back down the hill where the group performed 5 squats with whatever weight you were holding at the time.  Rinse & repeat until all weights have been left at the top of the hill.   Teams competed to stack the weight at the top of the hill into the tallest tower possible….tallest tower wins!  All in all it was a pretty good workout….each team made 11 trips up the hill carrying different amounts of weight.
  2. Mosey/ruck everything back to the AO.
  3. Suicide lottery for the remaining time.  There was a bucket filled with exercises.   PAX choose a ticket lottery style and we do the exercise on the suicide course.  The following were chosen:
    • Bear crawls
    • Nose Wipers x 5
    • CMU squats x 10


  • 4 ct Flutter kicks holding CMU x 10
  • 4 ct Slutter kicks holding CMU x 10
  • Big Boys with CMU x 15
  • Peter Parker on the CMU

18 PAX:  Mayberry, Frosty, Sparky, Bowflex, Underhand, Zygote, Detention, Slide Rule, Flute Loop, Waxjob, Tank, Peach Fuzz, Booger, La-Z-Boy, Shooter, Smoker, Junk, Bartman


Ecclesiastes 4:12 talks about a chord of 3 strands and that it is not easily broken.  This is often talked about in light of marriage, which is absolutely correct.  We need a chord of 3 strands (husband, wife, Christ) to have the strength to endure all life throws at us.   But I believe the “3 strand” analogy also applies to other facets of our lives.  Friendships, work relationships, mentoring relationships…I could go on and on.   The question is:  are you allowing Christ to be a part of all of your relationships?  Are you squeezing him out so that there are only 2 strands, or are you letting him in to provide the strength of the 3rd strand?


  • Lots of travel this week…I hope everyone stays safe on the road and enjoys the Thanksgiving holiday!