F3 Knoxville

CMUesday @ The Project

THE SCENE: Bitter 24 degrees with wind. Just mean…
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Done. With cell phone just in case any of us were to freeze and fall over.
WARM-O-RAMA: heck yeah – lots of warm-o-rama…

  1. 15 SSH – 4ct, IC
  2. 15 Tempo Squat – 4ct, IC
  3. 10 Iron Mikes (each leg, 2 ct) – OYO
  4. High Knees running in place – 30 seconds
  5. 5 Burpees – OYO
  6. 10 Arm Circles (both directions)
  7. 10 Moroccan Nightclub – IC
  8. 10 Overhead Clap – IC
  9. 8 Tempo Merkins – 4ct, IC
  10. 8 Merkins – 4ct, IC
  11. 8 Cherry Pickers – 4 ct, IC
  12. 8 Project Motivators – IC
  13. Pick up CMU, mosey to Friendship Bell


CMU Work @Friendship Bell: 20 bicep curls, 20 overhead press, 20 tricep extensions, 20 squats, 20 BBS w/CMU (2 ROUNDS) – Take CMUs, mosey to K-2(5)

Doras @K-25: Partner 1 starts on 50 Burpees, 75 BBS, 100 merkins, 200 squats (all without CMU) while Partner 2 starts on Sprints w/CMU up the hill. Switch off with partner until rep count is complete. Mosey back to Shovel Flag. Whew!

PAX Choice: Freddy Mercury, and Little Baby Flutter Kicks – Finished for time.

4-STRONG: Erector, Kickflip, Chaco, and me, Snaggletooth.

God, Touch Our Hearts (John Piper)
Saul went to his house at Gibeah; and the valiant men whose hearts God had touched went with him. (1 Samuel 10:26)
Just think of what is being said in this verse. God touched them. Not a wife. Not a child. Not a parent. Not a counselor. But God.
The One with infinite power in the universe. The One with infinite authority and infinite wisdom and infinite love and infinite goodness and infinite purity and infinite justice. That One touched their heart.
How does the circumference of Jupiter touch the edge of a molecule? Let alone penetrate to its nucleus?
The touch of God is awesome because it is a touch. It is a real connection. That it involves the heart is awesome. That it involves God is awesome. And that it involves an actual touch is awesome.
The valiant men were not just spoken to. They were not just swayed by a divine influence. They were not just seen and known. God, with infinite condescension, touched their heart. God was that close. And they were not consumed.
I love that touch. I want it more and more. For myself and for all of you. I pray that God would touch me anew for his glory. I pray that he would touch us all.
O for the touch of God! If it comes with fire, so be it. If it comes with water so be it. If it comes with wind, let it come, O God. If it comes with thunder and lightning, let us bow before it.
O Lord, come. Come that close. Burn and soak and blow and crash. Or still and small, come. Come all the way. Touch our hearts.

There is something about the phrase “the valiant men whose hearts God had touched” that inspires me, and rouses a hunger in me. I have found myself in this new year more hungry for a deeper, more powerful, intimate closeness with God. I believe it’s the natural consequence of F3 and my purity group, and what God is doing in my family and church. At the beginning of the year, I felt God give me the word FOCUS. Makes me wonder about what this year will be like. Whatever else 2020 may bring, this hunger for greater friendship with God is a worthy and holy pursuit.

Talking about expanding The Project to include Thursdays and Saturdays – possibly another bootcamp, perhaps with more running while Tuesday with more reps/weights, or vice versa. Saturday option would be trail running with pain stations. EHing our local guys to jump in to The Project. Need more commitment for Qs as well as handing off shovel flag to an Oak Ridge local.

F3 Morristown Launch in April! And Hardship Hill coming up in May!

Prayer Lessons ITG

Prayer Lessons ITG

Everyone knows the drill.  The alarm goes off, you get dressed, drive to the AO, put in work, name-o-Rama, pray. Rinse and repeat.

Pray.  Hmmm, that one stands out.

What I have seen and learned in my time at F3 is that we as men need male bonding, that is no surprise, but we also need God, and we need prayer. The male bonding part is easy, and I can honestly say my closest friends of all time are men I’ve met in the gloom. They’ve helped me grow, as a man and in my faith.  Many of them might not know it, but it wasn’t just going through the motions, it is how they live life, and how they pray. To see how they have walked with God is truly an inspiration.

No one ever said life was easy, and the men at DogPound have seen all the bad, divorce, overdose, car accidents, death, sick kids, sick wives, job loss, and most recently the ongoing battle with cancer. There has also been much joy to combat the bad which is always a blessing. However, what has stayed with me is how these men through everything good and bad, has been to pray.  Prayer has been a focal point in everyone of those situations. Praying together in gloom.  Praying alone about those in need.  A text message or post requesting prayer.  A reminder to pray for someone. Day to day through adversity, celebration, and whatever comes their way, they remain calm and steadfast not only in their actions, their undying trust in God,  their support of one another, but in how they pray.

I wanted to share because prayer hits home for me.  My biggest fear about leading my first Q wasn’t the exercises, cadence, not even the public speaking.  But public praying?  Well that’s not my thing. I’ll be the first to admit even now when I pray it still isn’t fancy. I’m not eloquent like Junk or La-z-boy.  I don’t have Bible verses come to me during prayer.  I still say “uh” a lot, and there are lots of awkward pauses. I’m basically still one step above the old faithful “Now I lay me down to sleep…”.  For me, I know I have never left the BOM thinking “dude, I rocked that prayer”.  But truthfully the men in my Wolfpack have taught me that doesn’t even matter.  What I’ve seen is that it’s not about how you pray, where you pray, what you pray, but it is to just to pray. Just pray. Taking time to speak with God. Thanking him for all that He has given you, good and bad, and then laying your joys and concerns at His feet.  Submitting, asking, and allowing for His plan for our lives.

I believe God always answers prayers. Always. It might not be the answer we want, and it might not be when we want it, but He answers. He opens doors while closing others. And because of that He just wants us to pray.

It took me a long time to understand that, and I am thankful for these men who have helped me.

“pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17


We have a date!

April 18th 2020 will be the date for the third annual F3 lead Hardship Hill Team Obstacle Course Race to benefit Operation Enduring Warrior.

The third installment of this challenging race will have all new, bigger, better, and muddier obstacles as well as new divisions to compete in. A solo division, teen division, and possibly team size divisions.

Each F3 Knoxville AO will be assigned the duties of developing, building and installing one incredible obstacle on the course. The bigger and tougher the better! Which AO will have the best one??? We shall see. An award will go to the AO with the best obstacle.

We are also planning a more festive environment surrounding the race with an after party on the lake with a live band and food. It’s going to big!

What we need from you is to spread the word, recruit people to participate and get sponsors to be a part of this event for our nations wounded veterans.

See you in April!!!

2nd Annual Hardship Hill Obstacle Course race

For the second year in a row, F3 Knoxville is hosting  The Hardship Hill Team Obstacle Course Race ON MAY 18, 2019  to benefit Operation Enduring Warrior.
The races consist of teams with 2-8 members taking turns running a 2-mile loop filled with 25 obstacles over grass, dirt and mud. We have 5-hour and 10-hour options where the goal is to get as many laps completed by your team as possible within the allotted time. With the success of the 2018 race, we are expecting more than 200 participants with many bringing their families to support them. We will also have a shorter 1-mile kids race to kick things off the day of the race at 9:00 a.m. The race will be held again in beautiful Kingston, Tennessee at Fort Southwest Point Park overlooking the lake.  For more information about the race or to register go to www.dirtybirdevents.com/hardship-hill-ocr OR checkout our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hardshiphillocr