F3 Knoxville

Serenity Now!

THE SCENE: Low 90s… again…

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER  Check!  Still not a professional.  Shame spiral…


– 25 SSH (4ct, IC), 20 Moroccan Nightclubs (4 ct, IC), 15 Windmills (4 ct, IC), 10 Imperial Squats (4 ct, IC), 5 PCMBs (12ct, OYO)


  • Mosey down Roadshow Run to close to the base of Everest, in a shady spot. EVEREST PYRAMID :
    • Do the exercise, then run 1/3 way up Everest 5 times. Exercises will be the following (all single count)
      • 20 Iron Mikes
      • 20 Iron Mikes, 20 Mountain Climbers
      • 20 Iron Mikes, 20 Mountain Climbers, 20 Merkins
      • 20 Mountain Climbers, 20 Merkins
      • 20 Merkins
  • MOSEY to Intersection of Trail and perimeter road (all 4-ct, IC).
    • 20 American Hammers
    • 20 Flutter Kicks
    • 20 Bicycle Kicks
  • MOSEY to stop sign at northeast corner of Admin building drive.
    • 20 American Hammers
    • 20 Flutter Kicks
    • 20 Bicycle Kicks
  • DORAS: Partner 1 Bernie Sanders to end of Guard Rail, then runs to tree, 3 Burpees for extra credit, then runs back. Partner does the following:
    • 100 Big Boy sit-ups
    • 100 Bobby Hurleys
    • 100 Merkins

No time.
8 Strong.

Ronald Niebuhr: Niebuhr was one of America’s leading public intellectuals for several decades of the 20th century and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964. Graduated from Elmhurst College, which was in the town I grew up in in Illinois and where my dad taught for 35 years.  He was a public theologian; he wrote and spoke frequently about the intersection of religion, politics, and public policy.  He was also one of the founders of the theory of Christian realism, which had three biblical presumptions: 1) the sinfulness of humanity, 2) the freedom of humanity, and 3) the validity and seriousness of the Great Commandment, which was a combination of two Bible verses that expressed the requirements to Love Thy Lord With All Thy Heart, AND, Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself. These form the core of the Christian lifestyle.  He also believed in the importance of balance of power and political responsibility.

Niebuhr believed that the perfection of the Kingdom of God cannot be realized on earth because of a corrupt society and the innate sins of man. Human perfectibility is an illusion. How can there be heaven on earth when there is so much corruption, poverty, etc.?  This was not a man who wore rose tinted glasses.  He saw the flaws and sins of humans both politically and in society, and he realized that although we should always do our best to contribute to solutions, that the imperfections of humanity would never allow paradise during our mortal lives. He is credited with writing the Serenity Prayer, which has always connected with me.


God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.


Prayers for several PAX and their family members who are going through challenging times.

Pax in a Box

THE SCENE: Perfect! Clear and 62*

SSH X 20, Tempo Squats x 10, Tempo Merkins x10

  • Mosey to Church w weight- 20 overhead presses
  • Mark out imaginary 4ft Box for 11’s w Burpees/BBS, 7’s w Curls/Lunges, 7’s w Triceps/Squats,
  • Run two Laps around parking lot
  • Mosey to Street- using stripes on street Lunge to stripe do 3 Merkins at every stripe, bear crawl up hill w 3 Merkins at every stripe to top, bear crawl back down hill
  • Mosey w weight to trailer and drop weight
  • Mosey to Church parking lot Circle up for Ring of Fire on your six. Pass jagged pills and do American Hammer while holding Boat position. Pass jagged pills while holding leg lifted position and doing over head Arm extensions w pills.

American Hammer, Tempo Hello dollys X 10 Tempo Box Cutter’s x 15 Tempo BBS x 10
Use the TAGS on right-side to record PAX (BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOURSELF) in attendance. Be sure to select the AO in CATEGORY above TAGS and then delete these notes!
Never under estimate the EH-Emotional/Eternal Headlock. It takes persistence to get some guys out. If it wasn’t for High Heels staying on me I wouldn’t be here. Keep up the EHing it’s how we grow!
Extra prayer goes out to Half Caff and Veggie with Jobs, Life, and family.
Keep up the good work with Iron Pax Challenge, get ready for Brolympics

Second Truck Stop PM – 9/11 Hills n Heat

THE SCENE: Clear sky, hot

SSH – 20 IC

Baby Arm Circles Thumbs up, 10 IC

BAC Thumbs down, 10 IC

Windmills 10 IC

Cherry Pickers 10 IC

Robot Walk In Place 16 IC

Mosey up Sidewalk to Tape Mark

  • Nickel, Dime Quarter -between tape marks Merkins, then Squats, Then Flutter Kicks
  • Mosey Counterclockwise around lower ball diamond to hill by bathrooms on east side of park
  • 9’s – Bench Dips @ concrete wall then run down hill and do BBS
  • Mosey slowly Counter clockwise around lower ball diamond to small hill near AO parking lot
  • Set 1- 20 LBC at bottom then BEar Crawl to top, 20 Merkins, run to bottom
  • Set 2- 20 Plank Jacks, then Bernie to top, 20 Iron Mikes (10 eachleg), run to bottom
  • Set 3- 20 Squats, then lunge up hill, 20 Hello Dolly (4 ct)
  • Rinse and repeat, but run up hill
  • Mosey Clock wise around ball field to concrete steps
    • 5 step ups, then 10, then 15
  • Sloow mosey to end of parking lot and return to AO

20 American Hammers 4 CT IC

Discussion about 9/11- how everyone who lost their lives or were involved in the events of the day started the day thinking it was another day. Regular people did amazing things, too many stories to list.

From CNN:
Nineteen men hijacked four fuel-loaded US commercial airplanes bound for west coast destinations. A total of 2,977 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The attack was orchestrated by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
The Victims:
At the World Trade Center (WTC) site in Lower Manhattan, 2,753 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were intentionally crashed into the north and south towers, or as a result of the crashes.
At the Pentagon in Washington, 184 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.
Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 40 passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died when the plane crashed into a field. It is believed that the hijackers crashed the plane in that location, rather than their unknown target, after the passengers and crew attempted to retake control of the flight deck.
As of July 2019, 1,644 (60%) of 2,753 WTC victims’ remains have been positively identified, according to the medical examiner’s office.

All the stories of the affected people and heros are important – here are a few:


One hero was a man named Rick Rescorla, a retired US Army officer who got a job as director of security for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter (previously Dean Witter). He’d anticipated air attacks due to the vulnerable nature of the building, and pleaded with the firm to find a new office space. Because that wasn’t an option due to lease agreements, Rescorla enforced regular drills so employees knew how to evacuate in case of an emergency.On 9/11 Rescorla was supposed to be home, but was covering for a co-worker. He is responsible for saving 2,700 people, singing inspirational songs into a megaphone while escorting people in and out of the building. Sadly, Rescorla did not make it out that day; however, his memory lives on through the Rick Rescorla Memorial and a book written by his wife, Touched By A Hero: A 9/11 Widow’s Journal of Love & Legacy.


The only female NYPD officer to lose their life in 9/11, Moira Smith was known for her intense dedication to being a police officer. According to NYPD Angels this was her second time risking her life in an extremely disastrous situation to help others. The first was during a 1991 subway crash in Union Square, which she survived and received the Police Department’s Distinguished Duty Medal for. Sadly, the second situation on 9/11 Smith did not survive, though she was seen selflessly saving others.

On 9/11 she became known as the woman with the flashlight who helped prevent mass hysteria and the blocking of exits. She saved hundreds of lives by directing people out of the South Tower and encouraging people to “Don’t look down; Keep Moving.” There is even a famous photograph of Smith heroically leading a bloodied businessman to safety, and an account written by another man she saved.


Another hero on 9/11 was Welles Remy Crowther, known by the people he saved as the young man with the red bandana, which he’d used to cover his nose and mouth to protect against smoke and debris. Crowther had been a volunteer firefighter as a teenager, and during 9/11 was working as an equities trader on the 104th floor of the South Tower. When the chaos ensued Crowther took charge to move groups out of the building, going back in numerous times.He saved over 15 lives, though lost his own. His memory lives on through the Welles Remy Crowther Trust, and his red banana can be seen at the 9/11 Museum.

Key points –

  1. be ready every day to do what you can to help and act – as F3 leaders we need to be ready for anything

2. you do not know what God has planned for you, each day is a gift from God

Proverbs 27:1

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring
Pray for Junk’s wife, Garret’s family and Carol who will be having heart surgery on Monday
CSAUP run on saturday

Make the Ultimate HC Joshua 24:15

THE SCENE: Hot! 86* and clear

Tempo SSH SEALCLAPS x 13 , Tempo Squats x 13, Tempo Merkins x 13, Tempo BBS X 13


  • Mosey with heavy log four people carrying, others carrying 25 lb weight, stop along the way do 10 log/weight lifts in cadence
  • First station at concrete bleachers  do three box jumps per step x 3 run to top of hill do 1 Burpee, back down hill RR 2 Burpees, RR 3 Burpees, up to 7 Burpees
  • Mosey back to AO switching and doing lifts along the way
  • Next Station 99 Problems- but the # is 50 reps per exercise: Curls w 25lb x 50 Run Hill, Presses w bricks x 50 Run Hill, Triceps w 25lb x 50 Run Hill, Flies w bricks x 50 Run Hill, 50x Hammer Thrusts Run Hill
  • Mosey to next station, With Battle Buddy run around cones opposite direction. When meet do patty cake Merkins for two laps, then do patty cake BBS for two laps

Tempo Hello Dolly x 10 , Tempo Flutter kicks x 10, Tempo Box Cutter’s x 10, LBCs for last minute

Use the TAGS on right-side to record PAX (BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOURSELF) in attendance. Be sure to select the AO in CATEGORY above TAGS and then delete these notes!
Make the ultimate Hard Commit (HC) Joshua 24:15 As for me and My House We will worship the Lord! There are consequences for allowing Idols to control your life. I shared my testimony about putting other things first over my marriage and God and the consequence was divorce. Learn what your Wife’s Love Language is and act on it. 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman is a recommended book.


prayers for Simba (Rob Posey) and his Wife who is undergoing surgery, Garret’s Family and Mr Rogers ( Scott Jablonski), and Junk(Sam Yoakum’s) wife

Iron Pax Challenge

Supporting Our Bros

THE SCENE: Sunny and hot, temps in low 90’s.

20 Side-Straddle Hops, 10 Plank Position Sky Reaches, 10 Rockettes, 10 Baby to Wide Arm Circles Forward, 10 Baby to Wide Arm Circles Backward, 10 Cherry Pickers.


Mosey to Stop Sign at Southeast Corner of Admin Bldg.  Go to road and down hill on east side of road.  We will do elevens starting with 1 Big Boy Sit-up on bottom of hill and 10 Squat Jumps on top.

Mosey to grassy area across street from water plant bldg.  There will be four cones set up.  We will do the following exercises at each cone in sequence and move between cones as listed:

  • Cone 1:  1.  20 Smurf Jacks.  2.  20 Plank Jacks  3.  20 Sky Jacks (Bernie Sanders to Cone 2)
  • Cone 2:  1.  20 Hand Release Merkins.  2. 20 Carolina Dry Docks.  3. 20 Diamond Merkins.  (Bear Crawl to Cone 3)
  • Cone 3:  1.  20 American Hammers 4 count.  2.  20 Hello Dollies 4 Count.  3. 20 Flutter Kicks 4 Count.  (Sprint to Cone 4)
  • Cone 4:  1. 10 Shoulder Taps each shoulder.  2.  10 Mountain Climbers 4 count.  3. 10 Iron Mikes 4 count  (Bear Crawl to Cone 1)

Mosey to Area 51.  We will run up hill, stopping to do 5 Burpees at each of four landmarks, the last being the tree by the road that goes back to the Admin Bldg. Parking Lot.  We will then do 20 Bicycle Kicks at the top of the road.

Mosey to Bat House.  We will go down stairs and do 15 Baby Crunches at bottom of stairs.  We then run to piney area near top of Mt. Everest and do 15 more Baby Crunches.  We then run up to the Summit of Mt. Everest and do 15 more Baby Crunches.  Finally, we run back to Bat House and do 15 Baby Crunches.

Mosey to AO.


20 Right side crunches and 20 Left side crunches

Nine men, no FNG’s.
A friend of mine who lives near Chattanooga sent me an awesome article from the Labor Day edition of the Times Free Press of Chattanooga.  The article talked about our F3 brothers in that community.  The link to the article is attached below.  The article meant a great deal to me for several reasons:

  • Us Knoxville guys helped start the first AO in Chattanooga.
  • Our brothers are doing great things in that community.  They now have eight workout groups there.
  • The article discusses how across the United States feelings of social isolation and loneliness are increasing according to the American Psychological Association.
  • The article discussed how one study, published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science found social isolation to have the same risk factors for death as obesity.
  • The article talks about how F3 helps men to be more fit but also breaks up the patterns among men of isolation and loneliness.
  • The article talks about how the Faith component of F3 gets men to think about things greater than the individual and think of ways to improve the community.

Here it the link to the article:  https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2019/sep/02/inside-mens-groabout-more-just-exercise/502599/.

Prayers for Jinxy who has been found to have some matter around his heart, for Simba’s wife who has heart surgery tomorrow, and for Mr. Roger’s and his family who lost their son, Garrett.
Funeral for Garrett this Sunday.