F3 Knoxville

99 Problems with a Buddy!

THE SCENE: nice but a little humid

took 2 times to repeat the disclaimer that I made up. No one was really buying in the first time so we repeated it for good measure. After all, its a legal statement right?


jog across Parking lot x2, Millenial run x2, Millenial Sprint x2

Line up for ROckettes x20. Capn Crunch had some rebels with him and we were a little out of sync so we started over.

20 squats all together in a line, perfecto!! Well a little wavy but pretty good for 37 dudes doing squats together

circle up for Merkins x10 IC, Monkey humpers x10 IC, and 10 Body builders OYO
99 Problems with a buddy

  • 99 star jacks
  • Run a 1/4 mile lap(roughly)
  • 99 merkins
  • Run a lap
  • 99 squats
  • run a lap
  • 99 Mtn climbers
  • Run a lap
  • 99 LBC
  • Run a lap
  • 99 CDD
  • Run a lap

For the guys that finished first, they partnered up with the guys that had not finished. As they partners , each pax counted their reps toward the 99 needed(Like DORAs) Once the said exercise was completed, the buddies ran the hill instead of a lap. Pretty much all pax ended up running the hill regardless of partnering up or not. Plunger helped me finish my Dry docks and he pushed me to sprint up the hill. Thanks Buddy!

Hello DOllys x10 IC

Boat, Catamaran, canoe

Flutters x10 IC

Side tri rises x10 IC
37 buddys gettin work done!
What is the mission of F3? To Plant, Grow, and serve small workout groups to invigorate male community leadership! Well, based on that and what I read on the survey,most guys don’t want to Q because they feel uncomfortable , I think F3 is a huge success in Knoxville but we can do better to invigorate male community leadership. We buddy up, yes. We push our selves physically, yes, but how much are we really pushing our brothers to be leaders in our community?

Well, if you look at the F3 nation website, it gives 10 things a new guy should know. #5 says Q a workout. By leading workout, it enables you to lead your peers. Lets all be more proactive in getting more men to Q, If you brought an FNG out and he has been posting on a regular basis, get him to Q. We need more positive peer pressure for guys to Q! Anybody can do it. If I can do it, anyone can!

I have Q’d several times. I like to Q and I like to sign up, BUT I get a lot of anxiety the night before and sometimes doubt myself. So why do I Q? I do it to challenge myself and get out of my comfort Zone. I am certainly good at one on one situations but put me in front of a bunch of my peers, men I look up to and respect tremendously and I get a bit of stage fright. I guess what I am saying is, if I can do it, so can you. If you have anxiety about leading a workout, then I think you should JUMP IN and Q! The only way we can get better is to do things we are not so good at. WHY did I or any F3 pax join F3? Well, we were looking for something different. Now that we are in F3 and for those that have been in F3 for a while, we need to evolve as the leaders we are meant to be. We need to put our big boy pants on and embrace the things we are not so comfortable with. More or less, Embrace the Suck or become a stale fish!

Hardship Hill this weekend!

11 is the magic number

THE SCENE: 47* – perfect weather

Arm circles forward x11
Arm circles reverse x11
Calf raises x11
Imperial squat walkers x11
SSH x22
Mosey over to amphitheater.  PAX line up along the edge of the stage.  Perform exercises with no rest between.

  • Side step ups left leg x11
  • Side step ups right leg x11
  • Box jumps x11

Once complete Al Gore waiting for everyone to finish.  Once everyone is finished perform next set of exercises no rest in between.

  • Derkins x11
  • Dips x11
  • Ranger merkins x11

Once complete plank and wait for everyone to finish.  Once everyone is finished, perform next set no rest between.

  • Side step ups left leg x11
  • Side step ups right leg x11
  • Box jumps x11
  • Derkins x11
  • Dips x11
  • Ranger merkins x11

Once complete Al Gore and wait for everyone to finish.  Once everyone is finished, repeat last round of 6 exercises and run up center steps and around, back to stage and plank waiting for everyone to finish.  PAX plank, alternating between holding at 6″ and up top.  Recover and 11 count.

Mosey over bridge to the base of the Big Ball.  Next exercise is… 11’s on the stairs.  Start with 10 pull ups on the beams of the Big Ball, run up stairs to the top and perform 1 WWII Sit up. Repeat going through the 11s routine, working down in sit ups and up in WWII sit ups.  Jack rabbits perform flutter kicks, penguins, and LBCs waiting for everyone to finish.

Recover and 10 count.  Mosey back to start point for Mary.

Only time for box cutters (22)
19 strong – Careless, Rousey, Cowbell, Blazer, Anchorman, G6, Kibbles, Singlet, Hang Tight, Petey, Amazon, Threadcount, Downhill, Soup, Bullseye, Zachias, Couger, Crawdad, Abort
Charles Plumb flew 75 combat missions over Vietnam before being hit with a surface to air missile.  Even though he was flying too low and too fast, he survived but was captured and remained a POW for six years.  Years after returning home, he was sitting in an airport and a man came up to him who knew his name and that he flew missions off the USS Kitty Hawk.  Colonel Plumb, kind of amazed, asked the man how he knew that.  The man had been the one to pack his parachute the day he was shot down.

Always remember who is packing your parachute, those that do things for you that you may not think about that end up being huge in your life.
Continue praying for Sam and Brandt.

Big Ball rock stars

THE SCENE: 48* and clear, perfect weather

  • Side straddle hops x20 IC
  • Tempo squats x10 IC
  • Merkins on 4 count, x20 IC
  • Imperial squat walkers, x10 IC

Begin mosey away from AO, pass bottom of Big Ball and pause just before Cumberland Avenue to wait on 6.  PAX perform 20 merkins and 20 squats OYO. Continue Mosey to Church Street parking lot right next to Henley Street Bridge.  PAX pick up pet rocks for rock circuit.  PAX who start with Colt 45s bump the group ahead of them to next exercise, 4 corners of lot with exercises:

  • Colt 45s – 15 rock curls from bottom to halfway point of ROM, 15 rock curls from halfway point to top of ROM, 15 rock curls full bottom to top
  • Big boy sit ups with rock pressed in the air.  Exercise until bumped by group behind
  • Squats with rock pressed above head.  Exercise until bumped by group behind
  • ABCs – Write the letters of the alphabet with the rock.  Exercise until bumped by group behind

Rotate through all exercises twice.  Replace pet rock and recover.  Mosey across Henley Street to hill at Walnut Street, and meet at bottom of hill.  Perform Lt. Dan’s all the way up hill (1 squat, 4 lunges, 2 squats, 8 lunges, etc maintaining 1:4 ratio until you reach the top).  Recover.

Mosey back towards AO, stopping at the Big Ball for Contra Burpees (increasing number of merkins in the burpee by each repetition until you reach 10 merks in the burp).  Recover. Mosey back to AO SP.

Box cutters x15 IC
17 PAX, 0 FNGs.  Hang Tight, Steam, Blazer, Jenner, Savannah, Manwich, Cowbell, A-Rod, Frank, Passport, Outlaw, Uncle Rico, Quarantine, Eggo, Singlet, G6, Abort
Workouts with F3 have been a game changer in my life.  I’ve tried doing workouts and rucks that we’ve done on my own, and there is no push and the workouts have no effect.  The men that join each morning are why I’m here.
Trucking to the Pount Saturday, Big Ball AO begins Saturday workouts on Saturday as well

Tammy Wynette at the Ball

THE SCENE: 64 degrees and clear

  • Windmills 10x in cadence
  • Tempo squat 10x in cadence
  • Side straddle hops 25x in cadence
  • Tempo merkin 10x in cadence

PAX move as a group to 11th Street parking garage, stopping for Al Gore at crosswalk. Once in the garage, PAX partner up for Tammy Wynette.

One PAX performs 10 merkins, while the partner stands by his man and does 10 squats. Then partners swap and perform the opposite exercise. PAX then run to the next level and repeat until they reach the top of the garage and 100 of each exercise.

Recover and 10 count. Descend parking garage using same partner and same concept, this time stopping on only one end of the garage for exercises not both. 10 count of Big boys and 10 count Smurf jacks.

Recover and 10 count, mosey back to worlds fair park. PAX start on southern end of lawn facing four cones in a line. PAX go to each cone performing increasing number of exercises, mosey back and start next set.

Set 1 – lunge to cones, perform burpees 3/6/9/12 reps

Set 2 – bear crawl to cones, perform superman swims 5/10/15/20 reps

Set 3 – crab walk between cones, perform merkins 5/10/15/20

Recover to fountains

4 count flutter kicks, 20x in cadence
26 PAX including 5 FNGs.  Hang Tight, Neutron, Noah, Jenner, Target, Madoff, Blazer, G6, Singlet, Gogurt, Steam, Pfeiffer, Jalen, Putt-Putt, Bessie, Snookie, Preacher, Quarantine, Commando, Savannah, Manwich, Red Writer, Careless, Sheldon, Anchorman, Abort
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

The Power of Three

68 and Muggy

F3 Welcome & Disclaimer

– SSH 25x (IC)
– Side Lunges 10x each leg(IC)
– Burpees x10 OYO
– Dive Bombers 15x (IC)
– Arm Circles Forward 15x (IC)
– Arm Circles Backward 15x (IC)
– Burpees x10 OYO

Divide into 3 groups and mosey with your group to the specified area…
– Group 1: w/Woodshack to flag pole / pavilion area
– Group 2: w/Pfiffer to hill near parking lot
– Group 3: w/me (Cap’n Crunch) stay in parking lot

Group 1
Circuit Circus
Divide up and head to 5 Stations (in the pavilion area).  PAX perform the prescribed exercises at the station and then move clockwise to the next station.  Continue rotating until time is up.
– S1: 10 Burpees & 20 Reverse Pickle Pounders
– S2: 15 Superman Swims &20 4ct Flutter Kicks
– S3: 10 Chin-ups & 20 Prisoner Squats
– S4: LCS Shuttle (Lunge to 1st cone, Bear Crawl back to 2nd cone, Sprint to 3rdcone and back)
– S5: 20 Derkins & 20 Let Me Ups

When relieved by Group 3, gather together and mosey to the hill.

Group 2
CMU Back Blaster
Get with a Battle Buddy.  Battle Buddy 1 runs to top of hill, does 3 burpees then back down.  Battle Buddy 2 does 1 of 3 exercises while Battle Buddy 1 is running.  When Battle Buddy 1 gets back they switch.  Do rotate through the three exercises and repeat until time ends.

– CMU Press
– CMU Swing
– CMU Bent Over Rows

When you see Group 3 move, gather together and mosey to parking lot.

Group 3
Partner with Battle Buddy of similar fitness level. There are six drills, each has an exercise to be completed on the spot and an exercise involving shuttle run of some type.  One Battle Buddy from each pair completes a shuttle while the other Battle Buddy completes the exercise on the spot. As soon as the shuttle is completed, tag your Battle Buddy and swap exercises.

Each drill will be 1:45 with 20 seconds rest in between each set.

Drill Shuttle Exercise Exercise at the Cone
1 Sprint x2 Diamond Merkins
2 Bear Crawl Star Jumps
3 Lunges Burpees
4 Sprint x2 Carolina Dry Docks
5 Bear crawl Squat Jumps
6 Lunges Burpees

When time is up, gather together and mosey to flag pole/pavilion area to relieve Group 1.

Groups rotate until time is up

Number off & Name-O-Rama

The opposite of manhood isn’t womanhood, it’s boyhood!  Our goal as HIMs is to always be moving forward own the road of maturity (RFP).  What F3 has taught me is that growth (physical, relational and spiritual) comes through challenge, consistency and comradery.

  • Physical: Take your DRP (Daily Red Pill)
    • Challenge – Get up and get out in the gloom!
    • Consistency – Daily
    • Comradery – the PAX
  • Relational: No lone ranger
    • Challenge – Reject passivity and engage with family, friends, co-workers and neighbors
    • Consistency – Daily
    • Comradery – the PAX
  • Spiritual: Luke 9:23, “And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’”
    • Challenge – Obedience and faithfulness
    • Consistency – Daily
    • Comradery – the PAX and Jesus himself (“follow me”)

This morning we had a special guest from a local news affiliate.  He came to do an online piece on F3.  He asked if I thought I could get a good sized group out on a Wednesday morning at 5:30am…61 PAX including 3 FNGs answered with a resounding “HELL YEA!”  For me, this sums up F3 Knoxville.  Over the pas 18 months this PAX has set the bar and then surpassed it when it comes to heart, passion, and dedication.  They work hard, play hard and always have each other’s six.  There is absolutely no questions…I’m a better man for being a part of this PAX, and Knoxville is a better city due to what these men are doing in each other.