F3 Knoxville

This loop is looking familiar

THE SCENE: Low 40’s and clear

  • 2 laps around the parking lot
  • SSH IC x 20
  • Tempo Squats IC x 10
  • Baby Arm Circles (Forward/Reverse) IC x 12
  • Cherry Pickers IC x 10
  • Merkins IC x 10


Moseyed to the oval parking lot for some laps. 4 stops along each loop, each with an assigned exercise. Complete 20 reps of each exercise, then run to the next stop.

Lap 1:

  1. Merkins
  2. Wide Merkins
  3. Narrow Merkins
  4. Carolina Dry Docks

Lap 2:

  1. Squats
  2. Lunges
  3. Jump Squats
  4. Iron Mikes

Lap 3:

  1. Flutter Kicks (4 ct)
  2. American Hammers (4 ct)
  3. Hello Dollies (4 ct)
  4. LBC’s

Rinse and repeat. We managed 9 total laps, so completed each of the exercises 3 times.

No time for Mary

25 HIMs including 3 FNG’s; welcome to Burgundy, Scrum, and Flo


It seems like the last few weeks have been filled with story after story of tragic accidents and loss of life. It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives and worry about the “stresses of tomorrow” – discounting the blessings of today by worrying about what we may face tomorrow. However, we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow. Worrying about tomorrow doesn’t take away those troubles; it simply steals the joy from today.

I’m terrible about taking today for granted and worrying about what tomorrow may bring. It’s usually when I’m confronted with a story about tragic loss of life that makes me momentarily realize how precious today really is. I use the word “momentarily” because it typically lasts for a day or so and then I’m right back to worrying about tomorrow.

Let’s celebrate the blessings of today.

Deck the Asphalt


34 and clear

Welcome & Disclaimer


SSH 4ct x30 IC
Chinooks Squats 4ct x15 IC
Tempo Merkins 4ct x15 IC
Line up on curb
Rocky Balbos x20 IC
Merkins  x 4ct 10 IC
Rocky Balbos x20 IC
BAC Fwd x10 IC
BAC Bkwd x10 IC
Rocky Balbos x20 IC
One lap around the parking lot

Line up on the curb.


Deck the Asphalt
The deck of cards determines our destiny!
For all suits with a card value of 1-6 = Suicides based on the value of the card

  • Example: draw a number 4 card (4wo Cone touches): Run to Cone 1, back to Start, run to Cone 2 and back to start. run to Cone 3, back to Start, run to Cone 4, back to start. Done.

For the rest of the deck, perform the number of reps based on the value of the card according to the list below:

  • Hearts: Burpees
  • Spades: Squats
  • Clubs: 4ct Flutter Kicks
  • Diamonds: Merkins
  • Face Cards = 15 reps
  • Jokers = run to the top of the hill, perform 1 burpee and back to the curb.

Finishing deck results in: 85 Merkins, 85 Squats, 85 4ct Flutter Kicks, 85 Burpees, 20 suicides and 1 Hull Run in under 45 minutes.


Number off and Name-O-Rama – 24 PAX


Golden Rule: Do to others as you would have them to do to you. (Matthew 7:12)
Golden Result: In general, people will treat you in the same manner that you treat them.

The importance of knowing the Golden Result is it reminds us that in many ways we are creating the world around us.  When it seems like everyone around us is “out to get us” that’s a cue to look inward and reflect on how you are relating to others.  As a HIM we seek to be men of impact, not men of excuses.

Today, be the type of person that changes the relational temperature of the room. Bring grace, humility and love where every you go and see if it is not returned back to you 10 fold.

Submitted by
Cap’n Crunch

Grinders and Circuits

51 and clear but wet


Welcome & Disclaimer


SSH x30 (IC)
Imperial Squat Walkers x15 (IC)
Merkins x15 (IC)
4ct Side Lunges x15(IC)
Dive Bombers x15 (IC)
BAC Fwd x12 (IC)
BAC Bkwd x12 (IC)

Mosey to the curb.


Partner up with Battle Buddy.  Battle Buddy lunges to the first cone, then sprints to 2 second cone, does 2 reps of the exercise while Battel Buddy 2 is jumping air rope.  Switch.

Each round increase by 2 reps until each man does a total of 8 reps.  Three rounds:

  • Rd 1 = Diamond Merkins
  • Rd 2 = Squat Jumps
  • Rd 3 = Dry Docks

Mosey to pavilion area and circle up around the flag pole.


Circuit Corners
Divide up and head to 4 Stations.  Compete AMRAP in 15 min.

  • S1: 15 Burpees / 20 Reverse Pickle Pounders
  • S2: 20 Superman Swims/ 20 4ct Flutter Kicks
  • S3: 10 Chin-ups / 25 Prisoner Squats
  • S4: 25 Derkins / 20 Let Me Ups

Mosey back to SP and circle up


American Hammers  x20 (IC)
Merkins x10 OYO
4ct Box Cutters x20 (IC)
Merkins x10 OYO
Right Side Crunches x15 (IC)
Left Side Crunches x15 (IC)
Merkins x10 OYO


Number off and Name-O-Rama – 27 PAX



Spiritually Strong

THE SCENE: Cloudy and cool, temps in low 50’s.

20 Side Straddle Hops, 10 Burpees, Plank Stretches, Cherry Pickers, Little of This and That
Mosey to parking lot directly across the street from Northern Ball Fields parking lot.  We will break into four groups, one in each corner of the parking lot.  We will perform each exercise listed, first doing 20 of each exercise, then follow directions to go to next corner of the parking lot.  We will rinse and repeat after going around the parking lot once.  Here are the exercises for each corner:

  • Corner 1:  20 Star Jumps.  Bernie Sanders to Corner 2.
  • Corner 2:  20 Diamond Merkins.  Bear Crawl to Corner 3.
  • Corner 3:  20 Plank Jumps.  Sprint to Corner 4.
  • Corner 4:  20 Big Boy Sit-ups.  Lunge to Corner 1.

Mosey to Alleyway that goes to northeast corner of the Admin Bldg.

We will break into teams of two and do Doras.  One teammate does exercise while the other runs to end of parking lot, does ten merkins and runs back.  Each team will do 100 of each of the following exercises with bricks that will be placed by a curb along the alleyway.

  • Overhead presses
  • Curls
  • Rows (with bricks at sides)
  • Tricepts
  • Wings forward
  • Wings up
  • Wings down
  • Wings in

Mosey to roadway in front of admin bldg.  Cones will be set up for suicide runs. We will do suicides to each of five cones laid out ahead.  Afterwards do Baby Crunches until all men finish.  Do suicides again but this time do 15 Squats after returning to start from each cone.  Get bricks that were set up for Doras.

Mosey back to AO to drop off bricks. 

Mosey to Playground.  We will do five sets of Bench Jumps with 20 second rests in between.

Mosey to AO.

20 Hello Dollies, 20 American Hammers, 20 Pickle Pounders, ATM’s.
Fourteen men with one FNG, his hospital name is Roman Marshall and his F3 name is “Fozzie.”

Psalm 46: 1.  God is our refuge and strength, our very present help in time of need.

Our F3 workouts increase our physical strength and stamina.  But in F3 we also focus on spiritual strength.  In fact, it is the Fellowship and Faith parts of F3 that give credence to the importance of increasing our spiritual strength.

Looking into the subject of “spiritual strength” I found some good advice in an article from a website called PowerofPositivity.com.  It listed seven exercises for spiritual strength.  I am listing these below, making my own comments about them, and adding one more exercise at the end of the list.

1.  Spend more time with loving/encouraging family and friends.  I agree that being with family and friends is  important but I also want to put emphasis on the word “encouraging.”  We need to surround ourselves with those who encourage us.  We get enough pessimism from watching the news and listening to people complain, gossip or argue.  We need to get near the type of people who are going to push us forwards, not backwards.  One of the things I love about F3 is being surrounded by men who encourage me to get better.

2.  Go outside as much as possible.  I like this one.  What do we do in F3?   We get outside to workout, whether rain or shine, no matter what the temperature is.  There is something about being outdoors that makes us healthier.  We connect to nature, to God’s creation.  We are in His space, free yet a part of Him.

3.  Reduce distractions (TV, Radio, Internet, Newspaper).  I agree that we tend to spend too much time absorbed with media.  In my church, on youth group trips such as church camps, we have required that students give us their cell phones for the time spent on the trip.  They get them back on the bus ride back home.  We ourselves only use our cell phones for emergency purposes on these trips.  We have found the students (and us adults) are less distracted, more connected to one another and God, and happier when we implement this policy.  We are more free to think about truly important things and to use our minds to imagine and create.

4.  Observe your thoughts about the people around you.  The website article talked about putting away judgemental thoughts and trying to have positive thoughts about others you know or encounter.  Focusing on gossip and judgement does not serve others.  I would rename this 4th exercise “praying for the people around you”.  It is amazing what happens if you start praying about your coworkers, your neighbors, even strangers you happen to meet.  You don’t have to tell them your praying.  Just do it.  You will find yourself having a better connection to those you pray for and even find your prayers coming true.

5.  Step out in faith.  This means getting bold in your faith, being willing to take on challenges and even threats from others in your faith.  You may get sneered at or criticized but push on in the face of adversity.  The website arrticle has some words that I think are powerful in regards to this exercise:  “There may be forces that have an investment in keeping you from receiving your best life, but when you decide to stand up or speak out, knowing that your faith is bigger than your fear, the illusion of fear that’s trying to hold you down will diminish and eventually disappear.”  The other words from the website I want to quote are “Know that the Divine has got your back.”

6.  Be of service to others.  Is a true HIM one that is focused on serving himself.  No, a true HIM is focused on serving others.  Do we grow spiritually strong by focusing on ourselves?  No.  We grow spiritually strong by serving others.

7.  Make prayer/meditation a habit.  Our awesome PAX leader, Cap’n Crunch, talks about making the HC, the Hard Commit to show up in the gloom for workouts in order to make ourselves better as men.  In the same way, to be spiritually strong, to get truly closer to God, to the Higher Power, to the Divine, we need to make the Hard Commit to pray.  It is through this commitment to communicate with God that we make it a habit.  And it is though this habit, this connection to God each day and at least several times a day, that we grow in spiritual strength.  And when you do it, don’t only listen to what you have to say to God. . . listen to what God has to say to you.

8.  Be grateful.  This is not an exercise that was listed in the website article but one that I have added.  We need to recognize, to truly see, and be grateful for what God has given us.  The people that I know who are spiritually strong have this strength of being grateful.  That gratefulness can get people through some mighty tough times.  Gratefulness keeps us positive, gives us hope, helps us focus on the road ahead, and leads us to glorify God.

F3 Olympics next Saturday at Asylum.  Register online or get to Asylum at 6:30 am to register.  November 17 is launch for Cleveland, TN AO.  Let Abscess know if you can go with us to the launch.

Trials and Wall Sits – One and the Same

THE SCENE: Extra gloomy – 40 degrees with dense fog


  • SSH IC x 25
  • Tempo Squats IC x 10
  • Cherry Pickers IC x 10
  • Baby Arm Circles IC (forward & reverse) x 13
  • Merkins IC x 10


Mosey to the pavalon for a little bench work. Grab a battle buddy – one partner does wall sits while the other does the following 2 exercises on the bench:

  • Bench Rows (12 reps)
  • Tricep Dips (12 reps)

When the partner on the bench finishes his reps of both exercises, switch (partner 1 does the bench exercises and partner 2 does wall sits). Total of 5 sets each. After that, same thing but switch up the exercises on the bench:

  • Derkins (10 reps)
  • Box Jumps (10 reps)

Total of 5 sets each. Once completed, one more round with Bulgarian Squats – 10 reps each leg and 5 sets total again.

Mosey over to the parking lot next to the playground for a set of 11’s – Merkins at one end and Jump Squats at the other end.


Just enough time for 20 Flutter Kicks IC, 12 Supermans IC, a little plank work, and Cap’n Crunch finishing it off with some ATM’s

22 strong – no FNG’s


James 1: 2 – 4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”