F3 Knoxville


THE SCENE: Mid 60s

SSH x 25
Jog grinder down and back
Merkin 4-ct x 15 IC
Jog grinder down and back
Squat 4-ct x 15 IC
Jog grinder down and back
BBS 4-ct x 15 IC
ROUTE 66 by Crumpet:
Alternate for the 6:
10 4-ct flutters
4 10-count Superman

10 rounds of sprints up Mt. Butterbilly together
Starting at 10 Burpees at the top with decreasing reps each round. We got in 3 rounds.
CMU Thrusters x 20
CMU Flutter kicks 4-ct x 20
10 men got better.
KISS – Keep it Simple, Stupid
Sometimes we overcomplicate our lives unneccesarily. I find when things feel out of control complicated, I just need to take it back to basics. Merkins, Squats, Big Boys. When life feels too overcomplicated and I’m stressed out, I go downstairs and hit the pull-up bar, do some merkins or big boys. All of a sudden I can see a little more clearly. Exercise sharpens the mind as well as the body.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:OEW night at Abridged Brewery on May 9 at 6 pm. Some profits are donated. We had a good turnout last year so let’s do it again!

He’s Not Heavy, He’s My Brother

THE SCENE: 60s and awesome.

  • Tennessee Rocking Chair – IC x11
  • Tempo Squat – IC x10
  • Monkey Humpers – IC x10
  • 30 Second Plank
  • Merkins – IC x10
  • 30 Second Plank
  • High Knees / Butt Kickers
  • Jog Down / Bernie Back


    • Jump Squats – x25
    • Carry a mix of Buckets, Sandbags, Water Jugs, or CMUs to the V in the Trail. 160yd
      • Penalty for Stopping – x5 Burpees
    • Walking Lunge to next Cone in Trail and Back. 100yd
    • Carry the Buckets, Sandbags, Water Jugs, or CMUs back to the Start. 160yd
      • Penalty for Stopping – x5 Burpees

AMRAP (10 Min or Less) – Bench Jump Overs, Burpees, Leg Rises

  • 10 Box Jump Overs
  • 10 Burpees
  • 20 Leg Rises

8 Pax
I gave a part of my testimonial and spoke to how thankful I am for quality friends and how F3 and the Pax have filled that void in my life.


Christmas Flyby

THE SCENE: 40 degrees, 79% humidity, calm winds, clear night skies

SSH x20, Windmills x10, Overhead/Out Front hand claps x10

Various trips across the parking lot: run, Bernie, bear crawl, side shuffle

Retrieve CMU and overhead carry with both arms, then right arm only, then left arm only, then both arms as we travel to Mt. Crumpit.

Two stations were set up about 150 yards apart on the path below Mt. Crumpit.  Cardio and Upper Body F3 workout cards were at the first station (CMU’s were left here to assist in any exercise needing them).  The second station had the Legs and Core F3 cards.  A card was turned over at Station 1 and the exercise and specified reps were performed before running to Station 2.  Running back and forth between stations occurred until time was exhausted.  Any sprint, bear crawl, or Bernie card turn over at Station 1 required a trip up Mt. Crumpit and around the Christmas Tree.

Carry CMU’s back to the AO.

There were plenty of core work included in THA-THANG
8 HIMs and 0 FNG’s

Last Wednesday and Thursday, I had the privilege of watching the various services and tributes to the late George H W Bush.  I had a tough time staying hydrated.  All the water I drank just ran out through my eyes.  I decided that I really need to be more like him.  I have 28 more years to reach that goal, assuming I live to his final age of 94.

Listening to the seemingly endless accolades reminded me of the late General Fred Forrester from the McGhee Tyson Air National Guard base.  He was a Maryville resident and civic leader for many years.   Anyone who ever encountered Fred was made to feel like the most important person in the room.  Like the late President Bush he knew the value of friends and family.

Anyway, I wanted to share some things that I picked up watching the tributes to President Bush.  They are not in any particular vein of thought or theme.  They just stuck with me and perhaps they may have some significance to you.  Here are the quotes attributed to him:

  • We know what works. Freedom works. We know what’s right. Freedom is right.
  • It’s a very good question, very direct, and I’m not going to answer it.
  • Hatred corrodes the container it’s carried in.
  • The idea is to die young as late as possible.
  • Failure is part of living a full life but don’t let failure define you.
  • Old guys can still do fun things.

The prayer that George H. W. Bush recited at his presidential inauguration in January 1989 was another thing that impacted me.  Here is the full text of his prayer:

Heavenly father, we bow our heads and thank you for your love.  Make us strong to do your work, willing to heed and hear your will and write on our heart these words: use power to help people.  For we are given power not to advance our own purposes, nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name.  There is, but one just use of power and it is to serve people.  Help us remember, Lord, Amen.

President Bush was an excellent role model in many ways.  He will undoubtedly be remembered for the importance he placed on family and friends and for his dedication to serving people and his country.

I have much to do.  My 28 years are ticking down.

Prayers for Tin Man as he undergoes a medical procedure today.  We hope for his quick return to the Gloom.
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Puppies need their sleep too

THE SCENE: 33 degrees and clear

yep, Mr Rogers did that

MR Rogers got us going with

Ssh x 20 ic

dancing bear merkins x 10

tennessee rocking chair
Our Q was a no show so we all stepped up a led the workout . Mr Rogers did the warmup, I did the thang and snorkel finished us off

  • We did a count down with removing the bottom exercise after completing all exercises , after completion of all exercises, we ran to the end of the parking lot and back . We did the following ;
  • 11 cmu rows, 10 burpees, 9 sundial big boy sit ups, 8 hand release werkins, 7 bench squats, 6 pull ups / rows , 5 Bulgarian split squats , 4 mtn climber 4ct, 3 clock merkin revolutions (12 merkins), 2 jump squats, one me spectacular
  • We got in about 4-5 rounds
  • snorkel took over for a full round of captain thors,

Fins led us in , what it seemed , never ending box cutters and snorkel finished off with 10 body builders and 1.5 minutes of LBC
10 pax
Snorkel talked about giving thanks and just enjoying thanksgiving wit our loved ones
The best plan is to have a back plan to the 1st plan. Pup missed his Q this morning. Good thing ? Not for him but it turned out great for us because it brought us closer together as a pax  . I had a back up workout on my phone but EVERYONE came together and we got in a decent workout. More importantly, I think it brought our pax together, knowing that we have each others backs and ALL were willing to lead when their name was called. It was kind of fun to spread the leadership role of a Q around the pax. We all worked hard , stayed together and got better together today. It was a true community effort. That’s what F3 is about right? The mission:

mission to plant, grow and serve small workout groups for the invigoration of male community leadership

happy thanksgiving BRO Hams!
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Ring around the AO

THE SCENE: Cool, Brisk 43ish degrees.


SSH X 15

Arm Circles Front/Back X 10 each

Cherry Pickers X 10

Mosey to 5 stations to explain Workout around the perimeter of the AO “Bomb Shelter”


Station #1 @ Pavilion

10 Mr. Spectacular’s with CMU.

15 CMU Curls

20 CMU Goblet Squats

Sprint to Station #2 @ Scrap Yard

10 pullups

15 Decline Merkins

20 Step Ups Each leg

Mosey to Station #3@ Center Field of Softball Field

10 Burbees

15 Mt. Climbers

20 Big Boy Setups

Bear Crawl to Station #4@ Left Field of Softball Field

10 Jump Squats

15 Merkins

20 LBCs

Mosey to Station #5@ Small Hill Near AO Parking Lot.

5 – Burnie Sander’s up jog down.

15 – 4 Count Flutter Kicks.

Mosey to Station #1 Repeat.


Protractor Leg lifts

10 in attendance this AM


Couple Quotes by William Bryson

“Strength does not come from winning.  Your struggles develop your strengths.  When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

Described my personal struggle with Divorce over the last year and becoming a better (stronger) parent and role model for my kids.

“I am strong because I’ve been weak. 

I am fearless because I’ve been afraid

I am wise because I’ve been foolish.”

Always try to turn your Negatives into Positives!

F3 Olympics Coming Up.