F3 Knoxville

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.

It’s Only 26

THE SCENE: 48ish

  • Cherry Pickers x10 IC
  • Worst Merkin Ever x5 OYO
  • Arm Circles x10 IC (both directions)
  • Lil’ bit of this n that


  • Indian run over to Mt. Crumpet the long route
  • Four Options to get up the hill… Anyone can choose! Except all 4 options must be completed. Non-optional.
  • 1 – Bear Crawl up, 26 Bobby Hurley’s at the top
  • 2 – Crawl Bear up, 26 Merkins at the top
  • 3 – Bernie up, 26 Burpees at the top
  • 4 – Crab Walk up, 26 BBS at the top


  • Mosey back to grinder for the WHOWIE! (Kraken workout but with only 6 stations… whowie is a mythical giant 6 legged lizard from Australia) Stations are as follows:
  • 6 Bodybuilders
  • 20 Iron Mikes
  • 20 Dry Docks
  • 6 Burpee Jacks (Do a jumping jack at the end of it)
  • 20 Merkins
  • 20 Squats


  • V-ups x20 OYO
  • ~1 minute of LBC’s

7 this morning

Every year, my birthday brings back memories of my grandfather since his birthday is the day before mine. Yesterday (10/17) would’ve been his 98th birthday, he passed away about 5 years ago at the age of 93. Growing up, he was the male role model I looked up to. He was extremely kind, soft spoken, generous, honest, and never voiced a complaint about anything. He was overall just a good man.

When he passed away, it left a gap in my life. Even though he set the example for me to chase as a man, him being physically gone for the earth was just tough. I still have always known his qualities and will never forget them, but it just absolutely sucked that he was gone.

I can say with confidence that F3 has filled that gap I had in my life. Every man I have met in this group has given me new qualities to look up to and new role models to set examples for not just me, but everyone. I am extremely grateful for the impact this group has had on my life. I am glad I got to celebrate my birthday being out in the dark on this chilly morning improving my life with these people, as well as hitting my 1 year mark since my first F3 workout. I am looking forward to the next years of beatdowns and getting closer to everyone. I know that all of you would do anything to help another brother out, and that means a lot to me.

F3 Olympics coming up. Register!


THE SCENE: Mostly cloudy, 58 degrees, 96% humidity

SSH x20, Cherry pickers x16, Little baby arm circles x10 forward/x10backward

Jog parking x2, skip parking lot x1, mosey to base of ballfield hill.
7’s at the hill

  • Burpees at the base of the hill
  • Bear crawl up the hill
  • BBS at the top x2
  • Crab crawl down the hill
  • Mosey to the grinder

Bring Sally up, bring Sally down

  • Hit the ground/hop up to the music
  • Run the Bomb Shelter short loop
  • Merkins to the music
  • Run the Bomb Shelter short loop
  • CMU squat presses to the music
  • Run the Bomb Shelter short loop
  • Leg lifts to the music (60 degrees up/10 degrees down)
  • Run the Bomb Shelter short loop
  • BBS to the music

Box cutters, flutter kicks, LBC’s
12 HIM’s, no FNG’s

The following is from Wild Together, My Adventures with Loki the Wolfdog by Kelly Lund.

Wish You Were Here

The concept of being present is one that is so often said, but rarely lived.  I’m guilty of it.  I say I am going to be more present; I say I am going to  put my phone down and focus on what’s in front of me; I say I will put the camera down and just look with my eyes.  But I don’t. I get caught up and think secondary things are important in the moment, and then the moment is gone. 

Never has Loki had this behavioral flaw.  How could he?  He sees now and now only.  I am not saying that beyond my knowledge he doesn’t have a memory band of his past experiences.  Simply put, he is not worried about what tomorrow will bring.  The anxiety of the future, the disappointment of the past; that’s not a thing for him.

If now is all we have, all that is promised, let us not be fools and waste it.

As the Bible says, don’t worry about tomorrow. That won’t add an hour to our life. Tomorrow will worry about itself.  This is the day the Lord has made. Let us all be glad and rejoice in it.

Prayers for Moses and Sqeaker’s recovery.  Steer asked for prayers for his family.
F3 Knoxville 3rd Anniversary during weekend of November 3rd.