F3 Knoxville

Fishers of Men

THE SCENE:   37 degrees, clear.

F:  Flutter Kicks x20 (4ct)

I:  Imperial Walkers x 15 (4ct)

S:  SSH x 25

H:  Hand release merkins x 15


  • Aiken Legs:  20 squats, 20 box jumps, 20 lunges (10 each leg).  20 split jacks (10 each leg).
  • Mosey to Big Ball and pick up your fishing equipment.  Pole (10 pull-ups), tackle box (15 hand release merkins), boat (boat/canoes)
  • Mosey towards convention center parking lot along Third Creek.  Catch me if you can.  Partner up.   Fist Pax Bernie Sanders across the lot while second Pax does 3 burpees then sprints to catch Pax 1.  Then switch.  Rinse and repeat.
  • Mosey to Volunteer Landing to catch some “BASS”.  B: 50 body builders,  A: 100 4ct American Hammers.  S: 100 sit-ups.  S:  100 squats.  One Pax runs performing 10 merkins at end point before returning while partner performs exercise.  Repetitions are cumulative.
  • Mosey back to AO.  Any time you encounter water, Pax yell Go Fish and its time to catch more “BASS”. 5 body builders, 5 4 ct American Hammers, 5 Sit-ups,  5 squats.  We ended up doing 4 rounds.

No time.
6 strong with one FNG, Matt Durant “Catheter”

Luke 5:1-11
“On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.”

Prayers for Soot who is being deployed to Kuwait soon.

Iron Sharpens Iron

THE SCENE: damp but just about perfect temp!
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER – certainly not a professional

– 20 Big Boy Sit-ups – oyo
– 20 tempo squats – ic
– 10 tempo Merkins – ic
– 30 Side straddle hops – 4-count ic
mosey to base of the big ball

4 circuits with one lap around the pond between each circuit. Everything completed with a Battle Buddy.

Circuit 1
– 50 squats
– 40 Merkins
– 30 shoulder taps (Left, Right = 1)
– 20 dips
– 10 squats with knee lift to elbow (Left, Right = 1)

Circuit 2
– 50 burpees
– 40 reverse lunge with twist (20 each side)
– 30 Cross Body Mountain Climbers (Left, Right = 1)
– 20 high knees
– 10 inchworm Merkins

Circuit 3
– 50 jump squats
– 40 Ranger Merkins
– 30 bicycle crunches (Left, Right = 1)
– 20 superman flies
– 10 donkey kicks (Left, Right = 1)

Circuit 4
– 50 alternating scissor jumps
– 40 wide squats with heel raise
– 30 Plank knees to elbows (Left, Right = 1)
– 20 single leg deadlift (touch the ground/10 each side)
– 10 clams

no time for miss mary


the 2 reasons that i continue to return to F3 are the ideas of 1)no man is left behind, yet no man is left where they were found, and 2)Iron Sharpens Iron. I have never felt “put down” for how out of shape I was/am at F3, only encouraged to keep going and to get better. We do a good job of sharpening each other physically, my challenge is to shift that in to our every day life. We did every exercise with a battle buddy this morning, we need battle buddies in our relationships, our workplace, in ever day decisions. We so often isolate ourselves; lets break out of that isolation in 2019!

Kraken of the Fountain

THE SCENE: Mid-low 40’s, overcast.

Tempo squats x 10 IC
1 burpee
Squats x 10 4-count IC
2 burpee
Squat touch jumps x 10
3 burpee
Tempo merkins
4 burpee
Merkins x 10 4-count IC
5 burpee
Clap merkins x 10
6 burpee
Kraken of the fountain
2 different sets of exercises to alternate each round:
First round
1. Merkins 2. Squat touch jumps 3. Mt climbers 4. Burpee 5. Lunge 6. V-up 7. Diamond merkin 8. Split squat
Second round
1. Dry dock 2. Squat 3. Ww2 sit-up 4. Derkin 5. Deadlift touch 6. BBS 7. Door frame pulls 8. Plank jack
Most of us got 3-4 laps around.
Sprints across the field x 7 with 20 LBCs at the end of each.
Side v-ups 15 each side
Hello angel x 15 4-count IC
Repeat x 2
40 seconds of LBC
10 men woke and slayed the kraken of the fountain. Welcome to Huey from Rwanda!
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go – T.S. Eliot

This is my mantra for 2019. I want to push myself way past my comfort level and break that voice in my brain that tells me to stop. This is mostly about physical endurance for me but if I can break through that wall in my brain I see it bleeding over into work and relationships. At work I want to push myself to be the most productive I can be in my time there. With my wife I want to push my vulnerability to her past my comfort level to the point we are one person in mind.

Run, Run Rudolph

THE SCENE: cool and damp
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER no professionals here
20 – side straddle hop

10 – baby arm circles

some light stretching of the arms and legs


  • Catch me if you can mosey to the amphitheater (Indian Run with last person dropping to do 5 burpees and then catching back up with the group
  • big boy sit-up-ups – 25 on the amphitheater stage
  • catch me if you can mosey to parking lot below the painted steps
  • beep test – cones separated by 20m (65 ft) on a timer that beeps at decreasing interval. those who dont make the cone by the beep drops out and does burpees until the last PAX cannot complete
  • catch me if you can mosey to rock pile on Neyland
  • squats to Moby’s flower
  • Catch me if you can mosey back to painted steps parking
  • Beep test (round 2)
  • catch me if you can mosey back to amphitheater
  • big boy sit-up-ups – 25 on the amphitheater stage
  • catch me if you can mosey back to AO

we had 15 seconds left and we were toast

Advent – prepare yourself for the Christmas Season

Battle Buddy the Elf

THE SCENE: 51 degrees and a clear beautiful morning to start the week off.

Lap around the lawn. 25 overhead claps. 25 front claps. 10 cherry pickers. 10 SSH

Mosey to the bridge and battle buddy up. 300 American Hammers, 200 Flutter Kicks, 100 Oprah Winfrey’s. While one buddy works out the other runs a lap. Mosey over to next parking for a Mucho Chesto. 4 laps to complete. Turn 1: 10 Merkins, Turn 2: 10 Cobras, Turn 3: 10 Wide Merkins, Turn 4: 10 ATMS. Off for another mosey to the Big Ball. Run stairs to first landing for 25 Flutter Kicks, then run to top of the stairs for 25 Log Jumps, back down the stairs for 10 pull ups on the girders. Rinse and repeat. Mosey back to AO via East Tennessee Veterans Memorial.

11 PAX showed up greet the week and own it.
“Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Only assholes do that.” Haruki Murakami

“Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices” Robert Braathe

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Be thankful in all things. Change your perspective. Show and give thanks and don’t expect any in return, you don’t need it.


2nd F on December 8th.