F3 Knoxville

Short Notice

THE SCENE: 44 and clear

Baby arm circles 12 forward/back on 4 count

A little of this/that.   Michael Phelps

Cherry pickers x 5

SSH x 25 on 4 count

Tempo squats x 10

Tempo merkins x 10


  •  Mosey to the playground for some CMU work.  25 curls, overhead presses, BBS, Tricep extensions, bench press, rows.
  • Mosey towards the Big Ball.  3 laps around the pond with 4 stations of exercises.  5 burpees under the bridge, 10 big ball pull ups, 15 merkins on the bridge, 20 squats under the amphitheater.
  • Mosey to Candy Factory for Dora’s:  50 BBS, 100 merkins, 150  flutter kicks (4ct), 200 squats.  While partner performs exercises, the other Pax is running up the hill towards the art museum ( Bernie Sanders  the first half and sprint the second)
  • Mosey back to AO for Aiken Legs:  20 squats, 20 box jumps, 20 lunges (10 each leg), 20 split jacks (10 each leg).

Edward Scissor leg x 20 (4 ct)

Flutter kicks x 15 (4 ct)

Side to Side pickle pounders x 15 (4 ct)


3 HIMs

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