F3 Knoxville

Who Wears Short Shorts – Steam Wears Short Shorts

[ The Scene ]

CHILLY – Finally.

  • Welcome to F3: Fitness – Fellowship – Faith
  • My name is Steam and I’m honored to be in your company and be your Q this morning
  • FNGs? – Yeah, 1 (Thanks G-6)
  • Couple of things before we begin:
    • (1) Contrary to popular belief I am not a professional
    • (2) You’re here on your own volition
    • (3) If you need to modify anything we do this morning – feel free to do so as you need but push yourself and those around you.
      • No man left behind – no man left the same
  • COVID measures are still in place so as much as you can let’s try and keep 6ft if possible.

[ Warm-o-Rama ]

  • If you have keys or anything you need to throw in the ruck now would be the time to do it – I’ll also have water, some medical gear and my phone.
  • Here we go – let’s mosey

—Pause—

Did some warm-up Xs while we were waiting on Cheatsheet – got the blood flowing

[ The Thang ]

(Mosey to the track)

(2) Warm-Up Laps

  • SSH: 10 x1

Take a lap

  • Cherry-Pickers: 5 x 1

Take a lap

(Mosey to stream across tracks)

(3) Rockin’ Down the Stream

  • Pick a rock, any rock
  • 50 curls
    • Walk (rock overhead) to the end
  • 50 curls
    • Walk (rock overhead) back to the stairs — 10 merkins 
  • 50 rock presses
    • Walk (rock above head)
  • 50 rock presses
    • Walk (rock overhead) back to the stairs — 10 merkins
  • 30 rock rows
    • Walk (rock on 1 shoulder) to the end 
  • 30 rock rows
    • Walk (rock on other shoulders) back to the stairs — 5 merkins
  • 30 rock squats
    • Walk (bear hug rock) to the end 
  • 30 rock squats
    • Walk (bear hug rock) back to the stairs — 3 merkins
  • 10 rock triceps
    • Walk (rock overhead) to the end
  • 10 rock triceps
    • Walk (rock bearhug) back to stairs — 1 merkin

(Put back rocks)

PAX hold the Al Gore position and just listen. Simply listen. To the sound of the brook running below, the world waking up, etc. No matter what comes at you today, no matter what happens this week – take in THIS moment. Just listen to the simplicity of creation.

(Mosey back to AO)

  • hit track lap on the way back — same exercises as 1st time + 2 laps 
  • Hit 9-square up on the way back 
    • Under bridge — 9 squares = 9 burpees to get across

BTTW (Balls To The Wall) back to the AO (100 or so meters)

[ Mary ]

  • 5 slow flutter kicks
  • 5 slow American hammers
  • 5 slow Little LBCs
  • 5 slow hello dolly’s

Light stretching Xs

[ COT ]

  • # off — 10
  • Name o Rama
  • FNGs — 1 = Roadkill
  • BOM

Encouragement from a “It Could Always Be Worse” GORUCK patch

THIS is a great patch. What a good reminder – It COULD Always Be Worse.

You woke up this morning by nothing of your own doing. Breath was put in your lungs. You have vitality in your bones to do something like F3. Physical health.

When it feels really dark – tell yourself “It Could Always Be Worse” and put one foot in front of the other.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has no enough trouble of its own.”‭ — Matthew‬ ‭6:34‬ ‭

TODAY is a good day to have a good day. Focus in on today. Also let’s talk about this word “trouble.” I want to challenge us to reframe this word.

“Trouble” — trouble for the kingdom of Hell. There is a very real enemy that seeks to kill, steal, and destroy. So when we do things like F3 and gather together to strengthen each other in prayer and as High Impact Men – this causes trouble for the enemy. Let’s cause some trouble for the enemy this week by what we say, what we do, and how we live our lives as HIM. 

BE ENCOURAGED! (1) It Could Always Be Worse and (2) It’s A Good Day To Have A Good Day

It Isn’t Wasted Time

THE SCENE: Partly cloudy, temps in high 50’s.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

20 Plank Jacks, 10 Cherry Pickers, 10 Squat Jumps, 10 Rockettes, 10 Little Baby Arm Circles Forward and 10 Backward, Michael Phelps
THA-THANG:
Mosey to Northeast Corner of Admin Bldg.  Do 20 American Hammers.

We will next go along the road that semicircles around the admin bldg.  There will be cones along the way that will tell us what exercise to do and also tell us how to get to the next cone:

  • Cone 1:  Do 20 Iron Mikes (both feet equal 1).  Bernie Sanders to Cone 2.
  • Cone 2:  Do 20 Big Boy Sit-ups.  Bear Crawl to Cone 3.
  • Cone 3:  Do 20 Dive Bombers.  Sprint to Cone 4.
  • Cone 4:  Do 20 Star Jumps.  Then go down the stairs just past the bat cave.
  • Cone 5.  Do 20 Merkins.  Then run to pine cove area just below the top of Summit.
  • Cone 6.  Do 10 Burpees.  Run to roadway at top of Summit.
  • Cone 7.  Do 40 Baby Crunches.  Run to Cone 8.
  • Cone 8.  Do 20 Squats.  Hop to Cone 9.
  • Cone 9.  Do 20 Flutter Kicks (4 count).  Sprint to Cone 10 near the stop sign.
  • Cone 10. Do 20 Hello Dollies (4 ct).  20 Carolina Dry Docks.  20 Smurf Jacks.  10 Hand Release Merkins.  20 Bicycle Kicks (4 ct).  20 Squat Jumps.  20 Box Cutters.  20 Diamond Merkins.

Mosey to grassy decline on left side of road as one goes from stop sign to main park road.  We will do sevens starting with 1 Jump Squat at bottom of hill and 6 Burpees on top of hill.

Mosey to grassy area close to outdoor chapel.  We will do 20 tempo merkins.

Mosey to playground.  We will do elevens at benches starting with one bench dip and ten bench jumps.

Mosey to CMU pile.  Each man grabs a CMU.  We will do the following in cadence:  20 Overhead Presses, 20 Curls, 20 Rows.

Mosey to bottom of mini-cardiac.  We will Bernie to park sign then sprint the rest of the way to the AO.

MARY:
30 Merkins
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
17 Men, no FNGs.
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:

F3 Message

Hebrews 11:8:  By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

Matthew 3:12:  His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.

So you can get on with your search baby
And I can get on with mine
And maybe someday we will find
That it wasn’t really wasted time

            — The Eagles

When I was in college I, just like undergraduate and graduate students today, was required to do research projects for quite a few of my classes.  We didn’t have the internet back then.  By my years in graduate school we at least had made it past card catalogues and could search for books and journal articles that might be relevant for a topic by typing in a keyword on the computers provided at the library.  In so doing, the computer would list articles or books that might have that keyword in it.  We would then have to go find the book or journal article somewhere in the library to see if what was written in it did really apply to the topic we were researching.  Often times the information found did not apply.  This was particularly true when first starting the research on the project.  It was quite frustrating to spend hours of work on a project finding information that was not applicable.  By graduate school, I had come to accept the fact that for any research project I was going to have to spend hours of “wasted timed”, time I would spend roaming the floors and aisles of the library to come up with information that was not useful.  But, to quote the Eagles song, “it wasn’t really wasted time.”  It was necessary time.  To find what I needed, I had to separate the wheat from the chaff as alluded to in Matthew 3:12.  I had to find what was good for me (the information that applied) and put aside what was not (irrelevant information).

When one thinks about it, much of life is like this.  To receive our inheritance we must journey forward in faith, like Abraham, not quite knowing where we are going, heading down wrong turns and circling back to get on the right course. Some of you younger single guys may have the desire to find the “right” mate.  I certainly had that desire in my 20’s.  I dated a large variety of women, sometimes growing tired of the “dating scene”, breaking hearts and having my own heart broken in the process.  I wasn’t exactly separating the wheat from the chaff but I did have to find the right person for me.  And, in my 30’s, I finally found that person, one who has meant so much to me and made me a better man in the process.

My vocational career has not exactly been a road straight up a ladder.  It has been full of mishaps and struggle, and finally a decision to change my vocational course all-together, going to graduate school in psychology after I had already attained a law degree and practiced in that field for a period of time.  That period of time was not easy – it was full of anxiety and angst and I often felt like a failure.

Whether it is finding the right mate, job, friendships, place to live, or way to spend our time, we run into challenges and sometimes hit dead ends.  As a man in my sixties, I can see that the so-called floundering wasn’t wasted time.  It may have been had I given up and chose to ignore and not learn from my mistakes.  I can see that the dead ends were necessary and even helped me to grow.  How sweet it is to think that God has been there with me through it all.  Some of those moments when I was at my most depressed were times that I was speaking to God the loudest, yearning for him, reaching out to him for help.

In your journey, keep pushing forward, learn from your mistakes, and realize that God is there even when you don’t know where you are going.  If the road is confusing and seems impossible, it may just be that you are a complex man whose needs are not met easily.  My prayer for you is that some day you will look back on your younger years . . . although perhaps not without scars from your falls and lines on your face giving evidence to a history of some difficulties . . . and, be able to say that it wasn’t really wasted time.

MOLESKIN:
Prayers for Hooker’s sister, Molly, who is getting married to day, for Mr. Jinxy’s wife, Susan, whose surgery went well and who is recovering, for Helga and his wife as she has brain surgery this week, for Convoy and his family after the death of his father, for Doubtfire and his family after the death of his mother, for peace and love in the face of racism, and for those other brothers like Thunderstuck who have family members with cancer or who are ill.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Hardship Hill on October 3.

Opt-In at Shamrock

THE SCENE:

Partly Cloudy Temperature Humidity Feels like Wind Speed Wind Direction
69 ℉ 99% 71 ℉ 3.1 mi/h NNE

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER.
I am not a professional.

WARM-O-RAMA:
25 SSHs.
10 Baby Arm Circles forward.
10 backward.
10-15 Double bounce Squats.
THA-THANG:
Mosey to main parking lot.  While running laps, each lap PAX has to complete exercise from below list.  First lap, however, was 50 burpees.  So, 50 burpees while doing lap.  Then next laps were as chosen from below list.

Chest Arms
120 Merkins
75 Dive Bombers
100 Carolina Dry Docks
60 Jumping Spiders
100 Diamond Merkins
Legs
150 Squats
100 Monkey Humpers
80 Bonnie Blairs (Jumping Lunge)
150 Calf Raises
Core
75 BBS
80 LBC
100 Pickle Pounders
75 Box Cutters
80 Dolly Partons
60 War Hammers (BBSU with Amer Hammer at Top)

Mosey to coupon pile.  Grab a CMU.  Lined up on edge of parking lot. Gorilla Complex.  As many rounds as possible.  All with CMU except Merkins and Mosey.

  • 8 Curls
  • 8 High Pulls
  • 8 Overhead Press
  • 8 Tricep Extension
  • 8 Merkins – sans CMU
  • Mosey to other side of parking lot and back.

At time, recover and mosey back to AO.
MARY:
2 minutes of ab work including:
30 Flutter Kicks
15 Dolly Partons
25 or so Bicycles ending at high rep rate.

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

18 HIMs
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Kyle Korver is an 18 year veteran of the NBA.  He wrote an article entitled ‘Privileged’ back in April of 2019.  The article tells of his relationships with his fellow players and talks of his thoughts concerning the Privilege he has because he is white.  The privilege is described as the ability to opt-in or opt-out when it comes to things related with Black Lives Matter.  I appreciated reading it.  Kyle Korver – Privilege.
MOLESKIN:

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Hardship Hill work day this coming Saturday.  See Slack for details.

VQ for Honeydew

THE SCENE: Clear morning, low humidity, temp in the mid 60’s
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER 

I’m not a professional

Modify your workout for your injuries

Keep social distancing in mind during the COVID pandemic

It’s my first Q so bear with me.

WARM-O-RAMA:
20-Side-straddle-hops IC

15-Baby Arm Circles forward IC

15-Baby Arm Circles Backwards IC

5 Cherry Pickers IC

20 Merkins IC

THA-THANG:
Mosey over to the CMU pile near the buses. Each person grabbed 1 CMU and proceeded to the adjacent parking lot. 4 stations were set up and a speaker was in place to begin a time using the Tabata Timer App. 3 exercises at each station. the first exercise was done for :45 seconds with a :10 second rest x 3 sets then moved to the next station and repeated :45 seconds of work :10 second rest for 3 sets for all stations. CMU is carried to each station and.

  • Station 1
    • Decline Merkins
    • Vertical Press (From Iron PAX video)
    • Overhead Press
  • Station 2
    • Goblet Squats
    • Rocky Balboas
    • Lunges
  • Station 3
    • Curls
    • Alpos (From Iron PAX video)
    • Dips
  • Station 4
    • Big Boys
    • Plank
    • Freddie Mercury

MARY:American Hammers 4 Count x 15 back at the AO

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
Use the TAGS on right-side to record PAX (BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOURSELF) in attendance. Be sure to select the AO in CATEGORY above TAGS and then delete these notes!
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM: Treat others with respect and lead by example. I would not be where I am today without a positive role model in my life. By being good examples and role models we can help end racism, sexism, and hate.
MOLESKIN:
Being raised in home with 2 working parents in a small town in southern West Virginia my parents didn’t have resources like a daycare, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club or anything like that.  My parents relied on a a baby sitter, a black lady named Lucille. This lady was a woman of God and very religious and treated me as one of her own children and I often referred to her as my other mother. She was a leader in her church and when I met her family everyone knew who I was because she kept up with my achievements in the paper and would continue to guide me long after being my babysitter.  When Lucille passed away I was unable to attend the funeral but discovered through her obituary that she had made me one of her God Children. My parents weren’t even aware of this fact, but we took it as an honor and privilege. For this reason I never thought someone was different because of their color, heritage, or religious belief. This role model never told me to not hate she showed my how to be good to people and how to treat people with respect. When my daughter was born I was so happy and honored to that my wife agreed and allowed my daughter to be named Lucille, because my wife could see how much love I had for this great lady. Sorry if this is too long again my first time doing this, but thanks again for giving me the opportunity to lead today and thanks for all the guys to push me to lead this workout today

Be Prepared, a Field Trip to The Cedar Bluff Schools


THE SCENE:
70’s clear and HUMID
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER 
WARM-O-RAMA:

No one took the open Q, so Mermaid picked it up and treated everyone to a field trip off the Shamrock A/O and a visit to the Cedar Bluff Schools.
Motivators from 9, and 3 Cherry Pickers, then Mosey to the Cedar Bluff Schools
THA-THANG:

Meet in the middle of the circle.
Call out an exercise, an amount, and a location,
run to the location, do the exercise in the amount called and run back, repeat the exercise
Hold an Al Gore until everyone returns and finishes
stop at 6:05 and run back to Shamrock a/o
Tree Hand release, release merkins
light pole Leg Raises
chain link fences Jungle Boi Squats
cross walk BBS
grass Stationary Lunge Steps
brick wall Wall Squats
steps calf raises
sidewalk burpees
handicap parking bobby hurley
covered area american hammers
directional arrow merkins
stop sign at cedar bluff road monkey humpers
repeat as necessary

MARY:
4 rounds of a PAX calling out a core exercise followed by 10 merkins.
Pickle Pounders, Little Baby Crunches, Freddie Mercuries, and box cutters were called and performed.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:

Be Prepared
Ezekiel 38:7
New International Version
7 “‘Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them.
Matthew 24:44
New International Version
44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

MOLESKIN:

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Iron Pax week 1 on Friday begins at 0515
Mandolin is looking for some OTB partners for an evening workout.
Pringle has a friend looking for a substitute on a paper route.  This route only needs coverage so the normal carrier can take some time off.  Two weeks currently needed in October and in November.  The pay could be as high as $500 per week.  Let me know if you are interested, or know someone that might be, and I will put you in touch with Pringle.