F3 Knoxville

ShamPain Toast at the Asylum

THE SCENE: Mid to upper 50s, sunny, beautiful

-20 Side Straddle Hops (4-ct), in cadence

– 10 Cherry Pickers (4-ct), in cadence

– 20 Imperial Walkers (4-ct), in Cadence

– Bolt 45s


MOSEY to open, low-lying field near north entrance.

SHAMROCK of PAIN!! FOUR (THREE) CORNERS : There will be three sets of cones set up in diamond formations, somewhat reminiscent of a shamrock…  Hmm.  Imagine that.

We will split up and move through the Shamrock of Pain and do the exercises on each cone. Rinse and repeat each leaf.  We did 1/2 the number of reps about 3/4 of the way through to save time.

First “leaf” (Bear Crawl between posts)

    • 10 Burpees
    • 20 Merkins,
    • 20 Carolina Dry Docks

Second “leaf” (Hop between posts)

  • 20 Big Boy Situps
  • 20 American Hammers (4-ct)
  • 20 Hello dollies (4-ct)

Third “leaf” (Lunge between posts)

    • 20 Smurf Jacks
    • 20 Iron Mikes (each pair of legs = 1)
    • 20 Tempo Squats

MOSEY along path adjacent to Northshore to EVEREST

    1. Run 3/4 way up Everest to big tree, at the bottom do the following:
      • 10 Tempo Squats
      • 10 Tempo Squats, 10 Mountain Climbers (each pair of legs = 1)
      • 10 Tempo Squats, 10 Mountain Climbers, 10 Diamond Merkins
      • 10 Mountain Climbers, 10 Diamond Merkins.
      • 10 Diamond Merkins

Go over Everest and Mosey to AO


  • Flutter kicks
  • Boat/canoe
  • Ring of Fire Merkins (had to stop after 4 reps because we were out of time)

11 Men, including one FNG, Shane (forgot his last name, sorry!) who we named Shakespeare.


Leadership Shamrock .  I read an article in the Harvard Business Review recently about Leadership.  Creating Trust is a critical component of being a leader. The level of trust is the #1 factor for how people rate the effectiveness of a leader.  How can you follow or take direction from someone you can’t trust?  A huge study was performed that looked at data from 360 assessments of 87,000 leaders. The objective was to identify “clusters” of traits that are most often the foundation of trust.  The researchers performed correlations and factor analysis statistical tests on the data to “group” the characteristics that most strongly influence the level of trust in a leader.  There were three primary factors (kind of a “Leadership Shamrock” that can be used to reinforce trust principles similar to how St. Patrick used the shamrock to describe the Holy Trinity) that were commonly grouped as most important for engendering trust among others.

  • Stays in touch on the issues and concerns of others.
  • Balances results with concern for others.
  • Generates cooperation between others.
  • Resolves conflict with others.
  • Gives honest feedback in a helpful way.
  1. GOOD JUDGMENT/EXPERTISE (how well informed and knowledgeable you are)
  • They use good judgement when making decisions.
  • Others trust their ideas and opinions.
  • Others seek after their opinions.
  • Their knowledge and expertise make an important contribution to achieving results.
  • Can anticipate and respond quickly to problems.
  1. CONSISTENCY (do they walk their talk and do what they say they will do)
  • Are a role model and set a good example.
  • Honor commitments and keep promises.
  • Follow through on commitments.
  • Are willing to go above and beyond what needs to be done.

Additional take-home messages of the study:

  • You don’t have to be outstanding at all these to be an effective leader, just strong/above average. Being below average in any can destroy trust.
  • RELATIONSHIPS the most important of the three.  Perhaps people understand that leaders can’t know EVERYTHING, and that some inconsistency is to be expected.  But once Positive Relationships are damaged, every other aspect of trust suffers.
  • Think about which of these three you are weakest at, and then work to improve that area.

Prayers for Pusher’s mother, who is very ill.

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The Thin Yellow (and pink) Line

THE SCENE: A brisk Spring morning (32 degrees)

BOCs front and back

Cherry Pickers

Tempo Merkins

Tempo Squats

SSH (4ct x 100)
10 different workout stations along the thin yellow line at the AO lot. 45 seconds at each station….

  • Tempo Merkins
  • Alternating double lunge with narrow squat in between
  • Lateral hops
  • Flutter Kicks
  • Squats
  • SSH
  • Bicep Curls
  • BB situps
  • Shoulder Taps
  • LBCs
  • Sprint up hill and back  (Circuit x 3; Worked with battle buddy so no one was lonely)

Mosey to Pavillion

Alternating 1 min table rows / 1 min wall sit (x 3)

Music City, Bluebird, Kentucky, Archie, Gibbler, Cherry Picker, Ribbed, Pacman, Rainbow, SlimShady
Quick word regarding anxiety/fear.

Grace means courage. When God says “fear not” his aim is not that you would just calm down and experience a relative absence of fear. He doesn’t say “don’t be afraid, everything will turn out okay so you can relax.” Instead, He says, “Don’t be afraid, I am with you!” -David Powlison

Isiah 41:10

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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THE SCENE: 40ish… and moist. Felt like 60 after the last couple of weeks!

FSH x20 IC
SSH x20 IC
TN Rocking Chair x15 IC
AGTJ x10 IC (gettin’ easier!)
Crabwalk Toe Touches x15 IC
Hindurkins x15 IC
Tempo Cossack Squat x20 IC

Line up on the curb link arms, 10x 4ct calf raise IC
25% across the parking lot
20x single count calf raise OYO (too hard maintaining balance)
50% across the lot
20x calf raise
75% across the lot
20x calf raise
AYG across the lot

Mosey up to the rock pile by the Asylum building, one stop along the way for some Al Gore and 20x BBS

Line up in the grass about 50yd from the rocks and pair up.
One man does exercise (Merkins|Curls|Rows) AMRAP while waiting
Other runs to pile, gets a rock, 10x squat-OHP and returns with rock. Switch up.
3 trips each. Should finish with a 6-pack per team.

Regroup at the pile, leaving 6-packs at the grass

Merge into 4-man teams

2 men run to grass, 20 leg-pushdowns, and return with one rock each.
Meanwhile, other 2 men are doing kegstand squats
Switch up, R&R until all rocks are returned to the pile.

Time’s running out! Bear crawl down Everest halfway or so, then mosey back to the AO, one stop for Tempo Squats with Crawdad.

Q did a bad job of time management today… Crawdad led the cheetahs in some Hello Dolly.
30 strong today, including one FNG: Welcome Beans! (Clay Daniel)
Will you “Go out” without knowing?
“He (Abraham) went out, not knowing where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8)
See My Utmost for His Highest, Jan. 2
When God tells you to go, he usually doesn’t tell you His end game. Have faith that He knows what He’s doing and obey!
Thanks, Crawdad for taking care of all the cheetahs in the group and making sure they didn’t get bored waiting for the rest of us… My apologies on running over. I really need to get over there sometime during the day to get a good mental map of the place. Doesn’t help planning that the satellite images are all outdated!
Alcoa CSAUP coming up 2/24… Be on the lookout for shirts on Mudgear

Warmin’ up in here!


  • Side Straddle Hop X 25
  • Ty Fighters X 20
  • Imperial Squat Walkers x 15
  • Bobby Hurley x 20

 Mosey to Lower Lot – 4 stations

  • 20 Squats, 20 Mercan
    • Run a lap pass to next stop
  • 20 Mary Catherine Lunges (10 each leg), Close Mercan
    • Run a lap pass to next stop
  • 20 Bobby Hurley, 20 wide Mercan
    • Run a lap pass to next stop
  • 20 Star Jacks, 20 Mercan

Mosey to Top of Cardiac – Route 33 in reverse

  • Increasing dercans at every light
    • Run back up
  • Increasing Star Jacks at every light
  • Increasing Big Boys at every light.

 Burpee Ladder

  • 1-10


  • Flutter Kick x 25
  • Peter Parker x 20
  • BBS 30 Seconds

Extreme Ownership – There are not bad teams only bad team leaders.  It is our jobs as leaders and high impact men to be responsible for the outcome in our spheres of influence.

La La Leggy

THE SCENE: 65 with a chance of rain.   5 pax post for a pre-beatdown ruck.   25 more pax post to get the legs in shape to start the week of right.  Lots of good mumble-chatter catching up from the weekend.


5:30am Sharp -Circle of Trust

  • Side Straddle Hop x 20
  • Imperial Squat Walkers X 15
  • Baby Arm Circles x 15 each way
  • Mountain Climbers x 15 (4 count)

Burpee Dan’s – Groups of 4

  • 4 Burpee : 4 lunges across lot.
    • Down to touch the fence and back up in reverse sprint back to start
  • 3 burpees : 4 lunges back to starting position.
  • 2 burpees : 4 lunges back to starting position.
  • 1 burpees : 4 lunges back to starting position.

Mosey to the playground

Aiken Legs – Done in succession with no rest — 20 Squats, 20 Box Jumps, 20 Mary Catherine Lunges (10 each leg), 20 Reverse Lunges (10 each leg forward). x 2

Mosey to Baby Cardiac

Burp Back Mountain

  • The exercise is then performed by pairing up with one person proceeding to run backward up the hill/forward down the hill 5X while the other person is performing burpees. The individuals continue to alternate running with burpees until 100 total burpees are completed. When finished, pax continue to run hills until entire PAX completes.

Wheel Barrel Push-ups – up to 10    

The Chase

  • Bear Crawl – 20 yards Sprint to the end 2 Burpees and run back
  • Crawl Bear – 20 yards Sprint to the end 2 Burpees and run back
  • Raccoon Crawl – 20 yards Sprint to the end 2 Burpees and run back

MARY – Hands of Time

Q starts the PAX, legs up at 90 degrees, hands under your rear. One pax at a time in a wave like motion- Each pax counts off aloud as they drop and hold 1,2,3, etc around the circle until finished.  Drop straightened legs to 10 degrees

30 PAX.

Coolio, Music City, Ivanka, Toll Bridge, Cougar, Hand tight, Pablo, G-6, Eggo, Cherry Picker, Pluto, Too Late, Snitch, High Heels, Bow-flex, Walkabout, Pusher, Rascal, Rusty, Charmin, Ribbed, Rainbow, Cat-Gut, Cheat sheet, A-Rod, Captain Crunch, Woodshack, Code Brown, Fabio, Proton, Barbie.


I am grateful to the Brothers that come out and push me to get better physically every day.  God also calls us to push each other and support each other spiritually through prayer by lifting up our brothers.

James 5:13-18

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.

15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

As in the verses above God continually shows us in scripture that He intends for us to be in community with other believers.  God uses community to build and strengthen us, Satan uses isolation to destroy.   Make a commitment this week to pray for the brothers that were to the left and right of you today.