F3 Knoxville

Don’t Look Back In Anger (I Heard You Say)

THE SCENE: Warm, humid, no rain, lots of mayflies

SSH x 40 (4 ct)

Burpees x 3

Mosey to flag pole

Do these exercises, 43 reps each

Box jumps


Decline Merkins

Big boy sit-ups




Then, bear crawl to south gate of the loop and run around the loop back to the flag pole

Drop the top exercise and do the others and repeat the bear-crawl/running lap

Rinse and repeat until complete or out of time (we ran out of time)

Mosey back to the AO

We only had about a minute or so for Mary, so we held planks until time.
10 total PAX

Subset of divisiveness (which I talked about at the Asylum on Saturday) is cancel culture.

Cancel culture is contrary to Christian beliefs and the lessons that the Bible teaches.

It is also against the old adage that we teach our kids – your mistakes do not define you, and this one from church – love the sinner, not the sin.

The Bible is full of examples of how a person is not defined by his worst traits, deeds, or words, but here is one.  Saul was not a good man – he persecuted Christians among other things.  Jesus blinds him, converts him, and turns Saul into Paul, who was a great man.  Paul did a lot of good work, is a pillar of Christianity, and is traditionally attributed with writing 13 of the 27 books of the New Testament.

Where would Christianity be without Paul?

In today’s cancel climate, Paul would be canceled because of Saul and with him a lot of the New Testament.  Let that sink in.

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”  Ephesians 4:32

My favorite band is Oasis, who had a song titled “Don’t Look Back in Anger.”  That’s good advice from a band that was drunk and high for most of the 90s.  No need to cancel good music because of bad behavior.  Otherwise, we would not have any good music.

Prayers for Training Wheels and his son traveling out west (look out for Title IX), Mrs. Lillydipper, and Mrs. Choir Boy
Mend House clothing drive, La-Z-Boy celebrity Q on Wednesday

Climbing down the ladder

THE SCENE: humid.

Motivator x12 (it was a little early to think this hard), cherry-picker x5, Rockettes x10, BAC x10 both ways, tempo squats x10.

Mosey to splashpad.

Do all ten exercises, take a lap around the parking lot, drop the top one and repeat.  We took an intermission half way thru and took a lap around the track together.

  • 10 — Burpees
  • 9 — Squat jumps
  • 8 — Lunges (each leg)
  • 7 — Diamond merkins
  • 6 — CDD
  • 5 — Monkey-humpers (4 ct)
  • 4 — Captain Thors (starting at 1 and progressing up to 4….so technically 10 captain Thors..oops)
  • 3 — Ultimate merkins
  • 2 — Box Jumps
  • 1 — Decline merkin

1 Captain Thor just to mess with them, Flutter-kicks x 20 (4-ct), Freddie Mercury x15 (4-ct)


It’s a great time to know the Lord.  So much in our culture is shifting.  Apart from being anchored in knowing God, we are like shifting sand driven by the waves all around us.  Anchor your souls in the knowledge of God.  What a great time to go back and study some basic theology (study of God) about the attributes of God — He is unchangeable, holy, wise, good, loving, sovereign.  To know God leads to trusting God and finding an anchor for our souls.  Spend some time in the Bible, a good theology book, or grab another man and study God together. 

Top of the Equalizer

THE SCENE: Warm. Sweaty. Delightful.



  • Cherry Pickers IC
  • Baby Arm Circles IC
  • Tempo Squats
  • SSH IC


Had a number of stations laid out around the top of the Equslizer. Stations included:

  • Mtn Climbers (each leg) x5 — Imperial Walkers to Next Station
  • Diamond Merkins x5 — Mosey to Next Station
  • Plank Jacks x5 — Crab Walk to Next Station
  • Box Jumps x5 — Mosey to Next Station
  • SSH (4-count) x5 — Lunge to Next Station
  • Merkins x5 — Mosey to Next Station
  • Flutter Kicks (4-count) x5 — Broad Jump to Next Station
  • Crab Toe Touches (each leg) x5 — Mosey to Next Station
  • Squat Jumps x5 — Bear Crawl to Next Station
  • BBS x5 — Mosey Back to the Start


On each subsequent lap, we increased rep count by 5 (there was mild griping after the round of 20).


  • Box Cutters IC x25


11 PAX


Fruit of the Spirit – if you are of the spirit, these are the things that you produce – Patience is a tough one; it’s also really important – how can you tweak your habits & behavior to cultivate patience in your life?


Great effort from the PAX today.


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THE SCENE: We were like Moses parting the Red Sea. The rain stopped just before we began and opened back up 5 mins after.

SSH, Merkins, big arm circles and this and thats
We moseyed up to the splash pad and played a little Wheel of Fortune. I had a little spinning wheel of my wife’s with several exercises written on it. We would spin the wheel, do the exercise and qty and then run down to the intersection and back up the snake to the splash pad. The exercises were:

  • 20 Merkins
  • 30 Dry Docks
  • 25 SSH
  • 5 round the clock merkins
  • 5 burpees
  • 25 imperial walkers
  • 30 squats
  • 20 seconds of rest

we mixed it up some and did some bernies, pull ups, extra running etc in each run.

MARY: imperial walkers and standing side crunches

10 pax
We talked about being the same person everywhere you go. If you are a Christ follower, be one in every crowd you’re in.
Didn’t see any moles, but it was a bit suspicious that Doubtfire was sore from his own Q and didn’t show….???? He may be the mole.

Bear v. Crab

THE SCENE: Beautiful – 68 degrees

Follow the leader, highlighted by a bunch of grown men skipping under the lights.  Toe taps, leg pulls, side shuffles, skips, cross overs, bernie sanders, run, run (double time). Approx 5 mins.

THA-THANG: Bear v. Crab

1st Half and 2nd Half:

Two teams (approx 12 persons each team), attempting to get 5 small balls into a small hockey net all the while remaining in either a bear craw and crab craw (alternating 3 minute increments before switching positions), the HIM with the ball only able to advance 5 steps before passing. Balls in the center to start game play, with crab v. bear crawl race to retrieve them.

Each ball had two exercises written on it – one a harder exercise (merkins, burpees, squat jumps) and one an ab exercise (flutters, LBC, leg raises).

The team that scored did the ab exercise written on the ball that went in the net; the team that got scored on did the harder exercise written on the same ball.

Initially, I was concerned there would not be enough scoring with the small net.  After the 5th set of 15 burpees – in the first quarter – that was no longer my concern.


Round 1 (with pee rock): Squat Pulses x20; Kettle Bell Swings x10; Lunge&Twist x5 (each leg); Run; Single Leg Calf Raises x10

Round 2 (with pee rock): Biceps x20; Rows x20; Triceps x20; Overhead Rock Run

Rinse and Repeat

None.  No time for a victory lap, even though my team clearly won.

23 stronger, sweatier men.

I have an uncanny ability to think that I can solve all my own problems and those of my family.  I will reason or motivate (carrot or stick) through the issue, or at least I will try to.  I was reminded again recently — for the hundredth (x100) time — that this thinking/behavior is quite a vice, and some circumstances (and by “some,” I really mean “all”) are best left to God.

After a week of my 5-yr old daughter’s inexplicable fear/panic/stubbornness to swim across the pool for swim team practice and in the swim meet (one of which she scratched from last minute), I was at my wits end.  I knew she could do it; I’ve seen her swim the pool length innumerable times.  She simply refused and melted down day in day out at the prospect of doing what she could do.  It was so obviously mental, but at 5 years old, she could not work through it or verbalize the issue.

Then it dawned on me: I don’t know her thoughts and fears, but God does. So we prayed, together, that God would intervene.  We prayed over Joshua 1:9 (“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”).  And, you guessed it, she had changed, she swam, and in the process she conquered a huge obstacle in her life.

So, I am reminded again, to petition God, even for the seemingly small things in life, because He is there and here, and because the small often turn out to be big.