F3 Knoxville

Good Friday CMU Tour

THE SCENE: A little Chilly around freezing at circle up

Started with 20 SSH, Baby Arm circles F and B x10, OH Claps and Front Claps x10, Tempo Merkin x10, Plank Jacks x10 ***ALL ON 4 COUNT***  Finished out warm up with 20 Rocky Balboa’s
Grab a CMU for a 5 station 5 exercise 30 seconds at a time AMRAP

Exercises were

  • Curls
  • OH press
  • Blockee’s
  • Squats
  • 4ct Flutter

We went form Circle up to base of Everest, up Everest and back around

5 stations in all 1. At First Stop sign 2. At bottom of path towards Everest 3. bottom of Everest 4. top of Everest and 5. back to stop sign.




The object of the Q was to get a feeling for what Christ went through (on the smallest of scales) on Good Friday.  We carried our CMU’s only a bit further than Christ and Simon carried the cross member that day.  The idea was to honor the sacrifice.

Isaiah 53:5


Rainbow Connection

THE SCENE: 50 with a steady drizzle.  Perfect weather (to head to the Pav-a-Lon!)
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER You know the drill.

We get the music started early.  It’s time to celebrate Rainbow taking the shovel flag, so celebrate we shall.  Did you know Rainbow was named after his favorite My Little Pony? I did!  First song:  “Rainbow” by Sia from the My Little Pony, the Movie Soundtrack.  Did you know there was an actual My Little Pony Movie? I didn’t!

Let’s get the burpees out of the way, shall we?  Burpee ladder: SSHx 10; 2 burpees; BAC-forward x 10; 4 burpees; BAC-backerds x10; 6 burpees; ISW x 10; 8 burpees; Rockets x 10; 10 burpees.
As Robert Plant belts out “Rainbow” from his Digging Deep: Subterranea album (not exactly Now and Zen), we head climb another ladder: Run a lap around the pav-a-Lon building, perform a table row and dip.  Run another lap, completing 10 laps total.  After each successive lap, add a table row and dip up to 10 reps each.  Enjoy Kacey Musgrave singing her song . . .you guessed it, “Rainbow.”

As we finish the ladder, “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll” by Rainbow starts blaring.  Freshly energized as only heavy metal can do, we mosey at a fast clip to the Narthex.

At the Narthex, we mellow things out.  We’re descending a ladder of Froggy Squats then regular squats, starting at 10 each, down to 1.  It’s Froggy Squats + Rainbow celebration, so that means one song only:  “Rainbow Connection” by Kermit The Frog.

The Pax wets its feet from the Narthex to the Chapel, finding a dry spot on the floor, for a Hurricane Hoedown.  That’s flutter kicks x7 in seated position with hands over head, flutters x7 in reclining “power T” position, and then regular flutters x 7.  We work our way down from the set of 7 to 6, then 5 . . . .to 1, while we enjoy the pop stylings of Rainbow Kitten Surprise performing “American Shoes” followed by “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by the big Hawaiian Ukulele dude Israel Kamakawio’ole.

Seeing that the far pavilion by the baseball fields was ocupado, we stayed put for some 25s of Merkins and BBS overwhelmed by even more Rainbow “Since You Been Gone.”  We mosey back in the rain to the vocal stylings of even more Ronnie James Dio and “Rainbow in the Dark” to the Pav-a-Lon, where we close out 3 minutes of high knee step ups and then 2 minutes of plank with Elvis crooning “Pocketful of Rainbows” (From the G.I. Blues movie, btw).

I guess the planks should be here.

A conspiracy is an agreement between 2 or more people to act in harmony toward a common end.  While we think of that word in a negative context, being the AO Q has shown me it can be positive.  Many HIMs at the Asylum have conspired to act together to make us all better.  I’ve not been a leader so much as just a part of a conspiracy to lead.  Being part of that has humbled me beyond belief.  Rainbow has been part of the conspiracy for many years.  Now, he’ll be the one directing us.  I couldn’t be more excited for our AO than I am right now.  Thanks to all for pushing me to be better every day.
More from the Q Source:  What is required for men to conspire with each other to move themselves and others toward Advantage?  Trust.  How do we gain trust?

1) Candor (i.e. honesty with ourselves and others);

2) Commitment (toward the common goal);

3) Consistency (showing up regularly so that others know they can count on you);

4) Contentment (demonstration of stability of emotion regardless of the situation);

5) Courage (to do what is uncomfortable – to challenge yourself and your brothers).

We have that in spades at the Asylum, men!
Please bring napkins, 55 gallon trash bags and copy paper for Hope House.  Also, Saturday at Sandy Springs Park, we have a new Maryville AO kicking off!).

Go Ugly Early and Own It

[ The Scene ]

  • 40s
  • Rainy
  • Literally amazing/character-building weather

[ Welcome/Disclaimer ]

  • add in moto for rainy day suck

[ Warm o Rama ]

  • SSH: 25 (1ct)
  • Imperial Walker: 10 (1ct)
  • Rockette: 10 (1ct)
  • Merkin: 10 (4ct Army style)
  • Flutter Kicks: 10 (4ct)
  • Squat: 10 (1ct)
  • Baby Arm Circles: 10 (4ct back)

[ The Thang ]

( Mosey to the Coliseum overlook)

(1) The Trek

  • Hill up to Saturday AO — around the curve  and Haslam Rock — up and in
  • Stop signs = 5 – 8-count ManMakers

(2) ColIseum Run

  • Entry, Middle, Exit
  • ***Entry —> Exit***
  • Entry
    • 25 Army merkins (4ct)
    • 25 Carolina Dry Docks (4ct)
  • Middle
    • 25 Rocky Balboas (1ct)
    • 25 Calf-Raises (1ct)
  • Exit
    • 25 squats (4ct)
    • 25 mountain climbers (4ct)
  • ***Exit —> Entry***
  • Side-shuffle back

Everyone makes the Coliseum Run (Entry to Exit and back) twice

(3) Coliseum Run Exodus

  • all together

(4) Back to the AO Trek

  • Stop signs = 25s (5 LBCs, 5BBSs, 5 American Hammers, 5 Flutter Kicks, 5 V-Ups)
  • There are a lot of stop signs

[ Mary ]

PAX do down & backs across parking lot and light stretching to end

[ COT ]

  • # off — 20
  • Name o Rama
  • FNGs — 0
  • BOM

“Own It”

  • started reading “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink
  • Own where you’re at — even if it’s not where you want to be
  • This is where I’m at, but this is not my final resting place — own it
  • Own the places that you’ve been uniquely called to be in (think job/family/organizations – spheres of influence)

Omaha to Paris

THE SCENE: Couldn’t be a nicer morning

Lots of on-time pax this morning! Stalled with some Michael Phelps or something while we waited on the stragglers, and did burpees in honor of Swimmies’ on-time (for him) arrival. Then it was time to get going. I read an article on the op-ed page of the New York Times ( https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/06/opinion/memories-from-normandy.html ) that got me thinking I’d like to meet the author, who lived in Sweetwater.
Down to the CMUs. 5 rounds of Keepaway, or whatever that game is called. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot in between rounds. Team 1 won, although numerous lawsuits have been filed and the outcome will be contested until the recounts are over and the results have been certified.

Clint’s mom thought she outsmarted the US Army by sending Clint to typists school to keep him out of the draft. He was sent instead to the 82nd Airborne, 512th Glider Infantry.

There was work to do at the Cloud. Stepdowns, LBCs, Box cutters.

Jack Webb showed up…easily the least welcome guest at any workout.

Clint trained in Africa and was dropped into Italy. Fought his way past Mt Vesuvius, which he sketched in his secret and illegal diary.

Moseyed to the dock, practiced some Junk Science – like 90% of us are statistically entitled to 10 more years.

Clint Riddle got into a glider again and landed somewhere near Sainte Mere Eglise, and they fought their way into France.

Operation Overlord, our tribute to those guys. Omaha (Beach) to Paris. It’s almost a half a mile, and it’s all uphill. It is not easy.

Back to back Have a Nice Days, mosey home, ATM.

Ain’t nobody got time for that


Clinton Riddle stayed a Private until the war was over and he was finally discharged. He came home to Sweetwater, married, had kids, became a bi-vocational pastor, and started talking about his experience of war in his 90s, when he was one of the few people left to talk about them. He spent 3 hours one morning with me and my sons, telling us about every part of his time in battle. Pvt Riddle died last December. He was 98 years old.
With gratitude to Clinton Riddle and everyone who serves selflessly. With gratitude to the men of F3.
I owe Jumbo breakfast – INCREDIBLE Omaha-to-Paris sprint.

Steamed & Smoked, Not Skunk’d

[ The Scene ]

– Couple of skunk sightings in the cool 60-degree air.

– Some diesel powered ‘Mercian trucks roll up

– It’s about to go down

[ Welcome/Disclaimer ]

  • 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?
  • 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. .

[ Warm o Rama ]

  • Imperial Walker: 11×4 IC
  • Rockette: 11×4 IC
  • Windmill: 11×4 IC
  • Merkin: 11×4 IC
  • SSH: 11×4 IC

[ The Thang ]

(Mosey to the Pav)

(1) Power of 3s

  • 3 points of contact:
    • Dugouts: 3 pull-ups
    • Pav: 6 incline Merkins
    • AO parking lot far corner: 9 Big Boy Sit-ups
  • Dugouts — Pav — AO parking lot far corner
  • R & R this 2x — adding 3 reps to each station each time
    • Round 2: 6, 9, 12

Done? — Wall-sits & Seal Claps (Yayyyyyyy)

(10 count)

(Mosey to parking lot outside of playground)

Tour de Parking Lots

(2) 9s

  • Rocky Balboas on the curb
  • Freddie Mercury’s at the opposite end of the parking lot
  • Everything on a 4 count
  • 8 & 1
  • 7 & 2 etc etc etc


(Mosey across the street to opposite parking lot)

(A very distinct skunk smell is in the air — and no, it wasn’t the newest scent of Axe body spray, this was clearly a  skunk. Cutting Parking Lot #2 short — PAX execute 25 u0/down squats and mosey to Parking Lot 3. Shame, Parking Lot #2 had a cool name – but in the wild wild gloom, in a 19 to 1 battle of PAX vs. skunk – the skunk wins.)

(3) There and Back Again — cut short by Skunkinitis

  • 3 points of contact
    • 1 end of the lot
    • Middle of the lot
    • End of the lot
  • 2 ways of getting to them
    • Bear crawl
    • Lunge
  • At each POC: 25 SSH (1 count)
  • When you get back here: Hold the squat
  • Complete the last 25 SSHs together to = 100

(Mosey to roundabout parking lot next to baseball field)

(3) Rounding Up (To 100)

  • We’ll do this together
  • 25×4 mountain climbers

(Run around to the right to the opposite side)

  • 25×4 Carolina Dry Docks

(Run around to the right back to the start)

  • 25×4 mountain climbers 

(Run around to the right to the opposite side)

  • 25×4 Carolina dry docks 

(Mosey pax the back way up past the dugouts and Pav to the AO parking lot)

  • 3 good pull-ups at the dugout
  • 6 good incline merkins at the Pav
  • 9 good big boy sit-ups at the AO parking lot

PAX circle up — still breathing and still time on the clock

[ Mary ]

  • ATMs (15×4 shoulder taps, 10 slow merkins, 10 quick merkins)


  • Dynamic Stretching with Steam (Last 5 minutes)
    • Back stretches
    • leg stretches
    • Calf stretches
    • Core stretches
    • GOOD STUFF (not a stretch – stretching is just good stuff)

[ COT ]

  • # off — 19
  • Name o Rama
  • FNGs — 0 
  • BOM

“The Power to Change our Thoughts”

  • Jerry Flowers

I shared that it’s been a really hard year for us all and whether we realize it or not it’s probably affected how we think and our thought life (whether we give it credit or not).

So I heard this sermon by a pastor by Jerry Flowers about thought life and the power we have to change the way we think and he listed the exercise below to prove this.

Picture a lion in your head.

Got it?

Now picture a a tiger in your head.

Got it?

You just proved to yourself that you have the power to change your thoughts.


The way we think is important! How we think about ourselves, how we think about our life and family and communities, it’s important.

I say this as an encouragement so that if you’ve ever found yourself in a place like I’ve been in and out of this year – desperation and just being tired and exhausted – (1) Give the situation you’re in to the Lord and (2) Realize you have the power to change how you think.


Stay in the fight men!