F3 Knoxville

The Guardrail Shuffle

THE SCENE: only 76 degrees but felt like 90.  Sticky as all get out.
SSH, Merkins, Lunges, Freddy Murcuries, Side Lunges, American Hammers, Burpees
THA-THANG:  The Guardrail Shuffle

25 Minute AMRAP of this loop.

Start at guard rail.  Do 10 Derkins (feet on the guard rail).  In between each Derkin (decline merkin) do one side crawl (shuffle) to the right while keeping your feet on the guard rail.  So you remain declined for the whole set of 10 Derkins.  Then stop your Derkins and get up and do 10 burpees.  Then go back to the guard rail and do 10 more shuffling Derkins followed by 10 more burpees.  Finish the set with 5 Sh-Derkins and 5 burpees.

Then do 25 (single count) Lunges, moving towards the corner stop light (entrance to JUCO).  After Lunges, mosey to stop light.

At the stop light do a backwards bear crawl down the street (~35 yards) to the mid way light pole.  Then turn around and do a fowards bear crawl to the next stop light which is almost to the parking lot entrance.

Finish up the loop by sprinting (100%) from the parking lot entrance to the beginning of the guard rail where we started.   Mark your lap (reps) down on chalk.   ~6 minute rounds.

We almost completed three rounds but wanted to leave a little time for a little Burpee Machine Mary.

5 minutes of an enlarged “Burpee Machine” .  5 stations of a continuous de-constructed burpee.  1) Plank 2) Merkin 3) Frogs (knees to elbows — forgot this station) 4) Squats 5) Squat Jumps 6) SSH

Continuing the Parenthood weekly theme – God is our perfect father. He is loving and gracious to you fathers. He is the perfect example of 1 Corinthians 13.  Seek him and lean on him during your times of fathering your own children.  Little by little (as a father does) he will grow you, give you more, challenge you more.  Ask from him, and he hears and gives . He does not give stones or snakes , but instead gives good gifts that fulfill and sustain us.

Matthew 7:7

[c]Ask, and it will be given to you; [d]seek, and you will find; [e]knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you [f]who, when his son asks for a loaf, [g]will give him a stone? 10 Or [h]if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

Referenced a long time favorite pastor of mine and his series “A Perfect Father” (Louie Giglio) https://passioncitychurch.com/gathering/a-perfect-father/

Pray for Mandoline’s buddy who is / has gone through a 5 heart bypass surgury.  And our wives who are feeling stressed during job transitions.

Cheer on Fast-N-Easy as his Brickyard competes in a 7 minute Burp-off tomorrow.  I think this months challenge is burpee totals. So stay tuned for an up and coming “utterly stupid” (CSOP??) & “seabiscut” combo thing-a-magiggy I’ve dreamed up to add some excitement to just doing regular burpees.

Setting Records


15 SSH, 15 Mountain Climbers, 10 Tempo Merkins, 15 Moroccan Night Club, 10 Tempo Squats, 10 Windmill

Mosey to JUCOmanjaro.  We are going for a personal Q record today: 3 times up the mountain!  There are 4 pain stations beginning at the bottom along the way up the climb.  At each station, there are three exercises.  One exercise will be performed each time up the climb.  Do your best to run between each station.

  • 15 burpees, 15 Peter Parkers w/ merkin, 15 Mountain Climbers IC
  • 20 Merkins, 20 Diamond merkins, 20 Carolina dry docks
  • 30 Squats, 30 Lunges (total), 30 Jump squats
  • 15 Flutter kicks IC, 15 Freddie Mercury IC, 15 side crunches each side

No time!
13 today at JUCO
One of the most difficult things to do is parent.  It is a big responsibility and I struggle every day.  I am reminded of Proverbs 22:6 – “Train a child up in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it.”  To be honest, I am scared that I am not training my children the way I should and I am fearful of where they will be one day because of the influence I had.  I encourage you to share your experience with others and encourage them to lead by example and truly consider how our lives impact those watching us.

VQ on Friday:  Commission!

Half a pyramid

THE SCENE: JUCO AO, humid and about 70 deg.

DISCLAIMER:  administered

15 SSH, 15 Mountain climbers, 10 tempo merkins, 10 tempo squats, 10 windmill, 15 Moroccan night club

Mosey through to the coupon pile by the maintenance building. Grab a coupon and head to the end of the parking lot.  Start with an exercise at the end of the parking lot facing the hill, do an exercise at the base of the hill, and one at the top. Increasing reps along the way.

  • 10 burpees
  • 10 Freddie Mercury IC
  • 10 Lunges each leg
  • Mosey back to start
  • 20 Peter Parkers with merkin
  • 20 flutter kicks IC
  • 20 jump squats
  • Mosey back to start
  • 30 tricep extensions
  • 30 plank Jack’s
  • 30 squats
  • Mosey back to start
  • 40 curls
  • 40 hello Dollys
  • 40 iron Mike’s
  • Mosey back to start
  • 50 merkins
  • 50 LBCs
  • 50 squats

Imperial Walker (thanks Spotter), 5 burpees OYO, 10 merkins IC
15 present today
Matthew 5:43-48 – love your enemies as well as neighbors.  God doesn’t play favorites like we as humans tend to do sometimes.  Strive to be “perfect” like God and treat even our enemies with love and we might just win them over to follow the Lord.
This workout was meant to be a pyramid, but due to YHC’s forgetfulness, no one had a chance.  YHC meant to have a nice large-print page with all the exercises written down so that everyone could move at their own pace.  Instead, we were limited to a cell phone.

None today.

Rocky Balboa moment at the Project

THE SCENE: A little cooler.  Perfect!

15 SSH, 15 mountain climbers, 10 tempo squats, 10 windmill
Mosey to the AO’s biggest hill (i.e. K2/5 hill, The Ridge, etc…it goes by many names at this point).  Perform a pyramid with merkins at the bottom and squats at the top:  10, 20, 30, 20, 10 reps.

Covering some ground this morning we moseyed over to the track at the high school.  We got the whole body covered at the track.  We performed the following exercises at the 100 meter marks and added a station up the steps on the west side of the school (definitely feeling some Rocky Balboa at the top!).

  • 10 diamond merkins
  • 20 narrow squats
  • 15, 4-ct Freddie Mercury

We moseyed back to the flag and got a little Mary in.
15 Heels to Heaven, 20 American Hammer, and 15 Hello Dolly
5 HIMs!
Matthew 7:13-14 – “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.  For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

We can be “all-in” with our faith, but if we have errors in our convictions, we can be one of the many mentioned above.  Paul, before he met Christ on the road to Damascus, was zealous for the Lord.  However, he was persecuting Christians!  Jesus corrected Paul and he became one of the biggest influencers for the Church.  Consider the things you hear about God and the Bible and study them to make sure they are true.  Always seek the truth!

Planning in the works for upcoming CSAUPs.  Look for announcements about 2nd F lunches in Oak Ridge!

Viva Las Vegas!

THE SCENE:  66°F, clear spring morning – couldn’t be nicer


Cherry Pickers x8
SSH x15
Moroccan Nightclub x15
Freddy Mercury x11ish…until I screwed up the cadence

THA-THANGWelcome to Vegas, Baby!

Start by Hitting the Bars!

Mosey to the playground

Complete 3 exercises, doing as many reps as possible – add all reps to 100

  • Pull-ups
  • Supine pull-up
  • Dips


…mosey to the amphitheater

Next-up, Team Poker

Two teams.  One member from each team draws a playing card and lays it face up.  The suit and value of the card dictates the exercise and reps as detailed below.  Run to the cones at the top of the hill, perform exercise, run down and drop a poker chip in the pot.  Repeat to exhaustion.  Winning poker hand gets bonus 5 chips in the pot.

Numbered cards:
Reps = 10 + card value
Exercise is based on suit:  Spades = BBS, Clubs = Burpees, Diamonds = Imperial Walkers 4-count, Hearts = American Hammers 4-count
(e.g. 2 diamonds = 12 reps imperial walkers.

Face cards:
Jack = box jumps x 10, no run, Queen = bear crawl up, run down, King = run up, crab walk down, Ace = derkins x 15, Joker = ring the bell (couple hundred yard sprint)


…mosey to the picnic tables for some Table Games

10 Wing Nuts 4-count
10 Derkins

…mosey past the Bellagio.  High knee down The Strip


Flutter kicks x20 4-count
Carolina Dry Docks x20
Circle-O-Mary….squats…merkin pyramid…pickle pointers…

6 – Erector, Chaco, Archie, Rocket, Samaritan, KickFlip (QIC)

The flight back from Vegas is full of disappointed people who were hoping to get lucky and hit a life-changing jackpot.

Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no VISION, the people perish”

Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails”

The good things in life are far too important to be left up to chance.  Relationships – particularly with wives and kids, careers, lifestyle… these are things that you CANNOT leave to luck alone.
This week, prayerfully cast (or re-cast) a VISION for an area of your life that you’ve let slip into idleness (which we all do!).  Work toward that VISION, rather than letting life happen to you.

My VISION is to be consistent in showing warmth and affection to my wife – where laziness and living by chance alone makes me hot-and-cold, which is confusing as heck to her.

Here’s a good resource to help you categorically cast vision in your life; https://www.life.church/chazown/
(“chazown” is Hebrew for “vision”)

Virgin Q – thanks for not eating me alive, men!