F3 Knoxville

Being Content

THE SCENE: 47 degrees & beautiful today…no gloom

  • Cherry Pickers (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Side Straddle Hops (IC) X 20
  • Baby Arm Circles Forward X 10 followed by Michael Phelps
  • Baby Arm Circles Backward X 10 followed by Michael Phelps
  • Windmills (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Hand Release Merkins – OYO X 10
  • Tempo Squats (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Mosey


McWherter Parking Lot (Light Pole to Light Pole)

  • PAX will run to each parking stripe and do various exercises from light pole to light pole
  • Early finishers will plank or Al Gore
  • Exercises included rounds of:
    • diamond push-ups X 50
    • wide merkins X 50
    • plank squats X 50
    • merkins X 50
    • squats X 50
    • Little Baby Crunches X 100
    • Burpees X 25
    • American Hammers X 100
    • Mountain Climbers X 50
    • Donkey Kicks X 25
  • Mosey to Bagwell Center

Bagwell Center – Dips & Step Ups

  • 3 Rounds of 15 Dips and 20 Step Ups/Box Jumps
  • Mosey back to AO


  • Flutterkicks (IC X 25)
  • LBCs (IC X 20)
  • Pickle Pounders (IC X 21)


10 HIMS at the Bootcamp & 13 HIMS at RUSH led by Edit


Content – In a state of peaceful happiness

I’m typically not very flexible. I’m a planner and like to be organized. This pandemic has been terrible but a blessing.

Obviously, 70,000 people in the United States have died from the Coronavirus and the numbers will continue to grow.

I can’t travel for work, I’m now a home school teacher so I have learned to be more flexible and patience.

Last night, we tried to order Mexican food for Cinco de Mayo and couldn’t get through to anywhere so we decided to go to Taco Bell. All Taco Bell’s were packed!  We ended up getting our daughter Chick Fil A & my wife and I ordered wings from Wild Wing Café. We rode around listening to music and realized it was the first time the three of us had been in the car together for more than a month!  It was a great night.  We had fun and I felt blessed that we had food on the table.

Our youngest daughter, Alex, was going to Illinois for a week but my wife’s cousin, Mary, called last night that she and one of her sons have the Coronavirus. They’re sick but not feeling too bad. So, Alex isn’t going to Illinois next weekend but we’re hoping sometime in the next couple of months to see her cousins. I was honesly looking forward to a week without homeschooling so I could work a bit. However, that’s not in the cards so I’ll suck it up and just appreciate that I have a healthy daughter and enjoy the time I have with her and pray she will enjoy our time together and eventually get to visit her cousins in Illinois later this year.

Phillippians 4:11-13 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”


It was good to be on Q but no F3 for a couple of months & me travelling so much over the last 6 months definitely made me a little rusty on leading the Warm-O-Rama & BOM.


The little dipper amrap

THE SCENE: Crisp and cold in the high 20’s

Side Straddle Hops, Moroccan Night Clubs, Tempo Merkins, Windmills, Little Baby Crunches

Mosey to Sophomore hill for 2-3 laps of circuit with:

10x T push ups

20x BBS

30x Flutter Kicks

40x Squats

50x Coupon Curls

Next Mosey to Quad area for 11s with Dips and Bobbie Hurley’s, Bear Crawls down the steps.

Ran out of time.

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” MLK  Even with all the evil and hardship in the world we have to keep moving forward and continue to be a light to the world to overcome darkness and trouble
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Forgot to ask

A Flat Five Repeated

Easy 5 miles. We left the park on Watt Road and crossed over to Fleenor Rd (Union Rd). We took that all the way out to Everett and turned left. We continued on Everett until we got to 2.5mi out and headed back the way we came.
Sparky, Rosetta, Mustard, Downhill, Frenchie, QIC-Archie
On the way back, Frenchie and Rosetta triggered a 17mph reading on that Everett Rd speed radar sign!

Army Training Sir

THE SCENE: About 35 degrees, but we warmed up quick.

SSH x 20
Mt Climbers x 15
Merkins x 15
Freddy Mecury x 30
Tempo Squats x 10


Formation Run to Sophmore Hill (Jodies such as C-130, Copperhead Road, etc)
4 Corners — 20 Burpees > 30 Squats then lunge to 40 Merkins > 50 flutter kicks
Formation Run to Large Parking Lot Cross Campus
4 Corners in reverse order
Formation Run to back to AO


  • Row Your Boat in honor of Waxjob
  • Hello Dolly x 50 then time ran out

30 HIMs in attendance (counting the RUSH folks)
2 Tim 3:16 – stressing all Scripture
Challenge to read through the Bible in a year as a family



THE SCENE:   43 and clear
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER:  Administered 

Abe Vigoda IC x 8
Finkle Swings (demonstration!) OYO
Chinook (demonstration!) IC x 8
Seal squats (demonstration!) IC x 8
Pickle pounders IC x 10
E2K L&R (demonstration!) IC x 6


Come!  Bring 6 CMUs and mosey to “Aww Hill”.  Q calls out “up”, “down”, or “bernie” and the PAX run up, down, and backerds…

Come!  Mosey to the “Stairway to Nowhere”.  Form two teams for a little competition.

Three at a time from each team will carry CMUs to the top of the steps and back while the rest of the team performs listed exercises in cadence (metronome set to 95 BPM).  Once runners return, start the next exercise while three new men run the steps.  Repeat until one team finishes the list.

List of exercises is;

Seal squats
Hello Dolly
Mountain Climbers
E2K (Right)
Tempo Merkins
E2K (Left)
Iron Mike
6-inch plank
All run to the cone and back
Scorpion Dry Docks (left leg)
Monkey humpers
Scorpion Dry Docks (right leg)
Side crunch L
Side crunch R
Bobby Hurleys
Flutter kicks
Pickle pounders
Shoulder taps
All run to the cone and back

Come!  Mosey back to the Shovel Flag




33 men counting the Rushers.  2 bugged-out before the pic.

Welcome!  FNG to-be-named (that dude CRUSHED the workout without even breaking a sweat!  I think I even saw him yawning a half-dozen times…)

Glad to have you!  2 from down-range (Chattanooga), “Blindside” and “Laces Out”


It’s been said that when leading his army in conquest, Julius Caesar would never tell them “go forward” – instead, he would move first and then tell the army behind him, “Come!”.  This morning, I want to talk about leading by example – and more specifically to those of you who are fathers – about leading your children by your example.

In some ways, your sons and daughters will become what you are – are you being what you want them to be?

In the mid-19th century, J.C. Ryle wrote a book, “Duties of Parents”.  Here are a few nuggets of wisdom from the book;

  • Train them (your children) remembering continually the influence of your own example
  • Instruction, advice, and commands will profit little unless they are backed up by the pattern of your own life
  • Your children will never believe you…so long as your actions contradict your counsel
  • They will seldom learn habits which they see you despise or walk in paths in which you do not walk yourself
  • What they see has a much stronger effect on their minds than what they are told

Your actions speak much louder than your words.  Are you demonstrating right living?

You must be demonstrating for your sons and daughters, habits which will produce healthy bodies (exercise, eating well…).  More importantly, you must demonstrate habits which promote healthy relationships (trustworthiness, self-control, kindness, vulnerability…).  Most importantly, you must be persistently demonstrating through observable action, habits which promote a healthy soul (charity, prayer, reverence for the Name of God, studying the Word of God…).

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable…excellent…and praiseworthy” (Philippians 4:8).  You must fill your own mind with these things – and DEMONSTRATE them to your sons and daughters.

They are observing you, Dad!  Are your behaviors promoting the young men and women that you want them to be?

The parent who tries to train without setting a good example is building with one hand and pulling down with the other.” – J.C. Ryle

A lot of today’s exercises we did to failure.  Do you ever fail at being the example you want your children to follow?  I wish I could say that I never have setbacks – that I can always tell my sons, “Imitate me, just as I imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1) – but that’s not the case.  I fail sometimes, and those failures are counterproductive to my hard work.  Just three days ago, at the end of what had been an incredible and memorable boys-only weekend, I lashed out at my oldest and called him a “stupid ass” (for nearly blinding his little brother by directing a leaf blower right into his face…).  For all the time and energy my wife and I spend building him up and up… with that emotional outburst, I tore some of our hard work down.

For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing” (Romans 7:18) – (Hat tip to Anchorman for his Q last week)

Inevitably, you’re going to fail as well.  What then?  Here’s what I did last weekend (after the emotion died down)…  I explained my reaction – I was volcanic at him because he could have very seriously hurt his brother.  I admitted my mistake – which was assuming that he’d done it on purpose for a laugh.  I asked his forgiveness and talked to him about how I could have reacted differently.  He sees me trying hard to be a better father.

DEMONSTRATE right living for your children, men.


3 CHALLENGES for today – from easiest to hardest…

#1: Commit this to memory;
Proverbs 20:7 “The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.”

#2:  What is something that you want your kids to do or be that you will START DEMONSTRATING for them?
(For me, it’s reading scripture.  I often read on my phone, but for all my sons know I could be playing Candy Crush…  I need to be more deliberate about outwardly demonstrating that habit – it can be as simple as reading an actual paper Bible, or including them in discussion)

#3:  What is one unhealthy part of you that you do not want your kids to do or be – and you will STOP DEMONSTRATING for them?
(For me, it’s reacting emotionally)


  • Prayers for Guardrail’s family in Chicago, for Gump and his wife as they have a baby today (!), praise for Mailbox’s answered prayers from Monday!
  • Here’s a link to the book I quoted above.  At only 25 pages, it’s a quick read.  Review pages 20-21.  https://chapellibrary.org:8443/pdf/books/dopa.pdf
  • The workout didn’t seem nearly hard enough today.  I’ll be scheming about how to bring more pain next time I’m on Q.
  • If you’re up for it, share in JUCO Group Me about life changes you will make to better demonstrate right living (Answer Challenge 2 and/or 3)


Convergence December 7th!!!!