F3 Knoxville

Monday Mayhem…

37 degrees and clear

– Side Straddle Hop x25 (IC)
– Squat x15 IC FROM| count 3-1 (i.e. “1, 2, 3” = the slow drop)
– Lunge x10/leg IC FROM *end with isolation; hold 10 count/leg
– Big & Little Arm Circles x10 (IC)
– Reverse Big & Little x10 (IC)
– Mountain Climber / Merkins. x10
+ MC on 3 count
+ Then Merkin x 2 OYO and hold at top. Repeat. Start MC’s together
– Slaughter Starter x15 (OYO)

Follow the Leader
4 Single File Lines (do what I do)
We Will Rock You (Pat-Pat-CLAP)
Pick Up Coupons On Way Back

4 minute routines that consist of 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest…
– Uppercut Coupons
– Explosive Leg Lunge
– ABC’s
– Worst Merkin Ever

Cardiac Hill
Group 1: 10 Merkins, 10 big boys, 10 Pickles
Group 2: Run down and sprint up Cardiac Hill

Count-O-Rama and Name-O-Rama

“Gentleness is strength and power under control”

As men in today’s culture, gentleness is not a celebrated characteristic. Gentleness, to us, usually means weakness at it’s best and femininity at it’s worst. But when we look at the scriptures, it’s one of the chief characteristics of being a HIM / man of Christ. Paul says it’s a fruit of the Spirit that we should bear. Scripture says “let your gentleness be evident to all”.

When we look at the masculinity of Jesus, we see that gentleness is a chief trait of our Master. Matthew 26, on the night he was betrayed and arrested, Jesus said to Peter: “Put your sword back in its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” He could’ve laid the boom at any moment. He had all the power in the world. But he humbled himself and died for us instead.

Gentleness is strength and power under control

— Red Writer & Doogie

Ring of Fire

38 and Misty

F3 Intro and Disclaimer

Side Straddle Hops x25 (IC)
Hamstring Busters x20 (IC)
Arm Circles Fwd & Back x20 (IC)
Rockettes x20 (IC)

Mosey to Marina Parking Lot for Ring of Fire

(Due to conditions instead of splitting into smaller groups, PAX stayed together in large group to complete three circuits of the Ring of Fire. Completing each exercise for 1 minute)

  1. Burpees
  2. Run Ramp
  3. Box Jumps
  4. Flutter Kicks
  5. Jump Rope
  6. Mercins
  7. Shuttle Run
  8. Squats
  9. Big Boy Sit-ups
  10. Lunges

Mosey back to Dog Pound Parking Lot

Count-O-Rama, Name-A-Rama, and Announce-O-Rama

Ephesians 6:13-17 Talks about putting the full armor of God under to protect against the evil one. The Sword of the Spirit, Breastplate of Righteousness, Helmet of Salvation, Shield of Faith, Belt of Truth, and the Sandals of the Gospel of Peace. As we each put on this armor and fight evil as HIMs. We are apart of a special community that allows us to do that and to look after each other and fight for one another as well!

The PAX was eager for a unique Bandwagon Beatdown as we went through the Ring of Fire today. The PAX was forgiving as the original plan for the Ring of Fire was altered because of the weather. Wind and Rain made it hard for the exercise cards to stay in their correct places. Therefore, the PAX completed each exercise of the Ring of Fire together! Spirits were high and the PAX always leaves everyone feeling encouraged.



50 degrees with a constant drizzle

F3 Intro and Disclaimer

Side Straddle Hops x20 (IC)
Arm Circles Forward
Arm Circles Backwards x10 (IC)
High Knees x10 (IC)

Grab Cement Masonry Unit (CMU)

CMU Circuit
Line up on baseline of tennis court
Perform the folllwing:
– Jump back and forth over CMU for 1 min
– Rows right arm 1min
– Rows left arm 1min
Rinse and Repeat x2

Reverse Ladders 12 to 1
Run to opposite end of other court do 12 reps of exercise, run back and do 11 and so forth down to 1.
– Overhead squats w/ CMU
– CMU curls
– Merkins on CMU
– Overhead press with CMU
– Burpee with overhead press (audible, start with 6 rather than 11)

Count off and Name-O-Rama

1 FNG = Mini Van

Courage: Setting aside of fear to turn hardship into grace.
The 5th Leadership Characteristic

All about the cement masonry unit (CMU), we never let go of them. We pounded the upper body and never stopped moving. Rain didn’t slow us down, the PAX was motivated by the CMU beat down!!!


Route 66

CONDITIONS:  45 degrees and foggy….a virtual heat wave for the Knoxville PAX.

Welcome & Disclaimer given by Dimples

COP1: P-Nut
Side saddle hops x20 (IC)
Imperial Walkers x15 (IC)
Forward arm circles x10 (IC)
Reverse arm circles x10 (IC)

COP 2: Dimples
Overhead press with coupons x10 (IC)
Curls with coupons x10 (IC)
Squats with coupons x20 (IC)

Repeat all three exercises again…

Route 66: P-Nut
Quick mosey to the stop sign near the far end of the upper parking lot. Applied our first Flying Headlock/Billy Zane by pulling a sadclown off the running path and having him join us. He was joined by his M (uh…what do you do about that?) for the remainder of the workout.

The goal was to run a distance between 11 light posts, starting with 1 rep at the first pole and then adding one additional rep at each light post until you hit 11.

Round 1: Burpees
Round 2: Merkins
Round 3: Big Boy Situps
Round 4: Squats
Round 5: Carolina Dry Docks

Partner Carry Indian Run: Dimples and P-Nut
100 yard Partner Carry, single-file lines with an Indian Run concept . One partner carries down; switch on return.  Rinse and repeat

Mosey to parking lot

Isometric circuit: Dimples
Squat circuit
Push-up position circuit

Ab’s: Dealer’s Choice
Crazy, knee-to-elbow partner pulls – Ratchet
Crossing Dollys – Woodshack

Name-O-Rama:45 brave souls, including 9 FNG’s.

P-Nut read Colossians 7:19. Reminded everyone to be grateful and to express gratitude at every opportunity.  AYE.

Dimples prayed us out.

This was a cardio buffet for the PAX. Spirits were high with the Billy Zane experience…coupled with the interesting reality of having an M infiltrate the group. Queen B kicked our fannies.

Lots of spirited mumblechatter.

P-Nut and Dimples (Submitted by Cap’n Crunch)

Good Morning Dora!

34 degrees, damp but clear

SSH x 30 IC
– Imperial Squat Walkers x 20 IC
– Shoulder touch Merkin x 15 IC
– Good mornings x 10 OYO
– Jungle Climbers x 25 IC (New Lexicon? Similar to it’s cousin, “The Mountain Climber” but you swing your feet up on the outside up to your hands, working the abs and stretching your groin/hip flexors simultaneously)

No FNG’s so we hopped right into an Indian Run (2 lines) mosey .4-.5 miles to the lower sloped parking lot next to the marina, setting ourselves up for a nice workout with our friend, Dora.

Doras with a partner, making sure we “sprint” up the hill, really working out our leg workout reps.
– 100 w/ partner x Jump Squats
– 150 w/ partner x Lunges
– 200 w/ partner x Squats

Audible on round two of Chest of Doras. Extra mosey caused for extra time, so we took a mosey back to the COP for a nice 10 min killer ab/core workout.

COP – Abs
– Fifer scissors x 20 IC on the Q’s count
– Oblique raises x 15 each side IC
– Flutter kicks x 25 IC
– Starfish Crunch x 15 IC
– Heels to Heavens x 30 IC


As the famous Greek parable goes: “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.”

The fox spends his days, crafting up a devious, sly plan to attack the hedgehog daily. Always testing out every complex decision. The hedgehog goes about his every day activity of gathering food to provide for his family.

The hedgehog crosses into the foxes path and the fox attempts to attack, the hedgehog thinks to itself, “Here we go again,” and he curls up into a tiny ball, putting out his thorns and spikes on his back, protecting him. The hedgehog wins, every time.

We desire to live life like the hedgehog, but spend most of our time acting like the fox.

Foxes pursue many ends at the same time and see the world in all its complexity. they are “scattered or diffused, moving on many levels, never integrating their thinking into one overall concept or unifying decision.”

Hedgehogs, on the other hand, simplify a complex world into a single organizing idea, a basic principle or concept that unifies and guides everything. Anything that does not somehow relate to the hedgehog idea holds no relevance.

Call to action on discovering your core values:
1 – Listen (Psalm 46:10) – Step out of the traffic!” Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.”
2 – Look out, not in. When our focus is on ourselves, our problems, living for ourselves, we will not understand the meaning of our lives.

Habakkuk 3:17-19

18 anxious PAX ventured to the Dog Pound this morning, hungry for a good workout due to the postponed Monday workout because of frozen rain and ice.  We were ready to get after it, no standing around!  As always the PAX brought their A-game…getting better together!

Edit (submitted by Cap’n Crunch)