F3 Knoxville

Shaking the Rust Off

THE SCENE: 49°F, chilly and clear spring morning
WARM-O-RAMA: (all IC 4-count)

  • SSH x20 
  • Merkins x4 
  • Imperial Walker x20 
  • Merkins x6
  • Imperial Squat Walkers (or Imperial Squawkers) x20
  • Merkins x8

Mosey to the Square w/ the fountain
Complete exercises at each cone and keep running around the loop. Rinse and repeat until time is up.

  • Cone 1 – Jump Squats x20
  • Cone 2 – Shoulder Taps (4ct) x20
  • Cone 3 – Mountain Climber 4ct x20
  • Cone 4 – Squats x20
  • Cone 5 – Smurf Jacks x20
  • Cone 6 – Merkins x20
  • Cone 7 – Dry Docks x20
  • Cone 8 – Lunges x20 (10 each leg)

Short mosey to the large square planter area
Using 4 planters to make a large square:
At first corner: Scorpion Dry Docks x20
Bear Crawl to next corner
Next corner: American Hammers x20
Lunge to next corner
Next corner: Scorpion Dry Docks x20
Bear Crawl to next corner
Last corner: American Hammers x20
Lunge to next corner
Rinse and repeat

Mosey to Civic Center front walk
Merkins on 1 end of walk, squats at other end of walk

Mosey back to SP


  • Captain Thor (1 BBS for 4 American Hammers, up to 5 and 20) IC single count
  • Plank Jacks x20 IC
  • Flutter Kicks x20 IC
  • LBC x50 IC
  • Plank
    • Hand and leg up
    • Switch to other side
  • Stretching

8- Salad Boy, Samaritan, Kick Flip, Frenchie, Erector, Chaco, Snaggletooth, Archie (QIC)

An excerpt from Day 2 of “Known- Finding Deep Friendships in a Shallow World”
Theologian Paul Tillich articulated the distinction beautifully when he said, “Language…has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone.” One is toxic. The other is life giving.
The alone we speak of here is the toxic kind. Almost anything can trigger it. Aloneness unchecked turns us in on ourselves and destroys perspective. The gathered pain is an inch-by-inch slide off an emotional cliff. It is isolating. Left unresolved, it is a cancer.
Who chooses to be alone and disoriented in the dark? No one. Who wants to experience moments of unbridled joy or great hardship by themselves? No one. Human contact is life itself.
It is important to remember that F3 is intended to be more than just a fitness class. It is a venue for relationships. F3 is an excellent way to prevent loneliness for men.

New Year at the Pound

THE SCENE: warm…almost 50!   Jan 1st??



  • SSH x 20
  • Tempo Merkins x 10
  • Tempo Squats x 10


  1. Mosey to Matterhorn
    • Ascend Matterhorn by alternating 10 broad jumps, 10 lunges
  2. Mosey to Pavalon
    • 10 rounds of the following:  5 pullups, 10 derkins, 20 squats, run to gate
    • 5 rounds of the following:  5 v-up/roll-up, 10 big boys, 20 flutter kicks
  3. Mosey back to the AO

Mary was baked into the workout!

3 new year HIMs:   Frenchie, Wagon Wheel, Bartman


No suprise, with it being January 1st we talked about resolutions for the new year.  New year’s day is a good time to reflect on the past year and put plans in place to make yourself better in the coming year.  2 Corinthians 5:17 says that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation; old things have passed away and new things have come.  This is refreshing to hear as we begin a new year.  We all have parts of 2018 we’d like to forget.  I challenged the PAX today to center their resolutions around being more like Christ in 2019.  If we draw closer to Christ and become more and more like him each day, the “normal” resolutions of physical fitness, time management, diet, fiscal responsibility, etc. will take care of themselves.



The Weatherman is a Liar (v1)

THE SCENE: Cold, wet, a bit icy. 35 degrees

10x BAC IC
Little bit of…
10x Sumo Shoulders IC
10x Hillbilly IC
10x Tempo Squat IC
10x Tempo Merks IC
5x Bodybuilders (8ct) IC

Shoulder Shredder (100 reps)

Stay in parking lot. PAX partner up along baseline:
Partner A: Run to other side, perform 2x bodybuilders, coming back: bear crawl 3 parking spaces, lunge 3 parking spaces, run back
Partner B: Flapjack (5 merks, 5 flutters, R&R)
Performed 3 sets of above

PAX mosey to picnic tables by concession stand

PT Pyramid:

  • 1 table row (pull-up), 2 merkins, 3 Big Boy Situps
  • 2 rows, 4 merks, 6 BBS, continue up the pyramid
  • 6 rows, 12 merks, 18 BBS, then back down the pyramid
  • 1 rows, 2 merks, 3 BBS

PAX mosey to large chapel area where FiA works out. Partner up:
Partner A: Bearcrawl forward to other side, crawl bear back, crab walk forward, crab walk reverse
Partner B: Flutter kicks
2 sets each

PAX mosey back to AO.

Had 4 minutes left, so we did another Shoulder Shredder (100 reps)


Talked about working/practicing things you hate doing (i.e. bear crawls & crab walks) to turn deficiencies into strengths.

Mend House workout on Wednesday 12/12
2nd F at Printshop on 12/19 (will send invite)

Monday Funday

67 and Muggy


Welcome & Disclaimer



  • SSH x30 (IC)
  • 4ct Diagonal Lunges x15 IC
  • 4ct Windmill Merkins x10 IC
  • 4ct Tempo Squats x12 IC
  • Arm Circles Forward x12 IC
  • Arm Circles Backward x12 IC
  • Run two loops around the parking lot

Mosey to curb and line up.


Jelly Legs
Start at one side of the parking lot.  Perform the following:

  • R1: Hold squat position for 10 count, perform 10 squats, run to the other curb, do 2 Burpees, run back
  • R2: Hold squat position for 20 count, perform 20 squats, run to the other curb, do 2 Burpees, run back
  • R3: Hold squat position for 30 count, perform 30 squats, run to the other curb, do 2 Burpees, run back
  • R4: Hold squat position for 40 count, perform 40 squats, run to the other curb, do 2 Burpees, run back
  • R5: Hold squat position for 50 count, perform 50 squats, run to the other curb, do 2 Burpees, run back

Line up in four separate lines.  Each group mosey to the far parking lots and to one of four cones set up in the corner.


Four Corners
Spread out to 4 cones.  Alternate exercises at the cones for set time. When time is done, counter-clockwise to the next cone. Rinse and repeat.

  • Cone 1: Dry Docks x15 or x25 & Narrow Squats x15 or x25
  • Cone 2: 4ct Flutter Kicks x15 or x25 & Star Jumps x15 or x25
  • Cone 3: 4ct Shoulder Taps x10 or x15 & Reverse Lunges (each leg counts as 1) x10 or x15
  • Cone 4: 4ct Hello Dolly x15 or x25 & Smurf Jacks x15 or x25

Round 1: 60 seconds at each station
Round 2: 45 seconds at each station

Mosey to the hill near the SP.


Cash Out
Merkin Hill
Run up and down hill doing the following:

  • Start at bottom of hill with 10 Merkins, run to top
  • Top of hill 9 Merkins, run to bottom
  • Bottom of hill 8 Merkins, runt to top
  • Top of hill 7 Merkins, run to bottom
  • Bottom of hill 6 Merkins, runt to top
  • Top of hill 5 Merkins, run to bottom
  • Bottom of hill 4 Merkins, runt to top
  • Top of hill 3 Merkins, run to bottom
  • Bottom of hill 2 Merkins, runt to top
  • Top of hill 1 Merkins, run to bottom

Circle up for Mary.


4ct American Hammers x20 IC
Rt Side Crunches x20 IC
Lft Side Crunches x20 IC


Number off / Name-0-Rama (40 PAX, 3 FNGs – Petro, Chaco and Fullstack)


“Honorable men refuse to wallow in the small and the bitter.
Honorable men refuse to hate life because something once went wrong.
Honorable men don’t build monuments to their disappointments, nor do they let others brand them and curse them to their destruction.
Honorable men seek out the highest definition of their lives, the nobler meaning granted by heritage, by their ancestors’ dreams and their parents’ hopes.
Honorable men cry out to God until curses are broken and a grander purpose is achieved.
Honorable men don’t settle for lives of regret.”

Stephen Mansfield, “Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men”

As we push ourselves physically each week it is important to remember that we must also be pushing ourselves mentally, emotionally and spiritually…to grow as HIMs.  Physical fitness is important, but character, virtue, integrity and leadership are paramount.  Our world is starving for men with these characteristics.  Men of honor who live beyond themselves.  Men who are life-givers, not life-takers.

I believe there is a direct correlation between strenuous physical exercise and the strenuous pursuit to live a life of honor, integrity and impact.  Both take effort and focus. Both take intentionality, consistency and daily commitment.  Both are met with resistance from the status quo and my own passivity.  Both can’t be pursued alone and require me to surround myself with like-minded men who inspire, encourage and challenge me along the journey.

Each morning in the gloom we have an opportunity to experience these AND be these things for the men on our left and right.  Iron sharpen iron. This is what it means to wear the “F3”.

3 Parking Lots of Fun!

67 and Muggy

Welcome & Disclaimer



  • SSH x30 (IC)
  • 4ct Diagonal Lunges x15 IC
  • 4ct Windmill Merkins x10 IC
  • 4ct Tempo Squats x12 IC
  • Arm Circles Forward x12 IC
  • Arm Circles Backward x12 IC
  • 4ct Mountain Climbers x15 IC

Line up on the curb.


Cash In
Burpee Broad Jumps
Burpee Broad Jump to the cones (middle of parking lot) then lunge back. Hold plank until the six finishes.

Rinse and repeat.

Mosey to parking lot next to the playground and circle up.


ATM / Leg-Blaster Combo
All done in order with no rest (without leaving plank position):

  • 15 Alternating Shoulder Touches (4-count IC)
  • 10 Tempo Merkins (down on the 1-2-3, up on 4 IC
  • 10 Fast Merkins (single count IC)

All done in order with no rest:

  • 15x air squats (single count IC)
  • 20x in-place lunges (10x each leg IC)
  • 10x jumping lunges (5x each leg IC)
  • 15x squat jumps (single count IC)

 Rest for 10 count then rinse and repeat.

Mosey to new parking lot.  Get a Battle Buddy.


Nickel and Dime
Battle Buddies alternate between…

  • Battle Buddy 1 bear crawls to the first yellow cone and does 5 burpees, lunge to next yellow cone and does 10 star jumps then runs around the parking lot to where they started.
  • Battle Buddy 2 run suicides (run to first orange cone, back, run to the curb and back) in the opposite direction until Battle Buddy 1 finishes
  • Swap
  • Rinse and Repeat 3x
  • Alternate 4ct Flutter Kicks and 4ct Superman Swims, x15 each until the six finishes

Mosey to the SP.


Cash Out
Merkin/BBS Countdown
Alternate Merkins and BBS counting down reps (10-10, 9-9, 8-8, … 1-1)


4ct Hello Dolly x20 IC
Rt Side Crunches x20 IC
Lft Side Crunches x20 IC
4ct Flutter Kicks x20 IC


Number off / Name-0-Rama (30 PAX, 2 FNGs – Tramp and Si Pad)


Six years ago I was introduced to something that has become a powerful tool in my life personally and as I try to help and speak life into others.  A gentleman I work with used to be a very successful tennis pro and reaction coach.  He had a successful business in New York working with college and professional athletes helping them take their game to the next level.  Over the years he noticed something.  While each athlete had their own approach to their sport, the real elite players all shared a common mindset.  He calls it the mindset of a champion.  It goes like this:

  • I know what to do.
    • If you don’t have the knowledge you are willing to do whatever it takes to attain it.
  • I have practiced and have done this under pressure.
    • Knowing isn’t enough. Champions know that practice doesn’t make perfect, practice makes permanent. They take that knowledge and train with it, practicing it over and over again.  They also embrace high pressure situations and put it into practice there as well.
  • I take the next right step and don’t worry about the results.
    • When the game is on the line, they trust the work and don’t focus on the results. They’ve done the work and know if they stick to what they know the end will take care of itself.

Since identifying this pattern, he made a very small change that makes it 100% applicable in all areas of life: physical, mental, relational and spiritual:

  • I know what to do.
  • I have practiced and have done this under pressure.
  • I can take the next right step and trust God with the results.

I know…I’ve practiced…I trust God.

This simple progression of thought is actually not new.  I see it in the life of King David.  One of the most popular tales of David is his battle with Goliath.  The young man displays immense courage and defeats the giant, but that’s not where the story starts.  It starts with a young man spending hours in the desert watching over and protecting his father’s sheep.  God was training him in the desert to be one of the greatest HIMs the world has ever known!  David himself shares the mindset of a champion with Saul.  When he meets him, Saul tries to fit David for battle with his equipment.  Listen to David’s reply,

“But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth (‘I know what to do). When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it (‘I’ve practiced and done it under pressure). Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.  The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine. (‘I can take the next right step and trust God with the results)
Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”

I have worked to apply this mindset in all areas of my life: helping my kids with school, walking through a conflict with my wife, starting a new program at work, completing a GORUCK event.  It works and helps keep me grounded and focused when it matters.  It also constantly reminds me that I have a choice to make each day to embrace whatever comes and see it as training to get better.  I’ve taught it to my kids and they have used it to help study for tests, tryout for soccer and walk through conflict with friends.  I share it today praying it is helpful for you as well.

I know…I’ve practiced…I trust God.


Submitted by Cap’n Crunch