F3 Knoxville

Curbside service at the Big Ball

THE SCENE: Low 40s. Clear-ish.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER

10 PAX!
WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH x25 IC 4ct

Overhead claps x15 IC 2ct

Seal claps x15 IC 2ct

Cherry Pickers x10 IC

Annie’s x7 each arm

BBS x 15 IC

THA-THANG:
11s at the AO – curb to fountain blocks

  • 10 dips at the fountain blocks
  • 1 curb jump across the street
  • repeat until numbers reversed

Relay run all the way from the AO with the shovel flag to the circle at the convention center crossing behind the amphitheater in the process. Return to the stage at the amphitheater.

Amphitheatre Circuit: 6 stations, 3 laps (didn’t finish for time), 25, 30, 35 reps each lap, respectively. Each station alternates between being at stage level and being at the top of the back part of the amphitheater.

  1. Merkins (floor right) – 25, 30, 35
  2. LBC (top of stairs right) – 25, 30, 35
  3. Imperial Walkers 2ct (bottom of stairs center) – 25, 30, 35 —
    1. Welsh Dragon between stations 3 and 4.
  4. Squats (bottom of stairs left) – 25, 30, 35
  5. Pull-ups (top of stairs left) – 25, 30, 35
  6. American Hammers (bottom of stairs left) – 25, 30, 35
    1. Run back to #1

Mosey back to AO

MARY:
Ain’t nobody got time for that today.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
10 PAX! – Cowbell, The Voice, Quarantine, Duggar, Wilson, Swanson, SiPad, Casper, G-6, Filter
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:

MOLESKIN:
“That man is perfect in faith who can come to God in the utter dearth of his feelings and desires, without a glow or an aspiration, with the weight of low thoughts, failures, neglects, and wandering forgetfulness, and say to Him, “Thou art my refuge.” – George MacDonald
ANNOUNCEMENTS:

eleven PAX doing elevens

THE SCENE: 45* – getting back to nice weather
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

Tempo lunge x10 IC
Merkins x10 IC
Windmills x8 IC
Burpees x5 OYO
SSH x20 IC
THA-THANG:

Mosey out of start point to amphitheater.  Assemble in front of stage for some super sets.  Do first three exercises in a row, OYO, with no rest in between.  Plank on stage and wait for everyone to finish.  Then back to the front of the stage for the next three exercises.  As quickly as possibly OYO and plank waiting for everyone to finish.

  • Left leg step ups x11
  • Right leg step ups x11
  • Box jumps x11

Plank and wait for everyone to finish, then straight into:

  • Derkins x11
  • Dips x11
  • Merkins x11

Plank and wait until last man finished.  Back at it and repeat all six exercises in the same fashion.  Recover and 10 count.  No mosey to the next routine, stay at the amphitheater stage for Super 11’s (11 seems to be the number of the day).  Perform 11 BBSU’s, run the stairs to the top, perform 11 pull ups on rails.  Return to the bottom and go from 10 to 1 reps on both exercises.  When finished, plank it up on the stage. Recover and 10 count.

Mosey back past the start point to the front of L&N Stem Academy.  Everyone grab a rock (or two if they want some fun).  Rock exercises as follows:

  • Curls x30 and rest with rock pressed overhead
  • Squats x30 with rock pressed overhead
  • Curls x30 and rest with rock pressed again overhead
  • Arms straight out, rock lifts x30
  • Overhead press x30
  • Curls x30
  • Situps x30 with rock pressed overhead

Mosey back to start point.

MARY:
Had about three minutes left upon arrival, and Q only had one thing left to do.  Boat/Canoe.  After a few iterations of plain holds, 5 on 4 count flutter kicks while in canoe, then 5 on a 4 count OH claps in canoe.  A few more iterations of regular holds.  30 seconds left Q told PAX all we had was 30 seconds, and to hold canoe for that long or until they had to drop.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
11 Strong, including one flying headlock who departed early: Mark (FEH), Swanson, G6, Bareback, Cowbell, The Voice, Rousey, Half Caf, Amazon, Pfeiffer, Abort
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
I’ve kind of had a recurring theme in my word, which is struggling with failure.  Constantly worrying about failing at my job, failing as a friend, failing as a future spouse and father.  Then I read things that say if you’re not failing at something then you’re not trying hard enough or trying new things and that failure is the best way to learn.  So failure is always there, be it good or bad.  However I came across a quote which really struck me, so I decided to share it.  From Francis Chan:

“OUR GREATEST FEAR SHOULD NOT BE OF FAILURE, BUT OF SUCCEEDING IN THINGS IN LIFE THAT DON’T REALLY MATTER.”

always have choices

THE SCENE: 31* and clear, definitely welcome when the forecast was mid-20s
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

Sumo Squat x10 IC
SSH x10 IC
Wide merkins x10 IC
SSH x10 IC
Shoulder taps x10 IC
THA-THANG:
Mosey out of start point to base of the big ball.  Lots of chalk on the ground, two rounds of exercises each with a separate cash in.  Perform cash in exercise before each listed exercise, perform listed exercise, then have the choice to run the big ball stairs up and down twice, or run to the amphitheater stage and back one.  One option is shorter but stairs, the other option is longer distance but flat.  Repeat cash in and move to next exercise in the list and take your choice again. Round One cash in exercise is 10 merkins, exercises as follows:

  • 25 Iron Mikes (left/right 1)
  • 25 Big boy sit ups
  • 25 Overhead claps on 4-ct
  • 25 Calf raises on stairs on 4-ct
  • 10 Eight count body builders

Ab exercises until everyone finishes Round 1. Round 2 is very similar, except the finishing exercise you can run the stairs twice, run to the stage, or you can do 10 pull ups on the Big Ball.  Same format, cash in, perform exercise from the list, run or pull ups.  Cash in exercise is 10 big boy sit ups, exercises as follows:

  • 15 Jump squats
  • 15 Shoulder taps in plank on 4-ct
  • 20 Carolina dry docks
  • 10 Burpees
  • 10 Sit up ups

Mosey back to start point.

MARY:
No time for Mary, fortunately got some core work during workout.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
Lucky 7 at the BB: G6, Cowbell, Rousey, Passport, Midas, Swanson, Abort
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Today’s Q was all about choices.  You always have a choice, you may not think you do or you may not like the choices, but you always have them.  Sometimes people want to remove choices so they can blame circumstances, but that isn’t always the case.  Two quotes about choices:

“If you choose not to decide, still a choice has been made” – Rush
“Attitude is a choice.  Happiness is a choice.  Giving is a choice.  Respect is a choice.  Whatever choice you make, makes you.  Choose wisely.”

Go forth through the day and try to realize you have more control over more things than you want to believe.  Use that to better yourself and those around you by choosing to live with love and patience, kindness and virtue.
MOLESKIN:
Continue prayers for Passport and his back injury, hoping he can avoid surgery; prayers for the Fugate family who lost their son in an auto accident; prayers for our ROTC folks who shared the field with us this morning; prayers for our man SOOT as he prepares to deploy to Kuwait

Dual Route 66

THE SCENE: Mild for February
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

  • SSH IC x 20
  • Cherry Pickers IC x 10
  • Tempo Squats IC x 10
  • Merkins IC x 10
  • Baby Arm Circles (forward & reverse) IC x 12

THA-THANG:

Dual Route 66’s – 22 light poles up the path to the top of Little Baby Hill. When finished with the first set of exercises, run back down the hill back to the first light pole. Rinse and repeat with the next set of exercises.

  1. Merkins and Big Boy Sit Ups
  2. Carolina Dry Docks and Jump Squats
  3. Flutter Kicks (4 ct) and Iron Mikes (4 ct)
  4. Burpees and Hello Dollies (4 ct)

Mosey to the playground for 3 sets of Tricep Dips and Derkins.

MARY:

Just enough time for some Hello Dollies, plank work, and American Hammers.

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
19 HIMs – no FNG’s

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:

With the recent flooding throughout Knoxville, I witnessed a lot of men ready and willing to jump into action to help out their neighbors. Men from our church group helped by digging ditches to divert water away from basements and crawl spaces. When they heard that friends and neighbors were in need, they dropped their Saturday plans and eagerly ran out into the rain to help. It was a great reminder that we as men have a longing to come to the rescue. We want to play the hero, to help others in need, to accomplish great feats in adverse conditions.

On the flip side, we as men are very often reluctant to ask others for help. We tend to wait until the very last minute to reach out to our brothers. We wait until our basements and crawl spaces are already filled with water before we’re willing to ask for help. Even though our brothers are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to jump into action, we attempt to do it ourselves for as long as we can…….until it reaches a point where it’s no longer manageable.

 

 

Read me like a book

THE SCENE: 35* and NO RAIN
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

  • Imperial walker x10
  • Bat wing
    • BAC forward x20
    • BAC reverse x20
    • OH Claps x20
  • Tempo squat x10
  • 4 count merkin x10
  • SSH

THA THANG:

Ascending curb crawl 1-13. Bear crawl from one curb to the other, do 1 merkin. Bear crawl back to the original side, 2 merkins. Continue up to 13 merkins.
Decision time: 5 exercises at 5 different places, PAX choose rep count of 10, 20, 30, 40, 50. PAX choose the reps before knowing the exercise, and once they’ve used a number they can’t use it again.
  • Star jumps @ Big Ball (50)
  • Sit ups @ stage (40)
  • Burpees @ fountain (10)
  • Curls with rocks @ L&N (30)
  • SSH @ South end of park (20)

PAX read me like a book, burpees only 10 reps. G6 called it before we ever got there too.

20 sprints. Do 20 of exercise, sprint to the other end of the road and continue reps of said exercise until everyone has made it. Call a new exercise and repeat.
  • Diamond merkins
  • Squats
  • Sit ups
  • Wide merkins
  • Plank jacks
  • Burpees (10)

MARY:
Flutter kicks x20
Sit ups x20
Box cutters 10
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
10 Strong (get to keep my beard): G6, Reverb, The Voice, Amazon, Rousey, Passport, Cowbell, Duggar, Swanson, Abort
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
The Einstellung Effect: the negative aspect of having experience.  We all usually think having experience and even success somewhere is a good thing, and it is.  However, this effect describes the type of confirmation bias that arises from having success at something: you might not consider other options which might be even better or more beneficial.  Challenge to myself and other PAX to not only try to get better at things which they struggle with, but also occasionally take a look at things you do well, and consider that you might have another option.  My personal challenge is to try to find a way to love my family and friends in a better way. AYE!!
MOLESKIN:
Continue to pray for Passport and that hopefully he can avoid another back surgery, for G6’s son Rick who still has a fever following his operation, and for Swanson and his wife and family.