F3 Knoxville

Remembering the Iron Pax Challenge

THE SCENE: warm and humid
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

Baby Arm Circles forwards and backwards

Overhead Claps

Cherry Pickers

Rockettes
THA-THANG:
Mosey to Watt Road

4 cones spaced about 25 yards apart.  Complete 4 rounds of:

Walking lunges to cone 1, 25 squats

Broad Jump to Cone 2, 25 merkins

Walking lunges to cone 3, 25 jump squats

Broad jump to cone 4, 25 wide merkins

Bernie to the beginning.

 

3 cones spaced about 10 yards apart.  Inch worm merkins between cones.  At each cone do;

10 burpees, 10 iron mikes, 10 BBS

Repeat 4 rounds

(This one became heavily modified due to time and other factors!)

Mosey back to AO
MARY:
Gibbler lead us in flutter kicks and boat/canoe

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
FNG – Willy Wonka
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Insert the WORD here.
MOLESKIN:
Insert any personal comments, notes, devotion content, etc.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Insert information about upcoming events, 2nd or 3rd F opportunities, and any other announcements.

Suicide Corner

THE SCENE: Mild and Springy.  Gloom rolling in.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional, but I have had my first Corona Shot.
WARM-O-RAMA:
This being my birthday, we did:

  • 49 SSH, IC.
  • 20 Moroccan Night Club + 19 T-Claps

To the base line

  • High Knees across the lot, mosey back
  • Butt Kickers across the lot, mosey back
  • Side Step across the lot, mosey back
  • High Skip across the lot, mosey back
  • Bear Crawl across the lot, mosey back.

Are ya warm yet?
THA-THANG:
We stayed at the AO today, but set up some suicides around the corners.

Do 4 reps at the first corner
Run to the 2nd corner and do 10 reps, run back to the start
Run to the 3rd corner and do 15 reps, run back to the start
Run to the 4th corner and do 20 reps, run back to the start

  • Merkins
  • Squats
  • Big Boys
  • Plank Jack (4ct)
  • Iron Mike
  • Hello Dolly (4ct)
  • Rocky Balboas (4ct)
  • Superman.

MARY:
We did the Bicycle Race.  Of course we did.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA:
16 strong
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
“You all know your injuries” past, present and future. But an injury doesn’t mean you can’t come out in the morning. An injury means “Modify If You Have To”, and if all you can do is walk, then we’ve all pledged that No Man is Left Behind so we’ll walk with you, or we’ll wagon wheel, or we’ll bear crawl alongside.  If you can’t do an exercise for what ever reason, talk to me, talk to others. I’m sure we’ll be able to come up with something suitably grueling that doesn’t involve shoulders, or hips, or knees.
Posting consistently is the name of the game, not what you do when you get here. Getting out of the Fartsack is the first step in mending the injury be it physical, mental, or spiritual. Just because you are injured, doesn’t mean you aren’t accountable.
MOLESKIN:
Keeping the routine and doing one armed SSH for the last few weeks has helped me get over my shoulder knack.

The playlist is here
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Bring drinks and snacks for Safe Haven

Be a Knife

  • THE SCENE: Mid to high 50s nice
    F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
    WARM-O-RAMA:
  • 10 baby arm circles in cadence
  • 10 reverse baby arm circles in cadence
  • 10 imperial walkers in cadence
  • 10 mountain climbers in cadence
  • 10 more mountain climbers in cadence
  • 25 SSH in cadence
  • mosey to top lot at start of greenway
    THA-THANG:
    Lap around the asylum stopping every 400m to perform 3 exercises then 6 calls exercise to do while the rest finishes
  • 5 hand release merkins
  • 10 Big Boys
  • 15 squats
  • Pax Choice

MARY:
Cat Gut led us in some Boat/canoe and then Waffle House hit us with some ATMs
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
20 Pax at the Asylum
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
The world is pushing cancel culture and throwing terms like toxic masculinity out there both of which are toxic and detrimental to our way of life. The world wants us Men to be like spoons, non-threatening and easy to administer the easy stuff. F3s mission is to reinvigorate male community leadership by planting small peer-led workout groups. We are called to be knives, sharp precise and protective. We are called to cut away detrimental aspects of our lives and those around us. We are called to protect our loved ones. We are called to be sharp in every aspect of our lives. Be a Knife!

Four Corners

THE SCENE: Dry & cool & in the 30s.  Like your Q <cough>.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: I’m still not a professional.  You are allowed to kiss Code Brown only, as he has been vaccinated.  But watch out for the beard.
WARM-O-RAMA: 

  • SSH IC x 25
  • Tie Fighters IC – 12 each leg
  • From the Baseline, across the car park:
    • High Knees, mosey back
    • Butt Kickers, mosey back
    • High Skips, mosey back
    • Bear Crawl, mosey back
    • Caraoca, Caraoca back.

THA-THANG:
There were lists of exercises at each of the four corners of the AO car park.  We ran a ladder – 1 side of the lot, then 2 sides, 3 sides, 3, 2, 1 – then did the next exercise on the list at that corner.  As a curveball – when the play list hit the right song we circled up and did said routine:

  • Queen – Bicycle Race – Freddie Mercury’s in time to the music with a Big Boy on every ‘Bicycle’, or ‘Bike’.
  • James Brown – Sex Machine – Start in Al Gore, then up-squat on every Get Up!  We switched up to Plank and Merkin at the Bridge, with added Pickle Pounders on “shake your money maker”.
  • Corner 1
    • Merkin x25
    • Carolina Dry Dock x25
    • Plank Jack (4ct)  x25
    • Jack Webb (1 merkin : 2 air press) up to 6
  • Corner 2
    • Big Boys x25
    • Hello Dolly (4ct)  x25
    • American Hammer (4ct)  x25
    • Flutters (4ct)  x25
  • Corner 3
    • Squat x25
    • Bonnie Blair x12 Each Leg
    • Lunge x12 Each Leg
    • Iron Mike x25
  • Corner 4
    • Rocky Balboas (4ct)  x25
    • Crab Jacks (4ct)  x20
    • SSH (4ct) x25
    • Get Ups x12

MARY:
We did Heels to Heaven, to Flower by Moby.  Heels at 6″- Heels to Heaven on “Green Sally Up”.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
14 Strong
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Goals are easy to set, but hard to achieve.  Instead I’ve been trying to make habits out of the behaviours of the person I want to be – I’m doing what thin people do, rather than set a goal weight.  Give yourself a micro-reward every time you carry out the behvaiour to help make the habit stick.  I’m putting an X on a chart of daily progress to see the days I managed to not eat a donut.
MOLESKIN:
Today’s playlist is here. Including Waffle House’s favourite, Madonna.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Bring in Trash Bags, Copy Paper and Napkins for Street Hope TN.

Rainbow Connection

THE SCENE: 50 with a steady drizzle.  Perfect weather (to head to the Pav-a-Lon!)
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER You know the drill.
WARM-O-RAMA:

We get the music started early.  It’s time to celebrate Rainbow taking the shovel flag, so celebrate we shall.  Did you know Rainbow was named after his favorite My Little Pony? I did!  First song:  “Rainbow” by Sia from the My Little Pony, the Movie Soundtrack.  Did you know there was an actual My Little Pony Movie? I didn’t!

Let’s get the burpees out of the way, shall we?  Burpee ladder: SSHx 10; 2 burpees; BAC-forward x 10; 4 burpees; BAC-backerds x10; 6 burpees; ISW x 10; 8 burpees; Rockets x 10; 10 burpees.
THA-THANG:
As Robert Plant belts out “Rainbow” from his Digging Deep: Subterranea album (not exactly Now and Zen), we head climb another ladder: Run a lap around the pav-a-Lon building, perform a table row and dip.  Run another lap, completing 10 laps total.  After each successive lap, add a table row and dip up to 10 reps each.  Enjoy Kacey Musgrave singing her song . . .you guessed it, “Rainbow.”

As we finish the ladder, “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll” by Rainbow starts blaring.  Freshly energized as only heavy metal can do, we mosey at a fast clip to the Narthex.

At the Narthex, we mellow things out.  We’re descending a ladder of Froggy Squats then regular squats, starting at 10 each, down to 1.  It’s Froggy Squats + Rainbow celebration, so that means one song only:  “Rainbow Connection” by Kermit The Frog.

The Pax wets its feet from the Narthex to the Chapel, finding a dry spot on the floor, for a Hurricane Hoedown.  That’s flutter kicks x7 in seated position with hands over head, flutters x7 in reclining “power T” position, and then regular flutters x 7.  We work our way down from the set of 7 to 6, then 5 . . . .to 1, while we enjoy the pop stylings of Rainbow Kitten Surprise performing “American Shoes” followed by “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by the big Hawaiian Ukulele dude Israel Kamakawio’ole.

Seeing that the far pavilion by the baseball fields was ocupado, we stayed put for some 25s of Merkins and BBS overwhelmed by even more Rainbow “Since You Been Gone.”  We mosey back in the rain to the vocal stylings of even more Ronnie James Dio and “Rainbow in the Dark” to the Pav-a-Lon, where we close out 3 minutes of high knee step ups and then 2 minutes of plank with Elvis crooning “Pocketful of Rainbows” (From the G.I. Blues movie, btw).

MARY:
I guess the planks should be here.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
A conspiracy is an agreement between 2 or more people to act in harmony toward a common end.  While we think of that word in a negative context, being the AO Q has shown me it can be positive.  Many HIMs at the Asylum have conspired to act together to make us all better.  I’ve not been a leader so much as just a part of a conspiracy to lead.  Being part of that has humbled me beyond belief.  Rainbow has been part of the conspiracy for many years.  Now, he’ll be the one directing us.  I couldn’t be more excited for our AO than I am right now.  Thanks to all for pushing me to be better every day.
MOLESKIN:
More from the Q Source:  What is required for men to conspire with each other to move themselves and others toward Advantage?  Trust.  How do we gain trust?

1) Candor (i.e. honesty with ourselves and others);

2) Commitment (toward the common goal);

3) Consistency (showing up regularly so that others know they can count on you);

4) Contentment (demonstration of stability of emotion regardless of the situation);

5) Courage (to do what is uncomfortable – to challenge yourself and your brothers).

We have that in spades at the Asylum, men!
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Please bring napkins, 55 gallon trash bags and copy paper for Hope House.  Also, Saturday at Sandy Springs Park, we have a new Maryville AO kicking off!).