F3 Knoxville

Butter Biscuit

THE SCENE: Cool and Clear

Side Straddle Hop (20), High Knees – 1 Minute, Mtn Climbers (20), Squats (20), Groiners (10)

The Butter Biscuit (PT & Run) [1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 3X, 2X, 1X] (.25) Mile Lap

Single Count PT

  • 50 Side Straddle Hop
  • 40 High Knees
  • 30 Mtn Climbers
  • 20 Squats
  • 10 Groiners

Something new from Pinocchio…Thanks,  Box Cutters, LBC’s to cash out

15 HIM’s tackled the Butter Biscuit; Butterfingers, Henhouse, Neighbor, Snorkel, KY, Hammy, Graceland, Espy, Goldfinger, Sake, Pinocchio, Dreamer, Drifter, Moses, Cable Guy

I have gained more than friends over the last two years with F3.  Through constant sacrifice and suffering I have found brothers within this circle of men.  I’ve have learned so much from each of you.  Your strength, compassion, and generosity have change my life.  Thank You!

Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 27:17

As iron sharpens iron so one person sharpens another.


Not an Octopus

THE SCENE: Low 50s and clear

5 squats

Jog grinder

5 pull-ups

Jog grinder

5 merkins

Jog grinder

5 step ups per leg

Jog grinder

Kraken on the rocks.


  1. Thrusters x 20
  2. Decline merkins x 20
  3. Swings x 20
  4. Goblet squats x 20
  5. Curls x 20
  6. Tricep extensions x 20
  7. Burpees x 20
  8. Lawnmowers x 20 per arm


CMU up flutters x 20 IC

CMU chest presses x 20

Isometric CMU hold 20 second count

Repeated 5 times for 100 of each
14 men of the sea lay waste to the mighty creature

Repeat from last week at RAW. Wanted my BS boys to hear this.

6 exercises to improve mental toughness:

  1. Get rid of extrinsic motivators – no music, no training partner. Suffer in silence alone
  2. Develop good habits – Mentally tough people are more consistent than you. They create habits and relentlessly stick to them
  3. Learn to ignore things you cannot control – Stoicism is the ability to endure pain and hardship without display of fellings and without complaint
  4. Ruck – put a heavy pack on and go walk for hours.
  5. Farmer carry – pick up some heavy shit and go for a mile walk.
  6. Hang – grab and pullup bar, a tree branch or some playground equipment and start a timer. Work up to 60 seconds.

Hardship Hill this Saturday. No Bomb Shelter workout scheduled. Come support us by drinking beer and eating grilled meats!

Ever felt you were going backwards in life

THE SCENE: Warm for upper 60s. A bit windy too

Reverse arm circles, tempo squats, tempo merkins , SSH in reverse  start at 20 and go to negative 5. Pax fell apart at 0…..which is funny due to all the smart/engineers at the BS. Pinocchio was the only one I believe to keep counting from 0- negative 5.

Bernie the grinder , reverse sumo walk halfway back then Bernie back to start.

5 burpee penalty for the FNG that kicked the cone

  • RT 66 starting at 11 and working down to one. 11 burpees, Bernie to next light pole, 10 burps, always running backwards between light poles
  • Once we made it to mt Crumpit , 7s . At the base , do one monkey humper , Bernie up to Crumpit and do 6 WWII sit-ups with your head downhill , Bernie back down . Rinse n repeat until reps of said exercise are flipped
  • Bernie back to AO
  • Bearway to heaven or Way bear to heaven !  Instead of bear crawl, we crawl bear the whole time. Pretty brutal !
  • over a mile of running and crawl bear backwards today!

No time
12 pax incl one FNG- ESPY
Ever felt like your going backwards in life and just can’t succeed? Well, I have but I think that’s ok and part of life. I believe if you always succeed in all that you do, you are not trying hard enough or challenging your self enough. You don’t know your limits until to take yourself to the limit and fail. Don’t be afraid of failure , embrace it when it comes and become stronger from it.
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Abridged tonight . Go for fellowship and support for hardship hill and OEW!

Cinco de Seveno

THE SCENE: A crisp, beautiful morning between 45 and 65 degrees

20 side straddle hops, 15 arm circles forward, 15 backward, 8 body-builders, indian run with CMU

1st exercise: Unbroken sets of 30 (not for speed, good form)

2nd exercise: work until partner is finished with 1st (Plyometric exercise – explosive)


After each round switch who goes first.


  1. Deadlift- 2 CMUs
  2. Pistol Pete
  1. Floor Press with CMU
  2. Star Jacks
  1. Bent rows
  2. Iron Mike
  1. Thrusters
  2. Box Jumps
  1. Curls
  2. Plyo push-ups

1.Tricep extension

2. Body-builders

One partner farmer carry two CMUs while the other Big boys. Switch. 20 box-cutters, 20 heels to heavens, LBCs cash-out


I am hard on myself. I expect a lot out of me and the way that I know is because of my frustration, anger, or dismissal for myself when things don’t go my way.  I put my faith in a lot of things, including myself.  I have a lot of faith in my body because I think if I eat right and work out that my body will be transformed.  I expect the same to happen in my spiritual life.  When it doesn’t then I get frustrated and either blow up or hide or double down on my efforts.  2 Corinthians 3 says that I am being transformed into the image of Christ and the only prerequisite for that is my faith in Jesus.  Not in my efforts, not in how well I’m doing, not in how others see me, not in my position at work, home, with friends.  I want to put my hope and faith in the Truth that I am being transformed into Christ’s image, in His time, in His way, not my own.
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Last Hello

THE SCENE: Partly cloudy, 66 degrees F, 91% humidity

SSH, Imperial Squat Walkers, Arm Circles, Cherry Pickers

Grinder Run, Grinder Bernie, Grinder Skip


Push Pull

Two Groups:  First group does 11 Inverted Pull ups or 5 Pull ups while second group does 11 Merkins.  Switch spots and exercises.  Perform 6 rounds for a total of 66 Merkins and 66 Inverted Pull ups.

Indian Run to the Educator

Educator Workout

Burpees x3 at the base of hill

Alternate ascents: Bear Crawl half/Bernie half on odd number, then run on even number.

At the top perform following exercises with CMUs: Swings x11, Thrusters x11, Curls x11, 4 count Flutter kicks x11, Derkins x11, Upright Rows x11

Loop down the Educator by way of the sidewalk.

Mosey back to the AO.

Box cutters, LBCs, Flutter kicks.
11 in attendance with a cameo appearance by Woodshack and a special appearance by Moses.  Good to see some back after a few weeks.
My reflection today is based on a memory error on my part.  I thought May 2 was the anniversary but it was actually October 2.  Just assume its October 2 today.

On that day in 2002, the Alcoa, Inc plant was getting ready for a visit by the CEO.  Finishing touches on cleanup, painting, mowing, etc was in full gear.  Just before noon, I was heading back to my office though a glass hallway when I see Rod using a push mower around the office area.  I stop and waited for about 30 to 45 seconds for Rod to see me.  Finally during one of his changes in direction he looks up and sees me.  I nod, give him a wave, and open my mouth as if to say “hi.”  Rod does the same and then we both go about our business.

Rod usually ended his work day at 3:00 pm but with much to be done, he accepted an overtime shift to work 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  On that shift he and coworker, Danny Boone, were to get rid of an old glove vending machine that had been at the South Gate for ages.  No longer did workers have to spend 10 cents for a pair of cotton gloves.  Safety had progressed to a point dictating gloves as essential to job performance.  Plus many task required specialized gloves much more protective than thin cotton ones.

Danny and Rod loaded the vending machine onto a 10-ton flatbed truck and took it around to the dumpster box area on the North end of the plant.  At the top of the bunker they started to push the vending machine into the dumpster below when Danny got a page.  He told Rod that he needed to find a phone to return the call.  He asked that the machine not be moved until he returned.  About 5 minutes later, Danny returns and notices that the vending machine was no longer on the truck and he did not know where Rod was.  Looking over the top rail of the offloading area, Danny sees that the machine is in the dumpster.  Tragically, he also sees Rod has fallen between the dumpster box and the bunker wall.  The 8 to 9 foot fall proved to be fatal to 48 year old Rodney W. Martin.

One of the pillars of F3 is Fellowship.  I bring up my memory of Rod to remind us how important it is to make those small, short, and sincere connections.  We do that as we gather each workout with a simple fist bump and perhaps short chatter like “how are you doing” or “how did that work out for you at work.”  It’s that simple connection to let each other know that they matter and they add to our life.  Someday we will look back and smile about each other and the impact that F3 fellowship made.

I think back to October 02, 2002 frequently and I remember Rod mowing in his Christian slogan T-shirt.  More often than not, he had one on.  Perhaps that is what drew me to him.  Perhaps that is what encouraged me to have some chit-chat with him.  Perhaps I admired his impeccable work ethic.

Most often I think back to that day and know that I didn’t stop to say “hello” to Rod.  I had stopped to say “goodbye.”

Continue prayer for Butterfingers’ M concerning employment.  Lifted up Moses, Squiggly, and Snorkel in the 100 miler this weekend.
Hardship Hill – Be there or be square.  May 18th.