F3 Knoxville

Don’t be a JackAss- you get further in life with a positive attitude


72* Clear 97% Humidity

You’re here on your own volition…

20 x Side Straddle Hop Seal Claps

  • Half of you pick up a weight(Burden) to carry to Lower Baseball Field Lot when tired pass of to your brother(lesson is we help carry our brothers’-burdens together
  • Stop at lower lot and participate in Trolly’s Grid (in honor of Trolly at JUCO) 3 Merkins at every star-Run,  2 BBS at stars-Lunge, 3 jumpsquats-bear crawls,  2 burpees- broad jump…RR
  • Mosey w weight to playground parking lot stop and do 11s w Dive Bombers/Carolina Dry Docks
  • Mosey w weight to Pavilion Wall exercise is BoKnows- do wall sits while hold weight while battle buddy does High knees for 100+ count then switch x 2
  • Mosey back to AO w weight circle up do curls/triceps/squats w weights

Hello Dolly x 20 Box Cutters x20

35 Strong w 2 FNGs
You get more outta life by maintaining a positive attitude!
Don’t be a JackAss cuz no one will like you!

Keeping it in the shade

THE SCENE: 93, hotter than the devil’s armpit

SSH x 20, variable speeds

Cherry pickers

Imperial Walkers x 10

Merkins x 10

Mosey across street to Saturday morning AO and get a CMU for each Pax.  Place CMU’s in the shade along edge of parking lot.

Pax is to run to other end of parking lot, do one of the exercised listed below, then run to the CMU pile and do 30 curls, then repeat until all exercises are completed.

Round 1 – 30 CMU curls

4 Exercises

  • 20 merkins
  • 20 CDD
  • 20 BBS
  • 20 Squats

Round 2 – 30 CMU OH Press

4 corners

  • 20 merkins
  • 20 CDD
  • 20 – BBS
  • 20 Squats

10 Merkins

Mosey to the concessions stand and partner up for Dora.

100 Hand release merkins

200 Decline Merkins

300 Step Ups (single count)

Partner runs back to the parking lot and does 3 burpees

Mosey to CMU pile still in the corner and still in the shade.

25 CMU Curls

CMU OH Hold while we put the CMU’s away

Ring of fire Merkins.  Started at 5, then went to 10.


Personal relationships are more important than knowledge.
It was too hot to be in the sun so we modified and kept everything in the shade as much as possible.
9/14 Trucking to the Pound CSAUP.  T-shirts will be available for order soon.  Must act quickly

November is Brolympics.  Beer ruck, picnic, competition.

Beyond Hot with J-Lo VQ

THE SCENE: Heat Index above 100, miserable Humidity and Partly Cloudy (Until we got onto the grass for set 1)

15 x each:

⁃ Side straddle hop

⁃ Cherry pickers

⁃ Knee Hug

⁃ Arm circles

Mosey to Open Grass area:


⁃ 30 – Squads

⁃ 30 – Sit-ups

⁃ 30 – Flutter kicks

⁃ 30 – Mountain Climbers

⁃ 30 – Push-ups

Mosey to Edge of Baseball fields

  • 1.25 minutes American Hammer

Mosey to jogging path at bottom of Cardiac Hill

  • 1.5 Minutes of Lunges

Mosey to Base of Cardiac Hill

  • 1.5 Minutes of Bobby Hurleys

Mosey to near top of Hill

  • 1.5 Minutes of Merkins

Mosey to Path by Mini-Cardiac

  • Regular Plank – 1 minute
  • Right Arm Up Plank – 1 minute
  • Left Arm up Plank – 1 minute
  • Right Arm + Right Leg Up – 30 Seconds

Mosey To bottom of hill – Bernie to AO spot




Our purpose in life is the very meaning of our way of existence and without knowing this we often suffer, ignorant of our own significance. We fall prey to the illusion that our lives don’t matter and we have no connection or impact in the world around us.

ISAIAH 46: 10-11:

10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is to come. I say, “My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” 11 From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land , a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.

Pray for @Hooker’s Grandmother and for @Flashback’s Grandmother

Two Deion Sanders Equals a Ronnie Lott

THE SCENE: Beautiful East TN morning, not too hot, not too much humidity (we could breathe and weren’t swimming).

42 SSH IC, 21 baby arm circles forward IC, 21 baby arm circles backward IC, 42 merkins OYO, 42-second squat

Mosey to the weekday A.M. parking lot via the dragon’s tail – pass a light post, do a burpee.

Workout stations in all four corners of the parking lot – CMU curls, CDDs, burpees, and squats.  Do 40 reps of the exercise and run to the center and do 2 round-the-clock merkins.  Run up mini-cardiac/mini-Everest and back down to the next station.  Do 40 reps of the exercise, run to the middle and do 2 RTC merkins, Bernie up the hill, and run back down.  Repeat until all stations are done, alternating between running up the hill and Bernie-ing up the hill.

Bear crawl to the flag pole next to the Pavillon.  Circuit with 4 stations of exercises, 10 reps each, and 2 burpees at the flag pole.  The exercises were: box jumps in the play area (aka the Cloud), pull-me-ups (table rows) in the Pavillon, pull ups in the dugouts (or where ever a pull up could be found, e.g., a tree branch), calf raises on the stairs (10 each leg), plus the aforementioned burpees x 2 at the flagpole.  Ran the circuit until the Q called time.

Bear crawl back to the parking lot to do four more stations of exercises, this time CMU triceps extensions, merkins, lunges, and a PAX choice (hello Dollys).  Due to time, do 20 reps of the exercise, run to the center and do 1 8-count Bodybuilder (basically a burpee with a plank jack added in for good measure), and then run to the next station and repeat.  We left out the runs up the hill in between stations to make sure we had time for Mary.

Cash-out sprint up the hill to get to Mary.


The Q was out of breath trying to chase Edit up the hill, so Crawdad led the PAX through 21 box cutters on a 4 count.  Then, the PAX did 42 LBCs OYO.  Ended with a 42-second plank right on time.

16 total PAX.  High Heels left early to meet the cable guy, but he conveniently reappeared at Panera for Coffeteria.  Veggie was there, but his tag was not in the system.  One FNG who was visiting Goober from Indiana (Goober has brought a lot of his friends to F3, either Goober likes us or hates his friends).  He was named Brown Bag.  Unfortunately, the Q forgot to get his contact info, so hopefully Goober can provide it.

My birthday was the day before.  Try to guess how old I am.  Talked about Ecclesiastes – my favorite book in the Bible.  Read it for yourself.  Here’s my summary: bad things happen to good people, good things happen to bad people, but do what is right regardless because that is what God wants.  Talked about time because the most famous part of Ecclesiastes is the passage on time, just ask the Byrds.  Time is my enemy.  There is never enough of it, it goes by too fast, and you can’t get it back once it is gone.  It goes by faster and faster as the milestones of life pile up.  Talked about my dad and him being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when I was in high school and how that affected him physically and me mentally as I watched the disease progress over the years.  He died in 2017 at the age of 79.  I was 40.  No one knows how much they have left or what they have left.  But we all know what we can do today.  When I am tired or want to be lazy, I think of my dad and other people who cannot do what we do in F3.  One day, I won’t be able to do it either, for whatever reason (injury, age, disease, death).  So, I do it now.  I get up and do it for my dad and those who can’t and for the me one day who won’t be able to do it either.  That way, when I can’t, I can at least say and know that I did.  When I could, I did, and I did until I couldn’t.  No waste.  No regrets.  Carpe diem.
Prayed specifically for Junk’s wife, Crawdad’s wife, and Thunderstruck’s mom.  General prayers of thanks for the precious time that we have, for the ability to make the most of it and to build a foundation of better living for our family and friends and to make great memories that last a lifetime even as the time passes, and for the peace to let time go and to accept the next season (as Ecclesiastes calls it) of life when it comes.
Convergence at Big Ball coming up in a couple of weeks followed by the third F at Redeemer.

P.S. Thanks to Sleepover for suggesting all the burpees.

Interior Obliques Anyone?

THE SCENE: Nice and warm… Rain amount varied from zero to “all of the rain.”

SSH x25 IC
TN Rocking Chair x15 IC
Let’s go ahead and get the Wettening out of the way:
20x Superman Swims IC
15x Cobra Merkins (each side) IC
Donkey Kissers x15 IC
Cossack Squats x16 IC

Lemur Hop from AO to CMU pile (hands forward on the ground, hop feet up between hands, lift hands and rise to Al Gore position and hop forward w/knees bent)
Overhead Carry back to AO
Plyo Box Merkins x15 OYO
CMU Kettlebell Swings x25 OYO
CMU overhead pass: Circle up close, place CMU outside right foot. With left hand, reach across body and lift CMU. Press overhead, then set down outside left foot (next PAX’s right foot). R&R. Don’t hit anyone with CMU. Switch directions and arms after apx. 10 reps.

Head over to the curb:
40 Calf Raises OYO with CMU
Bear Crawl dragging CMU across parking lot
40 Calf Raises OYO with CMU
4×1 Lunge w/ CMU twist, blockees back across parking lot
40 Calf Raises OYO with CMU
Crawl Bear (/swim… raining pretty hard) dragging CMU
40 Calf Raises OYO with CMU

Back to AO:
25x Lawn Mower (each arm)
10x Upright Row
20x Bent Over Row
10x 4-ct CMU American Hammers

Just enough time for some Row Your Boat – Pretty appropriate given the conditions.
5 thoroughly moistened PAX
Psalm 150:
1 Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens![a]
2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!

3 Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
5 Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing CMUs!
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

OK, so I changed that last word a bit… We should praise God whatever we are doing, wherever we are, with all that we have!

I don’t know which exercise did this, but I need more of it: Something made the muscles over my kidneys sore. I had to look ’em up… I think they’re the “internal obliques”
3rd F event next month, with convergence at Big Ball preceeding!