F3 Knoxville

March Madness with 2.0s

THE SCENE: 50s, dense fog to drizzle
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

  • Reach for the sky
  • Let it hang
  • Neck Rolls
  • Arm Circles Forward, Backward, Morrocan Night Clubs, OH Claps x 10 each
  • Hip Circles in cadence
  • Cherry Pickers
  • Side Straddle Hops
  • Tempo Merkins

Find the curb – then Lunge and Twist, Toy Soldiers and Elbow to Instep

THA-THANG:
Mosey to the “Court”yard of paradise for March Madness Doras

  • Bobby Hurleys x 200
  • Dips x 150
  • Bonnie Blairs x 100
  • Merkins x 50
  • Bobby Hurleys x 200 because coach said to do more freethrows when you are tired.

Mosey, wagonwheel, jailbreak back to the flag

MARY:
Flutterkicks x 25

Sidestraddle hops x 25
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
18 HIMS, 3 named 2.0s and 10 FNG 2.0s
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Happy St. Patricks Day!  Did you know that St. Patricks Day is not about Irish Traditions, it is about the spread of the Gospel by St. Patrick in Ireland after he was kidnapped at age 16 from Britain, forced to work in Ireland, escaped slavery only to return to plant churches all over Ireland.  The truth can be lost some 1600 years after things happen.  So lets talk about Lies — what is the worst that can happen when we think about Lies?  The Pax correctly answered, “We can believe them.”

Satan, the enemy, Jesus said is the father of lies – John 8:44.  Jesus said, “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life.” John 14:6.  Let’s talk about one of God’s important truths — the fruits of the Spirit — love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (of which against there is no law)  Think about where God put Adam and Eve — in the Garden of Eden.  We are constantly surrounded by manmade homes, buildings and materials, but when we get into nature, we see how God makes things.  This is how it works inside our souls.  God granted me a great peace that passes understanding in my greatest time of need, and I believe it was because of my love for God and belief that my faith mattered.  The agricultural theme throughout the Bible is not just for the people of the day to understand, but it is how God works.

MOLESKIN:
I encourage you all to read Matthew 13:1–23, Mark 4:1–20, Luke 8:4–15 — the Parable of the Sower of the Seed.  We cannot earn the fruits of the Spirit but we can resist the lies of the enemy, deceitfulness of wealth and world systems, and desire of the flesh to live when faced with persecution.  We can also prepare our soil through unity with God.  The oneness with God thru Jesus Christ gives us light from the fierce fiery love of God and saturates us with the River of Life from the throne room of God.  This COT is a continuation of a Q previously: Psalms 37:4, “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  Decided to read this literally, by delighting in the Lord, HE will literally give me the pure, holy desires in my heart (not give me what I desire).  Desire is the fuel that waters Passion, and Passion is the soil from which Purpose can Grow  =   Abundant Life.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Please pray for my friend, Nick Osborn’s healing from cancer and salvation.

Check Your Hearing

THE SCENE:  35 and clear
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER:  Administered
WARM-O-RAMA:

Moroccan Nightclub
Overhead Claps
Tempo Squats
Up/Down Dog
Black snake to the back lot
Bernie the length of the lot
Lunge/broad jump/lunge the length of the lot

THA THANG:

Five Lines spaced ~50’ apart. 

  • Bear crawl to 1st line.  40 merkins.  Sprint to the 5th line and back to start.
  • Bear crawl to 2nd line.  30 merkins.  Sprint to the 5th line and back to start.
  • Bear crawl to 3rd line.  20 merkins.  Sprint to the 5th line and back to start.
  • Bear crawl to 4th line.  10 merkins.  Sprint back to start.

Lunge walk/mosey to the coupons

Diego

P1:  Up the steps – touch the wall – come back
P2: Exercise

100 – Uneven Merkins
150 – Overhead press
200 – Heavy LBC
250 – Curls
300 – Coupon Squat

Mosey to the benches – Bulgarian split squats x 20 each

Mosey home.

MARY:

PAX Choice with some Dolly, American hammer, heels to heaven, plank

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

9 + 5 Rushians

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:

Today is International Ear Care Day.  Last year’s theme for IECD was “Check Your Hearing” – and that’s what we are going to talk about this morning…checking our hearing

What do you think about when we talk of “listening for the voice of God”?  What does that look like?  What does God’s voice sound like?  Should we expect an audible voice? A flash of lightning? A vision in the clouds?  I’d love to hear an audible voice – but I don’t expect it.  Instead, I think about hearing God’s voice when I “listen” with my heart and my spirit.

In the book of Jerimiah…starting in Chapter 7 the prophet is standing at the gate of a city and relaying God’s words to the occupants.  As he reminisces on the Israelites experience after they left Egypt, Jeremiah says (speaking from God’s perspective), “I have spoken to you time and again, but you wouldn’t listen and I have called you but you wouldn’t answer” (vs 13). Later (vs 24), “(I gave) them this command, ‘Obey me, and then I will be your God, and you will be my people. Follow every way I command you so that it may go well with you”.  Then, “but they harkened not, nor inclined their ear.”

The Hebrew word from this passage which we translate as “inclined” is natah.  Traced to its Semitic root, you find it is a musician’ term, used for the tightening of strings on an instrument to tune it.  The Hebrew word for “ear” is ‘azan, which means ear – but also in the Semitic, it is a term used for a musical instrument.  So, the idea of “inclining one’s ear” is really a word picture of tuning a musical instrument so that it is in harmony with other instruments.  “Hearing the voice of God” might be a matter of tuning the strings of your spirit or heart…so that you are in harmony with His mind and heart.

How do we tune our hearts?

By doing many of the things that we talk about in this circle!

  • Through prayer and guided meditation (hat tip Spotter, Pool Boy, Erector, others…) we commune with His Spirit and, over time, become more in harmony.
  • Through reading and studying scripture (hat tip Guardrail, Wanderer, others…) we learn about His character.
  • Through living obediently (hat tip Archie, Hound Dog, others…).  Because disobedience is a sure sign of living out of tune.

Check your hearing!  Maybe the way you come to know God’s will is by tuning your heart to be in harmony with His heart.  Work at this by prayer, mediation, studying scripture, and living in obedience.

MOLESKIN:

Prayers for Wanderer’s family as they grieve a loss and make plans to travel.

Prayers for Butterknife’s wife as she courageously steps out to look for employment that she is passionate about.

Borrowed most of this from a Word that I did back in October – apologies to Snaggletooth, who heard it twice!

Hat tip to Chaim Bentorah for inspiring this Word.  Read more about natah ‘azan.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Be That Man

THE SCENE: 39 and a little drizzly.  Perfect!
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER:  Administered
WARM-O-RAMA:
 

  • Moroccan nightclub
  • Squats
  • Finkle swings
  • Seal jacks
  • Mosey to the small lot
  • 10x Mountain climbers then suicide – line 1, 2, then 3
  • 20x BBS then suicide – line 1, 2, then 3

THA THANG:

Mosey to the big lot

Catch the RabbitEight lines spaced about 60’ from each other.  One PAX is the Rabbit – the rest of us are trying to catch him.  All PAX do an exercise then advance to the next line.  The Rabbit starts with a head start but has a disadvantage…  Any PAX that catch the rabbit advance at the same pace as the original rabbit….

Round 1:  PAX do 2 burpees then sprint.  Rabbit (starting at line 2) does 4 burpees then sprint.

Round 2:  PAX do 5 BBS then sprint.  Rabbit (starting at line 2) does 7 BBS then bernie.

Round 3: PAX do 8 bobby hurleys then sprint.  Rabbit (starting at line 3) bear crawls.

 

Racing Quarter PounderTwo Teams.  One team runs the QP forward – the other Team runs it backward.  Which team will finish first?

  • Sprint 25 yards, 25 Merkins, sprint back
  • Sprint 50 yards, 50 Squats, sprint back
  • Sprint 75 yards, 75 mountain climbers, sprint back
  • Sprint 100 yards, 100 SSH, sprint back

Mucho chesto

  • 10x diamond merkins
  • 10x merkins
  • 10x werkins
  • 10x staggered merkins L
  • 10x staggered merkins R

Railroad run back to the shovel flag

 

MARY:

Jelly legs:  30 sec Al Gore, 30 squats, sprint…  Repeat

Another Mucho Chesto

 

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

13 Strong!

 

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:

In anticipation of the upcoming holiday on Monday, I want to give you all something to think about over the weekend.  That’s right – Monday is…World Hippo Day!  Do you know there’s only two places in the world to see hippopotamuses is in the wild? One is Africa. The other is Columbia, South America.

The former Columbian drug lord, Pablo Escobar (not a HIM!), was killed by police almost 30 years ago.  With a net worth of around $30 billion, he was believed to be the seventh richest person in the world.  He used that wealth to buy houses, cars, islands, TWO submarines… He also started his own personal zoo, with elephants, rhinos, lions….and hippos.

In 1991, Escobar surrendered to authorities and the Columbian government seized all his assets and wealth.  They turned over his exotic animals to the Colombian Zoo, but there were four hippopotamuses they didn’t know what to do with because the zoo had no infrastructure for them.  So, authorities decided to just release them into the Magdalena River.

In Columbia, hippos have no natural predators.  There are no seasonal droughts, like there are in Africa.  There is an abundance of food.  Today, the hippo population is exploding in Columbia.  The conditions have been described as a “Hippo Heaven” and estimates suggest that there will be thousands of hippos in Columbia within a few decades.

As the seventh richest man in the world, Pablo Escobar had tremendous potential to impact his family and his community.  He could have done so much good with his wealth and talent!  But just 30-years after his death the lasting legacy of this man, who once lived like a king, is that he inadvertently created a Hippo Heaven.  That’s it.  That’s it?!?  What a ridiculous legacy!

So, here’s the question that I want you to reflect on this weekend;

What will be said of your life 30 years after you are dead?

That day is coming.  What will your children and grandchildren say about your memory?  Will it be something inadvertent and ridiculous…because you just let life happen?  Will they say nothing at all – because you lived an unremarkable existence?  Will they remember you in a way that you wish they would not?  Or, during the short time you have on earth, will you live with intentionality and have a passion to leave a great legacy?

For generations after you are gone, will they tell stories of your greatness and of how your life and faith was such a blessing to the family?

If you want to know how to leave a meaningful legacy, start by reading Psalm 112.  It tells us “the generation of the upright will be blessed” and “the righteous…will be remembered forever”.

Psalm 112 describes the characteristics of a memorable man, a man who will leave a legacy of greatness.

Read through this list, and reflect on each trait.  Ask yourself how this characterizes your life – or what, if anything, you will change starting today

The man who will leave a legacy of greatness…

  • He lives a righteous and blameless life (Psalm 112:4)
  • When others disappoint him or don’t meet his expectations, that man…gives them grace (Psalm 112:4).
  • When others wrong him, that man….shows mercy (Psalm 112:4).
  • With his time and money, that man….is generous (Psalm 112:5 and 9)
  • That man…loves justice (Psalm 112:5)
  • That man…is not afraid of the future because he trusts in the Lord (Psalm 112:7-8)
  • To those who are less fortunate than him, that man…shows compassion (Psalm 112:4)
  • That man…fears the Lord (Psalm 112:1)

That’s a description of a man that I would certainly tell stories about long after he were gone.

Be that man!  Be a little more like him today than you were yesterday!  Be that man!

 

MOLESKIN:

Psalm 112 (ESV)

1  Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments!

2  His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.

3  Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.

4  Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.

5  It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.

6  For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever.

7  He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.

8  His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.

9  He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn is exalted in honor.

10  The wicked man sees it and is angry; he gnashes his teeth and melts away; the desire of the wicked will perish!

 

Read more in the F3 QSource, Q4 Leave Right

Hat tip to Levi Lusko for turning me onto the crazy story about Pablo Escobar’s hippos.

Read more about Pablo Escobar’s Hippos; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Escobar%27s_hippos or check out the National Geographic documentary, Cocaine Hippos.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Set your alarms Monday morning.  The Judge will be on Q!

Echo

THE SCENE: 25* and a tad bit nippy
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

10xAbe Vigoda, 10xHairy Rockettes, 6xCherry Pickers, 20xLBAC fwd/bck, 10xTempo Squats, 10xTempo Merkins
THA-THANG:
Mosey to the hill above the big East parking lot for some 11’s.

  • At the bottom of the hill: Heels-to-Heaven
  • At the top of the hill: Jump Squats

Mosey down to the main road to the welcome center and use Judge Judy’s Light Poles for the following:

  • Move forward two light poles with a Jailbreak, once there perform 10xHR Merkins & 10xBBS
  • Bernie back one light pole and perform 10xBobby Hurleys & 10×4-count Mtn Climbers

Once we made it to the Welcome Center the Q called Recover to move on to the next exercise.

Battle Buddy up. One partner performs exercises in front of the Welcome Center while the other runs a loop around it. Exercises were:

  1. 100x Little Baby Merkins? (Not sure there’s a name for these. From a squat position place your hands on the ground and do limited range of motion merkins. Works the triceps more than chest.)
  2. 200x Squats – Called time shortly into these

Mosey back to the shovel flag. On the way the PAX completed one round of Reverse Indian run with 5 burpees each.

MARY:
No time!

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
11 Men braved the subzero temps this morning.
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Make sure you are not living in an “Echo Chamber”. Constantly being fed the same information and ideas that you already believe without testing that truth. We live in a world that is designed to act as an Echo Chamber. Social media, advertisements, news articles are all tailored to you based on your interests and beliefs. It’s our duty to hold our truths and beliefs to the ultimate Truth, God’s Word. Nothing else in this world can prevail. 

MOLESKIN:
Kudos to Booster for coming out to ruck around us since he’s on the IR at the moment. Appreciate his support of the JUCO PAX.

Also, the PAX is requesting proof from Butterknife that he actually had COVID. His first workout back out and he ran laps around everyone. Hmmm…

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Blood Drive today! CSAUP tomorrow!

Anchors Aweigh My Boys!

THE SCENE: Haze gray with heavy fog
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

25 SSH, 5 cherry pickers, 10 tempo merkins, 10 tempo squats, 30 sec dying cockroach
THA-THANG:
Mosey from the AO to the coupon pile

  • All reps using coupons
    20 Upright rows

    20 Straight leg dead lift

    20 Squats

    20 Curls

    20 Steering Wheels

  • 2nd Round with 19 reps
  • 11’s on the stairs to the athletic center carrying the coupon up and down
    • Pushpress down, tricep extension up
  • All reps using coupons20 Step over merkins 

    20 American Hammer release 

    20 trap raises

    20 Raisers 

    20 sec hold

  • Mosey back to the AO with a jailbreak
  • With arms extended (no breaks), we did 5 minutes of Gorillas (one arm touches the chest while the other is extended), little bird (9 inch up and down movement with arms extended to the sides), big bird (2 feet up and down movement with arms extended to the sides), wax on (small circles inward with arms extended to the front), wax off (small circles outward with arms extended to the front), overhead claps, seal claps, and a hold with arms extended in the front.

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
16 HIMs
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
So I spent 4 years, 1 month, 21 days in the United States Navy. I was the 1st LT, in charge of small boat ops, helicopter takeoffs and landings, RAS, topside preservation, docking/setting sail and anchoring at sea. 

An Arleigh Burke Destroyer is 509 ½ feet long and it has two anchors, a 9,000lbs (12 shots) centerline anchor and a 4,000 lbs. (8 shots) port side anchor. A shot of chain equals 15 fathoms, or 90 feet. The chain is color coded so you have an idea of how much chain has come released or brought up. One of my department’s responsibilities was to keep the chain painted black with a section of white links to mark 1 shot or 90 ft. If you do things right, you shouldn’t ever have to repaint the last two shots of chain which come from the shipyard painted yellow, then red. The saying goes, if you see yellow, start running…if you see red, you’re dead. The chain isn’t attached to the ship because it would rip a huge hole in the ship if the anchor were in a freefall. So when that red shot of chain comes up, it is like a firefighter’s hose or piece of spaghetti snaking all over the deck destroying whatever it touches. 

Dropping anchor is a violent scene…you can’t see that 9,000lbs anchor because it sits over the side but as it goes barreling toward the sea floor, it starts pulling all that chain out of the locker up on to the deck, down through the hole and into the water…rust and paint chips are flying everywhere. Initially, you pay out 3 times the depth of the water in anchor chain. The ship will then start back down to set the anchor into the sea bottom and keep the chain from piling up and kinking . 

What most people don’t know is that with big ships, it isn’t the anchor hooking into the ground that keeps you from drifting, it is the weight of the chain. Not only must it be strong and not break, but it has to be heavy, it has to have substance to it in order to keep the ship from drifting. 

Every 15 minutes, a quartermaster will triangulate the ship’s position based on three landmarks. The shape has a radius that it can swing in based on the amount of chain paid out already. If the ship is outside of the swing circle, you know that you are drifting and in danger of running aground on the land or rocks and eventually shipwrecking. 

We spent our morning getting heavy, working and building those big muscles. I hope it makes you tired throughout the day and sore tomorrow so that it reminds of the need to be heavy. You men are part of my anchor chain and I offer myself to be part of your’s. I rely on you to keep me from drifting because you are men of substance. 

As far as my three landmarks, I’ve got the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit to tell me if I get outside of the swing circle, to tell me if I am drifting. I may not read my Bible every 15 minutes, but I do read it every day to keep from running aground, to keep from shipwrecking. 

Hebrews 6:16-19

16 For people swear an oath by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath serving as confirmation is an end of every dispute. 17]In the same way God, desiring even more to demonstrate to the heirs of the promise the fact that His purpose is unchangeable, confirmed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to hold firmly to the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and reliable and one which enters within the veil, 20 where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.