F3 Knoxville

The No Q Q There will be burpees

THE SCENE: Not so humid, almost cool
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: First, some discussion.  Nobody signed up to Q. Charmin takes the Q 

SSH (4ct) x 50; 5 burpees OYO; Cherry Pickers x 6; one lap around the AO parking lot; little of this here and that there.

  • Mosey to the bottom of the dragon
  • Route 66 up the dragon – burpees
  • back down to the bottom and 25s (merkins and LBCs x4) till the 6 arrives
  • Route 66 up the dragon again – jump squats
  • back down to the bottom and 25s of Carolina Dry Docks and Flutters (4ct)
  • Mosey to Circus Maximus
  • 5 burpees into a sprint to the other end.  Then 10 squats and slow mosey back.  Repeat
  • Mosey to Baby Cardiac.  Bernie up with 3 burpees at the top, back down with 10 Merkins at the bottom
  • Back to the AO

One round of Howling Monkeys, one round of Merkin Ring of Fire, with everybody holding at 6 inches every other set of 5 Merkins, one round of Jump Squat Ring of Fire

Because I had not planned to Q, I didn’t really have anything inspiring lined up.  The word is:  We need more guys to step up and Q.  Who can commit to once a month?  We’ll provide plenty of help and will co-Q with you.  It’s not that hard.
Carney says go see “The Game Changer” movie.

Trail of Tears

40 Strong and 1 FNG take the day start the day off right at the Asylum!

  • Side Straddle Hop X 25
  • Little baby arm circles Front x 15 and back x 15
  • Merkin x 20
  • Imperial Squat Walker x 20

Trial of Tears – 15 Min

  • Burpees x 5
  • Squat Jumps x 10
  • Thrusters x 15
  • Merkin x 20
  • Squats x 25
  • Burpees x 5

Mosey to Everest -15 Min

  • Run to the top
  • Rock Pile Curls to Press 2 – 16

Burpee Dan with Core Team


  • 11’s
    • Body builders top of lot and flutters 4 cr bottom.
  • Mosey to bottom of the dragons tail for rt 66
    • Hand release merkins
    • LBC 4 ct
    • Star Jacks
    • Squats
    • Dry docks
    • CMU curls and tris w CMU
  • Mosey back to PLot and burpee Dan , go touch the fence , Bernie up, repeat …

Aborama – 5 min

  • Flutter Kicks x 25
  • Peter Parkers – Cadence

1- Considering that someone has a life outside of the situation
2-Everyone is right. if you understood what the other person wants and why they want it you would likely want it too.

“”All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:23-24‬ ‭ESV‬‬

A Little Variety

THE SCENE: Perfect weather – mid 50’s, no wind



SSH IC x 25

Tempo Squats IC x 10

Cherry Pickers IC x 10

Merkins IC x 10


Ring of Fire with a few exercises thrown in there that we seldom do. 10 stations set up in a circle; spread out evenly between the stations; do exercise listed at each station for 45 seconds and then rotate to the next station; 30 second rest in between. Threw in a couple moseys and some lunges to the middle of the circle for variety. Exercises at the stations were as follows:

  • Kraken Burpees
  • Sweat Angels
  • Around-the-clock Merkins
  • Box Cutters holding rock in the air
  • Bobby Hurleys
  • Punch-up Merkins
  • Iron Mikes
  • Flutter Kicks holding rock in the air
  • Diamond Merkins
  • Ski Abs

Run up Little Baby Hill twice. Do 2 burpees at the top each time.


Side Crunches – 15 each side



32 strong – No FNG’s

I was reminded of 2 important truths in my life during the Mountain Man Memorial March this past weekend.

  1. When I am focused on my own individual circumstances, I lose the ability to serve others.
  2. I need brothers surrounding me, especially during the difficult, painful times.

I was reminded of those lessons during the physical activity of rucking, but they are applicable to all aspects of life. If we are so focused on our own circumstances, we can’t be there to lift up our brothers. We can’t be present for our wives and for our children. We can’t serve others the way that God is calling us to serve.

During those difficult seasons of life, our natural tendency as men is to isolate ourselves. But more than ever, that’s when we need our brothers. We all experience peaks and valleys, and when we’re in the valley, we need a strong-hearted brother to help us get back up on our feet. As HIM’s, we need to be the men reaching out to help our fellow brothers………….and we should be humble enough to realize that we will inevitably find ourselves in the valley at some point and be in need of our brothers to lift us back up.

Tower of Power/Keep the Faith


THE SCENE: 50 degrees, light to medium rainfall = CBB (Character Building Beatdown

“Welcome to F3: Fitness – Fellowship – Faith. My name is Steam and I’ll serve as your QIC for the next 45 minutes. I am not a professional – you are here on your own volition. Which means I don’t know any injuries you may or may not have. That being said, if you need to modify any of the exercises we do this morning, feel free to do so but push yourselves and the men around you!”

  1. Side Straddle Hop (SSH): 25 x 4 (in cadence)
  2. Squat: 10 x 4 (in cadence)
  3. Imperial Walker: 10 x 4 (in cadence)
  4. Merkin: 10 x 4 (in cadence)

Pre-Mosey —> number off (14) = start with 14, end with 14…keep 100% accountability.

  • Mosey to Locust Street Garage
    • 2 lines
    • Halt by Big Ball
    • Prom King led PAX in 10 squats
    • Mosey across bridge across Henley St.
    • Halt in front of Locust St. Garage –> PAX executes 10 squats
  • Tower of Power
    • 6 Levels = L1 – L6
    • Before we begin, all I have is this: Do you have faith in me as your Q this morning? You have a choice, you always have a choice.”

    • L1 = 50 – 1 count Merkins
      • Bearcrawl to L2 –> upon arrival at L2 – hold merkin plank
    • L2 = 40 – 1 count merkins
      • Bearcrawl to L3 –> upon arrival at L3 – hold merkin plank
    • L3 = 30 squats
      • Battle buddy fireman carry to L4 –> upon arrival at L4 – hold squat
    • L4 = 20 squats
      • Battle buddy fireman carry to L5 –> upon arrival at L5 – hold squat
    • L5 = 10 squats
    • You’ve made it this far – I’ll ask you again: after all we’ve gone through to get up here, do you still have faith in me?

    • Line up shoulder to shoulder facing the ramp up to L6
    • L6 = dark, rainy, unknown…etc
    • You always have a choice. You chose to be here this morning and you chose to push yourselves to get up the tower of power. No one forced you to do that. Men, we always have a choice in life. When crap hits the fan and we’re faced with the unknown, not knowing what comes next, you have a choice. If you still have faith in me, follow me.

****Full sprint to top of L6 —> execute 10 incline merkins on wall*****

  • Mosey down the Tower of Power
  • QIC leads motivational F3 cadence call
  • Mosey back to AO –> sprints the straightaway by the Hilton Hotel at AO

Upon arrival at AO — get accountability. 14 started – 14 finished
PAX = 14: Abort – G-6 – Prom King – Guppy – Careless – Quarantine – Plunger – Cheatsheet – Petey – Preacher – Amazon – Soot – Stage hand – Steam

FNG = 0
Before we began the tower of power, I asked if you had faith me as your Q for today. Faith in me to lead all of us, keep us safe, and provide a way for you to get form point A to point B. I knew what the master plan was – I knew where we were going and how we were going to get there. It was tough right? But as we went up the Tower of Power and all of you continued to have faith in me, it got a little easier each level right?

Matthew 17:20 = “…truly I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain move from here to there and it will move, because nothing is impossible for you.”

The point I’m trying to make is this: Sometimes I feel like I don’t even have the faith of a tiny mustard seed. Because I want to be in control. I want to control my life, my decisions, my outcomes, my future. And I am so scared of what would happen if I just….let go. But it’s not my life to control.

All God wants is to extend to you His hand and say: Do you have faith in me? That’s all he wants, just your faith the size of a mustard seed. A mustard seed of faith in your marriages, your relationships, your vocation, your life. I don’t know what’s going on in your life, but God does. Do you trust Him to be able to let go?
Keep the Faith & Fight the Good Fight!

Riding the escalator

THE SCENE: 65* perfect weather to get a sweat on

Baby arm circles forward 12x IC
Baby arm circles reverse 13x IC
Imperial walkers 10x IC
SSH 20x IC

Form two lines behind Gretzky and Swanson, headed toward amphitheater.  PAX mosey in and hop up on stage for directions.  Routine is escalator – start with first exercise, then take a lap around the pond.  Get back, do the first two exercises, take a lap.  Continue adding next exercise down until you’re completing 5 exercises at the end.  Exercises as follows:

  • Plank jacks 10x on a four count (PAX instructed to do half high and half six inches off the deck)
  • Jump squats 10x
  • Pull ups 10x (pull ups performed midway at the Big Ball before returning to stage)
  • Mountain climbers 10x on a four count
  • Lunges 10 each leg

Jack rabbits perform ab exercises on stage waiting for the 6 to complete the routine.  Ab exercises led by Singlet: flutter kicks, penguins, hello Dolly’s, WWII sit ups.  Once 6 is all in, PAX recover and 10 count.

PAX begin short mosey across first bridge and up first set of stairs near the Big Ball.  Next routine is the 4 cone escalator.  Focused on lower body for first routine, second focuses on upper body.  Routine:

  • Crawl bear between cones, at each cone you have a set of merkins.  First cone 5 merkins, second cone 10, third cone 15, fourth cone 20 merkins.  Jog back to start line.
  • Inch worm between cones (start in plank, walk feet to hands, then walk hands back out to plank.  Can’t move feet and hands at the same time), at each cone you have a set of burpees.  First cone 3 burpees, second cone 6, third cone 9, fourth cone 12 burpees.

Recover and 10 count.

Slow mosey back to start point for Mary.  No jailbreak across the park so I don’t lose my pride and my stomach.  MARY:
Flutter kicks 10x IC – quick transition to
Wide flutter kicks 10x IC
27 out in force, including 4 FNGs!! Preacher, Gretzky, Sheldon, Hillary, Guppy, Steam, Stage Hand, Soot, Popeye, Putt Putt, Pfeiffer, Cheatsheet, Prom King, Quarantine, Passport, Bessie, G6, Sprinkler (FNG), Swanson, Petey, Amazon, Singlet, Cheeks (FNG), Garfield (FNG), Petro (FNG), Careless, Abort.
Just spoke about the terms Dolphin and Daffodil, and encouraged anyone who hasn’t read Freed To Lead to blaze through it.  Make sure to know your direction, and have a hold on what you do the best and who you care about the most, intersecting that Dolphin and Daffodil for your highest impact.  Challenge to myself as much as to anyone else.

Big thanks to Swanson for getting the prayer today, I couldn’t get my thoughts in order to properly do it.  And he executed much better than I can anyhow.
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