F3 Knoxville

How do you spell B*E*A*T*D*O*W*N?

THE SCENE: Cool, low humidity, most beautiful sunrise in Knoxville

25-4ct. SSH, Cherry pickers, Moroccan nightclubs, Baby arm circles forward and back.

Mosey to trail

B: Burpees – Route 66 style

E: Everest on Everest up to stump (see Exicon for description of exercises), run up rest of Everest to road.

Mosey to Pier behind KUB substation

A: ATM – 1 round

T: Tammy Wynette

D: Dying cockroach (2 sets, 10-4 ct.)

O: Obama (8 rounds for 8 years)

Mosey to main lawn.

W: Wilt Chamberlain

Mosey to parking by restrooms

N: Newtons Cradle (10 – 4 ct., 3 rounds)

Run up small hill to AO

Crawdad led box cutters, Gus led shoulder blasters until time.

Remember that God is greater than our fears, insecurities, and what we understand.  Too often we put Him in a box that we comprehend, but He is so much more.  The relationship is similar to what we have with children where they have a very limited and sometimes skewed perspective of the world.  That is how we are to God.

Isaiah 55:8-9


Presents for Everyone

THE SCENE: Cold and clear
Handed out some presents early – 25 envelopes, each containing an exercise. We went through our gifts in sequential order:

  1. 25 SSH
  2. 10 Tempo Squats
  3. 10 Tempo Merkins
  4. 12 Baby Arm Circles (forward and reverse)
  5. Bear Crawl across the parking lot
  6. Crawl Bear across the parking lot
  7. 20 Derkins
  8. 20 Bench Rows
  9. 10 Burpee Box Jumps
  10. 15 LBC’s (4 ct)
  11. 20 Tuck Jumps
  12. 15 Hand Release Merkins
  13. 10 Lunges (10 each leg)
  14. 20 American Hammers (4 ct)
  15. 10 Dive Bombers
  16. 10 Iron Mikes (4 ct)
  17. 15 Sweat Angels (4 ct)
  18. 15 Diamond Merkins
  19. 20 Squats (4 ct)
  20. 20 Flutter Kicks (4 ct)
  21. 20 Dry Docks
  22. 20 Jump Squats
  23. 15 Box Cutters (4 ct)
  24. 10 Burpees
  25. 1 Time All You’ve Got up Little Baby Hill


Just enough time for some plank work and Cap’n helped us cash out with some ATM’s

33 HIM’s – no FNG’s


Especially this time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness – getting things wrapped up before the new year, planning for next year, finishing up the Christmas shopping, figuring out logistics for the holidays, etc, etc. Sometimes the most difficult task is to just slow down and enjoy the moments, the memories.

I’m as guilty as anyone when it comes to getting caught up in the “hamster wheel of life” – creating my list of things I need to get done, worrying about what’s to come tomorrow, and simply not slowing down to appreciate the moments right in front of me. I was reminded of this last night when I was getting ready for the Q this morning. I was preparing the envelopes for the workout (just another task that I needed to get checked off my long list of things to get done over the next couple days), but my 4 year old son was so excited when I asked him to put some stickers on the envelopes. He swelled with pride knowing that Daddy needed his help, and he quickly plopped down next to me and began meticulously placing his Christmas stickers on each envelope. It was just a little moment – inconsequential in the grand scheme of things – but I cherished that time with him. He won’t always be 4 years old, and he won’t always want to help his Dad with those silly projects.

Cherish the moments.

Coupon Escalator

THE SCENE: 70 and Humid

Side stratal hop x20
Imperial squat walker x10
Cherry Pickers x10
Baby arm circles x10
Baby arm circles back x10


Grab Coupon and mosey to lower lot.
Stop 1- 5 Hand release burpees
mosey towards cardic
Stop 1.5 – 40 coupon squats while
Stop 2- add 10 rows & curls at the top of cardiac
mosey to upper lot
Stop 3 – add 15 hand release Merican’s
Mosey to bottom across from the playground
Stop 4 – add 20 on a 3 cnt or 40 lbc’s (with or without coupon)
Mosey to end of bottom
Stop 5- add 25 froggy squat(jump squat)
Reverse escalator removing an exercise each time back to AO


Ring of Fire Captain thor’s boat ride
Pax hold boat or canoe while waiting your your turn for captian Thor

18 Pax and 1 FNG

Words are important. Be mindful of the impact your words have in all situations.
Proverbs 13:3
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;
he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Excerpt from Bible in one year by Nicky Gumbel

Your words are powerful. With kind and encouraging words, you can change a person’s day – or even their entire life.
Proverbs 10:11-20
Speak words of love
Your words have the power to bring great blessing: ‘The mouth of the good person is a deep, life giving well’ (v.11a, MSG). But words can also do a great deal of harm: ‘The mouth of the wicked is a dark cave of abuse’ (v.11b, MSG).
Words have the power to destroy relationships: ‘Hatred starts fights’ (v.12a, MSG). On the other hand, they have the power to heal relationships: ‘But love covers over all wrongs’ (v.12b). ‘Love pulls a quilt over the bickering’ (v.12b, MSG).
Control of the tongue is vital. ‘When words are many, sin is not absent, but the wise hold their tongues’ (v.19). Abraham Lincoln said, ‘It is better to be silent and thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt!’
Throughout this passage, the writer of Proverbs contrasts ‘the mouth of a fool’ (v.14b) with ‘the mouth of the righteous’ (v.11a). One speaks words of hatred (v.12a). The other speaks words of love (v.12b) and wisdom (v.13).
Words of hatred (v.12a) lead to violence (v.11b), dissension (v.12a), ruin (v.14b) and spreading slander (v.18b).
Words of love (v.12b) are a fountain of life (v.11a); they cover over ‘all wrongs’ (v.12b) and are ‘choice silver’ (v.20a). If someone has offended you, don’t return the offence. It is said that holding a grudge is like letting someone live rent free in your head. Instead, return hatred with love. Speak well of the other person even behind their back and you may find that your love puts an end to the bickering and heals the relationship.

Many Happy Returns

THE SCENE: Some sort of 20’s… But dry and calm so it’s not really cold.  Except them stones!

SSH IC x30
Cossack Squat Tempo IC x16 (8 each leg)
Hindurkins x15 IC
Al Gore Tuck Jump x7 (I thinK)
LBAC IC x20 Fwd, x20 Bwd
OK, time to open the present! Box Cutters IC x30

Mosey to the Pee Rock pile to pick out your gift – CMU-ish pee rock
Great… Now you have to pretend you love it. Hold it proudly above your head for a lap around the parking lot!
Drop this one in a parking spot, head over and grab 2 hand-size pee rocks. Drop in adjacent spot

Pick up the CMU-size pee rock, move about 20 yards away and form 2 single-file lines.
Now it’s time to wait in line to exchange your gift.
To pass the time waiting in line, do an exercise. Start with curls.
First man in each line runs to the service desk to exchange CMU-size for 2 hand-size and a new exercise.
He heads to the back of the line and the next PAX makes the exchange. When 2-rocks gets back to the front, run down and switch to 1-rock and a new exercise:

One Rock Two Rocks
Curl Man Makers
Fwd Shoulder Raise Side Raise
Rows Wax On/Off
Tricep Extension Raise the Roof
Goblet Squat Bent Over Side Raise

Standing in line always takes longer than you think… No time for Mary this morning!
14 PAX, no FNGs
We exchanged gifts with my in-laws on Christmas Eve night.  They headed home, and then the next morning we found the gift cards that we’d given them sitting on the side table where they had left them.  It made me think about the fact that just being offered a gift isn’t everything. You have to reach out and take it, a conscious act of receiving.  Some of God’s gifts we just get (and often take for granted), no acknowledgement or recognition required.  A sunrise, our next breath, a baby’s laugh… But His greatest gift requires an act of receiving or it just sits there like my in-laws’ gift cards. Theirs for the taking, yet unused.  Be sure you’re not leaving God’s greatest gift for you sitting on the table.
That circuit took much longer than I expected… I was thinking we’d run through it twice, then maybe I’d need to fill the time with some 7’s or something… Not so! Made it about 97% through once before we ran out of time.

Gonna be feeling a tingle in the fingertips all morning from the freezing pee rocks!

Great to be out this morning with my F3 brothers working off some of that goo!  Coffeeteria was a good unwind as well.
February 24th – Bomb Shelter CSAUP!

Kill the Turkey

THE SCENE: Gorgeous sunrise. At one point, we were just going to climb 1/2 of Everest, but with no view of the rising sun, Proton proclaimed, “Let’s just run to the top of Everest so we can see the sun rise.” A great idea. I almost puked.


-Mosey around parking lot x1

-Continue moseying around parking lot and periodically doing the following: Lunge / Reverse Lunge / Side shuffle / BBS / Bear Crawls / Merkins / Carolina Dry Dock (no more than 10 reps of each…just gettin’ the blood flowin’)


Mosey to Everest. Along the way at various locations in order to keep the PAX together—American Hammer, Derkins, LBCs, Merkins.

At the base of Everest.

  • SSH x30 seconds. Rest 30 seconds.
  • Squats x30 seconds. Rest 30 seconds.
  • Burpee x30 seconds. Rest 30 seconds.
  • Merkin x30 seconds. Rest 30 seconds.
  • BBS x30 seconds. Rest 30 seconds.
  • Sprint Everest…all the way up.
  • Plank at the top. Mosey back to base of Everest.
  • Rinse and repeat.

Mosey back to AO

Circuit. Groups of 3. 1st Pax on one line doing 1st exercise. 2nd Pax on line 20 yards away doing second exercise. 3rd Pax runs from 1st to 2nd and switches with 2nd Pax who then runs. AMRAP 3 Minutes per round.

  1. SSH + Squats
  2. Calf Raises + Lunges
  3. Peter Parker + Sundials
  4. Mountain Climbers (or Merkins) + Hello Dolly

5 minutes of Dealers Choice.

28. High Heels, Pluto, Abacus, Proton, Pheiffer, Hawk, Abcess, Sleepwalker, LillyDipper, Saul, CheatSheet, Scooter, Hooker, Cap’N Crunch, Umbro, QVC, LifeChamp, Rainbow, Pablo, Pinto, Gus, Anklet, Archie, Abort, A-Rod, Mr. Jinxy

FNG: Probe

I spent several hours on Thursday looking through pictures and videos from the past 5-10 years.

  • Epiphany #1: There were always more people surrounding me in community than I realized during that period of life.
  • Epiphany #2: There was always more joy than I realized during that period of life.

New personal goal: Shorten the time gap between the Present Moment and the Moment of Realization.