F3 Knoxville


THE SCENE: Cloudy, about 50 degrees

25 Side-Straddle-Hops, 15 Second Squat, 10 Burpees, 30 Second Squat, 10 Imperial Walkers, 45 Second Squat, 10 Cherry Pickers, 60 Second Squat

Mosey to Stop Sign at Northeastern Corner of Administration Bldg.  Men will dive into teams of two.  We will do Doras.  While one partner runs to end of sidewalk, does 10 merkins, and runs back, the other partner will be working on exercises with a set of bricks.  The partners then switch positions.  Here are the exercises to do with the bricks:

  • 100 overhead presses
  • 100 curls
  • 100 triceps
  • 100 punches where both hands = 1
  • 100 rows with hands at each side
  • 100 wings up
  • 100 wings down
  • 100 winds out

Mosey to perimeter trail.  We will do 20 American Hammers at grassy area by the trail.

Mosey to foot of Mt. Everest.  We will do 20 Big Boy Sit-ups, 20 Hello Dollies, and 40 Baby Crunches in cadence.  Then we run up Mt. Everest.  At the top, men alternate between Squats and Baby Crunches until all men finish.

Mosey back to pile of bricks at the Northeastern Corner of Admin. Bldg.  We will do 20 Box Cutters.  Then, men grab bricks to take to my car at the AO.

Mosey to the parking lot with islands that is located south of the northern ball fields.  We will alternate between Bernie Sanders and Sprints between each cone of the parking lot.  There will be four cones places around the parking lot.  At each cone we will stop to do 15 Merkins.  Rinse and repeat.

Mosey to start of mini-cardiac.  We will Bernie to the Green Park Sign then sprint to the AO.

Fourteen men, no FNGs but we did have Gus visiting from Memphis to honor the birthday of four years of him being in F3 at the place where he got started.

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

— Albert Schweitzer

Infants and toddlers form an attachment to loving parents.  Studies have been conducted showing that young toddlers will show confidence when near their parents but be wary and even cry when a stranger approaches if the toddler is alone.  With secure attachment, the feeling of comfort that the toddler has with a loving parent allows the toddler to feel safe enough to then move from the parent and explore the outside world.  Have you ever watched a young toddler explore?  The toddler will move away from the parent, viewing objects and people with curiosity – but the toddler will also look back to the parent to make sure they are there – and, finally, the toddler will hurry back to the parent, just to be acknowledged, to get the parent’s affection, to be touched.  After that, the toddler will move away again to explore the world.  This pattern will occur again and again over the course of minutes.  Studies have indicated that toddlers who have this type of attachment, which shows their need for the parent in order to continue to explore, are more likely to be confident adolescents and adults.

Certainly, as adults we have gained autonomy and independence.  But, I feel that adults also have that same need for some type of attachment – just at a different level.  We need some type of human base.  As Bruce Springsteen says in his song called “Human Touch”:

You might need somethin’ to hold on to
When all the answers, they don’t amount to much
Somebody that you could just to talk to
And a little of that Human Touch.

As men, most of us have found or are looking for some kind of mate.  The marriage of two people not only provides us with love but it gives us a sense of security – a stronghold.  As men it is also important to have a group of others to connect to.  The 2nd F of F3, fellowship, is a strong influence for us.  For me, I find that having the socialization with you brothers in F3 actually helps me to get out and explore my world.  And it gives me comfort to also know that I can come back a few days each week to reconnect.  Just as a toddler reconnects with the parent, adults need to reconnect with caring adults.  That connection not only gives us energy, it gives us courage.  In F3, we talk of locking shields together.  But because we lock shields in workouts and fellowship, each of us are better equipped to carry on with the challenges we must face in other settings.  As Albert Schweitzer indicates, the connection with our fellow men ignites the spark within us that keeps are own flame going.

The Faith aspect of F3 is also important here.  Because the Faith aspect connects us to an even higher power, a sustaining light, a light that will not fail us.  It gives us purpose, direction and strength.  And there is something about knowing that our brothers are also uniting in this connection that makes it the more powerful.  Indeed, “each of us have cause to think with great gratitude” of what has “lighted the flame within us.”

Prayers for the health of Choir Boy’s mother-in-law and Lillydipper’s wife with their thyroid surgery.  Prayers for Choir Boy’s mother who also has a problem thyroid or hypothyroid.  Prayer’s for Hooker’s daughter, Emerson Grace Gentry, who was born five weeks premature and is still in the hospital at this time.  Prayers for our nation and world at this time of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Convergence and 3rd F at JUCO on March 28.

Walk Softly and Carry a Big CMU

THE SCENE: Mid fiddies and overcast

  • 10 x tempo merkins
  • 15 x overhead claps
  • 15 x Imperial Walkers
  • 20 x Mountain Climbers

Grab CMUs and mosey to skate park. 100 reps of each exercise, mosey to the Golden Gate and back between exercises.

  • Curls
  • Squats
  • OH Press
  • Step-ups
  • Dips
  • Calf raise
  • Carolina Dry Docks


Cash out at the ATM


There is a whole lot of uncertainty floating around in the news and it’s creating a whole lot of fear. We can’t see the future nor can we influence things like pandemic illness. We can, however, wake up every day and be a leader. We can lead our family, our friends, and our peers with a calm, steadfast discipline. Focus on the items you can control, and the rest will work itself out.
It was great to see Gus and A-di-das make appearances today!
Hardship Hill and several convergances are upcoming, get involved if you want to participate!


THE SCENE: 48, no rain.  Kind of nice!

OH claps

10 penalty burpees cause Mayberry forgot the flag

cherry picker

imperial walkers

good mornings
Route 66+, merkins at each light pole

watt rd field, do 1 exercise at each corner as you run a lap.  Do 5 laps

  • Mountain climbers x 10, 4 count
  • squats x 10
  • merkins x 10
  • overhead claps x 10, 4 count

mosey to playground for 11’s

pullups and BBS,  run to middle light (50 yds)

20 squats at Bottom of hill.  Run to the outhouse and 20 underhand easy ups.  Repeat 3x

MRSA field

50 yd bear crawl, then 10 CDD.  Repeat 2 x

mosey to AO

No time

Insert the WORD here.
Toto wedding today!
convergance next Saturday at the truck stop with 3rd F at 2 rivers church.


THE SCENE:  A little past chilly

  • 10 Penalty Burpees (My Bad)
  • SSH IC x 25
  • Windmill IC x 15
  • BA Cir IC x 10
  • Tempo Merkins IC x 10
  • Little bit of this & that
  • Cherry Picker (DP Style) IC x 5


  • Mosey to the bottom of Plymouth Rock
  • 6:06 AMRAP
  • 16 Turkish Get ups Run to “The Rock” 20 Merkins
  • (It took the Mayflower 66 days to sail to Plymouth Rock in 1620)
  • Mosey around the island to bottom of the steps
  • Battle Buddy up for Dora Style –Partner A does Exercise/Partner B runs to Rock–switch
  • 53 single reps of the Following Exercises (53 – is the number of Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving)
  • CDD
  • Merkins
  • Bobby Hurley’s
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • 90 single reps of the following exercises (To represent the 90 Native Americans at the 1st Thanksgiving)
  • American Hammers
  • Flutter Kicks
  • Star Jacks
  • Shoulder Taps
  • OH Claps
  • x3 — The First Thanksgiving lasted Three Days
  • Take a lap around the median after 1 completed round


  • Mayberry Punished us with 50 LBC’s, 20ish Gas pumpers, 20ish Hello Dolly’s – 10 merkins OYO for time

Lucky 13 HIM’s

Thanksgiving the Holiday was 1st put into place by George Washington for day of  “Public Thanksgiving and Prayer”. He called it a day devoted to “the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” Abraham Lincoln made it a Federal Holiday. He called it a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” — Let’s treat today as our own day of Thanksgiving and Prayer. Start a tradition or start a new one. Enjoy your families.

We didn’t quite make 3 rounds of the Thanksgiving Feast. Mumblechatter was A+ today – You could tell the boys were excited to see Gus. We all thought the world of Tank for coming out in a neckbrace this morning to tough it out with us. Thanks for being brave Tank.
Donations for the Old Folks, Convergence on December 7th

Guest Q Surprise

THE SCENE: The Project…is this fall weather?

None. Just started running.
Merkin Mile:  stopped every 1/4 mile and did 25 merkins.  Out and back to end back at the shovel flag.

Tabata:  20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, 8 rounds each

  • SSH
  • squats
  • plank
  • jump squats

Shoulder blaster.

Merkin pyramid:  Run from pole to pole in main parking lot.  Start with 1 merkin and increase by 1 after each run.  Start decreasing back down when Q calls it.

Big boys
6 PAX with 1 FNG:  Man o’ War
Story of Nehemiah rebuilding the wall.
Brolympics November 9th.