F3 Knoxville

False finish five

THE SCENE: 67* or so, great morning

Even/odd stretches – middle left right
Short mosey to overpass
Shoulder taps x15 IC
Super squats x10 IC
Tempo merkins x10 IC
Wall sit OH claps x15 IC
Very short mosey to amphitheater .  Assemble at the stage for 11s’s big brother, 25’s.  Same concept as 11s except increase/decrease by 5 reps.  Start at the stage and do 20 feet elevated crunches (legs straight out and 6″ off the ground, hands on head and crunch), run up the stairs to the top and do 5 pull ups/inverted rows on rails.  Return to the bottom for 15 crunches/10 rows, etc. working up and down in count.

Mosey out of amphitheater and across bridge adjacent to railroad.  Stop in the parking lot just below Church St. United Methodist for a round of leg blasters before tackling the hill.  In cadence and with no rest in between: 15 squats, 10 lunges each leg, 10 jump squats.  Then immediately run up the hill beside the church and over to the parking lot beside Henley St. Bridge.  Lots of chalk on the ground for some fun with rocks.

Each time you perform the exercise, then drop your rock and run across the street, up the ramp to the front door of the church, do 5 merkins, and return for the next exercise.  Exercise list:

  • Curls x20
  • OH press x20
  • Curls x20
  • Front rock raise x20
  • Curls x20
  • Mr. Spectacular (rock on ground, walk your hands out to plank, merkin, walk back in, lift rock and press overhead for 1 rep) x20
  • Curls x20
  • Lap around parking lot holding rock overhead
  • Curls

This was the original list on the ground when we got there.  I’d hidden some chalk during set up and started adding exercises as people started getting the near the finish.  I may have gotten some groans and poopy faces. Added exercises still had run across to the church and do 5 merkins in between.  Exercises added:

  • Rock OH squats x20
  • Curls x20
  • Rock pressed flutters x20

After everyone had finished, I thought it would be good to do some curls.  So we did tempo 21s with rocks.  7 reps of bottom to halfway nice and slow in tempo, 7 reps halfway to top in tempo, 7 reps full range in tempo.

10 count and start mosey back to SP.  When we got back to start point everyone kind of stopped and I kept running right through it and told them we weren’t finished yet.  So we ran through the start point and up past the playground and around back to start point.

Flutter kicks x25 IC
Boat/canoe typical Abort finish
False finish five: Duggar, Anchorman, Hang Tight, Amazon, Abort
The whole idea of the workout was that sometimes you think you’re almost to the finish, only to find out there is more work to be done.  The lesson was to always be prepared, and that you obviously place limits on yourself when you think you know where the end is.

TCLAPS to Hang Tight graduating Saturday (and fighting off the merlot Sat morning)!!

11 is the magic number

THE SCENE: 47* – perfect weather

Arm circles forward x11
Arm circles reverse x11
Calf raises x11
Imperial squat walkers x11
SSH x22
Mosey over to amphitheater.  PAX line up along the edge of the stage.  Perform exercises with no rest between.

  • Side step ups left leg x11
  • Side step ups right leg x11
  • Box jumps x11

Once complete Al Gore waiting for everyone to finish.  Once everyone is finished perform next set of exercises no rest in between.

  • Derkins x11
  • Dips x11
  • Ranger merkins x11

Once complete plank and wait for everyone to finish.  Once everyone is finished, perform next set no rest between.

  • Side step ups left leg x11
  • Side step ups right leg x11
  • Box jumps x11
  • Derkins x11
  • Dips x11
  • Ranger merkins x11

Once complete Al Gore and wait for everyone to finish.  Once everyone is finished, repeat last round of 6 exercises and run up center steps and around, back to stage and plank waiting for everyone to finish.  PAX plank, alternating between holding at 6″ and up top.  Recover and 11 count.

Mosey over bridge to the base of the Big Ball.  Next exercise is… 11’s on the stairs.  Start with 10 pull ups on the beams of the Big Ball, run up stairs to the top and perform 1 WWII Sit up. Repeat going through the 11s routine, working down in sit ups and up in WWII sit ups.  Jack rabbits perform flutter kicks, penguins, and LBCs waiting for everyone to finish.

Recover and 10 count.  Mosey back to start point for Mary.

Only time for box cutters (22)
19 strong – Careless, Rousey, Cowbell, Blazer, Anchorman, G6, Kibbles, Singlet, Hang Tight, Petey, Amazon, Threadcount, Downhill, Soup, Bullseye, Zachias, Couger, Crawdad, Abort
Charles Plumb flew 75 combat missions over Vietnam before being hit with a surface to air missile.  Even though he was flying too low and too fast, he survived but was captured and remained a POW for six years.  Years after returning home, he was sitting in an airport and a man came up to him who knew his name and that he flew missions off the USS Kitty Hawk.  Colonel Plumb, kind of amazed, asked the man how he knew that.  The man had been the one to pack his parachute the day he was shot down.

Always remember who is packing your parachute, those that do things for you that you may not think about that end up being huge in your life.
Continue praying for Sam and Brandt.


THE SCENE: 40ish… and moist. Felt like 60 after the last couple of weeks!

FSH x20 IC
SSH x20 IC
TN Rocking Chair x15 IC
AGTJ x10 IC (gettin’ easier!)
Crabwalk Toe Touches x15 IC
Hindurkins x15 IC
Tempo Cossack Squat x20 IC

Line up on the curb link arms, 10x 4ct calf raise IC
25% across the parking lot
20x single count calf raise OYO (too hard maintaining balance)
50% across the lot
20x calf raise
75% across the lot
20x calf raise
AYG across the lot

Mosey up to the rock pile by the Asylum building, one stop along the way for some Al Gore and 20x BBS

Line up in the grass about 50yd from the rocks and pair up.
One man does exercise (Merkins|Curls|Rows) AMRAP while waiting
Other runs to pile, gets a rock, 10x squat-OHP and returns with rock. Switch up.
3 trips each. Should finish with a 6-pack per team.

Regroup at the pile, leaving 6-packs at the grass

Merge into 4-man teams

2 men run to grass, 20 leg-pushdowns, and return with one rock each.
Meanwhile, other 2 men are doing kegstand squats
Switch up, R&R until all rocks are returned to the pile.

Time’s running out! Bear crawl down Everest halfway or so, then mosey back to the AO, one stop for Tempo Squats with Crawdad.

Q did a bad job of time management today… Crawdad led the cheetahs in some Hello Dolly.
30 strong today, including one FNG: Welcome Beans! (Clay Daniel)
Will you “Go out” without knowing?
“He (Abraham) went out, not knowing where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8)
See My Utmost for His Highest, Jan. 2
When God tells you to go, he usually doesn’t tell you His end game. Have faith that He knows what He’s doing and obey!
Thanks, Crawdad for taking care of all the cheetahs in the group and making sure they didn’t get bored waiting for the rest of us… My apologies on running over. I really need to get over there sometime during the day to get a good mental map of the place. Doesn’t help planning that the satellite images are all outdated!
Alcoa CSAUP coming up 2/24… Be on the lookout for shirts on Mudgear

Oh The Humanity

THE SCENE: Clear, 36 degrees

  • Baby arm circles x 10 each direction
  • SSH x 25 IC
  • 10 Tempo Squat IC
  • 10 Merkin IC
  • Happy Jacks x 4 IC

Mosey around field to start point

Burpee Dan across field (1B: 4 lunge run back to start, 2B: 4 lunge run back to start, 3B: 4 lunge run back to start, 4B: 4 lunge run back to start)

Hindenburg Blimps: Four stations around field. Conduct exercise at each cone, sprint between each cone until back at start, begin next round. (Modified…it doesn’t spell blimp)

  • Round 1: 20 Lunges
  • Round 2: 30 BBS
  • Round 3: 40 Merkin
  • Round 4: 50 Squat

Mosey to fountains. Flutter Kicks x 60
18 PAX: Frank, Pfeiffer, Steam, Tooth Fairy, Quarantine, Uncle Rico, Heisenberg, Savannah, Abort, Plunder, Swanson, G-6, Singlet, Quickbooks, Passport, Hang Tight, Manwich
F3 is a place to learn about leadership and we are encouraged by each other to lead. Take advantage of the opportunity to lead/Q. The brothers around you will support you. F3 is the lowest stress leadership opportunity  you will find.
Big Ball will be open on Saturdays starting 12/2/17!

Fun Facts & Strong Backs

THE SCENE: A Character-Building 32 degrees; Cold hands, warm hearts, can’t lose.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Welcome to F3: Fitness – Fellowship – & Faith. My name is Steam and for the next 45 minutes I will be in charge and serve as your Q. I am not a professional – you are here on your own volition and I don’y know any injuries you may or may not have so if you need to modify any of the exercises we do this morning feel free to do so for your own safety but always give 100%. This morning we will sound off loud and we will not accept anything less than 100% from ourselves and our PAX. Aye? This is the standard this morning – we will meet and exceed it for all 45 minutes.

*** “G-6: What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?” –> Ask 1 member of PAX what G-6’s favorite Thanksgiving food is.

I. Side-Straddle Hop (SSH): 20 x 4 in cadence

Repeat *** with different PAX member(s)

II. Cherry Picker: 20 x 4 in cadence

Repeat *** with different PAX member(s)

III. Baby Arm Circles: 12 x 4 forward in cadence & 12 x 4 backward in cadence

The Merkin: 15 x 10 in cadence

Mosey to WFP (World’s Fair Park) amphitheater with Flag out front (FNG Caleb carried flag)

  • PT –> take a lap around amphitheater with a battle buddy –> PT –> take a lap with a NEW battle buddy
  • Each lap –> each battle buddy shares an interesting fact about themselves
  • 4 laps & 100 reps
    • (1) The Incline Merkin: 25 x 4
      • Take a lap w/Battle Buddy around the amphitheater
      • Back to amphitheater –> ask 1 member of PAX to share the interesting fact they learned on the lap
    • (2) The Squat: 25 x 4
      • Take a lap w/new battle buddy
      • Back to amphitheater –> ask another member of PAX to share the interesting fact they learned on the lap
    • (3) The Ground Pounder: 25 x 4 (Forearm plank –> up to push up plank 1 hand @ a time –> back to elbow plank 1 hand @ a time)
      • Take a lap w/new battle buddy
      • Back to amphitheater –> ask new member of PAX to share interesting fact they learned on the lap
    • (4) The Little Baby Crunch: 25 x 4
      • Take a lap (all PAX together) –> hold @ top of amphitheater
    • BOM (Pt. 1)
      • Q asked PAX: “Why have I been asking questions all morning?
      • 3 things: Ask – Listen – Remember
        • If you know and remember who’s on your team – you’ll find that coming out here and doing this crazy thing called F3 becomes a lot more meaningful but a ton more fun. Aye? Know your PAX, the man to your left and right, they’re out here, locked and loaded at 5:30 just like you.
    • Run up by Big Ball (flag out front – Caleb) to Bridge across WFP
      • 2 columns facing across the bridge
      • Mosey across bridge –> every rectangular concrete plant holder = 10 x 4 squats
        • have different member of PAX call it in cadence each time
      • Form up in 1 line @ end of bridge (flag out front -Caleb)
    • Motivational Cadence Call Mosey Back to AO
      • (1) F3! –> PAX repeats –> Good For You! –> PAX repeats –> Good For Me! –> PAX repeats
      • (2) All Day! –> PAX repeats –> Everyday! –> PAX repeats
      • (3) 1, 2, 3! –> PAX repeats –> I Love F3! –> PAX repeats –> 4, 5, 6! –> PAX repeats –> Pickin Up Sticks! –> PAX repeats –> 7 and 8! –> PAX repeats –> F3 is Great! –> PAX repeats –> 9 and 10! –> PAX repeats –> Let’s Do It All Again! –> PAX repeats
      • Repeat # 1 – 3 at Q’s discretion
    • Arrive @ Field Across from AO –> Take The Field!
      • 150% –> your 100% is not good enough because you are better than your 100%, aye? You can do better than 100%, you have what it takes! TAKE. THIS. FIELD.
      • All out 150% sprint across the field to AO

Caleb was the only FNG Big Ball had this morning. Putting the new guy in charge of something so sacred – the American Flag that always stays out front when we mosey and goes with us wherever we go – (I believe) helped him become more comfortable and integrated @ his first time @ F3.
PAX Count: 14 + 1 FNG
Proverbs 11:14 –> “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisors.”

This is a call to action. When you look around at our world today – our nation is falling and it’s sad. Because there is a clear lack of guidance. we, men in F3, are called to be HIM = High Impact Men. Your nation needs you, your family needs you, your community needs you, F3 needs you. Take charge and be a leader. You are all leaders in some capacity whether you realize it or not. We found out earlier that when you know who’s on your team it’s a lot easier to embrace the suck knowing who’s beside you going through the same thing. Along with that – we are all cops. A cop is someone who upholds the law and holds others accountable to the law. Who’s the cop in your life? Who holds you accountable and helps you uphold who you were created to be? Are you a cop in anyone else’s life? I need that, we all need that. Men, great work this morning, I cannot begin to tell you what an honor it is to be out here and have the opportunity to lead and serve as your Q. You are free to lead. Take charge and make it happen.

Pray it out.
Big Ball Saturday Qs will be officially (re)starting in 2 weeks –>  3 December 2017