F3 Knoxville

Field Day at the Big Ball

THE SCENE: Hot and sticky, lower 70’s

SSH x 20, Arm Circles x 15 forwards and backwards, Tempo Squats x 10, Tempo Merkins x 8, This and That
Ran across the field while I dropped 4 cones about the same distance apart from each other. Th rest of the workout were rounds of different exercises at each cone, crossing the field to get to each cone in a different way each round, followed by a lap around the field once finished

  • Round 1: Bear crawls across the field to each cone. Cone 1 – 30 x Cobra Merkins. Cone 2 – 25 x standard Merkins. Cone 3 – 20 x Carolina Dry Docks. Cone 4 – 15 x Body Builders. Cooldown lap
  • Round 2: Broad Jumps across the field to each cone. Cone 1 – 30 x Sumo Squats. Cone 2 – 25 x Flutterkicks (4ct). Cone 3 – 20 x Edward scissor legs (4ct). Cone 4 – 15 x Lunges (each leg, 30 total). Cooldown lap
  • Round 3: Crab Walks across the field to each cone. Cone 1 – 30 x LBCs. Cone 2 – 25 x American Hammers (4ct). Cone 3 – 20 x BBSs. Cone 4 – 15 x Freddie Mercurys (4ct). Cooldown lap
  • Round 4: Walk/jog across the field to each cone. Cone 1 – 15 x Burpees. Cone 2 – 15 x 180* Squat Jumps. Cone 3 – 15 x Get Ups. Cone 4 – 15 x Hand Release Merkins. Cooldown lap

After this we finished with one last sprint across the field, ending back at the fountains with less than 30 seconds to spare


Pointed out how here at F3 I’ve noticed a trend of quoting, looking up to, or talking about past presidents, generals, and other leaders involved in WW1, WW2 and other large scale conflicts. I shared that the guy who discipled me when I was in college once said that since God is sovereign He chose those men to be born in the time of those conflicts and battles, knowing they’d be a part of it. But we weren’t born during these times, so what battles or conflicts did God keep in mind when deciding when we should be born? I pointed out that if we’re claiming to be “high impact men”, we shouldn’t only look back on past heroes, but also look at the problems we’re dealing with now and consider if these are our battles we were born for. Lord willing, none of us are riding into battle on horseback with bullets flying past us, but we are living in a time where our nation faces plenty of other kinds of conflicts. The obvious being the racial tensions and injustices we’re currently addressing and this global pandemic. But also take note of the following:

  • >40% of Americans are obese; >30% of Americans are overweight; roughly 3/4’s of Americans are not at a healthy weight
  • In the US, roughly 40% of marriages end in divorce; roughly 25% of married men have an affair; even roughly 10% of pastors have an affair
  • 35% of all internet downloads are pornographic; 25% of all internet searches pertain to sex; 70% of men ages 18-24 view pornography regularly
  • In the US, roughly 15% of women have been raped or survived an attempted rape; roughly 34%of these women were below the age of 12 at the time
  • 1 in 8 Americans are technically classified as alcoholics
  • An estimated 10 million US citizens are victims of domestic abuse every year

We may not be storming beaches, but there is more than enough to fight for right now. MLK said, roughly, that what we have to repent of isn’t just the vitriolic words or violent actions of a few bad men, but also the silence and indifference of a lot of good men. High Impact Men take action towards whats happening in front of them, not just honor the actions that took place behind them

New Logo contest is going on, we’ll continue sending guys to help out with F3 Morristown the next couple weeks

10 for 10 + Yoga

THE SCENE: 60s – orange tape everywhere. The Big Ball’s beloved AO meeting spot (World’s Fair Park fountains) was sectioned off by orange tape and construction cones for what I can only assume is the work of an overzealous TN Vols fan.



  • Welcome to F3: Fitness/Fellowship/Faith
  • My name is Steam and I’m ready to get steamy.
  • Couple of things before we begin:
    • Not a professional
    • You’re here on your own volition
    • I don’t know any injuries you may or may not have – so with the PT we do today, modify as you need but push yourselves and the men around you when at all possible.
  • Because check it out – most people in the world aren’t out here – I think that’s a pretty accurate statement. But you are – make it count



  • 4 Count Merkin: 10 x 4 IC
  • Mountain Climber: 10 x 4 IC
  • Rockette: 10 x 4 IC
  • Squat-Bender: 10 x 4
  • SSH: 10 x 4 IC


[ Theme of 10s for the day ]

(Mosey to Big Ball Stairs)

[ 10 for 10 ]

  • All 10 exercises will be done here at the bottom of the stairs
  • 1st 5 Xs: execute together – bear crawl up this first flight of stairs – and run around to the right until we’re back here.
  • 2nd 5 Xs: execute together – run to the right and around – bear crawl down the stairs right back here
    • (Modification after 1st round of 2nd 5 Xs –> rain comes down and makes the stairs slick so walk down the stairs and execute 5 squats instead)
  • The Xs
    • 1st 5:
      • 10 merkins (down/up)
      • 10 V-Ups (1 count)
      • 10 wide merkins (down/up)
      • 10 spider-mans (1 count)
      • 10 4 count merkins

( 20 Seconds in between the 1st 5 and 2nd 5 )

  • 2nd 5:
    • 10 squats (down/up)
    • 10 plank jacks (1 count)
    • 10 iron mikes (1 count)
    • 10 Oblique crunches (1 count)
    • 10 lunges (1 count)

( 20 counts of rest )

“Sometimes the only way you can go is up – so up we go)

(Mosey up the full flight of stairs to the top)

(Mosey to WFP entrance across bridge on the Left)

[ Level Up ]

  • In a circular fashion around the monument at the entrance to WFP
    • 5 incline merkins on lowest level
    • push-up hands to the second level — 5 incline merkins
    • push-up hands to the top level — 5 incline merkins

[ DimeLight ]

  • Alternating lights, execute 5 SSHs or 5 merkins (all 1 count) until you get to the other side of the bridge – Al Gore
  • Tired? Sore? Push a little longer – and pull one of these guys with you to push as well

(PAX is spent – but still rocking)

(Mosey under the bridge by the water)

  • Battle buddy up
  • Battle buddy teams against either side of the tunnel/bridge below the Big Ball

[ 1 more + 5 ]

  • BB1: handstand against wall
  • BB2: Bear crawl to the middle (ruck as a point of contact)
    • Execute 1 merkin
    • Bear crawl back to recover BB1
  • BB1 & BB2 switch roles
    • However – BB2 now does 2 merkins
    • Same thing next time, except BB3 does 3, so on and so on
  • When BB team finishes 5 merkins total – hold the wall-sit

(Rest  = 5 SSHs in cadence)

  • BB teams back on the wall
  • BB1: Wall Sit
  • BB2: Long jump to the middle (ruck)
    • Execute 1 burpee
    • Long jump back to recover BB1
  • BBs switch roles
    • Same deal as above

(10 SSHs all together)

  • Single file line going towards AO
  • American Indian run back to ShovelFlag

[ At ShovelFlag/Next to AO ]


[ Quarter-Pounder ]

  • 25 flutter kicks (4 count)
  • 25 LBCs (4 count)
  • 25 American Hammers (4 count)
  • 25 Mountain Climbers (4 count)

^^^Holy crap that’s a core killer ^^^

[ Yoga with Steam – 5 Minutes ]

  • Why? Because I’m getting old and sore and don’t stretch at all pre or post F3. And apparently it’s good for you, idk. It was a worthy endeavor.
  • Worked through a variety of slow movements – exposing and manipulating muscle groups that were worked today


12 PAX – No FNGs



[ What do you do when you don’t get the results you want? ]


  • Training for Army OCS, and yesterday I didn’t get the answer I wanted. I was off by 4 points on my testing. Missed it by that much. I was pretty pissed. 4 points are you kidding me? I racked my brain going through what I could have done better, playing out hundreds of scenarios in my head – of what I thought would be a very different turnout. 
  • So what now?


  • And yeah – it’s disappointing but I have 2 options – (1) take it as a crushing blow and count myself down and out or (2) absorb the blow – get back up on the horse and move forward – realizing the work I need to do to make it happen next time. 


  • Regroup. Get back up. Stay in it.


  • Question/Challenge to all of us is this: when you don’t get the news or results you want – what’s your initial instinct and how do you pick yourself up and move forward. 
    • Maybe a bigger question is not what your initial instinct is but who/where do you run to?

Motivational Statement from a timeless classic: https://youtu.be/umSlEYfYzK4



cat and mouse

THE SCENE: mid 30’s but not to bad once moving
1. I am not a professional
2. You are participating at your own risk
3. You are responsible for your own wellbeing
4. You are here voluntarily, and you are not paying to be here
5. Know your limits and do the best you can

20 squats
10 4ct merkins
10 Baby arm circles (front and back)

Sand bag cat and mouse. The mouse(1 pax w/60# sand bag) would mosey around the park until the cats (everyone else) completed 5 merkins and sprint to catch up. R and R until we circled the park and reached the base of the hill at the new performance lawn where PAX completed the following circut.

1 PAX will care the sandbag to the top of the hill and complete 5 dead lift

into curls with the sandbag

everyone else completes the following exercises. PAX complete 1st excerise as many times as they can while the 1st PAX runs the hill, 2nd PAX on the hill with sandbag, second exercise in list:
Hurpee (one burpee with 3 monkey humpers at the bottom)
8 County Body Builder
4 Count Merkin
Wolverine (one burpee with a peter park (left and right))

one all PAX had an opportunity to run the hill with the sand bag we went for a mosey to the performance lawn. at the performance lawn we held plank should to should and using our right hand, dragging the sandbag under the plank to the PAX on our right. R & R across the field and then we came back using our left hand dragging to the PAX to our left.

Once complete we circled up. Each PAX performed a cling to their right should and tossed the sandbag to the PAX on their left. R & R same exercise but shoulder the sandbag on the left and pass to the right.


mosey back to AO for MARY

We had time for 3 minute ABS. 10 each flutters, lbc’s, box cutters, lbc’s

lead well!


Down Pour at the Big Ball

THE SCENE: Started out great in the 50’s but ended with massive down pour.

Welcome to F3 (Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith).  I’m Duggar and I am not a professional.  You made the decision to be here and you know you’re injuries and limitations.  Push yourself but don’t hurt yourself.  There is no charge to be here, just your motivation to get better and push those around you to get better.

SSH x 25 IC

Imperial Walkers x 20 IC

Merkins x 10 IC

Mountain Climbers x 20 IC

Squats x 20 IC

Using the info from the Q101 last Saturday:

Mosey to the amplitheater –  Battle Buddy

  • 100 Merkins (partners alternate doing 10 reps each until 100 reps total is reached, holding plank between rep cycles)
  • 100 LBCs (Same: holding shoulders up 6 inches between rep cycles)
  • 100 Squats (Same: holding Al Gore between rep cycles)

Was going to mosey to the nearby field but the rain forced us to stay under cover – The BEAST

Start at #1 stairs, run to #2 for 6 reps, run to # 3 for 6 reps, run to #4 for 6 reps, back to #3 (6 reps), #2 (6 reps), #1 (6 reps)

  • Merkins
  • LBCs
  • Squats
  • Wide Merkins
  • Burpees


Let people pick various exercises for a little ring of fire.

Mosey back to AO (again, due to rain we elected to finish in the dry) for some rounds of Flutter Kicks x 25 IC and Big Boy Sit-ups x 20 OYO.


Quote from Gen. Jim Mattis book “Call Sign Chaos, Learning to Lead”.  Jackie Robinson epitaph “A life is not important except in its impact on other lives.”
Let’s live our lives in a way that benefits others.  Encourage, help, mentor, serve, listen.

Prayer requests:  Huffy’s shoulder, family who lost a loved one  Announcements:  Morristown launch April 4th

Big Ballin’ Monday


The Big Ball Ruckers just got done, cars started pulling up, the weather was cooked to perfection.


  • Welcome to F3: Fitness/Fellowship/Faith
  • Name is Steam and I’m honored to be your QIC this Monday morning
  • Any FNGs?
  • Let’s get a couple things out of the way before we jump in:
    • I’m not a professional
    • You’re here on your own volition
    • I don’t know what injuries you may or may not have so while this is a workout I planned – no one is going to make you do every single rep to perfection so if you need to modify anything we do this morning feel free to do so!
  • Here’s the challenge with that – push yourself and the men around you – let’s get to work this morning.



( The 1st exercise is________ )

( Ready position: Move! )

( In Cadence: Exercise! )

  • SSH: 20 x 4 IC
  • Imperial Walker: 15 x 4 IC
  • Rockette: 10 x 4 IC
  • Merkin: 5 x 4 IC


[ Ring of Fire – Inside AO ]

  • Assemble battle buddy teams
  • As a team:
    • 50 Incline Merkins
    • 50 Dips
    • 50 pole-pulls
    • 50 box jumps
  • BB1 is executing their exercise while BB2 is taking 2 laps around this ring because we’re 2 days into March
  • If you get done: flutter kicks on the bench

(10 count please)

(Mosey to the top of Amphitheater)

[ 11s ]

  • Top: chin-ups/pull-ups
  • Bottom of your respective side: Squat (1 count)
    • Start with 1 chin-up :: 11 calf-raises
  • Recover on the stage when you’re done
  • PAX executes core work and then picks up the 6 team

(Mosey to Big Ball Stairs)

– PAX bear crawls up 2 flights of stairs and then holds the squat until everyone bear crawling is on top

*1 of the PAX goes down – breathing and conscious, but just some lightheadedness*

Everyone recovers back at the bottom of the stairs.

Q instructs Swanson to lead PAX up stairs again while Q and north provide support for downed PAX member.

Q talks and provides minimalist support while Abort sprints back to cars to get water. Q had a ruck with medical gear & CPR but made the final decision before leaving the car to not bring water in the ruck.

LESSON: You don’t need it until you do. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

Downed PAX recovers, slowly, drinking water, and the rest of the PAX finish from bear crawl stairs.

Abort and Jenner provide support as Q leads PAX in 1 final bear crawl/merkin charge up the stairs and beyond and back. When they arrive back down where Abort and Jenner and downed PAX member is, the decision is made for one final exercise and to hold the COT here,  instead of moseying back to AO, taking into consideration the recovering PAX member (Great suggestion by G-6).

PAX circle it up and execute 20 down/up merkins. Done.


17 PAX – No FNGs


(1) 2 Timothy 1: 1-7 & (2) 2 Timothy 4: 6-7

(1) You then my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.

(2) For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

My aunt read this to us at the dinner table this past weekend and it made the hairs on the back of my neck step up. It challenged me to ask myself a few thought-provoking questions (TPQs) such as:

  • What do I allow myself to get entangled in throughout the week that is preventing my from being who God is calling me to be?
  • Who am I aiming to please this week // Who is enlisting me?
    • Work? Circumstances? Jesus? Etc Etc Etc…

The run you race as a man is a long one. It’s one that is righteous, but it is one that is long and difficult as well sometimes. I love in 2 Timothy 4:6 that it says “I am already being poured out as a drink offering…” You are being utilized for the Kingdom and for the Lord already, in your home, in your relationships, in your work, in every sphere of influence He has uniquely placed you in. To bring glory to Him – keep running that race, keep fighting that good fight, and keep the faith, even when the race gets dark and heavy, remember to look up and realize the name of the game is one foot in front of the other.


  • It’s okay when things don’t go to plan. You must learn to react and adapt swiftly and appropriately, especially when there is potentially a life at stake/a downed PAX member


  • You will never be 100% prepared for every single scenario that you might encounter. HOWEVER, it is important to be as prepared as you can. I did not put water in my ruck when I left my car and walked to the AO this morning. It was right there and I left it in my car. And a time came when one of the PAX under my command/responsibility needed it and I didn’t have it on-hand. You don’t need it until you do – and it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. This was a great example of that this morning.
  • This is what High Impact Men do – step up, react, and adapt. Special shout-out to Abort and Jenner and Clark for doing just that this morning.