F3 Knoxville

Moving Impediments


Clear Temperature Humidity Feels like Wind Speed Wind Direction
49 ℉ 67% 47 ℉ 5.3 mi/h SW

I am not a professional.


20 – SSH
10 – Tie Fighters 10 forward 10 backward.
3 – Cherry Pickers

Mosey to CMU pile and have everyone grab two. Using parking lot, place a CMU on each side of the parking lot. Starting at one CMU#1, do an exercise, mosey to CMU#2 do exercise, mosey back to CMU#1 do exercise, mosey to CMU#2 do exercise, and then mosey back to start CMU#1. While waiting for six, do second exercise. Finally, when six has finished doing first exercise four times, do third exercise in cadence. So, first exercise 4 times with CMUs, second exercise while waiting, and third exercise as group.
1, 15 CMU Merkin walk-overs, Squats, Jump Squats
2, 15 Overhead CMU Press, Big boys, Flutters
3, 20 CMU Curls, Calf Raises, Twinkle Toes
4, 25 CMU Bench Press, Hello Dollys, LBCs
5, 15 CMU Triceps, Lunge, Jump Squats
6, 15 CMU Rows OR CMU Kettle Bells, LBCs, Box Cutters. Due to time, PAX was given a choice. And Recover was called cutting this short.

Circle up PAX, grab two workout dice. Die one has 6 different merkin variations. Die two has rep counts. Roll the dice and perform the rep count of the merkin type. Mosey a bit towards AO. Circle up and roll dice again. Mosey to AO, roll again. And for fun, roll again.

10 – 4 count Flutter Kicks.

14 men.

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”

Marcus Aurelius


For the sick and elderly.  For our brothers battling illness and their wives.  For those starting Ramadan and all striving to better themselves.


Shamrock – Valley of Despair

THE SCENE: 55F perfect

Motivators: starting at 7

On your back Side Straddle hop x25 

Twinkle Toes  (IC) 4 CT x 10

Cherry Pickers: 5


Line up at one end of parking lot. 

Round 1: Bear Crawl to the 1st line and do 1 merkin, BC to next line 2 merkins, BC to next line 3 merkins all the way to 10

Round 2: Pregnant Crab walk with stone on stomach to the 1st line and do 20 American Hammers single count, using your rock. Repeat at each line all the way to line 10 for a total of 200 reps. 

Mosey to the valley of despair. 

Battle buddy up

Partner A: Dealer’s choice – merkins or big boys ( switch between the 2 when you burn out ) 

Partner B runs to the bottom, 10 squat jumps, run up the other side, 10 monkey humpers, back down for 10 more jump squats, Bernie back up to partner. Switch. 

3 rounds of this for 10-15 minutes. 

Mosey to CMU pile

Stopped along the way to do 7 burpees, then 6, 5 , 4, 3, 2, 1.  28 total. 

25 Curls

50 Bench press

Repeat for 3 rounds. Total of 75 curls and 150 bench press. 

Mosey back to AO flag

Stopped along the way to do 7 burpees, then 6, 5 , 4, 3, 2, 1.  28 total.

4 minutes of abs and merkins

14 – Anchorman, Betty, Brick, Cheatsheet, Curveball, Dumpster Dive, Interpol, Jenner, Kick-Flip, Mermaid, Osteen, Slappy, Trolley, Vanna


Compliment. A polite expression of praise or admiration.

 I have never been great at giving or receiving compliments. F3 has given me a lot of practice the past couple of years. There are countless high impact men that show up here and other AOs who are excellent leaders. They see the good in you and me and point it out. 

“Way to kick some ass today, you really pushed it”

“Great Q man” 

“Man that was a killer pace on that run you did yesterday” We are all saying that about Osteen right now and want to know what his secret is. 

“Mermaid, thank you for leading this AO in such a positive and fun atmosphere while at the same time pushing us hard to get better physically, spiritually and as a brotherhood.” 

“Trolley!!!! Thank you for teaching us how to push ourselves way out of our comfort zone”

“Betty, thank you for always having a positive attitude.”

“Jenner, thank you for educating us with real life stories about veterans and walking us through some of their heroic actions” 

“Baby Boomer, thank you for injecting humor in this group and for your creative Qs that are full of painful challenges.” 

“CheatSheet, thank you for my sore upper body and for all the words of encouragement that you preach to us”

“Curveball, thank you for making this awesome location possible for us”

“Kick-Flip, thank you for writing the book on leadership. Your laser focused drive to constantly ask more men to join F3 is impressive”

I could go on and will keep trying to do a better job of handing out compliments. 

I want to challenge us to keep that up. It makes a huge difference, so thank you guys for what you bring to the table / parking lot. 

Also, let’s take the compliments and spread them out beyond F3 to our families, friends and strangers. 


Trolley’s job, my buddy Jordan, my nephew Ian


The Shamrock ARM and HAMMER

THE SCENE: You know that scene in the Shawshank Redemption?…yeah, it was like that.

15 SSH
6 “Puddle” Pickers
15 Baby Arm Circles
15 Rev. Baby Arm Circles
15 Tempo Squats



  1. Get CMU from CMU pile
  2. Take to parish awning.
  3. Pair off.


  1. 200 Curls4Girls (partner Bernie’s around half the parking lot and swap)
  2. 200 American Hammers (partner sprints around the whole parking lot swap)
  3. 200 LCMUCrunches (LBCs with CMU) (partner lunges around the fish and swap)
  4. 400 Freddie Mercs (partner bear crawls the fish and swap)

Drop of CMUs and run to awning.
Mary favorites:
10 Burpees (Betty)
20 Big Boys (Curveball)
50 Merkins (Baby Boomer)
Pickle Pounders until time (Pool Boy)

11 strong (and wet) this morning!
[1Co 15:1-4 ESV] 1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you–unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

Paul knew the Gospel. He knew how to articulate it, it was of first importance to him. How well do we? Can we articulate the gospel? A good litmus test: try to articulate the gospel with a friend or family member in 60 seconds. Is it hard/easy? If you have children, do you share it with them? Are they prepared to give an answer to this fallen world, if they are believers? We want to keep the first things first, so let us press in, before workouts, working hard at our jobs, and even with our families, to know the Gospel and be prepared to share it. Here are a couple of documentaries that I have found incredibly helpful in understanding the history of, attacks against, and a clear picture of the true, Gospel in America. I can’t recommend them enough.



Pool Boy’s boss has Covid and needs Christ. Curveball’s daughter is interviewing for an internship today. Waxjob’s family is looking for a new caregiver. We were encouraged by Jenner sharing that, while the “church” numbers in America have gone down, much of the true evangelical population is still there, it’s mostly churches that have abandoned the Gospel that are shutting their doors.
None today!

ShamRockin’ the Mic

THE SCENE: Cool and dry…

Side straddle hop in cadence 20
Cherry Pickers
10 tempo Merkins
Arm rotations thumbs up in cadence
Reverse thumbs down in cadence
5 burpees on your own
Side straddle hop in cadence

  • Mosey to the coupon pile
  • Partner up, line up on curb
    100 curls while partner bear crawls to the other side and crawl bears back
    100 thrusters while partner Crab walks to the other side and Bernies back
  • Flutter kicks in cadence
  • Mosey to the covered side, line up on curb
    Shaun T’s – step up, knee to opposite elbow,
    Step down, backward lunge and reach to curb.
  • Burpee leap frogs from one speed bump to the other
  • Flutter kicks in cadence
  • Mosey to the track
  • Suicides 20yd, 30yd, 40yd
  • Kick flip’s Mucho Chesto: Diamond, Regular, Wide, and Staggered 10x each
  • Flutter kicks in cadence
  • Walk corners and sprint down the straight away
  • Freddy Mercury in cadence
  • Mosey back to the flag!


  • Cardio Island: Karaokes, High Knees, high heels, skip, side to side low, walking lunges
  • 8 Count Merkins x10

Use the TAGS on right-side to record PAX (BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOURSELF) in attendance. Be sure to select the AO in CATEGORY above TAGS and then delete these notes!
I finished reading the Bible for the first time in my life back in February. This is probably not a feat for you guys… It took me a little more than 2 years to finish a 1 year plan. But I did it! I’ve always been around the Bible and I’ve read bits and pieces, here and there. I made a lot of attempts to read it cover to cover, and i would fizzle somewhere after the creation… If you struggle like I did, I highly recommend a Bible reading plan.

Thank you gentlemen for challenging me! I have nothing but respect for you guys.


Irish Buddy System

THE SCENE: Cloudy & cool, low 50’s

SSH, Mike Tyson’s, Alt Rockette’s, Squat jumps w/ ground touch, Alt Superman’s w/ holds, IT band static stretch, Child pose into Cobra, Cherry Pickers, Baby Arm Circles/Adult Arm Circles, Rotator Cuffs, Neck Rolls
Continuous Irish squats in circle, while one PAX performs 5 four-count mountain climber burpees.  Each PAX performs a set of MC burpees and passes the buck to the next PAX, in clockwise fashion.

Irish trivia (no fact checking) thrown out at random by the Q, as follows (correct answer = rest, incorrect answer = purgatory) :

  • <10% people in Ireland have natural red hair  Yay
  • The Jacks is slang for the bathroom  Yay
  • The Irish are the 3rd biggest tea drinkers in the world  Nay
  • Ireland has only 2 known species of snakes  Nay
  • May is generally the driest month in Ireland  Yay
  • Fluthered is slang for being stumped  Nay
  • Ireland sells the most Guinness in the world  Nay
  • Halloween was invented in Ireland  Yay
  • Craic is an Irish dessert  Nay
  • The boot is slang for a trunk of a car  Yay
  • A village is named Hospital after its historic medical facility  Nay
  • A mineral is slang for a soda  Yay
  • The press is slang for an iron  Nay
  • Donkey’s years is a reference to time  Yay
  • A jumper is slang for an anxious person  Nay
  • Shuck is slang for corn  Nay
  • Originally, St. Patrick’s colors were light blue  Yay
  • A nagging & a shoulder are measurements  Yay
  • The Irish Flu is a bona fide medical disease  Nay
  • May your coffee be strong & Monday be short is an Irish proverb  Yay

Grab partner and mosey to Station 1.

Station 1: Merkin Midsection Melee

P1 (Player 1) starts with 15 diamond merkins, then bear crawls up the wheel chair ramp, and finishes w/ 15 diamond merkins.  When complete, swap with P2.

P2 (Player 2) performs continuous 4-leaf clover crunches until P1 relieves them of duty.

This back and forth circuit (same reps) continues through the following list until both P1 & P2 complete all exercises, as follows:


  • Fist merkins & crab crawl
  • Narrow merkins & bear “
  • Regular merkins & crab “
  • Wide merkins & bear “


  • Alternating flutter kicks & scissors
  • American Hammers
  • Heels to Heaven (Gas Pumps)
  • Elevated Planks

Walking lunges performed until all tandems finish.  Mosey to Station 2.

Station 2: Over the Hill and Far Away

P1 – 15 SSH, mosey down hill, 5 sec fast feet into “hit the deck” (chest to ground) x 5, sprint up hill

P2 – 20 yd sprints w/ alternating return of side shuffle, backpedal, & karaoke until P1 relieves them of duty

Ran out of time at this point…however Station 4 was performed by several PAX in our OT session.

Station 3: CMU Lucky 7’s

1 CMU per Pax. Form 2 lines with P1 & P2 facing each other.

P1 performs 7 regular curls, while P2 performs isometric hold mid-curl.  Then, P2 performs 7 regular curls while P1 performs isometric hold mid-curl.  This duel continues as reps decline 6,5,4…etc.

Circuit repeats with following exercises:

  • 7’s CMU overhead press & isometric rifle carry hold
  • 7’s CMU close grip bicep curls & isometric mid-curl hold
  • 7’s CMU front raises & isometric front hold (feel the burn)

Finisher (aka The Mint)  —–> P1 7 reps of blockee’s, while P2 7 reps of CMU bench presses into feet raised iso ab hold with CMU outstretched iso hold until P1 relieves them of duty

Return CMU’s and mosey to Station 4.

Station 4: Leaping Leprechauns 

P1 – broad jumps to the Pot O’ Gold (approx 20 yds) then Spiderman crawls back, performing 5 dive bomber merkins every 5 yds (total of 20 db merkins).  Swap with P2.

P2 – Brick pillar wall squat w/ good form until P1 relieves them of duty.

Complete (endure) 3 sets.  Mosey back to flag.

Ran out of time after Station 2.  No complaints, however.
14 PAX’s (many nicely repping F3 Shamrock tees)
When times get tough, Romans 8:18 ESV comes to mind.  “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

  • This life is a temporary existence, with greater things to come above 😃
  • Lean on our brothers in Christ through trials and tribulations
  • The Lord does not want us to do this all alone
  • Don’t let pride be a stumbling block
  • Reach out (phone calls, video chats, lunch, bible studies, weekend projects/workouts etc.)

There are so many in this pandemic who are in need of the love the Lord speaks of in his greatest command!  We can provide this, if we search for opportunities to be a blessing to others!

Prayers for Curry’s family, Pringle’s father, Dr. A & family (Commission), & Boulder Colorado victims/families.
Thank you all!  Or in Irish, go raibh maith agat!