F3 Knoxville

Tefillah – Shamrock

THE SCENE: Low 60’s, wet, but no rain

Baby Arm Circles forwards and backwards, tempo squats and mountain climbers

  • Mosey to the softball field to grab CMUs and carry them to station #1
  • Station #1: 40 Curls, 30 Tricep extension while doing calf raises, 20 Goblet swings, 10 Alternating merkins on CMU
  • Mosey to station #2
  • Station #2: 40 calf raises on curb, 30 tricep dips, 20 Rocky Balboas 4-count, 10 Derkins + a bonus of 30 merkins at the suggestion of CheatSheet
  • Mosey to station #3
  • Station #3: 40 Squats, 30 Merkins, 20 Big Boys, 10 Smurf Jacks + a bonus of flutter kicks for 30 seconds
  • Mosey to station #4
  • Station #4: 40 American hammers single ct, 30 shoulder taps single ct, 20 Twinkle Toes 4-ct, 10 Burpees
  • Mosey back to station #1.
  • Completed #1 again: 40 Curls, 30 Tricep extension while doing calf raises, 20 Goblet swings, 10 Alternating merkins on CMU
  • Walked the CMUs back to CMU pile but stopped for some bonus CMU work
  • 25 bench press, 20 flutter kicks, 30 bench press, 20 hello Dollys, 35 bench press, 20 scissor kicks, 40 bench press, return blocks, we have 1 CMU casualty so we paid the penalty of 5 burpees as a group.
  • Mosey back to AO with some Wounded Bear Crawls along the way. We ran a total of 1 mile.

Had a solid 4 minutes of Mary including 25 flutter kicks, 30 big boys, 20 monkey humpers, 25 LBCs
14 HIMs: Anchorman, Mermaid, Baby Boomer, War Zone, Pringle, Cheatsheet, Jitters, Mailbox, Jenner, Waxjob, Dumpster Dive, Pom-Pom, Dogbite, Slappy,
Tefillah: Hebrew for Prayer

I’m doing a 7 day devotional with my community group about 7 Hebrew words that Christians should know. Too often we spend most of our prayer life asking for things. Praying for our health, success, healing for loved ones. All of which are great and commanded from God and Jesus to practice. We are supposed to ask Him in faith.

The Hebrew translation of Tefillah means to “self evaluate”. We should make it a point to open ourselves up to God through prayer. I am terrible at this. Even though I know that God knows everything about my heart I often times avoid being 100% honest with him about my state of mind and heart.

Dunkin’ parking lot hangout

Big Ballin’ Friday Eve

THE SCENE: Chilly. Not warm. Not hot. Borderline cold. Basically shorts weather.


  • Welcome to F3: Fitness – Fellowship – Faith
  • Name is Steam and I’ll be your QIC this morning
  • Couple of things before we begin:
    • Not a professional
    • You’re here on your own volition
    • If you need to modify anything we do this morning, feel free to do so!


  • This morning is going to look a little different – as we try and get back in the swing of things – it’s not going to be exactly the same but it’s going to be good. Stick with it and let’s get some good work done.


  • SSH: 10×4 IC
  • Rockette: 10×4 IC
  • Imperial Walker: 10×4 IC
  • WIndmill: 10×4 IC 
  • 4 count Merkin: 10×4 IC
  • Cherry-Picker: 10×4 IIC


  • If 10 or more:
    • Abort takes group to WWII Memorial Site
    • Steam takes group to Amphitheater

[ 7s ]

  • merkins and squats
    • 6 & 1, 5 & 2, etc

[ The $2.00 Quarter Pounder ]

  • 4 stations marked by orange cones at each respective site
  • $2.00 = 2 evolutions/times
  • Quarter Pounder = 25 reps/cone or station (1-count)
  • The Stations
    • Cone/Area 1: Imperial Walkers
    • Cone/Area 2: Merkins
    • Cone/Area 3: LBCs
    • Cone/Area 4: Mountain Climbers (2 count technically)

(Abort’s team — get a rock from rock pile)

(Steam’s team — utilize pull-up bars in amphitheater)

[ 10s ]

  • Abort’s team: Curls & Squats
  • Steam’s team: Pull-ups & Box Jumps

When done: both teams mosey back to AO and circle up.

    • Steam’s team knocks out 5 Motivators until Abort’s team gets bac




[ Core 4 ]

  • Flutter Kicks: 25×4 IC
  • American Hammers: 25×4 IC
  • LBCs: 25×4 IC
  • Hello Dolly’s: 25×4 IC



13 PAX – 1 FNG –> HalfDomHalf


“Tend the Garden” – John 15:2


When man was first created, Adam was given a garden to tend. It was given to Adam first and not Eve. By design. After Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, God called Adam first. He will always call Adam first. By design.

So what’s the state of your garden you’ve been entrusted to protect and care for in the middle of this pandemic? Your garden could be your family, your vocation, your finances, your life in general.

But the interesting thing about a garden is that there can be both food and bad that exist together. And sometimes the weeds of a garden look good, they look like they fit in. And if you have ever gardened, you’ll know this process well – to pull weeds or things from the garden that shouldn’t be there, it can be a back-breaking process. Sometimes you have to get on your knees and get dirty and it takes a lot to uproot some weeds that have gone un-noticed, and it’s a hard process, a grueling process, but your garden is better for it.

Take that and apply it to your life. Your garden God has called you to tend to as the man.

Back in business

THE SCENE: 64* and dry
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER (new extended remix)

  • Tempo squats
  • Mountain climbers
  • Windmills
  • Four count merkins
  • SSH

Mosey lap around the WFP lawn and back to the side of the convention center. Chalk on the ground waiting.

Rise Up 19 WOD:
  • 19 Squats
  • 19 Flutter kicks (4 count)
  • 19 OH claps (4 count)
  • 19 hand release merkins
  • 19 lateral hops
  • 19 sit ups
  • Lunges

Run a lap around the WFP lawn. Lather rinse and repeat for round two with slight modification. Instead of a lap at the end, run 40-50 yards and back after each exercise.

Short mosey over to the large landing beside the Big Ball for the Big Bang. Everyone circles up, distanced out. Each round increases by ten, slowly expanding the universe. Run X steps, do X number of reps of given exercise. Return back to your plank around the circle and wait for everyone to finish up.

  • 10 burpees
  • 20 squat jumps
  • 30 Hello Dolly’s
  • 40 LBCs
  • 50 SSH

Mosey back to start point for Mary

Fairly simple, ATMs then 90 seconds of boat/canoe
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA: 13 Strong coming back: G6, Sunshine, Postman, Orkin, Ariel, Swanson, Amazon, Backdraft, Passport, Jenner, Bareback, 8-Seconds, Abort

Word of the day is inertia.  Inertia in a physical sense is that an object will remain at a constant velocity unless acted upon by an external force.  Unfortunately that is also true when that velocity is zero.  When we went into the safer at home mode and halted workouts, I didn’t think I would struggle with workout discipline like I did.  I had a few minor physical things, but the mental battle of getting up and working hard absolutely smoked me.  The fartsack was victorious more times than not.

My velocity was basically zero, and though I wish it weren’t true I am sure I wasn’t the only one who struggled without the accountability of my brothers standing in the gloom.  So now the external force is back in my life.  My brothers, standing at the fountains at 5:30 eagerly awaiting whatever silly nonsense I’ve come up with or whatever beatdown someone else has concocted.  They’re there, acting upon me and accelerating me more than they know.


Spring Training at the Asylum

THE SCENE:  Foggy, cool and damp – perfect for a VQ

Short and sweet.  Modify if needed.  Not a professional.  Work hard.

Light Pole to Light


High Knees

Butt Kicks



Let Spring Training Begin…..

  • Mosey to the other lot for some Plyos (10 – Squat Jumps, 10 – Tuck Jumps, 10 – Side to Side)
  • Mosey to the next parking lot for some shuffle ladders across parking lot
    • 15 sec Shuffle, 30 sec Shuffle, 45 sec Shuffle, 60 sec Shuffle, 45 sec Shuffle, 30 sec Shuffle, 15 sec Shuffle (15 sec rest between reps)
  • Mosey to the Chapel for more Plyos (10 – Squat Jumps, 10 – Tuck Jumps, 10 – Side to Side)
  • Mosey to the Baseball Field – Left Field Line
    • 5 x Poles (jog from LF line to CF, Sprint from CF to RF)(Turn around and go back)
      • Between each Pole Abs (Flutters, Hello Dollies, LBCs, Big Boys, Planks)
  • Mosey back to the Chapel for another set of Plyos (10 – Squat Jumps, 10 – Tuck Jumps, 10 – Side to Side)
  • Mosey back to parking lot for some more shuffle ladders across lot
    • 15 sec Shuffle, 30 sec Shuffle, 45 sec Shuffle, 30 sec Shuffle, 15 sec Shuffle (15 sec rest between reps)
  • Mosey back to the AO


Explained the ongoing chaos in my life.  For the last month or two, more and more responsibilities and obstacles have been added and I have been poorly managing them.  I am working on controlling the items I can, taking the time to decompress and be the father and husband I want to be.  Control the Chaos.


Team Hoyt Mentality

THE SCENE: 45*, clear, and perfect

Squat and reach
4-count merkins
8-count bodybuilders
Quick mosey over to the long, straight sidewalk adjacent to the convention center. Six cones are set up down the length of the sidewalk, spaced 15-20 yards apart.  Each cone has an exercise and rep count, simply run between cones knocking out the exercises.  After completing the last exercise, lunge walk to first cone (fifth from start) and sprint the remainder.  First man back instructed to pick an exercise and knock it out until everyone returns.

  • Cone 1 – 10 burpees
  • Cone 2 – 15 tuck jumps
  • Cone 3 – 20 CDD
  • Cone 4 – 25 merkins
  • Cone 5 – 30 squats
  • Cone 6 – 35 leg lifts

Rinse and repeat, only this time grab a battle buddy.  You both still do all the reps, but you’re not alone.  Quick 10 count and mosey over to the base of the Big Ball stairs. Routine as follows:

  • 10 sit up ups at the bottom
  • Crawl bear up the stairs to the first big landing
  • 10 supermans
  • Wall sit until everyone completes

Assemble in front of the Big Ball, grab a different battle buddy from before.  One man knocks out pull ups on the Big Ball while their buddy does 25 squats.  Flapjack until both have done one round of each exercise.  Reassemble in front on the stairs, repeating the previous routine with another battle buddy.  Again, both doing all the reps, just not alone:

  • 10 sit up ups at the bottom
  • Crawl bear up the stairs to the first big landing
  • 10 supermans
  • Wall sit until everyone completes

Back to the Big Ball, doing pull ups until your partner relieves you.  Squats were substituted for Army quality 4-count merkins before relieving your partner.

Quick ring of fire with merkins, going around doing 1 rep, then 2, etc up to 5 reps.  Recover and mosey back to SP

45* situps on each side
Freddy Mercury
12 Strong: Butterfly, G6, Hoops (FNG), Half Caff, Postman, 8 Seconds, Dovetail, Steam, Jenner, Backdraft, Swanson, Abort (QiC)
Use the Hoyt mentality.  Rick Hoyt was born with cerebral palsy, and despite doctors telling his parents he would be nothing but a vegetable his whole life, his family didn’t give up on him.  They continued working with him with a computer he gained the ability to communicate and eventually went on to graduate college.  Team Hoyt began in 1977 when Rick Hoyt asked his father if they could run in a race together to benefit a lacrosse player at his school who had become paralyzed.  He wanted to prove that life went on no matter your disability.  Dick Hoyt was 36 years old and not a runner.  After their first race, Rick said, “Dad when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.” This team has completed 257 triathlons, 6 of which are Ironman, 7 Half Ironman, and 72 marathons with over 30 being the Boston marathon.

We were in multiple two man teams this morning, and in that case you are either the fast man or the slow man.  Dick Hoyt would have never began his journey without his slow man.  They have went on to inspire countless people (YHC included) because the push from the slow man.  NEVER DOUBT YOUR IMPACT regardless of how you perceive your abilities.  Also, if you happen to be the fast man, you better be sure you’re bringing someone along.  Dick Hoyt carried his son between events, towed him while swimming, pushed him on the bike and in the wheelchair.  Without his son, he was just another competitor.  With him, a legend.