F3 Knoxville



F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER  ✔👌 – With some additional mumble-chatter:  

PURPOSE of Q-101: Designed to teach how to lead a proper workout and the structure of an F3 workout.The First F of “F3” is fitness. It’s the workout we suffer through together in the Gloom. Traditionally, this is a boot camp style workout but it doesn’t have to be.

A few points made:

1) No perfect F3 Workout. Everyone’s design for a workout will be different and that is a great thing. It fosters muscle confusion and breaks the monotony.

2) It’s not about you. It’s about the PAX. Everything you do should be focused on the group.

3) Actually Plan the Workout: Type it out, bring it with you, run it by a member who has experience.

4) Know your limitations – if you can’t do it, don’t Q it

5) Better to have too much, than not enough

6) Always keep time (wear a watch) and be respectful of others’ time

7) Never leave a man behind – (string of pearls) We start together, we finish together. It’s how we make people feel included and how we keep them coming back.

Every workout will be different and that’s what we want. We become stronger through each other’s differences. Variety is key. Pay attention to the PAX and break monotony if you have to.


First, as the Q, always show up early make adjustments for conditions, etc. Set the tone (command voice!), welcome the PAX, especially FNGs. Call out 1 minute warning – establishes command, sets the tone. WELCOME people – does two things: 1) acknowledges they exist and 2) that they have value to the group.

*Make sure the FLAG is there (this is very important at JUCO and not something we are willing to compromise)

Q demonstrated and went over how to call an exercise the F3 way: Call the exercise, Ready Position…Move…In Cadence…..Exercise commands.  All In Cadence:

SSH x 25

Imperial Walkers x 20

Tempo Squats x 15

8 CT Body Builders x 10

Mosey to newer North Parking Lot, stopping for some Partner Sets: Merkins x100 and Squats x100

Mosey to coupon pile.  Two Rounds of Partner carry/Burpees – P1 carried coupon up and around the concrete wall while P2 did Burpees.  When P1 returns, switch, rinse and repeat.

Mosey to large triangle shaped median for Bearmuda Triangle – Bear Crawl to corner 1, 3 Burpees.  Bear Crawl to corner 2, 6 Burpees.  Bear Crawl to corner 3, 9 Burpees.

Mosey back to Shovel Flag.

Dealer’s Choice – Went around the circle having PAX practice calling exercises the proper way while being gently critiqued.

12 Strong, including Cougar from F3 Johnson City


When you think of the term “ministry” what comes to mind? Many of us associate that term with pastors, preachers, priests or other “official” religious leaders in the church. Christians seem to think that is who does “real ministry.”

But the Apostle Paul states otherwise. In fact he indicates that the church’s teaching ministry is, at least in part, preparatory. It merely EQUIPS members to carry out ministry – ministry that is every bit as real as the ministry of preaching.

Perhaps we lionize the ministry of church leaders because we tend to think that our everyday works that we carry out seem so small and unnoticed. So what does the church’s teaching ministry prepare us to do? It EQUIPS us to:

1) Put away slander and speak truth (Ephesians 4)

2) Work hard at our jobs (Ephesians 4 and 6)

3) Put to death stinginess and share what we have with others (Ephesians 4)

4) Refrain from dirty jokes and profanity (Ephesians 4 and 5)

5) Be kind and forgive one another (Ephesians 4)

6) Avoid being deceived by false doctrine (Ephesians 5)

7) Love our wives (Ephesians 5)

8) Raise our children in a way that honors the Lord (Ephesians 6)

9) Treat employees and co-workers equitably and justly (Ephesians 6)

So what does “real ministry” look like for Paul? It looks like two men putting aside rivalry and comparison to love and serve one another. It looks like a young man refusing to tell a dirty joke for a cheap laugh and instead choosing words that build up. It looks like cheerfully punching numbers into a spreadsheet from 9 to 5 as an act of devotion to Jesus. It looks like sharing the gospel with an unbelieving neighbor or sending an email to a discouraged brother. It looks like a man laboring to help his wife overcome depression and thrive spiritually. It looks like inviting a friend to F3 or even better, serving the men out here by signing up to Q a workout. None of these actions, of course, looks glamorous, and some may even go unnoticed in the world. But for Paul, these things are “REAL MINISTRY.”

CSAUP Off The Chain, Collections for Mend House

Totally not burpees

THE SCENE:71 and humid

cherry pickers 5x

some of these some of those

In honor of colio – one squat
Mosey to the court yard

Four corners down the ladder

15 burpees total the first lap – must do at least one burpee at each corner pick your poison

14 burpees total the second lap

– and so on and so no….all the way down to 1

with time running short we mosey to the parking lot a lot of cones there so we ran front to back all the way through them. 5 burpee penalty for each cone knocked over. total of 10 burpees were handed out Thanks Juge!

ribbed hot yoga special

stretched our legs and our core with some ending downward dogs for deep stretches
all tagged
encouraged the AO and the AOQ for their living the three F’s in F3. It’s amazing to watch from out here at the equalizer.
Insert any personal comments, notes, devotion content, etc.
july 18 at the dog pound be there!

Circuits by the Cleaners

THE SCENE: Nice morning for a stroll in the nearby shopping center.

SSH x 20
Tempo Squat x10
Catalina Wine Mixer x 10
Imperial Walker x 20
Burpees (OYO) x 10


Mosey to Stairs behind Shopping Center (Monkey Humpers & Freddie Mercuries along the way)
Setup 4 stations; divide into 4 groups; run to each station
1) Dips x 50
2) Pickle Pounders x 50
3) Merkins x 50
4) Squats x 50
Complete all 4 stations for the Round
decrease 5 reps per round, tried to get in 4 rounds
Mosey back to the AO (Monkey Humpers along the way)

Flutter Kicks x 25


Psalm 83:1-3
1 O God, do not remain silent;
do not turn a deaf ear,
do not stand aloof, O God.
2 See how your enemies growl,
how your foes rear their heads.
3 With cunning they conspire against your people;
they plot against those you cherish.

Discussed the need to trust in the Lord and bring our cares to him, rather than trying to argue with those around them thinking we’ll change their mind – God is in control and we need to have Him change hearts


Better late than Bernie

THE SCENE: 70 and beat the rain

Windmills, cherry pickers, baby arm circles, merkins, and a few sprints and karaoke
Counting by 10s feeling the burn!

Mosie to large parking lot by the lake.  Shuttle run to increasing distance parking lines, bernie back and exercises at starting line:

10 Burpees

20 BBS

30 Lunges

40 Merkins

50 SSH

60 Squats

70 Overhead claps

80 Flutter kicks

90 Calf raises

100 LBCs

  • MARY: LBCs and Plank thrusters(?not sure what these are called)


2 Corinthians Ch 4 v16-18

Remember, don’t look at the troubles we can see now, rather fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
Dog pound CSAUP. July 18th more details to come

What If?

THE SCENE:  A surprisingly dry but humid morning.

Moroccan Night Clubs / Cherry Pickers / Windmills / Tempo Merkins / Squatting Twinkle Humpers
Mosey past Maple Street down HV to Pellissippi entrance.  Stopped at the guardrail for a few shoulder taps with feet on the guard rail.  Route 66 at each lightpole around the road.  Starting with 1 burpee and adding a burpee at each light pole.   Until we get to light pole #11 – for 66 total.   Mosey to brick wall in middle of campus.   11s at brick wall with dips and box jumps.   Mosey to sophomore hill.   10 merkins at top and bottom of hill, rinse and repeat 3x.  Mosey to coupon pile.   Start with 50 reps – knock off 5 reps each round.   Curls, Goblet Squats, Rows, Kettlebell Swings, Tricep Extensions, Squat Thrusters, Walk Over Merkins, Heavy Hammers, Single Arm Presses (each arm), Blockees).   Mosey back to AO with a little jail break by home.

No Time for Mary
15 HIMs including 1 new FNG my son Cohen now… S.O.S.
My brother wrote a very thought provoking post on Facebook the other day that I thought was worth sharing pieces of this morning. The topic was “What if We’re Wrong.”
What if what we hold dear is wrong, what if the point of view we militantly protect, is actually wrong. Now, I can understand how you can be wrong but me? But me, I’ve done my research. I’m smart. I went to college, wrote papers, traveled the world, have friends that don’t look like me. Therefore, I must be the right one. Obviously, that all is idiotic and sounds as stupid in writing as it does speaking it to you this morning. But seriously, how often do we consider if we are wrong?
How often when discussing something with someone do we come to the conclusion we see things with different lenses and ultimately agree to disagree. Both probably leave the conversation still convinced their lens is a little clearer and the other one still doesn’t see quite right. So what does it feel like to be wrong? Sucks, hate it, embarrassing, wind kicked out from under your feed, eat crow, are all typically answers. But what if I told you that is what it feels like to finally DISCOVER that you are wrong. When you ARE wrong, but don’t know it yet, it feels exactly like when you are right. Stop and think about that…how often do we every consider that we might actually be wrong, that we might not fully understand the complexities of the topic. Even when the evidence is overwhelming, our pride normally wins and doesn’t let us concede.
Remember From Matthew 7. 1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
I just encourage you to reflect on this as you engage in conversations with your friends with challenging topics in the coming days and weeks ahead.


Stye on Q – Wednesday and 5k on Friday