F3 Knoxville

Bricks, Buddies and Big Ball

THE SCENE: Perfect, mid 50’s, partly cloudy
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH, Arm Circles, Rockettes, This and That, Michael Phelps, Cherry Pickers
THA-THANG:
Moseyed over to the brick pile by L&N where everyone grabbed a new buddy (brick). Everywhere we went during the workout we carried our buddies overhead

  • Sidewalk near AO: Doras: 50x Goblet Squats, 100x Tricep Extensions, 150x Curls, while one partner ran down the street and back
  • Big Ball: Doras again with a new partner: 50x Brick Merkins (one hand on brick, merkin, slide brick to other hand, merkin, etc), 100x Flutterkicks with brick overhead (4ct), 150x Calf Raises while holding brick
  • Bridge near Cumberland: walking lunge across with brick
  • Amphitheater: 3 rounds of exercises OYO
    • Round 1: 5x bodybuilders, 10x shoulder raises, 15x American Hammers (4ct), 20x Big Boy Sit ups, 25x Rows at top of stairs
    • Round 2: 10x bodybuilders, 15x shoulder raises, 25x Big Boy Sit ups, 30x Rows at top of stairs
    • Round 3: 20x shoulder raises, 30x Big Boy Sit ups, 35x Rows at top of stairs

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Talked about a conversation I had with a student that reminded me of a word Abort gave involving a friend saying “It must be nice” in regards to someone elses situation, not acknowledging their own privileges and blessings. While talking with my student we pointed out that people have a tendency to find pride and validity in our sufferings, so much so that we often overexaggerate them. We tend to place more value on ourselves or less on others depending on the difference in the weight we carry on our shoulders. I have noticed that even in family gatherings its rare that we don’t end up somewhat comparing who has to work the longest hours, or get up the earliest or stay at work the latest. We try to impress each other with things we actually shouldn’t be proud of. Galatians 6:14 actually says that should we boast in anything it should be in the Cross of Jesus Christ. So my encouragement for us was that we seek to keep a true and proper perspective on our situation, rather than finding ways to use our suffering as opportunities to impress.

Burpees: Every Minute On The Minute

THE SCENE: Excellent, rain held of just in time for the beat down, lower 50s, cloudy sunrise
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH, Arm Circles, Tempo Squats, Rockettes, Cherry Pickers, Tempo merkins, This and That, Michael Phelps
THA-THANG:
I set a timer to go off every minute during the workout, whenever this happened we all stopped what we were doing to do 2 burpees (My speaker died so we changed to 3 burpees during the Doras but not while running)

  • Doras: 50x American Hammers (4ct), 100x Carolina Dry Docks, 150x Squats
  • OYO: 25x Shoulder Taps (4ct), Box Cutters, Smurf Jacks (4ct), Hand Release Merkins
  • OYO: 15x Shoulder Taps (4ct), Box Cutters, Smurf Jacks (4ct), Hand Release Merkins
  • Doras: 50x Wideout Merkins, 100x Sumo Squats, 150x Big Boy Sit Ups
  • OYO: 25x Cobras, Flutterkicks (4ct), SSH (4ct), Plank Toe Taps (4ct)
  • OYO: 10x Cobras, Flutterkicks (4ct), SSH (4ct), Plank Toe Taps (4ct)
  • Cool down lap around the event lawn

MARY:
May or may not have ended a minute early due to the fact that we were dying

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Revisited the topic of Robert Murray McCheyne, 19th century preacher who graduated college at 14, led a congregation of over 1000 at age 23, was infamously a workaholic, and died at the age of 29 of cardiac arrest and exhaustion. Supposedly on his death bed he was quoted saying “God gave me a message to deliver and a horse to ride on. Alas, I have killed the horse and I can no longer deliver the message.” We’ve mentioned masculinity a lot this passed week in our Words. Biblical Masculinity is an interesting topic because the Bible rarely actually addresses masculinity directly, so often when we talk about being Godly men we get a mix of Scripture and culture, some of which is good but a lot is not. One of the cultural aspects of masculinity is work ethic; rather closer to being a workaholic. We as men tend to put the pressure to over work ourselves. When confronted by the Pharisees about eating on the Sabbath Jesus said that man wasn’t made for the Sabbath, but the Sabbath for man. We tend to hear “Jesus says it’s ok not to rest”, rather than hearing “The Sabbath (rest) was designed specifically for me, and is therefore beneficial”. Lets all be men who prioritize rest, so we can faithfully deliver the message we were given, rather than killing the horse we ride on.

Felix the Cat

THE SCENE: A balmy 53 and the rain held off
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

  • Lunges
  • 1 burpee
  • Diamond merkins
  • 2 burpees
  • BAC
  • 3 burpees
  • SSH maybe

THA-THANG:

Mosey to amphitheater for Felix the Cat: 6 rounds
  • 9 burpees
  • 9 box jumps
  • 9 rows on rails
  • 9 HR merkins
  • 9 leg lifts
I’m not a cat routine, animal walk the length of the stage, do 10 merkins, mountain climbers. Run up the stairs, around the amphitheater and back down.
  • Duck walk
  • Bear crawl
  • Inchworm
  • Frog jump

Mosey back to start point
MARY:
Flutter kicks

Flutter kicks again
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
11 strong: Magic Mic, Livestrong, G6, Cornhole, Wedding Singer, Slim Shady, Passport, Drive Thru, Radiocall, Postman, Abort
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Felix the Cat WOD represents six EOD operators who used up their nine lives in serving their fellow men and women. At the end of our journey, I hope we have exhausted our skills in service of each other. Not saying to be reckless, but to use our gifts to the fullest extent.

Prayers for consistency in the word, Walrus traveling, Trowel to continue his journey, Swanson to return

Brick by Brick

THE SCENE: Chilly and dark, 28 degrees
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH, Tempo Squats, Tempo Merkins, Arm Circles, Little of This, Cherry Pickers
THA-THANG:
Split into two teams, each team was given a CMU that they had to share responsibility for

  • Big Ball: Each person owed ten laps up and down the stairs with 10 Merkins at the bottom and 10 BBS at the top, and each person had to do at least one lap with their team’s brick
  • Water Bridge: Each team lined up single file holding a squat while one at a time team members ran across the bridge to their team’s brick to do 10 Goblet Squats, 10 Upright Rows and 10 Chest Presses
  • Event Lawn: Each team split in half on either side of the lawn. Each person owed on trip across the field lunging and another across with Murder Bunnies. Alternated between Merkins, Squats, and BBS while waiting
  • Under the Clinch St Bridge: Each team wall sat in a line while passing the brick up and down the line, doing 5 shoulder presses each time they got the brick
  • Back at AO: Formed a circle with the bricks on opposite ends. Alternated between Flutterkicks and American Hammers while passing the bricks around the circle, doing 10 curls, 10 shoulder presses and 10 tricep extensions each time the brick came to you.

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Shared again the story of GK Chesterton responding to the London Times’ article “What is wrong with the world today” by writing “Dear Sirs, I am.” Not only does this show a tremendous amount of humility and self awareness, but it also demonstrates what it looks like to live out Jesus’ command to worry more about the plank in our own eyes than the speck in our neighbors’. It’s also really important that whenever we approach any sort of situation or confrontation, even when we are confident we are in the right, we still have our own flaws and tend to bring our own sin to the table. Practicing this level of humility and self awareness will help us to continue to be High Impact Men.

Big Ball 2020 Q Recap

THE SCENE: Upper 40s, cloudy, slightly damp
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH, Rockettes, Tempo Squats, Little of this
THA-THANG:
Just like all the other recaps we’re seeing on spotify, strava, Facebook, etc., this workout is all pieces of memorable Big Ball workouts from this year.

  • Shoulder Warm Up (Amazon) – 15x Arm Circles (forward and back), Moroccan Night Clubs, Shoulder Taps, Overhead Claps, Shoulder Taps, Moroccan Night Clubs, Arm Circles (forward and back)
  • Monkey Jumpers (Mine) – Went over to the side walk next to the field for Monkey Jumpers (3 Monkey Humpers followed by a broad jump) all the way down to the end of the field
  • 343 Reps and 1980 steps (Pfeifer) – Went to the Big Ball steps for a modified version of Pfeifer’s 9/11 workout. Instead of 343 reps and 110 flights of stairs we did 3 laps up and down the steps followed by 30 Merkins, 40 Big Boys and 30 Merkins respectively
  • Make It Count (Postman) – At the middle landing of steps, we broad jumped across the convention center to the top of the next stair case, keeping track of the number of jumps we took. We then used that number for 2x our number of Squats and 1x our number of Squat Jumps
  • Twofer Tuesday (Steam) – Moseyed over to the stage. Did 11 incline merkins, ran across the stage for 11 decline merkins, then rinsed and repeated
  • Reverse Suicide Ladder (Abort) – Used trees next to event lawn as cones. Tree 1 – 10x Hand Release Merkins, Tree 2 – 10x Jump Squats, Tree 3 – 10x American Hammers. Ran to first tree and back, then to second tree then first and back, then to third then second then first and back
  • Duck Jousting (Trowel) – Formed two single file lines facing each other in the duck position (squat with hands behind head). The front person of each line had 10 seconds to knock down the other front person of the other line without breaking the duck position. Everyone tied except Abort
  • Burpee Indian Run (Soot and Mine) – Ran an Indian Run around the AO, whoever was in front stepped to the side and did burpees til the rest caught back up to him, joined the back of the line and the new front person took his place doing burpees

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
We’ve said it enough, but this year has been unexpected with change, heart ache, anxiety, loss and many other things. The sad reality of how we approach a new year is that the change in the last number in the date won’t change any of this, regardless of how much we celebrate tonight. We learned this year that a lot of what we put our hope and trust in is actually quite fragile, temporary or even unnecessary. But even in a year like 2020 we can find refuge in the fact that God is still sovereign, consistent and active. As believers, we also are meant to be consistent and steadfast in what we know to be true and what we value, even in this past year of ever-changing ridiculousness and in the years to come. Micah 6:8 lays out our role almost too simply, “The Lord asks of you this; to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God”.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
CSAUP coming up, end of January