F3 Knoxville

Heavy PT – He’s a good Dad.

  • THE SCENE: Dark and Muggy – not the Q – the weather
    F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Regular Disclaimer + COVID + Cell phone for emergencies
  • Tempo Squats
  • LBAC (fwd/bwd) + Overhead Clap
  • “Reach for the stars” + “Let ’em hang”
  • Cherry Pickers
  • Tempo Merkins
  • Mosey to RC

• Tricep extensions
• Curls
• Overhead press
• Rows
• Squats
• Lunges
• Calf raises
• Thrusters
• Flutter
• American Hammer
• Heavy Freddy


6STRONG: Erector, Kickflip, Chaco, Mathlete, Dart Gun, Snaggletooth

The Kind of Dad God is:

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

This is my favorite way to start a Thursday…

Hardship Hill – Oct 3. Mathlete’s got a team signed up…

IPC Week 1 at The Project

THE SCENE: Clear and a little cooler than it has been lately.

OYO. Some arriving early to get started on the challenge.
Iron PAX challenge week 1

  • 3 burpees EMOM
  • 50 hand release release merkins
  • 100 leg lifts
  • 150 jungle boi squat jumps
  • 200 big boy sit-ups
  • 250 stationary lunges (125 each leg)

Stargazers! We were done!
8 worked on the IPC week 1 challenge this morning.
I have been thinking a lot lately about being lukewarm: being half a man, half a husband, half a father, etc. Basically, being lukewarm means you are not putting in enough effort.  Jesus tells us something very important regarding being a lukewarm Christian. He states that “I will spew you out of my mouth”, Revelation 3:16. I am sure most of you can recall a time in your life, or witnessing it in someone else’s life, being on fire for God. Perhaps a youth group trip. Try to remember how that felt. We are called to be hot, on fire for God. I encourage you to consider this and evaluate how you may return to that zeal and also apply in all that you do.
The return of Rocket! What an awesome workout for your first one in a while! IPC week 1 was intense. That was a lot of leg and core work. Definitely feel good for doing that workout, but man is YHC going to be sore!

The Project – IPC Week 0

THE SCENE: 71 and muggy

1. Welcome F3 (Fitness, Fellowship, Faith)
2. Not a professional, FREE, here of your own will. Be careful, modify as needed.
3. CV19 Precautions: Maintain distance, no shared equipment or touching partner exercise, gloves recommended – if you are sick and have CV19 symptoms – go home.
4. Cell phone for emergencies.


1. Tempo Squats 5x/Squats 5x (4-ct)
2. Big Boy Sit-up 5x
3. Tempo Merkins 5x/Merks 5x (4-ct)
4. Bonnie Blairs 5x (left leg, 2-ct)
5. Burpees 5x
6. Mosey to ORHS track

IronPax Week 0
(4 Rounds for time)
• 50 Air Squats
• 40 Big Boy Sit-ups
• 30 Merkins
• 20 Bonnie Blairs
• 10 Burpees
• 400 Meter Run

No Time

11Strong: Erector, Chaco, Kickflip, Slappy, Mailbox, Pi, Nuclear Ninja, Trolley, Pool Boy, Mathlete

DONUTS! I wanted to thank, celebrate, and bless the pax, especially after Week 0 of IPC, and specifically commemorating Nuclear Ninja’s VQ several weeks ago. Ninja and Pi are not able to stay afterward for Coffeeteria (school and work), so we brought some Donut Palace to bring Coffeeteria to them.

Several pax shared good news that we had been praying for in the last several weeks and months, which we were sure to thank Sky Q for!

1. Iron Pax – register @ F3 Greenwood
2. Hardship Hill Oct 3
3. Tuba moved to OR – F3 helped his family get moved (off NY)

Dream Come True

THE SCENE:  67 and clear.  Perfect.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER:  Administered.


  • Reach for the sky!
  • Let it hang!
  • Abe Vigoda – IC x 8
  • Cherry pickers – IC x 8
  • Mountain climbers – IC x 8
  • E2K L/R – IC x 10


Mosey to the recruitment center.  Grab some CMUs and head to the cinema.

Stairway to Seven:  Perform all exercises then carry the CMU to the next line.  First line is 3 reps of each – each line increases the number of reps by 3 (e.g. 2nd line is 6 reps, 3rd line is 9 reps…7th line is 21 reps – total of 84 reps).

Exercises are;

  • Curls
  • Goblet Squats
  • Overhead presses
  • Jumpovers

Carry to the next line – increase rep count by 3….

Early finishers do some ab work.

At line 7:  Turn around and go back down the stairway – starting with 21 reps (each line decreases by 3 reps).

Exercises are;

  • Tricep extension
  • CMU Lunge
  • Upright row
  • Calf raises

Finished early to move on…

Mosey to the cinema steps for Diego

Partner 1 runs to the top of the stairs while Partner 2 does exercises.  Switchero.

  • 100 – Split Merkins
  • 150 – Overhead press
  • 200 – Heavy LBC
  • 250 – Curls
  • 300 – Squats w/ CMU




Me and 5 of the best men I know


“Dream come true”.  Have you ever said those words?  Maybe about a vacation? Or about working from home during the pandemic?  Or about fatherhood?  Or after a purchase that you’d anticipated for many years?

For my family, last Saturday was a day of dreams coming true.  For my sons’ entire young lives, they have desperately wanted a dog.  My reluctant wife finally relinquished, and we picked up our Bernese Mountain dog mix named “Rose”.  Romping through the house, chasing and being chased – for my sons, it is their dream come true.

My wife and I have a dream of one day traveling in an awesome RV – staying in national and state parks, seeing all the countryside that our beautiful nation has to offer, meeting people, exploring…that is a dream of ours.  On Saturday – the same day that we picked up our dog – we also made arrangements to buy a small travel trailer and a truck.  We took one small step toward our dream coming true.

In Genesis Chapter 28, we read about a strange dream.  Jacob, running from his homicidal brother and alone in the wilderness, laid down to sleep.  In his dream, he saw a stairway stretching from the earth to heaven and angels were ascending and descending on it.  At the top of the stairway stood God and He said to Jacob, (paraphrased) “I will give you this land.  Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth.”  When Jacob woke up, he did a couple of things.  First, he showed wonder, “What an awesome place this is!”  I can imagine him thinking – God, you’ve met me here in the wilderness when I thought I was abandoned and you showed me the blessing of my future – what a dream come true…  Then he took a stone and made a pillar to commemorate the dream.  Then he poured oil on the stone.  Finally, he made a vow to God.

I want to ask you to think about your dreams in two ways this morning.

First – what in your life is a dream come true?  What – if you didn’t have it – would be something that you’d say, “if only…that would be a dream come true”.  Maybe your health?  I know if I were terminally ill, I could hear myself saying, “If only I was healthy…that would be a dream come true”.  What is it for you?  Your marriage?  Your good job?  Whatever that thing, I’m challenging you to have fresh gratitude for it today.  Like Jacob after his dream, say “how awesome!” that you have this in your life.

Second – what is a dream that you have for the future?  What do you look out at and wish, “Dream, come true!”.  When Jacob woke from his dream, he set a stone.  Years later, he would return to that stone and build it into an altar – but that day, he set one stone.  What is one stone you can set – one thing you can do to advance toward your dream?  Jacob poured oil on the stone – a sacrifice, a financial investment.  What is one small thing you could do to invest in your dream?  Finally, he made a vow, a promise, he talked about his dream.  Maybe you can tell your dream to a trusted friend.  Words are powerful.  Speaking words out loud is powerful.  Telling a friend, speaking those words, seeking advice, making a plan – that is a step toward your dream.  Proverbs 15:22 “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.”  What dream can you look at and say, “Dream, come true”?  Take a small step toward making it happen.

Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no VISION, the people perish

Proverbs 20:5, “The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.

“Vision without execution is delusion”.  Thomas Edison


Proverbs 16:9, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

Step Up – Fulfill Your Responsibilities!

THE SCENE: Dry but about to produce some sweat.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER + COVID distancing: Administered + Cell Phone

IC 10 x Moroccan Night Club (Erector almost missed this one but quickly rose to his feet!)
IC 10 x Oompa Loompa IC (everyone in the warmup circle squat alternating with the person next to you)
IC 7 x Overhead Clap
IC 10 x Raise the roof (calf raise + air press)
OYO 10 x El Capitan
IC 7 x “Power T” Merkins (S/O to Mailbox for this one – it’s a hand release merkin but arms go straight out to each side)
OYO 5 x “Projectee” (burpee + donkey kick after the push-up part – it didn’t flow like I wanted but it was hard haha)

THA-THANG:Picture of the Workout path from 1 (Warmup) to 7, stop at 3 on the way back and finish at 1:
Mosey to 2: 7 runs total to the first light pole:
1 warmup
5@100% sprints
1 cool down

Mosey to 3 aka the International Friendship Bell
Do 10 each exercise for the duration of the “Friends” theme song (full length)

Freddy Mercury
Rocky Balboa (high steps)
Incline Merkins
El Capitan
Newton’s Cradle
Step Ups

Mosey to 4 Descending Route 66:
11, 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 burpees – 1 set per parking space + 1 Projectee (burpee + donkey kick) per set
Q-called this one with most PAX starting at 5 or 4.

Mosey to 5 Will the Circle Be Unbroken:
During the song:
Verse – Newton’s Cradle
Chorus – Lunge in alternating circular directions starting clockwise
Instrumental Break / Bridge – Q called several PAX to name a core exercise that we did until the next verse / chorus

Run to 6: Wagon Wheel as necessary while pushing the pace from mosey to faster
At 6 we did 10 of each of the following (out and back like a “wagon wheel):
Diamon Merkin (I think we did these – a car came and we had to break for that but then they turned away)
Crab walk

Mosey to 7 for Mucho leg-o (okay so no song “directly” goes with this one but Bailamos was the best I could find)
1) Narrow squat (feet together),
2) regular-stance squat,
3) wide squat,
4) Bonnie Blair (jumping lunge) with left foot forward,
5) Bonnie Blair with right foot forward (then back to narrow stance).
Repeato until you look like a baby giraffe stumbling across the Savannah.
Q called it after ~10 sets so 40 squats but doing them slowly, 1 at a time was a new DOMS experience for sure!

Mosey back to 3 with a Wagon Wheel along the way that included an unexpected detour through the grass.
At 3 do 10 Step-Ups OYO (that’s all the time we had left!)

No time for that.
11 PAX Stepped It Up Today to be HIMs! (picture in link)

Initial Question: What are you responsible for? F3 (Q, follow, invest), wife/gf (if you have one), children, friends, family, church… Think about it- are you passive or active? Are you idle or do you take initiative?
2 Thessalonians 3:10-15
10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let
him not eat. 11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12
Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to
earn their own living. 13 As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. 14 If anyone does not
obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be
ashamed. 15 Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.

3 Questions we can ask from this passage
1. What are you being idle about?
For me? Very clearly: My PE Exam study. I’m getting my application in this week and will follow my study schedule that I’m going to make.
2. Who do you need to warn as a brother with regard to idleness, passivity?
You reading this is me warning you if you’re being idle. Of course I’m aware of people I need to warn (and am praying about when to say this warning to them), but we are called to go directly to our brother and not gossip (Matthew 18) so I’ll leave you with that thought to consider yourself. Also, I’d love to talk to any of you who wrestle with this (because it’s common to us all)
3. Last, how can you rely more on God to work in you and in others?
If we try to be busy working on our own but not relying on God, we can despair if we “fail” or become prideful if we “succeed.” Philippians 4:6-7 has served me well in many hard times – in the moment, take a moment and pray and rely on God’s strength as you act yourself and as you warn others who are busybodies but not busy working.

Praise and continued prayer for Slappy’s father-in-law as the doctors/tests have found they’re unsure what to make of his health situation as they can’t find anything wrong with him in all the testing and markers.
Prayer for Erector’s pastor who was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer just this past week

Somewhere along the way I lost a glove. I took it off to use my phone to play the mp3s of all of the songs and then I forgot to put it back on. Always wear gloves! I had such a fun time Q’ing. But I’m still learning- and boy do I have a long way to go!

Announcements: Iron PAX Challenge coming up in September Friday’s at JUCO & Shamrock