F3 Knoxville

Iron Sharpens Iron

THE SCENE: Overcast, 71°F, Feels like 72°F, Humidity 92%, Wind 3mph from NNE

  • SSH 20x IC
  • Imperial Squat Walkers 20x IC
  • LBAC 15x IC Forward & Reverse
  • Overhead Claps 20x IC
  • Little of this, little of that, some of these and som of those


  • Mosey to the back lot
  • Find a battle buddy
  • 4 rounds
    • 50 squats
    • 40 BBS
    • 30 Merkins
    • 20 iron Mike’s
    • 10 burpees
    • Run around the parking lot
  • Mosey to the front
  • Brickyard bear crawl with battle buddy
    • P1 Al Gore while P2 bear crawls to the opposite curb completes 5 merkins and returns, flap jack
  • 11s
    • Flutter kicks
    • Hammers


  • Box Cutters 20x IC
  • Boat/Canoe till time

FNG – Chuckie

Proverbs 27:17
 iron sharpens iron,

So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

As men we need to be pushed and challenged by other men. Each of us is iron, but that does not mean each of us is the same. You cannot sharpen a sword with another sword, you must sharpen a sword with a file. There are many times in our lives where we need to be the sword, being sharpened by the men around us, but we will also need to be the file to sharpen our brothers as needed. This process is not just physical, it includes mental and emotional aspects as well. At our AOs we all have different skills and abilities, we need to be willing to use those to lift up our brothers when needed, push and pull them along, and even be confrontive and abrasive as necessary to equip our brothers to be the leaders they need to be.


As I take the AO Q over from A-Rod, I think over the past year and 8 months since I started attending F3 at the Brickyard. I am not the same man I was when I started. I am stronger physically yes, but also mentally and emotionally. I am willing to step into the hard leadership situations as a direct result of Qing a group of men in the gloom. I never thought a post on Facebook would change my life as it has, I am grateful that A-Rod took the chance to start the AO at Brickyard. He is a true HIM that has definitely impacted the men of Powell in a positive way.

IronPax Challenge 2019 – September workouts
Truckin to the Pound – Sept. 14

Full body burnout

THE SCENE: clear and hot

20 mountain climbers, 10 tempo merkins, 15 Morrocan night club, 10 tempo squats, 10 windmill
Mosey to the Sophomore. Exercises at each corner.

  • 20 squats
  • Bernie Sanders up the hill
  • 20 walking lunges
  • 20 monkey humpers
  • 40 calf raises

Repeat once. Mosey to coupon pile.

  • 20 curls
  • Up the stairs and 20 merkins at the top
  • 20 tricep extensions at the bottom
  • Up the stairs and 20 merkins at the top
  • 20 OH presses at the bottom
  • Up the stairs and 20 merkins at the top

Mosey to the center of campus. Perform one of these exercises and then run a lap around the courtyard. Repeat for all three.

  • 20 flutter kicks
  • 20 Freddie Mercury
  • 20 heals to Heaven

Started side chrunches
21 HIMs today at JUCO!
James 4:14 – “your life is but a vapor”

Don’t waste your time. Use every moment and enjoy it while you have it. You never know when it will vanish. Don’t wish for the future, but enjoy the now.
Unfortunately, our Mary got short today when 5k’s shoulder popped out of socket. Ouch! Thankfully, it came back in without any additional force.
TTTP on September 14th

Get your shirts!

Burpee Mile^2

THE SCENE: Hot…Humid…Miserable…Perfect for a beatdown

10xCherry Pickers, 20xlbac forward/backwards, 5 Burpees OYO  Short and sweet
Mosey to the hill above the large SE parking lot for some 11’s with Star Jumps at the top of the hill and diamond merkins at the bottom.

Now that we’re nice and warmed up, we moseyed to the pond parking lot to start the burpee mile.

Burpee Mile:

Perform 12 burpees and run one lap around the pond. Repeat 4x

YHC failed to mention to the PAX that the pond loop is actually .44 miles. Total distance run is 1.76 miles with 48 burpees.

Judge led somewhere around 1,000 flutter kicks while the six arrived from the final lap. Reverse indian run back to the shovel flag. The PAX formed two lines, first HIM in each line counts to five before dropping to the side for 5 merkins then popping up and joining the back of the line.

23 HIMs met in the gloom to kick off the week at JUCO. We had two more FNGs today. Welcome Kevin Hanson (Sergeant Slaughter) and Woody Huguley (Bambi)!
Even Jesus, being perfect in every way, faced rejection multiple times throughout his time on Earth. His reaction was always to continue soldiering on in the work of the Lord. We will all face rejection at some point in our lives. How we react to that rejection is what matters. Be like Christ and use rejection as a teaching moment and continue doing God’s work.


There must be something in the water here at JUCO as we have grown our numbers exponentially in the last month. Let’s keep this ball rolling! Keep inviting FNGs to come out and get better. Reach out to those HIMs who have been absent and encourage them.

A JUCO shirt order should be posted in the GroupMe soon. Shirts are only ordered in bulk, so if you want one, get on it.

The Road Less Traveled

THE SCENE: Pretty Nice

Tempo Squats
4-count Merkins
Mt Climbers


Mosey to the Greenway Path (continuing the warmup with burpees, freddy mecurys, merkins, and squats). Start the running path doing 1 set of the following every 4 min
15 Burpees
30 Freddy Mecurys
45 Merkins
60 Squats
Leaders wagon wheeled after every set to get back to the 6, finish their reps, and start each new leg together
Continued to do 1 set of each of the above until we complete the nearly 2.5 miles course — ended up being 6 sets


50 4-Count Flutter Kicks

30 4-Count Freddy Mecurys



Eccl 3:9-11
Helping each other out and no one left behind

The Prayer for Protection

THE SCENE:  75 and humid.  Goose crap eeeevvvveerryyywhere.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER:  Administered 

Windmill – IC
Cherry Pickers – IC
Moroccan Nightclub – IC
Tempo Squats – IC


Mosey to some grass…

  • Flutter kicks (4-count) 23 IC
  • Diamond Merkins 23 OYO
  • Pickle pointers (4-count) 23 IC
  • Werkins 23 OYO

Sprint to the pond, stopping at four parking lot islands to do 10 squats at each.

At the pond…  Cones spread out around the large jogging path (0.75 miles).  7 stations along the path.

Split into two teams.  Race around the circuit in opposite directions.

  1. Rosalita x 23
    Imperial Walkers x 23
  2. Hail Mary x 23
    Tempo Squats x 23
  3. Everest (run down to the pond, then lunge-squat-lunge-squat back up)
  4. Outlaw x 23 each way
    Up Straddle Hop x 23 (each leg)
  5. Scorpion Dry Dock x 23
    No Surrender x 23
  6. E2K x 23 (each side)
  7. Smurf Jacks x 23
    Squeaky Bed Dolly x 23

Mosey toward the shovelflag…stop to do 50 yards of crab walking.

Ain’t nobody got time for that!

22 HIMs and 2 FNGs!  Welcome Gelato and Dos Años!

The Empire of Japan unconditionally surrendered to the US on August 15, 1945.  Because of the time difference, it was announced in the US on August 14 – and we celebrate that victory today – V-J Day – the final chapter of a war that lasted nearly six years and involved more than 100 million people.  It was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by an estimated 65 million fatalities – the vast majority of which were civilians murdered in atrocities.  16 million Americans served in the Armed Forces during the War.  405,399 lost their lives – and nearly 700,000 others were wounded.

Try to imagine what it must have been like during that time.  Imagine yourself as a soldier in a trench, fighting day after day to gain miles of French territory back – or as a father waiting anxiously to hear from his sons who are away in the Pacific.  Imagine yourself preparing for a suicidal invasion of mainland Japan – and the ecstatic joy you experience on August 14, 1945 when you realize that the war is finally over.

James Freeman is a name worth knowing.  He was a minister and a poet – lived most of the 20th century – and is sometimes referred to as the “poet laureate to the moon” because his poems were twice brought to the moon (by Buzz Aldrin aboard Apollo 11, and by James Irwin on Apollo 15 – who left the poem on the moon).  James Freeman was commissioned to write a prayer for our nation during WWII.  A prayer for a nation that was experiencing anxiety and fear, but also joy and relief.  A prayer for the solider in battle – a prayer for the wife who lost her husband – and a prayer for the father whose son returns home safely.  A prayer to cover the full spectrum of emotions and experiences of our nation.

Interviewed years later, Freeman said that the 23rd Psalm was an inspiration for his prayer.

Psalm 23

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

This morning, we used Freeman’s 10 lines of poetry, inspired by the 23rd Psalm, in the way that it was intended to be used – as our prayer.  It was written to cover the full spectrum of emotions and experiences of a nation at war. Where does life have you right now?  Anxious, confused, worn out, joyful, grateful….?

I asked the HIMs to listen for one line – whichever one jumps out at you and describes where you are.  Cling to it and say it to yourself over and over throughout the day – make one of these lines of poetry your personal prayer throughout the day.  For example: If life is going well for you right now – you might cling to this line “The Joy of God uplifts me”.  If life has you worn down in the season that you are in, you might make this your prayer, “The Strength of God renews me.”.  10 lines – cling to one.

The Prayer for Protection, by James Freeman
“The Light of God surrounds me.
The Love of God enfolds me.
The Power of God protects me.
The Presence of God watches over me.
The Mind of God guides me.
The Life of God flows through me.
The Laws of God direct me.
The Power of God abides within me.
The Joy of God uplifts me.
The Strength of God renews me.
The Beauty of God inspires me.
Wherever I am, God is!”

Prayers for Judge Judy’s wife, Mandolin’s wife’s grandmother, Sty’s sister-in-law and her husband.

T Claps for Archie for learning the exercises and knowing the planned route.  I couldn’t have done this Q without him!

I’d planned to do the pond circuit two times – we barely had time for one!  So good to have FNGs Gelato and Dos Años out there with us!  Glad to see the “new crop” showing up and pushing hard; Mandolin, Pool Boy, Nutmeg, Mermaid, Guardrail – you men are rockin’ it!