F3 Knoxville

This Ain’t A Picnic

THE SCENE: Clear and 45 degrees

Slow jog with cadence change up and high knees

Circle up:  SSH, Front Arm Circles, MorrocanNightClub

Dynamic stretches: 

  1. Twist flexors
  2. Scoop da rice

Indian Run to CMUs:

  1. Side shuffle til line passes
  2. Burpees til line passes
  3. Calf jumps til line passes

No recovery,  Grab 1 CMU – curl CMU up to chest and lower gradually to full extension, as PAXes jog back to the picnic tables

THA-THANG:  Circuit training using 4 Picnic tables, no recovery pauses.

Run timer – (target =approximately 1 minute run)  Modify = carry block

  1. Burnees out, recover jog back 
  2. Butt kicks out, recover jog back 
  3. High Skips out, recover jog back

“Merder-kin” table – Modify = Use different levels of table

  1. Merkins or Derkins
  2. Dips (Mods = lift one leg, use one arm)
  3. Plank with Oblique crunches

 Legs Table – Modify = Use different levels of table, carry block

  1. Box jumps
  2. Bulgarian split squats
  3. Squat/thrust with jump

Table of Abs-olution

  1. Jack Knives
  2. Windshield wiper
  3. V-up

Noodlegs Table – Modify = carry block

  1. Side step /knee up /thrust
  2. Forward step /knee up/ thrust
  3. Repeat Side step


Jog CMUs back to stack, Jog to CoT.


PAXes crushed the Table of Abs-olution, so no Mary today.  Sweet!

Word – Jesus is Lord.  John 6:29  “This is the work of God – that you believe in the One He has sent.”

Thanks for your amazing encouragement and participation on this my VQ.

AMRAP and Mental Reset

THE SCENE: 50’s and clear


  • SSH 15 (IC)
  • LBAC F/B 10 (IC)
  • Tempo Squats 10 (IC)
  • Tempo Merkin 10 (IC)
  • BBS 10 (IC)


5 Rounds of AMRAP sets for 5 minutes each.

Start in a parking lot and run to the first long separator line. (not the space lines but the long ones perpendicular to all the space lines) Do the first exercise, return to the starting point and run to the second line for the second exercise. Repeat going to the 3rd and 4th line for the 3rd and 4th exercise.

Repeat for 5 minutes. Call recover when time is up and don’t forget to recover. Mosey to a new parking lot or start from the other end to change it up.

Round 1 Legs

  • 10 Lunges
  • 5 Burpees
  • 10 Squats
  • 5 Burpees

Round 2 Core

  • 20 BBS
  • 20 American Hammers
  • 20 Hello Dolly
  • 20 LBC

Round 3 Upper/Back

  • 20 Birddog
  • 10 Merkin
  • 20 Superman
  • 10 Side to Side Merkin

Round 4 Core

  • 20 Flutter kick
  • 20 Freddy Mercuries
  • 20 Pickle Pounders
  • 20 Pickle Pointers

Round 5 Heavy
Grab a coupon. Shorten the run or adjust according to time.

  • 10 Curl
  • 10 OH Press
  • 10 Tricep Extension
  • 10 CPR (Curl, Press, Tricep Raise)

Returned to the flag for dealers choice till time.


Mental Reset

The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.

  • Romans 8:6

Romans 8:6 tells us our mind can be set on the world and death or on the Spirit and life. Often we need a mental reset or to clear our mind from what it’s set on and get it set back on good things.

How can we do this? Our mind is made to think and be engaged. It doesn’t really work to just be unset but we have to set our thoughts on something good and replace worldly thoughts. There are many ways to do this but here are 2 things I’ve found helpful.

  • Scripture – reading or reciting scripture can be a great tool. Write helpful or challenging verses on index cards. Have a regular devotional. Read blogs and sermons that encourage or instruct.
  • Prayer – a theme of the month at Juco has been prayer. Praying is a great way to focus on others and on the Spirit. Pray for the worries challenges and temptations of life.

It’s easy to get focused on worry, temptations and distractions. Don’t get set on these but replace them by setting your mind on things of the Spirit.


Eskimo Shoulder Shutter

THE SCENE: Low 20’s

Side straddle hop x 25, Cherry pickers x 5,  Tempo merkins x 10, Tempo squats x 10 , Wine Mixer x 10

  • Up the hill and grab fist sized rocks at the shopping center
  • Motivator – 12
  • 30 sec wall sits on the minute with arms in front
  • Dora – Bear crawl down, Bernie Back

    150 Hillbillies (four count)

    150 Swimmers (four count)

    150 Twinkle Toes (four count)

    150 Flexors (single count)

    150 Kickbacks (single count)

  • 4 corners (only got 3)

    10 burpees

    10 squats

    10 four count American hammers


  • Arm circles forward, over head clap, seal clap for last minute

17 HIMs – 11 Juconians, 6 Rushers

Exodus 17:8-13 8 Then Amalek came and fought against Israel at Rephidim. 9 So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose men for us and go out, fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will station myself on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” 10 Joshua did just as Moses [i]told him, [j]and fought against Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 So it came about, when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed; but when he let his hand [k]down, Amalek prevailed. 12 And Moses’ hands were heavy. So they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. So his hands were steady until the sun set. 13 And Joshua [l]defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

When you get tired battling for the Lord, who is your Aaron, who is your Hur? Who places a stone under you. Who will support your hands so that they will be steady until the sun sets? No one is called to fight the good fight alone. Spend yourself in battle yet surround yourself with good men who will support you so that we always take the fight to the enemy. Today, if you feel the fatigue in your shoulders, say their names, the names of those who support you. If you don’t have someone YET, then pray for a name to be revealed and the confidence to bring them alongside you.

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Five Eleven

THE SCENE:  40 and clear.  Perfect!
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER:  Administered

Squat x 11

Overhead clap x 11

SSH x 11

Imperial walker x 11

Moroccan Nightclub x 11


Mosey to the fountain plaza.  Elevens on the bench – chest slap irkin + single-leg split squat

Mosey to Y-12 Hill.  Elevens – Star jack, run down, diamond merkins, bear crawl up

Mosey to the Amphitheater.  Elevens – Box jumps, bernie up, mountain climbers, run down

Mosey to the pool wall.  Elevens – Wall up (or supine pull-up) + BBS

Mosey to Friendship Bell.  Elevens – Single leg dips + burpee box jumps


Flutter kicks x 11

E2K R x 11

Hello dolly x 11

E2K L x 11

BBS x 11

Jail break!




I love so many things about F3 workouts – the push, the variety, the comradery, and this right here – the Ball O’ Man or Circle of Trust.  These five minutes that we use to challenge each other to be better men, better fathers, better husbands, better friends…  Where else in our society do men do this?  Maybe in your church… Maybe if you have an exceptional friendship…  Other than that – nowhere do men get to do what we are doing right here and right now.  Oorah, Ball O’ Man!


The Q-Source has a chapter on Exhortation – Q3.7.  But instead of reading from that, I’m going to borrow an idea from scripture.  1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV), “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing”. 

encourage one another…  The Greek word which is rendered “encourage” is parakaleo.  Many English interpretations of this verse translate the word as “exhort” rather than “encourage” (ASV, ERV, NHEB, WEB…).  I think of encourage as “motivate”, “cheer on”, or “root for”.  But, “Parakaleo” in the Greek has a legal overtone.  The word implies one who is working to compel a court’s decision (like a defense attorney) – which is more earnest and urgent than the word “encourage” would suggest.  What’s more, the word infers that the person’s judgement is based on their first-hand knowledge of a situation.  That’s precisely what we do in this circle, is it not?  We compel each other, often based on our own experiences (e.g. I’m working on this, maybe you are as well – or I made a mistake and suffered, learn from my mistakes…).

…and build each other up… In the Greek, those words are oikodomeo and literally mean “to build a house”.

If Chaco were here, he could tell us how many different disciplines are involved in building a house.  Concrete, framing, electrical, plumping, roofing, insulation, finish work, etc.  Dozens of trades and hundreds of steps.  In this circle, we cover a wide range of topics; service, forgiveness, vision, prayer, playfulness, carrying your burden, and dozens of others.  Just like a house needs a foundation and insulation and plumbing – I need all this variety of exhortation to become more of a HIM.  

I appreciate you men coming out here.  I appreciate so much when you lead!  I appreciate the words that you speak into my life and the way that you exhort me and the other men out here!



Prayers for Trolley’s wife and family

Good to have Mr. Slate at the Project!

Q Source 3.7, Exhortation


Let There Be Light

THE SCENE: Mostly moony, 40 degrees F

Welcome to F3: Fitness/Fellowship/Faith

I am Survivor and will be on Q today.

  • This is a free workout.
  • I’m not a professional.
  • You’re here on your own volition.
  • Modify as needed.
  • I have a phone.


  • Reach for the Sky
  • Let it Hang
  • Roll Necks
  • Arm Circles Forward/Backward
  • Hip Circles (in cadence)
  • Cherry Pickers
  • Tempo Merkins
  • Side Straddle Hops

Let’s Rock – Shopping Mall West End:

  • Small Rocks – Arm Raises Forward, 45, Side, OH Clap x 25 each
  • Medium Rocks – Curls, Tricep Extensions x 25 each
  • Large Rocks – Shrugs/Calf Raises x 50

New Toboggan with LED (unsolicited Christmas present) must be used to Light the way up JUCOmanjaro:

  • Run to first white line, face right shuffle to next white line, burnie to next white line, face left shuffle to next white line, run to next white line and repeat to the top.
  • Stop 1/2 way for 25 LBCs in cadence
  • Resume run, shuffle, burnie, shuffle, run to top.
  • (No recollection of exercise at top of JUCOmanjaro)
  • Mosey back to 1/2 way for 10 Burpees
  • Mosey to bottom of the hill for 25 merkins and 25 mountain climbers (each leg)

Back to Let’s Rock – Shopping Mall West End:

  • Large Rocks – 30 Squats, 20 Shrugs/Calf Raises
  • Medium Rocks – Curls, Tricep Extensions x 25 each
  • Small Rocks – Arm Raises Forward, 45, Side, OH Clap x 15 each

Partner up in Parking Lot – Pro-agility Shuttle while partner alternates Plank / Al Gore, then continue to switch for 3 minutes.

  • 25 Big Boys
  • 25 Supermans
  • 20 Heels to Heaven
  • 15 Pickle Pounders
  • 10 sec stargazers
  • 25 merkins


Salvation spreads by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony.  I just came out of a spiritual fog last week where I experienced no clarity, nothing going right, and God feeling distant, which had lasted a few weeks.  I am proud (through Christ in me) to proclaim that during that time I made no agreements with the enemy, with those feelings of despair, no agreements about losing God’s favor and no giving in to old sins.  There are things I no longer struggle with through freedom granted by healing, truth, warfare and union with God.  I’ve shared my cancer survival story and about having a baby post cancer, and I decided to share my testimony of salvation today.  (Note that was not said today – I have not shared this story to more than a few friends outside of family.)

I was saved at age 6 when my grandfather took me to the front of a Billy Graham crusade.  I was baptized and believed, trusted and worshipped God, but over time, my sin, hate for my step-dad, and agreeing with the lies of the world choked out any evidence of salvation.  At age 23, I found myself in a one-bedroom apartment in St. Petersburg, Florida with my nearest friend 100 miles away and knew it was time to seek Jesus.  One night, I was given a picture of all the layers of sin, evil and hate that had crusted over my heart all those years, suddenly being pierced by streams of light that kept growing and breaking away chunks until all the layers of my hardened heart were blown away by a light too bright to view.  I opened my eyes, stunned by the image, and to this day wish I could have kept my eyes closed.  I had never experienced anything like it before.  I also knew that the hate was still present for my step-dad, and Jesus was asking me to forgive him, as well as, ask for forgiveness for my part in it.  Years later after on this new path, I read 2 Corinthians 4:6 and I was blown away that I got to experience this firsthand.  “For God, who said, ‘Let there be light out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”  (Proceeded to read much of 2 Corinthians 4.  Read 2 Corinthians 3 while you are at it.)

Psalm 91:1 on fridge before I left the house, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

I have not shared my testimony in the past because of fear of opening up too many unknowns and questions, but I know I need to because of 2 Corinthians 4:13, “Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, ‘I believed, and so I spoke,’ we also believe, and so we speak.”  Therefore, you do not need a vision to know without a doubt that if you believe, trust, worship and seek oneness with God thru Jesus Christ, you will “have this treasure in earthen vessels (body)” 2 Cor 4:7 which is the light in your hearts of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 4:6)!
Prayers for 5K and Guardrail’s family friend’s marriage.  Guardrail announced needing help to move a friend in need at 1pm today.