F3 Knoxville

Another Miracle Lord

THE SCENE: 70degF, light pollution from parking lot prevented view of meteor showers

Static stretching, plank with hip and groin dynamic stretching, lunge and twists, elbow to instep, toy soldier
Speed training:

2x100yd striders

Dice game – plyometrics

Pro agility shuttle

American Hammers 15x

LBC 15x

Lower back stretching and hypers

3 years since diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia AML.  Shared my story where God intervened and now AML stands for Another Miracle Lord in my family!  Luke 22:32 if Jesus is praying for our faith, then it must be important!

Re-visiting the road less traveled

THE SCENE: Humid, but nice

SSH x 20
Tempo Squat x 10
Tempo Merkin x 10
Freddy Mercury x 20
Burpees (OYO) x 10


Mosey to the Greenway Path, doing 1 set of the following every 4 min
10 Burpees
20 Freddy Mercurys
30 Merkins
40 Squats
Leaders will wagon wheel after every set to get back to the 6, finish their reps, and start each new leg together
Continue to do 1 set of each of the above until we complete the nearly 3 miles course
Mosey back to the AO

1 minute worth of Flutter Kicks

Romans 12: 7-11:

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

While we undergo suffering in some shape/form right now, we as believers know that there is a purpose in it and can take comfort that we will come through this stronger than before.  Take heart men, and represent Christ well in being a positive influence for our families, communities, and the world.

Deck of Pain V

✔ THE SCENE: 75 and a little muggy

✔ F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER – check check 1 2 1 2.. is this thing on? Its free, we’re all crazy to be here at 5:30 and you should never let me lead a workout, you might die – but I’ll bring a cell phone just in case.  Iron sharpens iron. I miss and love the JUCO campus and all the HIMs at F3.  Great to be here even if Judge Judy coincidentally has a “work event” that prevents his attendance.. Slack whippings will ensue..

And when I come back for a JUCO visit I love to tour the campus.  What better way to tour the campus than with the “Deck of Pain” beatdown.  So thats what we did today.

Previous executions of the Deck of Pain:

  1. JUNE 19, 2019 https://www.f3knoxville.com/forgiving-the-deck-of-pain/
  2. JULY 1, 2019 https://www.f3knoxville.com/juco-deck-of-pain-second-installment/
  3. JULY 19, 2019 https://www.f3knoxville.com/deck-of-pain-iii/
  4. DECEMBER 13, 2019 https://www.f3knoxville.com/jailbreak-tour-emmanuel/


  • 10 SSH
  • 5 burpees
  • 10 Cherry Pickers
  • 5 burpees
  • 10 Windmills
  • 5 Burpees
  • 10 Imperial Squat Walkers
  • 5 Burpees

The Thang:  The Fifth installation of the Deck of Pain

Each HIM takes a turn choosing one card from the 16 different exercise location cards.  The card is read outloud and once everyone hears and understands where and what it is then we ALL  Jailbreak sprint to that location and we all do the exercise.  When about the 3rd to the last person gets finished with the exercise then they start a 30 second count down. When 30 seconds is up, the next HIM chooses a card from the deck. And repeat until clock runs out.  Here are the cards:

  1. 2 Rec Center Stair assents with the CMU  (right next to the CMU pile)
  2. 30 Rec Center Pull-ups
  3. 50 CMU Curls (at the CMU Pile )
  4. 30 Lake Lunges (single count lunges at the lake)
  5. 30 Panther (top of Sophmore hill) Pickle Pounders
  6. Burpee Base Run ( 3 burpee per base on baseball diamond)
  7. 5 Stadium Hill Runs (on Success way)
  8. 30 Guard Rail Derkins (behind Maple Street)
  9. 3 Reverse Bear Crawl loop in front of ERC Building.
  10. Alternating Side straddles in Parking Lot 05 (go one full lot length – alternate on each row of stalls)
  11. Bernie two lengths of the Welcome Way Parking Lot (the biggest lot on campus).
  12. 40 CMU Push Presses (by CMU pile)
  13. Art Center Burpee Broad Jumps (2 lengths)
  14. 30 Brick Dips (@ low brick wall)
  15. 1 Inner Sanctum Bear Crawl Loop
  16. 10 Maintenance Hand Stand push ups

Today we drew cards: 12, 16, 8, 7, 13, 15, 9, 2

Total exhaustion was had by all.  🙂

MARY:  Who needs Mary?


2 Kings 6:15 is becoming one of my favorite verses.  Read and paraphrased it a little and reminded men to not be afraid – God is on our side…


Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.”

The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.” 10 So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places.

11 This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?”

12 “None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.”

13 “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” 14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.

15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.

16 Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Birthday ABC’s

THE SCENE: 68°F and clear

Moroccan night club IC x 10
Hillbillies IC x 10
Rotational Merkins IC x 10
Tennessee Walking Chair IC x 10
Hand Release Merkins 5 OYO
Slurpee 5 OYO
All PAX on the curb
Run to first light pole 50%, run 60% back to curb, 70% , 80%, 90%, 100%
Calf Raises on the curb x 20

Today’s Theme: ABC’s – Arms, Burpees, Core

Mosey to big parking lot across grassy knoll

Big Parking Lot – Do the following exercises and run to the next light pole. At the end of the parking lot do Stargazing Starfish (Starfish but do arms & legs all in and out at the same time) until we pick up the 6

Arms 24 x Walking Merkins (Wide, Plank walk into Diamond, repeat, counting each Merkin as 1)
Burpees 24 x Burpees
Core BBS

Get a 10 count, number off 1 to 3 for groups. Mosey to coupon pile – each PAX has their own.

Coupon Pile – 3 stations (7-minute timer)

Arms – Top of Hill 4 x Pull-ups + 20 Hand-release Merkins
Burpees – Bottom before the stairs 4 x Blockees + 20 Burpees
Core – Bottom after the stairs – 4 x Louganis (BBS + CMU above your head) + 20 4ct Heavy American Hammers

Call time, get a 10 count. Mosey to newer parking lot with lots of lighting.

Newer parking lot with lots of lighting

Arms 24 x (Hand-release?) Merkins (the Q had a mental lapse here but we did Merkins of some variation)
Burpees 24 x Burpees
Core 24 x 4-ct Flutter kicks
D # x Derkins (S/O to Anchorman for calling an exercise that starts with ‘D’ when I tasked him with it)

Mosey back to the AO with the JUCO Rush PAX joining us.

Everyone on the curb, it’s time for Burpee-cides for approx. 3 minutes
Sprint/run/jog to first light pole, do a burpee, sprint back to the curb
Sprint/run/jog to second light pole, do a burpee, sprint back to the curb
Sprint/run/jog to third light pole (curb before water retention pond where the geese are), do a burpee, sprint back to the curb

Repeat. We got approximately 1 full rep in and some got a 4th sprint + burpee.

Ain’t nobody got time for that
14 for Beatdown, 7 for RUSH (click for picture)
Do you remember where you were on June 24, 2019? I do. @5k gave me this idea a while back because in their family they celebrate Spiritual Birthdays (the more important ‘date’ if you ask me). It’s not necessary for salvation to remember the date / time / place you repented of your sins, confessed Jesus as Lord, and choose to take up your cross and follow Him- but the idea stuck out to me because of where I was on June 24, 2019.

So where was I on June 24, 2019? My grievous and wicked sin had caused my wife to kick me out of the house and I was sleeping at some wonderful people from church’s house one night because I was too ashamed to go to my parents’ house at first. I woke up at 3am and was overwhelmed by my sin- not just trying to avoid consequences as I had “fake repented” before, but truly confessing them to God and asking Him to forgive me because of Christ’s finished work of a perfect life lived, unjustly crucified, and the Father raising Jesus from the dead. I told Jesus I didn’t know if the prayer I’d prayed when I was 10 was real or if I was confessing Him for the first time truly, but it didn’t matter because I repented and turned from my sins through His power. I was face down on rug for who knows how long, but after I did that I was indeed as 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “a new creation”.

So what did I do? It was as easy as ABC:
Admit that I was a sinner (specifically by confessing them to God and repenting of them)
Believe that Jesus is the perfect Son of God and He died on the Cross for my sins
Call upon God to save me because of what Jesus did and I am dead without Him

My sin was pervasive, wicked sexual sin and LOTS of lying. I turned from those to Jesus. There’s more to it, and I’d be glad to share more with any of you about how God has changed me, but the question you need to ask is:

Are you repenting? Are you confessing your sins to God? This isn’t a one-time thing even though once you truly confess and repent you are saved. It is ongoing, daily humble confession and repentance. When God resurrects our souls, He expects us to bear fruit as the sign we’re alive in Christ. When we confess and repent of our sins, we do several things (and more I’m sure I’ve not exhaustively listed below):

-we demonstrate fruit in keeping with repentance (Matthew 3:8)
-we make sure our calling (2 Peter 1:10)
-we show others Jesus in us bearing the fruit in ourselves and others (Matthew 13:8)
-we prove ourselves truly repentant (2 Corinthians 7:8-11)

I wasn’t truly repentant before this day last year. I had faked it and lied so much I even lied when I didn’t intend to. But the Scripture just mentioned does indeed tell the story of how I’ve walked this past year

2 Corinthians 7:8-11

8 For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it—though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. 9 As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.

10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. 11 For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter.

Q1: What is the sin you’re needing to keep putting to death (Colossians 3:5-11)?

Q2: What part of repentance do you need to work out (2 Corinthians 7:8-11)?

Prayed for more increasing unity in our city and nation. I’m thankful for F3. You men have pushed and pursued and sharpened me in ways I couldn’t have imagine on this date last year. My 1-year F3iversary is coming up so be on the lookout for a repeat (or possibly modification) of that beatdown in the near future!
Q101 this Friday, June 26, at Shamrock led by Tank (with extended time after for discussion & teaching of how to lead a Q)
Q101 also Friday July 10, at JUCO led by Judge Judy.

SYITG soon, HIMs!


THE SCENE: Too nice. 60s.

Cherry Pickers, Good Mornings, Windmills, Tempo Merkins, Plank Jacks

  • Mosey to guardrail.  Perform 25 Dips, Lunge across road to opposite side, 25 Squats, Lunge back. (3 rounds)
  • Mosey to small upper parking lot.  Stand at parking stripes facing curb. Bear crawl to curb, 25 Merkins, Crawl Bear back. (3 rounds)
  • Mosey down road toward Sophomore Hill (SH), 1 Burpee at every tree along the way. Pause for 10 Diamond Merkins at the end.
  • Mosey to top of SH, stopping twice for Merkins and Werkins along the way.
  • Half of the PAX doing AMAP Pull-ups at the rail bar while other half lunges across parking lot and lunges back.  When lunging group reaches halfway point, Pull-up PAX switch to underneath grip on bar. (2 rounds)
  • Mosey to Coupon Pile, grab a coupon.  25 curls, 25 Tri-cep Extensions, 25 Squats with coupon (3 rounds)
  • Mosey back to Flag, stopping for 50 dips and 25 Merkins at the brick wall.

(IC) 25 LBCs, 20 Flutter Kicks, 15 Pickle Pounders
9 for Boot-camp, 7 for RUSH (1 FNG)
Shared a short story out of the book, “No Hero: The Evolution of a Navy Seal,” called “Staying in your three foot world.”  In times of stress and worry – focus on 1) what matters most and 2) what you can control in the moment – ignore everything else.
Ralph VQ on Friday