F3 Knoxville

Full Bird Beatdown

THE SCENE: 76* and humid as crap.  A few different Misfires listed in GroupMe, this Misfire is Colonel Mike Anders. At least the fourth of the Anders clan to ring the second bell and Q in Knoxville.

Bend and reach stretch
Row stretch (arms extended overhead and flat, then sit up while also crunching your knees in, then holding)
Squat and reach
Crunchy twists (can’t remember what he called them, 4 count exercise with legs up like you’re going to crunch, but rotate knees together to each side)

Top 40 countdown around the World’s Fair Lawn.  At each corner of the lawn, there is an exercise listed and on the longer sections a method of movement.  Instructed to do 4 laps, starting with 40 of each exercise, then 30, etc.  So 40/30/20/10 but the movement between remained.

  • Merkins – then lunge over halfway down the long side, run at the line to next corner
  • Squats – run to next corner
  • Mountain climbers – power skip/jump halfway, then run to next corner
  • Prisoner squats (hands behind head, feet pointing outward as much as comfortable) – run to next corner

Repeat four laps with decreasing reps.

Form up in field for Jane Fonda 5:1 for each leg, just to completely destroy what was left of our legs.

9 Strong: Casper, Duggar, Misfire, Cowbell, The Voice, Jenner, Reverb, Passport, Abort
(Doing my best to remember) Character versus competency.  We all strive to do our jobs and perform daily tasks with competency, to do the best job we can do.  However, always be aware of risking your character to get the job done.  We can always change careers, but our character should remain unflinching and unbroken. Aye!

Deck Of Cards – Not stacked

THE SCENE:   70ish


25 SSH, 20 baby arm circles


Grab a CMU and head to the cloud. F3 deck of cards with a 4-5 man Indian sprint for jokers.  Face cards 25, A’s 100 and other cards the number + 10.  Mixture of Cardio, Abs, legs and chest.

With 6 minuets left PAX chose to pick out all the face cards(25’s and 100’s) and perform exercises(vs man makers for every card left.

Insert information about any additional post-THANG work (if applicable).
21 pax welcome Tinker from out of town
Find success in failure- example from 2 Timothy:  Paul and Barnabas took young Mark with them on a missionary trip, but he returned home before the end of the trip for reasons not revealed in Scripture.  Whatever Marks reasons, Paul apparently thought they were unjustified since he refused to take Mark along on a subsequent tips(Acts 15:38).

Did Mark fail at being a missionary? Judging from Paul’s response, it would appear he did.  While the New King James Version says Mark “departed” from Paul, the word probably is closer to deserted – a more negative connotation.  It’s probably reasonable to conclude that Mark did fail at being a missionary.

But did that make him a permanent failure?  Apparently not, for the same apostle Paul who was so disappointed in Mark counted him a valuable coworker in ministry later in his life.  This is a perfect example of how to succeed at failing; fall, get up, and continue on.  The next time you fail, make sure it is a temporary experience, not a permanent label.

Don’t get failing and failure confused.  Failing is nothing more than the back door to success.

F3 Dads Camp

13 Is A Lucky Number

THE SCENE: 60s, cool. Ice cool.

  • Welcome to F3: Fitness – Fellowship – Faith!
  • My name is Steam and I am delighted to be your Q this morning!
  • I am not a professional and you are here on your own volition – which means no one is going to force you to do anything this morning – you have to make the choice to push yourself and those around you!
  • If you need to modify any of the exercises we do this morning feel free to do so.
  • Today is the 13th day of June and day what you will about the number 13 but I’m feeling pretty lucky, I hope you are too! Let’s keep the mumblechatter and morale high this Morningside !!!!


  • Cherry-Picker: 13×4 IC
  • SSH: 13×4 IC
  • Rockette: 13×4 IC
  • Imperial Walker: 13×4 IC
  • Torso Twist: 13×4 IC


Mosey to Market Square Pavilion

Swanson leads PAX in 10 1-count merkins by Eddie’s Health Shoppe on Union

Abort leads PAX in 10 1-count merkins by market square bell

    • Get in battle buddy teams
    • BB1: sprints down to splash pad
      • Executes 13 squats (1-count)
      • Sprints back to recover BB2
    • BB2: executes 13 4-count flutter kicks
    • Once both you AND your BB complete two evolutions of squats, recover right here in the squat position.
  • Mosey to Market Square parking garage
  • Tower of Power
    • 6 floors (all 1 count)
    • F1 = 13 merkins
    • F2 = 13 big boy sit-ups
    • F3 = 13 squats
    • F4 = 13 flutter kicks
    • F5 = 13 Apollo onos (at top)
    • F6 = 13 smurf jacks (at top)
  • Mosey back to AO

10 PAX

    • Goliath Must Fall
    • Fear Must Fall
    • “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”
    • ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬
    • https://www.bible.com/59/isa.43.1.esv
    • Who or what is your Goliath today and this week?


Make it as tough as you want it

THE SCENE: In the lower 60s with no humidity, peerrffeeccctttt

Plank merkins x10 IC
10&2 lunges x10 IC
SSH x10 IC
Burpees x5 OYO

Mosey to the south end of the world’s fair lawn, and around the pond toward the Big Ball.  Stop for count off underneath bridge.  Five stations, 3 men per group after count off.  Only the group doing Lion Kings has a set number, the rest of the PAX instructed to go as hard as they want.  “You made the choice and got out of bed, make the workout as hard as you want.”

  • Freddy Mercury’s
  • Imperial squat walkers
  • Crab cakes
  • Hand release merkins
  • 10 Lion Kings with CMUs, followed by sprint to Big Ball for 5 pull ups

The group doing Lion Kings and pull ups are the bump group.  Once they finish their pull ups then run to group 1 and bump them, who then bump group 2 Etc. Continue until everyone has been through the circuit.

Mosey to pedestrian bridge between Big Ball and the amphitheater.  Lieutenant Dan’s across the bridge: 4 lunge walks, 4 squats, repeat until you get to the other side.  Low plank until everyone finishes.

Back up and mosey to the amphitheater.  Exercises grouped to give no rest on muscle group, done in quick succession:

  • Derkins x15
  • Merkins x15
  • Incline merkins x15

Hold the bottom of a squat until everyone finishes up.  Same routine for the next set, exercises done without rest, then hold a squat until everyone finished up.

  • Leg lifts x15
  • Flutter kicks x15 (4-ct)

Mosey back to start point, collecting cones and CMU’s on the way.

No Mary, just ATMs to cash out.
15 including 1 FNG: The Voice, Reverb, Positron, Church Mouse, Rousey, Quarantine, Carrot, Gesundheit, Daniel Son, Half Caff, Cowbell, Passport, Jackie Joyner, Swanson, Abort
“Not all leaders set out to be leaders. People set out to live their lives, expressing themselves fully.  When that expression is of value, they become leaders.  So the point is not to become a leader.  The point is to become yourself, to use yourself completely – all your skills, gifts and energies – in order to make you vision manifest.  You must withhold nothing. You must, in sum, become the person you started out to be, and to enjoy the process of becoming.”


THE SCENE: Comfortable and not to muggy

20 SSH

Light stretching

Mosey to Gate 1 of Neyland Stadium

Tour-de-Neyland – Starting at gate 1, a member of the PAX would randomly select a slip of paper with an exercise on it. Reps = the Gate number. We made it to gate 20 before we ran out of time.

Random exercises that could be completed:

8 Count Body Builders



Mountain Climbers (4 count)



Monkey Humpers (4 count)


Flutter Kicks (4 Count)


Inch Worm Merkins

no time after our mosey from Neyland



There are certain things you can do that no one else can, and you are alive to do them. But there’s a canyon of difference between doing your best to glorify God and doing whatever it takes to glorify yourself.  The quest for excellence is a mark of maturity.  The quest for power is childish. – Max Lucado

FNG – Corky St. Clair (Chris Guest) sent to us by Mayberry