F3 Knoxville

Let the Word of Christ Dwell in JUCO Richly

THE SCENE: 42°F or so and clear. Some microflexing was probably going on before we got moving but at the end nobody was cold in the least.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: I’m not a professional anything, personal trainer, or even a pool boy (however my name my suggest the latter).

All of these are OYO but started by the Q:

3 x Inchworms forward (moving arms only)
3 x Inchworms backward (moving legs)
3 x Toe Touch Squat and Reach (3 each arm)
3 x Werewolf (downward dog to upward dog back to downward dog = 1 rep)
3 x Stationary lunges forward (3 each leg)
3 x Stationary lunges left
3 x Stationary lunges right
3 x Stationary lunges backward (3 each leg)

From the AO to Freshman hill, Double Applesauce (aka 2-column) Falling Indian Run (like Do-ah-diddy but the front only wait 3 seconds between the next man falling off & exercising) with the front of the line falling off aka stepping to the outside of the two lines and doing 1 Burpee & 1 Star jack off the front from the AO to the parking lot next to Freshman Hill. We added 2 Burpees & 2 Star Jacks about 2/3 of the way there.

Individual Competition: Exercise then Mary
33 of each of the following and once done do the corresponding Mary exercise until the Q calls recover:

Exercise F3 Name Mary until Q calls done
Lunges touch ground w/hands El Capitan Pickle Pounders
Down dog to up dog Werewolf Freddie Mercuries
Burpees Burpees BBS
Starters (like Monkey Humper but the toe of one foot is directly behind the heel of the other). Do 33 each N/A LBC

Team DORA Competition: (teams of 3 -S/O to Guardrail for the name)
1 person running or at Station 1 / 2. Rotation is as follows:
Station 1, run up the stairs and back down to Station 2, Station 2, run to Station 1

Station # Base Exercise 1st Rd 2nd 3rd 4th
1 Squats Parallel Below Parallel Pistol Quarter
1 Stationary Lunge Forward Left Right Backward
2 Merkins Normal Diamond Tempo Wide
2 CMU’s Colt ’33’s OHP Tricep Extensions (Bent Over) Rows

Next time we do Team DORA I’ll probably still have 2 stations but more reps per exercise and maybe fewer exercises at the station and/or variations, writing it out linearly what each team should do. All feedback is welcome!

Repeat Double Applesauce Falling 1 Burpee + 1 Star Jack on the way back to the AO. Wagon Wheel as necessary then Jailbreak at the stop sign.

Ain’t nobody got time for that. (Also we did Mary during the individual competition)


27 HIMs (7 from JUCO Rush – Track Day joining for the COT), 1 FNG -Welcome Rusty Noodle!

I thought I was saved when I prayed a prayer at 10 years old thinking I was a Christian. My life for 23 years reflected otherwise and this year my grievous sexual sin caused my wife and I to not only separate but are likely divorcing. On June 24th, the night after my wife kicked me out of the house, God woke me up at 3am and convicted me of my sin, confessing and repenting (turning) from my sin and truly surrendering my life to Him as a true follower of Christ.

Along the way this summer I have had many trials, but the thing that I’ve been impressed upon most is how God’s Word has changed me. When I have put it in, it has NEVER returned void. So, to emphasize the importance of putting the Word in our hearts and our minds and letting it fill us, I recited from memory Colossians 3:1-17 (this is why we did 3 and 33 of everything today ICYMI):

If, then, you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, you also will appear with Him in glory.

Put to death, therefore, what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, & covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked when you were living in them, but now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its desires, and have put on the new self which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its Creator. Here there is not Greek & Jew, circumcised & uncircumcised, Barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all and in all.

Put on then as God’s chosen ones, holy & beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing songs and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

God’s Word is so important to us we should prioritize it over everything. We should take it in slowly, daily, and consistently. It should be more precious to use than anything and we should fight to put it before us so we are changed by it and have it ready at all times when we are under spiritual attack or temptation from anywhere. It does so much for us (2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:12, Psalm 119:9-11, and many more),

3 questions to consider about God’s Word:

1. Are you prioritizing time in the Word and with Christ above all else?
This means over breakfast, lunch, sleep, Netflix, even F3 and working out. Nothing is more important than Christ’s Word.

2. Are you memorizing Christ’s Word so it is always with you, dwelling in you richly?
-Pick Scriptures and passages that speak to where you are- for me it was Psalm 51 and of course you can start in Colossians 3 if you’re unsure. But start somewhere – and soon!
-Use index cards to review multiple times/day, recite it in the bathroom instead of being on your phone.
-Fast from other things and devote time to the Bible.

3. Are you talking about God’s Word with people in your life?
With your wife, your kids, your usmall group, other F3 HIMs, friends, & coworkers.

Prayed for Messi, his wife, and the doctors doing surgery on her as well as Dillard (Commission’s mentor).
F3 Brolympics coming up soon November 9th! JUCO vs. Woodshack!


THE SCENE: Clear and crisp… Perfect amount of chill to keep comfortable during the workout.

SSH x30 IC
Travoltas x10 IC each side
Tie Fighters x10 IC each way
Cherry Pickers x7 IC
Hindurkins x10 IC
Monkey Humpers x20 IC

Such a lovely pile of CMUs just begging to be used. We’ll use as many as we can! 2 CMUs apiece! Hence the slight modification of today’s spelling…

Farmer carry to the base of baby Everest.
Battle Buddy up for some Dora-style work.
Running partner goes to the top for 2 burpees while the other does reps.
Uphill styles:
-Farmer Carry
-Bernie the Farmer
-Overhead Carry
-Overhead Bernie


  • 50 Popup Merkins (alternate merkins with hands on 2 blocks/hands on the ground
  • 100 Squat Thrust
  • 100 OHP (audible… What was I thinking? Right after squat thrusts?)
  • 150 Lawn Mowers
  • 100 CMU BBS
  • 100 Fwd Raise
  • 200 Curls

There were more, but I think that’s all we got through…

Mosey on back and put the toys away.
Threw down a few flutter kicks while the CMUs were being stowed.

One CMU made it through the workout but didn’t survive restocking.
Broke into 4 pieces x5 burpees per piece makes 20 Burpees OYO!

20 4-ct crunches to cash out

20 CMUs got some love from 10 HIMs this morning… Plus Pfeiffer and Gibbler showed up to put in the miles.
1 Cor. 3:6 – I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.
All good farmers know this one. When you feel that soreness in your shoulders later today, remember that and look for places God may want you to do some planting or watering and let Him make it grow!
Snitch needs to check the GroupMe or the calendar or something before he posts or he’s gonna keep ending up at Waxjob Qs…
2nd Annual Brolympics is less than a month away! And December is the quarterly 3rd F. Location is Lenoir City at 2 Rivers Church.

Loopy Guardrails

THE SCENE: 70 degrees, clear, dark and muggy just how we like it

Moroccan Night club | Newton’s Cradle | Cherry Pickers | Mountain climbers
Count off into groups of 3 for a Railroad Run the the bottom of the parking lot by the duck pond

Parking Lot Hill Loop

  • Bernie Sanders & Wheel Barrows (or bear walk if solo)
  • Lunge Walk & Crawl Bear down
  • Sprint and Frog Jump Back up

Guard Rail Loop – 3 stations (2 on guardrails on the East side of campus)

  • Station 1: Derkins x20, Guardrail hops x20
  • Station 2: Tricep Dips x20, Guardrail climbs x20 (Plank on ground perpendicular to guardrail, climb to hands on top of guardrail plank)
  • Station 3: 4 count Flutter kick x20, One leg Turkish Get ups x20 (10 each leg)

Mosey back to AO Flag: 10 Burpies, 10 Cross climbers

19 HIM’s for the Thang, 1 FNG, Welcome Mailbox.

6 HIM’s did a long run.

Eph 5:15-16 Look carefully how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of time because the days are evil.  Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is

Discerning the will of the Lord for your life and your behavior takes some personal rules.  They apply to you and are a little different for everyone, but you should have some guardrails in your life to keep you safe.  1 yr ago this past Sunday was my biking accident and I learned two things about guardrails
1) They are hard so don’t hit them but what is on the other side is worse

2) If you are by something that needs a guardrail, don’t go alone
Guardrails protect and direct
Personal Standard of behavior – Keeps you from doing spiritual damage to your life and those you love (Borrowed this definition from Andy Stanley)
* Simple but hard example: Alcohol – if you are getting drunk or more than one person mentioned your drinking as a problem, that’s a problem; that is sin.  Set some boundaries and hold to them.  Zero drinking for some, accountability for all.
* Harder to measure but way more common: Work-a-holic or crippling financial debt – get some guard rails up.  Set some spending limits, make lifestyle changes that put God and family first and work and money in the back seat.  Get a firm stop time on work and respect family time.
* Hardest thing for most men: Sexual sin.  How are you protecting your family from your sex drive crashing your marriage into the ditch?  Make some guardrails, yes rules.  Hitting a guardrail hurts, but learn to like them being there and then don’t hit them- don’t even get close.  They are there to protect you.
 * Even something as good as Fitness may need a guardrail – we can get so into F1 that we neglect other areas – we skip devotional times to post better times or more workouts.  Have guardrails to keep fitness from becoming an idol. Fitness is good but get some guardrails to direct you to the best thing in life – a life lived for Jesus Christ.

Learn to love the guardrails – it’s not a restriction to hate but protections that show God is moving in your life.

Put up some guardrails in your life, share them with a brother – don’t go alone where the danger is high and keep your life on the most God glorifying path.

Keeping mind that guard rails are personalized and not prescriptive for all: share in the group me some of the guardrails that you have in your life that have protected you and that you would want some brothers to hold you too if you were getting too close or over the guard rail.
Prayers for a fellow HIM’s wife’s cancer diagnosis, Poolboy and Judge Judy & fam.

Recruit some FNG’s…. business cards available to help with that but your personal invite will work best!

blimps at the river

THE SCENE: Upper 60s and still not awful on humidity

Shoulder taps
Crunchy twists
Three count merkin
Tempo lunge

Mosey out of start point in the direction of the amphitheater, Bernie the uphill portion then turn and continue down.  Continue mosey across railroad tracks and down the ramp behind the Min Kao building on campus.  Stop at the bottom of the ramp for a round of blimps.

  • Burpees x5
  • Lunges x10
  • Imperial walkers x15
  • Merkins x20
  • Plank jacks x25
  • Squats x30

Back up and continue mosey out towards Neyland drive, crossing over near the campus boathouse and making a left down the greenway.  Stop and get another round of blimps at the set of benches along the greenway and continue to Calhoun’s and volunteer landing.

Pair up for some Dora action.  Partner not doing reps of exercise runs from the bathrooms down to the greenway bottleneck and back.  The other partner does:

  • Merkins x150
  • American hammers x100 (on 4-ct)
  • Lunges x100

Grab a rock from next to the rest room (or two rocks…) and get ready for next circuit at Volunteer landing.

  • Curls x20
  • Dips x15
  • Inverted rows on hand rails x10
  • Run the three levels of stairs to the pedestrian bridge and come back (have to touch every stair, no skipping stairs)

On third and final round, both feet have to touch each stair going up (can stutter step or bunny hop, or combination of both)

Return rocks to the pile and climb back up the stairs to the pedestrian bridge.  Bear crawl across, rotating 90 degrees for every anchor point on the bridge.  Once across, everyone randomly gave an all you got up Walnut.  Mosey back to start point.


Hello to heaven (experimental 8 count, didn’t go so well)
Flutter kicks

7 Strong: Amazon, Duggar, Snorkel, Magic Mike, Pfeiffer, Swanson, Abort

Tending the garden v2

THE SCENE: 60-65* no sure exactly, but loving the cool weather

Shouler taps x20 IC
Imperial walkers x10 IC
Plank merkins x10 IC
Bend and reach x10 IC
SSH x19 IC (see if we’re paying attention)
Mosey out of AO and stop under first bridge we come to for a few more quick exercises.

  • Dirty hookups x20 IC (from plank position, put left hand up on wall, right hand on wall, left back down, right back down)
  • Wall sit Indian run
  • Hand release merkin x15 OYO
  • Wall sit OH claps x20 IC

Mosey on, Bernie up the hill behind the amphitheater then turn and continue mosey towards campus.  Stop on bridge that crosses Cumberland Ave for 20 box cutters and 20 BBSUs.  Up and continue mosey to C15 parking lot along Neyland Drive.  Grab a boulder and make it heavy.
Perform exercise, then drop your rock, run across pedestrian bridge, up the stairs next to engineering building and back down and return to your rock and move on to next exercise.

  • Brickyard manmakers x5
  • Curls x20
  • OH press x20
    Plank up until everyone finishes.  Then rest from rocks with seven 8 count bodybuilders together.  After our rest, repeat the same routine except increase reps by 5 for each exercise.

Get another rest with another round of bodybuilders and change up exercises and routine just a touch.  Instead of running all the way up the stairs, just have to go to the far end of the pedestrian bridge and back.  But you have to tote your rock this round. Exercises:

  • Hand swap merkins x10 (one hand on rock, one on ground, merkin, then swap hands)
  • BBSUs with rock x20
  • Curls again x25 (it is summer…)

Cash out with 20 hand swap merkins before returning the boulder back to its home.  Begin mosey back, going the way we came.  Bernie halfway up the ramp beside S7 parking lot.  Stop again at the bridge over Cumberland Ave for 15 box cutters and 15 BBSUs.  Up and mosey, passing amphitheater and make a left turn throwing everyone off who thought we were done.

Stop at the grass hill beside Clinch Ave bridge.  Crawl bear up the grass hill, then do 5 burpee box jumps on the World’s Fair Park marker at the top and mosey back down.  Only had time to do one iteration, but we’ll revisit at a later date.  Mosey back to start point for Mary.

Flutter kicks x20 IC
Side crunches left x10 IC
Side crunches right x10 IC
Flutter kicks x20 IC
6 Strong: Pfeiffer, Magic Mike, Duggar, Carrot, Swanson, Abort
Around a year ago when I had Q on Saturday, I’d spoke about tending the garden.  Just the simple of idea of making sure you take the time necessary to give all the things in your life the attention that they need.  Sometimes we don’t think we have the time, but we have to make sure we make it for everything to thrive.

Today I wanted to just add that when our garden performs well and we have a bounty, to share that surplus with those whose gardens are struggling.  Make sure we’re giving away what we have an abundance of.