F3 Knoxville

Ever felt you were going backwards in life

THE SCENE: Warm for upper 60s. A bit windy too
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

Reverse arm circles, tempo squats, tempo merkins , SSH in reverse  start at 20 and go to negative 5. Pax fell apart at 0…..which is funny due to all the smart/engineers at the BS. Pinocchio was the only one I believe to keep counting from 0- negative 5.

Bernie the grinder , reverse sumo walk halfway back then Bernie back to start.

5 burpee penalty for the FNG that kicked the cone
THA-THANG:
EVERYTHING WE DO TODAY IS IN REVERSE OR BACKWARDS

  • RT 66 starting at 11 and working down to one. 11 burpees, Bernie to next light pole, 10 burps, always running backwards between light poles
  • Once we made it to mt Crumpit , 7s . At the base , do one monkey humper , Bernie up to Crumpit and do 6 WWII sit-ups with your head downhill , Bernie back down . Rinse n repeat until reps of said exercise are flipped
  • Bernie back to AO
  • Bearway to heaven or Way bear to heaven !  Instead of bear crawl, we crawl bear the whole time. Pretty brutal !
  • over a mile of running and crawl bear backwards today!

MARY:
No time
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
12 pax incl one FNG- ESPY
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Ever felt like your going backwards in life and just can’t succeed? Well, I have but I think that’s ok and part of life. I believe if you always succeed in all that you do, you are not trying hard enough or challenging your self enough. You don’t know your limits until to take yourself to the limit and fail. Don’t be afraid of failure , embrace it when it comes and become stronger from it.
MOLESKIN:
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Abridged tonight . Go for fellowship and support for hardship hill and OEW!

Cinco de Seveno

THE SCENE: A crisp, beautiful morning between 45 and 65 degrees
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

20 side straddle hops, 15 arm circles forward, 15 backward, 8 body-builders, indian run with CMU

THA-THANG:
1st exercise: Unbroken sets of 30 (not for speed, good form)

2nd exercise: work until partner is finished with 1st (Plyometric exercise – explosive)

Switch

After each round switch who goes first.

Exercises:

  1. Deadlift- 2 CMUs
  2. Pistol Pete
  1. Floor Press with CMU
  2. Star Jacks
  1. Bent rows
  2. Iron Mike
  1. Thrusters
  2. Box Jumps
  1. Curls
  2. Plyo push-ups

1.Tricep extension

2. Body-builders

MARY:
One partner farmer carry two CMUs while the other Big boys. Switch. 20 box-cutters, 20 heels to heavens, LBCs cash-out

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
I am hard on myself. I expect a lot out of me and the way that I know is because of my frustration, anger, or dismissal for myself when things don’t go my way.  I put my faith in a lot of things, including myself.  I have a lot of faith in my body because I think if I eat right and work out that my body will be transformed.  I expect the same to happen in my spiritual life.  When it doesn’t then I get frustrated and either blow up or hide or double down on my efforts.  2 Corinthians 3 says that I am being transformed into the image of Christ and the only prerequisite for that is my faith in Jesus.  Not in my efforts, not in how well I’m doing, not in how others see me, not in my position at work, home, with friends.  I want to put my hope and faith in the Truth that I am being transformed into Christ’s image, in His time, in His way, not my own.
MOLESKIN:
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Last Hello

THE SCENE: Partly cloudy, 66 degrees F, 91% humidity
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH, Imperial Squat Walkers, Arm Circles, Cherry Pickers

Grinder Run, Grinder Bernie, Grinder Skip

THA-THANG:

Push Pull

Two Groups:  First group does 11 Inverted Pull ups or 5 Pull ups while second group does 11 Merkins.  Switch spots and exercises.  Perform 6 rounds for a total of 66 Merkins and 66 Inverted Pull ups.

Indian Run to the Educator

Educator Workout

Burpees x3 at the base of hill

Alternate ascents: Bear Crawl half/Bernie half on odd number, then run on even number.

At the top perform following exercises with CMUs: Swings x11, Thrusters x11, Curls x11, 4 count Flutter kicks x11, Derkins x11, Upright Rows x11

Loop down the Educator by way of the sidewalk.

Mosey back to the AO.

MARY:
Box cutters, LBCs, Flutter kicks.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
11 in attendance with a cameo appearance by Woodshack and a special appearance by Moses.  Good to see some back after a few weeks.
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
My reflection today is based on a memory error on my part.  I thought May 2 was the anniversary but it was actually October 2.  Just assume its October 2 today.

On that day in 2002, the Alcoa, Inc plant was getting ready for a visit by the CEO.  Finishing touches on cleanup, painting, mowing, etc was in full gear.  Just before noon, I was heading back to my office though a glass hallway when I see Rod using a push mower around the office area.  I stop and waited for about 30 to 45 seconds for Rod to see me.  Finally during one of his changes in direction he looks up and sees me.  I nod, give him a wave, and open my mouth as if to say “hi.”  Rod does the same and then we both go about our business.

Rod usually ended his work day at 3:00 pm but with much to be done, he accepted an overtime shift to work 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  On that shift he and coworker, Danny Boone, were to get rid of an old glove vending machine that had been at the South Gate for ages.  No longer did workers have to spend 10 cents for a pair of cotton gloves.  Safety had progressed to a point dictating gloves as essential to job performance.  Plus many task required specialized gloves much more protective than thin cotton ones.

Danny and Rod loaded the vending machine onto a 10-ton flatbed truck and took it around to the dumpster box area on the North end of the plant.  At the top of the bunker they started to push the vending machine into the dumpster below when Danny got a page.  He told Rod that he needed to find a phone to return the call.  He asked that the machine not be moved until he returned.  About 5 minutes later, Danny returns and notices that the vending machine was no longer on the truck and he did not know where Rod was.  Looking over the top rail of the offloading area, Danny sees that the machine is in the dumpster.  Tragically, he also sees Rod has fallen between the dumpster box and the bunker wall.  The 8 to 9 foot fall proved to be fatal to 48 year old Rodney W. Martin.

One of the pillars of F3 is Fellowship.  I bring up my memory of Rod to remind us how important it is to make those small, short, and sincere connections.  We do that as we gather each workout with a simple fist bump and perhaps short chatter like “how are you doing” or “how did that work out for you at work.”  It’s that simple connection to let each other know that they matter and they add to our life.  Someday we will look back and smile about each other and the impact that F3 fellowship made.

I think back to October 02, 2002 frequently and I remember Rod mowing in his Christian slogan T-shirt.  More often than not, he had one on.  Perhaps that is what drew me to him.  Perhaps that is what encouraged me to have some chit-chat with him.  Perhaps I admired his impeccable work ethic.

Most often I think back to that day and know that I didn’t stop to say “hello” to Rod.  I had stopped to say “goodbye.”

MOLESKIN
Continue prayer for Butterfingers’ M concerning employment.  Lifted up Moses, Squiggly, and Snorkel in the 100 miler this weekend.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Hardship Hill – Be there or be square.  May 18th.

KISS

THE SCENE: Mid 60s
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH x 25
Jog grinder down and back
Merkin 4-ct x 15 IC
Jog grinder down and back
Squat 4-ct x 15 IC
Jog grinder down and back
BBS 4-ct x 15 IC
THA-THANG:
ROUTE 66 by Crumpet:
Merkins
Squats
BBS
Alternate for the 6:
10 4-ct flutters
4 10-count Superman

10 rounds of sprints up Mt. Butterbilly together
Starting at 10 Burpees at the top with decreasing reps each round. We got in 3 rounds.
MARY:
CMU Thrusters x 20
CMU Flutter kicks 4-ct x 20
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
10 men got better.
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
KISS – Keep it Simple, Stupid
Sometimes we overcomplicate our lives unneccesarily. I find when things feel out of control complicated, I just need to take it back to basics. Merkins, Squats, Big Boys. When life feels too overcomplicated and I’m stressed out, I go downstairs and hit the pull-up bar, do some merkins or big boys. All of a sudden I can see a little more clearly. Exercise sharpens the mind as well as the body.
MOLESKIN:
ANNOUNCEMENTS:OEW night at Abridged Brewery on May 9 at 6 pm. Some profits are donated. We had a good turnout last year so let’s do it again!

Volition

THE SCENE: Clear skies, 51 degrees F, 90% humidity
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH, Glute marches, Baby arm circles (forward/backward), Imperial squat walkers.

Length of grinder jog, Bernie, skip, and karaoke.
THA-THANG:
Partner up.  #1 overhead CMU carry toward Mt. Crumpit by way of the fountain.  #2 does 5, WWII sit-ups, runs to catch #2 and overhead carries CMU while #1 does 5, WWII sit-ups.  Continue to alternate until reaching the base of Mt. Crumpit.

At Mt. Crumpit #1 run up to back side of tree, performs 3 burpees, and runs down to pick up where #2 left off on the following exercise reps.

100 CMU Squat thrusts

200 Derkins

300 OH CMU Flutter kicks (single count)

200 One arm dead lifts (alternate arms after 10x)

150 Curls

200 Bent rows

200 Dips

When time requires, return to AO with OH CMU carry/WWII sit-ups described above.

MARY:
Glute marches, Box cutters, LBCs.

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
8 HIMs.

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Today we spent time on “voliltion.”  What got me thinking about it was a photo on social media that I saved a few years ago.  It was a picture of the football field with Army and Navy playing.  The caption said something about it being the only game that day where every player on that field was willing to die for me and my freedom.  I also thought of my son-in-law, Travis.  During one of his 8 tours of duty he received the Bronze Star for Valor because he chose to live by the Ranger creed to leave no man behind, put himself in harms way, and drag his wounded teammate to safety.  Sua Sponte!  I mentioned one of the last scenes of the movie, Saving Private Ryan, when Captain John Miller (a Ranger) tells Private Ryan to “earn this.”  This disappointed many Army Rangers because they believe that a Ranger would not say something like that.  Rangers don’t expect their service to be “earned”, there service is their own volition.  Sua Sponte!

We celebrated Christ this past week.  He chose to obey his Father on His own volition.  Yes, in His prayer in the garden He did ask if there was some other way to accomplish His mission but he always came back to say that He would do the will of His Father.  Jesus didn’t ask us to earn it.  He did it by choice so that our sins would be forgiven, we would be declared justified in God’s eyes, and redemption could be ours.  We don’t have to earn it.  We only need to repent, profess Christ, obey, and follow.  Not easy, but at least we know the way to everlasting joy and peace.

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