F3 Knoxville

Bears and Bricks

THE SCENE: 72* and humid, basically no wind

Imperial walkers x10
Monkey humpers x10
Calf raises x10
Shoulder taps in plank x10
Four count merkins (hand release) x10
Mosey short half lap around the World’s Fair lawn and back to the sidewalk adjacent to the convention center.  Five cones set up in a line, spaced 12-15 yards apart for Bear With Me.  Bear crawl between cones, knock out exercises at each cone.  Recover mosey back to start and plank waiting on the six.

  • 20 pickle pounders
  • 20 merkins
  • 20 squats
  • 20 Carolina dry docks
  • 20 flutter kicks

Rinse and repeat for two rounds.  On the third round, Q called an audible: lunge walk between cones and cut reps in half.

Quick 10 count and mosey towards L&N.  Everyone grab a nice brick (really big stone paver) from L&N and jog it over to the war memorial.  Routine was supposed to be descending ladder, running through entire list of exercises, then repeating taking off the bottom exercise.  We only got through two rounds, but they sucked enough.  After each round, we ran the parking lot, up the stairs and back. Exercises as follows (sit ups and merkins without stones):

  • 40 curls
  • 35 sit ups
  • 30 merkins
  • 25 goblet squats
  • 20 front raises
  • 15 Lion kings
  • 10 Mr. Spectacular

Again, got through two rounds.  Which was painful enough after Amazon’s Saturday boulder beatdown.  I’ll definitely come back to this stone workout and run it from the beginning.

We did two rounds of 10 curls and 10 overhead tricep extensions, dropped our pavers off where we got them, and moseyed back to the SP for Mary.
Sit ups x15
Flutters x10
6 strong: Bilko, Slim Shady, Drive Thru, Postman, Passport, Abort
We always have discussions about being High Impact Men in F3.  At times, I’ve struggled with what that looks like for me and how I can have any impact, let alone high impact.  I came across a quote that made me think about the impact my F3 brothers have had on me, most of which were probably unaware because they were simply being themselves. Quote reads: “The awakened man has stepped away from living a life ruled by his mind and ego-self and is consciously connected to his heart.  He is not embarrassed to reveal his true colors.  He is redefining age-old beliefs of what a real man is, and by his example, calling other men to wipe the sleep from their eyes.”

These men that I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by in the gloom have unknowingly caused me to wipe the sleep from my eyes.  They have shown me small things and large which I have picked up, either consciously or not, which have improved my life and my relationships with people in my life.  My hope, and my way of having high impact, is to take the things they have shown me and pass them along to others. Aye!


THE SCENE: Insert info about the weather, etc.


  • Welcome to F3: Fitness – Fellowship – Faith
  • My name is Steam and I’ll be your Q this morning
  • Thanks for being out here this rainy morning
  • Few things before we begin:
    • I’m not a professional
    • You’re here on your own volition – you’re here on purpose.
    • I don’t know any injuries you may or may not have, so if you need to modify anything we do this morning feel free to do so BUT PUSH YOURSELVES AND THE MEN AROUND YOU. They deserve it and so do you.
    • Any FNGs?


  • SSH: 30 x 1
    • Merkin: 15 x 1
    • Squat: 15 x 1
  • SSH: 30 x 1
    • Rockette: 15 x 1
    • Imperial Walkers: 15 x 1
  • SSH: 30 x 1


(Not Raining – WFP Amphitheater)

[ Downgrade ]

  • Run to top of Amp
    • 30 Pull-Ups/Chin-Ups
  • Run around to the stage
    • 25 incline merkins
  • Run to top of Amp
    • 20 Pull-Ups/Chin-Ups
  • Run around to the stage
    • 15 incline merkins
  • Run to top of Amp
    • 10 Pull-Ups/Chin-Ups
  • Run around to stage
    • 5 incline merkins
  • Recover on stage

***Starts pouring outside***

[ 30 On/10 off ]

  • 30 down/up incline merkins on the stage
    • 10 seconds of rest
  • Rinse & Repeat 3x

(Mosey out in the rain underneath the bridge)

[ It Pays To Be A Winner Part 1 ]

  • 2 teams against each of the 2 walls under the bridge
  • Teams bear crawl to the ruck in the middle – execute 1 burpee – bear crawl back
  • Rinse and repeat adding 1 burpee every time until you complete 5 burpees
  • 1st team done picks the exercise the losing team does in the rain
    • 30 Big Boy Sit-Ups in the rain (both teams do it)

(Mosey in the rain to the other side of the bridge)

  • 2 teams form up – 1 on the wall – 1 on the curb
  • Wall Team: 10 5 Second Squat Slaps
    • Drop down to a wall squat
    • hold for 5 seconds
    • slap the ground
    • back up = 1
  • Curb Team: 10 dips + rotating forearms
    • 10 dips
    • hold the dip position
    • rotate arms and palms from front to back until the other team is done
  • Rinse and Repeat 2x

(Mosey right out of from under the bridge to the water facing the WFP field

  • Men are on their backs on the concrete slab where the water is, head hanging over (water was low), feet extended
  • 30 x 4 flutter kicks in cadence

(Mosey back to the AO)


Double Quarter Pounder

  • 4 core Xs – all 25 reps on a 4 count
    • Flutter Kicks
    • LBCs
    • Cockroaches
    • Box Cutters
  • Finish off with 30 1-count SSHs and 2 good burpees from every man


13 PAX – No FNGs



  • “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke


Learning From Others

THE SCENE: Perfect: lower 60’s, started off a bit foggy then ended up clear and sunny

SSH x 20, Arm Circles x 15 forwards and backwards, Tempo Squats x 5 slowly, Tempo Merkins x 5 slowly
Numbered off into two teams, each of the following exercises was treated as a team competition

  • Round 1: Each team raced across the event lawn, but our mode of transportation was Monkey Jumpers (3 Monkey Humpers followed by a Broad Jump). First team fully across would have won, but we got kicked off the grass so we called it a tie.
  • Round 2: moseyed over to the other event lawn with the new patio. This time we did 11’s as teams, but with a few twists. Between each exercise was 11 steps of Bear Crawl Toe Taps going forward or Crawl Bear Toe Taps going backward. The exercises were Burpees and Single Leg Merkins. So the first set was 1 Burpee, 11 steps of Bear Crawls with toe taps each step, 10 Single Leg Merkins, then 11 steps of Crawl Bears with toe taps each step. Team One won this one.
  • Round 3: Still at the other event field, we paired off within our teams for Doras, first team for all pairs to finish wins. Exercises were 100 x Single Leg Burpees, 200 x Star Jumps, and 300 x Big Boy Sit Ups while one partner runs up the pathway and touches the far light post and runs back. We had to call it for time, but Team One was the closest to finishing and won on a technicality.


I mentioned at the start of the workout that I didn’t come up with this, and that it was actually a workout I hopped in on with one of the AO’s in Nashville a few weeks ago while visiting family. Building off of Swanson’s encouragement to seek out and be willing to receive accountability, I encouraged us to couple that with seeking to also learn from others, both here and from outside sources or people outside of our normal circles. Like I had mentioned, I learned this workout from another AO and would never have thought of it on my own, and I tend to pay attention to others’ Q’s and take note of what I like and incorporate them into my own workouts. Supposedly Einstein is quoted saying that when we stop learning is when we start dying, so let’s go out of our way to learn from one another and not become complacent with what we know

Make It Count

THE SCENE: Cool, calm and collected

SSH IC x 20

Tempo Squats x 10

Manly Arm Circles IC x 10 forward and backwards

Tempo Merkins x 8

Tempo Lunges x 5 each side

Mountain Climbers IC x 10
1) Ran to get a coupon, then walking lunges x 50 yards (approx)

2) 20-15-10

  • Run a set of stairs at Big Ball
  • 20 Hand Release Merkins
  • 20 Squat Press with Coupon
  • 20 Mountain Jumpers
  • Run 2 sets of stairs at Big Ball
  • 15 Hand Release Merkins
  • 15 Squat Press with Coupon
  • 15 Mountain Jumpers
  • Run 3 sets of stairs at Big Ball
  • 10 Hand Release Merkins
  • 10 Squat Press with Coupon
  • 10 Mountain Jumpers

3) Make It Count

Broad Jump approx 25 yards and count how many jumps it takes.  That number is used for the circuit

  • Squat 3x your number
  • Squat Jump 2x your number
  • Step Jumps x your number
  • Run a lap


Told a little about my story of my volunteer trip to Guatemala to build schools in 2014.  The big thing I noticed was that the community there had very little.  Very little clean water, not much food, cramped living conditions, rundown classrooms, etc.  But what they did have was gratitude, smiles, kindness and community.  They made us volunteers feel appreciated.  Like we were rockstars.  They treated us like friends.  Over in the U.S. we often don’t have that.  We have complaining and fighting and negativity.  Remember all that you do have to be grateful for.  Be neighborly and be kind to people.  Smile and say hello.


Field Day at the Big Ball

THE SCENE: Hot and sticky, lower 70’s

SSH x 20, Arm Circles x 15 forwards and backwards, Tempo Squats x 10, Tempo Merkins x 8, This and That
Ran across the field while I dropped 4 cones about the same distance apart from each other. Th rest of the workout were rounds of different exercises at each cone, crossing the field to get to each cone in a different way each round, followed by a lap around the field once finished

  • Round 1: Bear crawls across the field to each cone. Cone 1 – 30 x Cobra Merkins. Cone 2 – 25 x standard Merkins. Cone 3 – 20 x Carolina Dry Docks. Cone 4 – 15 x Body Builders. Cooldown lap
  • Round 2: Broad Jumps across the field to each cone. Cone 1 – 30 x Sumo Squats. Cone 2 – 25 x Flutterkicks (4ct). Cone 3 – 20 x Edward scissor legs (4ct). Cone 4 – 15 x Lunges (each leg, 30 total). Cooldown lap
  • Round 3: Crab Walks across the field to each cone. Cone 1 – 30 x LBCs. Cone 2 – 25 x American Hammers (4ct). Cone 3 – 20 x BBSs. Cone 4 – 15 x Freddie Mercurys (4ct). Cooldown lap
  • Round 4: Walk/jog across the field to each cone. Cone 1 – 15 x Burpees. Cone 2 – 15 x 180* Squat Jumps. Cone 3 – 15 x Get Ups. Cone 4 – 15 x Hand Release Merkins. Cooldown lap

After this we finished with one last sprint across the field, ending back at the fountains with less than 30 seconds to spare


Pointed out how here at F3 I’ve noticed a trend of quoting, looking up to, or talking about past presidents, generals, and other leaders involved in WW1, WW2 and other large scale conflicts. I shared that the guy who discipled me when I was in college once said that since God is sovereign He chose those men to be born in the time of those conflicts and battles, knowing they’d be a part of it. But we weren’t born during these times, so what battles or conflicts did God keep in mind when deciding when we should be born? I pointed out that if we’re claiming to be “high impact men”, we shouldn’t only look back on past heroes, but also look at the problems we’re dealing with now and consider if these are our battles we were born for. Lord willing, none of us are riding into battle on horseback with bullets flying past us, but we are living in a time where our nation faces plenty of other kinds of conflicts. The obvious being the racial tensions and injustices we’re currently addressing and this global pandemic. But also take note of the following:

  • >40% of Americans are obese; >30% of Americans are overweight; roughly 3/4’s of Americans are not at a healthy weight
  • In the US, roughly 40% of marriages end in divorce; roughly 25% of married men have an affair; even roughly 10% of pastors have an affair
  • 35% of all internet downloads are pornographic; 25% of all internet searches pertain to sex; 70% of men ages 18-24 view pornography regularly
  • In the US, roughly 15% of women have been raped or survived an attempted rape; roughly 34%of these women were below the age of 12 at the time
  • 1 in 8 Americans are technically classified as alcoholics
  • An estimated 10 million US citizens are victims of domestic abuse every year

We may not be storming beaches, but there is more than enough to fight for right now. MLK said, roughly, that what we have to repent of isn’t just the vitriolic words or violent actions of a few bad men, but also the silence and indifference of a lot of good men. High Impact Men take action towards whats happening in front of them, not just honor the actions that took place behind them

New Logo contest is going on, we’ll continue sending guys to help out with F3 Morristown the next couple weeks