F3 Knoxville

Young and Old Unite

THE SCENE:  Temps in 70’s but very humid


25 Side Straddle Hops, 15 second squat, 10 Windmills, 30 second squat, 15 Iron Mikes (four count), 45 second squat, 10 Baby to Wide Arm Circles Forward and 10 Backward, 60 second squat.
Mosey to Stop Sign at North East Corner of Admin Bldg.  20 American Hammers.   Next, we will head west on the road that semi-circles around the Admin Bldg, stopping at each cone to do the listed exercises by the cone.

  • Cone 1:  Ten Burpees.  Bernie Sanders to Cone 2.
  • Cone 2:  20 Hello Dollies (four count). Hop to Cone 3
  • Cone 3:  20 Imperial Walkers (both legs = 1).  Bear Crawl to Cone 4.
  • Cone 4:  20 Smurf Jacks.  Lunge to Cone 5.
  • Cone 5:  20 Merkins.  Grapevine right to Cone 6.
  • Cone 6:  20 Big Boys.  Grapevine left to Cone 7.
  • Cone 7:  20 Side Straddle Hops (four count), 20 Carolina Dry Docks, 20 Flutter Kicks (four count), 20 Squats, 20 Bicycle Kicks (four count)

Mosey back on Semi Circle to grassy area on top of Mt. Everest.  We will stop to do 20 Big Boys and 20 Merkins.  Next, we will run down summit of Mt. Everest to grove of Conifer Trees.  We will do ten Burpees then run back to top of Mt. Everest.  We will do 20 more Merkins and 20 Big Boys.

Next we will go back to Cone 6, do written exercise there and then reverse direction back to Cone 1.

Mosey to monument past stop sign at northeast corner of Admin Bldg.  Stop to take another gander at the river, doing a one minute squat while gandering.  Then mosey down hill to Dragon Tail and on to parking lot at entrance of northern ball fields.  Go to CMU pile.  Men team up in pairs of two.  We will do Dora’s.  While one partner does Bernie Sanders to other end of parking lot and sprints back, the other partner does exercise with CMU.  Then men trade places.  Each pair will do the following exercises with CMU’s:

  • 100 Overhead Presses
  • 100 Curls
  • 100 Rows
  • 100 Squats with CMU at chest

Mosey to AO

20 Box Cutters.  20 Bicycle Kicks, 4 count.
12 men with one FNG, Hunter Davidson, a friend of Goober’s who was visiting from Indiana.  We dubbed him “Bo Peep.”

Our Future Is In Good Hands

My family doctor, Dan Ely, MD, and I were talking during my annual checkup with him last month.  We were talking about some of the things we are involved in.  He is pulling back his outpatient practice to part-time but still will supervise medical residents at UT Hospital.  He talked about how much he loves to supervise residents as they train and grow as doctors.  I told him about F3 and the joy I find in my relationships with men of all different ages, including men much younger than myself.  I told him about the outstanding characteristics of the men I meet who seem to be so much more astute and mature than I was when I was in my twenties.  Dan and I talked about how it is reassuring to meet such outstanding young people.  We feel like the world will be left in good hands when we pass on.

As a 62-year-old I want you to know how much I enjoy getting to know all of you men in F3.  One of the fantastic things about F3 is the opportunity for older and younger men to have relationships.  Whether the younger or the older man, we benefit from these friendships.  I am inspired by the younger men I meet in F3.  I like to see you younger men facing the challenges you face and overcoming them.  I like it when I can be of service to you in some small way.  I encourage you to seek out some of us older guys when you may need some words of wisdom from men who have struggled in the past with challenges that you may be struggling with now.

I can remember a group of men I used to meet with when I was in my late 20’s.  It was a group of about seven men from the church in Atlanta that I was a member of.  The group was comprised of two guys in their 20’s (another fellow and myself), a number in their 30’s or 40’s, and one in his 50’s.  I gained so much from that group.  We could talk about anything and the attention, respect and love that I received from those men was powerful.  And, the older men, I believe, gained just as much.  There was a bond, a sharing, and we all grew from it.

We never stop growing as men.  I encourage each of you to seek fellowship with your brothers.  A few minutes of talk after a workout can turn into something special.  A Coffeeteria with the guys can lead to discussions and sharing that can be powerful.  Our fellowship has sure been powerful for me, whether with men my age or those much younger than me.  And, observing you younger guys in F3, it is great for me to know that the future is in good hands.

Prayers for Jinxy (who joined us at Circle of Trust as, due to health issues, he did not work out with us.  Fortunately, he is recovering.)  Prayers for High-Heels whose mother died this past week.  Prayers of Crawdad’s wife, Kaitlin, who had back surgery.  Prayers for Tank’s wife, Junk’s wife, and Thunderstruck’s mother.

G-6 is Raw and QVC Doesn’t Need Oxygen

THE SCENE:  9000 feet of Colorado Rocky Mountain High. 15% humididty, 25% dust. G-6 in his natural setting, leading father-son camp.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER Sure but is there enough oxygen getting to your brain to understand?

Stole camp van from nonprofit ministry. Drove 1.5 miles on the road up to Cottonwood Lake. Parked, hid keys so nobody else would steal stolen van. QVC did about 30 seconds of what must have been D1-level stretching, so YHC did too. Warm-o-rama complete.


  • Ran uphill until Q couldn’t breathe and called for PAX to stop
  • QVC wasn’t even breathing heavy but he stopped anyway.
  • Walked until Q regained consciousness, then resumed run
  • Ran 1.5 mi up to Cottonwood Lake
  • Found a fishing pier on the lake, did baby arm circles forward and back.
  • Merkins to failure
  • 30 squats
  • Ran 1.5 mi back to stolen van. 30 more seconds copying QVC’s D1-level stretching
  • Returned stolen van.

Mary is overrated  when there’s no oxygen in the air
G6 had so much energy and testosterone that he had to work out separately or he would have hurt us. QVC and Waffle House co-Q. Barney fartsacked twice. Matlock posted the day before, so that counts.
Thinking about how we can better understand and serve our wives.
Special thanks to G6 for hosting us at Spring Canyon. Incredible!

Be Present

THE SCENE: Soggy but no rain, bit on the humid side 69degrees at circle up…

Start with SSHX30 on 4CT, Baby Arm circles front/back/and overhead claps x10 each, Windmills x10, Tempo Merkins x10, Jog down and back in parking lot then mosey…
Mosey to front entrance of Asylum alternating between bear crawls and crab walks by light pole to the base of everest.  11 Poles total.

At Everest perform 1min of exercise then sprint up to Tree and back.  Exercises consisted of Merkins, Overhead claps, Mountain climbers, SSH, Carolina DD’s, and Squats

Once completed summit Everest with 15 tempo squats at top

Mosey back to AO



Perform Captain Thor’s x26/Hello Dolly x20
7 HIM’s @qvc @snitch @crab-legs @music city @gibbler @hands
Shared article about a counselor from a Nursing home who shared what people at the latter part of their lives longed to go back and do.  What do they regret, if anything?  Almost all responded that they would go back to the time in their lives when they’re kids were home.  When life was crazy and uncertain.  Chaotic.  We always seem to be thinking about the next thing.  It is a challenge to stop and realize we are in a special spot in our lives.  To be present and in the moment.

Fight the Good Fight

THE SCENE: 52 degrees and a bit cloudy. Perfect February weather.

Start with 25 SSH on 4ct

12 Seal Claps on 4ct, 10 Cherry Pickers on 4ct, 10 Tempo Squat, 10 Monkey Humpers on 4ct
Grab a battle buddy and a CMU, head to baby hill by AO

Bottom of hill is 200 CMU curls, 150 CMU chest press, 100 CMU squats. While one partner does reps the other runs to top of hill (4 burpees) then back down to relieve buddy.


When done, mosey to top of dragon tail hill and preform 2 reps at every light pole to cross walk then run back to top.  Exercises consisted of Bobby Hurley’s, Big Boys, and Plank Jacks

Put the CMU’s back where they belong and finish up with 20 R and 20 L side planks

Ready 1 Timothy 6:11-12

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.  Fight the good fight of the faith.

What does it look like to fight the good fight?  We are either fully devoted soldiers for Christ or we are choosing the things of this world.
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I Heard the Bells…..

THE SCENE: gloomy and 40 degrees.  perfect weather for a workout

Tie Fighter w/baby arm circles and tempo merkins and tempo squats and SSH

  • Mosey to rock pile w/2 rounds of exercies
    • squats w/overhead press
    • woodchoppers
    • curls
    • merkins w/rocks
    • flutter kicks
  • mosey to parking lot by playground (drop the lowest exercise after each lap
    • 10 squats
    • 9 plank jacks
    • 8 merkins
    • 7 box cutters
    • 6 monkey humpers
    • 5 burpees
    • 4 jump squats
    • 3 CDD
    • 2 diamond merkins
    • 1 burpee

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“I heard the Bells on Christmas Day” poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  written out of grief for wife and son.  Christmas is about hope through Jesus.  Reach out to your brothers who are suffering and Christmas is a tough time of the year.