F3 Knoxville

JUCO Redux

THE SCENE: 54 degrees F, 81% humidity, dark

SSH, Walkout merkin plank stretch with Peter Parkers, Windmills

Partner #1 starts the following:

  • 200 CMU thrusters
  • 200 CMU curls
  • 200 CMU triceps extensions
  • 200 Merkins

Partner #2 runs to the scrapyard, performs 20 WWII sit-ups and either 5 pull-ups or 10 inverted pull-ups, runs back, and then swaps with Partner #1.  Restart at thrusters if time allows.

20 box cutters, 30 crunches, 15 box cutters, 20 crunches, 10 box cutters, 10 crunches, 5 box cutters, 0 crunches.
12 HIMs in attendance
I remember a tour of our smelting operations of Tennessee Operations of ALCOA in 1992 by the president, the technical director (Dick Taylor), controller, and the process technology director.  It was a time to strut our stuff … and to get raked over the coals.  The local management team assembled with the visiting entourage for a wrap-up late in the day to receive feedback.  At one point, Dick Taylor asked Rhea Miller, the carbon plant manager, if he knew that the ceiling of the carbon plant was painted blue at the Massena, New York plant.  The carbon plants are typically a very dusty environment with very fine carbon dust everywhere including the air.  Spending just 15 minutes inside without a respirator will have you blowing black snot for a day or more.

So, lets get back to the question about the blue ceiling in Massena.  Before Rhea could answer Dick’s question, Smelting Manager Dave Musi, quickly stated, “Well, Dick, how do you know that the ceiling in our carbon plant isn’t painted blue?”  Things were quiet for an uncomfortable amount of time … at least long enough for Dick’s face to return to its natural color.

Jesus knows our true colors.  He knows everything about us. As the Bible tells us in Isaiah 64:6, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” or in Romans 3:10, “As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;”.

In spite of that, Jesus came to live among us and to provide salvation to all who profess Him as Lord and Savor.  He will wash away our darkness and make us clean.  Two verses that should give us all hope and peace are 1 John 1:7, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” and 1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Confess our sins and walk in the light as we are instructed.  The rewards are worth it.

We pray for Butterfingers’ dad as he recovers from a stroke.  Initial prognosis is very good.
3rd F at JUCO on March 28th starting at 7:00 am.

Super Set Tuesday

THE SCENE:  Warm and Wet

15 SSH’s 4ct , 5 Cherry Pickers, Tempo Merkins, Lunge to the end of the grind
Super  Set   Suicides
4 Sets  15   CMU Curls  Bench Dips to Failure
4 Sets  15   Tri Ceps     Ext Pullups to Failure
4 Sets  15   Squat        High Knees to Failure
4 Sets  20   Single Leg  CMU Jump Overs to Failure
4 Sets  20   Merkins      Inverted Pullups to Failure
4 Sets  20   Overhead Press  Upright Row to Failure

Between set 1 and 2 run to the far cone (cone #1). Between 2 & 3 run to (cone#1) back to start and then to (cone#2)……add a cone each time.  Finish with 4 cones on the last set.

Alternate between Scissor Kicks and Dancing Bears……finish with LBC’s

Butterfingers, Drifter, Espy, KY, Napster, Pinnochio, Radio Shack, Snorkel, Swayze, Taco

Like the Stone of Wisdom, friendship may be lying right in your back yard and you may never know it.  Your best friend may be a stranger to you, or you may lose him because you didn’t bother to hold him.  Friends must be cultivated by sincerity, frankness, and deeds of affection.  No one can remain your friend if you hide your soul from him.  You needn’t save face before your friend.  Your friend will save it for you.

Life is a chain of little events.  Close your soul to your friend, and he will lose sight of you.  And if you find your friend, give of your friendship and it will return to you tenfold.  Those who cannot give friendship will rarely receive it and never hold it.

-Dagobert D. Runes

Springbrook Legacy

THE SCENE: 48 degrees F, 64% humidity, dark

SSH, Little baby arm circles, Windmills, Inchworm merkins with extra stretch.
Mosey to the upper field and stop at the fountain.

Route 66 #1:  With the fountain light pole as a home base do a compound Route 66 up the Greenway.  Run to first light pole and do 1 merkin and 11 WWII situps, run back to starting point and then run to the second light pole to do 2 merkins and 10 WWII situps.  Continue back to the starting point before running to each successive light pole to increase by 1 merkin and decrease 1 WWII situp.

At light pole 7 we all recovered and then ran cross country to the source of the Springbrook stream.  After some comments we ran back to the home base at the fountain.

Route 66 #2:  With the fountain light pole as a home base do a compound Route 66 down the Greenway.  Run to first light pole and do 1 dry dock and 11 squat jumps, run back to starting point and then run to the second light pole to do 2 dry docks and 10 squat jumps.  Continue back to the starting point before running to each successive light pole to increase by 1 dry dock and decrease 1 squat jump.

Around light pole 7 we all recovered and ran back to the fountain to learn a few things about the fountain construction and the King’s and Queen’s Chairs rock formation above the fountain.

We ran back to the AO via the Troll Bridge, another structure from the early Springbrook era.

At the scrapyard we did 20 pull ups and 20 step ups per leg before circling up at the Pavilion side for Mary.

In reality, no one was able to complete all of the prescribed beat down due to time constraints.  No complaints were registered.

Edward Scissorlegs, flutter kicks
13 HIMs and no FNG’s
Springbrook was an area owned and developed by the Aluminum Company of America starting in the 1910’s.  Company executives at the time decided to set aside one acre of park land for every 100 employees.  What is now Springbrook Park from Hunt road past Springbrook Pool originated from the ALCOA promise. Many of the structures like the fountain, stone bridges, and pool date back to the early 1930’s with much of it being built by company employees.  When orders were low during the Great Depression, management would assign workers to perform construction work at the park.  We also need to remember that most of the infrastructure of the area was provided and build by ALCOA because none existed prior to the company’s arrival.

This is a significant difference from our day and time.  Now, companies want concessions from local governments before they commit to moving in.  They want tax reductions and improved infrastructures.  They expect the communities to already exhibit those things that add up to good quality of life for their employees.  Seldom do we hear of a company starting from scratch and providing all those things.

It is good to know our beginnings.  It is good to know of our legacy.  F3 is leaving a legacy in Springbrook Park (the Bomb Shelter).  The great thing is that F3 is adding to the legacy of Springbrook Park with its goal of providing Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith to anyone that shows up.  I think it is a legacy that those who poured and will pour their effort into Springbrook Park will be pleased to see.

No man left behind; no man left unchanged.

Prayers for Swerve as he officiates a funeral and for Woodshack and Dreamer and their families in the death of David White.
3rd F at JUCO on March 28th.


THE SCENE: Just less than 40°
Mosey 1/3 mile loop


Everyone has 2 CMUs at Grinder steps.


Burpee Deadlifts

Block Boys


Do 1 rounds of all 3 exercises then run down to troll bridge and back up.


10 4-ct Oblique Tucks per side

10 4-ct Bottle Touches


Hold banana for last minute

11 HIMs including FNG Wheelie

“Invictus” by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.

I think next time we should do 2 rounds of PT then run to try and get it all in. I completed through 6 reps so still had 5 rounds to go.
Breakfast at Drifter’s next Saturday the 1st.


THE SCENE: C.A.F. 24 degrees and a bit o windchill
KISS= keep it simple stupid

Yep, it’s cold out side , no need to be creative . No need to be that funny guy, just keep it simple so we can stay warm … just run and do burpees ! 😈

SSH x20

chinook squats x 10 tempo cadence

merkins x 10 4ct IC

10 big boys

  • 10-1 burpees , running each end of the grinder , as burpee reps go down , pick up the pace on the run
  • Mosey to wax job hill for 11s , start w 1 -4ct monkey humper at the bottom , Bernie the hill and 10 big boys , continue until reps are flipped or quads are smoked
  • Mosey back to grinder , 100 burpees for time
  • Pax that get done early , run the grinder , 20 lbc in one end, run back 20 RBC, rinse and repeat

Flutters x 20 -4ctic

lbc x10 i-4ct ic

side crunches each side x15 4ct ic

9 pax
From the Q source;

A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light, and God appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might.

So, this the man did, day after day.

For many years he toiled from sun up to sundown, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all of his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.

Since the man was showing discouragement, the Adversary (Satan) decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the weary mind: “You have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and it hasn’t moved.”

Thus, he gave the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man.

Satan said, “Why kill yourself over this? Just put in your time, giving just the minimum effort; and that will be good enough.”

That’s what the weary man planned to do, but decided to make it a matter of prayer and to take his troubled thoughts to the Lord. “Lord,” he said, “I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?”

The Lord responded compassionately, “My friend, when I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all of your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to push.

And now you come to Me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back sinewy and brown; your hands are callused from constant pressure, your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. True, you haven’t moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. That you have done. Now I, my friend, will move the rock.”

At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God wants is just a simple obedience and faith in Him. By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God who moves mountains.

When everything seems to go wrong . just P.U.S.H.!
When the job gets you down … just P.U.S.H.!
When people don’t react the way you think they should … just P.U.S.H!
When your money is “gone” and the bills are due….just P.U.S.H!
When people just don’t understand you, just P.U.S.H.

P= Pray

U= Until

S= Something

H= Happens

100 burps for time felt like the big rock ! Sometimes my faith feels like a big rock too but I know I am getting stronger in my faith everyday. Don’t let your adversary talk you out of pushing to get better every day , no matter the situation ! Keep pushing brothers !
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