F3 Knoxville


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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Checking In

THE SCENE: 33 degrees F, Partly Cloudy

SSH, Cherry Pickers, Inchworm Merkins, Little Baby Arm Circles

Jog across grinder, skip across grinder, bear crawl to CMU storage and claim one.


Mosey with your CMU on the Block Party circuit while stopping at the following 20 stations:

    • Bent rows x24
    • On the shelf x6 each side
    • CMU toe tap x67
    • Squats x24

    Road Block merkins, x18

    • Clean and press x12
    • Roll over merkins x6 each of 4 CMU ends

    Run to Springbrook fountain w/o CMU and then return to retreive CMU

    • Dead lift x6 per arm
    • Triceps extensions x12
    • Dips x24
    • Straight arm overhead lift x12
    • Upright rows x24
    • Burpee press x12

    Interlude: Mt Crumpet count off by 2’s.

    #1 run up, #2 farmer hold – switch.

    #1 Bernie up, #2 farmer hold – switch.

    #1 bear crawl up, #2 farmer hold – switch

    • Curls x24
    • CMU swing x12
    • Overhead press x12
    • Lawn mowers x12 per side
    • Squat press x12
    • Lunge to grinder with CMU

Box Cutters, Floor Wipers, Flutter Kicks, LBCs to cash out.
Total of 15 HIMs including Knoxville visitor Umbro.
When I first started with Alcoa, Inc in 1974 the Engineering and Maintenance Manager was Dick Taylor.  In his late 40’s, Dick was three levels of management above me and reported to the Operations Manager.  Dick was sharp, energetic, smart, confident, experienced, driven, and demanding.  He was also introverted.  Like many of us, we are often required to function out of our personality comfort zone.  Dick did and he did it well.

Dick had the habit of touring around the plants to maintain a pulse on things.  Often he would show up in an engineer’s office, say hello, and take a seat.  And he would be quite.  We have heard of the pregnant pause.  This seemed longer.  When it happened to me the first time, I was taken off guard.  What did he want?  Why was he in my office?  What should I do or say?

In short order I started telling Dick what I was into from a work perspective.  I talked about the projects that were consuming my time.  I asked for any advice he might have.  After that we might get into a little conversation about life things outside of Alcoa, Inc.  Dick used these impromptu meetings to touch base, to learn some details, to connect with his entire staff.  Over a period of 5 years, Dick probably stopped in 3 or 4 times.  Each one got easier and more beneficial to me.  Perhaps for Dick also.

Years later I looked back at the time spent with Dick and it hit me that this is a good way for me to spend time with God.  Instead of Dick sitting across the room from me, what if it was God that just came in and sat down.  I know, He was there all the time, just like He is here as I type this.  But the difference is that I act like He is in front of me.  There are certainly things I need to tell Him; not for His sake since He already knows it, but for my sake.  By telling Him, I can bounce things off of Him, ask Him for advice, and understand His will for me.  I need that kind of relationship with God and I know He wants that from me.

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THE SCENE: Clear and low 30’s. Our hair was freezing at the end.

SSH x 20 4-ct IC

Lunge down grinder

Bear crawl back


Mosey to Suckmore the long way around the backside of the park


Do one rep of each compound exercise then run up the hill for increasing reps of burpees. Increase reps by one after each run.

HR Merkin/Merkin/Clap Merkin

Lunge each leg/Squat/Jump Squat

OH Clap 4-ct/Shoulder Tap 4-ct/Dry Dock

LBC 4-count/BBS/WWII sit-up

Go up to 10 reps

10 HIMs
Talked about needing to use this time of year to reconcile with family and friends. We only get one shot at life. Forget what’s in the past and move forward toward a better relationship.
Mt. Suckmore combined with Drifter’s Compound erased all our brains. We got upwards of 8 rounds and 2.5+ miles.

40 Years

THE SCENE: 28 degrees F, 92% humidity

40 yard Jog/butt kicks/high knees/skip
7 cherry pickers (to remember the sabbath and keep it holy)
Grab a block for a trip around the park. Stops along the way.
40 Decline Merkins
40 Dead Lifts
With block, Crawl Bear / Bear Crawl / Crab Walk / Walk Crab
With block 40 step ups (20 each leg)
40 4ct Mtn Climbers IC
40 left side crunch / 40 Right side crunch
40 curls
Side lunge 40 yards / other side 40 yards
40 burpees
40 box cutters
Circle up, hold Al Gore, pass block 40 times

Super man / banana 40 sec
Shoulder taps til time
8 HIMs
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When the wind blows

THE SCENE: Low 40s , clear n crisp

Chinook squats tempo x20

Imp walkers  x 10

Imp squat walkers x20

Merkins x6

Peter Parker’s x10

Superman’s x16

Brolympics trading !

  • 2 minute push ups
  • 2 minute sit ups
  • B. Urpee broad jump . Do triple burpee broad jump , take 3 steps , do it again the distance of the grinder and back
  • Run lap w partner
  • O. Verhead claps 100, run a lap
  • M.erkins 100 , run a lap
  • B. igboy sit ups 100, run a lap
  • S. quats 200, run a lap

doea style , while P1 is doing exercise, P2 shuttle runs , etc…. is except the burpee broad jump , which was OYO. Once finish total reps , you and your partner runs a lap , then moves on to the next . We did not get to squats

Flutters x20

Lbcx 20
12 pax

Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic sea-coast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic.

They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals.

Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer.

“Are you a good farmhand?” the farmer asked him.

“Well, I can sleep when the wind blows”, answered the little man.

Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him.

The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with the man’s work.

Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!

The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, “No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.”

Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow away.

The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew.


When you’re prepared, spiritually, mentally, and physically, you have nothing to fear. Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life?


When you’re prepared, spiritually, mentally, and physically, you have nothing to fear. Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life?

brolympics this Saturday