F3 Knoxville

They don’t call me Charmin for nothing

THE SCENE: While still a little damp on the ground, Charmin delivered on his no rain guarantee.  Around 50 degrees for perfect weather.

SSH (IC) x 20 while everybody slowly trickled in (looking at you Cheatsheet); Imp Squat Walkers (IC) x 15; BAC forward and backerds (IC) x 10; Rocky Balboas on the curb (IC) x 20; butt kickers across PL; high skips back to the other side.


  • Mosey to CMU pile for a very quick partner round about (back to back, with CMU passed around) x 20
  • Mosey to Pav-A-Lon for partner leg raise-wall sits (one partner on the ground trying to kick the other one in the head while he does a wall sit and tries to throw the legs back to the ground).  Timed for 1 min, then switch.
  • Mosey to Circus Maximus for some partner exercises.  Each partner runs in opposite directions.  When they meet, do partner Merkins x 20 twice, then partner BBS x 20 twice, then back to back squats x 20.  3 total laps.
  • As we’re about to do another set of the above, the Q feels a tremendous sense of urgency to call an audible and mosey toward the bathroom.  His name is, after all, CHARMIN!
  • While the Q is humiliatingly otherwise engaged, Code Brown (yes, I get the irony too!) assumes the reins and calls out a burpee route 66 up the tail of the dragon.
  • The Q having caught up and knocked out a few punitive burpees on his own, the PAX moseys back to the CMU pile to unwind what was wound up at the beginning.

Dealer’s choice (Buns calls out Hello Dollys; Fabio calls out Am. Hammers); then we finish strong with ATMs.
Use the TAGS on right-side to record PAX (BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOURSELF) in attendance. Be sure to select the AO in CATEGORY above TAGS and then delete these notes!
Been reading “First Lead Yourself.”  From the book: “Leading from good to great requires discipline – disciplined people who engage in disciplined thought and who take disciplined action.  To engage in disciplined action first requires disciplined thought, and disciplined thought requires people who have the discipline to create quiet time for reflection.  The net result is not doing more, but doing less.  Stop-doing lists reflect greater discipline than ever-expanding to-do lists.”


Circles in the Dry

THE SCENE: Constant rain and around 50 degrees

Grab a CMU and head to pavilion for 30 SSH on 4ct, Thai Fighters 10 R, 10 L, Cherry Picker x10, Tempo Merkin x10, Windmills x10, OH Clap and and Seal Clap 4ct x10
Since it was raining AGAIN… we decided to stay under cover and do the following:


  • 10 Apollo Ono
  • 10 CMU step up
  • 20 CMU Squats
  • 20 CMU Calf Raises
  • 5 laps around building


  • 10  CMUOH Press
  • 10  CMU Lawn Mower Row
  • 20 CMU Curl
  • 20 Dips
  • 5 laps around building


  • 10 CMU 4CT Flutter
  • 10 CMU American Hammer
  • 20 Heel Touch
  • 20 LBC
  • 5 laps around building

Ended at a bit over 2 miles in the dry with trips around building. Ended up in time to circle up.




2 Corinthians 9:8

And God will generously provide all you need.  Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

Be grateful for what God has given us.  Watch the words that come out of our mouths.  Practice gratitude.


No CMU Left Behind

THE SCENE: Respectable. Meaning in the 50s. Also light drizzle occaisionally. Just enough to cool you down a bit, not enough to actually get wet.

SSH x30 IC
TN Rocking Chair x15 IC
8-ct Magic Mikes x10 IC (Fwd lunge, return, rev. lunge same leg, hands on the ground, bring fwd leg back and up in the air, merkin, return to standing)
LBAC x20 each way IC
Grady Corns x20 IC
Crabettes x10 IC

Head over to the CMU pile. Each PAX grabs one and comes out to the corner of the parking lot.
5 reps of exercise on card, then back to the pile for another CMU, 10 reps, another CMU, 15 reps until all CMUs are gone.
After all CMUs are at the first corner, repeat at second corner, moving all CMUs to the second corner.
-Merky-Derky (Plank w/ hands on block, merkin, bear crawl until feet on block, derkin, crawl bear back. That’s one. Audibled to 5-10-10 instead of 15)
-Lawn mowers

That’s all 4 corners… However, the cards have 2 sides.
-One-hand OHP
-Pull-over get-ups (from your six, reach CMU overhead and touch ground. Bring CMU back up and past your knees, stand up)
-CMU Wine Mixers
-Would have done curls, but ran out of time!

No time today.
7 PAX for 21 CMUs
Proverbs 3:5-6
New International Version
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

So… What’s on my heart today? Yesterday was tough. My wife’s mother, who is in the later stages of Alzheimer’s, moved into our house Saturday. Yesterday we ended up juggling care for her, work, school, shopping, home repair, dinner, and extended family drama. Lying in bed afterward (and honestly wishing at that point that I wasn’t on Q today), I wondered how many more of those days were to come, and how many I could take. This verse came to mind, reminding me again to keep actively putting my trust in Him, specifically both in heart and mind. I wish I could say I was in that place… But I know that’s where I need to be, and pray for strength to get there.

PAX handled everything with aplomb today… Gotta step it up a bit next time!
None this week…

The Power of 3…On Monday.

THE SCENE: 40s, cold, dark, character-building.


  • Welcome to F3: Fitness – Fellowship – Faith
  • My name is Steam & I’m honored to be your QIC this morning
  • Couple things:
    • I’ll have my phone, water, and a med kit in my ruck throughout the workout just so everyone is aware. If you need to put keys, wallet, or whatever in there, feel free to do it.
    • I’m not a professional (depends who you ask)
    • You’re here on your own volition – thank you for making the choice to be out here.
    • If you need to modify anything we do this morning – do it. BUT push yourself and the men around you. Some people didn’t wake up with breath in their lungs this morning but you did. You did. Make it count.
  • Name of the game this morning = The Power of 3

WARM-O-RAMA: (IC = In Cadence)

  • SSH (Side-Straddle Hop): 10 x 4 IC
  • Baby Arm Circles (Forward): 11 x 4 IC
  • Imperial Squat Walker: 12 x 4 IC
  • Merkin (Down/Up): 10
  • In Cadence Burpee: 5


(mosey to the flagpole down from the AO)

  1. Connect the Dots
  • 3 points of contact: Pavilion – FlagPole – Far Corner of AO
    • Pavilion = Bench pull-ups
    • FlagPole = Man-Makers
    • Far Corner of AO = Jump Squats
  • 3 rounds of this: starting with 3 reps at each point of contact – and increasing 3 reps at each point of contact for the next 2 rounds (3rd and final round = 9 reps at each point of contact)
  • Recover at the flag pole when you’re done –> Flutter Kicks

(Mosey to playground)

(Battle buddy it up)

  • BB1: Incline merkins on bench (3)
  • BB2: Decline merkins on curb outside playground (3)
  • Rinse & Repeat 3x –> adding 3 reps each time

(mosey to parking lot outside of playground)

  • Power of a Curb // Power of 3
    • 10 x 4 Rocky Balboas on the curb IC
    • 10 x 4 incline merkins IC
    • (sprint to a parking space about 20m away)
    • 10 (down/up) merkins
  • Rinse & Repeat 3x
    • HIM are expected to step up and lead. Why? Because you have what it takes. Even when you’re tired. Even when you’re sore. Even when you’re like “Why the hell did I choose to do this this morning?!”
    • Q chooses different members of PAX to lead the next 2 iterations of the Power of a Curb //Power of 3 –> be lead –> lead.

(Mosey to hill outside of AO parking lot)

  • 3 Tree Hill
    • 3 points of contact: Base of hill – middle of hill – top of hill
      • Base of hill = 10 iron mikes (5 each leg // 10 total)
      • Middle of hill = 10 star jacks (1-count)
      • Top of hill = 10 dry docks (1-count)
    • PAX executes 1st round of this – recovers at the base of the hill
    • Q challenges PAX – this IS NOT a dictatorship of the Q. The PAX , the men, honestly the individual decide what exercises to do, how hard to do it, or not to do it at all.
    • Q asks PAX if they want to continue, or do something else (Q did not have anything else planned but could have come up with something hard (Q hoped the men would stay in the fight for just 5 reps more) – adding 5 reps to each point of contact on the hill.
    • PAX voices they want to push/fight on for round 2. Let’s do this.
    • Recover at the Base of the hill.
    • PAX are GASSED. This is not an easy workout.
    • Q challenges the PAX again – makes the ask to kill round 3 together – adding 10 reps to each point of contact.
    • PAX are gassed but still in the fight. Respond to do round 3 on the hill.
    • Q identifies 3 PAX to lead at each point of contact.
    • PAX moves forward up this hill, not leaving anyone behind.
    • Recover at AO.


  • 3 Corners:
    • C1 = 25 x 4 Flutter Kicks
      • Karaoke to C2
    • C2 = 25 x 4 American Hammers (Q called them Boat rowers…made sense in my head lol, didn’t even think of American Hammers)
      • Reverse karaoke to C2
    • C3 = 25 x 4 LBCs
    • Converge in the middle of the parking lot
  • Q identifies 3 HIM to lead at 1 of the 3 corners – PAX choose which corner to go to
  • When each corner is done –> sprint back to the middle and hold the merkin plank –> All PAX execute 5 down/up merkins
  • Rinse & Repeat 3x (Q identifies 3 more PAX each time to lead a corner)


18 PAX – No FNGs


“Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.”” – 1 Chronicles 28:20 (ESV)


Knights of the 21st Century Men’s Ministry

This comes from a daily email I get from The Knights of the 21st Century (check it out ^^). Daily motivation and spiritual guidance for men wanting be men of impact, for their families, their work, and themselves. As a young man, I tend to forget to be strong and brave and have courage – both when and not when the odds are stacked up. I’ve included the email below, take a look and be encouraged men of impact!


Mostly burpees. Lots of burpees

THE SCENE: Upper 30s (heat wave after lots of days in the 20s)

SSH x 20 (IC); Imperial Squat Walker x 15 (IC); BAC, forward and reverse x 11 each (IC)
Mosey to the cloud; 100 burpees OYO;

As you finish the burpee challenge, move to the adjacent parking lot for some blackjack, a/k/a 21.  20 merkins, run to other end, 1 BBS, run back for 19 merkins, run to the other end for 2 BBS, so on and so forth.

Cut blackjack short after everybody is done with burpee challenge and mosey to Circus Maximus for Doras.  Partner runs a lap while other partner does reps.  50 CCDs, 200 jump squats, 300 LBCs;

Mosey back to AO

Just enough time for 2 full minutes of elbow plank.

We’ve got a lot of rancor in the world.  So many people are angry.  Let’s be kind, let’s turn the other cheek, especially with those that upset us the most.  The world needs more kindness.
Praises for Cheatsheet’s dad being out of the hospital and on the mend.
The Asylum needs volunteers for the Hardship Hill build team.  Please help. Code Brown is leading.