F3 Knoxville

Imprompt-Q

THE SCENE: 52* and clear, slightly cool start but the sweat is coming
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:
Led by Swanson
SSH x25 IC
Little of this and a little of that
Windmills x10 IC
Tempo squat x 15 IC
Tempo merkin x15 IC
8 Counts x5 IC
THA-THANG: Led by Abort
Gather keys and phones and mosey out of start point over to amphitheater.  Assemble at the stage for 11s’s big brother, 25’s.  Same concept as 11s except increase/decrease by 5 reps.  Start at the stage and do 20 feet elevated crunches (legs straight out and 6″ off the ground, hands on head and crunch), run up the stairs to the top and do 5 pull ups/inverted rows on rails.  Return to the bottom for 15 crunches/10 rows, etc. working up and down in count.

Mosey to pedestrian bridge south of amphitheater for Welsh Dragons (thanks Filter).  Take 4 bear crawl steps, do 1 merkin, 1 two-count shoulder tap.  Take 4 bear crawl steps, do 2 merkins, 2 two-count shoulder taps.  Increase reps every 4 steps, I think we got to 7 or 8 reps of each depending on how big your bear feet are.

Return to start line for Galway Hookers.  Same scenario as before but exercises are different.  Take 4 lunge steps, do 1 super-squat (deep squat, then calf raise after coming up).  Take 4 lunge steps, do 2 super-squats.  Increase reps every 4 steps.  Exercise extended further because people decided to take giant lunge steps.  Again we made it to about 8 reps.

Led by Swanson

Short mosey to round pull off near convention center. Everyone spreads out and finds a column barrier to start out with.
– First round: Pistol squats on left leg x10, bear crawl to center, pistol squats on right leg x10, then bear crawl back to outside and hold
– Second round: Incline merkins x10, bear crawl to center, decline merkins x10, bear crawl back to outside and hold
– Third round: Lunge to center, dips x20, lunge back to outside and hold

Short mosey over to the base of the Big Ball for Swanson pyramid.  Each round you multiply the exercise times the round you’re on (never math in public..).  Exercises done at Big Ball, middle landing of stairs, and top of stairs.

  • Pulls ups x1 on Big Ball
  • Big boy sit ups x3 on middle landing of stairs
  • Merkins x5 at top of stairs

So round one you do 1 pull up, 3 sit ups, 5 merkins and run back down.  Round two you do 2 pull ups, 6 sit ups, 10 merkins. Etc. etc. up to round 5.

Mosey back to start point.

MARY: Led by Abort
Flutter kicks x25 IC (mixed tempo)
Boat/canoe and variations for 90 seconds
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
13 Strong: G6, Cheesesteak, 2×2, Gesundheit, Swanson, Reverb, Frank, 3Peat, Singlet, Sneaky Pete, Mulligan, Steam, Abort
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Gesundheit spoke about getting out and being consistent with F3 and his physical job, and how they have helped with his overall energy level and his outlook.  I seconded that.  I’ve had issues getting up especially on Mondays.  I got up Monday and didn’t on Tuesday this week.  That extra hour or two of sleep seems like a great idea until you miss a workout.  I almost always regret sleeping in, and I never regret actually coming to F3. AYE!!
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Hardship Hill OCR this weekend, still time to register or volunteer.

Problems and Promises

  • THE SCENE: 63 degrees, cloudy, a slight drizzle on the drive in, but stayed dry.
  • F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
  • WARM-O-RAMA:
    Baby arm circles 4 ct 12 forward/back

Cherry pickers x 5 with stretch

Michael Phelps.  A little of this/that

SSH x 25 4 ct

Tempo squat x 10

Tempo merkins x 10

THA-THANG:

  • Mosey to the Big Ball for Morning Call:  Pax line up in plank position.  First person does 5 Big Ball pull-ups, rest of the Pax in plank position, as first person calls out his pull ups, Pax performs 5 merkins, switch and repeat until everyone has completed pull-ups.
  • Mosey to the parking lot by the Crew House.  Lunge:Burpee the bridges, 4:1 first bridge, 4:2 second.
  • Modified Ring of Fire:  Grab a rock and circle up.  Exercise curls.  1st PAX calls out ? Number of curls then says go.  Group drops and does 1 burpee then back in position.  Pass your rock to the left and repeat until all PAX have called out ?number or reps.  Repeat with tricep extensions.
  • Partner up for a modified Dora.  Round 1:  1st PAX Alternates betrween 10  4ct flutter kicks and 10 4ct American Hammers while partner runs to top of the steps, performs 10 CDD then run back, then switch.  Round 2:  alternate 10 4ct box cutters and 10 4 ct American Hammers.  Round 3:  Alternate 10 4ct Edward scissor legs and 10 4ct American Hammers.
  • Mosey back to AO, lunges over the bridges.

MARY:
No time.

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

9 men strong.  Welcome One Call from Myrtle Beach.  Wings and Gesundheit were also present, but I could not find their tags.

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
“Let God’s promises shine on your problems.”  Corrie ten Boom

Grateful for the Big Ball!

THE SCENE:  Warm and a little damp – beautiful day with a slight drizzle
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

  • 25 SSH (a little more since QIC forgot how to count…)
  • 15 baby arm circles each direction
  • 10 Cherry Pickers
  • 10 tempo squats
  • 10 tempo Merkins
  • 5 Annie’s (baby arm circle from plank, each arm, each direction)

THA-THANG:
Mosey over to the stairs at the foot of the glorious Big Ball.

Elevens of Big Boy Situps at the bottom of the stairs and 8 count body builders at the top

Mosey to the far bridge near the edge of the park.

Find a battle buddy. While one partner runs to end of bridge work together to complete: 100 Merkins, 200 2-count Penguins, 300 squats.

Cut it short (most PAX on squats) due to time and mosey back to the AO

MARY:
Ain’t nobody got time for that!
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
9 HIM!
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:

Make gratitude part of your daily practice. Those that do so, according to Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, experience higher levels and feelings of joy, love, and overall satisfaction. They also have lower overall levels of stress and recover from illness more quickly. Implement it in 3 steps:

  1. Pay attention – Notice small opportunities to be grateful
  2. Writing it down – Journal or keep a running note of reasons, helps prevent it from being a fleeting thought.
  3. Express it – “gratitude is inherently relational” Share with others your grateful for them or what you are grateful for. Try sending regular letters or notes of thanks and appreciation.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Prayers for some of our fellow Big Ballers working through injuries!

Read me like a book

THE SCENE: 35* and NO RAIN
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

  • Imperial walker x10
  • Bat wing
    • BAC forward x20
    • BAC reverse x20
    • OH Claps x20
  • Tempo squat x10
  • 4 count merkin x10
  • SSH

THA THANG:

Ascending curb crawl 1-13. Bear crawl from one curb to the other, do 1 merkin. Bear crawl back to the original side, 2 merkins. Continue up to 13 merkins.
Decision time: 5 exercises at 5 different places, PAX choose rep count of 10, 20, 30, 40, 50. PAX choose the reps before knowing the exercise, and once they’ve used a number they can’t use it again.
  • Star jumps @ Big Ball (50)
  • Sit ups @ stage (40)
  • Burpees @ fountain (10)
  • Curls with rocks @ L&N (30)
  • SSH @ South end of park (20)

PAX read me like a book, burpees only 10 reps. G6 called it before we ever got there too.

20 sprints. Do 20 of exercise, sprint to the other end of the road and continue reps of said exercise until everyone has made it. Call a new exercise and repeat.
  • Diamond merkins
  • Squats
  • Sit ups
  • Wide merkins
  • Plank jacks
  • Burpees (10)

MARY:
Flutter kicks x20
Sit ups x20
Box cutters 10
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
10 Strong (get to keep my beard): G6, Reverb, The Voice, Amazon, Rousey, Passport, Cowbell, Duggar, Swanson, Abort
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
The Einstellung Effect: the negative aspect of having experience.  We all usually think having experience and even success somewhere is a good thing, and it is.  However, this effect describes the type of confirmation bias that arises from having success at something: you might not consider other options which might be even better or more beneficial.  Challenge to myself and other PAX to not only try to get better at things which they struggle with, but also occasionally take a look at things you do well, and consider that you might have another option.  My personal challenge is to try to find a way to love my family and friends in a better way. AYE!!
MOLESKIN:
Continue to pray for Passport and that hopefully he can avoid another back surgery, for G6’s son Rick who still has a fever following his operation, and for Swanson and his wife and family.

Circle Drill at Big Ball

THE SCENE: Low 30s, calm.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH – x25 IC 4CT

Imperial Walkers – x10 IC 4CT

Annie’s – x10 forward arms, x5 backward arms. IC

Cherry Pickers – x10 IC

THA-THANG:
Mosey to the Big Ball stairs

  • 25 BBS OYO at the bottom level
  • 30 Merkins OYO at middle level
  • 35 LBCs OYO at the top level

Mosey to Circle by Convention Center entrance

  • Do 1 lap after every set. Go down the list and then work your way back up the list. Flutters or BBS when done.
  • 35x Cobra Merkins
  • 35x LBCs
  • 35x Plank Jacks 1CT
  • 20x Man Maker Burpees
  • 35x American Hammers
  • 35x Squats

Mosey to top of Big Ball stairs.

  • 35 LBCs OYO at the top level
  • 30 Merkins OYO at the middle level
  • 25 BBS OYO at the bottom level
  • Plank when done for some plank exercises and 1 tempo merkin.

Mosey back toward AO –

  • Mosey backwards for half the long stretch of road by the park
  • Sprint second half

MARY:
Choose your own adventure – 20 reps of an exercise from each of the PAX. I was so tired I’ve already forgotten them all… Burpee drill until time at the end.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
The Voice, G-6, Abort, Ivy, Reverb, Filter
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Pat Summitt’s Definite Dozen – Be accountable! To one another, to yourself, admit your mistakes.
MOLESKIN:
G-6’s son, Filter’s MIL, Aunt-in-law, and mom, Swanson and fam,
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
The Quacken launch on Friday, March 1 at 5:30am.