F3 Knoxville

Deck of Pain V

✔ THE SCENE: 75 and a little muggy

✔ F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER – check check 1 2 1 2.. is this thing on? Its free, we’re all crazy to be here at 5:30 and you should never let me lead a workout, you might die – but I’ll bring a cell phone just in case.  Iron sharpens iron. I miss and love the JUCO campus and all the HIMs at F3.  Great to be here even if Judge Judy coincidentally has a “work event” that prevents his attendance.. Slack whippings will ensue..

And when I come back for a JUCO visit I love to tour the campus.  What better way to tour the campus than with the “Deck of Pain” beatdown.  So thats what we did today.

Previous executions of the Deck of Pain:

  1. JUNE 19, 2019 https://www.f3knoxville.com/forgiving-the-deck-of-pain/
  2. JULY 1, 2019 https://www.f3knoxville.com/juco-deck-of-pain-second-installment/
  3. JULY 19, 2019 https://www.f3knoxville.com/deck-of-pain-iii/
  4. DECEMBER 13, 2019 https://www.f3knoxville.com/jailbreak-tour-emmanuel/


  • 10 SSH
  • 5 burpees
  • 10 Cherry Pickers
  • 5 burpees
  • 10 Windmills
  • 5 Burpees
  • 10 Imperial Squat Walkers
  • 5 Burpees

The Thang:  The Fifth installation of the Deck of Pain

Each HIM takes a turn choosing one card from the 16 different exercise location cards.  The card is read outloud and once everyone hears and understands where and what it is then we ALL  Jailbreak sprint to that location and we all do the exercise.  When about the 3rd to the last person gets finished with the exercise then they start a 30 second count down. When 30 seconds is up, the next HIM chooses a card from the deck. And repeat until clock runs out.  Here are the cards:

  1. 2 Rec Center Stair assents with the CMU  (right next to the CMU pile)
  2. 30 Rec Center Pull-ups
  3. 50 CMU Curls (at the CMU Pile )
  4. 30 Lake Lunges (single count lunges at the lake)
  5. 30 Panther (top of Sophmore hill) Pickle Pounders
  6. Burpee Base Run ( 3 burpee per base on baseball diamond)
  7. 5 Stadium Hill Runs (on Success way)
  8. 30 Guard Rail Derkins (behind Maple Street)
  9. 3 Reverse Bear Crawl loop in front of ERC Building.
  10. Alternating Side straddles in Parking Lot 05 (go one full lot length – alternate on each row of stalls)
  11. Bernie two lengths of the Welcome Way Parking Lot (the biggest lot on campus).
  12. 40 CMU Push Presses (by CMU pile)
  13. Art Center Burpee Broad Jumps (2 lengths)
  14. 30 Brick Dips (@ low brick wall)
  15. 1 Inner Sanctum Bear Crawl Loop
  16. 10 Maintenance Hand Stand push ups

Today we drew cards: 12, 16, 8, 7, 13, 15, 9, 2

Total exhaustion was had by all.  🙂

MARY:  Who needs Mary?


2 Kings 6:15 is becoming one of my favorite verses.  Read and paraphrased it a little and reminded men to not be afraid – God is on our side…


Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.”

The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.” 10 So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places.

11 This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?”

12 “None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.”

13 “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” 14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.

15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.

16 Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Taking the ‘Next Step’


Nice and warm

– Cherry pickers (4ct IC) x5
– SSH (4ct IC) x20
– some of these/some of those
– bent over back stretch


5 T-merkins
5 Navy seal burpees



-field suicides (end line, 18 yard, 50 yard, opposite 18 yard, full field)
-> navy seal burpees (5)
-> bear crawl
-> T merkins (10)
-> run back
-> Navy seal burpees (5)
-> bearcrawl
-> air squats (50)
-> run back
-> Navy seal burpees (5)
-> lunge
-> T merkins (10)
-> run back
-> Navy seal burpees (5)
-> run full field
-> Navy seal burpees (5)
->Run back
-> abs until six gets back


60 seconds on 20 seconds off


->Tire flips

->Rope tire pulls

->Weighted jumping jacks with battle rope

->Plate ground to overhead

->Single arm KB clean

->Overhead DB lunges


->American hammers


3 sets of 30 sec handstand holds

Variations: Handstands, Elevated pike position, CDD


Today I wanted to get everyone doing something different than what we normally do. One of the key points of F3 is to grow ourselves and help others grow.

We focused on that ‘Next Step’ today, being better than we were yesterday. I bet if I asked you yesterday if you could do the workout you just did that you would say that you couldn’t do it. This was meant to be the “progress, not perfection mentality”.

To often do we find ourselves becoming comfortable with where we are and not taking that next step. Just because we feel like we aren’t getting closer to that next plateau. We are farther than we were.

So an example I saw that really had a profound effect is the distance we have to get to God. So every time we take that step toward God, so does God. So even though we are still some distance away from God, we are much farther away from Sin than we were. And every day we can take this next step and be somewhere that we thought was impossible.

Clothing donation for Mend’s house. Ask Tank or Doubtfire.
Welcome FNG Freshman

HOPE: Hims Overcoming Problems Everywhere

THE SCENE: 75 and dry… at first.
Side straddle hop in cadence 20
Cherry Pickers in cadence 6
10 Merkins in cadence
Arm rotations thumbs up in cadence x10
Reverse x10
10 windmills in cadence
5 burpees
Side straddle hop in cadence 20

We Indian ran to our first location.

  • Walking lunges across the parking lot.
  • 5 Burpess
  • Burnie home
  • 10 Merkins
  • 10 BBS
  • Rinse and repeat

Mosey to the grass hill in front of Rec Center

  • Bear Crawl to the top
  • Frog jumps across the spaces marked with cones

Mosey to the coupon pile

  • 25 curls EVERYONE
  • Team up with a battle buddy complete 100 thrusters collectively while your partner runs the stairs
  • Plank with variations

Mosey back to the flag w/ Cheatsheet leading us in our F3 chant!

20 Freddy Mercuries and 20 Flutter kicks both in cadence.
17 HIMs
Lord, I put my life in your hand. I trust in you, my God. – PSALM 25:1-2
What is the power of hope?
Hope is the belief that circumstances will get better. It’s not a wish for things to get better— it’s the actual belief, the knowledge that things will get better, no matter how big or small.
Let’s be the change we want: in our families, our communities, our country, and in our world. Let’s put the focus on God and trust that he will continue to guide us.
Spotter and Gump’s mother has completed her Chemo Treatment!

Better late than Bernie

THE SCENE: 70 and beat the rain

Windmills, cherry pickers, baby arm circles, merkins, and a few sprints and karaoke
Counting by 10s feeling the burn!

Mosie to large parking lot by the lake.  Shuttle run to increasing distance parking lines, bernie back and exercises at starting line:

10 Burpees

20 BBS

30 Lunges

40 Merkins

50 SSH

60 Squats

70 Overhead claps

80 Flutter kicks

90 Calf raises

100 LBCs

  • MARY: LBCs and Plank thrusters(?not sure what these are called)


2 Corinthians Ch 4 v16-18

Remember, don’t look at the troubles we can see now, rather fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
Dog pound CSAUP. July 18th more details to come

JUCO – What is love?

THE SCENE: Humid and cool at ground level. Warm and humid on top of Jucomanjaro

Baby Arm Circles forward then backwards (IC) 4 CT x 10 each

Side Straddle hop (IC) 4 CT x 25

Flutter Kicks 25 – 4 count 


Spread Out in AO Parking lot

There are 12 parking space lines

Line 1 – 25 Merkins

Line 2 – 25 Big Boys

Line 3 – 25 Squats

Start over at line 4. 

We will end up at 100 reps per exercise. 

Mosey to rock pile

Pick up 2 small rocks

Baby Arm Circles forward then backwards (IC) 4 CT with rocks X10

Butterfly with rock – 50 reps

American Hammers with rocks – 50 reps

Mosey to Jucomanjaro 

20 Monkey Humpers

Run / Jog / Walk to the top. When you get to the top head back down and pick up the 6. 

At the top we did 40 Monkey Humpers then mosey back down to the AO

Just enough time to do our 12 lines of basic PT again so we did 100 more reps each of:

  • Merkins, Big Boys & Squats


Anchorman, Runaway, Gump, Judge Judy, Butter Knife, Rosetta, Spotter, Dart Gun, Erector, 5K, Commission, Sunrise, Kick-Flip, Mailbox, Booster, Ralph, B.O.B.,


The fruits of the spirit

Galatians 5

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 

In one translation it explains that there should almost be a semicolon or colon after Love: 

I don’t have anything deep to say about this, but I know that I need a daily and hourly reminder to put others before me.

Jesus showed us over and over again how to serve others. To wash our neighbor’s feet. So I just want to encourage you men to ask the Lord for opportunities to serve. 

Prayer for a friend named Caleb that was in a car accident.