F3 Knoxville

eight counts with a rock

THE SCENE: 41* – a little cooler than lately but clear and no wind.  Perfect weather.  Amazon and Abort Co-Q shooting from the hip.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

BAC Forward x10 IC
BAC Reverse x10 IC
Moroccan night club x15 IC
Tempo squats x10 IC
8-ct bodybuilder x5 IC
SSH x15 IC
THA-THANG:
Mosey out of start point in the direction of the amphitheater, running through it (not uphill and around for some reason…) and across Cumberland Ave, stopping on the bridge.  Everyone down for some early ab work, flutter kicks x25 IC and American hammers x20 IC.  Back up and continue mosey to parking lot of Church Street United Methodist Church.  Everyone grab a rock and get ready to roll.

  • 8 count body builders (OH press rock going up) x10
  • Curls (for the girls) x10
  • Squat thrusters x10
  • Sit ups with rock pressed x10

After each round of PT, place rock on ground and run up the hill to the Church, high five the church, and return to rocks.  Repeat for 3 rounds total.  Quick 10 count and change up exercises, same routine.  Go through 4 exercises of PT, drop rock and run to the church and return.  Three rounds of second set as well.

  • Rock overhead squats x10
  • OH tricep extension x10
  • American hammers (left right 1) x10
  • Front lateral shoulder lift x10

Recover, replace rocks in pile and mosey in the direction of the Big Ball. Quick repeat of Dead Hang Dora.  Pair up, one man dead hangs from the beams of the Big Ball, while the other man knocks out merkins.  When the partner drops, they swap and cumulatively knock out 150 merkins.  This sucks BTW.  Recover and mosey back to start point.

MARY:
All done in succession with no rest, because Abort is a jerk:
Box cutters x10
Edward scissor legs x15
Flutter kicks x20
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
13 Strong, including some faces that haven’t been seen in a bit: Operation, The Voice, Cowbell, Swanson, 2×2, G6, Duggar, Petey, Rousey, Quarantine, Misfire, Amazon, Abort
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Operation and Misfire spoke about consistency.  One quote Operation shared was “Don’t choose what you do well, choose what you do consistently.”  He may correct me on that, but it was the idea.  Great word to think about.  We were also fortunate to have Misfire, Soot’s father, speak about Soot’s recent deployment and how F3 was a positive thing to give consistency outside of the military and how we as men NEED that.

Also big thanks to Petey who picked up a card for us all to sign to send to Soot, great stuff there.

Always got 10 in you

THE SCENE: 60* and not muggy, perfect morning
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

Moroccan night club x20 IC
Even/odd static stretch – middle/left/right
Tempo merkin x10 IC
SSH x15 IC
THA-THANG:

Mosey out of start point and over to amphitheater for some escalator action.  Start with first exercise, run a lap around the amphitheater (no stairs, take the long way).  Return and do first exercise and add second, continue adding each exercise after the lap.  Exercises as follows:

  • Plank jacks x10 on 4 count
  • Squat jumps x10
  • Pull ups on rails x10
  • Mountain climbers x10 on 4 count
  • Lunges x10 each leg
  • 8 count bodybuilders x10

Jackrabbits do ab exercises on the stage waiting for everyone to finish.  Everyone recover and 10 count.  Mosey out of amphitheater continuing away from start point, left over pedestrian bridge, and up beside the convention center and Big Ball.

Set up is for four cone drill.  Reps and walks, lather rinse repeat.

  • Round 1: Lizard walk between cones, 10 superman swims at each cone
  • Round 2: Crab walk between cones, 10 big boy sit ups at each cone
  • Round 3: Crawl bear between cones, 10 merkins at each cone

Recover and 10 count.  Mosey back to start point.

MARY:

Flutter kicks x25 IC
Edward scissorlegs x25 IC
Captain Thor up to 5:20
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
9 Strong:
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Workout was a very similar repeat of one I led last year, one that Preacher absolutely let me know he was not a fan of.  In all fairness, I made some of the exercises easier this time haha.  But I repeated a workout that reminded me of him, and the word was similar to one he gave after one of his Q’s.  He talked about first starting F3 and always being at the back, but that getting out there and doing something was better than nothing.  I specifically made the reps for the main part of the workout as no more than 10 of any given exercise.  Because no matter how tired you are, how worn out, you always have 10 reps in you.  You can always knock out 10 merkins, 10 situps, even 10 burpees or bodybuilders.  Apply that to your life in other ways, where something always better than nothing, you always have the ability to knock out 10 “reps”, and by doing so and just getting started you’ll be amazed at how much you end up accomplishing.

Aye!

eleven PAX doing elevens

THE SCENE: 45* – getting back to nice weather
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

Tempo lunge x10 IC
Merkins x10 IC
Windmills x8 IC
Burpees x5 OYO
SSH x20 IC
THA-THANG:

Mosey out of start point to amphitheater.  Assemble in front of stage for some super sets.  Do first three exercises in a row, OYO, with no rest in between.  Plank on stage and wait for everyone to finish.  Then back to the front of the stage for the next three exercises.  As quickly as possibly OYO and plank waiting for everyone to finish.

  • Left leg step ups x11
  • Right leg step ups x11
  • Box jumps x11

Plank and wait for everyone to finish, then straight into:

  • Derkins x11
  • Dips x11
  • Merkins x11

Plank and wait until last man finished.  Back at it and repeat all six exercises in the same fashion.  Recover and 10 count.  No mosey to the next routine, stay at the amphitheater stage for Super 11’s (11 seems to be the number of the day).  Perform 11 BBSU’s, run the stairs to the top, perform 11 pull ups on rails.  Return to the bottom and go from 10 to 1 reps on both exercises.  When finished, plank it up on the stage. Recover and 10 count.

Mosey back past the start point to the front of L&N Stem Academy.  Everyone grab a rock (or two if they want some fun).  Rock exercises as follows:

  • Curls x30 and rest with rock pressed overhead
  • Squats x30 with rock pressed overhead
  • Curls x30 and rest with rock pressed again overhead
  • Arms straight out, rock lifts x30
  • Overhead press x30
  • Curls x30
  • Situps x30 with rock pressed overhead

Mosey back to start point.

MARY:
Had about three minutes left upon arrival, and Q only had one thing left to do.  Boat/Canoe.  After a few iterations of plain holds, 5 on 4 count flutter kicks while in canoe, then 5 on a 4 count OH claps in canoe.  A few more iterations of regular holds.  30 seconds left Q told PAX all we had was 30 seconds, and to hold canoe for that long or until they had to drop.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
11 Strong, including one flying headlock who departed early: Mark (FEH), Swanson, G6, Bareback, Cowbell, The Voice, Rousey, Half Caf, Amazon, Pfeiffer, Abort
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
I’ve kind of had a recurring theme in my word, which is struggling with failure.  Constantly worrying about failing at my job, failing as a friend, failing as a future spouse and father.  Then I read things that say if you’re not failing at something then you’re not trying hard enough or trying new things and that failure is the best way to learn.  So failure is always there, be it good or bad.  However I came across a quote which really struck me, so I decided to share it.  From Francis Chan:

“OUR GREATEST FEAR SHOULD NOT BE OF FAILURE, BUT OF SUCCEEDING IN THINGS IN LIFE THAT DON’T REALLY MATTER.”

always have choices

THE SCENE: 31* and clear, definitely welcome when the forecast was mid-20s
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

Sumo Squat x10 IC
SSH x10 IC
Wide merkins x10 IC
SSH x10 IC
Shoulder taps x10 IC
THA-THANG:
Mosey out of start point to base of the big ball.  Lots of chalk on the ground, two rounds of exercises each with a separate cash in.  Perform cash in exercise before each listed exercise, perform listed exercise, then have the choice to run the big ball stairs up and down twice, or run to the amphitheater stage and back one.  One option is shorter but stairs, the other option is longer distance but flat.  Repeat cash in and move to next exercise in the list and take your choice again. Round One cash in exercise is 10 merkins, exercises as follows:

  • 25 Iron Mikes (left/right 1)
  • 25 Big boy sit ups
  • 25 Overhead claps on 4-ct
  • 25 Calf raises on stairs on 4-ct
  • 10 Eight count body builders

Ab exercises until everyone finishes Round 1. Round 2 is very similar, except the finishing exercise you can run the stairs twice, run to the stage, or you can do 10 pull ups on the Big Ball.  Same format, cash in, perform exercise from the list, run or pull ups.  Cash in exercise is 10 big boy sit ups, exercises as follows:

  • 15 Jump squats
  • 15 Shoulder taps in plank on 4-ct
  • 20 Carolina dry docks
  • 10 Burpees
  • 10 Sit up ups

Mosey back to start point.

MARY:
No time for Mary, fortunately got some core work during workout.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
Lucky 7 at the BB: G6, Cowbell, Rousey, Passport, Midas, Swanson, Abort
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Today’s Q was all about choices.  You always have a choice, you may not think you do or you may not like the choices, but you always have them.  Sometimes people want to remove choices so they can blame circumstances, but that isn’t always the case.  Two quotes about choices:

“If you choose not to decide, still a choice has been made” – Rush
“Attitude is a choice.  Happiness is a choice.  Giving is a choice.  Respect is a choice.  Whatever choice you make, makes you.  Choose wisely.”

Go forth through the day and try to realize you have more control over more things than you want to believe.  Use that to better yourself and those around you by choosing to live with love and patience, kindness and virtue.
MOLESKIN:
Continue prayers for Passport and his back injury, hoping he can avoid surgery; prayers for the Fugate family who lost their son in an auto accident; prayers for our ROTC folks who shared the field with us this morning; prayers for our man SOOT as he prepares to deploy to Kuwait

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.