F3 Knoxville

Cinco de Seveno

THE SCENE: A crisp, beautiful morning between 45 and 65 degrees

20 side straddle hops, 15 arm circles forward, 15 backward, 8 body-builders, indian run with CMU

1st exercise: Unbroken sets of 30 (not for speed, good form)

2nd exercise: work until partner is finished with 1st (Plyometric exercise – explosive)


After each round switch who goes first.


  1. Deadlift- 2 CMUs
  2. Pistol Pete
  1. Floor Press with CMU
  2. Star Jacks
  1. Bent rows
  2. Iron Mike
  1. Thrusters
  2. Box Jumps
  1. Curls
  2. Plyo push-ups

1.Tricep extension

2. Body-builders

One partner farmer carry two CMUs while the other Big boys. Switch. 20 box-cutters, 20 heels to heavens, LBCs cash-out


I am hard on myself. I expect a lot out of me and the way that I know is because of my frustration, anger, or dismissal for myself when things don’t go my way.  I put my faith in a lot of things, including myself.  I have a lot of faith in my body because I think if I eat right and work out that my body will be transformed.  I expect the same to happen in my spiritual life.  When it doesn’t then I get frustrated and either blow up or hide or double down on my efforts.  2 Corinthians 3 says that I am being transformed into the image of Christ and the only prerequisite for that is my faith in Jesus.  Not in my efforts, not in how well I’m doing, not in how others see me, not in my position at work, home, with friends.  I want to put my hope and faith in the Truth that I am being transformed into Christ’s image, in His time, in His way, not my own.
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Last Hello

THE SCENE: Partly cloudy, 66 degrees F, 91% humidity

SSH, Imperial Squat Walkers, Arm Circles, Cherry Pickers

Grinder Run, Grinder Bernie, Grinder Skip


Push Pull

Two Groups:  First group does 11 Inverted Pull ups or 5 Pull ups while second group does 11 Merkins.  Switch spots and exercises.  Perform 6 rounds for a total of 66 Merkins and 66 Inverted Pull ups.

Indian Run to the Educator

Educator Workout

Burpees x3 at the base of hill

Alternate ascents: Bear Crawl half/Bernie half on odd number, then run on even number.

At the top perform following exercises with CMUs: Swings x11, Thrusters x11, Curls x11, 4 count Flutter kicks x11, Derkins x11, Upright Rows x11

Loop down the Educator by way of the sidewalk.

Mosey back to the AO.

Box cutters, LBCs, Flutter kicks.
11 in attendance with a cameo appearance by Woodshack and a special appearance by Moses.  Good to see some back after a few weeks.
My reflection today is based on a memory error on my part.  I thought May 2 was the anniversary but it was actually October 2.  Just assume its October 2 today.

On that day in 2002, the Alcoa, Inc plant was getting ready for a visit by the CEO.  Finishing touches on cleanup, painting, mowing, etc was in full gear.  Just before noon, I was heading back to my office though a glass hallway when I see Rod using a push mower around the office area.  I stop and waited for about 30 to 45 seconds for Rod to see me.  Finally during one of his changes in direction he looks up and sees me.  I nod, give him a wave, and open my mouth as if to say “hi.”  Rod does the same and then we both go about our business.

Rod usually ended his work day at 3:00 pm but with much to be done, he accepted an overtime shift to work 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  On that shift he and coworker, Danny Boone, were to get rid of an old glove vending machine that had been at the South Gate for ages.  No longer did workers have to spend 10 cents for a pair of cotton gloves.  Safety had progressed to a point dictating gloves as essential to job performance.  Plus many task required specialized gloves much more protective than thin cotton ones.

Danny and Rod loaded the vending machine onto a 10-ton flatbed truck and took it around to the dumpster box area on the North end of the plant.  At the top of the bunker they started to push the vending machine into the dumpster below when Danny got a page.  He told Rod that he needed to find a phone to return the call.  He asked that the machine not be moved until he returned.  About 5 minutes later, Danny returns and notices that the vending machine was no longer on the truck and he did not know where Rod was.  Looking over the top rail of the offloading area, Danny sees that the machine is in the dumpster.  Tragically, he also sees Rod has fallen between the dumpster box and the bunker wall.  The 8 to 9 foot fall proved to be fatal to 48 year old Rodney W. Martin.

One of the pillars of F3 is Fellowship.  I bring up my memory of Rod to remind us how important it is to make those small, short, and sincere connections.  We do that as we gather each workout with a simple fist bump and perhaps short chatter like “how are you doing” or “how did that work out for you at work.”  It’s that simple connection to let each other know that they matter and they add to our life.  Someday we will look back and smile about each other and the impact that F3 fellowship made.

I think back to October 02, 2002 frequently and I remember Rod mowing in his Christian slogan T-shirt.  More often than not, he had one on.  Perhaps that is what drew me to him.  Perhaps that is what encouraged me to have some chit-chat with him.  Perhaps I admired his impeccable work ethic.

Most often I think back to that day and know that I didn’t stop to say “hello” to Rod.  I had stopped to say “goodbye.”

Continue prayer for Butterfingers’ M concerning employment.  Lifted up Moses, Squiggly, and Snorkel in the 100 miler this weekend.
Hardship Hill – Be there or be square.  May 18th.

On the Fly

THE SCENE: Pretty much perfect weather

SSH x20 IC
LB Arm Circles x12 each side IC
Cherry Pickers x8 IC
Quick run down troll bridge and back around


Do Suicides on the grinder. Run to the first cone and back, do exercise number one, then first cone and back and second cone and back, exercise number one and two, and so on for 6 cones total.

  1. Goblet squats x10
  2. American Hammers with CMU x20
  3. CMU press into Tri x10
  4. Overhead CMU Flutter Kicks x20 (2 count)
  5. CMU Swings x10
  6. Burpee Curl Press x10

Once done with that, do 11s. Dips at the pavalon and pull-ups at the scrapyard.

Sprints from the scrapyard to the bathrooms with 15 BBS at one side and 10 merkins at the other.

Woodshack led us in Captain Thors up to 8-32
Side Tri rise x10 on each side
Box Cutters x25
Little baby crunches until time, about one minute.

14 Pax showed up this morning with one FNG, Six Pack!
Many people make goals and think that they are on the right track to reach those goals when, in reality, they are doing all of the wrong things. At one point when I was trying to get fit, I thought I was eating really well. There was a day or two when I was really busy or had some other excuse and I stopped for food, but I wrote those off as unimportant because overall I was doing good. When I looked at my bank account, I realized that I had a lot more fast food than I thought. Because my focus was on the few good things I was doing and I made excuses for the many bad things, my mind believed that I was on track. I encourage you to not only make goals, but to examine your progress on those goals in a realistic way. Spend 5 or 10 minutes focusing only on your progress towards those goals and do it often.

3rd F on Saturday after Asylum beatdown.

Flipping cards

THE SCENE: Breezy and in the 40s

Monkey humpers, merkins, big boys , burpees
Deck of cards on the tennis courts

  • Hearts – burpees
  • Diamond-merkins (4ct)
  • Spades -monkey humpers (4ct)
  • Clubs -big boys
  • Face cards are 15 reps
  • aces -21 reps
  • 7-10 card , do those reps
  • 2-6 cards , suicides w cones. Pull a 2, suicide 2 cones, pull a 6 suicide 6 cones. Etc…
  • joker-run to the pavalon and back
  • we got close to finishing the deck of cards. Lots of suicides and merkins in the front end of the stack ! Deck of cards is always great because you never know what is coming next.

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13 pax
Let’s keep leading ! The only way to get better is to practice. Sign up to Q not only at the Bombshelter but sign up to Q at another  AO and lead a group of men you don’t know . It will only help you be a better leader.
I think I am a social introvert. I like being social but I will never be that guy that will out talk you! I like being alone but only for short periods. Signing up to Q and leading workouts is good for me. It’s not my comfort zone to be in front of a bunch of people talking but leading workouts has helped me overcome those fears. I encourage everyone to get out there to lead! It’s what we are meant to do as men and men of action lead

Announcement s

convervgence this Saturday and the Equalizer launches in April during the week

7 Come 11

THE SCENE: 58 degrees with partly cloudy night skies.

SSH x20, Imperial Squat Walkers x10,  Overhead Clap x20, Cherry Pickers x12

Skip across parking lot and proceed to Waxjob Hill.
7’s on Waxjob Hill – Burpees to WWII Sit ups, run down – bear crawl up.

1/2 mile Indian run.  Front man carries 40# sandbag, man from back takes sandbag performs 3 squats while rest of group performs 3 WWII sit ups. The pack then catches up to front man to continue transfer routine.

11’s on the Grinder – Running the length of the Grinder (Had to modify due to CMUs being removed from the Bomb Shelter)

Three set of 11’s consisting of:

  • 2 Rocking Chairs ⇒ 20 Dips (increase/decrease by 2 at each end)
  • 1 Burpee ⇒ 10 Dry Docks
  • 2 Decline Merkins ⇒ 20 WWII Sit Ups (increase/decrease by 2 at each end)

In all three sets the 11’s were stopped before completion to move to the next one as time was running out.

Flutter kicks x10, wide flutter kicks x10, box cutters x10, LBC’s x40, box cutters x10, LBC’s to cash out.
Total of 10 battle hardened HIM’s.

Last time I reminisced about the last 10 years.  It was 10 years I was able to experience and Staff Sgt. Jason Dahlke was not.  He was killed in action while service in Afghanistan during 2009.  Today I want to talk about one of the major lessons I learned since that time.

I have always been “right.” Since I’m right either everyone agrees with me or they are wrong.  I got into some family trouble several years ago because of my “I’m right” attitude and it really caused some problems.  There were deep wounds and healing was not overnight.  It was a gradual process, took a lot of work, and a message to self hit me hard. Thankfully, the storm has been weathered and family relations are better than ever.

Life is not about being right all the time.  Sometimes (maybe most of the time) it doesn’t really matter.  What matters is listening to the other person(s) and picking the right battles.  It reminds me of my faith.  There are definitely essentials to the faith, but others are not. It seems to be the non-essentials that cause the problems in Christianity.  The division into denominations has mostly been the results of differences over non-essentials, the man made religion.  We should concentrate on the one place where Christians all come together – at the foot of the Cross.

Ashley’s beloved dog may be near the end and will be a hard loss after so many years.
3rd F is March 30th at The Outlook, 716 20th St, Knoxville, TN 37916.  All area AOs will converge at the Asylum that morning before heading over to the 3rd F at 8:30 am.