F3 Knoxville

Bottle Up and Explode

Ooo THE SCENE: Not too bad out.

High knees
OH claps
Mosey w/ CMUs to the Educator.
Under construction so we audibled to the field across the street.
Suicide the cones then run the loop back in between rounds.
5 rounds of 20 reps each.
CMU up flutters x 20
13 brothers
Asking for help is ok. Emotionally as men we may bottle up our feeling because if we ask for help we think there is something wrong with us. Just like we need help from our brothers out here to get better physically we need to rely on our brothers and significant people in our lives to get better emotionally.

The Assembly Line


Played text to speak, side straddle hops, little baby arm circle, and cherry pickers.
The Assembly line:

  • One man at each CMU setup in a line.
  • One extra man at the F-Bomb (60 pound over sized bag about 50″ wide)
  • While the one pax carries the F-Bomb down to the road and about 100 yards roundtrip.
  • The rest do one of 10 exercises(listed in pic below), once he returns, he goes to the end of the line and everyone moves up a space.
  • Switch to the next exercise.

Flutter kicks and box cutters
I have been treating some of my daily life like an assembly line.  There are large task that I need and want to finish and by setting aside a little time every day, I have started to complete some of these things.  Nothing is too large to accomplish or overcome.  Sometimes it takes a whole assembly line of support, or you learn how to do the next part of the assembly line and you keep moving.  Eventually you get a finished product.

F3 Workout

Remembering Bill

THE SCENE: Dark, mostly cloudy, 71 degrees F, 93% humidity

SSH, Imperial squat walkers, Peter Parkers, Little baby arm circles. Mosey to the bottom of Waxjob Hill.


Waxjob Hill 7’s

Burpees at the bottom

Bear crawl up hill

4 count flutter kicks at the top

Run down to the bottom

CMU SET at the Grinder

x12 each (or as noted) competed sequentially.

Bent Rows, Swings, Triceps Extensions, Upright Rows, Squat Press, Curls, On The Shelf (6 per side), Lawn Mower Pulls (12 per arm)

Run down path to junction with Alcoa Road

Calisthenics at Alcoa Road

x12 each completed sequentially.

Merkins, WWII Sit-ups, Shoulder Taps (4 count), Iron Mikes, Dry Docks, SSH (4 count), Get Ups, Body Builders (8 count)

Run back to Grinder and continue AMRAP.  Most completed two rounds.

Push Pull

Completed two rounds of 10 Pull Ups and 10 Box Jumps.

Protractors, Box cutters, LBCs.

Total of 21 HIMs including 1 FNG (Mitten – Mike Hanlon).  Good to have a couple back at the Bomb Shelter after a break.


April 1974, after touring Alcoa’s TN Operations, I was sitting across from Bill Mueller. He offered me a job prior to my flight back to Beaumont and the last few months of college. He is the reason I moved my wife to East TN two weeks after our marriage. Bill was a good manager. He wasn’t flashy. He was kind. He was giving. He had high expectations. He was a teacher. He had my back. He went before me. He protected me when engineering layoffs came in 1975. I wasn’t one of 7 mechanical engineers let go.
Bill’s personal life was tough. His wife Donna fought brain cancer for several years and the surgeries and radiation left her with significant mental and physical limitations. Bill pulled extra duty raising their three children.  He never complained. He only provided his love, patience, and care. He was devoted to Donna, Jeff, Julie, and Jayne.
Bill gave himself to Habitat in his retirement and has over 100 builds under his belt. His final one was called the Bill Mueller Build. Bill died last Saturday at the age of 91 and was buried yesterday.
I use Bill as an example of someone who has gone before me. Someone who has made my path straighter and less difficult. We all have these kind of people in our lives. Sometimes we realize it. Many times we don’t.  As Cap’n Crunch said after our F3 Convergence, “we all need Paul’s in our life.”  Bill Mueller was one for me.
Today I encourage us all to reflect on the Bill Muellers in our lives and to give thanks. Better yet, if your Bill Mueller is still alive, call him up and let him know just how much he means to you.
Prayers for Daniel, a friend of Flash, as he give the eulogy at a funeral tomorrow.  Prayer for guidance, reconciliation in next steps as one of our HIMs faces the prospect of divorce.
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I threw myself a 38th birthday party at the Bomb Shelter…

THE SCENE: Cool and comfortable

-15 Little baby arm circles, both directions

-10 Cherry pickers

-20 SSH


Partner up. One man does 38 reps, while the other executes the CMU work.

-CMU lift and tricep extension

38 Merkins

-CMU twists

38 Big boys

-Squat and press with CMU

38 WW2’s

-CMU chest press

38 burpees

-CMU curls

38 Dry docks

One mile cool off mosey around the park, finish strong with overhead claps and merkins
Sake, Tin Man, Snorkel, Neighbor, RadioShack, Moses, Taco, Hammy, Napster, Flash, Pinnochio, Espy, Walk-On, Woodshack

You may not always think about it but you put off an aroma. People around you notice it, be guided by 2 Cor., 15-17 and make your aroma, the thing people notice about you, positive and Christ-like

2 Corinthians 2:15-17 English Standard Version (ESV)

15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, 16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.

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Fun, Until it Wasn’t



  • Duck Jousting
    • Friendly combat between Pax in the duck walk position. Arms must remain crossing your chest. Bumping, nudging, rubbing and checking are highly encouraged. There is no biting, scratching, standing up or falling over or you are out! Kicking is allowed if you are possibly able to remain in the duck walk position on one leg. Last man to remain on his feet in the duck position is declared the winner.
    • Once your out – Jog in place for the duration of the game.
  • When Animals Attack
    • A game of “tag”. One Pax (“the attacker” or “it”) starts in bear crawl position. All other Pax will be required to crab walk to evade the bear! Using the basketball courts as the boundary. If the crab walk is tagged by the bear, they complete 5 burpees and become a Bear. Game ends when all Pax are bear crawling.

“The Greenway 100”. ½ Mile Greenway Loop. Pax will perform 10 reps at each sign for a total of 100 reps:

  • Round 1 – Burpees
    • PAX will A-L-A-R-M for the 6:
      • (20) CMU Shoulder Press
      • (20) Lunge
      • (20) Peter Parkers
      • (20) Rockette Hillbillies
      • (20) Merkins
    • Round 2 – Jumping Squats

Circuit – Pax will then complete as many rounds as possible of:

  • 5 Pull-Ups
  • 10 Bench Jump Overs
  • 15 X’s & O’s
  • 20 Knees to Chest (Ab work on playground bars)



16 Pax


I encourage the men to step up and let me know if they were interested in taking their leadership skills to the next level. I challenged the PAX to let me know if they are interested or wanting to grow our AO and our outreach by expanding into a shared leadership team within the AO.  Please let me know if you would like to be a part of this as i’m compiling a list of HIMs to meet with in the near future to talk through my ideas and envisions.


Shared Leadership is a conspiracy to Influence Movement to Advantage 

A conspiracy is an agreement between two or more people to act in harmony toward a common end.

If that common end is an illegal activity (bank robbery for example), then the very act of conspiring to commit the crime is a crime itself—separate and apart from actually committing it. To establish a conspiracy to commit bank robbery, the state need only prove the existence of an agreement between the coconspirators and a single action in furtherance of their plot, like the purchase of a gun. The fact that they never manage to rob the bank, or even walk through its doors, does not diminish their guilt for simply conspiring to do so. The criminal penalty for conspiracy is very severe, typically only a single level lower than the act itself. Thus, if bank robbery is a class A felony, than conspiracy to commit bank robber is a class B felony.

This may seem draconian given that the intended victim is never actually harmed in the manner intended, but it is considered a just and necessary deterrent to the destructive power of men who combine to act in concerted evil. A four-man crew working together is far more likely to possess the range of skills necessary to rob a bank than four men acting individually. By pooling their efforts, they greatly increase their likelihood of success because each man can focus on the proper performance of his particular role rather than trying to do everything at once. Concerted action toward evil ends is a powerfully Disruptive.

But so is concerted action towards Advantage. Men who combine in furtherance of positive Outcomes are far more likely to achieve their common objective than they would be if they acted alone, because the sum of their individual efforts is greatly exceeded by the product of their concerted action. As with a criminal conspiracy, each man is free to focus on the proper performance of his individual role which (if the conspiracy is well formed) will be within his own D2X. A conspiracy of men working together within their individual High Impact Zones to achieve a specific Advantage will have a Dynamic IMPACT on their Community or Organization. Groups seeking Prosperity should encourage men to conspire to Advantage.

There is an energy and fitness level surrounding this PAX that I have not seen in a LONG time…Really looking forward to the future and how these HIMs continue to advance their leadership abilities throughout Blount County and the surrounding areas!

Convergence at the Big Ball this Saturday! Don’t miss it if at all possible!!