F3 Knoxville

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!

Oh my Quad! or What the Quad? Take your pick

THE SCENE: 70 degrees with 95% humidity
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER : Standard welcome with COVID recommendations

SSH x 20 IC, Tempo Squat X 10 IC, LB Arm Circles x 10 IC both directions, This ‘n That, 20 High Knees x 2 Count OYO

Mosey to bottom of AO parking lot for Bearicides. PAX does Bear Crawl to first parking spot line and sprint back to start. Rinse & Repeat for all lines (9 or 10 I think). Hold Plank until 6 finishes.

Mosey to Flag Pole for 11’s with Jump Squats and Dips as exercises. (Used benches for dips)

Mosey by way of winding past Out Houses up to Splash Pad for Lungicides. PAX does lunges to first parking spot line and sprint back to start. Rinse & Repeat for all lines (15 or 16 I think). Hold Plank until 6 finishes.

Mosey around Splash Pad to Picnic side for 11’s with BBS and Merkins as exercises.

Mosey by way of winding past Out Houses back down to Tennis Courts. PAX held Wall Sit & Plank to failure.

Only had about 30 seconds left so we did Flutter Kicks x 20 IC 4 Count


Today’s workout was about the value of making Trade-offs in life. We all have opportunities to make a change and need to know when to do so. Recently I had a Trade-off given to me when I unexpectedly lost my job. This caused me to evaluate my life and recognize the things that have kept me from reaching my potential and to see where I need to make some additional Trade-offs. I reminded the PAX of what they may have felt while doing the workout today. At first during the Bearicides it may not have seemed like a big deal to trade the crawl for the sprint, but on the longer crawls they were happy to get to stop and sprint back. The same was true later on with the Lungicides and that part of the workout was also a lot like the mundane monotony of life that we get used to and do it at the same pace as those around us. Even the 11’s brought Trade-offs that appeared to be good, but sometimes making a change for the sake of a change can wear you out. So the idea is to know and understand when we need to make Trade-offs and what are good Trade-offs to make. The perfect example of a great Trade-off is how these HIMs trade the early morning sleep to be in the Gloom with the PAX to grow and get better! What a way to start the day! The challenge this week is to evaluate your life and see if and/or where you can make some Trade-offs that will allow you to reach your potential.
Pray for Sargent Slaughter’s wife’s family. They lost Grandfather and need wisdom for taking care of Grandmother with Dementia. Also, pray for my wife as she had a strange Vertigo incident yesterday.
CSAUP July 18th at the Dog Pound. Reminder about Saturday morning workouts at the Truck Stop.

Bombshelter Q101/GrowSchool

THE SCENE: Clear – sunny – the quiet before the storm

  • Ruckers step off around 6am
  • Abscess & Steam put the finishing planning touches on their Q101


  • *Steam kicks off at 7am on the dot*
  • (1) Welcome to F3: Fitness – Fellowship – Faith
  • (2) My name is Steam and I am honored to be one of your 2 Qs this morning. Alongside with Abscess we have a great morning coming your way
  • (3) A couple things before we begin:
    • I’m not a professional
    • You’re here on your own volition
    • I don’t know any injuries you may or may not have, so if you need to modify anything we do this morning – feel free to do so – but push yourself and the men around you. They deserve it and so do you.

^^^Let’s break this down some more^^^

  • F3 starts on time – every time
    • The men you’re leading deserve to have their time respected – so do you as the Q
    • So whether it’s 0530 or 0700 – start on time
    • Give a timeframe warning 5 minutes out, 2 minutes out, 1 minute out, etc – so the men can get ready to roll
  • What is this? Why are we here? –> “Welcome to F3: Fitness/Fellowship/Faith
    • Whether you’re a seasoned F3 guy or a FNG it’s important for the Q to introduce what this is and why you are here.
    • Welcome the men – it’s early (weekdays more than Saturdays) – so welcome the men to F3 – lay out those 3 Fs as well. This is an important way to remind the men that they’re about to take part in F3.
    • This is important for FNGs as well – they don’t know what they don’t know.
    • Great segway – check to see if you have any FNGs in your midst. Why?
      • Because it’s crucial for you as the Q to know who your new guys are so you can have situational awareness as you lead AND for the F3 guys to know who the FNGs are in their midst so they can support them (think of your first time at F3)
  • Disclaimer
    • We MUST have vocalized the disclaimer – thus releasing you (the Q) from being legally responsible for the next 45 minutes or 60 minutes. Why?
      • Because unless you just really intimately know every single one of the men that showed up to F3 – you probably don’t know any injuries they may or may not have.
    • (1) I’m not a professional (even if you are a “professional” – there ain’t no F3 professionals (up for debate….)
      • You as the Q are not being paid to be there and the men are not paying to be there
      • This speaks to the volunteer leadership F3 pushes – no certifications are necessary to lead F3.
    • (2) You’re here on your own volition
      • No one is forcing you to be here or stay here. What this is really saying is that you made a conscious choice to be here this morning. THIS MEANS SOMETHING. If they made a conscious choice to wake up early and come to F3 this morning – they deserve to be led – and expect to be led.
    • (3) Modify as you need
      • There are no DS’s or DI’s at F3. There’s no clipboards and someone breathing down your back watching every single rep.
      • When the Q says this, he is reminding the men that are under his command for the next 45 minutes or 60 minutes that they are free to go as hard as they want – but will receive no judgement for the work that they do. If you can do 10 merkins – awesome – do 10 merkins. If you can do 100 merkins – awesome – do 100 merkins.
      • When I Q (Steam) – my verbiage is “I don’t know any injuries you may or may not have – so if you need to modify anything we do this morning feel free to do so – but push yourself and the men around you – they deserve it and so do you. ”
        • I’m setting the tone with this message as the Q
        • No one will judge you if you can’t do every rep BUT there is an expectation to push yourself and the HIM around you.
      • Reminder: No man left behind – No man left the same
  • Intro
    • If you want to have an introductory/motivational word to share with the men briefly before you step off – this is a great way to set the tone for the morning.
      • “The name of the game is one foot in front of the other”
      • “You’re here for a reason and so are they – make it count”
      • “Carry the fight and keep it there for 60 minutes. That’s what we’re gonna do this morning.”


[ KISS = Keep It Simple Sir ]

[ How to Count: https://f3nation.com/2012/02/22/f3-tv-how-to-count/ ]

  • Side-Straddle Hop (SSH): 10 reps, on a 4 count, in cadence –> 10×4 IC
    • See “How to Count” above
  • Rockette: 10×4 IC
  • Merkin: 10×4 IC
  • Squat: 10×4 IC

*Before you step off on a mosey – post-Warm-O-Rama*

  • Make sure there is at least 1 phone within the PAX
  • Depending on the AO – the Q will carry a ruck or backpack for keys/wallets/phones/etc


(Mosey over to pull-up bars)

Steam introduced the first evolution/workout below. After done explaining – asked “Questions, comments, concerns?” Why? –> As the Q – it’s important that when you’re leading the workout you planned and are responsible for leading and executing – the men understand what they’re supposed to do and what they’re doing.

(1) 20s

  • 5 Burpees

(Mosey to Pavilion)

  • 5 box jumps

(Mosey to playground)

  • 5 incline merkins

(Mosey straight across the grass to the path – line from tree)

  • 5 Imperial squat walkers (4 count)

(Mosey back to pull-up bars) 

  • Rinse & Repeat — add is 5 reps each evolution until you finish with 20 reps
  • Done? Circle back and finish with someone else

— Transition to 2nd Q (Abscess) —

Start at Pavilion

  • First station: Jump Squat Blow Out- 10 JS hold squat for 10 sec, 9 JS hold 10 sec, 8 JS hold 10, 7,6….
  • Second Station: Bear crawl 360
  • Third: Circle Burp w CMU/Babies
  • Fourth: Bo Knows- Battle Buddy exercise- wall sits while BB does high knees
  • Fifth: Pommel horse
  • Sixth: Bear Blocks


  • Angle Grinders(touch knee then merkin)
  • Around the Clock
  • AL ass kickers
  • City Scissors, alphabet (1-4 45° 5-8 parallel)


  • # off
  • Name o Rama
  • FNGs?


Romans 8:28 – “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

  • Don’t get bogged down in everything going on


  • Moses brought coffee and protein bars/Steam brought water and powerades
  • Gather under the Bombshelter Pavilion
  • (1) Q101 Breakdown – Abscess
    • https://f3nation.com/a-guide-to-your-first-q/
    • Went over the Q101 structure and the “Why” of what we do when we Q
    • Check out the link above for Q tips and tricks
  • (2) GrowSchool – Steam
    • Being a Q and HIM inside and outside F3
      • (1) You have been called and equipped to lead
      • As high impact men, we are called to lead.
      • Why? Because men will always be called upon first.
        • Example: God called Adam into a leadership role from the moment he existed – tending to the garden and naming the animals. Likewise, as a leader, Adam was also responsible for who he was charged with leading – Eve. After Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, who did God call? Adam and Eve? No, just Adam. He called Adam first. God will always call “Adam” first.
      • (2) The Huddle
        • I want to challenge us to start looking at F3 as The Leadership Huddle
        • Think about a huddle before every game or even in the middle of a game
          • The huddle is designed to pump the players up and remind them of why they’re here and remind them of why they’re in the game.
          • When you Q/lead at F3 – you are leading the men in the huddle for 45 minutes or 60 minutes – reminding them why they’re here and why they’re in the game. This happens with all 3 Fs.
        • The game? That’s what happens when we leave F3 and the COT. The real game is when we step into our roles as husbands, fathers, sons, co-workers, managers, High Impact Men – outside of F3.

The Cracked Pot

THE SCENE: 69 Degrees and Humid

Fitness, Fellowship, Faith, Free, Modify, Not Professional, Own Volition, Social Distance, Phone

10 Windmills

10 4-Count SSH

5 Kick throughs (one each side)

10 merkins

10 tempo squats

10 Imperial Walkers


Mosey to Sophomore Hill switching between Bernie and Mosey at each tree

4 Corners 

Split into 2 teams. The team who completes the most corners in 13 minutes Wins!

Each corner will have a different exercise for 25 reps. Each team will repeat the loop until time is up. 

1st Corner-25 Merkins – Butt kicks to next corner

2nd Corner-25 Pickle Pounders – Bernie up the hill

3rd Corner-25 SSH- Skip to next spot

4th Corner- 25 Bobby Hurleys- run down Sophmore Hill

(We got 2 1/2 rounds in 13 minutes)

The team’s tied so 5K chose 10 burpees for the group

Mosey to Coupon Pile and then to the O2 parking lot

Coupon drags 

Start in the parking lot close to the hill and work our way to the other end

1st group starts in plank position and drag their coupon through with leading hand for 3 reps and switch sides working their way across the parking lot, Group 2 runs to the top of the hill and perform 2 hydraulic squats then back down to their coupon, then Group 1 will head up the hill. 

(We got 2 rounds)

Recover and take coupons back to the pile. 

Mosey to O6 Parking Lot stopping for some calf raised along the way. 


10 Sissy Squats run to the other end of the parking lot

1 Leg Kick Through (1 each side)  run back to start

9 Sissy Squats run to the other end of the parking lot

2 Leg Kick Through’s (1 each Side) run back to start

Group got to roughly 5 Sissy Squats and 6 kick throughs before we recovered.  

Mosey back to Shovel Flag


10 BBS (OYO)

10 Infinity Loops (4-count)

15 no FNG’s


A Water Bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years, this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and one-half pots of water in his master’s house.

The perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the Water Bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.” “Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?” “I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.

The Water Bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion, he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.” Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wildflowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure. The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”


We all have unique things about us that from our perception are “flaws”.

God’s economy operates differently than ours, He takes our perceived “flaws” and uses them to His advantage and to advance his Kingdom. 

As HIM’s we can go boldly forward knowing that in our weakness we find strength in Him.


Pool Boy on Q Wednesday, Anchorman on Q Friday

Dora Day on Sophomore Hill

THE SCENE:  60 degrees &perfect in the gloom

  • Cherry Pickers (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Side Straddle Hops (IC) X 20
  • Baby Arm Circles Forward X 10 followed by Michael Phelps
  • Baby Arm Circles Backward X 10 followed by Michael Phelps
  • Tempo Squats (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Diamond merkins X 20
  • Hand release merkins X 20
  • Mosey to Sophomore Hill


Sophomore Hill at Fitness Center – Up & Downs – Partner Workout – One partner worked while the other ran up & down the hill.  Switched every lap.

  • 50 burpees
  • 100 BBS
  • 200 Merkins
  • 300 Squats

Behind Maintenance Building – Coupon Pile

  • 25 Overhead Press
  • 25 Curls
  • 25 Bentover Rows
  • Rinse & repeat for 2-3 rounds
  • Mosey to AO


  • Calf Raises (for 2 minutes)
  • Flutterkicks (IC X 20)
  • Pickle Pounder Pops (IC X 30)


15 HIMs including Southerland from F3 Cleveland, Ohio who was in town due to a death in his family.


In the movie, “The American President” the president, played by Michael Douglass says:

“America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You’ve gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.” You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Now show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then you can stand up and sing about the land of the free.”

Tonight, 500 or so students will graduate from Hardin Valley Academy.  Some of them are going to kneel during the national anthem with one possibly being my daughter. One of her best friends is black and my daughter has seen her being discriminated against because of the color of her skin. I’m all for a peaceful protest but do not believe it should be during the national anthem. I’m not sure what will happen but my daughter & I are going to discuss it today.

Our country is so divided & people can’t seem to respectfully “agree to disagree” when we don’t agree on some issue. Our society has lost its ability to have a civil conversation about what’s important to us & respect someone because they disagree.

The solution starts with us. Each of us needs to stand up for what we believe while being civil & loving our neighbor. That doesn’t mean we don’t say what we think but say it with respect for the other person. Our world needs us to listen, lead & love now more than ever.

John 15:13 ESV / 78   Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Matthew 22:37-40 ESV /  And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

“…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14


CSAUP on July 18