F3 Knoxville

Shamrock – Valley of Despair

THE SCENE: 55F perfect

Motivators: starting at 7

On your back Side Straddle hop x25 

Twinkle Toes  (IC) 4 CT x 10

Cherry Pickers: 5


Line up at one end of parking lot. 

Round 1: Bear Crawl to the 1st line and do 1 merkin, BC to next line 2 merkins, BC to next line 3 merkins all the way to 10

Round 2: Pregnant Crab walk with stone on stomach to the 1st line and do 20 American Hammers single count, using your rock. Repeat at each line all the way to line 10 for a total of 200 reps. 

Mosey to the valley of despair. 

Battle buddy up

Partner A: Dealer’s choice – merkins or big boys ( switch between the 2 when you burn out ) 

Partner B runs to the bottom, 10 squat jumps, run up the other side, 10 monkey humpers, back down for 10 more jump squats, Bernie back up to partner. Switch. 

3 rounds of this for 10-15 minutes. 

Mosey to CMU pile

Stopped along the way to do 7 burpees, then 6, 5 , 4, 3, 2, 1.  28 total. 

25 Curls

50 Bench press

Repeat for 3 rounds. Total of 75 curls and 150 bench press. 

Mosey back to AO flag

Stopped along the way to do 7 burpees, then 6, 5 , 4, 3, 2, 1.  28 total.

4 minutes of abs and merkins

14 – Anchorman, Betty, Brick, Cheatsheet, Curveball, Dumpster Dive, Interpol, Jenner, Kick-Flip, Mermaid, Osteen, Slappy, Trolley, Vanna


Compliment. A polite expression of praise or admiration.

 I have never been great at giving or receiving compliments. F3 has given me a lot of practice the past couple of years. There are countless high impact men that show up here and other AOs who are excellent leaders. They see the good in you and me and point it out. 

“Way to kick some ass today, you really pushed it”

“Great Q man” 

“Man that was a killer pace on that run you did yesterday” We are all saying that about Osteen right now and want to know what his secret is. 

“Mermaid, thank you for leading this AO in such a positive and fun atmosphere while at the same time pushing us hard to get better physically, spiritually and as a brotherhood.” 

“Trolley!!!! Thank you for teaching us how to push ourselves way out of our comfort zone”

“Betty, thank you for always having a positive attitude.”

“Jenner, thank you for educating us with real life stories about veterans and walking us through some of their heroic actions” 

“Baby Boomer, thank you for injecting humor in this group and for your creative Qs that are full of painful challenges.” 

“CheatSheet, thank you for my sore upper body and for all the words of encouragement that you preach to us”

“Curveball, thank you for making this awesome location possible for us”

“Kick-Flip, thank you for writing the book on leadership. Your laser focused drive to constantly ask more men to join F3 is impressive”

I could go on and will keep trying to do a better job of handing out compliments. 

I want to challenge us to keep that up. It makes a huge difference, so thank you guys for what you bring to the table / parking lot. 

Also, let’s take the compliments and spread them out beyond F3 to our families, friends and strangers. 


Trolley’s job, my buddy Jordan, my nephew Ian


This Ain’t A Picnic

THE SCENE: Clear and 45 degrees

Slow jog with cadence change up and high knees

Circle up:  SSH, Front Arm Circles, MorrocanNightClub

Dynamic stretches: 

  1. Twist flexors
  2. Scoop da rice

Indian Run to CMUs:

  1. Side shuffle til line passes
  2. Burpees til line passes
  3. Calf jumps til line passes

No recovery,  Grab 1 CMU – curl CMU up to chest and lower gradually to full extension, as PAXes jog back to the picnic tables

THA-THANG:  Circuit training using 4 Picnic tables, no recovery pauses.

Run timer – (target =approximately 1 minute run)  Modify = carry block

  1. Burnees out, recover jog back 
  2. Butt kicks out, recover jog back 
  3. High Skips out, recover jog back

“Merder-kin” table – Modify = Use different levels of table

  1. Merkins or Derkins
  2. Dips (Mods = lift one leg, use one arm)
  3. Plank with Oblique crunches

 Legs Table – Modify = Use different levels of table, carry block

  1. Box jumps
  2. Bulgarian split squats
  3. Squat/thrust with jump

Table of Abs-olution

  1. Jack Knives
  2. Windshield wiper
  3. V-up

Noodlegs Table – Modify = carry block

  1. Side step /knee up /thrust
  2. Forward step /knee up/ thrust
  3. Repeat Side step


Jog CMUs back to stack, Jog to CoT.


PAXes crushed the Table of Abs-olution, so no Mary today.  Sweet!

Word – Jesus is Lord.  John 6:29  “This is the work of God – that you believe in the One He has sent.”

Thanks for your amazing encouragement and participation on this my VQ.

Early Life of Moses

THE SCENE: Cool and Clear

Mathlete guest Q’ed for this segment

  1. Draw him from the water:  1min of Walpies
  2. Raised as an Egyptian:  1min of inverse rows
  3. Murder the Egyptian:  1min of murder bunnies w/out blocks
  4. Flee to Midian:  hustle to K25 hill
  5. Burning bush: 1min of Al Gore
  6. 10 Plagues on the hill (1min of exercises then run up/down the hill)
    1. Merkins
    2. Big boys
    3. Mountain Climbers
    4. LBCs
    5. Basilisk
    6. Hello Dolly
    7. Squats
    8. Lunges
    9. Side Straddle Hop
    10. Burpies — we observed Passover and this plague skipped us
  7. 17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near. For God said, “Lest the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt.” 18 But God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. And the people of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt equipped for battle.
    1. Run around ORAU campus back to the flag

We sent 2 spies to run around the Senior center.  After their report, Moses died and we did a stargazer.


17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near. For God said, “Lest the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt.” 18 But God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. And the people of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt equipped for battle.

God does not always take us the short (or easy) way.  We are often led through troubles so God can be glorified and we can be equipped for battle.

ShamRockin’ the Mic

THE SCENE: Cool and dry…

Side straddle hop in cadence 20
Cherry Pickers
10 tempo Merkins
Arm rotations thumbs up in cadence
Reverse thumbs down in cadence
5 burpees on your own
Side straddle hop in cadence

  • Mosey to the coupon pile
  • Partner up, line up on curb
    100 curls while partner bear crawls to the other side and crawl bears back
    100 thrusters while partner Crab walks to the other side and Bernies back
  • Flutter kicks in cadence
  • Mosey to the covered side, line up on curb
    Shaun T’s – step up, knee to opposite elbow,
    Step down, backward lunge and reach to curb.
  • Burpee leap frogs from one speed bump to the other
  • Flutter kicks in cadence
  • Mosey to the track
  • Suicides 20yd, 30yd, 40yd
  • Kick flip’s Mucho Chesto: Diamond, Regular, Wide, and Staggered 10x each
  • Flutter kicks in cadence
  • Walk corners and sprint down the straight away
  • Freddy Mercury in cadence
  • Mosey back to the flag!


  • Cardio Island: Karaokes, High Knees, high heels, skip, side to side low, walking lunges
  • 8 Count Merkins x10

Use the TAGS on right-side to record PAX (BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOURSELF) in attendance. Be sure to select the AO in CATEGORY above TAGS and then delete these notes!
I finished reading the Bible for the first time in my life back in February. This is probably not a feat for you guys… It took me a little more than 2 years to finish a 1 year plan. But I did it! I’ve always been around the Bible and I’ve read bits and pieces, here and there. I made a lot of attempts to read it cover to cover, and i would fizzle somewhere after the creation… If you struggle like I did, I highly recommend a Bible reading plan.

Thank you gentlemen for challenging me! I have nothing but respect for you guys.


The Little Thing

THE SCENE:   49 and clear.  Super!
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER:  Administered

  • Overhead clap
  • Cherry picker
  • Projectivator
  • Walkout merkins
  • Mountain Climber climber
  • Merkin pumps 4-ct
  • Lunge squat lunge squat


Mosey to the Friendship Bell

  • 10 Bench sideways jumpovers
  • 10 chest tap irkins
  • 10 bulgarian split squats
  • Repeat

Mosey to K-25’s backside

  • 5 burpees
  • Bear crawl up, run down the other side
  • 10 jump squat 180s
  • Run up, crawl bear down the other side
  • Repeat

 Mosey to another hill

  • 5 merkin pumps 4-ct
  • Side shuffle up (switch halfway)
  • 5 Lunge squat lunge squat
  • Run down
  • Repeat

 Mosey to yet another hill

  • 10 mountain climbers
  • Bernie up
  • 5x Walkout + 3 merkins
  • Run down
  • Repeat

 Mosey to the amphitheater steps

  • 10 bobby hurleys
  • Run down
  • 10 derkins on the rail
  • Run up
  • Repeat

Mosey to the pool wall

  • Wurpees x 10


30 sec Al Gore
30 squats

30 sec plank
30 merkins



The idea for this Word came from Rocket.  Last week, he and I were talking about his knee that he injured in July.  I remarked how he hustled so hard the workout before – racing back to the flag against Mathlete.  I said, “Man, your knee seems to be so much better!”.  Rocket responded, “Well, I’m having just a little bit of pain.  I’m thinking about going to see someone about it – to fix it while it’s little, so that it doesn’t turn into a big deal”.

That’s the Word that I want to think about; Fix it while it’s little, so that it doesn’t turn into a big deal.

Do you have anything in your life that is just a little askew?  A little bad habit?  A little sin?  Something that is not helping you accelerate to be the man you want to be?  Something tiny that you can correct before it becomes a big deal?

  • A little judgmental?
  • A little arrogance?
  • A little jealousy?
  • A little anger?
  • A little lust?

We need to saw these things off while they are little – before they become a big deal.  Because each of these things, when they become full grown – can ruin a man

One of the earliest recorded conversations between man and God is in Genesis 4.  Adam and Eve’s sons, Cain and Able, have each made sacrifices to God, but Cain’s is half-hearted.  He becomes envious when God favors his brother’s offering instead of his.  In that heated moment, when Cain is seeing red, God speaks to him and says, “…if you do not do what is right, watch out, because sin is crouching at the door, ready to pounce on you! You must master it before it masters you.” (Genesis 4:7, The Voice translation)

Think about that imagery of sin…crouching, then pouncing.  It makes me think of a lion getting low in the grass so that his prey either does not see him – or if they do, they think he is just a harmless little thing.  Then pounce, the lion is there!

Is there a particular sin in crouching your life?  Either so small that you don’t see it for what it is – or that you think it is just a harmless little thing?  Let’s get the little things in our life under control and fix it while it’s little, so that it doesn’t turn into a big deal”.

“You must master it before it masters you.”  Genesis 4:7


Rejoicing and mourning.  Rejoiced for the birth of Slappy’s BFF’s son.  Mourning the loss of Biohack’s MIL.  Prayers for those families.