F3 Knoxville

Burpee Dan meets Fat Amy…

THE SCENE: It was a Balmy 16 Degrees.

  • SSH X 20
  • Imperial Squat Walkers x 20
  • Little baby arm circles Front x 15 and back x 15
  • Cherry Picker x 10
  • Run 2 laps


Burpee Dan’s

  • Burpee Dan, down and back, down and back , 4 lunges /4 burps, 4/3, 4/2, 4/1

Fat Amy
1- 50 Squats

10 Burpees
40 BBS
10 Burpees
Run to the top of the Hill
2 – 10 Burpees
20 Star Jacks
10 Burpees
Run to the top of the hill

3- 10 Burpees
20 Star Jacks
10 Burpees
Run to the top of the Hill
4 – 10 Burpees
40 BBS
10 Burpees
50 Squats

Hands of Time

Bring snacks for Wesley House!

This loop is looking familiar

THE SCENE: Low 40’s and clear

  • 2 laps around the parking lot
  • SSH IC x 20
  • Tempo Squats IC x 10
  • Baby Arm Circles (Forward/Reverse) IC x 12
  • Cherry Pickers IC x 10
  • Merkins IC x 10


Moseyed to the oval parking lot for some laps. 4 stops along each loop, each with an assigned exercise. Complete 20 reps of each exercise, then run to the next stop.

Lap 1:

  1. Merkins
  2. Wide Merkins
  3. Narrow Merkins
  4. Carolina Dry Docks

Lap 2:

  1. Squats
  2. Lunges
  3. Jump Squats
  4. Iron Mikes

Lap 3:

  1. Flutter Kicks (4 ct)
  2. American Hammers (4 ct)
  3. Hello Dollies (4 ct)
  4. LBC’s

Rinse and repeat. We managed 9 total laps, so completed each of the exercises 3 times.

No time for Mary

25 HIMs including 3 FNG’s; welcome to Burgundy, Scrum, and Flo


It seems like the last few weeks have been filled with story after story of tragic accidents and loss of life. It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives and worry about the “stresses of tomorrow” – discounting the blessings of today by worrying about what we may face tomorrow. However, we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow. Worrying about tomorrow doesn’t take away those troubles; it simply steals the joy from today.

I’m terrible about taking today for granted and worrying about what tomorrow may bring. It’s usually when I’m confronted with a story about tragic loss of life that makes me momentarily realize how precious today really is. I use the word “momentarily” because it typically lasts for a day or so and then I’m right back to worrying about tomorrow.

Let’s celebrate the blessings of today.


THE SCENE: 42 degrees and cool.  Perfect weather


  • imperial squat walkers
  • baby arm circles forward and backwards
  • cherry pickers
  • SSH


  • 20 merkins and 20 squats w/2 burpees in the middle between each exercise.  Decrease by 2 exercises after each round.
  • 20 table rows and 20 flutter kicks – decreasing by 2 at each round
  • merkin/bear crawl across parking lot
  • Dry Docks and then hill run


“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”  Calvin Coolidge

Cheat Sheet Granny and daughter. Ben who lost his wife. G-6 son

20 Tips (& exercises) for a Positive New Year!

THE SCENE: 40 and beautiful!

  • Mosey to flag
  • Cherry Pickers (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Baby Arm Circles Forward/Backward X 10 followed by Michael Phelps
  • Side Straddle Hop (IC)
  • Tempo Squats (IC)
  • Tempo Merkins (IC)
  • Mosey



  • 11s with pushups at the AO & pullups on the monkey bars
  • Mosey

Splash pad

  • 3 X 15 of box jumps/step ups & dips
  • mosey


  • 10 burpees & 20 squats by the AO
  • run a ½ lap
  • 20 CMU presses & 20 curls by the tennis courts
  • Run a ½ lap
  • Rinse & repeat (PAQ ranged from 5-8 laps)


  • Flutterkicks X 20 (IC)
  • American Hammers X 25 (IC) – Detention led
  • Peter Parker combo led by Proton


Abacus, Bagger, Bypass, Detention, Farva, Hot Tub, Jail Bait, Proton, Smalls, Umbro and Booster


I follow Jon Gordon, an author, on Twitter (@jongordon11).  Every day, he posts positive messages.  He released 20 Tips for a Positive New Year and I love it!  Please take a moment to read his words and see what you might be able to apply to your personal life.  Some of these are common sense but many I take for granted!

20 Tips for a Positive New Year

1. Stay Positive. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can trust that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible.

2. Take a daily “Thank You Walk.” You can’t be stressed and thankful at the same time. Feel blessed and you won’t be stressed.

3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and less foods manufactured in plants.

4. Talk to yourself instead of listen to yourself. Instead of listening to your complaints, fears and doubts, talk to yourself with words of truth and encouragement.

5. Post a sign that says “No Energy Vampires Allowed.” Gandhi said, “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” Watch This.

6. Be a Positive Team Member. Being positive doesn’t just make you better, it makes everyone around you better.

7. Don’t chase success. Decide to make a difference and success will find you. [ Tweet This ]

8. Get more sleep. You can’t replace sleep with a double latte.

9. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control.

10. Look for opportunities to Love, Serve and Care. You don’t have to be great to serve but you have to serve to be great.

11. Live your purpose. Remember why you do what you do. We don’t get burned out because of what we do. We get burned out because we forget why we do it.

12. Remember, there’s no such thing as an overnight success. Love the process and you’ll love what the process produces.

13. Trust that everything happens for a reason and expect good things to come out of challenging experiences.

14. Implement the No Complaining Rule. If you are complaining, you’re not leading.

15. Read more books than you did in 2018. I happen to know of a few good ones. : )

16. Don’t seek happiness. Instead live with love, passion and purpose and happiness will find you.

17. Focus on “Get to” vs “Have to.” Each day focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is a gift not an obligation.

20 Tips for a Positive New year in 201918. The next time you “fail” remember that it’s not meant to define you. It’s meant to refine you.

19. Smile and laugh more. They are natural anti-depressants.

20. Enjoy the ride. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy it.



The Equalizer is a great venue and I look forward to coming back again


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Iron Sharpens Iron

THE SCENE: damp but just about perfect temp!
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER – certainly not a professional

– 20 Big Boy Sit-ups – oyo
– 20 tempo squats – ic
– 10 tempo Merkins – ic
– 30 Side straddle hops – 4-count ic
mosey to base of the big ball

4 circuits with one lap around the pond between each circuit. Everything completed with a Battle Buddy.

Circuit 1
– 50 squats
– 40 Merkins
– 30 shoulder taps (Left, Right = 1)
– 20 dips
– 10 squats with knee lift to elbow (Left, Right = 1)

Circuit 2
– 50 burpees
– 40 reverse lunge with twist (20 each side)
– 30 Cross Body Mountain Climbers (Left, Right = 1)
– 20 high knees
– 10 inchworm Merkins

Circuit 3
– 50 jump squats
– 40 Ranger Merkins
– 30 bicycle crunches (Left, Right = 1)
– 20 superman flies
– 10 donkey kicks (Left, Right = 1)

Circuit 4
– 50 alternating scissor jumps
– 40 wide squats with heel raise
– 30 Plank knees to elbows (Left, Right = 1)
– 20 single leg deadlift (touch the ground/10 each side)
– 10 clams

no time for miss mary


the 2 reasons that i continue to return to F3 are the ideas of 1)no man is left behind, yet no man is left where they were found, and 2)Iron Sharpens Iron. I have never felt “put down” for how out of shape I was/am at F3, only encouraged to keep going and to get better. We do a good job of sharpening each other physically, my challenge is to shift that in to our every day life. We did every exercise with a battle buddy this morning, we need battle buddies in our relationships, our workplace, in ever day decisions. We so often isolate ourselves; lets break out of that isolation in 2019!