F3 Knoxville

Spring Training at the Asylum

THE SCENE:  Foggy, cool and damp – perfect for a VQ

Short and sweet.  Modify if needed.  Not a professional.  Work hard.

Light Pole to Light


High Knees

Butt Kicks



Let Spring Training Begin…..

  • Mosey to the other lot for some Plyos (10 – Squat Jumps, 10 – Tuck Jumps, 10 – Side to Side)
  • Mosey to the next parking lot for some shuffle ladders across parking lot
    • 15 sec Shuffle, 30 sec Shuffle, 45 sec Shuffle, 60 sec Shuffle, 45 sec Shuffle, 30 sec Shuffle, 15 sec Shuffle (15 sec rest between reps)
  • Mosey to the Chapel for more Plyos (10 – Squat Jumps, 10 – Tuck Jumps, 10 – Side to Side)
  • Mosey to the Baseball Field – Left Field Line
    • 5 x Poles (jog from LF line to CF, Sprint from CF to RF)(Turn around and go back)
      • Between each Pole Abs (Flutters, Hello Dollies, LBCs, Big Boys, Planks)
  • Mosey back to the Chapel for another set of Plyos (10 – Squat Jumps, 10 – Tuck Jumps, 10 – Side to Side)
  • Mosey back to parking lot for some more shuffle ladders across lot
    • 15 sec Shuffle, 30 sec Shuffle, 45 sec Shuffle, 30 sec Shuffle, 15 sec Shuffle (15 sec rest between reps)
  • Mosey back to the AO


Explained the ongoing chaos in my life.  For the last month or two, more and more responsibilities and obstacles have been added and I have been poorly managing them.  I am working on controlling the items I can, taking the time to decompress and be the father and husband I want to be.  Control the Chaos.


The Men in The Arena

 Just cool enough. No wind. FNG (now known as “Title 9” was the first to show this morning, followed by Abscess & Hercules aka Tank the dog


  • Welcome to F3: FitnessFellowshipFaith
  • Name is Steam & I’ll be your QIC this morning!
  • A couple things before we begin:
    • Not a professional
    • You’re here on your own volition
    • Modify as you need but push yourself  and the men around you. They deserve to be pushed and motivated and so do you.

[ Name of the game for this morning is 1 foot in front of the other ]


☐ Motivators: 10 IC  

☐ Rockette: 10 x 4 IC 

☐ Iron Mike: 10 x 4 IC 

☐ Michel Phelps: 10 x 4 IC 

☐ Windmill: 10 x 4 IC 

☐ Merkins: 10 x 4 IC


(Mosey to Cardiac Hill) 

☐ Battle-Buddy Up

☐ You and your BB have 3 points of contact 

☐ Top – Curve 1 – Bottom

☐ Top: 15 BB sit-ups (hold feet) 

☐ Curve 1: 15 1-count buddy merkins (Hugh five)

☐ Bottom: 15 squats

(Sprint back up to the top and hold the plank)

☐ 10 down/up merkins All-Together 

( 10 count)

☐ Rinse & Repeat – same exercises – 10 reps of everything instead of 15 

(Curves led PAX in 10 up/down squats)

(10 count) 

(Mosey to path that goes towards dock) 

☐ 2 lines —> bear crawl to the dock

(COP – Change of Plans: Path/boards to dock were slippery —> Q modified for PAX —> Hold the Al Gore after 1st light post and 10 sea claps)

(Mosey on to the dock)

[ Quarter Pounder ]

☐ 25×4 flitter kicks 

☐ 25×4 LBCs

☐ 25×4 hello dolly’s

☐ 25×4 straight legged curls 

(Mosey to hill before Everest by way of:

—> Dock —> through grass to small pavilion by soccer fields —> up the hill on path towards Everest

@ Small Pavilion

  • New Battle Buddy
  • BB1: Wall-sit + overhead seal claps
  • BB2: Sprint to lightpost in the middle of exterior parking lot + 2 merkins (just 2 ain’t bad right?) + recover BB1
  • Rinse & Repeat 1

(10 count)

(mosey from small pavilion in 2 lined American Indian style)

.25 later —> merge into 1 big American Indian run mosey

☐ Bear crawl up the hill and over the top 

(Mosey to base of Everest) 

“I’m Up – He Sees Me – I’m Down”

☐ “I’m Down” command – 5 merkins and hold until the next command is given 

—> “I’m Up!” Command = sprint up Everest

☐ All the way to the top

(Sandy is planted at the top of Everest behind tree at the top middle)

(Battle buddy Sandy Run to AO)

—> Sandy being carried in front by 2 PAX for 10 seconds (modified to 25 seconds later) and then recovering to the back

PAX rush past Haslam rock and stop at the small (sort of) hill right below Saturday AO parking lot

  • Sandy Toss + 5 up/down merkins up the hill to the parking lot
    • 2 PAX chuck Sandy as far as possible up the hill, all PAX sprint to it and execute 5 up/down merkins until everyone is at the top

– 2 rounds of Boat/Canoe

– Cashed out the day with ATMs

16 PAX + 1 FNG = 17 total HIM

Cheatsheet, Mr Jinxy, Curves, FNG —> Title 9, Lulu, Waffle House, Otis, Crawdad, Abscess, Jumbo, Choir Boy, Hawk, LillyDipper, Brick, Snag, Swimmies


The Man in the Arena does not quit, although he may be knocked down and falter from the original path at times, he’s in the arena and must learn to get back up again and again and again. This is the way.



“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

               – Teddy Roosevelt

☐ In the ring of life sometimes it can feel like we’re on our knees crying out for freedom and all we can do is look up right? 

☐ Song by Anthony Hamilton “Freedom” — some of the lyrics go like this: “Felt like the weight of the world is on my shoulders. Pressure to break or retreat at every turn. Facing the feat that the truth I discovered. No telling how all this will work out, but I’ve come too far to turn back now. I’m looking for freedom, looking for freedom. And to find it cost everything I have.”

1. 1st F3 Knoxville Truebadours Q101/GrowSchool Convergence: Saturday, February 29th, 2020 – Asylum AO. More info to be pushed out in weekly emails + GroupMe soon

2. F3 Morristown Launch: Saturday, April 4th, 2020. Clown car(s) will be assembling to go support the launch on 4/4. Be on the lookout for opportunities between now and then to go post at some “test-Qs” at their new AO in the coming weeks/months.

Keep the Faith & Fight the Good Fight!

Every Vocation

THE SCENE: Partly cloudy, temp in low 50’s.

20 Plank Jacks, 10 Iron Mikes, 10 Cherry Pickers, 10 Rockettes, Michael Phelps
Mosey uphill to perimeter trail and continue moseying until we get to stop sign that is west of the upper parking lot.  We will do nickel dime quarters on the perimeter trail, going past the bottom of Mt. Everest and continuing on the perimeter trail until we hit the roadway at the Lyons Bend entrance to the park.  This is the exercises we will do with each nickel, dime, quarter (nickel, dime, quarter means run 1 light and do five of exercise, run 2 lights and do ten, run 5 lights and do 25):

  • Merkins
  • Squat Jumps
  • Big Boy Sit-ups
  • Smurf Jacks
  • Dive Bombers

Mosey east on roadway until we get to stop sign at intersection of roadway that goes to admin bldg.  We will stop here to do 20 American Hammers.

Mosey to parking lot that at Southern Ball Fields.  We will start at southern end of parking lot.  We will run to light, do 20 Merkins, run to next light, do 20 Merkins, and continue sequence until end of parking lot.  We will then Bernie Sanders back to the other end of the parking lot, stopping at each light to do 20 Big Boy Sit-ups.

Mosey back to Roadway.  Stop to do 20 Hello Dollies.

Mosey to parking lot that is by roadway and south of the playground.  We will sprint from one end of the parking lot to the other, stopping at each inlet to do 20 Carolina Dry Docks.

Mosey to AO.

Sprint to each corner of parking lot and do 10 Smurf Jacks at each.  Then, lunge to each corner of parking lot and do 10 Star Jumps at each.  Finally, get on sixes and do 20 Flutter Kicks (four count).
Ten men, no FNGs.
As men in F3, we each have different vocations.  If we were to go through the types of jobs each of us have, I am sure we would see quite a variety.  No matter what our job, each of us, in that job, have an opportunity to impact our world.

The words of the following song, which we sometimes sing in my church, are simple but compelling to me.  The song shows how each of us give to God’s kingdom through our vocations. The song is called Day by Day and is written by Lowana Wallace and Isaac Wardell.  Here are the words:

[Verse 1]
Server, you remind us of our Savior’s bowl and towel
Teacher, you are raising up a child to be kind
Lawyer, give us hope that justice one day will surround us[Chorus 1]
May God’s kingdom come
On earth, His will be done[Verse 2]
Farmer, you are working for a table full of bounty
Painter, with each color you are teaching us to see
Nurse, yours are the healing hands that touch the poor and broken[Chorus 2]
May God’s kingdom come
On earth, His will be done
Lord, be close to us
Lord, have mercy on us
Lord, please put Your hand on us
Day by day[Verse 3]
Carpenter, you frame a house for those who need protection
Laborer, you lift a heavy burden for the weak
Leaders, build a city that all children may rejoice in

[Chorus 3]
May God’s kingdom come
On earth, His will be done
Lord, be close to us
Lord, have mercy on us
Lord, please put Your hand on us
Day by day
Lord, be close to us
Lord, have mercy on us
Lord, please put Your hand on us
Day by day

My wife, Jan, visited a monastery years ago.  The monastery was a beautiful place and visitors like Jan could sleep overnight if they desired.  Jan watched in fascination as she saw the monks there performing various tasks and worshiping at all hours of the day.  She had a conversation with one of those monks in a little gift store in the monastery.  He was a very wise and loving man who had been at the monastery for many years.  One of his primary jobs at the monastery was washing dishes and cleaning meals.  The job seemed like one which would be messy, laborious and dull to Jan.  The monk told her that he found the job a means to be closer to God.  He told her how, with each dish, knife and fork he cleaned, he thought how that simple service contributed to the entire monastery.  He thought also about how people all over the world perform the same task.  By washing those dishes, he was a part of humanity, part of an activity that makes the world spin.  In performing this task he was contributing to God’s kingdom.

Whatever our vocation, our current job, if we can think, like the monk did, about us contributing to God’s kingdom . . . or think about, like the song says, of God placing His hand on us, each of us, as we perform our tasks . . . then I think we we will find much more meaning, value and happiness in the work we perform.  May God’s kingdom come.  On earth His will be done.  Day by day.

Prayers for Pinto, for Abscess’s youngest son who broke his collar bone, for Ice Man’s sister-in-law whose baby is due next week but is currently in breech, for Squirtle’s friend, and for Brick when he gives his testimony at church this Tuesday.
Board Meeting!


THE SCENE: 22 degrees… Not quite as windy as yesterday. Occasional snowflakes spotted. Not oversensitive millennials in the park (too early in the day for that). Actual flakes of snow from the sky.

40-something SSH IC (until the last tardy PAX joined the circle…)
10x Burpees OYO to get the blood pumping
15x TN Rocking Chair IC
10x Hindurkins IC
16x Cossack Squats IC
20x LBAC IC each way
20x Overhead Claps

Mosey toward Everest.
At the low stone retaining wall beside the upper parking lot, hop up and back down at each wall segment.

20 BBS at the intersection

Climb up and back down twice at the chest-high retaining wall

Arrive at the bottom of Everest.
Climb a mountain of reps first:
10x 4-count HR Merkins IC
20x Squat Jumps IC
40x LBCs
50x SSH IC

Run up Everest, with a little Bernie thrown in for good measure.

Descend rep mountain:
50x 4-ct Mountain Climbers
40x Squats IC
30x Merkins OYO
20x Lunges each leg OYO
10x 8-ct Body Builders OYO

Head back down Everest. 20 BBS at the bottom

Mosey back to the AO, stopping once for 20 more BBS
40x Flutter Kicks IC
20x LBCs
20x American Hammer
15x Side Crunch (each side)

9 PAX today… No FNGs
Read from My Utmost for His Highest: https://utmost.org/called-by-god/

Normally a CMUesday would have been on the docket… But low 20s is a bit tough on the fingers to be gripping frozen concrete. Hopefully the more standard fare was sufficient for today…