F3 Knoxville

D-Day Anniversary Memorial Beatdown

THE SCENE: 70s
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER

Welcome to F3 men! Fitness – Fellowship – Faith. And welcome to the 75th anniversary of D-Day 21-gun salute. My name is Steam and I am honored to be your Q this morning. I am not a professional and you are here on your own volition this morning. You chose to be here – just like the man on your left and right did. If you need to modify any of the exercises we do this morning, feel free to do so – you know your body better than anyone else. HOWEVER – I encourage you to look across the street (points to the East TN Veterans Memorial site) and REMEMBER those who chose to run into open gunfire so you could be here this morning. When it gets tough in the next 45 minutes, when you’re hurting, or when your battle buddy is hurting – remember those who are worth remembering.

Everything we do this morning will be 21 reps either on a 4-count or 1-count

WARM-O-RAMA:

Side-Straddle Hop (SSH): 21×4 in cadence

Bend & Reach: 21×4 in cadence

Windmill: 21×4 in cadence

Merkin: 21×4 in cadence

Baby Arm Circles: 21×4 in cadence

THA-THANG:

  • Q aligns PAX shoulder to shoulder facing the Big Ball AO green space/field
  • “I’m Up – He Sees Me – I’m Down”
    • ^^ 3 commands ^^
      • I’m Up = sprint
      • He Sees Me = get down flat
      • I’m Down = Stay down flat until the I’m Up command is given
    • PAX sprints across field listening for the 3 commands
    • Simulates running towards an objective with enemy fire coming toward you
  • Rinse & Repeat back across – but with buddy drags/fireman carries

 

  • PAX mosey to Big Ball stairs
  • “Take The Hill”
    • Get in battle buddy teams
    • Teams bear crawl up the stairs until they reach a flat landing
    • Flat landing = 21 sit-ups each person
    • Rinse & Repeat until all PAX are at the top
  • Once at the top – PAX holds the plank for 21 seconds – 2x

 

  • PAX mosey to bridge to the left of the amphitheater stage
  • Hands interlocked behind heads – PAX lunges across bridge and moseys into the amphitheater, on the stage
  • Q leads PAX in 21 1-count SSHs on stage, sprint to the top of the amphitheater
  • Swanson leads 21 1-count SSHs, everyone sprints back down
  • PAX performs 21 1-count incline merkins on the stage – with the commands of “Up – Down”

 

  • Mosey to the edge of Big Ball AO field/World’s Fair Park field

 

  • Q instructs the PAX that the last part of this workout will be in silence after a quote and explanation of what’s to come

 

  • Q reads General Douglas MacArthur
  • It is my earnest hope – indeed the hope of all mankind – that from this solemn occasion a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past – a world founded upon faith – and understanding – a world dedicated to the dignity of man and the fulfillment of his most cherished wish for freedom, tolerance, and justice

  • Q: “Now we’re going to take this field, and we’re going to take it hard. We will sprint all the way across the field, across the street, to the front of the East TN Veterans Memorial Site. I will lead us in 21 1-count merkins and 21 1-count SSHs in silence once we are over there.

 

  • PAX takes the field – and takes it with a sense of urgency and purpose.
  • PAX executes silent exercises and walks into the center of the memorial.
  • Q prays over the site, the men, the PAX, and initiates the COT

MARY:
Time of Workout: 50:13

Mileage: 1.2 miles

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
10 PAX – no FNGs
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Soot called in from deployment in Kuwait to deliver the BOM this morning – talked about the character of those men who charged the beaches 75 years ago – tied it into the 3 Fs of F3 – specifically the importance of the third F – realizing that we were created for so much more and that there is a higher being that we serve. No matter what the “beach” looks like in front of you – no matter how daunting it looks – charge at it knowing He goes before you.

One more 18 beatdown

THE SCENE: Low 50s, perfect temp to sweat
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

Windmills x12 IC
Shoulder taps x12 IC
Tempo merkin x12 IC
Tempo lunge x12 IC
SSH x31 IC
THA-THANG:
Collect keys and mosey out of the A.O. toward the amphitheater.  Run under the bridge and through the seldom used part of the park, pausing at the statue for a round of leg blasters.  20 squats, 20 lunges, 10 air squats all done in cadence and no break in between.  Shake your legs out and continue Mosey.  Cross Cumberland Avenue and run up Estabrook behind the engineering buildings until reaching the stairs of Mordor.

Partner up for a Dora workout.  One man performs exercise while the other runs to the stop of the stairs, performs two burpees, and runs back down the stairs to relieve his partner.  Flap jack, all exercises cumulative between partners. 150 reps of each exercise:

  • Bulgarian split squat (using benches)
  • Ranger merkins
  • American hammers on 4-count
  • Overhead claps on 4-count

Recover and 10 count.  Routine took up the entire workout (glad I didn’t say 200 reps of each) so we head back to A.O. for Mary.

MARY:
Flutter kicks x20 IC
Captain Thor up to 5:20
Q favorite of Boat/Canoe until time ran out
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
16 Strong including 2 FNGs: Swanson, Cowbell, Half Caff, The Voice, Stagehand, Passport, Reverb, Rousey, Soot, G6, Hot Topic (FNG), Amazon, Blackout (FNG), Jenner, Huey, Abort
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
New years always bring about resolutions of people trying to set goals, some of which are too vague or too difficult to be obtainable (nothing wrong with resolutions, or setting high goals).  During this time of year, challenge everyone to think of one word they can choose to try to improve different aspects of their life, this stolen from an F3 podcast I listened to.  Examples of words I heard or found were Present, Change, Joyous, Purposeful (what I’m leaning towards).

The point is to let that word improve all aspects of your life instead of just choosing one thing you may or may not do.  In my case, to be purposeful with what I do.  Move and workout with purpose, love those around me with purpose, perform my job with purpose.  LIVE with purpose.
MOLESKIN: Continue to pray for Butterfly and his wife Chelsea and she tries to figure out what has been causing her medical issues; pray for Soot, Huey, and Hot Topic as they return back to station and for Soot’s possible deployment; pray for the Corcoran family who lost their son in a car accident Saturday night; pray for Stagehand as he travels to Florida to be present with his family; pray for our community and our brothers as we close out this year and begin 2019.

Kraken of the Fountain

THE SCENE: Mid-low 40’s, overcast.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

Tempo squats x 10 IC
1 burpee
Squats x 10 4-count IC
2 burpee
Squat touch jumps x 10
3 burpee
Tempo merkins
4 burpee
Merkins x 10 4-count IC
5 burpee
Clap merkins x 10
6 burpee
THA-THANG:
Kraken of the fountain
2 different sets of exercises to alternate each round:
First round
1. Merkins 2. Squat touch jumps 3. Mt climbers 4. Burpee 5. Lunge 6. V-up 7. Diamond merkin 8. Split squat
Second round
1. Dry dock 2. Squat 3. Ww2 sit-up 4. Derkin 5. Deadlift touch 6. BBS 7. Door frame pulls 8. Plank jack
Most of us got 3-4 laps around.
Sprints across the field x 7 with 20 LBCs at the end of each.
MARY:
Side v-ups 15 each side
Hello angel x 15 4-count IC
Repeat x 2
40 seconds of LBC
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
10 men woke and slayed the kraken of the fountain. Welcome to Huey from Rwanda!
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go – T.S. Eliot

This is my mantra for 2019. I want to push myself way past my comfort level and break that voice in my brain that tells me to stop. This is mostly about physical endurance for me but if I can break through that wall in my brain I see it bleeding over into work and relationships. At work I want to push myself to be the most productive I can be in my time there. With my wife I want to push my vulnerability to her past my comfort level to the point we are one person in mind.
MOLESKIN:
ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Sunrise at the Sunsphere

THE SCENE: Calm, cool morning
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER

THA-THANG:

Kiss My Grits throughout the entire beatdown (5 8-count Merkins every time a PAX calls out another PAX with “Kiss My Grits”)

Lunges to the Big Ball

7s

  • Big Ball Pull-ups
  • Burpees at the top of the stairs

Lunges back to AO

Partner Shoulder Presses and Lat Raises

Cobras and Overhead Arms Claps

‘Round the Fountains

  • Lunges, Bear Crawls, Crab Walks, Side Lunges

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
16 PAX
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Thanks for letting me come back and lead a beatdown! Explore F3 outside of Knoxville if you get the chance. Learn something from other cities and try to leave some Knoxville flavor as well.

Rise Up to Fall Back

THE SCENE: Cool and Dark… and a little grassy
WARM-O-RAMA:
Side-Straddle-Hops, Baby Arm Circles, Arm Stretches, Cherry Pickers, Windmills, 8-Count Merkins
THA-THANG:
Ring-of-Fire Merkins to 7

Buddy Bear Crawls (2x per PAX) + 25 Squats (4x)

Descending Sprint + Burpee Cardio Ladder

Tunnel of Love (2x)

MARY:
Row, Row, Row your boat (and canoe)
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
16 PAX
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Train your body, mind, and soul! You always fall back to the level of your training, so rise up and get better!