F3 Knoxville

No Burpees, just Belches

THE SCENE: Slightly cool, but too humid for it to matter

Cherry Pickers x6, SSH x30, Hairy Rockettes x10, Tempo Merkins x 10
Mosey to the large south side parking lot.

Belches: Crossed the large parking lot as a group sprinting to each line. Once at the line, hit the ground and wait for the six to arrive before completing 5 merkins. Pop-up and sprint to the next line. Repeated across entire parking lot. approx. 10 times.

Mosey to Sophomore Hill for some suicide ladder.

Suicide Ladder: Perform 5 Bobby Hurleys at the bottom and 5 Diamond Merkins at the top. Bernie up and run down the hill. Add 5 reps after each set for four rounds.

Mosey to Courtyard.

Remedial Dora 1-1-1: Battle buddy up for a remedial Dora workout (she never learned past 1). One partner runs down to the ERC building and crawl-bears up the stairs before sprinting back to courtyard to relieve partner who is working on:

  • 100xBBS
  • 100xStep Ups
  • 100xDips

Once finished, PAX performed some Mary until the six arrived.

Reverse Indian Run: The PAX then took the long way round back to the shovel flag with a reverse Indian run. Two lines were formed with the front man counting to 5 before dropping for 5 merkins and joining the back of the line.

Pickle pounders…
20 HIMs with 1 FNG. Welcome Altar Boy! The only EH I’ve ever had tell me that 5:30am was “Perfect!”. 

When Paul wrote to the church in Corinth in 1 Corinthians, he criticized them for not diggin deeper into the word. When he helped establish the church there, he fed them the “milk” of the word and in the years since they had never moved onto the “meat” of the word. Those of us that have received the milk are expected to move onto the meat. If you have not taken it upon yourself to study the scriptures more deeply, I challenge you to do so. We cannot grow without proper nutrition, spiritually and physically.

Today’s Q ended up being much more merkin heavy than I intended..oh well.
Iron PAX Week 3 on Friday

Iron Pax Scorcher

THE SCENE: Sunny, temp in upper 90’s

Mosey to parking lot south of northern ball fields.

Week 2 of Iron Pax Challenge

Four men, no FNG’s.

No time for word as we all were still doing the Iron Pax after the 45 minutes.


Second Truck Stop PM – 9/11 Hills n Heat

THE SCENE: Clear sky, hot

SSH – 20 IC

Baby Arm Circles Thumbs up, 10 IC

BAC Thumbs down, 10 IC

Windmills 10 IC

Cherry Pickers 10 IC

Robot Walk In Place 16 IC

Mosey up Sidewalk to Tape Mark

  • Nickel, Dime Quarter -between tape marks Merkins, then Squats, Then Flutter Kicks
  • Mosey Counterclockwise around lower ball diamond to hill by bathrooms on east side of park
  • 9’s – Bench Dips @ concrete wall then run down hill and do BBS
  • Mosey slowly Counter clockwise around lower ball diamond to small hill near AO parking lot
  • Set 1- 20 LBC at bottom then BEar Crawl to top, 20 Merkins, run to bottom
  • Set 2- 20 Plank Jacks, then Bernie to top, 20 Iron Mikes (10 eachleg), run to bottom
  • Set 3- 20 Squats, then lunge up hill, 20 Hello Dolly (4 ct)
  • Rinse and repeat, but run up hill
  • Mosey Clock wise around ball field to concrete steps
    • 5 step ups, then 10, then 15
  • Sloow mosey to end of parking lot and return to AO

20 American Hammers 4 CT IC

Discussion about 9/11- how everyone who lost their lives or were involved in the events of the day started the day thinking it was another day. Regular people did amazing things, too many stories to list.

From CNN:
Nineteen men hijacked four fuel-loaded US commercial airplanes bound for west coast destinations. A total of 2,977 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The attack was orchestrated by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
The Victims:
At the World Trade Center (WTC) site in Lower Manhattan, 2,753 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were intentionally crashed into the north and south towers, or as a result of the crashes.
At the Pentagon in Washington, 184 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.
Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 40 passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died when the plane crashed into a field. It is believed that the hijackers crashed the plane in that location, rather than their unknown target, after the passengers and crew attempted to retake control of the flight deck.
As of July 2019, 1,644 (60%) of 2,753 WTC victims’ remains have been positively identified, according to the medical examiner’s office.

All the stories of the affected people and heros are important – here are a few:


One hero was a man named Rick Rescorla, a retired US Army officer who got a job as director of security for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter (previously Dean Witter). He’d anticipated air attacks due to the vulnerable nature of the building, and pleaded with the firm to find a new office space. Because that wasn’t an option due to lease agreements, Rescorla enforced regular drills so employees knew how to evacuate in case of an emergency.On 9/11 Rescorla was supposed to be home, but was covering for a co-worker. He is responsible for saving 2,700 people, singing inspirational songs into a megaphone while escorting people in and out of the building. Sadly, Rescorla did not make it out that day; however, his memory lives on through the Rick Rescorla Memorial and a book written by his wife, Touched By A Hero: A 9/11 Widow’s Journal of Love & Legacy.


The only female NYPD officer to lose their life in 9/11, Moira Smith was known for her intense dedication to being a police officer. According to NYPD Angels this was her second time risking her life in an extremely disastrous situation to help others. The first was during a 1991 subway crash in Union Square, which she survived and received the Police Department’s Distinguished Duty Medal for. Sadly, the second situation on 9/11 Smith did not survive, though she was seen selflessly saving others.

On 9/11 she became known as the woman with the flashlight who helped prevent mass hysteria and the blocking of exits. She saved hundreds of lives by directing people out of the South Tower and encouraging people to “Don’t look down; Keep Moving.” There is even a famous photograph of Smith heroically leading a bloodied businessman to safety, and an account written by another man she saved.


Another hero on 9/11 was Welles Remy Crowther, known by the people he saved as the young man with the red bandana, which he’d used to cover his nose and mouth to protect against smoke and debris. Crowther had been a volunteer firefighter as a teenager, and during 9/11 was working as an equities trader on the 104th floor of the South Tower. When the chaos ensued Crowther took charge to move groups out of the building, going back in numerous times.He saved over 15 lives, though lost his own. His memory lives on through the Welles Remy Crowther Trust, and his red banana can be seen at the 9/11 Museum.

Key points –

  1. be ready every day to do what you can to help and act – as F3 leaders we need to be ready for anything

2. you do not know what God has planned for you, each day is a gift from God

Proverbs 27:1

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring
Pray for Junk’s wife, Garret’s family and Carol who will be having heart surgery on Monday
CSAUP run on saturday

Make the Ultimate HC Joshua 24:15

THE SCENE: Hot! 86* and clear

Tempo SSH SEALCLAPS x 13 , Tempo Squats x 13, Tempo Merkins x 13, Tempo BBS X 13


  • Mosey with heavy log four people carrying, others carrying 25 lb weight, stop along the way do 10 log/weight lifts in cadence
  • First station at concrete bleachers  do three box jumps per step x 3 run to top of hill do 1 Burpee, back down hill RR 2 Burpees, RR 3 Burpees, up to 7 Burpees
  • Mosey back to AO switching and doing lifts along the way
  • Next Station 99 Problems- but the # is 50 reps per exercise: Curls w 25lb x 50 Run Hill, Presses w bricks x 50 Run Hill, Triceps w 25lb x 50 Run Hill, Flies w bricks x 50 Run Hill, 50x Hammer Thrusts Run Hill
  • Mosey to next station, With Battle Buddy run around cones opposite direction. When meet do patty cake Merkins for two laps, then do patty cake BBS for two laps

Tempo Hello Dolly x 10 , Tempo Flutter kicks x 10, Tempo Box Cutter’s x 10, LBCs for last minute

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!
Make the ultimate Hard Commit (HC) Joshua 24:15 As for me and My House We will worship the Lord! There are consequences for allowing Idols to control your life. I shared my testimony about putting other things first over my marriage and God and the consequence was divorce. Learn what your Wife’s Love Language is and act on it. 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman is a recommended book.


prayers for Simba (Rob Posey) and his Wife who is undergoing surgery, Garret’s Family and Mr Rogers ( Scott Jablonski), and Junk(Sam Yoakum’s) wife

Iron Pax Challenge

Keep on climbing

THE SCENE: 71 and humid

Stretch OYO and let’s Mosey
Did a loop through the TS AO and headed up Watt Rd to Old Stage and then to Cashmere Lane for about a 1 1/2 mile warmup

  • 6 x 60 second hill repeats up Mt Cashmere
  • Recover 2-3 minutes on way back down
  • There was nothing soft about it. Cashmere is no joke!
  • Finish out the run back to the AO by way of Hobbs and Fleenor.
  • 4.74 total miles including repeats


I spent the weekend attending the M’s 30th High School reunion. Made me think that pretty much the only difference between myself and some of the younger men in the AO are the “hills” in life I’ve climbed versus the ones they’ve yet to face. Today served as a reminder you have to be prepared to face the climb and to sometimes just keep climbing again and again over and over until you have conquered the challenge. Prepare for the climb because it’s coming, push yourself during it to not quit and climb it with your brothers. It’s easier when you are not alone. Your brother can push you and will help you through it.

Prayer for the men that ran this morning and all of our F3 brothers!