F3 Knoxville

Around and Around

THE SCENE: mid-60’s and actually feeling pretty good

SSH x20, Windmills x10, Tempo Squats x10, Grady Corns x15, Cherry pickers x5, a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

Mosey to splash pad for Around and Around

  • Round 1 — 10 burpees, lap around parking lot
  • Round 2 — 10 burpees, 10 iron mikes, lap around parking lot
  • Round 3 — 10 burpees, 10 iron mikes, 10 jump-knee-tucks, lap
  • Round 4 — 10 burpees, 10 iron mikes, 10 jump-knee-tucks, 10 squat jumps, lap
  • Round 5 — 10 burpees, 10 iron mikes, 10 jump-knee-tucks, 10 squat jumps, 10 plyo-merkins, lap
  • Round 6 — 10 burpees, 10 iron mikes, 10 jump-knee-tucks, 10 squat jumps, 10 plyo-merkins, 10 v-ups, lap.

5 minute complex:

  • minute 1 — reverse lunges
  • minute 2 — reverse lunges + squat
  • minute 3 — reverse lunges + squat + inch-worm
  • minute 4 — reverse lunges + squat + inch-worm + merkin
  • minute 5 — reverse lunges + squat + inch-worm + merkin + shoulder tap

Lap around tack

Ring of Fire — merkin style.

LBC (4-ct) x20, Side crunches (4-ct) x10 each side, Peter Parkers.

11 PAX + 1 unicorn


Matthew 8:23–27

Jesus Calms a Storm

[23] And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. [24] And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. [25] And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” [26] And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. [27] And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” (ESV)

Jesus was asleep in the boat for us. Everything he did was for us. Many people know he died for us — as a punishment for our sins so that we could be forgiven. He rose again for us that we might rise again. He also lived for us. When the storm was breaking out with chaos and confusion, He was asleep because he perfectly trusted God. When I get anxious or fearful or fail to respond like this, I remember that He was asleep in the boat for me — that God now views me as if I responded like that.  

Hardship Hill coming up soon.  Equalizer work day on our obstacle tomorrow. Be on the look-out for plywood.


THE SCENE: Beautiful morning.

Shoulder burners, SSHs x20, and cherry pickers
THE thang:

we took off on a Mosey towards the woods for a trail run and popped out the other side and ran every road in the park. Stopping for breaks or exercises in a Qty of 20. They were in no particular order

  • Merkins
  • Dry Docks
  • LBCs
  • leg lifts
  • dips
  • one leg bridges
  • burpees
  • shoulder tap merkins
  • SSH
  • Squat jumps
  • monkey jumpers by the road for all to enjoy

The message was centered around a picture that I saw earlier in the week of a skateboarder that was trying to do the trick. Several pictures were layered on top of another that look like there was 30 people falling on the ground and one guy landing the track. The point of it was, don’t give up keep trying lean on people around you to help you and encourage others around you
I wanted everyone to feel comfortable in the woods and not have to worry about falling, so I went ahead and fell on purpose to show everyone that it did not hurt. That’s the kind of guy I am.That’s the kind of guy I am.


Impromptu Q

THE SCENE: Mid 60s, clear skies, beautiful morning to be alive, outside, and sweating with a bunch of dudes at a dark park at 5:30 a.m. (when you write that out, it doesn’t sound quite right)

Ribbed was on Q, but he was sidelined with a fever and headache, so I warmed us up with:

SSH x 20 (4 ct)

Baby arm circles forward x 10 (4 ct)

Baby arm circles backward x 10 (4 ct)

Overhead claps x 10 (4 ct)

Tempo squats x 10

Tempo merkins x 10

Some Michael Phelps

A little of this and a little of that x 2

Handed off to Mouthwash after the warmup, and he took us to the flagpole for a 7 of diamonds – run the loop stopping to do exercises at each of the 4 points of the diamond along the way.

First lap – 7 diamond merkins at each point

Second lap – 14 big boys at each point

Third lap – 21 wide merkins at each point

Fourth lap – 28 squats at each point

Mouthwash handed back to me, and we ran to the Bermuda Triangle in honor of Ribbed.  At the first point, we did 35 v-ups.  Bear crawled to the second point and did 35 Carolina Dry Docks.  Bear crawled to the third point and did flutter kicks x 35 on a 4 ct.  Bear crawled back to the first point.

Handed off to Kentucky who took us to the playground.  Rocky Balboas on the curb on a 4 ct (I think we did either 20 or 25, but I don’t remember for sure – I was trying to keep up with the exercise).  Asymmetrical merkins x 10 each arm (one hand on the ground, the other on the curb and then switch arms after 10).  Mouthwash suggested baby dips on the curb x 25 followed by 10 tempo pull ups (fast up, hold, slow on the way back down).

Kentucky then took us to the splash pad for 15 table rows and 15 box jumps/step ups.

Back to the AO for Mary

Kentucky suggested a bicycle race, so I led us in some plank work while he set up the music for the race, which consisted of Freddie Mercurys during the song “Bicycle Race” by Queen with 1 big boy every time the word “bicycle” or “bike” was mentioned, and they were mentioned – a lot.

6 HIMs

No one else had anything to say, so I took the BOM and talked about Proverbs 17:17 – “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”  We are forging both friendships and brotherhoods at F3.  While work, family, church, etc. may prevent us from getting together and hanging out like we would in high school or college, the gloom gives us a chance to bond, encourage, support, and mumble-chatter.  And while some us may be closer friends with some than others, we are all brothers and have each other’s backs in times of adversity.

Prayers for Ribbed, Lillydipper’s wife, Jinxy’s wife, Doubtfire, Lulu, the two women with brain tumors mentioned by Baywatch, the kids in school, and everyone working.

Hardship Hill on 10/3.  Still trying to put together an Equalizer team.

Every day is chest day

THE SCENE: 78 and a little muggy

SSH X 20, mosey to the flag.  at flag do Merkins, round the clocks and imp walkers
Start “at the playground ya know“.

6 stations:

  • Pull ups x10
  • shoulder tap merkins  x10
  • Imperial walkers x20 4-ct
  • wide/reg/narrow merkins x5
  • Round the clocks on three cones (total of 12)
  • incline merkin thrusters up the snake

mosey to the tennis courts.

suicides Burpees on each line. 10 BBS or 20 LBCs every time you hit start line.

Rolling Army merkins, lunges, bear crawls and reverse lunges across mid court.


Flutter kicks and side crunches
7 pax

Morning // Start with Gratitude to Your Wife

They say one of the most important things you can do in the morning is to show you are grateful for what you have in life. One of the best ways to get into a positive mindset first thing in the morning is to say a prayer of thanks to God. His mercies are new every morning. One of the greatest ways to appreciate your wife is to show your wife that you are thankful for her in the mornings as well. While that’s not always the easiest thing to remember (especially before the first cup of coffee), it’s not that difficult to say a few grateful words to her and remind her why she matters to you and to God.

Do something special – something unexpected like taking care of a household chore that your wife doesn’t like doing or making sure breakfast or lunches are ready for the kids (if that is something she normally does). You can also speak kindness with a thoughtful compliment or by expressing gratitude for what she is giving you.

Freshen Up Your Thanks

The best way to reap the benefits of gratitude is to notice new things you’re grateful for every day. Gratitude journaling works because it slowly changes the way we perceive situations by adjusting what we focus on. Gratitude notes are even better.  While you might always be thankful for your wife, merely writing “I’m grateful for my wife” week after week doesn’t keep your brain on alert for fresh grateful moments. Get specific by writing “Today my wife helped me organize my office” or “My wife helped me think through that challenging situation at work.” And be sure to stretch yourself beyond the great stuff right in front of you. Opening your eyes to more of the world around you can deeply enhance your gratitude practice. Make a game out of noticing new things each day.

Buy white chalk
Hardship Hill is back on for Oct 3rd

No Unicorn, No Problem

THE SCENE: Like working out in a humidor



  • Cherry Pickers IC, Windmills IC, This & That – Led by Ribbed


5 Burpees at Starting Line

Run to Farthest Cone (#5) and perform 25 each Split Squats, Diamond Merkins, and Dead Bugs

Back to Start Line: 5 Burpeea, Cone #4 (20 reps)

Rinse & repeat | Plank to wait for the six

11s – Single Leg Glute Bridges & Single-Leg Dead Lifts


  • Nah



Prov4:7-Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom! 

“Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.”

This has certainly been my experience–my previous plan for fitness, that centered around the treadmill in my basement and lacked any real accountability or fellowship was perfectly designed to produce a lazy, soft version of me.

When it comes to getting wisdom, I think that quote still applies: I believe there’s only one place that wisdom comes from—God—and if I don’t have as much as I’d like, I need a deeper connection with that source, but I can’t just will or wish it into being any more than I could will or wish myself into better fitness: I have to make a change. So whatever you’re seeking, whatever you’re striving for; and maybe it’s wisdom or maybe it’s connection with someone close to you or maybe it’s your nutrition or parenting or finances: whatever results your getting now, the system you have in place is going to keep producing those results. So I’m asking myself: Where in my life do I want to see different results? That’s where I need to consider a change. You can ask the same question.

MOLESKIN: Great work by the PAX. Loved the mumble chatter and appreciated the patience for a surprise Q.