F3 Knoxville

Burp’n Up Abs

THE SCENE: Not too bad.

Cherry Pickers, Windmills, TN Rock’n Chair, Temp Squats, Temp Merkins, 50%, 75% Sprints across parking lot
Mosey to small upper parking lot.  10 Ab stations – Partner Up – Each Partner completes assigned exercise at a station then runs to Light Pole for 5 Burpees followed by a Sprint to second Light Pole (approx 100 yards) for 5 more Burpees (always staying together). Mosey back to another Ab station.  Rinse and Repeat for AMRAP.  Stations:

  • LBCs (100)
  • BBS (50)
  • Mountain Climbers (100)
  • Flutter Kicks (100)
  • Pickle Pounders (50)
  • 6 inch LBCs
  • Alphabet
  • Plank for 90 sec
  • Freddie Mercury (100)
  • Side Crunch (25 per side)

20 Strong, including RUSH
Read a few verses from Romans 9 – an amazing piece of Scripture.  God is totally sovereign and molds each human being like clay into anything He desires: some for special purposes, some for ordinary purposes, and even some for evil so he can demonstrate to believers His glory in overcoming that evil.  We have no complaints and need to be humble in accepting what he makes us into.
Hardship Hill, IPC on Friday – early start time of 0515

JUCO Shuffle

THE SCENE: 70 degree and not quite as humid
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional… 

Side straddle hop in cadence 20
Cherry Pickers
10 merkins In cadence
Arm rotations thumbs up in cadence
Reverse thumbs down in cadence
10 Windmills in cadence
5 burpees on your own
Side straddle hop in cadence 20
Mosied to the Hard Knox parking lot for our first set of drills.

  • Merkin Leapfrogs (not the F3 name) across the lot.
  • Held plank while waiting on the 6.
  • Bernie back to the start
  • Mosey to the JUCO entrance
  • Squats while waiting on the 6
  • 8 count push-ups  x10
  • tricep dips on guardrail x10
  • two single filed lines running back to front sprints (indian runs)
  • flutter kicks x20
  • Mosey to coupon pile with a Crab Walk to the 6
  • Curls w/ coupon x25
  • Squat Thrusts w/ coupon x20
  • Triceps w/ coupon x25
  • Mosey to the rec center
  • Spring up the hill
  • Karaoke through cones
  • Bear crawl down the hill on the other side
  • Repeat (sans bear crawl) x1
  • Mosey back to the flag.

Feddie Mercuries x20
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You guys inspire me both on and off the court. You push me to do more, be more, and I’m truly thankful for it.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight
Prayer request: Guardrail’s coworker and his family also his FIL. West Coast Fires

Simple Workout, Simple Message, Simple Gospel

THE SCENE: All good.

Tempo Merkins
Mt Climbers
Tempo Squats
Morrocan Night Clubs


Mosey to Brick Wall, Dora-up
– 100 Derkans
– 200 Dips
– 300 Irkins
Mosey to Freshmen Hill
– Run Up the Hill
– Freddy Mercury (25, IC)
– Run Down the Hill
– Flutter Kicks (25, IC)
Repeat 3x
Mosey back to AO (Squats, Lunges, Monkey Humpers along the way)


Simple Workout, Simple Message – That’s the Gospel
Isaiah 1: 16-17a
Wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
stop doing wrong.
Learn to do right; seek justice.
Eph 2:8-9
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
Rom 10:9-10
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Don’t make the gospel so complicated, simply accept the gospel and live it out.


Hill full of 20 somethings

THE SCENE: 70deg, dense fog, beautiful dark gloom

5 HIMs on Rush Speed work, 16 HIMs on the beatdown below.

Hill Billy Squats, Reach for the sky, Butt kicks, Cherry Pickers, Newton’s Craddle with Merkin, Bonnie Blair, Mountain Climbers, Freddy Mercury
Mosey to the closest guardrail (some not surprised by this).

  • 20 Derkins
  • 20 Tricep dips
  • 20 Small Rock Overhead claps

Cross the street to our favorite little hill: Jucomajaro

Every 100 feet a new Exercise chalked out.  HIMs had to choose one time to crawl bear, bear crawl, crab walk and bernie, rest were mosey between.

20 of each:

  • Newton Cradle with Merkin
  • Burpees
  • Mountain climbers
  • Bonnie Blair
  • BBS
  • V ups
  • LBC
  • Side crunch L
  • Side crunch R
  • Downhill Merkin
  • Uphill Merkin
  • Diamond Merkin

Mosey to the summit and hit the stations again on the way back down.  6 swept with the group finishing in time to mosey to the flag.

Dealers choice: Flutter kicks, mountain climbers, American Hammers, planks
You all are impressive.  You do the hard things out here really well.
The verse I want to look at today: Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.  James 5:16
An area of the Christian life we don’t spend much time talking about is confession of our sins. Out here it is deep and hard and uncomfortable. Maybe it’s because of that or maybe it’s the complicated dynamics of southern hell fire and damnation preaching style or a catholic image of telling some sins to a priest in an ornate wooden box.
But we are called to do it. It’s in the Lord’s prayer and all throughout the Psalms

I see 4 types of confession and all are important to all the time:

  1. High School level confession: coming clean on blatant sin; probably having to do with actions – Maybe outbursts of anger, or the way you drive or sexual sin.
    God is faithful to forgive. Jesus conquered sin and death. Rest in that!  Praise God for that!
  2. College level confession: gets to the pride and heart and emotion and ways we have broken His Law privately and in our thoughts and desires
  3. Masters level confession: searching your heart for sins of omission and small ways we have turned our back to God and hurt Him and others
  4. Doctorate level confession:  is seeing that even in our good deeds with less than 100% pure motives are filthily rags to God.   God hates hypocrisy and says in Isaiah 64:6
    We have all become like one who is unclean,
    and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.

Even if I’m doing the right thing for my wife and kids but my heart is doing it so my life is easier or people think higher of me or whatever the reason, that can be sinful and we need to confess that.
Or take leading a Q. I encourage you all to sign up for a Q soon. But if it is so you think more of me or I get to boss you all around for 45 min, That’s sin I need to confess.  This week I checked my motives and confess they were not 100% pure but God rooted much of that out.
Are our motives ever perfectly pure – not this side of heaven, but are they increasingly motivated by the Holy Spirit and from a place of love? Be growing in that.  Do the hard work of examining your heart.  Pray God will show you the truth.
Don’t take this college level analogy too far – it falls way short – we must practice all levels of confession no matter how long we have been walking with Christ.   We must all get double doctorates in rooting out the sin in our hearts
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.
James 5:16 (ESV)

It is a call to holiness, It isn’t some magic word; but it is a part of the walk of a follower of Jesus
Spend some time with the Lord confessing your sin. If you want to knock the power of sin out – confess your sins to a brother.
As HIMs we need to be willing to humbly confess sin.
Prayer for Wander’s son’s upcoming surgery and pain – praise for Pool Boy’s friend Sam who continues to recover
IornPax Challenge Week 0 on Friday.  Sign up here

FLEXing at the Crossroads of Pain

THE SCENE: We were prepared for rain in the forecast but it never came so the weather was just about perfect

10 x Moroccan Night Club IC
7 x Imperial Squat Walker IC
10 x Overhead Clap IC
7 x Power T Merkins IC
5 x Burpees OYO

More brief warmup than what I normally do – but each PAX got to choose his path today… so I think it was still ok
Explained to the PAX that there are 4 paths they would get to choose today
THA-THANG: Choose your own adventure: Picture of Adventure Paths You Can Take
Note that only the “1’s” were done today – the “2’s” were in case it rained and no chalk was available and the PAX would all be together but we’d individually choose which of two exercises to do. All exercises are 10 single count reps unless otherwise noted.

Yellow 1 Yellow 2 Red 1 Red 2
Squat Jumps Squats 10 Pull-ups
10 CMU OHP+Tris ea
Bernie up hill Run up hill 15 Burpees
10 Squat Thrusters
Squat Walker Imperial Walker 15 Diamond Merkins 5 Blockees
Lunges back down High Knees/Butt Kickers Down Plank (30 seconds)
10 Kettle Bell Swings
Back to 4-way stop + 5 Burpees
15 second count off after each round (For rain it will be dealer’s choice for the 6 to finish the path)
Blue 1 Blue 2 Green 1 Green 2
Freddy Mercury LBC Suicides x 3 (lights) Jog + 5 Squats
Heels to Heaven Gas Pump Walk to next part Sprint + Side Plank to next part
Pickle Pounder Pickle Pointer Suicides x 3 (lights) Sprint to end
Flutter Kick Hello Dolly Walk to path Jog + 10 Merkins
(Blue two laps) Back to 4-way stop + 5 Burpees

After approx. 5 rounds, recover at the 4-way intersection and dealer’s choice CORE until all PAX have finished their current round. Fast mosey back to the AO + 1 wagon wheel. Small jail break with Sunrise pushing me hard to the end!

Only at the Crossroads of Pain (aka the 4-way stop sign). If we had time or Waxjob had showed up I was going to end with “Row, row, row your boat” (boat / canoe) #easter-egg

21 HIMs FLEXing in the GLOOM!

This week Kick flip asked if my BOM would be a continuation of “Step Up!” from my Q Tuesday at #the-project
In some ways, this is true – we’ve been talking about FLEXing as you step things up. As you are making choices to Step Up, what is next? It’s FLEXing – but I’ll leave you wondering what this for another minute.

What do you think of when I say “FLEX”? Do you think of F3 workouts? “Bros” posing in a mirror for that IG pic? Do you think of “FLEX”ing on someone to show you’re the one in charge (your kids, your wife, your subordinates at work, or even coworkers who you feel [wrongly] are inferior in some way to you or are not as good as you are at something so you should get more respect) or even someone “FLEX”ing on you (your boss, a government official, etc.)? Jesus had a few words to say about the last kind of FLEXing:

Matthew 20:25-28 – 25 But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,[a] 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,[b] 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Jesus said to FLEX in the kingdom you have to get low. We don’t fight or live for this world as the place where Christ is making His kingdom come by force (yet- He will return), so here’s an acronym I have for you about FLEXing to help you remember how Christ wants us to flex now while we wait for His return:
Faithfulness – this is a big part of the continuation from “Step Up!” The PAX who get out there day-in and day-out are the ones who are doing the first part of being faithful. Be faithful in your job. Be faithful to your family. Be faithful in your repentance (don’t wait until you have a list of sins a mile long- God is RICH in mercy! and He is waiting for you as He did for The Prodigal Son)

Leadership – Jesus says for us to lead by example with the towel & basin. This means daily denying ourselves, laying down our lives, and obeying the things right in front of us and then AS God gives us roles and ways to lead others we walk humbly with surrender to Him as we know that He is holding us accountable for how we lead, teach, and care for others whom He has set under us for us to love and serve.

Endurance – F3 is such an easy analogy to share this with. The men I see each morning share different struggles and are (as I was reminded this week by a brother) all encouraged in different ways. This is true of your wives, your children, your friends, your pastors, and everyone else you meet. A passage that is constant encouragement for me in this area in particular is Hebrews 12:1-2.

X-factor: The Sovereignty of God – The belief and knowledge that God works ALL things for good (especially the “bad ones” is a way that no matter what has happened, or even especially through what has happened in my life and your life, that God is in control and He will bring to pass what He wills. I’m reminded of a quote from a book I’ve read several times now that quotes one of the Puritans saying “it may be better that one condition is more suitable for another”, meaning that God works in ways we do not (and should not expect to always) understand. He is trustworthy. He will see you through and is drawing you to Himself right now in the trial of adversity or the trial (yes trial) of prosperity. He is using all things to bring Himself glory and that is for your good.

So, how can we FLEX? We can’t do it in our own power but in Christ’s and seeing His example should encourage you and me to FLEX more and more:

Philippians 2:3-8Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[b] but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Made a special trip to Walmart, spent 20 minutes looking for chalk, had a lady help me find the chalk (got groceries too) then forgot the chalk at home… so I had to go back home. I showed up early this morning to see if it was going to rain and had a FLEXible plan if it did but it all worked out. And, as the F3 disclaimer says, I’d have modified as necessary if it hadn’t!

Sign up for the 2020 F3 Iron PAX challenge (Friday’s in September at JUCO as well as at Shamrock if you’re so-inclined too). Judge Judy returns next week (On Q next Friday). There are open Q’s so sign up for one (or ask me to co-q with you)!

Tuba’s family is moving tomorrow as well from Powell to Oak Ridge but he is out of town in the Reserves. Contact Booster to help him move (see Slack / GroupMe)