F3 Knoxville

The Crabby Bear Gut v2 (Strength in Weakness)

THE SCENE: Clear, cool, crisp.
I am not a professional and any likeness or similarities to a professional are purely coincidental and do not necessarily reflect the views of sane people.

  • High Knees + Merkins  (Herkins)
  • 5 Merkins + High Squat Jump (Berkins – or Merkin Burps)
  • Windmills
  • One speed round of the exercises (with demos and no bear crawls or crab walks) that are at each station of the main workout.

THA-THANG: The Crabby Bear Gut v2

35 Min A.m.r.a.p.  (5:40-6:15) of Light Pole Loop around parking lot.  Seven Light pole stations each with two exercises.  Do 50 reps of the exercise at each station.(single counts).  The first time around the loop you do exercise A and the second time around you do exercise B.

To get to each light pole alternate between bear crawling and crab walking.

Light Pole Station Exercises:

  • a. Crunches , b. Imperial Walkers
  • a. V-Ups  b. Flutter kicks
  • a. Cross Toe Touches  b. W’s (raised extended crunches)
  • a. American Hammers b. Peter Parkers
  • a. Supermans b. Scissor Kicks
  • a. Freddy Mercurys b.  Elbow Plank side raises.
  • a. Hello Dolly’s  b.

After seven light poles have been reached, climb the hill to the guard rail and do 5 reverse incline push ups and 5 incline push-ups.

No time for Mary. We all just finished one round (all the exercises = 2 loops = 14 exercises)


This weeks sermon at Fellowship Knoxville blew me away. The Gracious Gift of Affliction and Weakness Had to try and share some of the ideas of “power in weakness”.  It’s such a tough topic and hard to describe, akin to hitting a bullseye from 500 yards away, when the bullseye is a needle in a haystack.  In summary, do not shy away from your weaknesses, God will meet you in your attempts to address them. He will light the way and support you because He is awesome and because he is deeply invested in you and getting you through the tough valleys of humiliation and NOT AROUND THEM.   It worked also kind of like a good analogy for todays workout because we spent most of it on our hands and knees begging for mercy and strength as we crab walked and bear crawled for what seemed like miles.  But praise be to God, he met us, and we finished !! We could barely speak and were dizzy, but we all finished.

Boast in weakness

Search me and know me God, help me to work out any hurtful ways in me.

Almost my 1 year anniversary of my VQ

Best Way to Beat the Cold

THE SCENE: 20s – cold and crispy @ The Project (AKA, the ‘Kridge)

SSH, Tempo Squat, Merkins, BBS, 5 Burpees OYO, mosey to Playground

3 Rounds of 10 Pull-ups, mosey to Parallel Bars for 10 Dips – Then mosey to Amphitheater to hold Plank.

11’s: Boxjumps on Stage, Bernie Uphill to Platform for Squats. Hold Al Gore till the 6. Mosey to Library Parking Lot.

11’s: BBS on one end of Parking Lot/V-Ups on other end.

Mary? Mary who? Ain’t nobody got time for Mary today…

7 STRONG: Erector (AOQ), Boxcar (RESPECT-RESPECT), Chaco (RESPECT), Trolley (RESPECT), Samaritan, Rocket, Snaggletooth

Ephesians 1:5 – “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” (New Living Translation)

We are each chosen, loved sons of God through Jesus. It brings the Father great pleasure and delight to have chosen us, and to continue choosing us as his adopted sons. We belong to HIM and we have meaningful work to do with HIM (special task and mission for which we are specially chosen and fitted to accomplish) – all because we are chosen sons.


Inspired by the stories of guys at The Project and JUCO who have shared their journey of discovery and breakthrough as adoptees meeting their biological parents. They have a special grasp on God’s choosing of us.


Dark Muddy Hills

THE SCENE: Cold, dark, muddy.

i am not, but I know I AM.

No cadence, no transition, silent, continuous as called out.

  • SSH
  • merkins
  • LBC
  • Burpees
  • High Knees
  • merkins
  • ssh
  • Windmills
  • Leg lifts

Mosey to Stadium (via parking lot sprints)

Dark Muddy Hills:
Four rounds of

  • 50 Merkins on cement before tree
  • Do this to the tree up the muddy hill. (Round 1 -Lunge | Round 2, Broad Jump | 3 – Bear Crawl | 4 -Frog Jump )
  • Do this at the tree ( Round 1 – 50 LBC | Round 2 – 50 Hello Dolly | Round 3 – 50 Leg Extension Crunches | Round 4 – 50 Freddy Mercury
  • Run back down to cement and advance to in between the tree (lane, slot, place, location)
  • 10 second break, then sprint up the hill to the tree line (beyond the first row of trees) (sprinting two hills basically)


  • 10 LBC
  • 10 Hello Dolly
  • 10 Leg Extension Crunches
  • 10 Freddy Mercurys’
  • 10 Burpees

9 Hims braved the cold dark muddy hills today.
Life is often filled with cold dark muddy hills that we don’t understand. Luckily we know the Creator who does understand it all. The most brutal of these cold dark hills can be our marriages – the closest most vulnerable and possibly most damaging relationships we have. Luckily again, our Good God is in control. I don’t know how it all works but when I invite him into the cold dark mud, he shines a warm light. I don’t know if I’ve ever “escaped” a cold muddy hill by calling on the Lord, but I do know that when I have called on him he has somehow leveled the hill, or allowed me to walk when I had nothing left to give. The mud this morning was 32 degrees and dark and very wet and slippery. We ran up it, in it, and down it. We did merkins in the valleys, we touched the trees at the top. I pray the Good Lord Jesus gives you strength to frog jump, bear crawl, lunge, or however possible, get up the cold slippery hill that you are climbing today. Whether it’s a tough boss, job, cousin, kid, wife, or struggle with the enemy against temptation. Fight the good fight, call upon Jesus, I believe you’ll find that he’ll jump right into the neck high mud with you. He’ll warm it up a little, he’ll lift your head, he’ll light the way, and get you going!

Hardship hill comin.


THE SCENE: Low 50s and damp.

(IC) – SSHs, Tennessee Rocking Chair, Cherry Pickers, Windmill
Mosey to CMU pile by loading dock, stopping halfway for some Burpee Broad-Jumps.

Perform the following exercises using CMU (except Monkey Humpers):

  • Monkey Humpers x30
  • CMU Squats x30
  • CMU Swings x30
  • CMU Curls x30
  • CMU Overhead Press x30
  • CMU Calve Raises x30
  • CMU Bent Over Rows x30
  • 10 Burpees (cash out)
  • Short Distance Run and back

Repeat rounds with amounts descending to x25, x20, 15, x10, x5 for each main exercise. Burpees and Run remain same.

Mosey to Large Parking Lot.  Partner up at line.  One partner runs length of parking lot while other is on six doing Freddy Mercuries at line.  When Partner returns from run, he locks arms underneath sitting partner, performs rescue carry/drag approx. 15 yards to next parking line, roles  repeatedly switch until teams make the length of parking lot.
9 strong
QIC shared a story of being at Salsarita’s with his daughters and noticing all of the soda selections.  Point was made that only water truly quenches someone’s thirst.  Similarly, there are many options out there when it comes to “religion” but only one person can quench the thirst that is inside all of us for “something more”:  Jesus Christ who provides living water.

QIC shared an excerpt from a 60 minutes interview of Tom Brady back in 2005 where Brady stated his concern and exhaustion of constantly struggling with the thought that something more has to be out there for him but he doesn’t know what the answer is (even though he has everything: super bowl rings, married to a super-model, etc.).  The answer is Jesus.  We all have something inside of us that seeks and needs Him and are condemned, un-reconciled to God without him. Those of us that are in Christ know the peace and assurance that we have.  There is no struggle to find something more, His “yoke is easy and His burden is light.”  He is everything, the only essential in life, the only thing that will quench our soul’s thirst.
Special thanks to Spotter for being present for the Pre-Ruck.


Ode to Bagger/Copyright Infringement

THE SCENE: 43 degrees. Perfect weather!

10x Cherry Pickers, 20xLBAC Forward/Backward, 10xTempo Merkins, 10xTempo Squats

Chumbaburpee! – Performed to the song “Tubthumping” by Chumbawampa. Perform SSH for the entirety of the song and perform a burpee every time the song says “I get knocked down”. There’s no doubt we were all warm after this!


Paying homage to Bagger at the first Q since he left, I copied my favorite workout that he Q’ed

Mosey to JUCO Lake.  Do a Burpee Mile (12 Burpees followed by 1 Lap around the lake x 4) JUCO Lake is close to a half mile so it ended up being the Burpee Double Mile.

Mosey to large West side parking lot.

4 Corners of Fun

At each corner of the parking lot do:

  • 20 Merkins
  • 20 Big Boys
  • 40 Mountain Climbers
  • 5 Burpees

Mosey back towards AO

No time today
9 HIMs got better today


What’s your legacy?  Today marked one year since my grandmother passed away. She was an amazing Christian woman who was always looking to help others. When I think of the legacy that she left behind, I think of being a humble servant. My grandma was 80 years old when she passed away, still push mowed her one-acre yard, made meals every Tuesday for the shut-ins at church, went on mission trips to Honduras every year, and much more. She never let her age, and sometimes her health, get in the way of serving others. She was a remarkable woman and example to our family.

Shoutout to the PreRuck crew Jude Judy and Spotter and Erector for the PreRun.
Wesley House workout tonight. Launch of the Quaken AO on Friday AM.