F3 Knoxville

Treebiscuit – Shamrock

✔ THE SCENE: It’s early

✔ F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Covid-19 as well as welcome


  • SSH
  • Mtn Climbers
  • Tennessee Rockin Chairs
  • Windmills
  • Cherry Pickers

Tree Biscuit – Shamrock:

As a group, Run to an un-slapped tree, slap it, everyone call out the running burpee total,  do A single burpee, repeat.

Minutiae (aka Rules):

  • A tree only gets tagged once.
  •  Scaling/Modification:
    • We travel as a pack, if you find yourself falling behind, skip a tree and burpee and keep moseying to catch up.  It’s more fun and less confusing to have the group stay together, especially when we alternate taggers.
    • Scaling is NOT cheating, it’s just scaling, no judgment here. You made it here and that’s enough.
    • We’re going to be zig-zagging all over campus so the better we can stay together the more we’ll be able to keep an accurate count and not leave people behind.  Plus it feels bad to tag a tree without everyone there doing it together.
  • Taggers + Number cadence
    • The tagger is the person closest to the nearest tree. They slap the tree and call out what the burpee running total is about to be. Similar to our cadence exercise routines, the whole group calls out the number and does a burpee.
    • The tagger is typically in the front of the pack, however since we are traveling in a mob fashion that’s not always true.
    • Similar to an indian run, each person should take turns being in front and tagging a tree. This makes the workout much more fun.  If you have already tagged several trees then just slowly fade back and let someone else tag the next one.
  • What’s a Tree:
    • We don’t do burpees for any old shrub. They have to be worthy. Trees should be about 6 inches around and 10 feet tall.
  • No Poison Ivy:
    • In an attempt to not to get too dirty and get poison ivy, we’ll pass trees that are surrounded by shrubs and tall grass. Luckily we are in a very well manicured park where most of the trees have nicely mowed grass leading up to them.
  • Terrain
    • We are going off road for sure.  The ground is very un-even around many of the trees. Be careful when running not to twist and ankle.  And don’t hit your face on a rock or root when doing a burpee in the dirt.
  • Volume
    • The louder you call out the number, the more you inspire your fellow brothers!
  • Milestones
    • At 50, 100, 150, 200 make sure the group catches up and circles around the tree, wait a few seconds. Do the burpee.  Celebrating these milestones adds to the encouragement factor.

It’s not about the numbers but in the spirit of healthy competition here they are:

Previous Tree biscuits from other AO’s

And Todays total

  • Shamrock – 216 – May 27, 2020


We burped until the clock ran out.

Circle of Men

1 corinthians 9:24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.


Sign up for Q’s!.  Mandolin on Friday.  Link to Q Cal List

Leg Day in the Dry

THE SCENE: Pouring rain when I woke up, but it cleared off before the beat down.  Mid 50’s and wet

Motivator from 8
Cherry pickers 5
Weighted arm circles forward/backward
Weighted candy corns 10
Tempo Merkins 10
Temps Squats 10
Burpees 5


Mosey to the church, where we can work under cover in case of rain
Find your own column, this is your workspace for the day
20 lunges hold a 30 second wall squat
reduce by 1 lunge each time, and maintain 30 seconds on the wall until we reduce all the way to 0
Take a short lap to loosen up the legs
Attempt Balls to the Wall Merkins
5 merkins feet on ground
5 merkins feet on wall
5 merkins with feet at 45 degrees
5 merkins near vertical with feet as high as possible, just hold plank if no merkins
5 each side, merkins with one hand on the column


20 BBS
20 LBC’s
20 Hello Dollies
20 Pickle Pounders
20 4 count flutters in cadence

We did this under cover where we worked out before heading back to the AO


God Sized Risks
Matthew 14:22-33
Peter took a risk, and when he fell, he reached for Jesus.

We should all take some faith based risks like Peter did when he walked on water.  When he lost faith, he started to sink and Jesus reached out to him.  We should follow Peter’s lead and be willing to go out on faith, to take that first step.  If we are following Jesus, and we trust him when he says “come”, then he will be there to catch us when we fall.

Pray for Willow (Cheat Sheet’s daughter)
Pray for Baby Boomer’s daughter as she has surgery today
Pray for Hooptie’s friend who lost his battle to cancer
Pray for Shawn, Commission’s friend who is celebrating one year of sobriety
We need HIM’s to step up and fill the Q calendar.
Coffeeteria will be Friday at Dunkin after Anchorman beats us down.

Shamrock – Put a stone under your brother

THE SCENE: Beautiful cool dry morning

Baby Arm Circles forward then backwards (IC) 4 CT x 15 each

Side Straddle hop (IC) 4 CT x 25

Flutter Kicks 25 – 4 count 

Twinkle Toes  (IC) 4 CT x 15

4×4’s  x5 OYO  Burpee into plank / 4 merkins / 4 single mountain climbers / up repeat

V-up roll up – x10 OYO BBS with a crunch in-between 


Mosey to Back Parking lot

12 stations – Marked 1-12. Do 1 rep then run to station 2 and do 2 reps and so on until you get to # 12. Each round completed = 78 reps. This course included 3 bear crawl segments per round for about 30’ each. We ran a total of 2.25 miles during the workout. 

Round 1 – Smurf Jacks

Round 2 – Diamond Merkins

Round 3 – 4-count American Hammers 

Round 4 – Squats

Round 5 – Burpees 


Think we did 35 –  4-count Freddie Mercurys
9 PAX – HalfSheet, Dogbite, Baby Boomer, Pringle, CheetSheet, Trolley, Mermaid, Anchorman, Jitters

Exodus 17

The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”

10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.

God chose Moses to be a faithful servant. 

Moses acted on that faith. 

I love the example of Aaron and Hur holding Moses’ arms up for probably at least 8 hours. 



The Shamrock Road

THE SCENE: Cool, low 40’s and clear
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER   It’s been so long I got the order wrong on F3, as a result we all did 5 burpees.

The Aforementioned 5 Burpees
Motivators from 5
Cherry Pickers (5)
Baby Arm Circles Forward (10)
Baby Arm Circles Backward (10)
Overhead Claps (10)
Moroccan Night Club  (10)


We broke the group of 20 into 5 smaller groups, and spread out to 5 stations that were marked around campus.

Station 1- The Shamrock Road
Perform 1 Burpee at every Shamrock that is painted on the ground (total 34)

Station 2 – Mosey to the circular wall with a statue
At the wall do 5 rounds of 20 dips followed by 20 Merkins

Station 3 – Mosey to the covered walkway at the Church
Perform 20 lunges followed by a 30 second wall squat
Perform 18 lunges followed by a 30 second wall squat
Perform 16 lunges followed by a 30 second wall squat
Perform 14 lunges followed by a 30 second wall squat
Perform 12 lunges followed by a 30 second wall squat
Mosey to Station 4 near Fox Lonas

Station 4 – “Detention Hill”
Perform 20 calf raises at the top of the hill, run to the bottom and do 20 squats, then ran back up the hill.
Repeat x 5

Station 5 – A/O Home of the Shovel Flag
20 BBS followed by 20 Merkins
20 LBC’s followed by 20 Merkins
20 Hello Dollies followed by 20 Merkins
20 Flutter Kicks followed by 20 Merkins
20 Box Cutters followed by 20 Merkins

Run to station 1 and repeat as time allows.  Every completed each station 1 time and at least began to repeat their “1st” station.

Included in station 5 of the workout.  Although Judge led us in seemingly endless pickle pounders until the last PAX returned to the A/O.
Add a tag for Half Sheet, 20 in attendance today.

Abscess spoke about growth of F3, Asulym, Juco, and how it spawned into Shamrock through the leadership of Booster & Judge Judy.  Mermaid spoke briefly about the origin of Shamrock after the Shovel Flag was passed to him.  St. Patrick is a Saint recognized by the Catholic Church.  He was a missionary to Ireland, and as legend has it, he used the Shamrock and it’s three leaves to teach the Irish people about the trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit).  F3 also has three branches (Fitness, Fellowship, & Faith).  I like the symbolism of the Shamrock, and it is a reminder to us, as it is found all over the campus.
Cheet Sheet’s Daughter
Mailbox’s coworker Steve and his battle with cancer
Gump & Spotter’s Mom and her battle with cancer
Pool Boy’s parents are both having surgery this week
The world, as we continue to deal with the ripple effects of Covid 19.

AMRAP Hundreds


Supposed to be clear skys… Everyone at home.


At Home workout challenge.


  • 100x SSH
  • 100x High Knees (single count)

The Thang: AMRAP of Hundreds

100 reps of a Legs, Core, and Arms exercises. For a boredom repellant get on a field with yard lines and progress to the next 10 yard line before starting the next 100 reps of an exercise.

  1. 100x squats
  2. 100x Freddy Mercuries (4 ct)
  3. 100x Merkins
  4. 100x Calf raises
  5. 100x LBCs
  6. 100x Shoulder taps
  7. 100x Lunges (50 each leg)
  8. 100x Hello Dollys
  9. 100x Carolina Dry Docks
  10. 100x High Knees
  11. 100x Big boy Sit ups
  12. 100x Seal Claps
  13. 100x SSH
  14. 100x Scissor Kicks
  15. 100x Overhead seal claps
  16. 100x Iron Mikes
  17. 100x Flutter Kicks
  18. 100x Dips (find a curb)


What? You want more?


I trust yall!


Wash up and often and early. Drink a ton of water. Always.