F3 Knoxville

Tree Biscuit – The Quacken

THE SCENE: Warm 83
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Covid-19 as well as welcome
WARM-O-RAMA: SSH, Windmills, Cherry Pickers, Phelps, Big Arm Circles

The Tree Biscuit

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


  • A tree only gets tagged once
  • Scaling/Modification: Skip a burpee if you need to but stay with the pack always.
  • Taggers: Be sure to take turns tagging/slapping a tree
  • In Cadence: The group also calls out the running total, not just the tagger. The tagger calls it out first though. the louder the better.
  • What’s a Tree: Don’t waste time & energy on shrubs – skip the shrubs – tag the trees
  • No Poison Ivy: Pass trees that are surrounded by shrubs, ivy, waist high grass.
  • Terrain:  Be careful when running not to twist and ankle – trees have lots of bumpy roots around them.  And don’t hit your face on a rock or root when doing a burpee in the dirt.
  • 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

In the interest of more burpees, “the Mary” is skipped.

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.

Announcements :

Rain Plans

THE SCENE: Lower 70’s, started with a drizzle ended with a downpour

SSH, Arm Circles, Shoulder Taps, Tempo Squats, Rockettes
Went to the coupon pile by L&N and got ourselves a brick. Moseyed with our bricks over to the 11th street garage. Here we had 4 cones spaced out on the opposite end of the garage. We did suicides, running to the 1st cone and back, then to the 2nd cone and 1st cone and back, and so on til we hit all 4. Each cone had an exercise assigned to it.

  • Round 1 (with our rocks): Cone 1= 15 curls, 2= 15 tricep extensions, 3= 15 shoulder presses, 4= 15 goblet squats
  • Round 2 (without our rocks): Cone 1= 15 LBCs, 2= 15 Merkins, 3= 15 American Hammers (4ct.), 4= 15 Hand Release Merkins
  • Intermission: Took a break from suicides with 1 minute wall sits, 5 reps of slow merkins, then another minute of wall sits and 5 more reps of slow merkins
  • Rinse and Repeat: We did all the above one more time through

Ran back to under the bridge, did some flutterkicks and grasshoppers, ended with the word there and then took our rocks back

Mr. Wedgie talked about being a bit of an overplanner at the Quacken yesterday. I had been reading Proverbs earlier and one of my favorite verses that Wedgie reminded me of is “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps” (Prov. 16:9) I think this can often sound like “My plans are useless because at the end of the day God decides what happens”, but the accurate way to hear this is “my plans succeed because the Lord allows them to”. My campus ministry has made all sorts of plans to accommodate for the restrictions on campus in order for us to continue to minister to UT students, but at any point in the future we could be told to limit our numbers even more, to no longer meet on or near campus, or that we aren’t even allowed to come to campus at all. So right now we’ve been spending a lot of time praying about and reminding ourselves that our plans are worth pursuing, but that should our plans change we should be content and remember that the Lord is still sovereign. So I encouraged all of us to continue to put effort and thought into our plans, but to hold onto them open handed and be willing to see them change

Practice Makes Permanent: Big Ball Edition

THE SCENE: Sunny, clear, mid 70’s

SSH, Arm Circles, Michael Phelps, This and That, Tempo Squats, Cherry Pickers
For the workout we did one minute of each of the following exercises, with a short break after each exercise. I encouraged all of us to spend that minute focused on performing each exercise with as close to perfect form as possible, not worrying about how many reps we got done. Better to do 10 perfect push ups than 20 half hearted ones here.

  • Amphitheater: 1 minute of: Burpees, Incline Merkins, Decline Merkins, Inverted Rows
  • Bridge: 1 minute of: Bear Crawl Toe Taps across the bridge
  • Parking Lot Rock Pile: 1 minute of: Curls, Shoulder Press, Tricep Extensions, then all three combined. Then after a short break, 1 minute of: Curls, Shoulder Press, Tricep Extensions
  • Ramp Up to Park: Everyone grabbed a partner that would push them, someone about the same speed as them. Then in pairs we did 10 merkins, 10 big boys, followed by a near-sprint run up the ramp
  • Parking Lot Near Church: 1 minute of: Squats, American Hammers, Lunges, LBCs
  • Bridge1 minute of: Bear Crawl Toe Taps and Big Boys
  • Amphitheater: 1 minute of : inverted rows, Decline Merkins, and Incline Merkins
  • Road Next To Event Lawn: Got back with our partners for 10 merkins, 10 big boys and a near-sprint run back to the AO

Recycled my word from a workout at the Quacken

I was reminded not too long ago of a coach I had in high school who would always say to us “Practice doesn’t make perfect, practice makes permanent. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” If we spend every workout doing rushed, poor-formed exercises then we’re only training ourselves to continue to do rushed, poor-formed exercises. That mentality applies to the rest of our lives as well. If we approach our families, marriages, churches, jobs, etc. with rushed, poor-formed actions we’re only cultivating flawed families, marriages, churches, jobs, etc. So not only in our workouts, but also in our lives as well, lets all focus on going through the entire motion, digging deep, taking the time to do things right, and training ourselves to do the right thing, since we know that practice makes permanent, not perfect.
Workday next Saturday, Swanson’s got the details. Welcome to Boss Hog.

My Biceps Are Screaming

THE SCENE: Perfect morning. Low 80’s, low humidity. Stayed in the shade

1. Shoulder circuit (no rest):
– 15 manly arm rotations forward + backward
– 15 Moroccan night clubs
– 15 shoulder taps
– 15 OH claps
– 15 shoulder taps
– 15 Moroccan’s
– 15 manly arm rotations backward + forward
2. Cobra merkins
3. Little bit of…
4. Tempo Squats
5. Rockettes

Mosey past amphitheater and stop on pedestrian bridge over Cumberland

17 burpees, 13 3-pt situps
Crawl bear bridge
17 burpees, 13 3-pt situps
Bear crawl bridge
Calf raises (3 ways) 7-7-7

Mosey to rock pile parking lot beside river & grab large coupon

Biceps (3 ways) – 7-7-7 …. 3 sets
Shoulders (3 ways) – 7-7-7 …. 3 sets
Back (3 ways) – 7-7-7 … 3 sets
Combine all of it for 1 set of 7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7

Take coupon to 1 end of parking lot by river:

25 curls, sprint to other end 5 burpees, recovery jog back
20 curls, sprint, 4 burpees, recovery jog
5 curls, sprint, 1 burpee, recovery jog

Grab coupon again

13 thrusters (2 sets)
13 good mornings with rock finishing overhead

Return coupon. Mosey back to AO

No time….people were dying

Be kind. Don’t be a d-bag. Cut out the BS in your life.
Insert any personal comments, notes, devotion content, etc.
Insert information about upcoming events, 2nd or 3rd F opportunities, and any other announcements.

Cards at the Quacken

THE SCENE: Hot and humid
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER – Welcome to F3, Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith.  I’m Duggar and I am not a professional.  You’re here because you decided to be here and you know your limitations.  Modify where necessary.  

A little baby arm circles, SSH’s, tempo squats and tempo merkins

Mosey to parking lot at Gresham for a little card game.

  • Hearts = run to stop sign and back
  • Diamonds = Diamond merkins
  • Clubs = 4 ct flutter kicks
  • Spades = squats
  • #2-9 = add 10 to the number for # of reps
  • #10 and face cards are 10 = add 10 to those making them 20 reps
  • Any Ace – 10 burpees

Then a few rounds of pattycake Merkins with a battle buddy.

Mosey back to parking lot close to where we parked for Mary
Finished up with a couple of rounds of Ring of Fire (squats and Merkins)
A phrase stood out to me while reading Galatians chapter 1.  “Bear one another’s burdens”  We need to be ready to help one another during trials and troubles.  As we push each other each day let’s also be ready to pick up someone’s load who needs an extra hand.

Insert information about upcoming events, 2nd or 3rd F opportunities, and any other announcements.