F3 Knoxville


THE SCENE: Insert info about the weather, etc.


  • Welcome to F3: Fitness – Fellowship – Faith
  • My name is Steam and I’ll be your Q this morning
  • Thanks for being out here this rainy morning
  • Few things before we begin:
    • I’m not a professional
    • You’re here on your own volition – you’re here on purpose.
    • I don’t know any injuries you may or may not have, so if you need to modify anything we do this morning feel free to do so BUT PUSH YOURSELVES AND THE MEN AROUND YOU. They deserve it and so do you.
    • Any FNGs?


  • SSH: 30 x 1
    • Merkin: 15 x 1
    • Squat: 15 x 1
  • SSH: 30 x 1
    • Rockette: 15 x 1
    • Imperial Walkers: 15 x 1
  • SSH: 30 x 1


(Not Raining – WFP Amphitheater)

[ Downgrade ]

  • Run to top of Amp
    • 30 Pull-Ups/Chin-Ups
  • Run around to the stage
    • 25 incline merkins
  • Run to top of Amp
    • 20 Pull-Ups/Chin-Ups
  • Run around to the stage
    • 15 incline merkins
  • Run to top of Amp
    • 10 Pull-Ups/Chin-Ups
  • Run around to stage
    • 5 incline merkins
  • Recover on stage

***Starts pouring outside***

[ 30 On/10 off ]

  • 30 down/up incline merkins on the stage
    • 10 seconds of rest
  • Rinse & Repeat 3x

(Mosey out in the rain underneath the bridge)

[ It Pays To Be A Winner Part 1 ]

  • 2 teams against each of the 2 walls under the bridge
  • Teams bear crawl to the ruck in the middle – execute 1 burpee – bear crawl back
  • Rinse and repeat adding 1 burpee every time until you complete 5 burpees
  • 1st team done picks the exercise the losing team does in the rain
    • 30 Big Boy Sit-Ups in the rain (both teams do it)

(Mosey in the rain to the other side of the bridge)

  • 2 teams form up – 1 on the wall – 1 on the curb
  • Wall Team: 10 5 Second Squat Slaps
    • Drop down to a wall squat
    • hold for 5 seconds
    • slap the ground
    • back up = 1
  • Curb Team: 10 dips + rotating forearms
    • 10 dips
    • hold the dip position
    • rotate arms and palms from front to back until the other team is done
  • Rinse and Repeat 2x

(Mosey right out of from under the bridge to the water facing the WFP field

  • Men are on their backs on the concrete slab where the water is, head hanging over (water was low), feet extended
  • 30 x 4 flutter kicks in cadence

(Mosey back to the AO)


Double Quarter Pounder

  • 4 core Xs – all 25 reps on a 4 count
    • Flutter Kicks
    • LBCs
    • Cockroaches
    • Box Cutters
  • Finish off with 30 1-count SSHs and 2 good burpees from every man


13 PAX – No FNGs



  • “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke


tightrope walking

THE SCENE: 66* and a little muggy, perfect sweat angel weather
Shoulder taps x15
OH Claps x15
Merkins x10
Hillbilly’s x12
Tempo squats x12
SSH x15
Mosey out of the start point towards parking lot, make a left and head towards Broadway.  Didn’t have to wait long at the light, crossed over Broadway and through the Commercial Bank parking lot over to the back parking lot of Regions Bank.

Four cones spaced out in the parking lot, paying homage to Magic Mic’s beatdown at BB from last week.

Round 1: Lunge walk between cones, perform jump squats at cones increasing reps 4, 6, 8, 10.  Mosey back
Round 2: Crawl bear between cones, perform merkins at cones increasing reps 5, 10, 15, 20. Mosey back
Round 3: Frog jump (hands must touch ground) between cones, perform (someone said you like) burpees at cones increasing reps 2, 4, 6, 8.  Mosey back.

10 count breath snagger and then mosey up Lynnwood Drive a few buildings until we reach the parking lot with the coupons.  Everyone grab a rock, start the music up and run through as many rounds as you can in 10 minutes.

  • Boulder squats x15
  • Curls x20
  • OH Press x20
  • Rock swap merkins x10
  • Run at 80% pace to the brick wall and return.  Lather rinse repeat until timer goes off.

Quick mosey back down Lynnwood to the Regions parking lot again and circle up.  Amazon style swapper, two exercises back and forth with no rest between, decreasing reps each round.  Also, a different PAX leads the round each time.  Rep counts were 10, 7, 5 for each exercise.

  • Four count merkins
  • Tempo squats

Mosey back the way we came, through the bank parking lot and back across Broadway to the church parking lot to finish up.

American hammers x15
Flutters x10
10 Strong: Duggar, Swanson, PDA, Filter, SpaceX, Magic Mic, Walrus, Herbie, Puck, Abort
I asked if anyone knew who Karl Wallenda or Nik Wallenda are, which Filter did (I forgot your Applebee’s trivia gift card).  Karl Wallenda was a pretty famous tightrope walker who began his career in the 20s.  The Ringling Brothers added him to their circus, and he helped create some crazy stunts including the pyramid of people walking on a tightrope (which did kill a few members of his team in one accident).  Karl was killed as well while attempting to walk between two hotels in Puerto Rico.

Later on, his great grandson went back to the same spot and accomplished the walk.  Funny enough, earlier this year he walked 1800′ across an open volcano that took him over 31 minutes to cross.  Why would someone go back to the spot that killed their ancestor and attempt the same thing?  Legacy.  He wanted to keep the family legacy alive.  I hope that I am capable of something that will inspire someone else to come behind me and repeat, or even elevate to another level.  And I sincerely hope if I can that its something worthy of being referred to as legacy.

Make It Count

THE SCENE: Cool, calm and collected

SSH IC x 20

Tempo Squats x 10

Manly Arm Circles IC x 10 forward and backwards

Tempo Merkins x 8

Tempo Lunges x 5 each side

Mountain Climbers IC x 10
1) Ran to get a coupon, then walking lunges x 50 yards (approx)

2) 20-15-10

  • Run a set of stairs at Big Ball
  • 20 Hand Release Merkins
  • 20 Squat Press with Coupon
  • 20 Mountain Jumpers
  • Run 2 sets of stairs at Big Ball
  • 15 Hand Release Merkins
  • 15 Squat Press with Coupon
  • 15 Mountain Jumpers
  • Run 3 sets of stairs at Big Ball
  • 10 Hand Release Merkins
  • 10 Squat Press with Coupon
  • 10 Mountain Jumpers

3) Make It Count

Broad Jump approx 25 yards and count how many jumps it takes.  That number is used for the circuit

  • Squat 3x your number
  • Squat Jump 2x your number
  • Step Jumps x your number
  • Run a lap


Told a little about my story of my volunteer trip to Guatemala to build schools in 2014.  The big thing I noticed was that the community there had very little.  Very little clean water, not much food, cramped living conditions, rundown classrooms, etc.  But what they did have was gratitude, smiles, kindness and community.  They made us volunteers feel appreciated.  Like we were rockstars.  They treated us like friends.  Over in the U.S. we often don’t have that.  We have complaining and fighting and negativity.  Remember all that you do have to be grateful for.  Be neighborly and be kind to people.  Smile and say hello.


Say Hello To My Little Friends

THE SCENE: Low 70’s & clear
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER Normal disclaimer + Covid 19

Motivator from 5
High Knees
Cherry Pickers (SLOW)
Baby Arm Circles forward/backward x 10
Mosey to the abnormally large pile of CMU’s, and everyone was instructed to grab 2 each.  We farmer carried the blocks around campus while stopping to do exercises, all exercises included the use of at least one CMU.  The exercises included the following: Shrugs, curls, tri extensions, deep merkins pushing the chest below your hands while on the blocks, blockees, wall squats, squats, lunges, calf raises, dips, squat thrusters, big boy sit ups, hello dollies, flutter kicks, bent rows, and maybe a few more, but you get the gist.  After carrying those CMU’s everyone was exhausted and most forearms were shot.

No specific mary, as we made it back to the AO at 0615, but the flutter kicks in cadence to 40, with a cinder block over your head made up for the lack of mary at the end.
21 HIM’s would be the record in attendance for Shamrock.  We had 21 for an OTB before we became official.  Add tags for GI Jane & Curry.
Popovich, 71, said it’s up to white people to step up — “no matter what the consequences” — and help lead the charge for change.

I read the full article over the weekend, click the text above for a link to the full article.  The quote I shared this morning gave me lots to think about over the weekend.  Too many times in my life, I witnessed things and decided, that is not my fight, I am staying out of it.  Simple things like an off color joke at work, where it is easier to laugh, than the say that is wrong.  The inequality in the way women are treated, the way acquaintances talk down about others, whatever the example, and there are many, its easier to go with the flow.  With a little maturity, and a stronger backbone, I am tired of letting things go.  I still have to decide which battles I want to fight, but as a father, I want to set an example for my kids, I want to teach them to stand up to bullies, and to not be afraid to take a stand.

I shared two stories from last week.  One, where my Muslim neighbor called my black neighbor the N word.  Both kids are in 4th grade, and surely the aggressor didn’t understand the gravity of the use of that word in general, but especially in the current climate surrounding the protests that have risen up from the George Floyd murder.  In my mind, this wasn’t my fight, but I have to say, I love my neighbor.  He wasn’t home and I would want him to stand up for my daughter, so I went in search of the boy.  The boy and I have had a total of three of these conversations over the course of a couple of years, and I tried to explain, firmly, why his behavior was unacceptable.  Who knows what the future holds, but I anticipate having many more of these conversations in the future, by the way talking to the parents doesn’t help sadly, I have tried that too.  The point is, my kids saw me set the example of what is right and wrong, my neighbor saw that I had his back and was willing to defend his daughter, and this boy was reprimanded and held accountable to his actions.  I am not saying I was right, but I determined that being silent was the wrong action.

Later in the week, I had one co worker tell another coworker that she owed him a lap dance.  They have known each other a long time, and it was an obvious joke, but again, it isn’t right.  That was also something that for a myriad of reasons can not be ignored.  So, on a Friday afternoon, I had to call out a 60 year old man for being out of line.  As a leader, we have to set the example and call out those whose actions are reprehensible.  I am not the fun police, but sometimes that is the consequence.  Somethings just aren’t funny.

Being silent is being complicit.  If you witness these situations and do nothing, then like George Floyd’s death, the bystander police officers allowed a man to die by taking no action.  It is time that we as HIM’s stand up to injustice.  That doesn’t mean you have to go to rallies and protests, but simply taking a stand opposed to taking no action speaks volumes.

Galatians 3:28, NIV: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” …   We are all the same in the eyes of Jesus, and he lived that.  He was radical, in his appeal to Jews, Greeks, women, outcasts, the unclean, etc.  There was no demographic that was untouchable to Jesus.  If he is our example, then we need to follow him and be the voice of Jesus.  It is simply about loving others, let’s don’t over complicate things.  As Popovich says let’s lead the charge for change.

Pray for Nicole, Anchorman’s friend, Pray for Cheat sheet’s daughter Willow, and pray for the world.
Sign up for Q’s

7’s and 11’s

THE SCENE: Perfect – Upper 50’s, clear skies

SSH x 15, Arm Circles x 10 forwards and backwards, Shoulder Taps x 10, Michael Phelps, Tempo Squats x 10, Cherry Pickers x 5

  • Sunsphere: 11’s – Pull ups at the bottom on the Sunsphere and Edward Scissor Legs at the top of the stairs
  • Bridge over Cumberland: 7’s – Big Boy Sit Ups at the start of the bridge, bear crawl across, Sumo Squats at the end of the bridge, bear crawl back
  • Parking Lot: 11’s – Merkins at one end of lot, Carolina Dry Docks at the other end
  • Field by the Fountains: Partnered up, one partner started bear crawling across field while the other did 5 body builders then ran and caught up to bear crawler. After catching up, swap roles

Talked about how in Jeremiah 29 God tells the Israelites, before being taken into slavery by the Babylonians, to build houses, plant gardens, eat of their fruit, get married, and pray on behalf of the city you’re being taken to. So essentially, instead of sitting around and waiting for liberation, God told His people to live well in captivity while also looking forward to freedom. With this quarantine I’ve done the exact opposite. I’ve sat around and moped and waited until things get better rather than tried to make the most of the season the Lord has us in. So my encouragement for us this morning was, even though we’re transitioning back to normal slowly, to be thinking of how we can live well right now in quarantine rather than sit around and just wait for things to be better