F3 Knoxville

Doing Squat

THE SCENE: Neutral

Cherry Pickers, SSH, Tennessee Rocking Chair, Tempo Merkins, Tempo Squats

Mosey to large west side parking lot.

Perform 3/4 quarter pounder with exercises performed at three different light poles across the parking lot. Sprint to first light pole and perform 25 merkins, bernie back. Sprint to second light pole and perform 50 squats, bernie back. Sprint to third light pole and perform 75 SSH, bernie back.

Mosey back to the coupon pile while performing 3 burpees at every sign along the way. (45ish burpees total)

Grab a coupon and mosey over to stadium hill.

Perform 25 reps of CMU exercises at the bottom and 25 squats at the top of the hill for three rounds:

  • Curls
  • OHP
  • Tricep Extensions

Put the coupons back and mosey over to the courtyard.

Perform 20 box jumps/step ups, 20 squats, & 20 lunges before sprinting around the sidewalk in the grass courtyard. After each round, increase the distance of your sprint by running down to the next cut through in the courtyard. Performed three full rounds.

Mosey back to the AO.

No time.

21 HIMs
Discussed the story of Job. He had everything taken away from him due to nothing he himself did. However, Job refused to give up on God. Job’s three friends come to him three different times with some not so great advice. 

It’s easy for us to think we know what the answer to other’s problems is and to inadvertenly offer some not so great advice ourselves. Job’s friends had no idea why Job was in the predicament he was in, but made their own assumptions and gave advice based on those. Let’s strive to understand that we do not always see the full picture when others are struggling and we may have a different perspective than they do.

The one piece of advice that we can always give with 100% certainty is to look to God for strength and support.

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

Dora Day on Sophomore Hill

THE SCENE:  60 degrees &perfect in the gloom

  • Cherry Pickers (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Side Straddle Hops (IC) X 20
  • Baby Arm Circles Forward X 10 followed by Michael Phelps
  • Baby Arm Circles Backward X 10 followed by Michael Phelps
  • Tempo Squats (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Diamond merkins X 20
  • Hand release merkins X 20
  • Mosey to Sophomore Hill


Sophomore Hill at Fitness Center – Up & Downs – Partner Workout – One partner worked while the other ran up & down the hill.  Switched every lap.

  • 50 burpees
  • 100 BBS
  • 200 Merkins
  • 300 Squats

Behind Maintenance Building – Coupon Pile

  • 25 Overhead Press
  • 25 Curls
  • 25 Bentover Rows
  • Rinse & repeat for 2-3 rounds
  • Mosey to AO


  • Calf Raises (for 2 minutes)
  • Flutterkicks (IC X 20)
  • Pickle Pounder Pops (IC X 30)


15 HIMs including Southerland from F3 Cleveland, Ohio who was in town due to a death in his family.


In the movie, “The American President” the president, played by Michael Douglass says:

“America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You’ve gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.” You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Now show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then you can stand up and sing about the land of the free.”

Tonight, 500 or so students will graduate from Hardin Valley Academy.  Some of them are going to kneel during the national anthem with one possibly being my daughter. One of her best friends is black and my daughter has seen her being discriminated against because of the color of her skin. I’m all for a peaceful protest but do not believe it should be during the national anthem. I’m not sure what will happen but my daughter & I are going to discuss it today.

Our country is so divided & people can’t seem to respectfully “agree to disagree” when we don’t agree on some issue. Our society has lost its ability to have a civil conversation about what’s important to us & respect someone because they disagree.

The solution starts with us. Each of us needs to stand up for what we believe while being civil & loving our neighbor. That doesn’t mean we don’t say what we think but say it with respect for the other person. Our world needs us to listen, lead & love now more than ever.

John 15:13 ESV / 78   Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Matthew 22:37-40 ESV /  And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

“…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14


CSAUP on July 18

Fibonacci Unity

THE SCENE: Upper 60s. Dew on the ground. Fibonacci about to happen
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER – Administered + cell phone check

IC Moroccan Night Club x 10
IC Imperial Squat Walker x 10
IC Hillbillies (thanks to Kick-Flip for introducing me to this one!)
OYO Lunges in Place x 5 each leg
IC Tempo Merkin x 7
IC Tennessee Rocking Chair x 10
OYO Flying Squirrel x 5
IC Dancing Bear x 10

THA-THANG: Fibonacci time!

Mosey toward coupon pile. Stop along the way to do some exercises and build up the current Fibonacci number (start with 0 and add the previous two numbers together to get the current one)

  • 0 Star Gazers, 0 Fartsacks
  • 1 ea x Burpee, Donkey Kick
  • 1 ea x Squat Jump, Jumping Spider (0 + 1 = 1)
  • 2 ea x Burpees, Donkey Kicks (1 + 1 = 2)
  • 3 ea x BBS, Flutter Kicks (IC) (1 + 2 = 3)

Upon arrival at the CMU pile, each PAX grabbed a CMU and did:

  • 5’s Heavy American Hammers (bottom of the steps), Pull-ups at the top

Mary at the end fro PAX who finish before the 6.
After 5’s, mosey to Freshman Hill

  • 8’s with CMU’s: Monkey-humping goblet squat (leave CMU at bottom of the hill), Bobby Hurley’s (at the top of the hill)

Q cut this short as it was brutal and we returned the CMU’s to their home. Mosey to the newer back parking lot beside Sophomore Hill

  • 13’s next: (Air) Thrusters (originally planned to be at Freshman Hill with CMU’s), LBC’s

Mosey to other parking lot.

  • 21 each: Single count dancing bears, single count merkins

Mosey to other half of parking lot.

  • 34 each: Merkins, single leg calf raises

Mosey to AO with just enough time for 30 seconds of pickle pounders (and even invented a new exercise – the pickle jumper where forearms stay on the ground but toes come off the ground when hips are elevated)
9 men at the beatdown but 9 men built up.

COT also added 10 yes TEN guys for JUCO Rush).

All HIMs. Not a Fibonacci number but maybe next time we can get to 55 (the next Fibonacci number)
Guardrail sent me a text ~2 months ago asking me what I’d been working to memorize lately. I’d been slacking on Romans 15:1-7 but I determined that week I’d memorize it. It’s been an encouragement to me since then:

15 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” 4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

We live in such a time of division. There’s so much information out there. But we can be unified in bearing with the failings of the weak (and admitting when we are weak so our brothers can do this for us). We can choose to bear with those failings (meaning it will be harder for us) and letting whatever scorn and reproach fall on us, remembering that Jesus did it for us. Then as we spend time in the Word, the things that were written in former days, we will endure and be encouraged from those and THAT will give us to glorify God with one voice as a barbershop quartet or a magnificent choir ends on the same note and you get goosebumps from the sound. That is how God will work in and through us as we do these things.

Praise for Guardrail’s daughter’s stomach issues being able to be treated with medication. Continued prayer for Jitters Dad (Stem Cell treatment begins this week) and Spotter & Gump’s mom (doing well but still undergoing chemo). Pray for Butterknife’s vasectomy on Friday.

Sign up for a Q or ask me or another PAX to co-Q with you. F3 is about ISI (Proverbs 27:17) and as HIM’s we are called to humbly lead.


THE SCENE: 60s and misty


Cherry Pickers x7 (IC), Windmills x7 (IC), Tempo Squats x7 (IC), Tempo Merkins x7(IC)
Divide PAX  (24) into 3 teams.  Mosey to bottom of Mt. Juconte.  Three stations separated by a comfortable distance.  Each team starts at a different station.  Teams rotate stations (1-2-3) every time station 1 is completed.  Stations:

  • Station 1 (cardio) – Mosey up Juconte, 3 Burpees at every tree (21 Burpees total). When complete, mosey to Station 2 and bump that team to Station 3.
  • Station 2 (core) – At one cone perform 100 LBCs, Frog Jump to next cone and perform 100 Flutters. Repeat until Station 1 team is done. When “bumped” by Station 1 team, mosey to Station 3 and bump that team to Station 1.
  • Station 3 (strength) – 6 trees in the median.  Teams work their way up one side performing 10 merkins at every tree, then back down the other side performing 10 squats at every tree. Repeat until bumped to Station 1.

Each team got to do each Station twice.  Mosey back to shovel flag parking lot.

JELLY ARMS/JELLY LEGS – (ARMS) PAX hold six inches for time, then perform reps of merkins as called by the Q (three rounds), PAX hold an Al Gore for time, then perform reps of squats as called by the Q (three rounds).

MARY:  Freddy Mercury (assist from Erector – thanks, dude!), Flutter Kicks

24 HIM

Words are powerful.  God says so.  Throughout the Bible we see a constant theme where gossiping, talking too much, and careless mouths are warned against.  This is something that I struggle with.  It is very easy to get sucked into gossip, especially if it’s true.  But does truth matter when we are using our words to tear someone down? Let’s look at Scripture:

Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue has the power of life and death”

Ephesians 4:29 “Let no unwholesome talk come our of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their deeds, that it may benefit those who listen”

Exodus 23:1 “Do not spread false reports”

James 1:26 “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves”

Proverbs 10:19 “Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues”

Proverbs 11:9 “With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors”

Proverbs 16:28 “A perverse person stirs up conflict”

Psalm 141:3 “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips”

As you can see, the Lord treats our words and the intent behind them very seriously, even if what we are saying is true.  I would encourage each of you to consider your words wisely, use them to build others up (even if we “feel” they deserve to be torn down).  There is a lot of wisdom in keeping our mouths shut, living a quiet existence and letting our actions speak for us.  There have been so many times in my 39 years I’ve wished I could take something I said back.  Be mindful of what you speak and learn to tame the tongue.


Prayers for Kick-Flip and his family.  We are with you, brother.  Psalm 34:18 “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”

Sign-up for meal train for Farragut mother and son.


THE SCENE: It didn’t rain on our parade…

20 Side straddle hops in cadence, 10 arm rotations in cadence forward, 10 arm rotations in cadence reverse 10 merkins in cadence, 10 cherry pickers in cadence, 10 burpees


Mosie in 2 single file lines to the Library for core work. The person in the back of the line sprints to the front.

  • 25 BBSU, 10 Freddy Mercury’s in cadence, Plank with variations, 20 BBSU with clap, 10 side planks with reach through (left), 10 side planks with reach through (right), 25 LBC

Mosie in 2 single file lines to the parking lot for soccer drills. The person in the back of the line sprints to the front.

  • Side shuffles 2x’s, Front to backs facing right, Front to backs facing left, ski jumps 2x’s

Mosie in 2 single file lines to the pull up bars. The person in the back of the line sprints to the front. We stopped in between for 8 count push-ups

  • 5 pull ups run the stairs, repeat 3 x’s

Mosie back to the flag with jail break.

10 merkins in cadence, 10 burpees, 20 BBSU with clap

2 FNG’s: Wanderer & Betty
Ezekiel 18 21-23
God puts everything in our lives there for a reason. I spoke about how I was invited to join F3 and how much it means to me.