F3 Knoxville

160lb Pain Train

THE SCENE: Upper 30s… Otherwise unremarkable.

Quick warmup lap around the park – 5 HIMs sharing 2x 60lb and 1x 40lb sandbags… no shoulder carry allowed. Front, suitcase, etc…
After the warmup lap, carry sandbags up to the turf field.

Circle Burps (Ruck on)
Stand in a close circle with one 60lb bag.
Pass bag around the circle.
One burpee immediately after you pass the bag.
Try to be back up before your neighbor throws the bag your direction…
10x around the circle each direction

Sandbag Pull-through line (Ruck on)
Plank side by side along the top of the penalty box, 60lb bag on the corner.
Pull through along the line.
As soon as you pull, get up and go to the front of the line.
Repeat across the penalty box, then reverse at the other end and come back.

160lb Pain Train (Ruck on)
Fasten all 3 sandbags end-to-end. Hook to ruck molle with tow strap.
Bear crawl width of field, towing sandbags.
Bernie back, dragging sandbags by strap.
Waiting PAX repeat 10-10-10 Merkins, Squats, and Curls

Cool-down by finishing up the lap around the park.

None today
5 HIMs
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch. And don’t sexually harass your coworkers.
The day started with some grumblechatter about the no-shoulder-carry lap. Fortunately or unfortunately, that was forgotten after the Pain Train…
Upcoming events: Butters Q tomorrow!

Lake View Schmake View

THE SCENE: Low 30’s and clear, giant moon in the sky.

SSH x25 IC
Cherry Pickers x6 IC
TN Rocking Chair x15 IC
LBAC x15 each way IC
Failure to Launch x8 IC
Mountain Parkers x15 IC

Mosey around toward the Matterhorn, but stop just after the entrance to Lakeside Tavern.
Boo Boo Bear Crawl up the treacherous slope, switching legs halfway.

Continue on to the rock, and pair up in groups of 3. One PAX at the rock, one at the bottom of the hill, and one runner between. With each visit to the top or bottom of the hill, do next exercise until relieved.

Top exercises:
Carolina Dry Docks

Bottom exercises:
Iron Mikes
Side Lunges

After 2 rounds, return the way we came, audible to regular bear crawl back down the hill.

Just before the AO, stop for 10x Hand Release Derkins on the guardrail OYO.

Nice visit with Mary this morning:
50x 4ct flutter kicks
2 rounds Row your Boat
15x LBCs IC
15x Side Crunch each side IC

13 PAX at the Pound today, including special guest from Charlotte area Kilowatt
Waiting for our house to sell has been a real test of patience. We are learning to wait on Him, not just with a passive “doing nothing” kind of waiting, but seeking Him to try to understand His will for us. If you’re waiting too, try to seek God during that time rather than just passively waiting as though you’re waiting on a bus or something…
I realized as I stood up from an exercise at the top of the hill that I should have swapped the up/down exercises. Same work, but we would have gotten to enjoy the view out over the lake doing the standing exercises vs. the ones where you’re just looking at the ground!
Don’t forget to sign up for Hardship Hill! Also, Habitat opportuinity in Alcoa this weekend, and Convergence/3rd F on March 30!.

Diamonds are JUCO’s best friend

THE SCENE: low 40’s & calm



  • Tempo Merkins x 10
  • LBAC F/B x 10
  • Tempo Squats x 10
  • Imperial Walkers x 10



7 of Diamonds.   4 cones were set up in a diamond shape.  As a group, mosey around the diamond, stop at each cone and perform the following exercises.  All reps are a multiple of 7.

  • Lap 1 – 7 Burpees
  • Lap 2 – 14 Mountain Climber (4ct)
  • Lap 3 – 21 Iron Mikes (4ct)
  • Lap 4 – 28 American Hammers (4ct)
  • Lap 5 – 21 Merkins (4ct)
  • Lap 6 – 14 Monkey Humpers (4ct)
  • Lap 7 – 7 Burpees


  • Flutter Kicks x 15
  • Hello Dolly x 15
  • Side Crunch x 10

9 strong:  Spotter, Waxjob, Erector, Snaggletooth, Kenjo, Sweeper, Rocket, Chaco, Bartman


1 Corinthians 9:19-23

In this passage Paul talks about becoming all things to all people in order to share the gospel.  I think this is pertinent today.  The message of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection never changes – we should never water this down or sanitize it.  Lost people need to hear the truth.  We do, however, need to communicate with people in a way that they understand this message.  The next time you feel led to share Christ with someone, consider who you are talking to.  Are they older than you?  Younger?  Do they have the same interests as you?  What religious background do they come from?   Consider all of these things to help you communicate as clearly as possible so that they will comprehend what you are telling them.


THE SCENE: Low 40’s and gloomy – perfect weather to continually cut the wrong wire and set off a bunch of B.O.M.B.S. – No man was left the same this morning.

Cherry Pickers, Tennessee Rocking Chair, SSHs, Tempo Squats

  1. Mosey to Parking Lot – Route 66 style grinder: At each Pole (6 total) perform exercises.  First 3 poles – 15 Merkins, 15 Plank Jacks, 15 4ct Mountain Climbers.  Second 3 poles – 10 Merkins, 10 Plank Jacks, 15 Bobby Hurley’s.
  2. Mosey to the JUCO Gym (Coupon Pile behind creepy loading dock) and battle-buddy up.  Perform B.O.M.B.S. workout – each team performs 100 Burpees, 150 Overhead Tri-Extensions, 200 Merkins, 250 BBSs, 300 Squats.  While one partner is doing exercise, other performs weighted run up and around concrete border wall WITH a coupon.  Had to modify a tad because of time.  Most teams made it about halfway thru the BBSs before we trimmed the numbers down to 100 reps for each exercise.  No one made it to squats, so when everyone thought we were done – PAX did 50 squats in civilian cadence.
  3. Mosey back to AO, JAILBREAK for the last 150 yards of so.

Cornucopia of Flutterkicks (IC led by Erector), Dead-Bugs (or something like that, IC, led by Bartman), Heals to Heaven (IC, led by the Q), and the 6inch Alphabet (led by the Q)
11 Strong
1) Be thankful to the Lord for what he has blessed you with.  2) Concentrate this week on turning from your own interests and paying attention to those people in your inner circle and their happiness, specifically, what you can do for them that might not only increase their joy, but might open doors to sharing the Gospel.  “The noblest art is that of making others happy.” – P.T. Barnum

Bartman had a house full of young men over the weekend and 5 of them accepted Christ (after a full blown background investigation and polygraph by Bartman).  Now THAT is something to be joyful about!

Kudos to Waxjob for attending the Full Smokey Pre-Ruck.  We need more of you motherruckers to step out of your comfort zone and hike the tallest point in Florida every M-W-F,  wheels up from AO @0440hrs – contact Judge Judy with questions.


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.