F3 Knoxville

Look For Opportunities, Not Excuses

THE SCENE: Upper 60s, sun rising, birds chirping
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

146th day of the year, 219 remaining

Mother’s Day in Poland

National Sorry Day in Australia

National Paper Airplane Day in the U.S.

On this day in 1868, the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson ended with an acquittal by one vote.  The PAX did not know how many senators voted for impeachment.  The answer is 35.

SSH x 35 (4 ct)

5 burpees since the PAX answered incorrectly.

Rockettes x 10 (4 ct)

The PAX answered incorrectly when asked where Andrew Johnson was from.  The PAX said TN.  The correct answer is NC.

5 burpees

Little baby arm circles forward x 10 (4 ct)

Little baby arm circles backward x 10 (4 ct)

Tempo squats x 10

The PAX correctly answered that Andrew Johnson served as the mayor of Greeneville, TN, so no more burpees before moseying.

THA-THANG:
Mosey to the steep hill to the left of the splash pad, which had never been used before and does not yet have a name.

Tomorrow is my 21st wedding anniversary, so the rest of the workout is brought to you by the number 21.

21s (like 7s and 11s just more of them) up and down the hill

Merkins at the bottom

Big Boy Sit-ups at the top

Mosey to the splash pad

Using the tables and benches – 21 box jumps, 21 dips, 21 pull-me-up rows, and 21 decline merkins

Run around Stonehenge when done and until the six arrives.

Mosey to the bathhouse

21 pull-ups

Mosey to the dock

21 Carolina Dry Docks

Mosey to the Flag Pole

One minute of silence followed by a 21-merkin salute in cadence in honor of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.

Mosey to the AO

MARY:
No time, but we did 231 BBS during the 21s, which means we also did 231 merkins, not counting the merkins we did outside of the 21s.

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
8 HIMs

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
America is known as the land of opportunity.  It seems like people today would rather have an excuse than an opportunity.  There are plenty of excuses out there for not being your best, doing your best, for not getting out in the gloom in the early morning, for not working hard, for not pushing yourself to your full potential, etc.  But, there are also plenty of opportunities to be better, do better, show up, work hard, step up, etc.  Look for opportunities in life, not excuses.

MOLESKIN:
Prayers for Ribbed’s wife, Lillydipper, Jinxy, Blindside and his wife and their efforts to improve their job situations, Cavalier and his family, Surplus for fartsacking, and Doubtfire for not holding up his HC.  Apologies if I missed any.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
CSAUP at Dog Pound on 7/24

Step Up

THE SCENE: High 40s and sunny
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

15th day of the month, 135th day of the year – 230 days left in 2021 to make it what you want it to be

SSH, windmills, tempo squats, little baby arm circles forward, little baby arm circles backward, some Michael Phelps, a little bit of this and a little bit of that (x2), and tempo merkins – 15 reps of each (4 count where appropriate).

Pele wanted to do some cherry pickers, but I don’t like cherry pickers so we moseyed instead.  For once, Crawdad agreed with me.

THA-THANG:

Mosey to the bottom of Everest

15 more SSHs (4 ct)

Run up Everest to the top of the Summit

15 more SSHs (4 ct)

Mosey to the Coliseum

Divide up into two teams

Welch Dragons to 10 with one team going one way and the other team going the other way – if you don’t know what a Welch Dragon is, then look it up on the F3 Exicon or ask someone who has done it, he will remember

Meet back in the center for some Hello Flutter Cutters (one 4-ct Hello Dolly, one 4-ct Flutter Kick, one 4-ct Box Cutter – together back-to-back-to-back for one rep) while waiting on the six or at least 15

Ghost-man Baseball

Using the circle of the Coliseum, Team 1 runs to first base, does 15 reps of the exercise, and returns home.  Team 2 does a core exercise of its choice for the entire time it is waiting for Team 1 to return.  Team 1 does a core exercise of its choice while Team 2 runs to first base, does 15 reps of the exercise, and then runs back.  Repeat this process for the other bases but stop at each base on the way and do the exercise there before advancing to the next base (because you have to touch the bag before advancing in baseball) but do not do the exercises at each base on the way back (but do run back the way you came).  For the home run, do not run back, stay at home to do 15 reps of those exercises and then do a core exercise of the team’s choice while the other team finishes its home-run trot.

First Base – Merkins

Second Base – Squats

Third Base – Carolina Dry Docks

Home Run – Burpees

15 SSHs (4 ct)

Mosey to Crawdad’s Yoga Studio

15 SSHs (4 ct)

Hokey Pokeys (merkins with one leg in the air) x 15 each leg

25 SSHs (4 ct)

Mosey to the base of Baby Cardiac

35 SSHs (4 ct) – total of 135 for the entire workout

All you got sprint up Baby Cardiac to the AO

MARY:
Hold a plank for one minute to time

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
18 HIMs

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:

It’s time to step up.  Lillydipper usually picks up 2 Qs a month on average, but he has been out with a hip problem and will be out for a while.  It’s going to take all of us to fill that void.  So, it’s time to step up.  Sign up for Qs.  If you’ve not Qed in a while, then it’s time to sign up.  If you’ve never Qed before, then it’s definitely time to sign up.  It’s not hard.  Just pick an exercise you don’t like to do and do it twice as many times as you want to do it.  The PAX will support you.  The Q doesn’t have to be perfect.  It just needs to be.  And, a Q needs to be on the website calendar days in advance so that any sad clowns will know that F3 will be there for them on Saturday morning (remember, the sad clowns don’t have access to Slack).  Step up and sign up.  Do it for your brothers.  Do it for Lilly.  We can’t let this fade in his absence or fall only on a few of us.  He will undoubtedly be back, hopefully sooner rather than later, but we need to make sure that his legacy is still here waiting on him.

MOLESKIN:
Prayers against racism, for the sick and shut in, for the journeys of Cheatsheet, his daughter, and all the F3 brothers, for Lillydipper, for Jinxy, for Doubtfire, for Convoy and his family, and for all of the unspoken prayers on our hearts and minds.  Prayers for the courage in each of us to step up in F3, in our families, and in our communities.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
June 12th – Convergence at Big Ball followed by a work day at Wesley House

July 24th – CSAUP at Dog Pound (was last year’s CSAUP not enough?)

The Dark Side of the Gloom

THE SCENE: Low 60s and dry with a visible moon
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

118th day of the year – 247 left

SSH x 28 (4 ct)

Rockettes x 10 (4 ct)

Windmills x 10 (4 ct)

Little baby arm circles forward x 10 (4 ct)

Little baby arm circles backward x 10 (4 ct)

Some Michael Phelps

A little bit of this and a little bit of that

THA-THANG:
Mosey to the field near the tennis courts with the lights on (i.e., the light side of the gloom)

On this day in 1973, The Dark Side of the Moon album by Pink Floyd hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts.  It stayed on the chart for a record 741 weeks, which is 14 years and 3 months.  Think about that – it did not drop off of the chart until 1987.

Tempo squats x 14

Run to the other side near the playground where it is dark (i.e., the dark side of the gloom)

Tempo merkins x 14

Run back to the light side

Bernie back to the dark side

Mosey to the rock pile, get a rock, and mosey back to the dark side

Hallelujahs – merkin followed by a shoulder press with the rock.  We went to 10, so we did 1 merkin, 1 shoulder press, 2 merkins, 2 shoulder presses, 3 merkins, 3 shoulder presses, etc., adding a rep each time until we ended with 9 merkins, 9 shoulder presses, 10 merkins, and 10 shoulder presses.

Lunges with rock from the dark side to the light side

Jack Webbs – hallelujahs without the rock.  We did 10 again following the same pattern as before, just without the rock this time.

Lunges with rock from the light side to the dark side

Mosey to the rock pile to return our rocks

Mosey to the bathhouse

Battle buddy up

One buddy hangs from the bathhouse as long as he can.  When he reaches failure, he does merkins as long as he can.  When he reaches failure, he holds plank.

Meanwhile, the other buddy runs around Stonehenge to the picnic tables at the splash pad and does 20 decline merkins, 20 dips, and 20 incline merkins and then bear crawls from the picnic tables to the exit of the splash pad and moseys back to the bathhouse to switch with his buddy.

We only had time to do one round of this exercise, so each buddy ran once and hung/merkined/planked once.

Mosey to the AO for Mary

MARY:
Boat/Canoes to the flashing of our AO light.  When the light was on, we held boat.  When the light went off, we held canoe.  We did this for about 2 minutes, and we only switched 3 times.  The light seems to stay on longer than it stays off.  Maybe someone will get the light fixed now.

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
8 HIMs

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Talked about perspective.  We often focus on what happens without thinking about all of the things that could have happened but didn’t.  There are an infinite number of possibilities of things that could occur each day, good and bad.  Oftentimes, we focus on the good things that happened, the bad things that happened, or the good things that didn’t happen.  We also need to keep perspective and think about the bad things that didn’t happen and be thankful.

As an example, I told a personal story.  My family recently rode the Virginia Creeper.  After 3+ hours of biking, we exited at our bike shop right before the last bridge and cut through the gravel parking lot.  In the parking lot, probably 10 feet from the door (after 18 miles or so of riding), my daughter (7 years old) wrecked behind me, and I wrecked in reacting to her scream.  She was fine as was I, thankfully.  Later that day, I told my daughter that I was sorry that we both wrecked and that we didn’t finish across that last bridge and avoided the gravel parking lot and both of our wrecks.  Without hesitation, she told me that it was okay because the wood planks on the bridge were slanted and that we probably would have wrecked on the bridge and then fallen through the wooden planks and hit the rocks in the river below, which would have been worse.  I told her that she was right.  See, perspective.

MOLESKIN:
Praise for good news following Ribbed’s wife’s scan and continued prayers for her recovery.  Prayers for Stripped’s wife, her recovery, and her follow-up visit today.  Prayers for Doubtfire’s mouth issue, his surgery on Friday, and his recovery.  Prayers for Brenden’s family in light of his passing.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
None mentioned

99th Day of the Year = 99 Problems

THE SCENE: Mid to upper 50s, no rain
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

The PAX was rambunctious this morning.  Chapter 11 emerged from his vehicle asking Doubtfire “you got those gloves” as if there was some kind of deal going down.  Then, the whole PAX disrespected the Q by talking over the intro.  So, we started with 5 burpees.

SSH x 20 (4 ct)

Tempo hokey pokeys x 10 (5 each leg)

Tempo squats

5 more burpees because Doubtfire asked about them

Little baby arm circles forward x 10 (4 ct)

Little baby arm circles backward x 10 (4 ct)

Some Michael Phelps

A little bit of this and a little bit of that

THA-THANG:

Mosey to the flag pole

99 Problems

Do 99 reps of the following exercises:

Merkins

Squats

Carolina Dry Docks

Dips

Big Boy Sit-ups

Decline Merkins

Froggy Squats

Carolina Dry Docks

Dips

Big Boy Sit-ups

In between each set of 99, run across the field to the bleachers, touch the bleachers, and run back.

MARY:
Hello Dollys x 20 (4 ct)

Boat/Canoes for about a minute

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
11 HIMs

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Talked about Jesus asking God to take his cup from him before his crucifixion.  Shows humanness and that, if it is okay for Jesus to struggle with God’s plan, then it’s okay for us to struggle as well.  But, the key is the rest of Jesus’ prayer that God’s will be done and not his own.  Keep in mind that your will may not be God’s will and that we should try to focus our prayers on God’s will, not our own.

MOLESKIN:
Prayers for Stripped’s wife, Ribbed, Ribbed’s wife, Lillydipper, Jinxy, Training Wheels, Lazy Boy, and the scout trip to the Virginia Creeper

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Collection for Safe Haven

Four Rocks and a Dock

THE SCENE: Upper 50s and humid
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

Some pigeon and other stretches to warm up our IT bands

SSH x 15 (4 ct)

Windmills x 15 (4 ct)

Little baby arm circles forward x 15 (4 ct)

Little baby arm circles backward x 15 (4 ct)

Some Michael Phelps

A little bit of this and a little bit of that

Tempo squats x 5 (4 ct)

Tempo merkins x 5 (4 ct)

Burpees x 5

THA-THANG:
Mosey to the rock pile, grab a rock, and mosey to and onto the dock.

15 Rounds – do 15 rounds of the following exercises with the number of reps determined by the round number (e.g., Round 1 = 1 rep of each exercise, Round 5 = 5 reps of each exercise, Round 10 = 10 reps of each exercise and so on):

Merkins

Shoulder Press (with rock)

Curls (with rock)

Tricep Extensions (with rock)

Rows (with rock)

Squats (with rock)

Calf Raises (rock optional)

Dips

LBCs (4 ct) or Big Boy Sit-ups

American Hammers (4 ct)

Carolina Dry Docks

Burpees

After 5 rounds, run to the bathhouse and do 5 pull-ups and run back to the dock and pick up with the next round.

We made it through 11 rounds.

MARY:
No time for Mary thanks to that 11th round.

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
4 PAX

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
I found out I was Qing about 20 minutes before the workout, so I didn’t have time to come up with a deep and meaningful BOM (as if any of mine are deep and meaningful).  But, I did have a Bible verse, which is really all you need.

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing in one another with love.”  Ephesians 4:2

So, be humble, gentle, patient, and loving each day.  The world needs more humility, gentleness, patience, and love, especially now.

MOLESKIN:
Prayers for Blindside’s wife’s job interview on Monday, Ribbed’s wife’s recovery, and Mr. Jinxy’s recovery.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
If there were any, then I forgot them.