F3 Knoxville

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THE SCENE: Low 20’s

Side straddle hop x 25, Cherry pickers x 5,  Tempo merkins x 10, Tempo squats x 10 , Wine Mixer x 10

  • Up the hill and grab fist sized rocks at the shopping center
  • Motivator – 12
  • 30 sec wall sits on the minute with arms in front
  • Dora – Bear crawl down, Bernie Back

    150 Hillbillies (four count)

    150 Swimmers (four count)

    150 Twinkle Toes (four count)

    150 Flexors (single count)

    150 Kickbacks (single count)

  • 4 corners (only got 3)

    10 burpees

    10 squats

    10 four count American hammers


  • Arm circles forward, over head clap, seal clap for last minute

17 HIMs – 11 Juconians, 6 Rushers

Exodus 17:8-13 8 Then Amalek came and fought against Israel at Rephidim. 9 So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose men for us and go out, fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will station myself on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” 10 Joshua did just as Moses [i]told him, [j]and fought against Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 So it came about, when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed; but when he let his hand [k]down, Amalek prevailed. 12 And Moses’ hands were heavy. So they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. So his hands were steady until the sun set. 13 And Joshua [l]defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

When you get tired battling for the Lord, who is your Aaron, who is your Hur? Who places a stone under you. Who will support your hands so that they will be steady until the sun sets? No one is called to fight the good fight alone. Spend yourself in battle yet surround yourself with good men who will support you so that we always take the fight to the enemy. Today, if you feel the fatigue in your shoulders, say their names, the names of those who support you. If you don’t have someone YET, then pray for a name to be revealed and the confidence to bring them alongside you.

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The Roof, The Roof, The Roof Is On Fire!

THE SCENE: A crisp and clear 30 degrees F.

25 SSH, 5 cherry pickers, 10 tempo merkins, 10 tempo squats, 15 mountain climbers
Mosey to the parking lot near the information center, south of the pond.

  • Suicides style, 10 merkins, 10 squats, 10 mountain climbers (4x) at the farthest line for each round. 10 lines building up, 9 lines coming back.
  • Indian run with a jailbreak back to the AO

19 HIMs went far keeping it simple and effective.

Pretend that you’ve heard of the legend of the world’s wisest man who will answer any question that is brought before him. But to get to him, you have to cross the high seas, traverse barren deserts, brave the frozen tundras and scale mountain peaks. You set out with a team but you were the only one to survive. What question would you ask him?

No such man exists but if he did and he instead found you, would you listen to his words if he had something to tell you? Would you give him your ear and attention. Would you study and then implement his words? He isn’t going to come find you either but he did leave you a letter. This is the book of Ecclesiastes, written by King Solomon.

He says you are over-investing in the things of this world. It is okay to have a woman in your life, she just shouldn’t be your life. It is okay to work and enjoy your work, but your life shouldn’t be defined by your work. Alcohol, foolishness, folly, and activity under the sun is meaningless, vanity, a chasing after the wind. This is like painting the walls in a burning house, you would never do that. This life too is fading away, it is the burning house, it is temporary. Do not over-invest in this life. In chapter three, he tells us not to get caught up in the details of life, that there is a season to all things. Enjoy or respect them in their season but as they come, let them also go.

In the 12th chapter, Solomon says that when all has been examined, nothing is left but to fear God and keep his commandments, this is the whole duty of man. God has placed eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11) and we will never be able to escape our design. That is why you see the rich, the powerful, the famous do stupid things because they are trying to fill the void in their hearts when eternity belongs.

Let us lead simple and effective lives, not over-investing in this temporary shelter, and we will be surprised by how far we can go.



Anchors Aweigh My Boys!

THE SCENE: Haze gray with heavy fog

25 SSH, 5 cherry pickers, 10 tempo merkins, 10 tempo squats, 30 sec dying cockroach
Mosey from the AO to the coupon pile

  • All reps using coupons
    20 Upright rows

    20 Straight leg dead lift

    20 Squats

    20 Curls

    20 Steering Wheels

  • 2nd Round with 19 reps
  • 11’s on the stairs to the athletic center carrying the coupon up and down
    • Pushpress down, tricep extension up
  • All reps using coupons20 Step over merkins 

    20 American Hammer release 

    20 trap raises

    20 Raisers 

    20 sec hold

  • Mosey back to the AO with a jailbreak
  • With arms extended (no breaks), we did 5 minutes of Gorillas (one arm touches the chest while the other is extended), little bird (9 inch up and down movement with arms extended to the sides), big bird (2 feet up and down movement with arms extended to the sides), wax on (small circles inward with arms extended to the front), wax off (small circles outward with arms extended to the front), overhead claps, seal claps, and a hold with arms extended in the front.

16 HIMs
So I spent 4 years, 1 month, 21 days in the United States Navy. I was the 1st LT, in charge of small boat ops, helicopter takeoffs and landings, RAS, topside preservation, docking/setting sail and anchoring at sea. 

An Arleigh Burke Destroyer is 509 ½ feet long and it has two anchors, a 9,000lbs (12 shots) centerline anchor and a 4,000 lbs. (8 shots) port side anchor. A shot of chain equals 15 fathoms, or 90 feet. The chain is color coded so you have an idea of how much chain has come released or brought up. One of my department’s responsibilities was to keep the chain painted black with a section of white links to mark 1 shot or 90 ft. If you do things right, you shouldn’t ever have to repaint the last two shots of chain which come from the shipyard painted yellow, then red. The saying goes, if you see yellow, start running…if you see red, you’re dead. The chain isn’t attached to the ship because it would rip a huge hole in the ship if the anchor were in a freefall. So when that red shot of chain comes up, it is like a firefighter’s hose or piece of spaghetti snaking all over the deck destroying whatever it touches. 

Dropping anchor is a violent scene…you can’t see that 9,000lbs anchor because it sits over the side but as it goes barreling toward the sea floor, it starts pulling all that chain out of the locker up on to the deck, down through the hole and into the water…rust and paint chips are flying everywhere. Initially, you pay out 3 times the depth of the water in anchor chain. The ship will then start back down to set the anchor into the sea bottom and keep the chain from piling up and kinking . 

What most people don’t know is that with big ships, it isn’t the anchor hooking into the ground that keeps you from drifting, it is the weight of the chain. Not only must it be strong and not break, but it has to be heavy, it has to have substance to it in order to keep the ship from drifting. 

Every 15 minutes, a quartermaster will triangulate the ship’s position based on three landmarks. The shape has a radius that it can swing in based on the amount of chain paid out already. If the ship is outside of the swing circle, you know that you are drifting and in danger of running aground on the land or rocks and eventually shipwrecking. 

We spent our morning getting heavy, working and building those big muscles. I hope it makes you tired throughout the day and sore tomorrow so that it reminds of the need to be heavy. You men are part of my anchor chain and I offer myself to be part of your’s. I rely on you to keep me from drifting because you are men of substance. 

As far as my three landmarks, I’ve got the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit to tell me if I get outside of the swing circle, to tell me if I am drifting. I may not read my Bible every 15 minutes, but I do read it every day to keep from running aground, to keep from shipwrecking. 

Hebrews 6:16-19

16 For people swear an oath by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath serving as confirmation is an end of every dispute. 17]In the same way God, desiring even more to demonstrate to the heirs of the promise the fact that His purpose is unchangeable, confirmed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to hold firmly to the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and reliable and one which enters within the veil, 20 where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.


My Back!

THE SCENE: High 60’s, 905 Humidity

30 SSH, 5 Cherry Pickers, 10 Tempo Merkins, 10 Temp Squats, 30 Second Dying Cockroach (lying on your back, extend your arms to reach your straightened legs)


  • Mosey to the coupon pile near the buses. With coupons:
    • 20 bent over rows, 20 straight leg deadlifts, 20 squats, 20 curls, 20 Raisers (raise the block on hips straight in front of you to eye level) Dying cockroach until the 6 finished
    • 15 bent over rows, 15 straight leg deadlifts, 15 squats, 15 curls, 15 Raisers Dying cockroach until the 6 finished
  • Mosey to the large parking lot. With a partner:
    • Combined 100 Imperial Walkers (4 count) while your partner Bernies to the middle and jogs back, trade
    • Combined 100 Swimmers (4 count) while your partner Bernies to the middle and jogs back, trade
    • Combined 100 Mountain Climbers (4 count) while your partner Bernies to the middle and jogs back, trade
    • Combined 100 (2 count) while your partner Bernies to the middle and jogs back, trade
  • Mosey back to the AO

Ask yourself these two questions every day. In the morning, am I a physical being having a spiritual experience or a spiritual being having a physical experience? Before bed, was I a physical being having a spiritual experience or a spiritual being having a physical experience today? This change in perspective can have a profound effect on how we react to circumstances. Philippians 4:10-13 10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Live above the circumstances. 

Prayers for Pom-Pom’s courage as he prepares to leave for bootcamp in a couple of weeks.

Don’t Believe the Fishing Lies – This One Was Easy

THE SCENE: 70 degrees and muggy like a guy with a ski mask and knife

Cherry pickers, tempo squats x 6, high knees with 3 burpees, butt kickers with 3 burpees
Mosey to the sanctuary parking lot

Fell in mud (just me)

  • Down and Back – From the sidewalk, run to the first parking island – 10 merkins, 10 squats, 5 burpees and return to the sidewalk. Advance to the second island, repeat. Continue to work at remaining islands up to the far sidewalk and then hit descending parking islands for a total of 9 stops+.
  • Using the posts of the covered walk to the sanctuary:
    • 10 squats (touch the ground with one hand) and then lunge to the next post (repeat for 5 min)
    • 30 second wall sit
    • 3 burpees per post and then bear crawl to the next post (repeat for 5 min)
    • 30 second plank
    • 10 Monkey Humpers and walk on your tip toes to the next post (repeat for 4 min)
    • 10 American Hammers and Imperial Walkers to the next post (repeat for 4 min)
    • 10 Twinkle Toes and Bernie to the next post (repeat for 4 min)
  • Mosey to the AO


17 HIMS – Butter Knife, Slappy, Curry, War Zone, Trolley, Pringle, Cheatsheet, Dumpster Dive, Bekky, Mermaid, Waxjob, Curveball, Pom-Pom, Tuba, Baby Boomer, Music City, Dogbite, Commission.


The people of Nineveh were wicked and God intended to bring his wrath upon them. Before he did though, He told Jonah to go to the city and warn them to repent. Jonah tried to physically hide from God by boarding a ship and fleeing to another city. The ship soon found itself in a great storm; the crew and the passengers were all in a panic with the exception of Jonah. He was found resting in the hull of the ship. The others, rightfully bewildered about his lack of concern pressed him for an answer regarding his non-action. He confesses that this storm is his fault and that if they just through him overboard, the waters will calm. They throw him over, the the storm passes and a massive fish swallows Jonah whole.

Jonah spends three days in the belly of the fish where he repents and readies himself to carry out God’s will. The fish vomits him up on the beach and the Lord calls upon him a second time to preach repentance to the wicked citizens of Nineveh. The city is large, about three days of walking from one side to the next. Jonah walks for a day, 1/3 of the way into the city and begins preaching that God intends punish the Ninevites. In a wicked city, you’d expect Jonah to be mocked, beaten, surely run out of town but the people of the city had their hearts pricked by his message. From the least to the greatest, they repented. The King himself issued a decree that no man or animal was to eat or even drink water for three days and that they were to remove their garmets and wear sack cloth in hopes that God would forgive them. The Lord saw their hearts and he indeed forgave them.

If you have ever tried to talk to a large crowd (much more a whole city) about God, it NEVER works that way! Yet here an entire city repents and draws near to God. Surely Jonah was out high fiving, strutting around the city, weeping tears of joy…Jonah Chapter 4:1 But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord and said, “Please Lord, was not this what I said while I was still in my own country? Therefore in order to forestall this I fled to Tarshish, for I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents concerning calamity. 3 Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for death is better to me than life.”

Whaaaaaat?! Why would he…how could Jonah feel that way? Didn’t God just show you mercy and forgiveness a couple of days ago?

1 John 4:20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.

Don’t think it is enough to just not hate your brother, this scripture says that if you do not love him, you cannot love God. How can you love someone you have not seen if you don’t love the person you have seen? There is no greater love than spiritual love; we have to be thoughtful about studying and sharing with others. There is no shortage of physical love that needs to be shared as well. We cannot turn a blind eye to hurt, injustice or suffering. We are HIMs – we see a need, we fill a need.

We prayed for our nation and we prayed for Mermaid’s coworker, Rick, who is still in ICU.
Keep it real!