F3 Knoxville

Covenants, not deals

THE SCENE: Pretty nice, dry and 50ish



Hillbillies IC

LBAC For’ard & Back’erds

Hamstring stretch

Butterfly stretch

Standing Stargazers

It was YHC’s birthday, so the number 41 was prominently featured.

1 lap around the park

Pearls on a String type workout. PAX performed exercises at each pearl as a group and ran to the next pearl

1st pearl – 41 squats

2nd pearl – 41 Pullups – modify to row if needed

3rd pearl – 41 Lunges, single count

4th pearl – V situps

2 rounds completed

Sprint back to finish / start location. Lizzy and Trip cheated and both still lost.

Ran out of time (literally running during this time)


4 PAX – Lizzy, Z-Pack, Trip, FixerUpper
God makes covenants not deals.

I lead communion on Sunday and read from Luke 22:20 Jesus says “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” He is referring to Jeremiah 31:33-34 :

33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
after that time,” declares the Lord.
“I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
34 No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest,”
declares the Lord.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.”

  • Deals – our idea, our initiative, we don’t keep them, we forget them
  • Covenants – God’s idea, God’s initiative, God keeps them for 1000 generations, God does not forget them

Psalm 105:8 – “He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations…”

We come to God with deals. We want something we can manage and we have conditions, both for him and for us. Bad news is that we can’t keep our deals, and he doesn’t even make them. But the good news is that he does make very one-sided covenants, purchased through the death of Jesus.

Prayer for healing for Wedding Singer and YHC

Prayer of thanks for The Quacken PM, prayer that it would continue and grow and that many men would be impacted.


Q calendar is open for next week

Hardship Hill Obstacle Race – Monday, May 29

Release the Quacken!

Note : Q and Backblast by PBR (F3 Spring Hill). Some typing by FixerUpper. PBR, I’ll get you a tag so this can be a lil’ more seamless next time. 

Backblast: Release the Quacken!

AO: #thequacken

Date: 04/26/2023


@FixerUpper (Patrick Core)

@PBR (F3 Spring Hill)


@Wedding Singer

@Z-Pack (Brian Brockman)

FNGs: 0

Q: @PBR (F3 Spring Hill)

Count: 5

Welcome to F3, I am PBR, and I am not a professional. You exercise at your own risk. Modify as necessary to avoid injury, not to avoid work.

F3 stands for Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith. The mission of F3 is to plant, grow, and serve small workout groups for the invigoration of male community leadership.

The 5 Core Principles of F3 workouts are: Free of charge, Open to all men, Held outdoors – rain or shine, heat or cold, Peer led in a rotating fashion, Always end in a Circle of Trust.

The F3 Credo is: “Leave no man behind, but leave no man where you find him.”


  • SSH IC
  • Good Mornings OYO
  • Phelps (after we explained to Trip who he is)
  • WMH (after also explaining to Trip who he is)

Thang 1

  • PBR’s Beer Run
    • Cones were set in a diamond roughly 15 yards apart
    • PAX completed an exercise at cone 1 before a mosey around the diamond
    • Exercises were 20x Pickle Pounders, 20x BBS, 20x Rosalitas, 20x Squats
    • R&R for three total rounds

Thang 2

  • Release the Quacken
    • Modification of Bermuda Triangle from the Exicon
    • Cones were set in a triangle roughly 10 yards apart
    • PAX duck walked from cone to cone, completing a kraken burpee ladder at each stop 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1
    • Results were 75 hand release merkins smothered in burpees smothered in duck walks

Thang 3

The Circle Drill

PAX were arrayed in a circle facing in

An interval timer was used to indicate a 30 second MOT followed by a 60 second stationary exercise

9 rounds were completed, featuring such fan favorites as lateral bear crawls, lateral duck walks, Lt. Dans, J-Los, and heels to heaven, among other ab tortures exercises


Count-off and Nameorama


Check Slack

Hardship Hill coming up Memorial Day

Prayer Requests

Kept private

F3 does not ascribe to a particular faith or religion. We just ask that you believe in something bigger than yourself and respect the beliefs of the Q. I am an Episcopalian and closed the post in accordance with my traditions.

T-Claps to Trip for setting the pace all morning.

PBR Out :beer::muscle:

F3 Open House, 2.0 workout

THE SCENE: 78 and clear

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Administered. OTB 2.0 workout.


  • RFTS / LIH
  • Cherry pickers
  • Willy Mays Hays
  • Up/down Dogg


  • Form 2 teams – kids vs dads. Line up at one side of the grassy field.  Perform a set of merkins (kids 5, dads 10) – then run to the cones and place one in front of the other so that your team’s cones creep forward incrementally. Continue until one team’s cones pass the finish line (kids won!)
  • Mosey to the small hill. Perform a set of 11s – SSH, run the hill, bobby hurleys
  • Mosey to the big hill. Perform 10 mountain climbers at the bottom, run up, 5 burpees. Repeat
  • Mosey to the grassy island for Bear Infection. All PAX crab walk until touched by a bear, then they become a bear and try to touch the crabs. Continue until only one crab is left.
  • Line up at one side of the field. Jelly Legs. 30 sec Al Gore, 30 squats, sprint. Repeat with 20/20, 10/10.
  • Jelly arms – 30 sec plank, 30 merkins, sprint. Out of time…



  • 18 PAX (1 FNG, 10 2.0s)
  • KickFlip
  • Duggar
  • Wedding Singer
  • Keyless Entry
  • Skinny Jeans
  • John Deere
  • FNG Wrangler
  • FixerUpper
  • Raptor
  • Willow
  • Chewbacca
  • Jelly Legs
  • Bunny
  • The Boss
  • Ace
  • Peaches
  • Buggy
  • Shruggy

Talked with the dads about the mission of F3, “…to plant grow and serve small workout groups of men…for the invigoration of male community leadership”. F3’s ultimate goal is not your fitness…it is you being a virtuous leader in your home, your church, your workplace, your community…
Talked to the kids about prayer and a model for prayer that could be helpful in knowing what to say to God;
H – Honor God by saying honoring things about Him.
E – Examine yourself and talk to God about your challenges, trials, temptations…
A – Ask for things you need
R – Request things for others
T – Thank God for His blessings



Back at 3155 Fountain Park tomorrow at 6pm

“If I want to be healthy …. “

THE SCENE: Pretty nice, dry and 45ish






Some back stretching stuff



4.5 laps around the park = 1.66 mile

5 min max burpees

1 min max Big Boy Situps

1 min max Merkins

Max pullups

Ran out of time (again)

Lizzy, Z-Pack, FixerUpper

I was listening to a Hunt for Wellness podcast (always a good listen) and the host, F3 Bones, was discussing alcohol. I included a link to the pod below. Please listen to it.

Bones said, essentially, “If you want to be healthy, here are some approaches you can try.” He went on to say that, fundamentally, alcohol is poisonous to us. Not great news.

Putting these two thoughts together, I get “If I want to be healthy, why would I drink poison?” I haven’t been able to think of a good reason yet.

Note : this is not intended to sway anyone one direction or another on alcohol. That is up to you. Some information states that drinking in moderation has some health benefits, but no one appears to recommend that non-drinkers start drinking.

However, I would like you to consider the question “If I want to be healthy, then ________ “

Often, I don’t even ask the question.

  • I eat the doughnut because it is there.
  • I watch the show because it is on.
  • I drink the beer because its in my fridge.
  • I fartsack because I didn’t prepare beforehand.
  • I miss connecting with my family because I am looking at my phone.

If I want to be healthy, then I need to ask myself some questions. Join me in this hard work, brothers.

Prayer for Z-Pack and his family.

Lizzy – GORUCK Tough on 2/24


F3 Open House – North Hills Edition. April 3 – 8. Weeknight workouts designed to reach men where they are and give F3 away to all takers. Service project included.

1st F Challenge – 8000 steps a day. See 1st F channel

Escape from Haw Ridge CSAUP – April 14 9pm – midnight





2/8/23 Quackblast

THE SCENE: Pretty nice, dry and 50ish


PAX took note that YHC mentioned “modifying” twice, presuming that the beatdown would be extra horrible. It was no such thing.



Michael Phelps



Some back stretching stuff

A couple trips across the FUMCFC parking lot

Travel halfway across, jog back, travel all the way across, jog back.

Methods of travel

  • Duck Walk
  • Crab Walk
  • Bear Crawl

EMOM for 10 mins

Q called out the exercise and the number of reps to be completed in 1 min. If PAX finished before 1 min, they could rest.

Exercises included :

  • 10 burpees
  • 20 OHP
  • 25 side bends with CMU
  • 25 plank jacks (single count)
  • 25 curls
  • 25 merkins
  • And some others

Because he saw it on TikTok, Lizzy took the opportunity to lead in some Joker merkins, which was a plank, crawl, pushup sorta deal.

Because he saw it on Slack, YHC took the opportunity to lead in some “Bunny Humpers.” This consists of our old friend the Murder Bunny, with a Monkey Humper added after every block movement.

Because the You v. You workout is coming up on 2/22, the PAX practiced max pullups and a .66 mile run for time.

Ran out of time (literally running as fast as possible during this time)
FixerUpper, Lizzy, Wilson
I was reminded at Q101 on Saturday that the workout is the means, not the end.

“The Mission of F3 is to plant, grow and serve small workout groups for men for the invigoration of male community leadership.”

The goal of the workout is that our leadership is invigorated. How?

By practicing leadership both in the gloom and during the day.

By not fartsacking physically, spiritually, emotionally, or professionally.

By having authentic relationships with our families and each other.

Prayer for Z-Pack and his family.


You v. You Challenge on 2/22

VQ week, next week