F3 Knoxville

Taking Out the Trash

THE SCENE: Low 50’s, clear, and otherwise wonderful

Motivators from 5
Tempo Merkins 10
Tempo Squats 10
Baby Arm Circles Forward 10
Baby Arm Circles Backward 10
Moroccan Night Club 10

Run to different areas of campus.  Pick up a piece of trash and put it in the box.  Rinse and repeat until the area is tidy.
After the area is clean do one of the following: Merkins (25), Squats (25), LBC’s (25).  Run to a new area.

In total we did 13 areas, so we started on our 4th round of exercises.
Merkin total 125
Squat total 100
LBC total 100

The PAX called an AB exercise, we did that followed by 10 merkins each time.  We made it through 8 PAX, here are the exercises.
25 Snow Angels
15 Heels to Heaven
25 Pickle Poundes
50 single count Flutter Kicks
20 Freddie Mercuries
20 Box Cutters
25 Pickle Pointers (Hip Thrusters)
20 Captain Thor’s (BBC with 4 count American hammer at the top)

Total 80 merkins

12 in attendance
Take out the trash.
We listened to Christian rap today during the workout.  As we physically removed trash form the Catholic campus, we spiritually removed trash from our lives.  Garbage in = Garbage out.  I challenged each of us to find the trash in our lives that impedes us, and to remove it.

John 2:13-22

Jesus overturned tables in the temple.  He took out the trash.  When confronted with things in our lives, look at how Jesus handled situations, and model your response after his.  If something is not right, we should follow his lead.
Pray for East Knoxville.
We are collecting for Safe Haven.  There is not a more appropriate   time to consider helping the East Knox Community.  Here is one way we can assist.

Hey Fellas. For the month of April, we are going to be collecting items at the AOs for Safe Haven, a program of the World United Ministries (www.worldunitedministries.org) led by Laurence Williams in East Knoxville. The ministry is in the trenches trying to steer the really at risk kids in the Austin-East community into good choices and away from gang life.  Safe Haven, a donated house on Magnolia Avenue, is meant to be a place where kids can go and hang out, and also escape violence when needed – it has bunk beds available.  F3 Knoxville will be providing them with the following items:
* individually wrapped snacks
* individual bottles or cans of soda, Gatorade or water
* paper towels, Clorox wipes, trash bags
* toilet paper
* Visa gift cards in small denominations ($10-20) 
* Bath towels and twin bed linens.

Measuring Progress & Celebrating Birthdays

THE SCENE: 60 degrees and wet from the overnight rain, but otherwise favorable.

10 SSH
Thai Fighters x10 each leg
Tempo Squats 10
Cherry Pickers x 5
Arm Stretches

Start 30 minute timer
run 1 mile for time
then repeat as many times as possible the following:
5 burpees
10 merkins
15 sit ups
20 squats
record progress and mile time to repeat workout later and measure progress

I may add everyone’s mile time and progression through the exercises at a later date.
No time for Mary
11 this morning

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

I am weak in my prayer life, and this verse is a reminder that if we humbly ask God, through prayer and thanksgiving, that he will guard our hearts and minds.  We are told to rejoice and don’t be anxious.  He can help with our anxiety about the problems in our life, all we have to do is follow the lead of these verses.

Pray for Pool Boy’s bosses who have Covid, and that through this experience they will seek Jesus.
Pray for Dumpster Dive’s client, Mr. Thompson, who needs to wrap up his claim and after the arduous fight he is battling depression.
Continue to Pray for Jenner and his MCAT/Med school hurdles.

11 for 11’s


THE SCENE: 50 degrees, windy, and wet from the rain overnight

Motivators from 7
Cherry Pickers (5)
Tempo Squats (10)
Tempo Merkins (10)
Thai Fighters (10 each leg)

2 rounds of 11’s at the eastern corner of Powell High School
Round 1
wall e’s (single count) and elevated plank jacks (4 ct)
Round 2
Elevated shoulder taps (4 ct) and the dirty hookup (4 ct)

Each PAX called an ab exercise, which we followed with 10 merkins (70 total).  We made it through 7 PAX.  These were the Ab exercises in cadence.
Pickle Pounders (10)
Little Baby Crunches (15)
Freddie Mercury (10)
Hello Dollies (10)
Gas Pumps (10)
Flutter Kicks (10)
American Hammers (10)


Today is 3/16 and we discussed John 3:16.  The world was broken in that time period like it is broken now.  God loved the world enough to send his Son to die so that we could be saved.  He was sent to save the world, not condemn the world.  The world is broken today too, God still cares and still loves us.  Take some time to show his love, and lead with kindness in this broken world.


It was a HILL of a day

THE SCENE: Clear and cool, maybe 37 degrees, but otherwise beautiful.


Tempo Squats x 10
Baby Arm Circles forward & Backward x 10
SSH x 20
Cherry Pickers x 5


Station 1
At Station one, El Capitan up the hill.  At the top hold a left leg lunge for 30 seconds, then repeat for right leg
Station 2
Run to the bottom of the stair case.  20 elevated heel Squats, run to the top of the stairs
Station 3
Perform 20 squats, then do a 30 second wall squat
Station 4
In front of the Middle School, elevate your feet, and do elevated plank jacks, then hold for 30 seconds
Station 5
In front of the intermediate school, elevated merkins and a short hold.
second round, one hand on the curb, merkins with a hold.
Station 6
20 Calf Raises, then walk on your toes to station 1
Rinse and repeat, at least two times, stay together and perform as a group.

Interpol led us in the Mary as he practices for his VQ.  We did American hammers, flutter kicks, monkey humpers and big boys.


1 kings 17:4
You shall drink from the Wadi, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.
1 kings 17:6
The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; he drank from the wadi
God will provide.  Just like he did for Elijah, we provides our necessities.  We have food, water, and shelter.  We also need a relationship with God and we need to be willing to ask God for help.  As a man that is a weakness.  Don’t be afraid to ask others for help, or God, and don’t take for granted the things that God provides.


Collecting for the Hope Street Mission.

How long can you HOLD on?

THE SCENE: High 30’s windy and some drizzle

20 SSH, 5 slow cherry pickers, 5 slow tempo squats, 10 baby arm circles forward & backward.

Divide into 3-4 teams
A team will perform the circuit, while one team member is in a hold.
When the team member breaks the hold, the next team member rotates in, and the one that rotates out, takes the position of doing exercise.
Repeat until all exercise are done.  Take a lap, start the next round with the same format.
You can only do exercise while a teammate is “holding”
Station 1
Hold plank on elbows
25 merkins each team member
25 squats
25 big boy sit ups (ea)
run a lap
Station 2
Hold a wall squat
25 burpees each
25 monkey humpers
25 little baby crunches (4ct)
take a lap
Station 3
Hold a “canoe” position
25 diamond merkins
25 lunges
25 hello dollies (4ct)
Run a lap
Station 4
Hold balls to the wall position
25 bicep merkin
50 single leg calf raises (25 ea)
25 American Hammers (4ct)
run a lap

We went around the circle.  One PAX led us through an ab exercise, then we did 10 merkins following each.  We made it through 8 PAX (80 Merkins) and did a variety of ab exercises along the way.


Pride… Things I am proud of:
That flag has been here for every workout
WE have never had to use a pocket Q, you guys have signed up and showed to lead every workout at Shamrock
This AO makes me proud, and then things I am not proud of.
James 4:6 But He gives all the more grace; therfore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Proverbs 29:23 A person’s pride will bring humiliation, but one who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.