F3 Knoxville

RSS Meets F3 BS

THE SCENE: Low – Mid 50’s…Rather enjoyable really

6:15am RSS (Team of 4) Step Off:
Team jog down Dalton Rd to the Alcoa Middle School Playground. Team finds area suitable for burpee pull-ups and completes the following:

10 Min AMRAP
Ruck Burpee Pull-ups (Goal of 50+)

Slick mosey around middle school for recovery.
Acquire rucks and mosey back towards AO; completing 10 Merkins and 10 Squats along the way.
Remove Rucks and Pick up F3 Pax.

7:00am WARM-O-RAMA:

  • Overhead Claps (IC x15)
  • Tempo Squat (IC x10)
  • Cherry Picker (IC x5)
  • Merkin (IC x5)
  • CMU Overhead BBS (OYO x10)
  • CMU Overhead Press (OYO x15)

Mosey to plateau of pain and complete as many rounds of the following:

  • (x5) Burpees (baseline)
  • 40yd Bear Crawl CMU Drag (1st cone)
  • (x15) CMU Overhead BBS
  • Leave CMU, Jog back to baseline
  • (x5) Burpees
  • 40yd Bear Crawl (1st cone)
  • (x15) CMU Overhead BBS
  • 40yd Crawl Bear CMU Drag (2nd Cone)
  • (x25) CMU Swings
  • Leave CMU, Jog back to baseline
  • Burpees (x5)
  • 40yd Bear Crawl (1st Cone)
  • (x15) BBS
  • 40yd Crawl Bear (2nd Cone)
  • (x25) CMU Swings
  • CMU Overhead Carry back to baseline



Totals (1RD/2RD):
200/400 Yards of Bear Crawl/ Crawl Bears
15/30 Burpees
30/60 CMU Overhead BBS
15/30 BBS
50/100 CMU Swings

Mostly protractors and mumble chatter
some BBS, Plank Variations, and Mountain Climbers to finish it off.

10 Pax
Take care of yourself! We come out and put in work every morning to become better mentally and physically, pushing each other to the next level of discomfort. But we rarely take the time to prep ourselves and our bodies for the work. We take shortcuts in stretching and spending time listening to our bodies. If you feel like your not limber or embarrassed to do yoga it’s simply because you haven’t practiced it enough! We were not all great at working out our first time, but we have become better at it and the same will happen with stretching and taking care of our bodies.

My good friend’s Father used to say if you don’t like doing something, do it 100 more times…

Helping Drifter moves boxes from the loading trucks into his new house!

Lighting the Arsenal’s Cannons

THE SCENE: Low/Mid 30’s with some sunshine
This is F3, Stands for Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith
It is a FREE workout
I am not a professional
You are here on your own volition
I have no knowledge of any injuries or your fitness considerations
It is your individual responsibility to be safe and to modify exercises if you need to, we all do it

  • SSH – 15 (IC)
  • LBAC – F/B – 10 (IC)
  • Air Squat – 10 (IC)
  • Merkin – 10 (IC)
  • BBS – 10 (IC)

Active Warm-O-Rama – Ring of Fire:

  • While Pax are still in circle have everyone alternating between plank and Al-Gore. 1 Pax will run to the center of the circle and burnie back. Once they return to the plank position the next Pax member goes. Rinse and repeat until all Pax have run to the center and back.

** Have Pax number off by 1s and 2s. 1s will go with Drifter to the Baseball Field and 2s will go with Moses to the Football Field.


Baseball Field: Bleacher Work
5 Minute AMRAP:

  • Step-ups – 10 each leg
  • Incline Merkins – 10 (4ct)
  • Dips – 10 (4ct)
  • Step-ups – 10 each leg
  • Decline Merkins – 10 (4ct)
  • Dips – 10 (4ct)

Mosey to Outfield:

  • Suicides – 30 seconds
  • LBC – 20 (4ct)
  • Suicides – 30 Seconds
  • BBS – 10 (4ct)

Rinse & repeat until other group is done

Football Field Work

Place cones at 10, 20, 30, and 40 yards. Pax will run to first cone, complete the exercise and run back. Then run to the 2nd cone complete the exercise, run back. 3rd cone exercise, run back. 4th cone exercise, run back. Rinse and repeat.
5 Minute AMRAP

Circuit 1: Legs

  • 1st cone 10 lunges in place
  • 2nd cone 5 burpees
  • 3rd cone 10 squats
  • 4th cone 5 burpees

Circuit 2: Abs

  • 1st cone 10 BBS
  • 2nd cone 10 American Hammers (count only one side)
  • 3rd cone 10 Hello Dolly (single count)
  • 4th cone 30 LBC

Suicides on cones 1-4 until 15 minutes is up.

Q2 and Q1 Groups flap jack and repeat circuits.

Merge Groups and mosey to Shovel Flag and present the flag

The shovel flag is one of the classic symbols of F3. No matter where you are within F3 Nation, the Shovel Flag is the one true physical link that connects us all. Just like we leave no man where we find them, the Shovel Flag is portable so that it can be carried forward and shared with others.

This shovel flag represents Respect: respect for country, respect for those who hae served and currently serve to protect our freedoms, and respect for the other AO’s across F3 Nation where similar flags are planted ever week

It represents Hard Work: it bears witness to the blood, sweat, and tears of the men of F3 who gather together at some obscene early hour to get better physically while finding new mental limits. Men getting stronger, fit, and conditioned to handle life’s challenges – most of which are not physical at all – Hard Work

This flag also represents the lives of men being changed. Men are moving from being passive participants in life, to being present. Present in our families, present in our places of work and worship, and present in our communities.

Mosey to SP (Smuggler leading the way carrying the flag)


We returned with a little extra time to spare so we decided to push through a few more variations of Merkins!

  • Regular Merkin 10(IC)
  • Wide Merkin 10(IC)
  • Dimond Merkin 5(IC)
  • 6” Crunch 10(IC)
  • Gas Pumps 15(OYO)
  • Ankle Touches 20(IC)
  • LBC for time!

48 Pax! Included (2) 2.0s and (1) FNG – Welcome ‘That Guy’

F3 has always been and will always be more than a workout.  We definitely want to push ourselves and each other physically, but we also want to grow relationally and spiritually.  The PAX is unique in many ways, But the one that is most important to remember is that we are not out here to compete against each other, but collaborate together to grow as husbands, fathers, sons, employees, employers, friends, and neighbors.  We are bound together under a high power for a greater purpose. And I pray that this group of men will continue to lead they way in setting the example for others.



Monday Warm UP

THE SCENE: Heat Wave 48 and a sprinkle

Mosey past the pavilion to the lollipop in the trail. Performing warm up movements along the way
Run to the top of the hill perform 30 Air Squats
Run back to the bottom and perform 30 Hand Release Merkins
Rinse and Repeat

*Every time you pass a Pax heading in the opposite direction stop and perform 5 Burpees with them and then continue running

Performed Mary movements on the mosey back to the AO for the 6 to keep up with Rabbits.
Mary at the AO:
Box Cutters
30 sec LBC
30 sec Butterfly Big Boys
5 including (1) 2.0 Warthunder!
3 Quotes from Michael Jordan that could just as easily be mine:

I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen

I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.

Arsenal Launch Flyer Distribution This Saturday the 27th at 6:00pm.

Arsenal Launch March 6th!

Burn Loop

THE SCENE: 30 Degrees and beautiful.

Warm Up:

  • SSH (x15 IC)
  • Jog to entrance – LBC (x15 IC)
  • Jog to grinder – LBAC forward/backward (x12 IC)
  • Jog to entrance – Merkins (x12 IC)
  • Jog to grinder – Tempo squats (x10 IC)

The Thang:

Starting at greenway Pax perform 5 reps of each movement. 6 total movements, Bernie up hill, run down, rinse and repeat increasing the reps of each movement x5 for every lap completed. Worked up to 20 and started back down to 15.

  • Burpees
  • Froggie Hops
  • Peter Parker
  • Wide Flutter Kicks
  • Merkins
  • CMU Swings


  • 10 WW2
  • 10 V-Ups
  • 10 BBS
  • 10 LBC
  • Protractor for time

19 Pax including a FNG and a 2.0!  Welcome Hundo!

PT Barnum once said “Comfort is the enemy of progress.”…It’s only when we step outside our comfort zone that we truly improve.

Encourage and challenge the Pax to step out of their comfort zones

  • stepping up to Q a beatdown
  • stepping into leadership wit the Arsenal AO launch
  • Sign up and commit to your first 5K or Marathon
  • Maybe you have already done the above, how about an obstacle course? Hardship Hill plug 🙂
  • What about 50 miles….100? crazy! ya, but why not?!

Maybe this resonates more from a job standpoint for you, have you become complacent in your work environment, let this be a call out to dig for more!

If your walking in fear you not walking in faith


Insert information about upcoming events, 2nd or 3rd F opportunities, and any other announcements.

Passing of the Torch

THE SCENE: Insert info about the weather, etc.

SSH for Pax coming in Hot! 40ish in cadence
Mosey to Football field, randomly stopping to acquire more reps of miscellaneous things for the 6 along the way.

Pax will work down and back on the football field doing the reps and exercises shown. Then, once pax have completed down and back Q calls out 10’s and 30’s for the pax to work down and back, then 20’s and 40’s.

Football Field:

  • Endzone = (5) Burpees
  • 10 = Merkins
  • 20 = WW2
  • 30 = Shoulder Taps
  • 40 = Ankle Touches
  • 50 = Line Jumps
  • 40 = Flutter Kicks
  • 30 = Monkey Humpers
  • 20 = Peter Parkers
  • 10 = Jump Squats
  • Endzone = 5 Burpees

No Time!

18 Pax!
I struggled and battled with clearing my mind and coming up with the words to say ahead of time.  I went and spent some time at the football field and the AO the night before, to soak in the atmosphere and listen to God. I prayed over the field where we would work out and I prayed at the AO. Ultimately I asked God to provide me with the words that needed to be spoken and I believe He did so.

I sum it up like this:


  • Put the pax before yourself
  • Lead from the front, laying out the next 43 feet ahead of the pax
    • In reference to building a leadership road 43 feet ahead of the people driving on it. The metaphor extends to mentoring and being willing to share your life lessons with guys who are just behind you on their life journey.
  • Pax, you are all freed to lead. F3 promotes male leadership. This is not Drifter’s AO. It is yours, and he speaks for it.
  • Drifter, motivate and empower your pax. Lead from the front and always be ready to jump into the trenches with them.


F3 Knoxville CSAUP Saturday Morning!
F3 Alcoa Rucking Beer Tour Saturday Evening!