F3 Knoxville



  1. Projectivator x7
  2. Squats 5 Tempo + 5 4-ct
  3. Merkins 5 Tempo + 5 4-ct
  4. Mountain Climbers x10
  5. Growing Baby (LBAC) x10
  6. Moroccan Nightclub x10
  7. 5 Cherry Pickers
  8. 5 Burpees OYO
  9. Stretch OYO
  10. Mosey to Physical Plant

Mucho Chesto: 10 Merkins, 10 Diamond Merkins, 10 Wide Merkins, 10 Stagger Left Merkins+10 Stagger Right Merkins=50 Merkins (2 Rounds)

HEAVY Lazy Dora: Partner up, 1 CMU/pax

  • 100 Merkins on CMU (switch every 10) while battle buddy holds plank on CMU (Both take CMU to the top of the stairs and back down)
  • 200 Heavy LBC holding CMU above head (switch every 20) while battle buddy does 6″ leg hold w/ CMU above head (Both take CMU to the top of the stairs and back down)
  • 300 Heavy Squats (switch every 25) while battle buddy holds Heavy Al Gore (w/CMU)(Both take CMU to the top of the stairs and back down)



God is Holy – set apart, altogether different, perfect, yet He reveals Himself to us through creation, through the Scriptures, through beauty, family, the church, our circumstances. In Jesus, He shows us who He is, and I’m amazed that He reveals Himself to me as a Friend. Not a casual acquaintance, or a buddy, but a Friend – One who laid down His life down for us. “A Friend loves at all times, and a Brother is born for adversity” (Proverbs 17:17). “A man of many friends may come to ruin, but there is One who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). These verses point to the need of a man for friendship. Few men are willing to admit they are lonely. Some men acknowledge they are searching for friendship, and F3 meets that need for several. Some find in their wives a best friend. But we find in Jesus, a Friend that fulfills the kind of true love and intimacy that we need and search for, and God created us for. Friendship may sound unnecessary, or trite, but this need in me is a way for me to understand God’s love for me.

Ephesians 3:14-21 is a powerful and beautiful passage that contains so much, but it also speaks to me of God choosing me for love and intimacy:

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

There’s nothing better…

Great to spend time with my JUCONIAN BROTHERS! 

Brolympics next weekend – check Slack for details

Heavy PT @ The Project


  1. Lap around Parking Lot
  2. Projectivator x10
  3. Squat (4-ct/IC) x10
  4. Tempo Merk x5 + 5 Merkins
  5. Mtn Climber x10
  6. 10 Burpees OYO
  7. Stretch OYO
  8. Mosey to Recruiting Ctr


  • FLORA 1-2-3 (partner up, 1CMU/PAX)
  1. Upper: P1 – 100 Diamond Merk (switch every 10), P2 – Plank on CMU, P1+P2 Lap Parking Lot with CMU
  2. CORE: P1 – 200 LBC (switch every 20), P2 – Hold legs 6” w/ CMU above head, P1+P2 Lap parking lot with CMU
  1. LOWER: P1 – 300 Squats w/ CMU (switch every 25), P2 – Al Gore with CMU, P1+P2 Lap parking lot with CMU
  • S-L-O-W CMU Rifle Carry Indian Run – last pax 2 blockees, then “sprint” to front of line towards AMSE or Tinseltown stairs
  • Partner CMU Stairs @ AMSE or Tinseltown Stairs – Partner 1 does CMU exercise, while Partner 2 takes the stairs and back (with or without CMU)
  1. Curls
  2. OHP
  3. Single-arm Rows

[didn’t have time for the rest of this good stuff! next time…]

  1. Tricep extensions
  2. Squats
  3. Lunges
  4. Flutterkicks
  5. Good Mornings




A few verses about the Friendship of Jesus and intimacy with Him that we’re made for.

A Friend loves at all times; a brother is born for adversity.
A man of many friends may come to ruin, but there is one who sticks closer than a brother.

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Been a long time since I’ve Q’d at the Project…

Oak Ridge Halloween, Brolympics, see Slack for all the goods

Meeting God on the Mountain

THE SCENE: overcast

SSH – Tempo Squat – Tempo Merk – Mtn Climbers – LBAC fwd/bwd – Burpees – Cherry Pickers – Stretches


  1. Parking Lot (NW Corner along Rec Ctr)
  • 10 merkins – mosey to end of parking lot – 10 Bobby Hurleys
  • Rinse and Repeat – 5x
  • 1 minute plank
  • Mosey to Playground

2. Playground

  • Begin with 4 Pull-ups
  • 15 Merkins + 5 Pull-ups (5 rounds)
  • 1 minute plank
  • Mosey to Friendship Bell

3. Friendship Bell

  • 20 Merkins
  • 1 Minute Plank
  • Mosey to K-25


  • 10 Merkins at Bottom
  • Sprint up hill
  • 10 BBS at Top
  • Rinse-Repeat x5
  • 2 Minute Plank
  • Mosey to Shovel Flag

No Time



I shared with the guys a story from our family trip to Scotland. We spent almost all of our time in the Highlands with some hiking along the Great Glen Way, seeing the lochs and castles and the most beautiful, rugged green hills and grey skies. While anyone can see the sights and enjoy the beauty, many people have shared that there’s a feeling Scotland has. I felt it.

I experienced the thinness of the veil between heaven and earth. In the far north, Loch Broom opens up to the North Sea, and hides a small village called Ullapool. It is shielded from the North wind by the hills that surround it. On our only morning there, I woke up early to walk up the hills, to be alone. I wanted to ask God how we’ll make it through the season of change in our family’s life. As the hill climbed above the town, above the tree line, above any sign of humanity, I heard God.

More accurately, I sensed something so faint that I was surprised at how tiny and ephemeral it was. I imagined I would reach the top and cry out into the wild solitude . But it felt wrong to yell – I could only whisper. Through my ragged breath and the incessant North wind, I felt a message from God, like a memory. It was like a large library with hundreds of shelves, with thousands of books, and millions of pages – with one page lit up. It was the image of Jesus being baptized, with the Holy Spirit descending on Him, and the Father speaking over Him: “This is my Beloved Son with whom I am well pleased.”

On a lonely, achingly-beautiful and lonely mountain, I met God. I am exhorted once again to fix my eyes on Jesus in this difficult season, and because I am in Christ, I receive the Spirit upon me and the Father speaking those very words over me as well. “You are my beloved son with whom I am well pleased.”

Like my namesake, the prophet Elijah, I met God on the mountain. Not in the wind, not in the fire or the earthquake, but in a still, small voice in the hills above Ullapool.

We praised God for an answered prayer and prayed for a continued concern for Tuba’s family.

Family Q with Pool Party; service opportunities – details in Slack.

Striving to Rest

THE SCENE: 73 and beautiful

10 SSH, 7 Tempo Squats, 7 Tempo merkins, 10 Mountain Climber, Projectivator, 5 Burpees, 5 Cherry Pickers, Stretch


Heavy Stations – 2 ROUNDS

Round 1
CMU Thrusters
CMU Lunges
CMU Tricep Extension
Tire Flips
Heavy Ball Throw Down

CMU Squats
TIMER: Bear Crawl down and back

Round 2
CMU Kettleswing
CMU Curls
Heavy Ball Throw Up
CMU Single-leg Squat
CMU Single-arm Row
Sledge Hammer Swings on Tire
TIMER: Bernies down to end and back

PAX Choice


For a couple years now, God has been trying to teach me to slow down and be with Him, and learn how to listen to His voice. When I resigned from my position, I thought I would be able to slow and be better at hearing God, but I found I wrestled more with restlessness than while I was working.

I have been disappointed in this season of restlessness: I have not been able to still my soul, to listen for very long –  only in moments – and understand this season of my life.

Meditating on Psalm 23 has been very helpful, as well as using the Pause App from Wild at Heart. But my prayer, even as I prepare to be away on vacation, is found in Matthew 11:28-30, particularly in the Message translation.

Matt 11:28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (The Message)


Shield Lock Group on Fridays 5am; July 2 Convergence @ JUCO; July 9 Family Q 9am; July 15-16 Shield Lock Backpacking Trip – see Slack for details



  • The Thang
    • 4 Corners (20 reps): 1. Merkins (reg, diamond, wide, stagger)
    • 2. Legs: squat, lunge, Bobby Hurley, toe merkins
    • 3. Abs: (BBS, LBC, Heels to Heaven, side crunches)
    • 4. Burpees – 5 each corner
  • Mosey to Playground: 4 Rounds: 6 pull-ups, 10 merkins, 5 wall-ups
  • Mosey to Bell 4 “Corners” (Bear crawl to each)
    • 20 dips
    • 20 Bulgarians -10 each leg
    • 20 decline merkins
    • 20 box jumps
  • Mosey back to Shovel Flag

PAX choice – The Skewer, Rosalita, Basilisk, Protractor, Hairy Rocket in Plank

6STRONG: Kick, Mathlete, Borg, Tuba, Skewer, and me, Snaggletooth

Accountability. This is a tough one. Here’s what Q Source has to say about it:

“Submission To Standard Through Enforcement and Consequence

The HIM seeks Accountability because his life is not his own.

No matter how dedicated or deliberate a HIM is in the building of his Guardrails, there will be some stretches of his road that he will not be able to shore up through his own Bricklaying. These are a man’s Blind Spots , the hard-wired gaps in his nature that he cannot protect without help.”

“The Survivor is ruled by his Blind Spots. Like an insatiable parasite they slowly suck the life out of him. The Sad Clown softly submits to his Blind Spots, seeking to uncomfortably coexist with them long enough to die without ever having to asking for help eradicating them. His is a life of solitary denial and Hopelessness.

The HIM is different. Because he is a Servant who lives for his Mission, he treats his Blind Spots like any other Obstacle in his life–as a Problem that impedes Movement. Because a Problem can and must be remedied, the HIM does so by seeking Accountability. For a Blind Spot, that is the only thing that works. Although this requires him to admit his Problem to others, the HIM presses forward because his pride and sense of self are less important than the people he Serves.

After all, because he is Living Third, his life is not his own.

Accountability shines the light of Hope into a man’s Blind Spots.”

The need for accountability is hardwired and we only seek it out when we know for sure that we can’t accelerate on our own and we’re actually drowning without help. When life goes sideways, when we get sloppy, we remember what the bricklaying and guardrails are for. And when we realize that we can’t do it on our own – “we are powerless to change” – then we reach out for help. This is where I am. I am a mess – with just enough brain cells to know that I need help. This requires honesty that I don’t want because it will expose my vulnerability. I find this in each circle of my life: between God and myself, my wife and myself, my 2.0s and my community. So I am reaching out to our Shield Lock because I need help and need someone to know it. There are other ways that I reach out for help: counseling, friendship, reading books and practices that help me slow down and look inside. We’re not losers because we need help. We’re actually hardwired to need help.


Convergence July 2, Shield Lock on Friday 5:00, Shield Lock Camping Trip