F3 Knoxville

There and Back Again

[ The Scene ]

60s + sunny

[ Welcome/Disclaimer ]

(1) Welcome to F3: Fitness – Fellowship – Faith! My name is Steam and I’ll be your Q tonight.

(2) A few things before we begin:

    • I’m not a professional
    • You’re here on your own volition
    • If you need to modify anything we do this evening feel free to do so, especially when lifting the sandbags. We’ll focus on form tonight with our rucks and gear.


[ Warm o Rama ]

  • Bend and Reach: 10×4 IC
  • Rockette: 10×4 IC
  • Each arm over chest: 15 seconds
  • Each arm over shoulder: 15 seconds
  • Windmill: 10×4 IC
  • SSH: 10×4 IC

[ The Thang ]

Theme: There and Back Again — Mileage based

HQ: Shovel-flag

  • Sandbag PT at HQ: always 5 Xs, always 10 reps, rucks optional (emphasize form)
  • Ruck .25 miles (around the Colesium)
    • 25 merkins
  • Ruck back to HQ: Sandbag PT
    • Deadlifts
    • Rows
    • Curls
    • Squat clings
    • Chin-ups (w/sandbag)
  • Ruck .50 out (down past the Saturday AM lot and up Pickett’s Charge to the Colesium and back to the shovel flag)
    • 25 merkins
    • 25 squats
  • Ruck back to HQ: Sandbag PT
    • Deadlifts
    • Rows
    • Curls
    • Chin-ups (w/sandbag)
    • SUBSTITUTE squat clings for chest presses
  • Ruck .75 out (down to Northshore drive entrance)
    • 25 merkins
    • 25 squats
    • 25 overhead flutter kicks 
  • Ruck back to HQ for Mary

[ Mary ]

Ring of Fire — Sandbag Edition

  • Round 1: PAX hold Al Gore while each person executes 1 Sandy deadlift, 1 burpee, and tosses Sandy to the the next man on the left.
  • Round 2: PAX execute lunges while each person executes 1 Sandy deadlift, 1 Sandy curl, and tosses Sandy to the next man on the left.
  • Round 3: PAX executes SSHs while each person executes 1 Sandy sumo deadlift, 1 squat, and tosses Sandy backwards over shoulder to the next person on the left.

[ COT ]

  • # off — 6
  • Name o Rama
  • FNGs — 0
  • BOM

The 3 Expressions of Courage (From Any Stanley’s “Next Generation Leader”)

(1) The Courage to Say No

    • Opportunity does not equal obligation
    • Saying no can be a form of respect and honor
    • Just as much as we tend to make “to-do” lists, we need to learn how to make “stop-doing lists”

(2) The Courage to Face Current Reality

    • Adopt an “own it” mentality. Own your current reality, even if it’s not the one you want right now.
    • You can face your current reality or run from it.
    • You have two options with every circumstance: an obstacle or opportunity. Most people choose one or the other, not both. Next generation leaders see obstacles as opportunities.

(3) The Courage to Dream

    • Dream no small dreams, for they stir not the hearts of men.


    • What is keeping you on the sidelines of opportunity?
    • Next generation leaders do not let their fear bind them to mediocrity.
    • Next generation leaders ask “What could be?” “What should be” — write it down, and then broadcast it.


Back On Top

[ The Scene ]

HOT – 60s and feeling good, PAX met up top (top of Asylum) because apparently people like to frequent public parks when the weather is nice outside.

[ Welcome/Disclaimer ]

  • Welcome to F3! Fitness-Fellowship-Faith
  • Name is Steam and I’ll be your Q tonight
  • Few things before we begin:
    • I’m not a professional
    • You’re here on your own volition
    • If you need to modify anything feel free to do so but push yourself and the men around you – they deserve it and so do you!
  • FNGs? — 1 (with Snag – well done!)

[ Warm o Rama ]

  • SSH: 25×4 IC
  • Rockette: 10×4 IC
  • Cherry Picker: 10×4 IC
  • Baby Arm Circles: 20×4 (10 F and 10 B)
  • Apollo Onos: 10×4 IC

[ The Thang ]

(Mosey over to the right of the asylum building)

(1) The Hill and Back — 10s

  • The Tree on top of the hill (Imperial Walkers)
  • Curb on the other side of the street (Rocky Balboas)
  • Everything on a 4 count
  • 9 and 1
  • 8 and 2

Recover with flutter kicks in the grass

(Mosey to log pile – lower parking lot)

(2) Core 4 + Push

  • 4 corners of the lower parking lot (10 – 1 ct)
    • C1: LBCs
    • C2: BBS
    • C3: Cockroaches
    • C4: Boat/Canoes
  • Run to the top of the drive (Street)
  • 10 merkins
  • Rinse & Repeat — once


*Q Teaching Moment*

Pick up the 6 and Wagon Wheel mean Pick up the 6 and wagon wheel. Gridiron, who’s 12, led the charge on this. So I called all PAX back up to the street where the merkins were being done and specifically called out Gridiron for doing this — leading from the front. i put Gridiron in a place of leadership – instructing him to lead all PAX in 30 down/up merkins, which he did exceptionally.

QTip: You’re never too young/old/seasoned to never leave a man behind, and never leave a man the same.

We could all learn a lot from Gridiron and the way he consistently picks up the 6, wagon wheels, and lives out “No Man Left Behind, No Man Left The Same.”

This goes into my BOM a little bit too – but on the mosey to Everest pre-Mary, I had told Gridiron I was proud of him for leading from the front and setting the example and standard. His response was the following:

”Well I have 2 of the best role models that teach me that, my dad and mom. Basically Mr F3 and Mrs FIA”

Doubtfire (and your M) — well done. That’s HIM stuff right there.


(PAX mosey to the base of Everest and form battle buddy teams)

PAX take Everest by force, going all the way to the top and over the highest point back to the AO

[ Mary ]

Core 4

  • Flutter Kicks: 25×4
  • American Hammers: 25×4
  • Little LBCs: 25×4
  • Penguins: 25×4

[ COT ]

  • # off — 23
  • Name o Rama
  • FNGs — 1
  • BOM

From the movie “Courageous”

“As a law enforcement officer, I’ve seen firsthand the deep hurt and devastation that fatherless brings in a child’s life. Our prisons are full of men and women who have lived recklessly after being abandoned by their fathers, wounded by the men who should have loved them the most. Many of these children now follow the same pattern of irresponsibility that their fathers did. While so many mothers have sacrificed much so that their children could survive, they were never intended to carry the weight alone. We thank God for them.

But research is proving that a child also desperately needs a daddy. There’s no way around this fact. I now believe that God desires for every father to courageously step up and do whatever it takes to be involved in the lives of his children. But more than just being there and providing for them, he’s to walk with them through their lives and be a visual representation of the character of God, their father in Heaven. A father should love his children and seek to win their hearts. He should protect them, discipline them, and teach the, about God. He should model how to walk with integrity and how to treat others with respect. He should call out his children to become responsible men and women, who live their lives for what matters in eternity.

Some men will hear this and mock it, or ignore it. But I tell you that as a father you are accountable to God for the position of influence He has given you. You can’t fall asleep at the wheel only to wake up one day and realize that your job or your hobbies have no eternal value. But the should of your children do.

Some men will hear this and agree with it, but have no resolve to live it out. Instead they will live for themselves and waste an opportunity to lease a Godly legacy for the next generation.

But there are some men, who, regardless of the mistakes we’ve made in the past, regardless of what our fathers did not do for us, will give the strength of our arms and the rest of our days to loving God with all that we are, and to teach our children to do the same, and whenever possible, to love and mentor others who have no fathers in their lives, but who desperately need help and direction.

We are inviting any man who’s heart is willing and courageous to join us in this revolution. In my home the decision has already been made: you don’t have to ask who will guide my family, because by God’s grace, I will. You don’t have to ask who will teach my son to follow Christ, because I will. Who will accept the responsibility for providing and protecting my family? I will. Who will ask God to break the chain of dysfunctional patterns in my family’s history? I will. Who will pray for, and bless my children to boldly pursue whatever God calls them to do? I am their farther. I will. I accept this responsibility and it is my privilege to embrace it. I want the favor of God and His blessing on my home. Any good man does.

So where are you men’s of courage? Where are you fathers who fear the Lord? It’s time to rise up and answer the call that God has given you. And to say I will, I will, I will.”

Two For Tuesday: Buy One Get One Half Off

[ The Scene ]

  • 60s?! 60s.

[ Welcome/Disclaimer ]

  • Welcome to F3: Fitness-Fellowship-Faith
  • Name is Steam and I’m honored to be your Q this evening
  • Couple of things before we kickoff
    • I’m not a professional
    • You’re here on your own volition
    • You know your body better than anyone else so if you need to modify anything we do this evening feel free to do so but push yourselves and the men around you!
      • They deserve it and so do you
  • FNGs?
    • Trent Keeler

Two For Tuesday: Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off

[ Warm o Rama ]

  • SSH: 20×4
    • SSH: 10×4
  • Baby Arm Circles: 10×4 (F)
    • Baby Arm Circles: 5×4 (B)
  • Shoulder Tap: 10×4 (F)
    • Shoulder Tap: 5×4 (B)
  • Merkin: 10×4
    • Opened-Arm Merkin: 5×4
  • Squat: 10×4
    • Squat: 5×4

[ The Thang ]

(American Indian Run with 🇺🇸 out front to parking lot next to small playground)

(1) The Mini-Pav Shuffle (Sprint)

  • Toe the line on the curb
  • 2 Main POCs: Curb and Pavilion on opposite end
  • Rinse and Repeat this 3x — each time with a different theme
    • 1 = Upper
    • 2 = Core
    • 3 = Lower
  • Between each round we will regroup here BUT if you get done with your round and there are others still out there – go finish with them
  • Everything on a 1 count
  • 1 = Each light post on the way: 20 merkins
    • Pav: 20 incline/decline merkins
      • On the way back: 10 merkins
  • 2 = Each light post on the way: 20 90 degree leg ups
    • Pav: 20 BBSs
      • On the way back: 10 90 degree leg ups
  • 3 = Each light post on the way: 20 squats
    • Pav: 20 squats (led by SpeedFlash!)
      • On the way back: 10squats

(Mosey up Picket’s charge — past Hallam Rock — to AO – American Indian Style 🇺🇸 out front)

[ Mary ]


Light stretching

[ COT ]

  • # off
  • Name o Rama
  • FNGs
  • BOM

“Memento Mori” = Remember that you must die.

It’s how we live that defines us as men.

The legacy we leave is based on how we lived, not how we died.

So then the question must be asked “How are you living (and impacting) while there’s still God-given breath in your lungs?”

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,” (Colossians‬ ‭3:23‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

Go Ugly Early and Own It

[ The Scene ]

  • 40s
  • Rainy
  • Literally amazing/character-building weather

[ Welcome/Disclaimer ]

  • add in moto for rainy day suck

[ Warm o Rama ]

  • SSH: 25 (1ct)
  • Imperial Walker: 10 (1ct)
  • Rockette: 10 (1ct)
  • Merkin: 10 (4ct Army style)
  • Flutter Kicks: 10 (4ct)
  • Squat: 10 (1ct)
  • Baby Arm Circles: 10 (4ct back)

[ The Thang ]

( Mosey to the Coliseum overlook)

(1) The Trek

  • Hill up to Saturday AO — around the curve  and Haslam Rock — up and in
  • Stop signs = 5 – 8-count ManMakers

(2) ColIseum Run

  • Entry, Middle, Exit
  • ***Entry —> Exit***
  • Entry
    • 25 Army merkins (4ct)
    • 25 Carolina Dry Docks (4ct)
  • Middle
    • 25 Rocky Balboas (1ct)
    • 25 Calf-Raises (1ct)
  • Exit
    • 25 squats (4ct)
    • 25 mountain climbers (4ct)
  • ***Exit —> Entry***
  • Side-shuffle back

Everyone makes the Coliseum Run (Entry to Exit and back) twice

(3) Coliseum Run Exodus

  • all together

(4) Back to the AO Trek

  • Stop signs = 25s (5 LBCs, 5BBSs, 5 American Hammers, 5 Flutter Kicks, 5 V-Ups)
  • There are a lot of stop signs

[ Mary ]

PAX do down & backs across parking lot and light stretching to end

[ COT ]

  • # off — 20
  • Name o Rama
  • FNGs — 0
  • BOM

“Own It”

  • started reading “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink
  • Own where you’re at — even if it’s not where you want to be
  • This is where I’m at, but this is not my final resting place — own it
  • Own the places that you’ve been uniquely called to be in (think job/family/organizations – spheres of influence)


[ The Scene ]

  • High 20s
  • Sunny
  • Ruckers and PAX unite

[ Welcome/Disclaimer ]

  • Welcome to F3: Fitness/Fellowship/Faith
  • My name is Steam and I’m stoked to be your Q this morning
  • FNGs?
  • Couple of things before we begin:
    • Not a professional
    • You’re here on your own volition
    • You know your body better than anyone so if you need to modify anything we do this morning feel free to do so
      • BUT push yourself and the men around you
      • They deserve it and so do you
  • COVID precautions

[ Warm o Rama ]

  • Shoulder-tap: 15×4 IC
  • Baby Arm Circles: 15×4 IC (back)
    • Little bit of this: R arm over
    • Little bit of that: L arm over
  • Cherry-Picker: 10×4 IC
  • Windmill: 10×4 IC
    • Little bit of this: R arm back
    • Little bit of that: L arm back
  • Merkin: 5×4 IC
  • Squat: 5×4 IC
    • Little bit of this: Michael Phelps
    • Little bit of that: torso twist

[ The Thang ]

(1) Quarter Pounder

(Mosey to CMU pile via the Dragon — all the way to the street/past the morning AO lot)

  • Every light: 25 reps (1count) broken into these ingredients
    • 5 Merkins
    • 5 Squats
    • 5 BBS getups
    • 5 SSHs
    • 5 mountain climbers
  • All together
    • 6 was recovered an all PAX completed 2 rounds together before heading to the CMU pile

(2) CMU Pile

  • Everyone get a CMU
  • Toe the line facing the play ground — CMUs in front
  • Bear Craw CMU drags
  • Every 5 drags = 10 BBS with CMU on feet
  • All the way to the other side of the parking lot

(Mosey with CMUs to The Island — parking lot below Pav)

(3) 100s

  • Bottom of The Island:
    • 25 curls (1 count)
    • 25 deadlifts (1 count)

(Mosey around to the top of Island with CMU on 1 shoulder)

  • Top of The Island:
    • 25 CMU chest presses (1 count)
    • 25 CMU lunges (knee to CMU) (1 count)

(Mosey with CMUs to the big tree outside the middle of the parking lot close to the river)

(3) CMU OffRoading

  • PAX walked with CMUs and circled up in field below baseball fields
  • Core Xs + one handed CMU merkins

(Carry CMUs to Picnic Table 1)

  • Flutter kicks: 10×4 w/CMU overhead

(Carry CMUs to picnic table 2)

  • American Hammers: 10×4

(Carry CMUs to picnic table 3)

  • LBCs: 10×4

PAX carry CMUs back to CMU pile

The Final Push

  • Pax get into lines of 4 facing up the hill to the AO/top of Cardiac
  • Teams of 4 sprint up to the AO and knock out ATMs as a team

Once all teams are done with ATMs — Core 4 (4 core Xs for the final 4 minutes – 60 seconds each

    • Flutter Kicks
    • BBSs
    • LBCs
    • American Hammers

[ COT ]

  • # off — 24
  • Name o Rama
  • FNGs — GooGoo joined us from F3 Chattanooga
  • BOM

Michael Jordan Quotes — January 23rd

(1) – “You can practice shooting 8 hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.”

    • Pursue excellence in the basics, fundamentals

(2) – “I want to be the bridge to the next generation.”

  • High Impact Men and Women build bridges
    • We were created to build and strengthen things
    • Plant. Grow. Serve.
      • Plant something, grow it into something bigger than yourself, and serve it well.
  • High Impact Men and Women leave their legacy for the next generation
    • This is not contingent on if you have kids
  • High Impact Men and Women connect and help others get from point A to point B
    • This is not always a physical locationn

(3) – “Winning isn’t always championships.”

  • Learn how to discern a win this year.
  • Quit mis-labeling victories and wins because they don’t look what you thought they would/what you’re told they should look like